Jason was first attracted to the field of architecture for its consolidation of two seemingly disparate objectives -- creativity and precision. He loves solving the intricate problems encountered with almost every project, and the creative opportunities since no two projects are alike. Outside the office, Jason enjoys hiking, art, aviation and literature.
Growing up in the city of Rasht on the northern coast of Iran, Yasaman enjoyed reading about mythical worlds, embarking on adventures, and fixing broken electronics around her house. Repairing broken electronics developed into a passion for mathematics and geometry, and in the fall of 2014 Yasaman was accepted into one of the top architecture programs in Iran. After earning her Bachelor of Architecture degree, she continued her education at Texas A&M University and received a Master of Architecture. In her architectural work, Yasaman is particularly interested in how the end users interact with newly designed spaces. When not working or studying, Yasaman enjoys exploring new places, cooking, running, hiking, and creating new workout routines with her husband.
James is a founding principal of LSY. He has over 30 years of professional experience which encompasses programming, laboratory planning, total building planning and design, technical production, construction administration, quality assurance and project management. He served on the NIH National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) for eight years, and currently serves the Scientific and Technical Review and design input for laboratory and animal facility projects across the country. James earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Louisiana, formerly the University of Southwestern Louisiana. In his free time, James enjoys cooking, gardening, spending time with his wife and two sons, and occasionally indulging in a good cognac and fine cigar.
Kevin has been practicing architecture for over 20 years. His professional experience includes commercial office buildings and commercial interiors, as well as government, laboratory and health care facilities. He enjoys the process of collaborating with clients and working together to attain their vision. Kevin is also a running enthusiast, competing in multiple marathons per season.
Growing up in the mega-city of Mumbai, Noopur was surrounded by inspiration and began exploring creative endeavors at the age of five. She went on to study Architecture at the University of Mumbai, earning a Bachelor of Architecture degree, and then to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she received her Master of Architecture in the Health and Well Being Program. Noopur believes her journey has been a remarkable one, as it has provided a thorough foundation of knowledge in architecture and design. In her work at LSY, she especially enjoys incorporating the technical-digital aspects of design. When not at work, Noopur is passionate about dance, photography, and cooking. As an aspiring self-taught chef, she believes: “There is no such thing as too much masala!”
Giwon’s father practiced architectural construction and this sparked his own interest in the construction industry. When Giwon made the decision to major in architecture an underlying motivation was his desire to design low income housing. He is currently exploring ways to use his skills to benefit people in developing countries. In his free time, Giwon enjoys watching sports as well as teaching and playing the guitar.
Heather is a registered architect and LEED Accredited Professional with over 20 years of professional practice experience. Since joining LSY in 1999, she has successfully led a variety of public and private sector laboratory, clinical, and other high technology facilities projects. She is well versed in design, construction documentation and construction management for both new research facilities and complex research renovations. She is recognized for her strong leadership, design expertise, and ability to build consensus within design teams among multiple technical players and clients to solve complex problems collaboratively. Heather earned both her Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Maryland. In her free time, she enjoys kayaking and rollerblading with her husband.
As a young child, Saturday morning cartoons were never enough for Joseph. He was not content with simply watching his favorite superheroes on television, he would also draw them after watching the shows. From dozens of Marvel characters, there were only a few he did not attempt to draw, and his creative "doodles" eventually evolved into a career in architecture. During his free time now, Joseph enjoys watching football and reading the daily newspaper.
Uri has devoted his career to the planning and design of complex research facilities. He is nationally recognized for his expertise and lectures on laboratory and animal facility planning and design at forums sponsored by AAALAC, USUHS, NIH, CDC, Harvard University and others. He is also an expert in biocontainment design and has provided technical support and peer design review for laboratories and vivariums constructed throughout the country. He served as a technical editor on the CDC/NIH Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) manual -- the “bible,” for laboratory safety in the United States -- and chairedthe Architectural Committee responsible for updating the current edition of the NIH Design Requirements Manual.
Uri earned his Bachelor of Architecture in Architecture and Facilities Planning from the University of Maryland. In his free time he enjoys crabbing and paddling in the Chesapeake Bay with family and friends.
A childhood interest in Lego blocks ignited Roger's career sights toward architecture. As he pursued his Bachelor of Architecture degree at Andrews University, he participated in a European study abroad tour and various design competitions. In professional practice, his design experience ranges from residential and commercial to government and biomedical facilities. Roger is heavily involved with his local community,mentoring young adults as well as volunteering with non-profit organizations. His other interests include photography, sports, and spending time with his family.