Everyone who works for Pilot Projects is both ardently idealistic and intensely pragmatic, and that blend is what holds such a diverse group together.
Here's a brief rundown of where we've been and what keeps us busy:
Scott Francisco - Founder and Director - is a hands-on designer, strategist, and cultural theorist in New York City with a focus on infrastructure and culture in organizations and cities. Scott's architecture, construction, and consulting backgrounds inform the high value he places on engaging people, culture, and craftsmanship in the design process—particularly in the midst of today's overemphasis on efficiency and quantification. Scott teaches design at Parsons The New School for Design and Stanford in New York, and speaks regularly on workplace, organizational culture, and sustainability. He holds architecture degrees from the University of Toronto and MIT.
Daniel Joo - Junior Architect - is an Iowa State University architecture graduate. He is proud to bring his passion for delivering no-nonsense, functional, durable, beautifully-crafted, and friendly architecture to clients in New York City and beyond.
Andrew Renninger - Planner - graduated from University College London with a Master's Degree in Urban Studies, concentrating in place shaping political economy. His interests include behavioral economics and psychology as they pertain to design and the built environment. Andrew’s thoughtful approach to research and skills in GIS and data visualization help inform our urban design work.
Dr. Sarah Jane Wilson - has a background in ecology and ethnography and identifes ways to maximize forest recovery and conservation while enhancing the sustainability of people’s livelihoods. She works as an educator and researcher at Univeristy of Michigan, in New York City working and with community-based restoration and conservation enterprises in Andean Ecuador, the Nepalese Himalaya, and Guatemala’s Peten region.
April Greene - Writer - oversees editorial duties for Pilot Projects' blog, social media, website, proposals, and other communications. She earned a BFA in creative writing from Emerson College, and has covered environmental, cultural, and nonprofit news and stories for a variety of organizations and publications since the year 2000.
Jarrett Ley - Designer - graduated from the College of William & Mary with a B.A. in Art & Art History and is currently pursuing a Master of Architecture at Columbia University. He is interested in the social agency of the built environment, specifically how architecture can be used to overcome social injustice and inequality.
Mary Martha Gaiennie - Planner - graduated from the Rutgers Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy with a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, concentrating on urban design and transportation. Much of her planning project experience is in bike and pedestrian projects, innovative multimodal transportation systems, and (re)development projects. She is a cycling enthusiast, founding a bike recycling program in New Brunswick, and enjoys the outdoors.
Sariel Lehyani - Designer - is from Washington, DC, and a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park. His conversation around the office covers urban foraging, wild plants and mushrooms, social justice and how “natural” systems can inform innovative solutions to human problems.
Marny Pereda - Designer - moved to Brooklyn from Miami, Florida to study architecture at Pratt Institute. She is motivated by art, nature, graphic design, soulful music, and ongoing learning.
Salome Francpourmoi - Designer - is an architect with an interest in urban social and economic systems.
Hannah Kramm - Designer - is a community engagement and sustainability advisor. She recently graduated from Parsons The New School for Design.
Abigail Montgomery - Designer - is an architect with a deep interest in the relationship between buildings, culture and sustainability. She has experience in both residential and commercial projects.
Amanda Potter - Designer - is an architect in New York City with extensive residential and corporate experience. She graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2005.
Drew Powers - Designer - is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he received a Masters of Architecture in 2011. His work focuses on urban public spaces and their influence on social interaction within the city.
Jamie Wilson - Designer - is an architect and geographer who recently received a Masters of Architecture from the University of Michigan. He's interested in new methods of material manipulation from atomic to urban scales, as well as urban intersections of architecture, public space, music, and food.
Vicente Escriva - Social Responsibility Advisor - he returned from the Peace Corps in Kazakhstan to do graduate work in Urban Policy Analysis. He has worked on numerous organizational development projects, primarily focusing on AIDS prevention and youth empowerment. He has a Master's in Urban Policy Analysis from Milano, The New School and a Bachelor's in Economics from SUNY Purchase.
Benjamin Fryer - Brooklyn Bridge Forest Advisor - is a graduate of Yale Law School and the Yale School of Forestry. His experience includes community banking as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua, as well as a variety of legal work in the U.S.
Antonina Simeti - Brooklyn Bridge Forest Advisor - is a planner with experience in strategic consulting, public policy, and environmental review. She is committed to projects that support sustainable development in New York City. Antonina is focused on creating small-scale, place-based interventions in line with the city’s broader policy goals.
Jeffrey Zarnoch - Creative Advisor - has extensive management experience in the architecture and interiors industry. Jeffrey specializes in strategic thinking and leading interdisciplinary teams. He holds a B.Arch. from Philadelphia's University of the Arts, is a graduate of the DMBA Leading by Design Fellows program from California College of the Arts, and an Adjunct Professor, College of Architecture and the Built Environment, at Philadelphia University.
Liz Burow - Creative Advisor - blurs the line between indoors and outdoors, hardscape and softscape, in both her art and architectural work. She has a studio practice in Brooklyn and teaches at the Parsons School of Design.
Alex Edelman - Political Advisor - has contributed to numerous campaigns, locally in New York City and nationally.
Yasmin Fodil - Strategy Advisor - is the founder of BYO consulting. She has worked on strategy with numerous government agencies, including the NYC Department of Education, NASA, and Chicago Public Libraries. Yasmin holds degrees in government and public policy.
Megan Hustad - Editor - is a writer and consultant. In 2005 she founded Wherewithal Press, a developmental editing shop based in New York's Lower East Side. She is also the author of How to Be Useful (2008) and More Than Conquerors: A Memoir of Lost Arguments (Feb. 2014).
Want to work with us?
We're always looking for great people to contribute to our projects and add to our team. Contributor involvement varies from research and consultation to communications planning, modeling, and full-scale prototyping. We have rotating internship programs throughout the year.
Pilot Projects regularly hires talented interns with diverse design backgrounds, such as architecture, fashion, product design, and urban geography. Pilot Projects interns are immersed in hands-on projects that cultivate design and critical thinking skills.
For more information or to submit a CV, drop us a line.