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 - 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 background have led to 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 the Parsons The New School for Design and speaks regularly on workplace, organizational culture and sustainability. He holds architecture degrees from the University of Toronto and MIT.
Michelle Han - Manager of Communications & Public Relations - has worked as a journalist, artist and public relations consultant in New York City for the last 15 years, and has recently taken up skateboarding.
Jason Joseph - Designer - graduated from Pratt Institute and is drawn to urbanism, rapid prototyping, modular constructions, multicultural exchanges, communication technologies, programmatic mixtures and ecological strategies. Originally from Brick, New Jersey, he now lives in Brooklyn.
Laura Carlson - Designer - came from Kansas to study architecture at Northeastern University before moving to New York City. She brings model making precision, punctuality and highly developed wire-working skills to the architectural table. As well as cupcakes on good days.
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. She helps Pilot Projects with drafting, architectural rendering, modeling, project management and brainstorming.
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.
Vicente Escriva - Corporate Social Responsibility - Vicente 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 M.Sc. in Urban Policy Analysis from Milano, The New School and a B.A. 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 - Urban Planning Advisor, Brooklyn Bridge Forest - 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, and always makes time for meals with family and friends.
Jeffrey Zarnoch - Creative Advisor, 100 Fountains - 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, teaches at the Parsons School of Design, and has experience working on large cultural projects, theater set design, interiors, branding, and graphic design. Liz is currently Director of Discovery at HLW.
Jon Bucholtz - Designer - is training as an architect and currently enrolled in the Master of Architecture program at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
Anne Chen - Research and Design Intern - is a student at Parsons The New School for Design in the Design and Management program. She has a background in anthropology.
Alex Edelman - Political Advisor - has contributed to numerous campaigns, locally in New York City and nationally.
Yasmin Fodil - Project Media 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 a B.A. in Government from Cornell and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School.
Salome Francpourmoi - Designer - is an architect with an interest in urban social and economic systems. She graduated from MIT in 2008.
Camille Goulding - Research Assistant - is a geographer and environmentalist with experience in the Transition Towns and urban gardening movements, in NYC and in her native Ireland.
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).
Michelle Han - Writer - is a writer, P.R. professional and independent printmaker in Brooklyn.
Margaret Heisler - Urban Geography Intern - is studying Urban Geography at Dartmouth College with a focus on architectural history and urban policy. She is working on several of our Lower East Side projects: Green Hub, POP Shop and Straus Square
Phillip Hu - Design Intern - is studying Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is an intern in MIT's UPOP program and has been working on our Green Hub project in NYC's Lower East Side
Stephanie Imbeau - Creative Advisor - is an artist who creates installations in public spaces using found materials.
Hannah Kramm - Designer - is a community engagement and sustainability advisor. She recently graduated from Parsons The New School for Design.
Martin Misiak - Education Advisor - is a public and private school teacher in New York City. He is an avid cyclist with experience in biotech start-ups.
Abigail Montgomery - Designer - Abby is an architect with a deep interest in the relationship between buildings, culture and sustainability. She has experience in residential and commercial projects and loves the National Geographic Channel. Her professional BArch is from the University of Arizona.
Shawn Myers - Designer - is training as an architect and currently completing his graduate studies at the Architecture Association in London.
Claudia Peresman - Education Advisor - worked for years as a consultant of professional development in publishing and public education. Claudia is now applying these organizational and editorial skills to permaculture design, a set of principles that guide us to make healthier choices for ourselves, our neighbors and planet. She holds a M.Ed. in Educational Technology from Lesley University.
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
Ben Rose - Project Advisor - is an artist, art historian and design consultant focused on minimalist light art in practice and theory.
Emily Singer - Design Intern - is a design and management student at Parsons The New School for Design.
Helen Weselcouch - Designer - is a recent graduate from Parsons The New School for Design exploring the intersection of design, business management and media.
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.
Want to Work with Us?
We are 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 intership 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.