James Carpenter has worked at the intersection of art, engineering and the built environment for 50 years, advancing a distinctive vision based on the use of natural light and glass as the foundational elements of the built environment. Carpenter founded the cross-disciplinary design firm James Carpenter Design Associates in 1979 to support the application of these aesthetic principles to large-scale building projects.
Carpenter has also co-founded Carpenter Norris Consulting, which develops custom daylighting systems for architectural structures that reduce reliance on electrical lighting; and Carpenter/Lowings Architecture and Design, based in the United Kingdom.
Carpenter has been recognized with numerous national and international awards, including an Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. He holds a degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and was a Loeb Fellow of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.
Richard Kress is JCDA’s Design Director and has been a key member of the studio since 1992. Mr. Kress has 30 years of experience with the design of projects at JCDA, including the Dichroic Light Field in New York, the Schubert Club Band-shell in St. Paul, Minnesota, the Moiré Stair Tower at the Deutsche Post Headquarters in Bonn, Germany and the 7 World Trade Center Envelope and Entry. He oversaw the completion of the award winning Sky Reflector-Net at the Fulton Center in Lower Manhattan and the recently completed Hudson Yards Art Wall, both major integrated artworks defining new grand civic spaces in Manhattan.
As Design Director, Mr. Kress plays a key role in the studio’s research and development and supports the studio’s design efforts. Mr. Kress holds a Bachelor of Art and Science from the Washington University.
Joseph Welker is JCDA’s Studio Director. Mr. Welker led JCDA's design of the addition to the Museum of Westward Expansion below the St Louis Arch which opened in 2018. He has worked on 860 Washington Street, a new commercial loft building along the High Line in New York City as well as many significant projects for the studio, including the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Sky Reflector-Net and the Luminous Light Masts along Chattanooga’s Tennessee River.
He is overseeing the design and administration of the façade and public spaces of Nordstrom’s first flagship department store in New York City. He is also leading the design elements undertaken by JCDA for the transfromation of the Ion, the Houston, Texas Sears Building, owned by Rice University and developed as the city's new innovation hub. Mr. Welker has been at JCDA since 2004 and was previously affiliated with the New York office of Skidmore Owings & Merrill where he was a senior architect on the Columbus Center development team. Mr. Welker holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University.
Rayme Kuniyuki is Director of Building Design and Envelope at JCDA where he is currently the principal in charge of design for the renewal of Westfield’s San Francisco Centre, the Fountain Place development in Dallas and a major boutique hotel development in Chicago. He has been the principal designer for seven flagship retail Gucci stores including Gucci Ginza, the 250,000 square foot Sara Lee Corporation Headquarters, the curtain wall for Seven World Trade Center with Mr. Richard Kress. He led the design of the office tower at 20 Martin Place in Sydney, and the office tower at 860 Washington Street in New York.
Mr. Kuniyuki has over 40 years of professional experience with a special emphasis on the design of high performance building envelopes and has been a project architect for I.M. Pei Architect, Thomas Phifer and Partners, Gwathmey Siegel and Associates, and Heintges Architects. Mr. Kuniyuki was an adjunct assistant professor of architecture at Columbia University for several years and holds a Bachelor of Art in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University School of Architecture.
KATHARINE WYBERG MCCLELLAN
Katharine Wyberg McClellan is a Senior Designer and Project Manager for JCDA. She has been the designer in charge of many of JCDA’s artworks in the last 20 years, including the Lake Light Threshold in Toronto Canada, the University of Chicago’s Midway Crossings, the Devon Energy Art Walls in Oklahoma City and the Light Veil marking the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. She was the Senior Designer and Project Manager for one of the studio’s largest artworks to be integrated within the Hudson Yards, Manhattan’s new neighborhood. Most recently she has been Senior Designer and Project Manager for the Ion innovation hub building in Houston, Texas. Ms. Wyberg McClellan previously worked as a designer at Vincent James Associates Architects and holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota.
Christopher Pietsch joined JCDA in 2014 and is a project designer on such projects as the façade and public spaces of Nordstrom’s first flagship department store in New York City, the Stanford University Hospital Lobby Artwork, the Duke University Bryan Center Addition and West Union Landscape Structure. Mr. Pietsch is proect designer on current artworks for a pedestrian bridge within Phoenix Airport and for O'Hare's new Consolidated Rental Car Facility's main arrival and entry. Mr. Pietsch graduated Suma Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture from North Carolina State University and a Master in Architecture from Virginia Tech.
Chang Yuan Max Hsu joined JCDA in 2017. He has worked as a project designer for the waterfront development in Chicago South Branch, and Nordstrom’s flagship department store interior in New York City. He is currently working on a sculptural centerpiece for the new cultural district in Suzhou, China. Mr. Hsu received his Masters of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, and his Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of British Columbia. He has previously worked for SANAA in Tokyo, and Bing Thom Architects in Vancouver.
Ranitri Weerasuriya joined JCDA in 2018 as a Project Designer. She is a recent graduate from Columbia University Graduate School for Architecture, Planning and Preservation having earned a Master of Architecture. Previously she received her Bachelor of Science, Architecture at the City School of Architecture in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where she has also gained work experience at A + B and Team Architrave. She also has a Bachelor of laws from the University of London.
Having interned at JCDA in 2015, Allison Wills joined the JCDA team in 2019 as a Project Designer. Allison is a graduate of Cornell University where she received her Bachelor of Architecture with a Minor in Business. Before joining JCDA as a full-time designer she spent three years as an Architectural Designer at Perkins Eastman's New York office.