GREGORY T. SWITZER, AIA, NOMA, NCARB
Mr. Switzer founded SWITZER Architecture, P.C., a full-service architectural practice with emphasis on design and the management of the design process in 2003 as a response to the ever-changing architecture and interiors marketplace, in an effort to provide design conscious projects with the highest level of attention to detail and cost. He is responsible for day-to-day firm-wide operations as Managing Principal and CEO. Mr. Switzer’s extensive and unparalleled experience in multiple project situations allows him to work with clients and project teams to establish and maintain overall project direction with clarity and focused direction.
Firm projects encompass the perfect balance between creative thought and the leveraged use of technology with a true sensitivity and appreciation of process and their effects on the built environment. Committed to guiding clients through the often - tedious tasks of organization and understanding the impact of the built environment with respect to their unique projects. He believes every client’s unique needs are always addressed during the firm’s true hands on process of implementation.
Mr. Switzer is licensed in 16 states and is involved in numerous organizations which include the American Institute of Architects as well as and his local Planning Board. In addition to his in-house experience, he has extended experience with several notable architectural and design firms totaling more than 30 years of hands on practical knowledge.
He received his Bachelor Degree in Architecture from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York and a Bachelors of Interior Design from Louisiana State University. He was also a research fellow at Cornell University, a participant in the Affordable Housing Institute at the Harvard GSD and has authored several sections of various books and publications with his most recent contribution to the Interior Design Handbook of Professional Practice.
Mr. Switzer also received recognition in The Network Journal’s 40 Under 40 list, has lectured on master facilities planning for the American Management Association and recently received a Best for New York City Honorary Award.
Talisha L. Sainvil, AIA, NOMA, NCARB, LEED
Talisha Sainvil is: the Principal of her own Brooklyn-Based Architecture and Design Firm, a Registered Architect in New York and New Jersey, the AIA Brooklyn Chapter Secretary and Editor-in-Chief of the AIA Brooklyn magazine – Pylon, an active member of nycoba|NOMA; a Graduate of the University of Miami School of Architecture; a lover of all things sun and sand; as passionate about design as she is about being of service to the community; listed as a bibliographic reference on Wikipedia; an afficionado of pens & pencils and crazy about long drives, deep conversations and french fries.
During her nearly 20-year career, Talisha has diligently worked on being an excellent Architect by applying the knowledge and practical experience she has gained into various roles and responsibilities and by challenging herself by saying Yes! to learning about new things.
ellen abraham, mba, NOMA, Assoc. AIA
Through her first love, Architecture, Dominican-born, and raised designer and entrepreneur Ellen Abraham aims to push the needle forward. This MBA graduate and Senior Project Technical Lead at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, nurtures her passions through leading various community-building initiatives, design-based philanthropy and high impact social justice & design advocacy projects. She serves on the NYCOBA NOMA Board focused on finance management, Architexx Board focused on gender equity, and the historic & landmarked Ephesus Church Board in NYC, as Building Committee Chair, where she leads a 15-member committee. She is the Founder of Architect Pins & Elle Abōd, two companies focused on the celebration of diverse design identities and the promotion of BIPOC Architect and Designer Guest Editors, respectively.
Mel loyola agosto, NOMA
Mel Loyola Agosto is a junior designer at an architectural firm, AKM Architects LLP. She is also a freelance designer and fine artist. Mel has a BFA in Film/Animation/Video from Rhode Island School of Design, and an MArch from Columbia GSAPP.
Hoping to never return to school (as a student) again, Mel is motivated to be out in the professional world and spending her free time making art or working with local organizations. She has been volunteering for Project Pipeline since 2017, and hopes to dedicate more time to doing workshops that make art and design classes more accessible for first-gen state residents and similar groups.
Mel is excited to be joining the executive committee!
jeffrey charles-pierre, NOMA, assoc. aia
Mr. Charles-Pierre is a Project Manager with MK Architecture, PC and a graduate from New York Institute of Technology. He has two decades of experience in a variety of work including historic preservation, zoning & building code consulting, project management, and construction administration. His experience in architectural firms including STV Inc. and PM Architecture, has given him the foundation to work on a wide range of projects like the JFK AirTrain Light Rail stations and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He also taught three semesters at PRATT Institute to incoming freshman minority students in the Architecture (HEOP) program.
He currently sits on the Board of Directors for Neighborhood Housing Services of NYC and Board Chairman for Brooklyn Neighborhood Services formally (NHS Bedford Stuyvesant).
MAIMOUNA SOW, NOMA
Maimouna "Mouna" Sow is a junior architect currently working on high-end residential projects in New York and is currently the 2019 Co-Chair of the nycobaNOMA Professional Development Committee. As Recording Secretary, Mouna hopes to further her involvement with nycobaNOMA while enhancing her leadership skills through serving the organization.
kedishia joseph, nomas
social media manager
Kedishia Joseph was born on the beautiful island of Grenada and currently resides in Brooklyn. She is a second-year B Arch major at CCNY Spitzer School of Architecture. Spontaneous travel, cooking, dancing, and socializing are some of Kedishia’s favorite hobbies despite her irrational fear of millipedes and phobia of small seeds (watermelon, lemon).
Kedishia is currently the Secretary at NOMAS CCNY and VP candidate for their upcoming election in the Spring, Social Media Chair for NYCOBA, and Volunteer with NYCMAKESPPE a grassroots organization that donates free PPE such as face masks and shield to both essential, non-essential businesses and minority communities throughout the five Boroughs.
Helping others, advocating for equality are a few of the qualities Kedishia posses and strives to enhance daily.
According to Kedishia, being involved with Nomas and Nycoba has allowed her to actively be apart of building and educating our members who in turn can then aspire to advocate and spearhead the operation of diversity, equality, and inclusion within our career or elsewhere. The various activities and events such as mentorship, game nights, lectures, and so forth hosted by the chapter have allowed members to reconnect and be reassured that Nomas and Nycoba are vested in their holistic journey to become a better version of themselves.
Kedishia’s desire and passion to become an Architect came to fruition due to her desire to play an active role in the way our cities and communities are built, by making basic human needs easily attainable such as affordable housing to combat the growing number of homelessness due to poverty and gentrification globally.
Her designs often depict open spaces and natural elements as environmentally friendly designs are her way of protecting our environment and creating spaces for socializing to nurture the bond of family that is extremely important to her.
Lastly, in her own words here is the bit of advice Kedishia wishes to share. “ After going through many challenges and obstacles I can safely say that these trials are often necessary to get one out of their comfort zone and to push forward. Therefore I would say this, Be proud, Be Bold, Be deliberate in your pursuit to achieve success. Love and embrace your differences in yourself and others while accepting change and being open to diversity within the field and society. Never forget who you are, where you came from and the legacy you wish to leave.
past executive committee members
Samantha Josaphat, RA, NOMA, NCARB, LEED GA (2019-20)
Ibrahim Greenidge, NOMA, RA (2017-18)
Pascale Sablan (2015-16)
Mark Gardener (2014)
Tonja Adair (2012-13)
Kelly Powell (2010-11)
Heather Oneal (2004-05)
Zevilla Jackson Preston
Gregory T. Switzer, AIA, NOMA, NCARB (2019-20)
Samantha Josaphat, NOMA, AIA, LEED (2018)
Oral Selkridge, NOMA, RA, LEED AP (2017)
Maya Madison, Assoc. AIA, NOMA (2019-20)
Shakera Kyle, NOMA, Assoc. AIA, Allied ASID (2017-18)
Sharlita Green, NOMA (2017-2018)
Jeffrey Charles-Pierre, NOMA, Assoc. AIA (2017-19)
Camille Sherrod, RA, NOMA, NCARB (2019-20)
Joseph Cole, NOMA (2018)
Anaelechi Owunwanne, NOMA (2017)