Thomas Leeser is internationally known for his iconic architectural designs at all scales. As principal of his own firm for the past thirty years, his passion for the fusion of emerging technologies and architecture has driven many of the firm’s award winning designs. Thomas’s commitment to architecture extends beyond practicing in the field. For the past thirty years he has been an architecture professor at Pratt Institute, Cornell University, Harvard University, The Cooper Union, Columbia University, Parsons School of Design, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Illinois Institute of Technology and Princeton University. He is currently teaching at Cornell University and Pratt Institute. In his teaching and professional work, Thomas explores his commitment to innovation and the advancement of the field of architecture. Thomas specializes in museums, theaters, broadcast and educational facilities.
Simon Arnold was born and educated in England. He worked at Fox Linton Associates in London before moving to the United States, where he has worked at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and Diller+Scofidio and Renfro. During his three years at SOM, Mr. Arnold worked on 7 World Trade Center, NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Solow 9 West 57th Street, and Davis and Partners Residential at 60 East 55th Street. Mr. Arnold is currently project manager for the Staten Island Zoo Aquarium, a 110,000 sf Brooklyn Hotel Development, and a 280,000 sf Brooklyn Residential Development. Mr. Arnold specializes in residential, hotel and cultural facilities.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR/DESIGN LEAD
Myriam Hamdi was educated in Germany. She worked at Hentrich Petschnigg & Partners in Germany before moving to Shanghai, where she has worked at HPP International. During her Ten years at HPP , Mrs. Hamdi worked on numerous international competitions and projects such as The Medical Library “OASE” in Dusseldorf, Vodafone HQ in Dusseldorf, Green Valley Campus Shanghai Expo Area, Green Land GroupCampus in Nanjing, Hunan TV HQ Changsha, North Station Plot 280m Tower in Shnezhen. Mrs.Hamdi moved to the United States to work with LEESER Architecture as business development director and design lead for diverse projects. Mrs. Hamdi specializes in commercial and cultural facilities.
Nara Thunyathada was born and educated in Bangkok, Thailand where she worked at T.R.O.P before moving to New York. She got her B.A. with first class honors at King Mongkut's University of Technology, Thonburi, Thailand and awarded excellence in academic achievement in Graduate Architecture (Post-Professional) 2017, Pratt Institute, United States, where she got her master's degree and currently co-teaches at Master of Science in Architecture Advanced Studio.
Nara is professor of graphic design, specializing in typography,image doctoring, rendering, 3D modeling, movie production and post-production. Her architectural focus is on flexibility in contemporary architecture and relation between a sign and the signed.
Pietro Franceschini was educated in Italy, Portugal and United States. He received his Bachelor of Architecture cum laude from Università degli Studi di Firenze and his Master in Architecture (M.S. ARC) with distinction from Pratt Institute. He joined Leeser Architecture in Brooklyn in 2017, after working at Claudio Nardi Architects in Florence and Laisné Roussel in Paris. Pietro worked on numerous international competitions and projects such as the Urban Design and Landscape Planning for Florence’s new Airport, a Residential Complex in Marseille, a Residential Development in Clichy-Batignolles and he is particularly proud of his own design for a private villa in Siwa Oasis, Egypt. Pietro currently works on a 110,000 sf Hotel Development in Downtown Brooklyn.
Nena Miller was educated in Yugoslavia with a background in art history, architecture, marketing and RE, Nena has extensive experience in the management of complex projects with particular expertise in amalgamating the diverse concerns of stakeholder groups, managing sophisticated client requirements, aggressive schedules and comprehensive consultant teams. She is responsible for the general management and operations, including HR, legal coordination, business and organization development, project management and controlling, as well as client relationships and studio vision alignment. Her focus is on streamlining high-growth global operations.