Judith DiMaio FAIA & RIBA
Expertise – Design, Credential Thinker, Exterior Skin & Surface Manipulation, Micro-Details, Lecturer, Educator, Tour Guide
DiMaio is an architect, educator, and influential design strategist. Her research-based design approach has repositioned history as an active trans-historical component in the design process, expanding the repertoire of architectural strategies for students and professionals.
DiMaio’s trans-historical, crossover methodology was established early on and was fueled by the theoretical non-linear speculations of Colin Rowe which considered history imaginatively and as an active component in the design process. Subsequently, working with the scholar of Italian painting, S. J. Freedberg, DiMaio evolved these speculations to intersect with painting, other arts, and later other trans-disciplinary components. Her research gained validation when she was awarded the Rome Prize in Architecture with her winning proposal, “The Activity of the Grid in Sixteenth Century Italy” and with later acknowledgement from the Fulbright Commission. Her leadership has resulted in the expansion of the repertory of architectural ideas/strategies and has expanded the 21st century discourse on architectural education by repositioning history as an active and speculative component in the design process.
As senior designer at Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) she applied her unorthodox methodology to design and problem solving. For the ABC Broadcasting Studio Building on West 66th Street, she saw constructed a design which exemplified her trans-historical approach to design. With side-by-side comparisons derived from her mastery of history, she crafted a highly original exterior wall for an as-of-right building and it was recognized as such by KPF. The designs for the Hecht Block in Washington, DC, and the headquarters for First Boston Bank at 383 Madison Avenue were also influenced with these principals in mind.
Invited to teach at Columbia, and in pursuit of her professional development, she re-directed her goals to find a balance between a research-based design practice and teaching. DiMaio has always stated that without an in-depth understanding of both the educational arm and a parallel grasp of practice, it would be impossible to utilize architectural education as a viable vehicle for design in practice.
She was later invited to join the faculty at Yale where she also assumed the directorship for the Undergraduate Major in Architecture. While director, she restructured the design track, and expanded the major’s architectural history track to include non-chronological approaches to the study of history. With an eye to the growing importance of urbanism she also introduced a third track, interdisciplinary urban studies. All three tracks remain in place to this day.
She has also taught for the University of Notre Dame’s Rome Program. There she revamped the studio and history curricula to work in tandem, embracing Rome not as if an “out of print book”, but as a living city, and educational milieu, grounded in critical and visual thinking. She has been the ‘Distinguished Gensler Professor’ at Cornell and has held visiting professorships throughout America and in Italy. She has lectured for Magdalen College’s Italian Society at Oxford University. In recognition of her accomplishments, she was invited by the American Academy in Rome to be the first Colin Rowe Resident in Design in 2009.
As Dean of NYIT’s School of Architecture and Design, DiMaio has restructured aspects of the curriculum to address the importance of crossovers in building design, technology, and history. DiMaio advocated the creation of an international design-build studio now known as sLAB. The first of these institution wide, interdisciplinary projects was "America's First Solar Hydrogen House" which utilized an innovative hydrogen fuel cell. The students were subsequently invited to testify before the U.S. Congress on alternative energy and NYIT was then recognized by Architecture Magazine as one of the top four schools in building construction technology in the country
Through a skillfully crafted interdisciplinary proposal, the Interior Design component of the school was selected to be included in the 2012 Fiera di Milano sponsored by Cosmit, Italia. NYIT was one of 20 institutions worldwide and one of only two U.S. Schools selected to exhibit at the Fair.
DiMaio has seen her approach to education and design thinking widely disseminated through writing, public presentations, and interviews, influencing diverse audiences. Through her trans-historical approach, she has gained an international reputation for skillfully broadening the state of knowledge in architecture. She has been sought out by such noted architects as James Freed, FAIA who, for instance, requested she share her in-depth knowledge of architecture and history with Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer who later thanked her for “seeing Florence and its architecture” through her eyes.
Her projects have been included in Colin Rowe’s 3 Volume; As I Was Saying. Thomas Schumacher, in his book, Terragni’s Danteum, acknowledges DiMaio’s all-important critical observations, essential to his text. Her recent article, in the Italian Journal Paesaggio Urbano, a critique of the Venice Biennale 2010 was published in 2011. She has spoken on radio about architectural education and has traveled to Italy for public television.
David Walker AIA, NCARB, CDT
Expertise – Retail, Custom Homes, Design, Technical Documents, Detailer, Micro-Details, Musician
David Walker has been fortunate to be a team leader in the design and project management of hundreds of residential, retail, and hospitality projects throughout his career. After receiving his Architecture degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1996, David has gone on to work with prestigious clientele in the private residential market, as well as luxury retailers such as Neiman Marcus, Lafayette 148, & Macy's in multiple design projects worldwide.
David became an active team member with Bruce D. Nagel Architect in 1999. He has been involved as the Project Architect for residences such as the Culp House, Levin House, Gray House, Montauk House, Gagosian House, Ravitch House, Cohen House, & Nigel Lewis House. In 2011, David paused his work with Bruce Nagel to join the team at the esteemed design firm Charles Sparks & Company in Chicago. It was with the Sparks office that he developed his knowledge of retail and hospitality design. The firm partnered with Architecture offices worldwide such as Herzog & De Meuron, Renzo Piano, and Tod Williams & Billie Tsien Architects to create retail environments within their world class museums. It was also during this time that David was involved in the planning, design, and management of large scale luxury retail environment projects across the US, China, and the Middle East. It was in this work that he was able to better develop his attention to detail, construction techniques, and high-level documentation, assisted by the rigor of these professional associations. David has now returned to become an active team member and partner with Bruce D. Nagel & Partners Architects as of 2018.
David has an appreciation for architecture of any style and appreciates each projects' design challenge as it attempts to respond to the needs and tastes of each individual client. He sees the process of design, documentation, and construction as a rewarding journey combining the beauty of art with the practicality of materials and science. He is advocate for well detailed drawings and prides himself in the creation of exceptional architectural documents that reflect the same beauty as the built product.
David is a registered architect in the state of Illinois, a member of the AIA & NCARB, and holds a certificate as a Construction Documents Technologist (CDT) from the Construction Specifications Institute. He is an avid musician and holds a BFA in Jazz Performance from the City College of New York. He is an active member of several diversity organizations in the Chicago area, and volunteers some of his time teaching music in communities in need. David is married and the father of two wonderful girls.
Expertise – Hotels, Restaurants, Municipal, Country Clubs, Educational, Custom Homes, Design, Technical Documents
Born in Washington, D.C., but has lived the majority of his life in Texas. At the age 9, Chris aspired to be an architect. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Houston Gerald Hines College of Architecture in 1999.
Upon graduation, his first internship was with a local firm in Houston doing mainly liturgical and municipal projects.
2000 saw a significant change in the direction of Chris’ career path when he took a position with a Duncan & Miller Design, a Dallas interior design firm which focused on hospitality design. In 2002 Chris began to work for SHW Group, a notable K-12 and Higher Educational architectural firm in Dallas to get a practical architectural training with a firm known for their technical expertise. It was with SHW that Chris completed his internship requirements for the IDP and where he was involved with all aspect of the projects he worked on from design, documentation, project management and specifications. He obtained experience working on a wide array of projects ranging from a high school football stadium to all levels of educational buildings from kindergarten to universities.
In 2005, Chris returned to Duncan & Miller Design, having enjoyed the hospitality interior architecture type of projects they were doing. It was during his second time there where he was given the opportunity to lead large interior architecture projects from renovations to ground-up. He remained at Duncan & Miller (now Design Duncan Miller Ullmann) until 2010.
After two years of doing freelance projects for interior designers and contractors, Chris formed CTS Design, LLC in May of 2012 where he would continue with freelance work for interior designers, contractors, architects, and his own works. In the Fall of 2012, Chris began working for Bruce D. Nagel Architect. In 2018, Chris is honored to become a partner with Bruce D. Nagel & Partners Architects.
Chris has also been involved in civic duties as part of the Sachse, Texas Planning and Zoning Board of Adjustments for two, two-year terms and was also a board member with the Sachse, Texas Historical Society and was involved with the renovation of the old police station into the Sachse Historical Museum.