People

At ENV, we’ve built a talented team with a reputation for designing solutions that work in the real world.

We know that the best projects are collaborative, and we make a point to listen, ask tough questions, and share insights along the way. Clients trust our principal-led teams to deliver projects on time, on budget, and as promised.

Joseph Siegel
Principal | Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Joseph Siegel has more than forty years of experience in architecture and interior design projects involving over 20 million square feet of commercial space and buildings in excess of $750,000,000 in construction costs. During this time he has specialized in projects including; the design of new facilities, interior design and fit-out, rehabilitation and conversion of existing buildings, panning and feasibility studies, programming, operational analysis and project management.

Mr. Siegel has a proven track record with clients and builders in bringing projects from conceptualization through construction drawings to final tenant occupancy. Among his many skills is his proven history of establishing complete budgets, bringing the projects in within the projected cost estimates and completing them on or before the scheduled completion date, accommodating the individual client’s requirements.

Although, best known for his work on large projects with some of the most prestigious corporate clients in the country. Mr. Siegel’s experience also includes work on projects of limited scope, which are handled with the same dedication to detail and professionalism. This approach has brought many clients back with new projects over the years.

As the driving force behind Design Collaborative Architecture and Planning, Joseph Siegel has honed a team of talented architects and design professionals who adapt seamlessly to provide quality architectural and design services for a range of client requirements. He has a hands-on approach, interacting continuously with the project managers throughout each phase of a project. Mr. Siegel attended New York Institute of Design and Construction and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.


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Julia Monaco
Intern | Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Julia has been interning at ENV since the fall of 2013, and is currently working towards her B.Arch at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).  Julia is also a part of NJIT’s improv comedy troupe, and performs in monthly shows on campus.


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Lucas Koch
Architectural Designer | Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Lucas graduated from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) with a Bachelor of Architecture and a minor in environmental studies and sustainability. At school Lucas was a student in the Albert Dorman Honors College which helped him further develop his educational goals by pushing him to excel in various levels of school work.

Lucas has been with ENV since 2011 as an intern and recently joined full time in May 2017 as an Architectural Designer working on academic, residential, and commercial projects. He plans to begin studying for the Architectural Registration Exam in the near future with continued plans to become LEED and Passive House Certified.

In his spare time he enjoys operating and maintaining a public garden railway (LBI Railway) and working on his Dodge Challenger.


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Marcel Jaloveckas
Senior Job Captain | Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Marcel has a five-year degree in Architecture from the City College of New York. Marcel has experience in a variety of projects from large scale to small scale. Project experience includes renovations to museums, renovation, and addition to high-end residential and multiple high-end retail stores in locations around the US.

In his free time, Marcel enjoys woodworking, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.


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Marco Erdenberger
Architectural Designer | Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Marco is a graduate of NJIT where he received his bachelor in architecture. His love for design as a whole is not only expressed through architecture but has translated into his free time by practicing photography, digital and industrial design.

Catch Marco on the weekend in NYC at a cafe doing work, or strolling through art exhibits.


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Maria Pereira
Associate Principal | Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Maria holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from New Jersey Institute of Technology and has over 20 years of experience in the design, construction, and renovation of educational, religious, and municipal facilities.

Maria has experience in the rehabilitation of existing facilities, including historic educational, municipal and religious buildings. She has extensive experience in surveying of existing conditions as well as conducting conditions assessment surveys.

At ENV, Maria has been responsible for compiling Conditions Assessment Reports, project planning and implementing the corresponding renovation and rehabilitation facility upgrades and new construction projects from design through construction.


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Mark Giessen
Associate Principal | Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Mark holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from New Jersey Institute of Technology and offers more than 13 years of experience. At ENV, Mark is responsible for project management, client contact, design, document coordination and construction administration.

He has been involved in a variety of projects in the academic, hospitality, retail, residential and municipal sectors. Mark is instrumental in the company’s sustainability efforts, having led the project teams for numerous LEED projects including NY Foundling- Mott Haven Charter School and the Delaware Travel Plaza.


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Maryana Sverdlova
Controller | Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Maryana has over 30 years of Accounting and Financial Management experience. She holds degrees in Economics and Accounting from Odessa’s University of National Economy in Ukraine. Maryana has been working in the A/I/E industry since 1997 and is responsible for all financial and human resources activities.


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Michael Mase
Associate Principal | Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Michael has over 25 years of experience managing many large commercial interiors projects for major clients including AT&T, Bank of New York, Related Properties Corporation and the New York Power Authority.

Michael has extensive knowledge of the Building Codes for the tri-state area along with all accessibility requirements including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), The Fair Housing Act and ICC/ANSI. Michael has done Third Party Building Code/Life Safety and Accessibility Compliance reviews for many major residential developers including AvalonBay Communities, Inc., Eakin/Youngentob Associates and Marriott.


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Paul Suwada
Project Coordinator/Administrator | Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Paul Suwada is a project coordinator in charge of administrating and keeping track of all projects old and new. He received his Bachelors in Business Management and Administration from Peter J. Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University.

Born in Queens and raised in Brooklyn, Paul found himself exposed to various cultures throughout life, and a desire to fit in amidst their differences. Quickly becoming an adept in the fields of psychology and philosophy, Paul took his passions and sought a career that allowed him to practice his humanities.

In his spare time, Paul’s competitive and creative spirits take over as he dabbles in the arts, sports, video games and the written word. He enjoys spending his time with friends or strangers so long as they challenge his ways of thinking, or spark intellectual dialogue. He believes “Life is growth, and stagnation death”, and as such our thirst should never end.


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Riddhi Chavda
Architectural Designer | Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Riddhi received her Master’s degree from New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2016, with a focus in Sustainable Architecture. She joined team ENV in 2017 as an Architectural Designer.  She has previously worked in India before moving to US.

Working in two different parts of the world, with different type of architectural practices, gives her a multicultural exposure towards design.  She further plans to become a LEED certified Architect.


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Saeeol Lee
Architectural Designer | Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Saeeol received her Masters of Architecture at GSAPP Columbia University in 2017. She gained experience in Seoul, Tokyo, and New York where she specialized in digital fabrication and 3D modeling.

At ENV, she is highly motivated to learn sustainable design strategy and construction management by closely working on the educational and community sector.

In her spare time, she enjoys walking the Hudson riverside listening to electronic music.


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Samantha Blancato
Interior Designer/Assistant Job Captain | Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Samantha graduated from the George Washington University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Interior Design with a minor in Fine Arts.  While in school, she received an honorable mention for placing within the top 10 students in the Steelcase NEXT Student Design Competition.

Samantha has been with ENV since August 2014, and has been involved in a variety of projects in the commercial, academic and hospitality sectors.

In her free time, Samantha enjoys art, fashion and puppies.


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Savita Nayak
Senior Job Captain | Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Savita grew up in the dynamic city of Mumbai, India, surrounded by beautiful post-modern and Art Deco design. She graduated from the University of Mumbai with a Bachelors of Architecture. After a few years of working on residential projects in Mumbai, she moved to the United States to receive her Masters in Architecture from the University of California, Los Angeles.

She has worked on multi-family residential projects, master planning and commercial projects in New York and Connecticut. Her interest in sustainability and green design led her to obtain her certification as a LEED AP. She is currently working on completing her Architectural Registration Exams.

She enjoys traveling the world, reading books and experiencing different cultures, and playing board games with her family. She volunteers with the Glen Rock school HSA and Junior Achievement USA.


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Stephen McQueen
Job Captain | Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Stephen joined ENV in the fall of 2014 and has over 30 plus years of experience working in the profession. Currently he is performing as Assistant Job Captain, producing contract documents for bidding and construction. Stephen is responsible for the production of contract documents, construction details, consultant coordination, shop drawing review and coordination.


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Valdemar Fracz
Project Manager | Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Valdemar received a bachelor degree in Architecture from New Jersey Institute of Technology. From early youth through his years of study at NJIT, Valdemar developed a strong interest and passion to art and architecture.

At ENV, he demonstrates dedication and commitment to each individual project. As a leader of the design and production team, he plays an important role in all stages of project design and development. He has been involved in a variety of projects across the Hospitality sector.

Through years of practice and collaboration with world renowned chefs and leading international brands, he has developed the ability to understand the vision of our clients and implement a holistic solution through a balance of creative design and practical methods.


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Victoria Grimshaw
Office Manager | Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Victoria holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Economics from Penn State University and Purdue University, respectively. She has a background in the legal field and the health and fitness industry. Joining the ENV team in 2018, she is excited to be a part of the world of architecture and interior design.

On a day-to-day basis, Victoria oversees the office as a whole, including answering phones, maintaining the office, scheduling lunch and learns, and assisting the Principals and marketing team as needed.

Victoria is an avid traveler and has visited over half of the United States and countless countries, always planning her next adventure. When she isn’t traveling, Victoria enjoys spending time with her friends, lifting at the gym, reading, and hiking.


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Viktoryia Kirushchanka
Interior Designer | Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Viktoryia graduated from New Jersey Institute of Technology in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design and a minor in Economics. Her work was exhibited at SIGGRAPH 2015 -17 in California and “Women Designing the Future” Annual Exhibition in 2016.

In her senior year she won the “Senior Designer of Distinction Award” for her final Interior Design Studio project. Viktoryia joined the ENV team in 2017 as an interior designer and since has been working on multiple commercial projects.

Viktoryia grew up in Belarus, Eastern Europe. Back in Belarus Viktoryia was a ballroom dancer and has earned a Fred Astaire Dance Instructor Certificate in NJ. In her spare time, she likes to dance salsa, travel, and spend time with her two little Japanese Chins.


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