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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.

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Jay Cohen
Leadership | New York, NY

Jay’s management style for ENV is informed by over thirty years of diversified experience on a broad range of architectural project types and interior design applications.

From institutional projects like New York Foundling Hospital to commercial and corporate interiors like The Segal Company and Bank of New York Mellon, Jay has been actively responsible for the design and construction administration of over fifteen million square feet of interior and architectural space and counting.

Some other projects from Jay’s list include Bank of China, Autism Speaks, Plumbers Union Local 1 Headquarters, The Environmental Defense Fund, Year Up, and Mason Tenders.

His design vision informs ENV creativity, and his entrepreneurial spirit is at the heart of the company. Whether he is engaged in assisting clients in lease negotiations, benchmarking projects or performing post-occupancy services, Jay’s ability to identify opportunities for clients and manage their design solutions remains one of ENV’s most valuable assets.


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Jennifer Brenner
Project Manager | New York, NY

Growing up with an artistically talented mother, creativity and design were always a part of Jennifer’s life. Constantly drawing and sketching, pencil and paper became her medium of choice. It wasn’t until high school that she was introduced to the world of architecture. Knowing her artistic talents, friends suggested an architecture and design class which quickly became her favorite time of the day.

Following that interest into college, Jennifer pursued a Bachelor’s degree from the University at Buffalo and later completed her Master’s at the Rhode Island School of Design, focusing on adaptive reuse. Being able to incorporate a building’s past life and history with a new purpose drives her creative nature. It becomes an exciting challenge showcasing existing structures with current ideas.

Outside of the office, Jennifer spends her time with her friends and family exploring New York City and staying active. She loves seeing what the city has to offer from the latest workout class or restaurant, to each of the different neighborhoods. She is always on the go.


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Jenny Le
Senior Technical Designer | New York, NY

As Senior Technical Designer, Jenny joined ENV with more than two decades of base building project experience ranging from Education to Commercial Interior to Residential project types. Impressed with her work ethnic and meticulous design detail, Jenny was recruited by her thesis professor to work in his modest mid-size firm in Hasting on Hudson, NY upon graduation. Since then, she has worked in all aspects of design, documentation, and construction phases on notable projects varying in size and complexity. Some of her past works are Scarsdale Elementary and High School gym and classroom additions, Dressbarn Headquarters office addition/renovation, Novartis Pharmaceutical Campus Master Plan, and JFK Riverwalk Residential Development.

Jenny’s passion and pursuit for design excellence and meticulous detail are evident in her work and personal life. At home, she has her hands full with the daily drama of a teenage boy and five-year old diva. While not managing her two kids and husband’s daily activities, Jenny enjoys local cuisine, traveling, and binging the latest K-Pop TV dramas.


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Jin Yoon
Project Architect | New York, NY

Jin embarked on her interior design journey in South Korea at an Art High School and graduated with an interior design degree from university. In the United States, she has developed a strong millwork background by drawing all aspects of commercial and residential construction.

Previous projects include NYU Langone Ambulatory Center, Northwell Health Peconic Bay Medical Center, Carleton College, and Temple University.

After receiving an advanced degree in sustainability from the New York School of Interior Design, ENV was a natural next step in her career.  She is LEED AP BD+C certified and proficient with both AutoCAD and REVIT.

In her spare time, she loves to travel, cook, create art like pottery and spend time with family. She also makes it a point to not only practice sustainability in her work but also at home.


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Keri Hart Opp
Project Designer | New York, NY

Keri took the ‘Goldilocks’ route to her position at ENV. She grew up in Vermont, and after graduating from Endicott College in Massachusetts with her degree in Interior Design, she tried out a variety of jobs and homes before finding the perfect fit here.

She spent many years working in Connecticut designing millwork and display for luxury retail environments, but took a break in the middle to try out life in Kansas City working at a home design boutique.

Then she sampled the famed southern hospitality in Louisiana for a bit while working as a home decor and furniture salesperson, but that wasn’t quite right either. So eventually, like Goldilocks, she found her way to a project designer position at ENV, which she thinks is juuuuuust right.

When she isn’t surrounded by material samples or creating 3D models and renderings for her projects at ENV, Keri spends her time lounging with her 60 pound lapdogs, visiting her large and rowdy extended family, executing a plethora of home improvement and DIY projects, baking cupcakes, and counteracting the cupcakes with activities like yoga, hiking, downhill skiing, and coed kickball.

She dreams of getting her pilots license and a seaplane someday, and plans to frequently add to the list of 17 countries and 34 states that she has visited so far.


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Louis Cespedes
Project Director | New York, NY

Louis is a native of New York City and a graduate of Pratt Institute School of Architecture. Trained as a painter, his knowledge of fine-arts and history form the foundations of his architectural thinking. His professional and personal focus has always been on problem solving both in arts as well as in building, with a unique focus on craft.

As a child, he worked alongside his step-father in body shops fixing crashed automobiles. As an architect, he has practiced architecture in Vienna and most recently in Mexico before returning to New York.

Initially, after completing his studies, he began working in the public sector for the New York City Housing Authority and later he joined the private sector firm of Skidmore Owings and Merrill before setting off to travel around Europe, eventually ending up in Mexico where he lived for 10 years.

In the Americas, he’s traveled to Peru, Haiti, Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. These travels and professional experiences inform his perception of practice and his simple approach to practical management and creative solutions.

Louis is an avid history buff, and news junkie, and is constantly thinking and finding motivation in the every-day. He is also a competitor and a do-it-yourselfer. In his spare time, he participates in amateur Triathlon events. He’s completed several half-distance events in Syracuse and Quassy as well as yearly participation in the New York City Tri. During the off-season, his favorite pastime is doing small construction and home-improvement projects.


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Roland Quirion
Leadership | New York, NY

Roland has over thirty four years experience in Core and Shell, Interior Architecture, planning, and design. Trained as an architect, he has completed hundreds of projects throughout the United States and the world, most notably in New York City, San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles, Toronto, Cairo, Dubai, and Algiers.

As Associate Principal, Roland works with his technical and design teams to establish goals and objectives that will ensure throughout the design process that all client priorities and design objectives have been met. He works closely with all office principals, technical, and design teams to establish ongoing strategic and common goals for all assigned client projects.

He is responsible for communicating these goals and objectives to all project managers and staff under his management. Roland’s experience includes award-winning design, project management, space planning, technical detailing, and construction administration.

Roland’s work has been published in Interior Design and Contract Magazines. Roland belongs to several industry design associations and provides mentorship through industry competitions and various local and national charities.


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Shaunna Lam
Office Administrator/Marketing Assistant | New York, NY

If you were to peruse Shaunna’s work history, you may be perplexed as to how she ended up at ENV. With an unconventional mix of jobs including TV producer, office manager, and marketing coordinator, this multi-hyphenate position allows her to put all her various skills to use. From accommodating clients, assisting principals, and providing general staff support to composing social media posts and helping with the company rebrand, Shaunna is happy to do whatever is needed – even in a Halloween costume!

In her spare time, Shaunna enjoys absorbing as much Japanese culture and language as possible through a ridiculous amount of anime watching, playing Monster Hunter on her 3DS, and spending countless hours on Wikipedia trying to demystify the world one fact at a time. She wants to taste every type of cuisine that exists and believes there is no such thing as “too much sleep.”


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Stephanie DePalma
Accounting Specialist | New York, NY

Stephanie, intrigued by the architecture and interior design industry, began at ENV as an administrator handling a variety of tasks, from accounting to event planning to office management. She had an aptitude for numbers which did not go unnoticed by Amy, ENV NY’s Finance Director, who helped to further polish her natural talents.

As the firm grew, so too did Stephanie’s role within it. Today, she enjoys her position as Accounting Specialist, and continues to find her work stimulating. She still assists in an admin capacity, leading the way with company outings like the annual fall gathering and holiday party.

In her free time (when she’s not taking care of her two Yorkies), Stephanie is an experienced skier and weekend chef. She loves Italian food and states that she can “eat pasta every single day.” She likes all kinds of music, but especially music from the 70s, having grown up with her parents listening to it. Stephanie is also a car enthusiast and attends shows. Her dream car is a black Maserati GranTurismo with red seats.


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Wey Lee
Leadership | New York, NY

When it comes to the process of managing, designing, and coordinating a good-looking and functional interiors project, Wey Lee is an expert. His experienced leadership breathes life and stability into each project he does and client relationship he extends with ENV.

With over four decades experience in the commercial interiors industry, Mr. Lee’s work on ground-up core and shell projects, along with the design of large-scale corporate interior spaces, continues to innovate and adapt to his clients’ growing needs.

Over the years, Wey Lee has developed a particular expertise in the design of retail banking, financial services, and retail roll-outs. As principal-in-charge, Mr. Lee maintains an ongoing senior management level relationship with each client, all the while seeking to align each project’s objectives for quality, schedule, and budget.

A partial listing of his projects include JP Morgan Chase, Capital One, and Dime Savings. Roll-out retail includes Starbucks, Michael Kors, Tiffany, and Ralph Lauren. Financial projects include Morgan Stanley, Knight Capital, Societe Generale, BGC, Cantor Fitzgerald, Dow Jones, Met Life, and Guardian Life Insurance.


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Zak Silapaswang
Senior Project Coordinator | New York, NY

As a young man in Thailand, Zak completed his training in Architecture at a top university there. Shortly thereafter, he moved to the U.S. and continued his graduate education in both architecture and interior design at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

His talent at technical detailing and his hand drawing skills were apparent and he was quickly snatched up by a company that saw this ability.

And such was the start of many years of milestones and accomplishments in the design industry, including studying under Eleanor Roosevelt’s own woodworker. One thing about Zak through his years is that he has seen many changes! When computers were first introduced into design, Zak did not shy away from the technology. He dove right in spending many “after hours” sessions seeing what he could do with this new set of tools. He truly made the program his own; so much so that it became known as Zak-CAD around the office.

Zak has been with ENV (Environetics) for many years. He really appreciates the creative freedom he has here and how he is given the chance to run with his ideas. He loves the technical aspects of interior design and he is a go-to problem solver. It’s all in the fine details and creating a finished space that our clients enjoy and are very happy with that brings him satisfaction. Recently he has been working on many projects for the Durst Organization and Calvin Klein. He still freehand sketches drawings to this day at times when working out solutions.

When not at the office, he enjoys time with his kids and grand kids. He has always enjoyed playing and watching tennis and golf when he has time to. Zak looks forward soon to see his own design in a personal way as he has drawn up a renovation for his home that he hopes to see take shape in the near future.


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