STUDIO NEWS: The Brooklyn Studio Elevates Four Senior Staff to Director-Level Roles
Franklin Chuqui joined The Brooklyn Studio in 2011. He has been a mentor to many project managers at the firm, guiding them through floor plan development, client collaboration, project management, budgeting, construction administration, and code compliance. In his role as Director, Franklin’s primary goal is to provide guidance to all project managers, improving both the employee and client experience. Franklin was born in Azogues, Ecuador, and emigrated to Queens when he was four years old. He graduated from The Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2009.
Margaret Hu joined The Brooklyn Studio in 2014, and she has lent her design sensibilities and communication skills to many projects in the office. As a Director, Margaret will focus on refining design practices and facilitating firm-wide knowledge sharing. Her goal is to maintain a strong sense of design identity, integrity, and consistency. Before joining The Brooklyn Studio, Margaret worked at Morris Adjmi Architects, Deborah Berke Partners, Rockwell Group, and Eve Robinson Associates, where she gained experience with private residential projects, high-end hospitality, and commercial development. Margaret received her Master of Architecture from Yale University, a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Vassar College, and an Associate degree in Interior Design from Parsons School of Design.
Scott Kunstadt joined The Brooklyn Studio in 2012. He has worked on rowhouse rehabilitations in Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Boerum Hill, and Clinton Hill; apartment rehabilitations in Flatiron and on the Upper East Side; and new construction houses in Connecticut and on Shelter Island. Scott devotes time to mentoring junior staff across the studio, sharing his technical knowledge about traditional and modern construction methods. In his new role, he will develop internal systems and standards to support the work of the firm’s project managers. He will also provide design and technical assistance. Scott earned his Master of Architecture degree at the Yale School of Architecture. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University, which was awarded magna cum laude.
Abdou Ndoye joined The Brooklyn Studio in 2010 following his graduation from the Spitzer School of Architecture at The City College of New York. Over the years, Abdou has had a hand in many of The Brooklyn Studio’s residential projects. He has extensive experience with construction documents and detailing building components. In his new leadership role, he will continue to guide projects and mentor team members with the goal of fostering a constructive and educational work environment. Abdou was born in Dakar, Senegal and moved to the United States when he was ten years old.