We are designers, architects and planners, but more importantly connectors, facilitators and innovators to engage people with our built environment.
Our design strives to answer questions about purpose and meaning for each project: how to improve and enrich people’s life with what we build, and with what’s built around us.
We believe our knowledge and design can engage and empower our clients and users to understand and address the pressing issues we face today: energy, resource, history, equity, diversity… Together we build a better place.
Together we build a better place.
Dean is an architectural design leader specialized in mixed-use, multi-family residential projects in greater NYC area, with twenty years of experience in architecture, planning and construction in US and Asia.
Prior to starting L+Z, Dean was Director of Planning at a prominent architectural firm in NYC, Dean’s responsibilities range from feasibility study, including zoning, massing and planning for new development, to building plan layout and design, with a strong focus on NYC zoning resolution and building code. His portfolio includes numerous significant multi-family and mixed-use developments in NYC area, as well as project with 421a program and inclusionary housing program.
Dean earned both his Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees from Hanyang University in Seoul, Korea. He also received Master of Interior Design degree from Pratt Institute. He is also a LEED Accredited Professional.
Jie believes good architecture provides unique experiences that people can relate to. This requires one to dive deep into the building’s context, client’s culture, business drivers and goals. A good design is an inclusive process that connects people with the physical environment in a meaningful and sustainable way.
Jie has extensive design expertise in multi-family residential, hospitality, commercial, adaptive reuse, mixed-use and master planning projects, both in the United States and internationally. A true believer and practitioner of collaboration, he has led the design of many high-profile projects from concept to project completion.
Jie earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China and Master of Architecture degree from Ohio State University as well as Master of Design Studies with focus on urbanization and Housing from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He is a licensed architect in NY and NJ and a LEED Accredited Professional.
Melissa believes that beauty is within the details. She comes with 15 years of experience in mixed-use, multi-family residential projects, involved from design development to construction administration. Her attention to detail and communication skills allows her to lead coordination between many different consultants. Melissa’s portfolio ranges from affordable rentals to high-end luxury condominiums.
Melissa earned her Bachelor of Architecture degree at New Jersey Institute of Technology. She is a licensed architect in NY and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Teicha has 10 years of architecture experience, most of which have been spent in mixed-use, multi-family residential projects. She believes in the importance of teamwork and collaboration to create a successful project. Teicha’s organizational skills help facilitate the integration of ideas across all disciplines.
Teicha earned her Bachelor of Architecture degree at The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at City College of New York.
From due diligence to feasibility studies, we use design thinking to understand project needs from urban scale down to individual users. We provide innovative and thoughtful solutions to each unique challenge.
Our extensive expertise across a variety of building types allows us to offer full service from concept design to construction administration with fully integrated digital practice platform.
We believe interior design should be an integral part of the architecture concept. We deliver interior design with quality and attention to details.
Build a culture of clear communication and efficient team work among diverse disciplines and different priorities.
Understand and prioritize critical components, balance big picture with attention to execution and detail.
Advance design solutions to make a positive impact on our neighborhood, our community and our planet.
Always explore and expand our horizon to broaden and deepen our multi-disciplinary design practice
Integrate design vision with extensive relevant experience and in-depth technology know-how.
Explore new processes, techniques and ideas to improve current design practice and create new value.