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Milestone Architecture PLLC

ARCHITECTURE PLLC IS A DYNAMIC, YOUNG, GLOBAL ARCHITECTURAL AND DESIGN PRACTICE, BASED IN NEW YORK AND WITH REPRESENTATIVES IN INDIA, ITALY, AND TURKEY. OUR MISSION STATEMENT EXPRESSES OUR FIRM’S SPIRIT AND DEDICATION.

Milestone’s mission is to create environmentally conscious architectural design that meets the needs and enhances the lives of people around the world. Our research draws inspiration from the styles, technologies, and cultures of many societies, past and present, to produce innovative designs that respect the human and the natural environment. We believe that teamwork and close relations with our clients help us develop ecologically sound, economically viable, and aesthetically pleasing spaces where people can live and work.

We provide multidisciplinary services for new construction, alterations, and restorations of residential and commercial properties, tailored to each client’s needs. Our team includes LEED AP-accredited professionals, AIA member architects, designers, construction managers, and cost estimators. We use the most advanced high-speed computer systems and programs to ensure efficiency, productivity, and value for clients. We constantly study new materials and new construction techniques around the world in order to bring bold, innovative ideas to meet the challenges of each new project. At the same time, we strive to preserve the timeless legacy of architecture and design through the restoration of classical and historical buildings.

Marcus Wilford

Marcus Wilford

Project Manager Consultant

Hosni Arafet Hlilou

Hosni Arafet Hlilou

Consultant

Alisa Nadolishny

Alisa Nadolishny

Project Manager Consultant

Paola Barcarolo

Paola Barcarolo

Project Manager Consultant

Jonathan Wittaker

Jonathan Wittaker

consultant

Najla Ben Hassen

Najla Ben Hassen

Consultant

Margaret Matz

Margaret Matz

President

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Marcus Wilford

Marcus Wilford

Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Marcus works as a designer and renderer on Milestone projects. He is studying for a bachelor's degree in architecture at the New York Institute of Technology School of Architecture and Design. He is a member of the Institute's AIAS chapter and treasurer of its NOMA chapter and he has expertise in building information modeling and rendering software. Marcus speaks, reads, and writes English fluently.

mwilford@milestonearchitecturepllc.com

Hosni Arafet Hlilou

Hosni Arafet Hlilou

Hosni is a citizen of Tunisia, where he was born and is based. He produces illustrations and architectural photography for Milestone projects, working with Adobe CS5 Illustrator and Photoshop. He holds certificates from Institut Superieur d'Informatique in El Kef, Tunisia, for a two-year course in computer systems management, with a specialization in security, and another two-year course in aviation systems maintenance. He is currently studying for a bachelor’s degree at the Airline Flight Academy in El Manzah 9, Tunisia.Hosni speaks, reads, and writes Arabic, English and French fluently.

hosni_arafet@milestonearchitecturepllc.com 

Alisa Nadolishny

Alisa Nadolishny

Alisa Nadolishny graduated from Pratt Institute with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art, focusing in sculpture. During her education, she had the opportunity to study in the Netherlands at the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten through Pratt Institute’s International Exchange Program. Alisa has worked in all aspects of the fashion industry, and has been involved in brand development and image manipulation, working for a variety of clients ranging from fashion designers to environmental engineering concerns. Alisa has recently collaborated on sculptural installations and interior design projects involving the creation of psychologically stimulating environments. In her work for Milestone, Alisa has collaborated on design and community outreach projects. She is pursuing additional education in Architecture, and is currently preparing for her LEED GA Exam.

anadolishny@milestonearchitecturepllc.com

Paola Barcarolo

Paola Barcarolo

Born and raised in Italy, Paola graduated – with honors and awards – from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Udine with a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree inarchitecture, focusing in Design for All (DfA) and in Human Centered Design (HCD).

She received advanced training through post-graduate courses, and became a disability and case manager (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan,) euro-project  manager (Europa Cube Innovation Business School srl, Eurogiovani of Bologna,) expert in DfA (Polytechnic University of Milan,) and tyflological advisor (Institute for Research, Education and Rehabilitation of Rome). She has had work experience in the public realm, and with businesses and professional firms, with associations and non-profit organizations.

Currently, she's a researcher and an expert instructor in the field of DfA and of HCD as applied to environmental accessibility with a focus related to visual and cognitive disabilities. She is also a PhD candidate in “Civil and Environmental Engineering, Architecture” as well as a scientific collaborator, and teaching assistant at the University of Udine and the POLI.design–Polytechnic University of Milan. She's developing an international research study entitled: "DfA Communications for the Strategic and Sustainable Enrichment of Cultural and Natural Heritage: Definition and Validation of Perceptual-Synaesthetic and Emotive Operational Principles for the Usage of Touristic UNESCO Sites."

She works as an architectural project manger with Milestone on HCD, DfA, Universal Design, Interaction Design, User Experience Design, Wayfinding Design, Haptic-Audio-Visual Communication for 3D for All and 2.5D for All, and Accessibility with a focus on ADA requirements.

paolabarcarolo@gmail.com

Jonathan Wittaker

Jonathan Wittaker

A native of New York, Jonathan had three years of professional architectural experience before he joined Milestone. He is a specialist in technical project design, using building information modeling and rendering software. He is also involved with laser scanning for historic architectural sites and video production for architectural competition presentations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the New York Institute of Technology. As well as a designer, he is Milestone’s IT manager and an integral part of Milestone’s marketing group. Jonathan speaks, reads, and writes English and Spanish fluently.

jwittaker@milestonearchitecturepllc.com

Najla Ben Hassen

Najla Ben Hassen

Born in Tunisia, Najla holds a degree in computer science from the Lycée Hannibal Technique , in Ariana , and is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in interior design at the Institut Superieur des Beaux Arts, in Beb Saadoun . Her work at Milestone includes schematic design, design development, preparation and production of construction documents using building information modeling and rendering software. Najla speaks, reads, and writes Arabic, English and French fluently.

 
Margaret Matz

Margaret Matz

An AIA registered architect, Margaret Matz has 20 years of experience in designing new, restoration, and sustainable renovation projects for academic institutions, health care institutions, and corporate and retail organizations.

Before founding Milestone in 2010, she served as project architect, project manager, senior designer, and executive principal with several major architectural firms, including Kohn Pedersen Fox Conway, HLW, and Butler Rogers Baskett. Her work has received many awards, most notably an Annual Record Interiors Feature for the Carmelo Pomodoro showroom, an Annual Interiors Award for the Yumesaki USA showroom, an Abraham Kazan Award for Excellence in Structural Engineering, and a Peter Bruder Memorial Fund Prize for Urban Design. She has published and lectured on art and architecture topics both in the US and abroad.

Margaret is also a visiting assistant professor at the New York Institute of Technology and the Pratt Institute schools of architecture. She is LEED AP and an AIA and USGBC member. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Margaret speaks, reads, and writes English, French, Hindi, Spanish, and Venetian fluently.

mmatz@milestonearchitecturepllc.com

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OWNER: Artist

LOCATION: New Paltz, NY, USA

SIZE: 9500 SF

COMPLETION DATE: 1990

Artist's Residence

A multi-media artist belonging to an established community of artisans working in the Hudson valley area wanted an addition designed for a farmhouse on a small wooded property adjoining an open expanse of grazing fields framed by horse farm barns.The house consisted of two contrasting parts joined together, a two-story masonry structure and a one-story wood structure. The design challenge was to expand the livable area of the wood-framed structure while not altering the original building envelope, because the owner loved the weathered look of the rustic home.

Together, Milestone’s Margaret Matz and William Lenart of Axis Design and Planning met the client’s requirements. They added an oversized dormer with an extensive glass surface area, which provided the additional livable room by reclaiming attic space over the one-story wood structure. This maintained the original
building profile while providing generous connectivity with the beautiful rustic site.

As the budget was extremely challenging, the financing plan included provision for the dormer glazing to be fabricated by a local artisan who worked with steel. In this respect, the project, completed in 1990, was precociously adopting sound principles of sustainable design.

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OWNER: House of Nehesi Publishers

LOCATION: St. Martin

COMPLETION DATE: 2013

Po'Num Book Design

The Po'Num dance was originally performed in 1848 upon the emancipation of the slaves of St. Martin, and had been a traditional dance of the island's people ever since. However, due to cultural shifts, the dance was in danger of dying out; this prompted Ms. Clara Reyes to thoroughly research the origins of the dance and its steps, in the interest of preserving it for the enjoyment of future generations. This research resulted in a comprehensive text, which was completed in 2003. In the spring of 2013, Milestone was approached to produce illustrations of the Po'Num dance, based on photographs of dancers performing the steps, and to design what will be the only academic text currently available on this subject. A collaboration with the Dance Notation Bureau resulted in the addition of technical dance notation, ultimately creating a definitive documentation of and guide to a cultural art that might otherwise have been forgotten. The book will be published in 2014.

 

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OWNER: Carmelo Pomodoro Takashimaya

LOCATION: New York, NY, USA

COMPLETION DATE: 1991

Carmelo Pomodoro Showroom

Carmelo Pomodoro was one of the most promising fashion designers of his generation. With additional talents in acting, photography, architecture, and painting, he envisioned a showroom for Carmelo Pomodoro Sportswear Ltd. as a boldly theatrical space - a setting to highlight and complement his clothing styles, which featured draped fabric, simple lines, unusual textures, and almost no color.

The showroom had to have a runway, four separate areas to highlight the fashions of each season, and a production area for sewing sample designs. The constraints imposed by a minimal budget inspired the architects - Margaret Matz of Axis Architecture, Design and Planning, in a joint venture with FTL Design Engineering Studio - to create unusual design strategies; for example, no doors and no field cutting of construction materials.

The result satisfied all the client's requirements. Open-ended, slightly bowed wood walls defined the clothing display area. Fabric panels over ceiling lighting formed triangular canopies, and display tables had elliptical glass tops. Moveable curved panels of buffed and lacquered steel allowed the space to be reconfigured at different times to highlight current fashion samples.

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OWNER: Ciba Geigy

LOCATION: Ardsley, NY

COMPLETION DATE: 1992

Engineering Annex

The Swiss pharmaceutical firm Ciba-Geigy had a US office, plant, and data center in an older industrial building in Ardsley, New York. Its underground vault housed antiquated transformers and switch gear that required upgrading and modernization. Milestone’s Margaret Matz, then a principal with Axis Design & Planning, led a team of consultants and electrical engineers charged with designing a structure to house the new equipment on a very constricted site adjacent to the existing building.

The challenges this project presented were to maintain operation of the existing equipment while the annex structure was being built, accommodate all the new equipment required, and provide rooftop access for future replacement of a diesel-powered backup generator, in a way that would makeit both serviceable and secure.

The team designed a column-free space modeled on the construction systems of the existing building. A feature of the design was a removable roof assembly over the area of the backup generator. A trussed structural system, using both top and bottom chords that couldsupport and distribute the weight of the roof, was specified. Thus, the roof could be removed in one piece to allow a new generator to be lowered into the building.The team also defined an equipment layout for the new space, creating a footprint that would permitoptimal servicing of new high- and low-voltage switch gear and avoid conflict with the existing underground vaults.

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OWNER: European Firm

LOCATION: New York, NY - USA

COMPLETION DATE: 2012

Innovative Waste Water Treatment Plant

Milestone prepared conceptual designs for a proposed Innovative Waster Water Treatment Center for a European firm. The design challenge for the new innovative waste water treatment plant, in Staten Island, NY, and for the alternative site, in Brooklyn, NY, is to invite the community to engage with the main new building on the site and to reclaim a part of the the industrialized area for public use. The design’s many amenities will attract the residents to the site.

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OWNER: House of Nehesi Publishers

LOCATION: Philipsburg, St Martin, Caribbean

COMPLETION DATE: 2008

6th Book Fair Caribbean Sustainable Architecture

In 2008, the House of Nehesi Publishers, located on the Caribbean island of St. Martin, together with the University of St. Martin, invited Milestone’s Margaret Matz to participate in their sixth annual Book Fair by giving a presentation on sustainable architecture in the Caribbean. The impetus for the topic was the two sponsors’ growing concern about recent and rapid overdevelopment by the tourism industry on St. Martin.

The lecture and visual presentation was in two parts. First, a brief history of environmental movements in the USA and the world and a brief history of Caribbean architecture, highlighting the traditional indigenous architecture and its African and European influences. Second, a synthesis of sustainable architectural principles practiced in the USA and the world and a summary of residential housing and community-center architectural typologies, based on the principles relevant to the Caribbean.

The audience at the fair comprised every segment of the population of St. Martin, as well as participants from Trinidad and Tobago, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Martinique, Nigeria, and the US. The lecture prompted an engaged and lively discussion on such issues as: Are food cultivation gardens being included in current residential projects? Is traditional architecture inherently more sustainable than modern architecture? Is sustainable architecture in essence political? This was followed by a transfer of professional knowledge among the architects, engineers, and environmental consultants.

Certain of the images above were used in the lecture by permission from the copyright owners. #3, emergency shelters for St. George’s, Grenada, designed by Global Village LLC; published in Architecture for Humanity, Design Like You Give a Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crisis, Metropolis Books, 2006.   #6, Furgovilla House, designed by Daniel Pons; published in "4 Visiones de Arquitectura Contemporanea," Arquitexto, 2004.

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OWNER: James Madison University

LOCATION: Harrisonburg, VA, USA

COMPLETION DATE: 2010

East Meets West Project

James Madison University is an educational institution in Virginia that specializes in foreign affairs. For its annual East Meets West conference in 2009, it commissioned Milestone’s Margaret Matz to deliver a lecture focused on the interface between eastern and western cultures, as expressed in architecture and literature.

The lecture, entitled “Asian Influence on Venetian Architecture 1100–1500 AD,” was adapted from ongoing research for a book about medieval innovations in architectural typologies, based on Marco Polo’s book Il Milione, written at the end of the 13th century. Structured to reflect the progression of Marco Polo’s travels from Venice to Asia and back, the project examines Venetian architecture through the paradigm of Venetian interaction with Near and Middle Eastern, Central Asian, Far East Asian, Indian, and nomadic cultures. It explores cultural transformations in relation to architectural transformations, the process that led to architectural innovation, and the relevance of innovation for our contemporary culture.

New material prepared for the conference focused on intercultural literary relations and numerous graphics juxtaposing aspects of the various cultures’ works of art and architecture. Architect Charles Matz was the graphics editor. Research assistance was provided by Yoseph Shair and Jonathan Wittaker.

The presentation was well received, and Milestone has been invited to participate in the University’s 2012 conference, for which we will be designing a proscenium for the staging of Puccini’s opera Le Villi.

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OWNER: Milestone Architecture PLLC

LOCATION: New York, NY, USA

COMPLETION DATE: 2011

Milestone Architecture Office/Residence

Milestone’s staff was not only the architects and designers, but also both the client and the end user for this project, which is located in a New York City high-rise building on the border between the financial district and Battery Park. The staff needed two functional configurations for the main working space: a working and breakout area that could accommodate up to ten people at a time, and a dining and living area for hosting social events. A smaller residential space adjoined the main space.

The design objective was to incorporate elements from multiple cultures, and the design team was asked to articulate the project using sustainable design principles. The team selected de-mountable furniture and moveable partitions – nomadic furniture, so the design elements could be moved from one functional configuration to the other. Modern designs for the bookcase, screens, and fabrics that furnished the project were based on the abstracted geometry of various Near and Middle East, Central, South and Far East Asian designs.

Advanced computer software was used to visualize the 1100-square-foot space in perspective, study its complex multiple functions, and anticipate any potential conflicts between the two functional schemes. The abundant natural light and high ceilings of the space lent itself easily to various planning layouts. Environmentally friendly and reused materials, low-energy-consuming lighting and plumbing fixtures were specified. All decisions were made by consensus according to the collaborative project management system known as “charrettes,” which is characteristic of the sustainable design process.

 
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OWNER: Svenska Kyrkan

LOCATION: New York, NY, USA

COMPLETION DATE: 1992

Swedish Seamen's Church

The Swedish Seamen’s Church was established in 1873 in New York City to serve seafarers and resident Scandinavians. Its present location in midtown Manhattan is a brownstone built in 1981 and altered to a neo-Gothic form in 1921. In addition to religious services, the church’s activities include many community service functions, such as a library, a small café open to the public, a children’s day care area, and a roof terrace used for social events.

The church came to Axis Architecture, Design and Planning’s Margaret Matz and her colleague William Lenart, urgently needing repairs to the building’s leaking roof and its supporting structure, which was failing, as was the stairwell bulkhead that led to the roof.

The project’s budget and time frame were both tight. To accelerate the schedule and minimize risks, the design team took on construction management of the project, serving as liaison between the client and the contractors.The needed minor structural repairs to the building’s limestone masonry façade were made with ecologically friendly materials and methods. And the work on the roof offered an opportunity not only to improve its physical condition but also to make it a more attractive space for the church’s social uses. The design and construction teams increased the walkable surface by replacing traditional skylights with glass paver skylights. They also installed shading devices and custom benches for more comfortable seating, and put up safety railings.

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OWNER: Yumesaki USA

LOCATION: New York, NY, USA

COMPLETION DATE: 1991

Yumesaki USA Showroom

Yumesaki USA is an offshoot of a Japanese textile company. For the large textile showroom it was opening in New York, it wanted a crisply futuristic design that could accommodate varying degrees of privacy for staff and clients, and present an uncluttered and inviting setting for the display of its brilliantly varied wares. A tight budget and limited time frame for the project was a welcome challenge for Milestone’s Margaret Matz, at that time a principal in the firm of Axis Architecture, Design and Planning, and her colleague William Lenart.

The centerpiece of the design program for Yumesaki was a set of sweeping, free standing, curvilinear screens that would enclose the principal display area. Throughout the showroom they specified clean lines and simple materials in their most natural state, to produce a richly varied environment that would convey an air of serenity and mystery.

The designers’ instinctive understanding of the client’s vision and their close working relationship with the contractor made it possible to bring the showroom to vibrant life within six weeks’ time and a modest budget.

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Silk Screening Fundraiser at Cooper Union

In September of 2013, Milestone twice participated in a fundraiser with Cooper Union's Alumni Association as part of the school's new student orientation. Milestone provided T-shirts and silk screening supplies to create custom CU shirts on site. Using designs produced by Najla Ben Hassen and Alisa Nadolishny, dozens of Cooper Union shirts were made and sold. The event was extremely successful, both in raising funds for the CUAA and as a means of interacting with the CU and East Village communities.

 

 

The Peter Cooper Block Party, nighttime projection

On April 13, 2014, The Cooper Union Alumni Association hosted a block party on Astor Place, intended to showcase alumni work to the public. In the spirit of the Cooper Union, the event was free and open for the public to attend.

In order to promote the event, the Milestone Team collaborated with prominent members of the CUAA to install a high-powered projector across the street from 41 Cooper Square on the evening prior to the event.

Global Innovations and Practices at Green Festival NYC

"On Sunday, April 27th 2014, Margaret Matz joined Alex Nadolishny, of The Louis Berger Group, and Tyler Adkins, of Urban Green Energy, for a panel discussion on Global Innovations and Practices, moderated by Alisa Nadolishny, at Green Festival NYC. Green Festivals are the largest and longest-running sustainable living events, providing information and activities related to leading a 'greener' life. Thanks to the panelists' diverse backgrounds and wide range of expertise, the discussion proved to be a vigorous and in-depth exploration of the evolution of sustainable practices on an international level.
It was a wonderful event, overall, and we look forward to working with the Green Festivals team in the future!
 
More information on the even can be found here:
http://www.greenfestivals.org
 
More information on the work of Urban Green Energy and The Louis Berger Group can be found via the links below:
 

Iniziativa Restauro: Restoration Initiative: Torcello - Venezia, Italy Book Design.

In collaboration with the Patriarcato di Venezia and Sansovino Restauri, Milestone surveyed the historic structures of Torcello - Venice, Italy with laser scanners with the objective of attracting sponsorship for the restoration of the structures. The point clouds that were stitched together to create full 3D models of the buildings. These 3D models were converted into mesh models, from which contours can be taken for accurate sections and plans. The images from these models, along with photographs by Deborah Garwood and Milestone, are contributing to the development of a book and brochure about the project that will be used in a collateral exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2014.

 

 

Innovative Waste Water Center Designs

Milestone prepared conceptual designs for a proposed Innovative Waster Water Treatment Center for a European firm. The design challenge for the new innovative waste water treatment plant, in Staten Island, NY, and for the alternative site, in Brooklyn, NY, is to invite the community to engage with the main new building on the site and to reclaim a part of the the industrialized area for public use. The design’s many amenities will attract the residents to the site.

 

 

Illustrating the Ponum, an Emancipation Celebration Dance of Saint Martin

Milestone is creating mixed-media illustrations for the House of Nehesi Publishers’ book that will document the choreography of the Ponum, the official dance of Saint Martin, in the Caribbean.The illustrations for this publication will include portraits of elders who have preserved the knowledge of this traditional dance, figurative diagrams of dancers who keep it contemporary while performing it, and the dance notation for it.

 

 

Visual Imagery for an Operatic and Theatrical Performance

The American Center for Puccini Studies has invited Milestone to collaborate with them in creating the visual imagery for an operatic and theatrical performance that will be staged, in a Northeastern American city, next year. This imagery will include the design for the production’s costumes and three dimensional scenes that will be projected onto the stage’s backdrop. Milestone expects to employ advanced technologies to realize both the costume and scenic designs for this event.

 

 

Silk Screening Fundraiser at Cooper Union

In September of 2013, Milestone twice participated in a fundraiser with Cooper Union's Alumni Association as part of the school's new student orientation. Milestone provided T-shirts and silk screening supplies to create custom CU shirts on site. Using designs produced by Najla Ben Hassen and Alisa Nadolishny, dozens of Cooper Union shirts were made and sold. The event was extremely successful, both in raising funds for the CUAA and as a means of interacting with the CU and East Village communities.

 

 

Venetian Archival Research

Milestone is conducting a comprehensive investigation of wills and other documents in the Archivio di Stato di Venezia related to merchant families in the communities on the Venetian islands where Marco Polo lived in the 13th century. This research is intended to bring into detailed focus the merchant families’ interrelationships, with particular emphasis on those who were related to Marco Polo. In addition, the findings are providing information about the communities’ costumes and habits, local and foreign property, and familial relations. Dottoressa Pamela Gennari is leading the research efforts and collaborating with representatives of the Archivio di Stato. 

 

 

Restoration of Venetian Basilica

Milestone is collaborating with a Venetian firm in the restoration of an 11th Century basilican church on an island in the lagoon of Venice. Milestone will be laser-scanning the structure, producing detailed three-dimensional images of its complex geometries. The procedure captures an exact digital reproduction of existing conditions, permitting accurate documentation and assessment of the areas requiring restoration.

 

 

Medieval Turkish Influences on Architectural Building Types

Milestone is undertaking a research project to survey Medieval Turkish monuments - mosques, jamis, masjids, madrasas, maristans, ribats and khanqas - that led to innovations in architectural building types. The project analyzes the structures’ plans and the functional uses for which they were designed, and traces the adoption of those forms for Medieval and early Renaissance public buildings in western culture. The results of the research will be published in essay and book form.