About Us

BHA OfficeBen Herzog Architect, PC would love to hear about your project and help you create the best results possible with spaces designed specifically for the needs of you and your family.

Whether you plan to gut renovate a townhouse, maximize the efficiency of your apartment or open your living space to the outdoors, BHA can help.

Each client brings different goals, priorities and budgets to a project. We believe that the architect’s role is not to dominate the process, but rather to guide it to completion with the client’s top priorities in mind. This successful collaboration between client and architect will result in gracious, efficient and comfortable spaces in which to live and work.

BHA offers full services for our clients from pre-design through the completion of construction. We specialize in residential renovations, additions and new construction as well as commercial and office build-outs.

BHA is just as comfortable restoring historic homes as creating modern, sleek spaces. We will work directly with developers, owner’s representatives and end-users.

Would you like to discuss your architectural project with us?
Please fill out our Project Planning Worksheet so that we can learn more about your project.


Our Staff


Ben Herzog, Principal

After working for other New York firms including Baxt Ingui Architects, Coburn Architecture, Robert AM Stern Architects and Edward S Eglin Architectural Design, Ben started his own firm in 2009. Since then, the firm has grown rapidly and he now leads a team of architects and designers specializing in renovations, additions and new construction of commercial and residential projects. Ben received his A.B. in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard University and a Master in Architecture from Columbia University. He is licensed in New York and Connecticut and NCARB-certified for licensing in other states.

Heather Mangrum, Senior Associate

Heather has been practicing architecture for over a decade after graduating from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Bachelor of Architecture. She joined BHA in 2010 and brings with her professional experience focusing on residential projects located throughout the eastern coast. She believes it is never too early to start planning, whether it is for a construction project, planning her dinner menu before lunch, or packing two weeks before a trip.

Ilva Ilva Skaraine, Project Manager

Prior to joining Ben Herzog Architect, Ilva designed and led a number of projects at architectural offices in New York ranging from single family residences to community facilities. She also spent two years managing uniquely detailed and complex projects at Bjork Carle Woodworking. Ilva loves mixing old and new and embraces the unexpected in her life and in her design projects. She believes that design should not be overwhelming, however a space should be as unique and fun as the people who occupy it and strives to bring that kind of authentic creativity to her clients. Ilva earned a B.A. in Interior Design at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and holds a B.Sc. in Economics from University of Latvia. She has also attended NYC College of Technology and Art Students League of NY for selected advanced coursework.

Anita Lin, Project Manager

After spending a few years away from architecture doing web design, jewelry design and staying home with her young daughter, Anita was inspired to return to architecture after hiring Ben Herzog Architect to renovate her Brooklyn home. She enjoyed collaborating with Ben on the project so much that she decided to join the firm. Anita has a B.A. in Architecture from Columbia University and a Master in Architecture from Harvard University. She is licensed to practice architecture in New York.

Zac Ray, Project Manager

Zac graduated magna cum laude from Virginia Tech in 2001. His final two years at university were spent studying at the Virginia Tech CESA center in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland, interning for Chestnutt_Niess Architekten BDA in Berlin, and studying a year at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, Switzerland in the atelier of architect Peter Zumthor. Before coming to BHA, Zac was employed as a project manager at Miller & Wright Architects in NYC where he got to work on a diverse set of projects ranging from 10,000 square foot new construction homes to apartment renovations in the city. Before that he worked for 6 years doing high-end, custom residential work at the award winning firm Reader & Swartz Architects in Winchester, VA.

Kelley Sullivan, Project Manager

Kelley is a designer and maker of places, spaces and things. Prior to moving to New York in 2012 she had been working in Boston, MA for 10 years. Her residential design work can be experienced in the homes of her clients from the greater Boston area, the Cape and Nantucket, to New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Florida and New Zealand. She sees each project as a collaborative opportunity to work closely with client, contractor, and each of the trades, to bring to fruition a design response fulfilling the desires of the project. She received both her B.F.A. in Industrial Design and her Masters of Architecture from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. This education, in addition to her varied onsite experiences, combine to influence how she designs each aspect of object, home or work place that people interact with. A vinyasa yoga instructor, Kelley integrates elements of mindfulness and introspection into her designs and artwork, creating moments for her audience to stop and reflect.

Meredith Lorenzen, Interior Designer

Meredith is a Baltimore-born interior designer who has made Brooklyn her home for the past 9 years. After receiving a BA in Painting from Trinity College in Hartford, CT., Meredith moved to New York to begin pursuing her love of design. Upon finishing her AAS in Interior Design from Parsons, she worked for Darren Brown Interiors and Eli Dweck Design, both high-end residential firms focusing on the New York area.

She has designed and managed projects ranging from low-budget studio apartments to full gut-renovations of private homes, and now especially enjoys her reign over the BHA sample library. In addition, Meredith served as the Gallery Director and Operations Manager at the Brooklyn Art Space, a shared studio and gallery in Gowanus where she still maintains a studio, and has been teaching charcoal classes there since 2010.

Jeremy Vealey, Project Manager

Jeremy has joined BHA with experience that includes co-design and construction management of commercial, institutional, and high-end residential projects of various scales throughout New York City and the surrounding area, while at the firms Allen + Killcoyne Architects and Zivkovic Connolly Architects, P.C. Other work experience includes an internship at the firm Art & Architecture, as well as a position as foreman’s assistant at White Construction Company, both in Central Virginia. Jeremy graduated Cum Laude from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), and studied for a semester each at the College for European Studies and Architecture (Riva San Vitale, Switzerland) and the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Consortium (Alexandria, Virginia). He is licensed in New York State, and is NCARB certified to gain licensure in other states.

Julia Conti, Interior Designer

Prior to joining BHA, Julia received her BA in Painting from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY and spent a semester studying in Florence, Italy. After completing her AAS in Interior Design from Parsons the New School for Design, she decided to permanently move in New York in order to pursue her love of all things art, design and adventure. She has worked for Tracey Stephens Interior Design, a residential high-end firm focused in the Greater New York as well as the Museum of Arts and Design in Manhattan.

Cameron Richards, Project Designer

Cameron graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, with a B.arch. As a Cal Poly student he participated in a traveling study abroad program throughout Switzerland, based out of a remote mountaintop village of less than 20 people. He also spent a quarter studying in the San Francisco urban design program. During his time in school, Cameron interned at a variety of firms and worked on many different project scales, leading him to an interest in residential design. He moved to New York to gain new perspectives in architecture and life, and is thrilled to be working toward licensure as a part of the BHA team.

Allison Hamilton, Office Manager

Allison joined BHA as an experienced bookkeeper, financial analyst, and office manager. She has worked in property development, environmental conservancy, novelty gifts, and architecture. She graduated from Guilford College with a BA in Comparative Religious Studies and enjoys applying her degree in the most circuitous ways possible.

Sarah Rhoads, Project Designer

Sarah graduated from the Rhode Island Island School of Design with Bachelor of Architecture in 2012. As a RISD student, she spent a semester in Rome, Italy developing a love for drawing, maps, and old things. Sarah has worked as an archaeological illustrator with Brown University, and as a cartographer and graphic designer with C&G Partners LLC in New York City, as well as a brief stint as a scenic carpenter and theater props fabricator at many theaters in and around the city. Sarah is excited to learn the ins and outs of the architectural process as a part of the BHA team.

Aaron Chau, Project Designer

Aaron joined BHA as an intern in the summer of 2013. After studying sculpture and architectural studies at Connecticut College, and later receiving his B.Arch from Pratt Institute, Aaron is excited to finally join BHA as a project designer. Aaron has previously worked on a number of landmark residential, and commercial projects with Phoenix groups Design Build LLC, based in Philadelphia, PA.

Dave Mendelsohn, Project Manager

Dave brings 17 years of experience on a diverse range of projects. He has enjoyed working through the details of apartment renovations and of a preservation award-winning Broadway theater. He recently took a new 57-unit supportive housing development from early design through construction. Other past work has included designing classrooms and housing for people with multiple disabilities, renovation of city schools and libraries, new commercial and health care projects, affordable and market rate housing, and projects for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. His education includes a B.A. In Geography/Urban Systems from McGill University in Montreal, the junior year Shape of Two Cities Program (New York & Paris) through Columbia University, and a Master of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, which included a semester at the University of Natal, in Durban, South Africa. Dave has been living in “brownstone Brooklyn” since 2002. In spare moments, he enjoys photography and music.

Markie Mello, Interior Designer

Markie graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design. As part of her studies at Syracuse, Markie spent a semester abroad in London where she was immersed in a multi-disciplinary program with industrial, graphic and advertising designers. Prior to joining BHA, Markie had been working as an interior designer in New York within a variety of markets including corporate, commercial, university, hospitality, and high end residential. Markie also holds a LEED AP accreditation in Interior Design and Construction, and has interest in green design and sustainability.