Our Team

Ben Herzog

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. Ben is also a Passive House Certified Designer.

 

Architecture


 

Heather Mangrum

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 2011 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 Skaraine

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

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.

 

Kelley Surun

Kelley Surun

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.

 

Jeremy Vealey

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.

 

Dave Mendelsohn

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.

 

Sarah Rhodes

Sarah Rhodes

Project Manager

Sarah graduated from the Rhode Island Island School of Design with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2012. As a RISD student, she spent a semester in Rome, Italy. Sarah has worked as an archaeological illustrator with Brown University, a cartographer and graphic designer with C&G Partners LLC in New York City, and as a scenic designer and carpenter. She also has experience as a Job Captain with Bowerbird Architects, PLLC, managing a range of Brooklyn residential projects from ground up construction to small apartment renovations. Outside of the office Sarah is an avid urban sketcher and baker, and she sings with a classical choir in Manhattan.

 

Naomi Touger

Naomi Touger

Project Manager

With more than ten years practicing architecture in New York City, Naomi is thrilled that she gets to do what she loves every day, helping clients realize truly satisfying spaces. Born and raised south of Boston, she grew up obsessed with the craftsmanship of old homes. Since earning architecture degrees from Barnard and Harvard, she’s designed and managed a variety of projects, ranging from high-end residences and restaurants to luxury retail spaces for brands such as Christian Louboutin --even graphics for a private jet. Outside of work, Naomi loves adventuring and eating her way through Brooklyn, where she lives with her husband and two children.

 

Lexi Jacobson

Lexi Jacobson

Project Designer

Lexi graduated from Boston University with a BA in Architectural Studies and completed an intensive summer program in architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. After working at tile and fabric showrooms, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where she worked for a high end residential Interior Design/Build Firm before moving back east and joining BHA. A Boston area native, Lexi has an affinity for and appreciation of historical buildings, and believes in honoring the architectural aesthetics of homes while also balancing the needs of a modern-day client.

 

Interior Design


 

Meredith Lorenzen

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.

 

Julia Conti

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.

 

Markie Mello

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.

 

Office Management


 

Doryon Stanfield

Doryon Stanfield

Office Manager / Bookeeper

Doryon is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor and received her Bachelors in Accounting from Western Illinois University. Since relocating to NYC from Illinois, she’s enjoyed bringing her insight and experience in accounting, data analysis, and human resources to a variety of business types from large corporate to not-for-profit to small startups.

 

K-9 Department


 

Caesar

Caesar

BHA Office Dog

Prior to joining BHA Caesar has lived in Chicago, New Jersey, Oregon and New York. He has a true appreciation for all the smells Brooklyn has to offer, cozy couches, and sitting on laps. He has extensive knowledge in boosting morale, chasing his toys, and welcoming newcomers. Outside of the office he spends his time taking walks, eating peanut butter and barking at the neighbors. He despises the subway and street cleaning days.