As an office, we recognize that each project is developed by a team. Our team members come from a wide range of backgrounds and bring their diverse interests to focus on each project. The ability to communicate and problem solve are emphasized in the practice and an open atmosphere for managing and delivering projects has been established which allows the project teams to focus on designing and documenting their work. We place a great emphasis on teamwork to deliver a project. It is clear to us after years of completing complex projects in demanding situations, the interplay of team members is vital to solving the problems that arise in a project.
Martin Hopp founded Martin Hopp Architect in 2013 after working as a Project Director at Rafael Viñoly Architects in New York City, USA; for John McAslan & Partners in London, U.K.; and Buro Wulf & Partners in Stuttgart, Germany. He graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture in 1998.
Martin leads all projects in the office with a focus on developing an understanding of a client’s needs into and throughout the concept and design phases. His interests lie in programmatic and technological innovation aligned with cost and resource awareness. In a short period the office has developed an expertise in educational projects developed on very tight budgets along with innovative commercial and residential spaces.
Prior to founding this office Martin was responsible for a number of large scale projects at Rafael Viñoly Architects including the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston, MA; the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine in Philadelphia, PA; and the rezoning of the Domino Sugar Factory site in Wlliamsburg, NY.
Claire Jiang joined MHA after graduating from Taubman College at the University of Michigan, and working in Detroit and New York City where she gained experience in installation, design, and urban planning. With a passion for integrating technology in architecture, she brings expertise in multiple forms of data mapping, digital modeling, and drawing software. Specifically, she has spent substantial time working in BIM on hospital and residential projects, and has created an interactive map of the East Villages of Detroit to help facilitate its revival.