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.
Stephen Rafferty Jr. joined the practice with previous residential and installation experience in Los Angeles and Barcelona. An M.Arch graduate from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-ARC), his role in the studio encompasses permitting preparation, construction documents and construction administration. He has been responsible for multiple residential apartment renovations and led the documentation, permitting and construction oversight of large educational projects. In his previous experience he developed an expertise in digital modeling and fabrication which resulted in the completion of a major installation.
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.
Luka Nedzbala came to the office after working for firms in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and Vicenza, Italy. Luka's previous work experience involved design, physical modeling, drafting, and climate analysis for architecture projects across eight European countries, and furniture design and fabrication at Bevk Perović arhitekti. In particular, Luka worked on the numerous stages of a project in Brussels, Belgium to renovate an old brewery building into a high school, with an adjoining newly built structure interwoven into the project. Luka's American education and European work experience have shaped his perspective on the profession, with a particular interest in architectural anthropology and the cultural implications of design and architecture in globalized societies.