Lucca is an architect who uses her unique skills and background to design out-of-the-ordinary spaces. She has a passion for the boundary of architecture and landscape, creating structures that merge with their surroundings to create inspiring public spaces. Since joining Sasaki in 2016, Lucca has pushed the boundaries of technologies, materials, and form; experimenting with new ways of using concrete, wood, terracotta, and more. Her experience designing massive aerial sculptures at Studio Echelman gave her expertise in using organic forms and unconventional materials. In her spare time, you can find her water coloring or in the air practicing aerial circus arts.
Christian is a designer, maker, and artist. His work looks critically at the relationships between material, methods of making, and assembly as they apply to architecture and the built environment. Formerly the co-director of fabrication of NADLAB at NADAAA, he now is the director of fabrication at Highland Park Technologies, managing the development and prototyping of a high performance retrofit panel system. Christian has also co-developed and led multiple fabrication oriented workshops at Boston Architectural college as a way to foster a culture of making amongst peers.
Felipe Francisco, AIA is an Architect, Builder, and Fabricator with experience ranging from large-scale commercial and institution projects, medium scale Passive House residential projects, and small scale digital fabrication projects. Currently at Studio NYL Felipe's role is that of Technical Design Lead for the Boston Office. As part of the facades division, he works with architects, building teams, and contractors to provide expertise on challenging facade systems. Previously, at Placetailor he served as the Manager of the construction division. A role which included coordinating clients, schedules, costs, and consultants across all of his projects. He also continued to practice as a Project Architect and Manager for the Architectural division. Prior to that at Sasaki he acted as Project Architect on a variety of projects as well as a leader in their Technical Resource Group and Fabrication Studio helping to manage the studio and provide technical design quality oversight and fabrication assistance to project teams.
Having vastly different viewpoints, experiences, and skills is something that gets me really jazzed in any setting, as it really shows me the potential we have for effecting positive change in what we do. I love to hear and be heard, and work to create safe spaces for that to be possible. Whether its in my Community role at Autodesk, my artist studio co-op, my cycling team, or in chats with friends, I thrive in being a bit of a switchboard operator for people's needs - digging into the greater resource that we can all be to one another.
BRAD PRESTBO, FAIA
Brad is an architect with over twenty years of experience. A problem-solver with great technical skill, he is Sasaki’s Director of Technical Resources, and shares his knowledge of design and detailing with the rest of the firm to promote better practices in architecture. Brad founded the Boston Society of Architect’s MakeTANK Committee and frequently participates as a design critic at area colleges and universities, and lectures on detailing and bringing maker culture back into the design process.
Peter is a Core Faculty member and Interim Director of Digital Media at the Boston Architectural College, where he leads and teaches design through digital representation and fabrication. He is actively engaged in researching new pedagogical models to address the divide between making and digital media. Formally educated as an architect, he works within a variety of productive activities that explore the space between information and technology.