Daniela Holt Voith

Founding Partner

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Daniela Holt Voith

FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, IIDA

Founding Partner

Daniela Holt Voith, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, IIDA, is a founding principal of Voith & Mactavish Architects. Holding degrees from Yale University School of Architecture and Bryn Mawr College, Daniela has dedicated her career to promoting the advancement of design for educational environments. Her client-focused practice supports leading edge pedagogical thought and encourages mindful ways of living and learning. Daniela has developed a method of practice that moves fluidly from planning initiatives to building design. Her many long-term relationships with educational institutions result in designs that carefully suit her clients’ missions, reflect their architectural identities, and assist in achieving their strategic goals. She is also consistently looking for ways for her projects to be sustainable in innovative ways. Her work has received numerous national and local accolades. 

Daniela is also an educator. Since the early 1980’s she has taught at Yale University as a TA, University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, and has developed and taught Bryn Mawr College’s design studio program. She often serves on juries for professional awards in architectural design and construction quality, as well as serving on academic reviews.

Daniela has consistently sought out opportunities to make a positive impact in her community. Recent noteworthy contributions include:  Mayor Michael Nutter appointed her in 2008 to serve on the city’s award-winning Zoning Code Commission, which revised the 50 year old code. Daniela has been serving on the advisory council of the Community Design Collaborative since 2016 and she was appointed as a board member of the Institute for Classical Architecture & Art in 2019. 

Daniela loves to travel, bike, and ride trains. This is facilitated by her ability to speak French and German. This love for exploration – so far having visited over fifty countries and territories – is physically expressed in her collection of early 20th century lithograph train posters. Other joys in Daniela’s life include her family, basketball, cooking and playing the recorder.

Cameron J. Mactavish

Partner Emeritus

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Cameron J. Mactavish

LEED AP

Partner Emeritus

Cameron Mactavish, LEED AP, is a founding partner of Voith & Mactavish Architects who is now Partner Emeritus. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from the Drexel University School of Architecture, from which he received the Rankin-Epstein Distinguished Alumni Award in 2004. His design approach is founded in the notion of the architect as “master builder,” celebrating craftsmanship through varied projects that range from large contemporary academic buildings to intimate chapel interiors. He is especially skilled at engaging client groups in hands-on charrettes and visioning sessions to produce early design concepts.

Combining his shared love of history and architecture, Cameron recently completed his term as President of the historic Carpenter’s Company of the City and County of Philadelphia, where he had previously served as a member of their Managing Committee. He is also an active member of the St. Andrew’s Society and a deacon of his church.

Cameron is a classically trained watercolorist who welcomes opportunities to share his skills with the next generation of designers at VMA and with local architectural students. His large-scale traditional renderings have supported fundraising efforts for several VMA clients. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, The Academy of Fine Arts, Haverford College’s Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery and The Athenaeum in Philadelphia.

In addition to his passion for golf, Cameron is an avid sailor and loves working on his boat. He is an avid “do-it-yourselfer” and appreciates any opportunity to work with his hands.

John H. Cluver

Partner & Director of Historic Preservation

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John H. Cluver

AIA, LEED AP

Partner & Director of Historic Preservation

John H. Cluver, AIA, LEED AP began at VMA in 1994. As director of the firm’s preservation studio, he has worked as architect and preservation consultant on a wide range of projects for a variety of educational, commercial, and cultural institutions, including award-winning restoration work at Drexel University, Rittenhouse Plaza, and the Bryn Mawr Film Institute. 

After receiving his professional degree in architecture from the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, graduating Magna cum laude, John received a Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. He currently serves on the City of Philadelphia’s Historical Commission Architectural Advisory Committee and is active in the Philadelphia Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. In 2006 he volunteered with the National Trust for Historic Preservation in New Orleans to complete urgent conditions assessments in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The American Institute of Architects Philadelphia Chapter honored John in 2008 as Young Architect of the Year. 

John is passionate about supporting an approach to preservation that also incorporates sustainable design: his published articles include “Saving Energy in Historic Buildings” in the Association for Preservation Technology Bulletin and he has also shared his expertise on the topic through presentations for the Preservation League of New York, the Society for College & University Planning (SCUP), and the Association of Physical Plant Administrators (APPA).

Outside the office, John is engaged in the long-term rehabilitation of his 1926 Foursquare house, which he affectionately calls “his hobby” in order to justify the time and money he spends on it.  His interest in leadership, service, and education, in addition to a long-standing enjoyment of camping and related activities, led him to a current position as Scoutmaster for two-dozen teenage Scouts. And, he will take any opportunity to tap into his inner travel agent and help family, friends, or complete strangers plan trips to Italy, which he counts as his favorite place on Earth for its unique combination of culture, geography, architecture, and food (and by food, he really means gelato).

Sennah L. Loftus

Associate Principal

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Sennah L. Loftus

LEED AP BD+C

Associate Principal

Sennah Loftus, LEED AP BD+C, is an expert in managing projects for educational institutions from planning through design, including for such clients as the University of Pennsylvania, Lehigh University, Rutgers University, and independent schools like Millbrook School and The Gunnery. Her experience also includes some of the firm’s hospitality and religious projects.

Sennah has been with VMA since 2000. Her underlying interest in detail and materials has translated into being an indispensable leader of VMA’S Interior Design Studio in addition to her firm leadership in architectural design.  She holds a Master of Architecture degree from Syracuse University School of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Bryn Mawr College, where she frequently returns as a studio juror. 

Sennah is an innovator, always looking for “both/and” solutions, and she particularly excels at integrating high-performance technology into advanced teaching spaces. She designed the first fully immersive classrooms at Rutgers University, as well as subsequent phases, and is currently working with the University of Pennsylvania in the design of the new Biotech Commons. She is also leading the team designing a new building to expand Lehigh’s College of Business and Economics, which will house numerous tech-rich environments. 

An athlete since very early on in life, Sennah has a healthy dose of a competitiveness in her nature. She is the star second baseman for the VMA softball team and is always willing to join in for a pick-up game of basketball. She swam for both her high school and her college and still enjoys swimming laps. Sennah and her family are inveterate travelers and consistently visit new places, drawing inspiration from examples of the built environment.

Robert A. Douglass

Senior Associate

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Robert A. Douglass

AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Senior Associate

Robert A. Douglass, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, has been with VMA since 2005 and is the firm’s senior associate. He was the 2010 Henry Adams Medal recipient for his Master of Architecture work at University of Miami. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cities from Haverford College. He has studied in Rome, Istanbul, and Tokyo.

His work demonstrates a clear understanding of the complex issues surrounding campus planning and design, and he holds a strong interest in the way educational spaces can enhance social justice and encourage diverse voices on campus. His recent projects include the LEED Gold Certified Kenneth Kai Tai Yen Humanities Building at The Pennington School, the LEED Certified Stewart Student Center at Episcopal High School, and the Dwight Hall Center for Public Service and Social Justice at Yale University. His expertise gained through these and other projects have led him to present frequently on topics related to educational design, especially for independent and boarding schools.

Robert enjoys the great outdoors and activities such as biking, hiking or camping with his family.

Robert P. Duke

Associate

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Robert P. Duke

Associate

Robert Duke joined VMA in 2015 after working as a residential design architect in the Greater New York City Area. He received his Bachelor of Arts in History from The Catholic University of America and his Master of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture.

Rob has a thorough attention to detail that has served him well in both design and in his role as project manager. He recently oversaw the renovation and expansion of the Student Health and Wellness Center at St. Andrew’s School (Delaware) and was a key member of the design team for the Abbott Dining Hall transformation at The Lawrenceville School. By far, though, his most impressive undertaking at VMA was the management of The Commons at Villanova University which opened in mid-2019. He is currently working with another local university on a similarly complex project as well as a series of improvements to the historic campus of Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church.

In his free time, Robert enjoys working on his 1932 “Booker Built” Brick Colonial home and getting outside to explore Delaware’s parks.

J. Scott O'Barr

Associate

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J. Scott O'Barr

AIA

Associate

J. Scott O’Barr, AIA, graduated cum laude from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Architecture. He joined VMA in 2019 bringing experience with traditional design and preservation, especially for residential commissions, some of which have been published in New Old House, Period Homes, and Architectural Digest.

He has served in leadership roles for both AIA Philadelphia and AIA Pennsylvania and actively volunteers with the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art Philadelphia Chapter.

Kimberly Wajda

Business Manager / Human Resources Coordinator

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Kimberly Wajda

Business Manager / Human Resources Coordinator

Kim has been with Voith & Mactavish Architects since 1998 and is integral to the firm’s operations. In her role as Business Manager she is responsible for contract management, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and the overall financial management of the firm. She is also the human resources manager, overseeing our hiring process, and the benefits coordinator. 

Kim graduated Magna Cum Laude from Peirce College in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She has an interest in early and elementary education and has been a volunteer religious education teacher since 2009.  Outside of work, she loves spending time with her family (and all things Disney!) and cheering on her two teenage children who are both active golfers.

Meaghan M. Finney

Marketing & Business Development Director

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Meaghan M. Finney

Marketing & Business Development Director

Meaghan joined VMA in early 2017. In addition to meeting with prospective clients and working partners as the firm’s business development lead, she works closely with the communications team and senior staff members on project pursuit and marketing collateral like publications and social media.

Meaghan graduated with honors from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in the History of Art & Architecture and a certificate in Historic Preservation before earning her Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. At Penn, she was a member of the Penn Museum Graduate Advisory Board and has continued volunteering throughout her career – especially in Philadelphia’s preservation community. She is a former co-chair of the award-winning Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia steering committee, member of AIA Pennsylvania’s Historic Preservation Task Force, and currently co-chairs the AIA Philadelphia Chapter Historic Preservation Committee. She also serves as a committee member for the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Association for Physical Plant Administrators (DVAPPPA) and is currently working on the host committee of the ERAPPA 2021 Conference, to be hosted by DVAPPA. 

When she is not working or volunteering, she can be found in the kitchen cooking or outdoors expanding her garden (or reading nerdy articles about historical methods of cooking and/or gardening) but her favorite thing is spending quality time with her family.

Michele Borgia

Office Manager

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Michele Borgia

Office Manager

Michele Borgia has been our Office Manager since 2014 and is the smiling face that greets all our visitors. She received her Associates Degree in Applied Science from the Community College of Philadelphia as part of the Medical Assistant/Office Management Program and, prior to joining VMA, worked as a Certified Medical Assistant for a dental practice. Michele enjoys collecting Wizard of Oz items and can usually be found spending time with her three children.

Ryan Dougherty

Senior Project Manager

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Ryan Dougherty

Senior Project Manager

Ryan Dougherty joined VMA in 2017 after working for several years with large international firms on highly technical projects like laboratories and theaters. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University. Ryan, a West Philadelphia resident, is an active member of the Philadelphia community and regularly contributes to Friends of Malcolm X Park, City Cleanup Initiatives with, as well as working through his Church programs including Easter Outreach Program, and the Children’s Music Ministry. In his free time, Ryan enjoys investigating technology related to colonizing Mars, running, baking bread, and spending time with his two children. Ryan is also a major fan of science fiction and credits its ideas concepts and ideas with influencing his work.

Andrew Lipschutz

Senior Project Manager

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Andrew Lipschutz

Senior Project Manager

When Andrew Lipschutz joined VMA in early 2012, he brought experience in educational design as well as transportation infrastructure like train stations and airports. He received his Bachelor of Arts in the History of Architecture from the University of Maryland, and his Mater of Architecture from Syracuse University. Andrew has been actively involved in the PACTS program (Partnerships for Achieving Careers in Technology and Science) at The Franklin Institute for over nine years, using his skills to expose young minds to the science behind design. When he travels, Andrew especially enjoys exploring different cities and cultures, a highlight of which has been running with bulls in Pamplona!

Brittany Gross

Interiors and Sustainability Manager

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Brittany Gross

Interiors and Sustainability Manager

Brittany Gross joined VMA as the firm’s Interiors and Sustainability Manager after years spent working as a facilities project manager for an Ivy League institution, where she coordinated improvements to a variety of academic spaces in addition to pursuing departmental sustainability standards. She received her Master of Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and Sustainability from Drexel University. Brittany volunteers with the Community Design Collaborative and Bartram’s Garden, a historic estate in Philadelphia. When she is not cooking or renovating her South Philadelphia rowhome, Brittany is probably traveling – she has been to fifteen countries and counting!

Jasper Barbash-Taylor

Intern

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Jasper Barbash-Taylor

Intern

Jasper Barbash-Taylor began his internship with VMA in Summer 2020. He is currently working towards his Bachelor of Arts in philosophy, with and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. Jasper also is currently working as a Teacher’s Assistant and Tutor at Haverford College. He loves rowing, biking and cooking. Jasper was born in Martinique in the French Caribbean and speaks French fluently.

Steven Corsello

Intern

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Steven Corsello

Intern

Steven Corsello began his internship with VMA in Spring 2020. He holds a Bachelor of Economics from Amherst College and worked for several years in corporate product marketing and development before he began working towards a dual Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation, and Planning. Steven holds a position as chair and acts on the board of the Center for Community Alternatives, a criminal justice reform none- profit organization. In his free time, Steven enjoys reading, studying the history of cities, enjoying coffee, and collecting antique watches.

Clifton Fordham

Senior Affiliate

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Clifton Fordham

Senior Affiliate

Clifton Fordham is an Assistant Professor at the Temple University Tyler School of Art & Architecture and the Howard University College of Engineering & Architecture. He was a member of our team earlier in his career and returned to VMA as an affiliate in 2020. Clifton received his Master of architecture from Yale University, and his Bachelor of Architecture from Howard University. He is an active member of the Passyunk Square Civic Association, and in his free time he enjoys reading, exploring cities by foot, and working on his self-designed home.

Eric Spaeth

Senior Affiliate

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Eric Spaeth

Senior Affiliate

Eric Spaeth, our resident scholar and renaissance man, recently returned to VMA as an affiliate after working with us for more than a decade before founding his own practice. He received his Master of Architecture from Yale University after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Jurisprudence from Oxford University and a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Civilization from Yale. Eric is the co-founder and co-manager of Squirrel Island Community Garden in Maine, an organic garden which focuses on produce. Along with the garden’s volunteers, he builds and maintains the garden’s fencing, raised planting beds, and shed using lumber leftover from storms on the island. He also enjoys baking and cooking, foraging, painting with watercolor and oils, cold-water swimming, and playing ukulele.

Monica Gaura

Project Manager

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Monica Gaura

Project Manager

Monica Gaura spent time working in New York on institutional projects, especially design for higher education, before joining VMA in Spring 2019. She received her Master of Architecture in Urban Theories and Practice from Parsons The New School for Design, and her Bachelor of Architecture from Drexel University. Monica enjoys road-tripping, writing, photography, videography, and spending time on her passion project, which is studying Moroccan riads.

Nathaniel Gotcher

Draftsperson

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Nathaniel Gotcher

Draftsperson

Nathaniel Gotcher practiced primarily high-end residential design before following his love of traditional architecture to VMA. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. Nate spends time playing the mandolin, guitar and piano; reading; discussing political philosophy, and playing the Legend of Zelda video game series. He also collects vinyl records, both vintage and new.

Sayali Gudekar

Sustainability Specialist

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Sayali Gudekar

Sustainability Specialist

Sayali Gudekar, our Sustainability Specialist, joined VMA in late 2019 with a design background that includes residential, public space, and hospitality projects. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from I.E.S. College of Architecture in Mumbai and her Master of Sustainable Design from Jefferson University. Sayali spends her free time cooking and baking for friends and family, a newfound passion of hers since moving to the United States. She also loves painting and sketching, as well as finding affordable DIY ways to decorate her home. Sayali is passionate about stewardship to the Earth and always strives towards educating those around her to take action towards saving and caring for the planet. Sayali speaks an impressive four languages, but has a partial understanding of six!

Maryam Hallaj

Communications Coordinator

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Maryam Hallaj

Communications Coordinator

Maryam Hallaj was a practicing architect before joining VMA in 2018 as our Communications Coordinator. She graduated cum laude from Temple University Tyler School of Art & Architecture with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. Maryam regularly volunteers with the Design Activist Institute, where she collaborates on community building, racial justice, and environmental justice focused projects, as well as with the Center for Architecture + Design, primarily helping with the annual DesignPhilly festival. She also enjoys practicing yoga, designing and crafting clay jewelry, exploring coffee roasteries, and exploring her passion for graphic design.

Maggie Holsinger

Project Designer

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Margaret Holsinger

Project Designer

Maggie Holsinger joined VMA in 2017 after working primarily in traditional high-end residential design but with some urban planning experience as well. She graduated with her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. Maggie has been a lover of historic places from a young age, and even chose to have her seventh birthday party at a recreated historic village in her hometown. She is an active runner and has participated in the Philadelphia Pride Run 5K for the past two years. Maggie also spends time partnering with the William Way LGBT Community Center to organize and promote a 1,000-person road race as part of Philly Pride and spends time volunteering with Animal Care & Control Team (ACCT) of Philadelphia, where she walks dogs for the shelter. She also enjoys trying new hobbies like botany, birdwatching, and even unicycling!

Georgina Johnson

Draftsperson

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Georgina Johnson

Draftsperson

Georgina Johnson, like many of our staff, expresses herself through artistic endeavors like stone lithography, a form of printmaking, and suminagashi, a Japanese form of paper marbling. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Bryn Mawr College where she studied Urban Studies and Fine Art with a focus on printmaking and sculpture. Georgina also loves baking and dancing as well as sharing memories from her two summers working with giant pandas at the Bifengxia Panda Base in China.

Kevin King

Project Designer

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Kevin King

Project Designer

Kevin King developed a portfolio of hospitality, cultural and educational design work before joining VMA. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Philadelphia University (now Thomas Jefferson University) and graduated summa cum laude as a Distinguished Honors Scholar, with a Minor in Historic Preservation, and a Concentration in Global Portfolio. Kevin received the Henry Adams Medal & Certificate which is awarded annually by the American Institute of Architects to the nation’s top graduates. Today, Kevin actively volunteers time as a member and the co-chair of the Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance (YFPA) and enjoys traveling and exploring. When not outside, he can be found in the kitchen, meal-prepping for the week, cooking for friends and family, or trying a new baking recipe. He also spends time reading and writing books!

Jonathan Krumrine

Affiliate

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Jonathan Krumrine

LEED AP

Affiliate

Jonathan Krumrine has been with VMA since 2000. His love of architecture bloomed when he designed his parents’ home while working towards his Bachelor of Architecture degree at Drexel University and watched it grow from concept to reality. Jonathan’s passion for growing things has driven him to own and tend to his own farm in New Windsor, Maryland, where he regularly volunteers with The New Windsor Fire Company on fundraisers and events.

Anne Niedrach

Project Manager

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Anne Niedrach

Project Manager

Anne Niedrach is a highly adaptable project manager who joined VMA in 2017. Since then, she has worked on projects ranging from the renovation of a historic dormitory to the design fabrication of a large-scale art installation. She graduated cum laude from Drexel University. Anne is an active member of the AIA Pennsylvania PALM Mentoring Program, Philadelphia Emerging Architects, and recently joined the AIA Philadelphia Committee on the Environment. In her free time, Anne enjoys working on old motorcycles – including rebuilding several carburetors. She also takes her own motorcycle on road trips in addition to spending time camping and rock climbing.

Jeff Peters

Project Manager

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Jeff Peters

Project Manager

Jeffrey Peters joined VMA in early 2016 after working on community-oriented projects throughout Philadelphia, bringing with him experience in affordable housing, urban design, and adaptive reuse. He earned an Associates Degree in Architecture Technology from Delaware County Community College and a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Drexel University. While at Drexel, Jeff was a Thesis Finalist and the winner of the Ize Prize, a student design competition. Outside of work, Jeff enjoys working on his South Philadelphia rowhome and finding ways to display his growing his pop culture print collection and his comic book collection.

Troy Posnansky

Interior Design Coordinator

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Troy Posnansky

Interior Design Coordinator

Troy Posnansky joined VMA as our Interior Design Coordinator in later 2019. He graduated from Drexel University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. His thesis project addressed equitable housing for LGBTQ students, something for which he continues to advocate. In his free time, Troy enjoys collecting records, thrifting, traveling, and photography. Troy may be humble around the office with his singing talent but has impressively auditioned for The Voice!

Jordan Schrad

Draftsperson

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Jordan Schrad

Draftsperson

Jordan Schrad joined VMA after graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, seeking to expand on his interest in institutional and academic design. He loves watching, playing, and discussing basketball and is a PIAA Basketball Official, an Official for Philly Sports Leagues/Heyday Athletic, and is a member of the Notre Dame Club of Philadelphia. Like many on the VMA staff, Jordan also enjoys traveling and has spent time backpacking in Europe which featured stops in Marrakesh, Morocco, and Budapest, Hungary.

Derek Supinsky

Project Designer

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Derek Supinsky

Project Designer

Derek Supinsky joined VMA after gaining experience on residential projects, particularly supportive housing design and modular housing systems. He graduated from Syracuse University with a Masters of Architecture, and SUNY Buffalo with a Bachelors of Science in Design. When he is not designing, Derek enjoys sketching, taking photographs, playing guitar, and camping. He has traveled all over the United States and has lived in several states, including Florida, New York, and Arizona.

Katrina Virbitsky

Historic Preservation Specialist

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Katrina Virbitsky

Historic Preservation Specialist

Katrina Virbitsky joined VMA after working as a building conservator for the National Park Service. She attended the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, where she received a Planning and Preservation Master of Science in Conservation in Historic Preservation, and Temple University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in History with a Minor in German Language. Katrina serves as the secretary for the Association for Preservation Technology International (APT) Technical Committee for Sustainable Preservation (TC-SP) and is also involved in APT’s Online Sustainable Assistance Resource (OSCAR) Focus Group. In addition to her volunteer work, Katrina spends time beekeeping, reading and exchanging books within her book club, visiting archives and local bookstores, and researching ancestry.

Nina Voith

Project Designer

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Nina Voith

Project Designer

Nina Voith started working with VMA while in college. After graduating from Haverford and working for a year for a prestigious architect in NYC, she joined us full time in 2015. Currently she is in the graduate program in architecture at the University of Miami, while still lending an occasional hand. She has a strong interest in hospitality and in interior design. She worked on her own with a hotelier in El Salvador to design a series of villas which opened for rental in 2019.

Nina is an All American basketball player, holding her college record for scoring. Her deep knowledge of the game helped her with the schematic designs for VMA’s Philadelphia Youth Basketball Center project. 

Nina has traveled to six continents and over fifty countries, and loves experiencing both the architecture and the vast variety of cuisines. When at home she also explores and tries her hand at recreating her most memorable dishes.