Bercy Chen Studio LP is an architecture and urban planning firm with design/build capabilities based in Austin, Texas founded in 2001 by partners Thomas Bercy and Calvin Chen.
Thomas Bercy was born in Belgium. He attended the Beaux-arts school in Brussels, where he studied four years in the fine arts program and two years in the architecture program. He was greatly influenced by the art nouveau buildings of Hankar, Victor Horta and Van de Velde and the early modernist work of Louis De Koninck. He then moved to the US and studied at the University of Texas at Austin where he graduated with a Bachelors degree in architecture and civil engineering. Following his time at UT, Thomas studied Urbanism at La Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile in Santiago. He then returned to Belgium to join Samyn and Partners, where he worked on some of the larger contemporary projects in Belgium including Centre Hopitalier Universitaire Brugmann and a university auditorium in Louvain-la-Neuve. In 2000 he returned to Austin and started work at the design-build firm of MJ Neal Architects. After collaborating with architect MJ Neal on several award-winning projects that were exhibited at the GA Gallery in Tokyo, Thomas formed Bercy Chen Studio LP with Calvin Chen in 2001, focusing on design-build projects with attention to global vernacular, culture, and materiality.
Calvin Chen was born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1974. He moved with his family to Brisbane, Australia in 1989 and attended St. Peter’s Lutheran College. He became interested in how the unique landscape, climate, and culture of Australia shapes its architecture. Calvin graduated in 1998 from the University of Texas at Austin with a professional degree in architecture. He studied the poetics of new technologies with Marcos Novak and interned with Dallas modernist Max Levy in 1997. His study with Sci-Arc founder/director and former Morphosis partner Michael Rotondi also had a profound influence on his education, specifically an interest in Native American Architecture. In 2013, Calvin worked on one of the largest urban redevelopment projects near downtown Austin, a two-phased, 486-unit multifamily project with a social component located on 9 acres. In 2007 Calvin was lead designer for the master planning of the 32-million-dollar, 120,000-square-feet Asian American Resource Center in Austin. Calvin served on the City of Austin’s Design Commission and chairs the Civic Arts Committee. In 2007, he participated in the “Create Austin” Cultural Master planning project. He is also an advisor for Art In Public Places.
Travis Lucy joined Bercy Chen Studio as a Project Architect & Construction Manager. With 18 years in the profession, Travis has amassed experience in a broad range of project types, including higher education, religious, hospitality, multi-family residential, single-family residential, office, and retail. Prior to joining Bercy Chen Studio, Travis worked for award-winning practices in Texas and California. He holds a B.E.D. from Texas A&M University, an MA from the Southern California Institute of Architecture, and is licensed in the state of Texas.
Cale Montgomery has worked on many project types including restaurants, university buildings, retail developments, parking garages, multifamily, mixed use, and other commercial projects over the past 18 years. Past clients include Simon Property Group, The University of Texas at Austin, Endeavor Real Estate, The United States Air Force, and many others. He enjoys pushing technology, especially Revit, to maximize design excellence and document quality. He earned his BArch from The University of Texas at Austin and received an MBA and a MS in Information Systems at Boston University. Cale is licensed to practice architecture in Texas and Hawaii. Outside the office, Cale plays trumpet in several local musical groups.
Joshua Mackley joined Bercy Chen Studio following his role as project director at Morris Adjmi Architects in New York City. His 12-years experience includes work at Asymptote Architecture in New York, Studio Ian+ and Fuksas Architetto in Rome, and Studio Agoos/Lovera in Philadelphia. Joshua’s projects have covered a wide range of type and scale, from a winning competition entry for an airport terminal in Shenzhen, China to a single-family residence in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Joshua obtained his BA from Ohio State University and his MA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Daniel Arellano‘s work with the company is broad having experience in both commercial and residential projects. His expert skills in 3D modeling systems and advanced parametric designs led him to become the head BIM specialist at Bercy Chen Studio. He also has extensive knowledge in the field as construction manager having recently completed a single family residence in Westlake. Daniel holds a BA from the University of Arizona and a Post Professional degree from the University of Texas at Austin. His Master’s thesis focused on researching advance material technology and fabrication systems.
Colin Simmer comes to Austin after several years in Los Angeles. While on the West Coast, Colin worked at the high-profile design firms of Gehry Partners, Kevin Daly Architects, Clive Wilkinson Architects, and Richard Meier & Partners. His previous project experience includes single and multi-family residential, office, higher education, K-12, sports arenas, and museums. Colin is a LEED-accredited professional and a licensed architect in California. He obtained his B.Arch from Syracuse University.
Nathan Landreville has worked on the firms luxury residential and Class “A” offices in Bee Cave. He continues to be involved with new commercial developments around Austin. Nathan’s previous experience with 3D modelling and printing has lead to the firms production of models for clients. Previously, he worked for Marlene Imirzian and Associates, Architects in Phoenix, Arizona as part of the higher education and non-profit teams. Nathan holds a BSA in Architecture and a Master of Architecture degree from Arizona State University.
Viraj Mehta is a Project Designer / Project Manager at Bercy Chen Studio. His work at Bercy Chen has spanned a variety of scales and programs, from multifamily housing and residential to landscape design to commercial. Prior to Bercy Chen, Viraj worked on socially-charged projects with the City of New York and as a Teaching Assistant at Cornell University. Viraj is originally from Austin, TX and obtained his B.Arch from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.
Huan Zheng‘s work with the company has included a multi-family master plan, a private art museum, and single-family houses. Before settling in Austin, she has spent time in Hangzhou, Munich and New York where she worked on a range of projects including urban master plans, mixed-use development, public parks and private gardens. She holds a BArch from Zhejiang University in China, and a Master in Landscape Architecture from University of Pennsylvania.
Sasha Doo’s involvement with the company has included work on both commercial and residential projects. Her roles have been as project manager and construction manager with the company’s design-build projects here in Austin, Texas. Prior to joining Bercy Chen she worked for Philip White Architects in Hawaii on residential and mixed-use developments. She obtained her BA from the University of San Francisco and her MA from the University of Texas at Austin.
Saul Jerome San Juan holds a B.A. from Loyola University Chicago, where he studied music and studio art, and a professional M.Arch degree from the University of Texas at Austin. S.J. is actively involved within Austin’s visual art and architecture community, collaborating in endeavors such as murals, group shows, and design charrettes. S.J. spends as much time as possible outside, often painting plein air immersed in the waters of Barton Creek and riding his bicycle to work and play.
David Potes had previous experience with GLR Arquitectos and Vidal Arquitectos and now heads Bercy Chen Studio’s office in Monterrey, as part of the firm’s strategy to increase its commercial presence in Mexico. He studied architecture at the ITESM in Monterrey, Mexico where in 2008, was awarded first place (office buildings category) for the state of Nuevo León’s first Student Biennale and second place (student commercial building category) in the International Design Awards in Los Angeles.
Brad Purrington is the building systems engineer instrumental in formulating Bercy Chen Studio’s ideal of a holistic strategy in sustainable building systems. His research includes using swimming pools as a heat sink to aid climate-control and growing strawberries in a self-irrigating vertical garden. When not saving the world one holistic building system at a time, Brad enjoys panning for gold in the waters of the American Southwest.
Claudia Rodriguez holds a B.E.D. degree from Texas A&M University, where she studied architecture, art, and art history and also holds a professional M.Arch degree from The University of Texas at Austin. While in graduate school, she worked as a material research assistant at the UTSOA Materials Lab, where she was responsible for the maintenance and circulation of 28,000 material samples as well as field-related exhibitions, events, and workshops. Previously working at Wang Architects, she gained experience in residential and small commercial projects in the Austin area. Outside of Bercy Chen, Claudia enjoys traveling, graphic design, and exploring the colorful culture of Austin.
Jason John Paul Haskins is a church-building researcher and design consultant who writes about liturgy, architecture and history on the blog Locus Iste (http://locusiste.org). He holds a B.S. in Architectural Studies and an M.Arch from University of Texas with additional course work at Columbia University and a research emphasis on the architecture of the 19-20th century liturgical movements. Jason’s architectural experience includes facilitating participatory pre-design programming processes and R&D in design for organizational change / human-factor design at NBBJ’s corporate studio in Seattle. He recently helped develop the Texas Society of Architects’ state-wide mentorship program. He has also been a digital media librarian, computer programmer, and noise-musician.
Adam Berlin was born in Detroit and earned his B.S. in Construction Management from Michigan State University. He moved to Austin in 1994 and has worked as superintendent and project manager for several home builders, receiving the Star Award for Project Manager of the Year in 2003. Adam is an accomplished drummer who has played with many traditional blues and country music Austin bands including RCA Victor recording artists 8½ Souvenirs. He has a lifelong appreciation of modern architecture and design.
Diego Suarez del Real is originally from Zacatecas, Mexico he holds a Bachelors in Architecture from the University of Houston while in school he worked as an assistant on digital fabrication competitions with professors Michael Gonzalez and Megan Jackson. Diego also worked at Brett Zamore Design, Studio Red Architects and Pfluger Architects where he gained experience in different scale and programs such as residential, commercial, cultural, and educational. In his free time he likes to travel to the outdoors, always in search for great food, and always looking for new music.
Raquel Morata Marques comes from Spain. She received her license in architecture from the Polytechnic University of Valencia(UPV) in 2012, spending her final year of education at Louvain-la-neuve, Belgium for her concentration in Urbanism. She worked on a research and development project on a pre-fabrication system at Mozart Architects in Spain. In France, she collaborated with Comac as architect in projects for Marseille, City of Culture 2013. At Ruben Muedra back in Spain, she was project manager for single-family housing projects, commercial developments, and offices. She is passionate in languages, sports, traveling and exploring new cultures.
Ari Cohen holds a professional M.Arch degree from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor’s Degree from Lehigh University, where she first studied architecture. Previously working at Overland Partners in San Antonio, she gained experience in higher education projects and urban-interactive journalism. Ari is passionate about design at all scales, as well as travel, groovy music, comedy, and movies at Alamo Drafthouse.
Dan Ciolino is an award-winning designer, Registered Architect, and LEED Accredited Professional with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Syracuse University. He believes in an architecture that carefully considers site, material, and culture. His goal is to spread thoughtful, modern design via architecture. Dan has experience with office, courthouse, police, prison, transportation architecture, and, most recently, residential architecture. He also has experience with all phases of the architectural process: from planning and conceptual design to construction administration. The value he places on data integrated design has led him to computational design, which he sees as being important for architecture’s future.
Mitch Peterson has a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin and experience in both custom residential and commercial projects through small architecture offices in Austin. He is interested in architecture that explores minimalist details and new methods of building construction systems. He and his fiancee are both passionate about their two rescued Weimaraners, baking, and venturing out of their East Austin home to explore new places near and far.
Jessie Ho was born in Taipei, Taiwan and moved to Shanghai, China with her family when she was 10. She holds a B.E. of Urban Planning from Southeast University in Nanjing. While in college, she worked with AECOM on a range of projects including an aerotropolis master plan and coastal area urban design. After graduation, she worked at Mandartech Interior. Inc in Shanghai as an interior designer of Armani stores. Currently pursuing a Master in Urban Design at University of Texas at Austin, she is excited to be getting work experience with Bercy Chen Studio by helping in projects such as the Backyard.
Winn G. Chen joins Bercy Chen by way of Chicago, where he spent the last five years as a project architect working on large healthcare and institutional projects after receiving a B.S. in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis. Originally from the East Coast, Winn arrives in Austin not only to pursue his M.Arch professional degree at the University of Texas, but also to reconnect with design at a more comfortable and sensible scale. When not designing, can be found around town either in his running shoes or on his motorcycle.
Chloé Malek is pursuing a Master in Architecture at the University of Texas where she also worked as a teaching assistant for Architecture and Society and Environmental Controls. She is currently completing the school’s Professional Residency Program with Bercy Chen Studio. Chloé is particularly interested in the firm’s approach to design that draws upon a wide range of cultural and historical precedents and excited to gain as much experience as possible while completing her internship.
Christina Vaughn is a Texas A&M College of Architecture graduate. Throughout her undergraduate degree, Christina worked for a commercial construction company, and did several study abroad programs in both Germany and Costa Rica. Christina is interested in pursuing a masters in architecture with a focus in historical restorations and/or reusable green building. When not at work you can find Christina spending time outside with her dog Audrey.
Jennifer Lane is Bercy Chen studio’s office manager. Having been in the architecture construction industry since 1997, her experience includes estimating and purchasing in both commercial and residential construction with a focus on job cost accounting. Since becoming part of the Austin design and building community in 2005, Jennifer has fostered strong relationships with local vendors and subcontractors. She has a particular passion for tile design and ceramic art. Jennifer is an enthusiastic participant in the local AIA Emerging Professionals group and the Design Den community.
Frida has been an integral component to Bercy Chen Studio’s success. She has been an avid supporter of the company’s lunch and learn program, has accompanied on numerous site visits, and has aided in key design decisions.