The Team

Jim Venturi


Jim Venturi is the founder and prin­ci­pal design­er of ReThink Studio and ReThinkNYC. Through his expe­ri­ences in infor­ma­tion tech­nol­o­gy, plan­ning, and archi­tec­ture, Venturi focus­es on solv­ing the infra­struc­tur­al, social and eco­nom­ic chal­lenges of trans­porta­tion plan­ning.

This holis­tic approach is reflect­ed in both his work at ReThink Studio and his past work as a net­work archi­tect, bridg­ing ana­lyt­i­cal and cre­ative assets by build­ing ear­ly tech­nol­o­gy net­works and devel­op­ing soft­ware. He found­ed Creative Technologies, a bou­tique sys­tems inte­gra­tion tech­nol­o­gy firm cater­ing to archi­tects and design­ers. In 1996, the com­pa­ny shift­ed focus to design­ing and imple­ment­ing email and net­work migra­tions for Fortune 1000 com­pa­nies.

Venturi’s work expe­ri­ence in archi­tec­ture and urban plan­ning comes from work­ing with archi­tects in his ear­ly career and teach­ing archi­tec­ture stu­dents CAD soft­ware at Parsons School of Design.  He gained fur­ther expe­ri­ence more recent­ly from the pro­duc­tion of Bob and Denise, a fea­ture film in post-pro­duc­tion about the renowned archi­tects Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown.

Venturi is the 2015 recip­i­ent of the James Parks Morton Promise for the Future Award, which was giv­en in part to rec­og­nize the ReThinkNYC project.


Karim Ahmed


Karim Ahmed is a New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn. He grad­u­at­ed from The Cooper Union in 2013 with a Bachelor of Architecture.  Following grad­u­a­tion and research in North Africa and Southern Europe, he worked in New York City for three years on a range of archi­tec­tur­al projects includ­ing res­i­den­tial, com­mer­cial, pub­lic hous­ing and stage/gallery plan­ning. He has also worked with a vari­ety of con­trac­tors and fab­ri­ca­tors for inte­ri­or con­struc­tion, fur­ni­ture and instal­la­tions. He joined Rethink Studio in August 2016.

Liam Blank


Liam is an urban­ist and a mass tran­sit expert. He has worked in Rhode Island, New Jersey and New York on var­i­ous projects in the fields of plan­ning, pol­i­cy and urban design. As an advo­cate for pub­lic tran­sit, Liam co-found­ed the New Jersey Commuters Action Network (NJCAN) before join­ing ReThink Studio in June 2015 as a Transportation Analyst. He received his Bachelor’s in Planning and Public Policy from the Edward J. Bloustein School at Rutgers University.

diego gon­za­lez


Diego Gonzalez has worked as an archi­tec­tur­al design­er in both New York and Guatemala on projects that focus on reac­ti­vat­ing under­used pub­lic spaces. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from The Cooper Union.

Cezar Nicolescu


Cezar holds a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University, and a Bachelor in Architecture as well as in Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has worked in the United States, France, Morocco, and Italy on projects of all scales. He has tak­en on a var­ied assort­ment of research projects at Columbia University.

Yubi Park


Yubi is a Brooklyn-based design­er. He has worked in New York on var­i­ous urban-scale projects and has co-authored a research project on stormwa­ter man­age­ment and urban resilien­cy. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute.

Lane Rick


Lane is an archi­tect, illus­tra­tor, and writer in New York. She co-found­ed a Brooklyn and San Francisco design stu­dio, Office of Things, with whom she designs small spaces and immer­sive envi­ron­ments. Lane also research­es, draws, and writes about urban idio­syn­crasies and their aggre­gat­ed trans­for­ma­tion over time. Lane received her Master of Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture in 2012.

Fernanda Villasenor


Fernanda is an urban plan­ner and civic-tech enthu­si­ast with over 5 years of expe­ri­ence in the pub­lic sec­tor, includ­ing inter­na­tion­al devel­op­ment, plan­ning and local gov­er­nance. Prior to ReThink Studio, she worked as a con­sul­tant for the World Bank and for a local com­mu­ni­ty board in Brooklyn. While in Mexico, she became involved with the Government of Mexico City on projects that focus on civic inno­va­tion and urban devel­op­ment. Fernanda holds a Master of Urban Planning from NYU, a cer­tifi­cate of Political Science from Science Po, and received her Bachelor’s in International Affairs from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education.

Additional Design

Thank You

Sigmund Lerner
Bika Rebek
Daniel Laimer
Owen Nichols
Emma Exley
Daniel Cassidy
Katherine Herzog
Nicole Salnikov
Vanshnookenraggen Cartography

Denise Scott Brown
Robert Venturi
Frederic Schwartz
Henry Smith-Miller
Laurie Hawkson
Ivan Saleff
Harry Bolick
Tracey Hummer
Anita Naughton
Jonathan Oakes
Carolina Vaccaro
Jim Morton

Emma Exley
Peter Exley
Sharon Exley
John Leland
Elise Cohn
Nancy Rawlinson
Patricia Steadman
Mary Elizabeth Rusz, AIA
Povilas Miškinis
Rimantė Kulvinskytė
Forrest Jessee
Josephine Zohny

Lisa Fischetti
Richard Pain
Luke Haas
Douglas Romines
Lance Brown
Ric Bell
Robert Ober
Frank Gehry
Shohei Shigematsu
Brian Markham
Anna Espling Rolf
Kotryna Valiukeviciute

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