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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
Denise Scott Brown
Mary Elizabeth Rusz, AIA
Anna Espling Rolf