Chief Creative Officer
David is a founding partner of NAVA and heads the architecture and design team from project ideation through construction management. David is responsible for the visionary aesthetics that distinguishes NAVA projects. Prior to co-founding NAVA, David was President of Design Laboratories LLC, an international architecture and design firm with projects in the US, Europe, India and China. Notably, David was the principal responsible for the Red Bull North American HQ., the Brooklyn Academy of Music Capital Improvement Project, a 13 acre redevelopment master plan for downtown Las Vegas, design aspects of the Track and Field Hall of Fame and over 500,000 square feet of high end private residential. David has taught graduate studios at the Pratt Institute and Parsons School of Design in New York City. David holds a BSE in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University. David studied graduate architecture at Princeton University and Columbia University where he earned his Masters of Architecture.
Chief Operating Officer
Stewart has more than 20 years of experience as an architect, developer and construction manager - having designed and built a range of projects in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. Stewart is responsible for adding and creating value through all aspects of the development process - from feasibility analysis, construction management, and ultimately the project marketing and sales. Prior to founding NAVA, Stewart worked as the Director of Development for Corigin Real Estate Group, a privately owned multi-platform real estate investment and development company. There he participated in the development and management of over 2.3 million sf of real estate projects. Stewart managed all aspects of the development and sale of CANCOlofts, a 1 million sf multi-phase, mixed use development. Other notable projects he has managed include the Virgin Spa @ Natirar; THE LOFT @ 30 Crosby St, an ultra-luxury Soho loft conversion; and the Nokia Theater @ Times Square, the award-winning music venue for the Anschutz Enterainment Group. Stewart attended the University of Pennsylvania’s Masters of Architecture program, where he was honored with the prestigious Van Alen Fellowship.
Claire is a Project Manager at NAVA where she is responsible for new developments. Claire brings years of diverse experience in various sectors such as residential, hospitality, retail, mixed-use, cultural and master planning, having practiced as a Design Manager for KPA in New York, as a Lead Designer for WVA Architects in Beijing, as well as Architectural Designer for Atelier Quatr’a and for Studio Arne Quinze in Brussels. She holds a Master of Architecture and is currently pursuing a Master in Real Estate Development at New York University.
Brendan Willis is a Project Manager with five years of experience in luxury development and private client work. He fulfilled the role of Designer through all phases for 210 Pacific Street, an eight-unit luxury development in Brooklyn that was designed according to Passive House standards. Over the past three years, he has served as a Project Manager, working on renovations and additions for private clients. He holds a Master of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Studio Art from Dartmouth College.
Alberto is a Designer at NAVA and is currently working on the development of 14th White Street, the development of the façade at 80E 10th St and a penthouse renovation in a Landmarked building at 784 Park Avenue. Alberto is an architect from Higher Technical School of Madrid and holds a Master of Architecture at The Cooper Union. Before joining NAVA, Alberto worked at UNStudio, Myo Interiors and EACSN Architects.
James is a Designer at NAVA, and is currently working on a penthouse renovation in a Landmarked building at 784 Park Avenue. Coming from Ireland, James has previously worked on a variety of public, private and cultural buildings, such as a proposed Maggie's Centre in Manchester, a student hub in Cork, and the V&A's new museum building in London, with O'Donnell + Tuomey Architects. He holds a Master of Architecture from University College Dublin.
CHRISTINE KIM, LEED AP
Christine is a Designer at NAVA, and is currently working on the construction phase of the 80E 10th St project. She is a graduate of Cornell University's College of Architecture, Art and Planning where she received her Master of Architecture. At Cornell, she was awarded the Susan Rodriguez Graduate Award and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Conservation from University of California, Berkeley. Before joining NAVA, she worked at SOM, BRU Architects and Mooyoung Architects and Engineers.
Natasha is an Architectural Intern at NAVA. She is completing her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi, India. She was an Architectural Intern at JRA, New Delhi and has worked on a varied range of interior design projects from network studios and offices to retail stores. She also has experience in Rural Development Planning and has assisted Ar. Mugdha Yelkar on a Tourism Integrated Rural Development Scheme in the Konkan District of Maharashtra.