Team BIOS

  • Julie Kelley

    Julie Kelley
    Principal

    Julie Kelley is one of the founding principals of Aerial Design and Build. She brings more than 18 years of construction to New York City. She manages the corporate operations as well as is very involved in the projects, overseeing the project management. Her experience includes working on larger government projects to residential, commercial, and hospitality. Her experience with many different businesses is an asset when working on commercial projects as she has a great understanding of the global business as it relates to the construction. Julie also has international experience which accommodates Aerial for all their multi-national New York City clientele, servicing them locally and abroad. Besides her appreciation for Architecture and Construction from a very young age, winning a contest for an octagon house she designed at 14 years old, she is a passionate animal advocate and in her personal time she is involved with fitness, tennis and natural health awareness whereby she holds a Bachelor of Science in Alternative Medicine. She also personally holds the Florida contractor license and attends trade courses throughout her construction career to be well informed.

  • Rupila Sethi

    Rupila Sethi
    Principal

    Rupila Sethi is one of the founding principals of Aerial Design and Build. Rupila graduated from a prestigious Architectural School in India and then went on to complete her Masters in Lighting Design from Parsons School of Design, New York. After graduating from Parsons she practiced with Cooley Monato Studio, a SOHO based Design Studio and was associated with prestigious projects such as Tiffany, HBO, Lesportsac and high-end residences in Kuwait and Santa Barbara, California She further gained extensive Design and Construction experience working on residential projects in prominant locations such as Trump Towers, Museum Towers, Central Park South and West buildings. Rupila enjoys her personal time with her family and two children.

  • Jessica Maktal

    Jessica Maktal
    Director of Project Operations

    Jessica Maktal holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Barnard College and a Master of Architecture degree from The City College of New York. During her tenure at Aerial she has managed a wide variety of projects. A born problem solver and adept communicator, she has successfully completed a number of projects within tight time constraints. When Jessica is not working, she can often be found singing at her favorite Karaoke bar.

  • Peter Scalera

    Peter Scalera
    Senior Project Manager

    Peter Scalera in his early years was a union carpenter and a cabinetmaker. He started his own construction company at the age of 22. At 30, he went back to college to earn a certificate in Construction Management from the University of Rhode Island. He brings 25+ years of experience from the management of his award-winning design/build firm. Peter has provided consulting services and has directed projects ranging from multi-million dollar homes, health care facilities, restaurants, salons and a hotel ballroom. He has also managed the total renovation of apartment buildings into luxury condos.

  • Kashminder Singh

    Kashminder Singh
    Business Development Director

    Kashminder Singh has a Bachelors in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and MS in Management and Technology with a major in Leadership from New York University. Kash has over 20 years experience in the Wireless Telecommunication industry and 15 years as a Lead Project Manager for Nextel, Sprint and Ericsson. His role is Aerial is to develop new and existing business opportunities. Additionally he is also responsible for managing social media communication and public relations. Lastly Kash is an avid soccer fan and his favorite team is Manchester United.

  • Marly Cruikshank

    Marly Cruikshank
    Office Manager

    Marly Cruikshank holds a law and accounting degree from Brazil as well as a Management certificate from Cornell University. Marly is an experienced expense managment professional with proven success in providing greater financial transparency and establishing measurable and effective controls resulting in substantial cost savings, process improvements, efficiencies and increased revenue. Marly has 15 years of experience in the financial industry. Marly was born and raised in Brazil and came to the U.S. in 1987 and decided to stay in New York City. She is fluent in Portugese and proficient in speaking and reading Spanish. She enjoys spending time with her family, pets and friends.

  • Lisa Lee

    Lisa Lee
    Project Manager

    Lisa Lee holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture degree from the University of California – Berkeley. After graduating she worked for a mid-sized woman owned architecture firm before returning to New York City. Lisa’s experience in architecture range from programing to final construction administration. Having worked on several ground up projects she is adept at seeing projects as whole while not losing sight of the details. As a LEED accredited professional, Lisa hopes to bring sustainable practices into every project.

  • Priya Bhawsar-Verma

    Priya Bhawsar-Verma
    Project Manager

    Priya Bhawsar-Verma has a Masters in architecture from Virginia Tech and Bachelors in architecture from Bangalore University, India. Priya has years of experience working on various building types from commercial high rise to single family houses. Her strengths lie in coordinating projects before and during construction with a keen eye to design. Lastly, she is a LEED accredited professional and hopes to be a licensed Architect soon.

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    Karen Rizvi
    Project Manager

    Karen has a Masters in Architecture from Yale University. She has worked as a design architect for the private sector on a range of projects from low-income housing to luxury residential, institutional and commercial buildings. She has also worked in the public sector as a capital project manager for construction on cultural institutions and libraries. Karen was awarded a Fulbright scholarship in Architecture from 2010-2011 to research sustainable residential architecture in North Africa. She spent the year in Cairo, Egypt where she worked with local architects on projects in Egypt and Syria. She also has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in film and photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is still an avid photographer.

  • Bhumi Shah

    Bhumi Shah
    Project Manager

    Bhumi Shah has a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Texas A & M. In her career span of 10+ years, she has acquired experience working on variety of projects ranging from small apartments to complex projects such as judicial facilities and convention center. Bhumi has a keen sense of design coupled with insightful knowledge of the New York City Building Code and Zoning regulations. In addition to working as an architect & designer; she enjoys photography and traveling. She hopes to cross the Altiplano en route from Bolivia to Chile in her near future.

  • Tri Nguyen

    Tri Nguyen
    Project Manager

    Tri Nguyen holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from the University at Buffalo. Upon graduating, he was a Project Manager on high-end residential projects for almost 5 years. Aside from work, he likes to travel and explore new food scenes. Before starting at Aerial Design and Build, he traveled for 2 months across Europe and Asia where he experienced new cultures and customs.

  • Paul Antonson

    Paul Antonson
    Project Manager

    Paul Antonson entered the Building and Development Industry at the young age of 16. One of his first summer jobs was for a residential contractor and from this point on he knew he wanted to help build up the world. After studying Art History at Rutgers University, Paul found a deep appreciation for architecture and preserving the beauty of historical structures. He was able to explore this passion while working on the restorations of notable Manhattan buildings; among which were Grace Church and El Museo. Paul’s specialties include stone and tile work, but he has experience with all aspects of the construction industry and has worked on everything from modern high-rises to historic churches.

  • Noelia Cuello

    Noelia Cuello
    Office Assistant

    Noelia Cuello came from the Dominican Republic in 2001. She gained a scholarship opportunity from College of Mount Saint Vincent and finished her bachelor’s degree in Finance. Through her past experience in the banking sector, she hopes to promote success in Aerial Design and Build. Education has become a great passion for her. During her travels, she carries brochures of her universities alma-matter while encouraging young immigrants to pursue an education. She enjoys discovering new places while learning their history. Additionally, she enjoys gardening, painting, cooking and spending time with family, friends and pets.

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