Julie Kelley is one of the founding principals of Aerial Design and Build. She brings more than 18 years of 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
Wendy Yang holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University. After graduating from Cornell, she was employed by a construction and development firm assisting on institutional, commercial, retail, hospitality, and institutional projects of various scale. In addition, her further experience in pre-construction, post-construction, and renovations of residential apartments in a mixed-use development has enabled her to apply in-field experience and provide a design-build perspective on construction projects. Wendy is fluent in Mandarin and Shanginese dialect. While not working, she loves to paint and swim and can be found exploring new restaurants.
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 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.
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.
Jordana Vasquez After winning the WNBA Inspiring Women Scholarship Award, Jordana moved to New York to obtain a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute . She is a designer and enthusiastic entrepreneur with a broad interests in: construction, design and build, urban planning , sustainability and social responsibility. Throughout her work experience she has made it a focus to challenge her spatial sensibilities and understanding of the fusion of design and construction. While being an advocate for purpose-driven innovative solutions and female empowerment ventures; she has engaged as an active member in Be social Change, Leadarise, Sheisthefirst , YWSE , The Architecture League and the AIA. In addition she is a passionate rock climber who loves to travel and play in group sports such as volleyball.
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