Gidich + Sepúlveda Architecture is a multi-faceted collaborative team that uses a variety of disciplinary fields and expertise to generate its final product. The core of our team are architects and interior designers but integrated into its hyper-agenda are also experts in the fields such as urban master-planning/ landscape design/ engineering/ construction admin/ construction/ motion graphics / post production/ copywriting/ marketing/ database analyst/ music production/ sculpting/ rendering/ animation/ environmentalists/ LEED sustainability > just to name a few. We believe at GSA that architecture is more than just design aesthetics but a rigorous process between all professional fields.
David Sepúlveda, born and raised in New York is currently Owner/ Principal of Hyper Architecture + Design. David strives to push the architectural boundary in design practices and collaborative research while investigating the relationships between architecture, urbanism, landscape, and technology. Hyper Architecture, even though no less than a few years old, has already been published in numerous publications as well as placing on a handful of international competitions.
Zachary Gidich is the owner and principal of Zachary Gidich Architecture and Design LLC which was established in 2013. Zachary Gidich AIA has over 11 years of experience in architecture and design. He is licensed to practice architecture in New York and New Jersey. He is a NCARB certified architect and is a member of the American Institute of Architects.
MEET THE TEAM
Colin Joyce, born and raised in New York is currently an Architectural Designer at KPF (Kohn Pedersen Fox). He received his Master’s Degree in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University GSAPP. Colin has more than a decade of hands on experience in the built environment, where his expertise in Architecture developed from an early exposure to Art & Design, along with years of working Construction. His practical experience in Construction has given him a strong advantage in Architecture & Design; understanding the importance of detail, while being conscious of material and construction development throughout design phases. With an eagerness and strong interest in quality design, he is dedicated to discovering elegant solutions, merging practicality with creativity.
Colin grew up in a family of designers, builders, and critical thinkers. From a young age his parents taught him the beauty of problem solving and hard work. His constant exposure to this world left him with an innate desire to create on his own. Colin and fellow colleague and longtime friend David Sepulveda, founded their practice Hyper Architecture in early 2014, after being awarded an honorable-mention as finalist in the world renowned eVOLO Skyscraper Competition.
I graduated from Philadelphia University with a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design in 2009 and have been actively in the architecture industry since. I have over 7 years of experience in both residential and commercial design as a Project Coordinator.
Wagdy is a Cairo native, and is currently practicing as an urban designer in Boston. He holds a Master’s degree in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University and a B.ARCH from NYIT. His collaborations have been widely exhibited around NY’s museums including MoMa, MET and New Museum. His interest lies in the relationship between architecture and urban design.
Mary Grace Castaneda
Mary Grace Castaneda is a graduate from NJIT with a Bachelors in Architecture. She has over 8 years experience in Ismael Leyva Architects as a Project Manager on new and conversion high-rise residential, as well as mixed-use projects made up of residential, hotel, off-Broadway theater and the future MTA 7-extension subway station on 42nd Street. She has worked closely with lead designers such as Rockwell Group, Philippe Starck, and H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture. Previous to that she has worked 4 years in an architectural firm focusing in commercial retail and healthcare facilities.
James Patrick Herbert
James Patrick Herbert graduated from NYIT with a degree of Bachelors Architecture in 2014 and is currently an active participant in the architecture/ construction field. His vast experience and knowledge of construction comes from many generations of family construction owned businesses where he has perfected his craft and expertise.
Francesca Papa is an Italian Architect, graduated in Architecture in Bari Italy. Her specializations includes urban design, landscape and multifunctional building projects. Francesca recently won a first prize in an international competition. She also has various publications including her latest work in Albanian, Europe. This work accomplished with the partnership of the Albanian and Italian Government had as a main goal to be an Urban Renewal for the city of Kukes, located at the border with Kosovo. Francesca, during her academic years, attended various archeological digs in Kos working on the architecture survey and projects on site.
Mr. Pacheco is currently a junior designer at NV/design.architecture, having worked at the firm for over two and a half years. While completing his Bachelors of Architecture, he worked with Yoshihara McKee for over two years on a 100,000+ sq. ft. multiple sclerosis clinic and stem-cell research center, among several other concurrent projects including a pro-bono feasibility study and proposal for an East Side (Manhattan) Bike Path Greenway, aimed at completing the island’s last missing bike path link in Midtown. Since joining ZH Architects, Marcello has worked on a wide range of residential projects, ranging from high-end gut and duplex renovations to a 10-story condominium currently under construction. He has implemented B.I.M. modeling into the design of this 10-story building, allowing for maximum efficiency within the office’s design process, while maintaining ZH Architects’ acute interest in details. Marcello is also knowledgeable in the design and development of exterior envelope construction and restoration details.
William D. Valeriano Silva
Born in São Paulo, Brazil, William Valeriano Silva moved to New York City in 2001 where he attended Washington Irving High School. Later graduated with an Architectural degree from Parsons the New School for Design. Having the opportunity to surround himself and experience an array of different cultures while growing up, William has brought diversity to his own professional practice. His inclination for multidisciplinary designs led him to learn many different practices beyond the scope of architecture. In addition, William enjoys providing pro-Bono architectural work to low income communities inflicted with hyper-gentrification throughout New York City.
Arianna Armelli is a graduate of NYIT’s Architecture program, her previous background includes specialty in landscape and urban design. Arianna’s recent projects include “Eco-Industrial Awakening” designed for the Gowanus Canal, Competition Finalist “STORMPROOF” located in Lower Manhattan, and “DEFACED” located at the former 5pointz site. Arianna is currently a Project Architect for a NYC Architecture firm.
Wes is the founder and creative director of Garbanzo Grafix, a Manhattan-based graphics, animation, and post-production company. Clients include top international agency, corporate, and broadcast clients.
Kate Fernandez is a content professional specializing in data analysis, strategy, and consumer-facing communications. Her experience in advertising, eCommerce and international business has lead to collaboration with high profile clients including Glenfiddich, Virgin Atlantic, and Etienne Aigner, among others. Currently, Kate works with technology company Panjiva as a Development Executive with a special focus on the Latin American market.
Jonathan Sepúlveda was born and raised in New York City. He attended New Jersey City University where he obtained a bachelor’s in Psychology. Jon brings to Hyper a multi-faceted work experience in the construction industry, where he has previously worked for numerous of NY/ NJ metro construction companies and projects.
Ishaan Kumar received his B.ARCH at NYIT in 2012 and is currently is enrolled at University of Pennsylvania for his Master of Landscape Architecture degree. He is also currently an active participant in the field, academia and yearly architectural competitions. As a Project Architect at TWO ONE TWO DESIGN, he designed and detailed over 30 retail projects for high-end clients. Currently, he teaches at NYIT and is freelancing while preparing to pursue his MLA degree at UPenn.
Hiro Ide, an architectural / interior designer. During my career, I have worked on prominent and award-winning projects in Japan, Mexico, France, and the U.S. As an architectural and interior designer, I have performed services as a lead participant for numerous productions with a distinguished reputation.
Native to Chicago area, Joshua received his Master of Architecture from The University of Kansas in 2019 in the accredited 5-year program. While attaining his master’s degree he has gained experience working with both domestic and international firms in Chicago and Paris on varying project types.