Team UP

We believe the best design solutions come from asking “Why?” For that reason we have assembled a studio filled with collaborative dialogue between a multi-disciplinary team. Although our job titles & professional backgrounds differ, we all aim to create smart design solutions that lead to spaces that enhance people's lives.

We believe that every design has a story to tell. To tell that story, we employ a multidisciplinary approach that combines broad ideas, diligent organization, and innovative tools, presented within a coherent narrative. We are passionate about this process and look forward to sharing it with you.

Adam J. Wanaselja

Architect / Partner

When not reading, obsessing over the Mets, or running after his toddler, Adam Wanaselja co-manages and co-runs UP. As an architect and firm partner, his superpower is translating big ideas into functional and beautiful architectural solutions.
Once a project’s programmatic needs are determined, Adam sculpts the program into a unique design concept. He has an enviable ability to get into the flow state easily, and he intuitively transforms simple big-picture mockups into complex and elevated architectural designs. His technical understanding and uncanny ability to see how things should go together wow even his colleagues. [EMAIL ADAM]

John Patrick Winberry

Architect / Partner

As the founding partner, chief wrangler, and architect at UP, JPW finds the genesis of a new project to be the most thrilling stage of production. His favorite moments are when a big idea or design concept is presented to clients and they begin to feel the same enthusiasm that we feel while creating it. He is dedicated to overseeing and managing clients' expectations throughout the life of a project, and expanding the brand of UP. He is also the best singer in the studio and could easily outrun or strikeout any of his collaborators. (These last claims have not been fact checked, nor have they been corroborated by any evidence.) [EMAIL JOHN]

Jeffrey Ramirez

Brand Designer / Partner

Jeffrey is passionate about using graphics & brand design to create a better built environment. In the way that a single yellow line painted on the road saves millions of vehicles from crashing into each other - he believes graphic design has the ability to reshape cities, buildings, and homes in ways that enhance people’s everyday lives. His background in communication design (at Pratt Institute and various NYC design studio’s) prepped him with the ability to translate complicated architectural theories into simple, understandable concepts and to create consistent visual languages. His work ultimately helps individuals navigate, understand and engage with the spaces they inhabit. [EMAIL JEFF]

John Depaulo

Project Manager

JD is UP's Rock of Gibraltar (if the Rock of Gibraltar were inclined to shred some gnarly powder on its snowboard). His Project Management process, ability to delegate, and his commitment to consistent, effective communication with clients make him an integral element of organization for every project that comes through the doors. JD also oversees the preparation of construction drawings for every project UP works on. He's a man that has an answer for every question, a solution to any problem, and an incomparable "dad voice" whenever his kids call. [EMAIL JD]

Giulia Chiarlitti

Director of Interiors

Giulia is a Senior Designer here at UP. She has experience in every phase of project building, from conceptualization to schematic design to client relations. Her meticulous ‐ bordering on obsessive ‐ dedication to creating the most pristinely clean set of drawings, and a strong knowledge of detail / materiality sets her apart from others in her field. She has a strong ability to create streamlined visual representations of complex architectural layouts and maintain organized communication between teams of contractors and the client, but let's be honest, her strongest trait is her continued appreciation for our bad jokes. [EMAIL GIULIA]

C.J. Canales

Studio Director / BIM Manager

In addition to being nearly fluent in three languages, C.J. Canales speaks the language of detail. He develops ongoing architectural design projects by preparing construction documents, while coordinating tactile products and finishing components. C.J. gets an overwhelming (some may call it "freakish") sense of satisfaction in seeing things through to the end, facilitating a client's excitement through material and color choice, as well as spatial placements. [EMAIL CJ]

Dubem Aniebonam

Designer / BIM Whiz

Fortunately for UP and our clients, Dubem is a superstar at ArchiCAD, the 3D BIM software that we use to design our architecture and interiors. She is an incredibly detailed and efficient designer, working mostly on execution under the leadership of Giulia and C.J. Before moving to NYC to join UP, Dubem lived in DC, Atlanta, and Virginia where she worked with other small firms. [EMAIL DUBEM]

Lorri Rego

Studio Manager

No detail is too small for Lorri’s consideration. As UP’s studio manager, she proactively orchestrates complex logistics and executes tasks to keep operations running at maximum efficiency. While her career has spanned several fields, Lorri’s purpose has been consistent: to enthusiastically support teams so they can focus solely on the job they came to do. Her work touches many areas at UP: operations, marketing, and business development. When she’s not keeping our ducks in a row at the studio, the San Francisco native enjoys horticulture, perfecting recipes, crafting, and exploring Brooklyn.

Tabatha Keller


Our stellar bookkeeper, Tabatha, has 14+ years of experience providing bookkeeping and operational support to small businesses and individual clients. As Founding Principal of Lumen Business Services, she transitioned her focus to the architecture & design field and deeply understands our industry’s particular needs. Tabatha is a certified QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor and an associate member of the Association for Women in Architecture and Design. Outside of crunching numbers, she enjoys pilates and hiking.

In the heart of the rapidly evolving New York neighborhood of Long Island City our studio serves as a home base for experimentation, collaboration and discussion. Our diverse team of architects and designers thrive in the space that invites collaboration.