After receiving his Bachelor of Architecture in June of 2001 from the Boston Architectural Center in Boston, Massachusetts, Mr. Alfortish relocated to New Orleans, joining Mathes Brierre Architects in October of 2001. With Mathes Brierre Architects, Mr. Alfortish continued to bring his experience to several more office building and warehouse constructions, and designed the interior renovations for the historic 1815, 1817, and 1821 Magazine Street Row Houses, for a residential/retail mixed use program. Mr. Alfortish has assisted with the project management of Phases IV and V of the National World War II Museum Expansion. Additionally, Mr. Alfortish acted as Project Architect for the design of the new building for the Foundation for LSU Health Sciences Center.
Ms. Morton is experienced in a wide variety of architectural building types, with an emphasis in renovation work both commercially and residentially. Her experience includes architectural work for Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit and façade donation applications. Ms. Morton returned to New Orleans after graduate school, where she pursued an in-depth study of life cycle cost analysis in architectural design and theory, focused on adaptive reuse and prefabricating building technologies. She has knowledge of local codes and technologies involving both new and historic building restoration practices. While at Mathes Brierre Architects, Ms. Morton has worked on various design project types from primary and secondary education, historic preservation, museums, corporate office buildings and corporate interiors.
Mr. Priola has been employed by Mathes Brierre Architects, formerly The Mathes Group, from 1983 to 1994 and rejoined the firm in 1996. He has been project designer and architect for many corporate, industrial, and medical clients. Additionally, Mr. Priola has designed many academic and University facilities and is known for his extensive experience in theater, performance, and acoustical design. His work on numerous projects, such as New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, the Electro-Coal Transfer Corporation Field Office, and the Arizona State University Music School Expansion, has won awards. Mr. Priola has acted as Studio Manager for the ongoing National World War II Museum Expansion.
Mr. Evans joined Mathes Brierre Architects in 2008 with a background in Architectural and Environmental design and over ten years of experience. Since his employment with Mathes Brierre Architects, Mr. Evans has worked as part of the team that completed the renovations to Thomas Hall at Loyola University New Orleans. Additionally, he has assisted with the project management of Phase VI of the National World War II Museum expansion. Mr. Evans received his Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1994 and his Master of Architecture from Tulane University in May of 1998.
As Chairman of Mathes Brierre Architects, formerly The Mathes Group, Mr. Mathes leads the efficient management structure that enables the firm to undertake large and complex projects. Mr. Mathes has been a Principal of the firm since 1972, and has directed the growth to a respected multi-disciplined practice based in New Orleans, working nationally and internationally. His experience ranges from corporate office headquarters, telecommunication complexes to the design of music schools and performance spaces at high school and universities, as well as varied museum types. Mr. Mathes maintains his architectural license in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, West Virginia and Connecticut.
Mr. Tregre is a Principal and has been with Mathes Brierre Architects, formerly The Mathes Group, since 1984. His duties have included project management for numerous corporate clients including major telecommunications and utility companies and real estate management companies. He brings expertise in the management and execution of complex engineering projects as well as successfully leadng teams of architects and engineers, to meet challenging schedules. Mr. Tregre also deals extensively with renovation and retrofit for many long-term clients.
Ms. Schmuelling is a Principal and manager of the team which has been responsible for the exterior and interior design of new corporate offices and headquarters for various clients. As the senior programmer in the office she has planned various corporate headquarters ranging in size from 10,000 square feet to 300,000 square feet. Ms. Schmuelling offers extensive experience in the programming and design of fine arts and performance facilities not only in New Orleans but at numerous universities throughout the United States. Beyond the U.S., Ms. Schmuelling has also teamed on Mathes Brierre projects in Central America and Mexico.
Keith Scarmuzza joined Mathes Brierre Architects in 2002, and currently directs the Planning and Landscape Architecture Studio. He is a licensed landscape architect in Louisiana who has extensive international site planning and urban design experience. As Design Director with a land planning firm in Southeast Asia, he led many site planning projects including housing community and resort developments, office parks, universities and public parks. Since returning to the U.S., Mr. Scarmuzza has led large municipal planning and design efforts including waterfront recreation plans, downtown revitalization studies, memorial site selection studies, and subdivision master plans. He has also performed a significant amount of site engineering and design for commercial / corporate land development projects.
Cynthia is an accomplished and results driven professional with experience in the Design and Build Industry and Real Estate. She has extensive experienced in prioritizing goals and working under tight deadlines without sacrificing work ethic and creativity. Cynthia is a team player who is willing to take initiative to get the job done. She is technically proficient in computer programs ranging from Microsoft applications to AutoDesk applications.
Mr. Palm is an award-winning Specifications Writer and has served as Director of Specifications at another large architectural firm for over 14 years. He has received Honor Awards for Specifications from both the Gulf State Region and the New Orleans Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute. He has been a guest lecturer at Tulane University and at the Regional Conference of the Architectural Woodwork Institute. Mr. Palm currently schedules all Mathes Brierre projects and utilizes Microsoft Project for CPM schedules.
Ms. Fernandez joined Mathes Brierre in 2005. At the time of her hiring, she had three years of architecture school in Mexico. She proved
herself to be an asset to the architecture studio where she was an integral part of the National World War II Museum projects and several projects for Loyola University. She has recently achieved her degree in Interior Design and has completed designs on several corporate interior offices. Ms. Fernandez was the designer and programmer for the new headquarters for Hancock Whitney at the new Hancock Whitney Center.
Mr. Optiz brings to Mathes Brierre Architects more than 38 years of experience in the construction industry and has extensive experience in all phases of construction, project management and cost estimating. Since joining Mathes Brierre, he has provided construction cost estimating on most all projects managed by the firm.
Mr. Rowe joined Mathes Brierre Architects with over 25 years of experience in the construction industry and is experienced in all phases of
construction and project management. Mr. Rowe is also skilled in bidding and contract negotiation, construction supervision, budgeting and scheduling.
Suzanne Herzog has a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture with twenty years of professional experience. She has worked on a wide range of projects including parks & recreation, streetscapes, plazas, trails, commercial projects, public gardens, residential and others. Ms. Herzog is responsible for project conceptualization, development and design and supports the production of design and construction documents for various landscape architectural projects. She received an ASLA Merit Award for Excellence in the Study of Landscape Architecture and a design award for Plants and Planting Design. She has been the lead designer on a number of recreational projects in the region, including the Wisner Bike Path, renovations to Annunciation Square in New Orleans and the Baton Rouge Levee top Bike Path.
Ms. Thibodeaux has over thirty (30) years experience in Interior Design and nine (9) years experience in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. This combination of expertise has proven extremely valuable on technical projects requiring intense planning coordination. She is experienced in AutoCAD, Programming, Space Planning, Systems Furnishings, Presentation Furniture and Finish Selection, Move Coordination, Electrical
Drafting and Mechanical Drafting. Ms. Thibodeaux has a long list of clients such as Chevron, Entergy, Cox Communications, Symetria Health and, UNO Research & Development Foundation.
Ms. Bergman has been employed with Mathes Brierre Architects, since 2006, as an Intern Architect and has assisted with the large interior projects for Loyola University and the National World War II Museum Expansion. She has been involved with projects at all phases of the design and construction process, responsibilities include site survey, design development, code research, construction documents, and contract administration. Ms. Berman attended Tulane University on a full scholarship as a member of the Tulane Women’s Tennis Team.
Ray is a New Orleans metro area native growing up in Kenner Louisiana. In his 18 years of practice, his work has encompassed a wide array of project types including corporate and governmental office buildings, high-end residential, multi-family residential, cultural centers, primary and secondary educational facilities, and historic preservation. Mr. Zabala takes pride in the lasting personal relationships he has developed with clients, consultants and contractors.