With a passion for mentorship and education, Alex Nizhikhovskiy has been a member of the TTC team for over eight years. Alex is a licensed architect in the state of New York, with a Master in Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York, where he was recognized with the AIA Henry Adams Medal. He previously spent five years as a Junior Designer at Montoya-Rodriguez Architects + Planners, where he focused on public projects, primarily public schools, and other educational buildings. Alex now manages Turett’s numerous private residential projects, with a particular affinity for client collaboration and mentoring junior staff. Outside of the practice, Alex mentors students and sits on design juries at his alma mater, the Spitzer School of Architecture. Raised in New York City and now residing in Brooklyn, Alex has a deep connection with and passion for the city - preserving and celebrating its past, while designing for its ever-evolving future.
James Saisakorn joined TTC in 2004, bringing to the firm both a deep passion for design and a love of craft. After studying architecture in Switzerland at the Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne (EPFL) under the tutelage of the late Luigi Snozzi, a leader of the Ticino school of architecture that included fellow esteemed Swiss architects Mario Botta, Aurelio Galfetti, and Livio Vacchini, he returned to complete his Bachelor of Architecture with a double major in French from Carnegie Mellon University in 1996. Notably, his past work on energy-efficient and green building design contributed to the production and publication of the 1996 Building Design Manual for the Pennsylvania Energy Code. Saisakorn’s understanding of construction, coupled with his extensive knowledge of municipal codes, landmarks, and zoning has helped to guide many of the firm's projects from the kernel of an idea to their ultimate completion. James has applied his expertise to many residential, commercial, and institutional projects throughout the years - from highly detailed residential projects for private clients to larger, more complex commercial projects. With a long-held appreciation for brutalist architecture, he currently resides in Manhattan and is an avid world traveler. As a native of Chicago, James’ inspiration and fascination with modern architecture from an early age led him to where he is today.
Simeon Seigel has worked with Turett Collaborative Architects for nearly ten years. Immediately after earning a B.A. at Columbia University in Architecture and Music, Seigel started working at TCA, where he project-managed retail, food service and corporate work. During a six-year hiatus he earned his Master of Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design where he was named both a Thayer Scholar and a Lehman Scholar. He was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Medal, and graduated with Distinction, and as valedictorian, in 2002.
Seigel worked for several years at Koetter, Kim and Associates in Boston. Alongside his design duties there, he also devised and implemented CAD protocols and customized software for communicating with a nationwide design team for a $1.1B corporate campus design. Seigel created digital tools for automating the seamless translation of documents from different platforms and disparate technical software.
Today, Seigel is an Associate at TCA, as well as a LEED-accredited professional. He is involved in all aspects of design and project management for projects of all types.He is tasked with managing the competing needs of the dozen-or-so projects on TCA’s boards at any given time, properly staffing them and overseeing them for quality assurance, complete client satisfaction, budget and timeline.
Jessica Shaw hails from Toronto, Canada, where she received her BFA in Interior Design from Ryerson University’s acclaimed School of Interior Design. During the course of Jessica’s professional experience, now spanning over three decades, she has pushed the boundaries of conventional role of interior designer. With experience in retail and residential design to live events; production design and art direction for film; video production for installations and performance art, the diversity of Ms. Shaw’s past experience has fused and informed what her interior design skills embody today—that of a refined and uniquely specialized genre.
Founder and principal of the Turett Collaborative, Wayne Turett leads a creative team with a design vision that has defined his work for over twenty-five years. Turett plays an active role in all Turett Collaborative design assignments and supervises the firm’s general operations. Engagement with the city and with his neighbors has become the hallmark of his design work.
Turett has degrees in Architecture from the University of Illinois and Pratt Institute, and studied for a year at UP-3 in Versailles, France. He is a member of the NCARB and is licensed to practice architecture in the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. As a recognized architect and designer, Turett has served as a design critic at the City College of New York, New Jersey Institute for Technology, Parsons and Pratt Institute; he has taught at NJIT, Parsons, and the Fashion Institute of Technology and frequently lectures on restaurant design for the Institute of Culinary Education.
Turett has immersed himself in the culture of New York City, and has lived and worked in TriBeCa for the last twenty years. His local ties have naturally led to a special expertise in working with –and a special regard for– community and preservation groups. A significant portion of his built work is in the immediate area where he can develop long-term associations with clients and neighbors. With the completion of his own Passive House in Greenport, NY, Turett’s passion for carbon neutral design is not just a practice, but a way of living and embracing the future of net zero building.