Founder and principal of Turett Collaborative Architects TCA, 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 TCA design assignments and supervises the firm’s general operations. Engagement with the city and with his neighbors would 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 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.
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.
James Saisakorn, RA has worked with Turett Collaborative Architects for eight years. He lived and studied in Switzerland at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne (EPFL) before returning to the United States to receive his B. ARCH in 1996 in Architecture and French from Carnegie Mellon University. He was named a Carnegie Tradition Scholar, graduated with College and University Honors, and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honorary Society.
Saisakorn began his career in Pittsburgh with Tai + Lee Architects focusing primarily on affordable and energy efficient housing developments seeking to revitalize neighborhoods under a community development program administered by the Pittsburgh Housing Development Corporation (PHDC) and the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). This 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.
In 1996, Saisakorn began at Sidnam Petrone Gartner as a designer on small scale residential projects and time-sensitive retail projects for high profile clients such as Ralph Lauren, and was promoted to Project Manager, on increasingly larger residential and corporate projects.
Saisakorn’s role at TCA is that of Project Manager, typically overseeing 7-8 projects in varying phases of design and construction.