People

Maureen Abraham
Borislav Angelov
Katherine Bedwell
Christopher Bermingham 
Jacobus J Bruyning (JJ)
Ana Calderon 
Marco Carrara
Sebastian Czichon
Reynolds Diaz Jr. 
Maria Diego
Rasem Kamal 
Alexandra Kostakou   
Alex Lozano 
Alexandre Mecattaf
Olivier Montfort
Marcel Montoya 
Marie-Pierre Pare 
Andrea Perelli 
Naaly Pierre
Laura Pineda
Rahel Schneider 
Cindy Xu Gysin-Jin
Manuel Zucchi

Chad Oppenheim

Founding Principal

Chad Oppenheim founded Oppenheim Architecture in 1999 to design a new kind of sensory, site-specific architecture. Working across scale, typology, and geography, every Oppenheim project is a sensitive contextual response guided by the philosophy that design follows life and form follows feeling.

A graduate of Cornell University and a Fellow of the AIA, Oppenheim has served as lead designer for countless place-making assignments around the world. Working closely with clients to realize and amplify their vision, he is backed by strong technical and project teams in Miami and Basel who execute large and complex projects on any continent.

A traveler and cultural nomad from a young age, Oppenheim uncovers the power of a place to optimize how people live, play, or work in that particular environment. His monumental, timeless architecture enhances lives, realizes a site’s full potential, and protects and celebrates the natural environment. He shapes buildings and places to achieve the optimal balance between creativity and pragmatism, function and experience, construction and aesthetics.

Oppenheim has lectured widely and taught at various architecture schools, including Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and, most recently, Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. He has published two books – Spirit of Place (2019), a monograph about the practice featuring seven award-winning projects, and Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains (2019), an academic investigation into the cultural associations of modernist design with villainy in cinema.

EDUCATION

Industrial, Product, and Graphics Studies, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts.
Bachelor of Architecture, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

QUALIFICATIONS

Registered Architect (Florida, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, Colorado), American Institute of Architects (AIA) Fellow, National Council of Architectural Registration Board, U.S. Green Building Council (LEED AP).

AFFILIATIONS

YPO International Organization (Member), YPO Miami (Member), YPO Aspen (Member), FIU Foundation (Advisory Board Member), Cornell University School of Architecture (Advisory Board & Admissions Interviewer), The Wolfsonian-FIU (Board Member).

Chad Oppenheim Bio

Beat Huesler

Director Europe

Beat Huesler is a licensed architect with over 28 years' professional experience with firms in New York and Basel, Switzerland, and his own practice, Huesler Architekten. His collaboration with Chad Oppenheim extends back to their studies at Cornell University in New York and was cemented in 2009 when they jointly established the Swiss office of Oppenheim Architecture. 

Huesler heads the European studio, managing a senior architectural team to deliver projects in urban and remote locations around the world. His extensive construction and technical knowledge make the studio highly responsive to the available resources and industry practices in any specific location. An ability to work collaboratively with local architects, builders, and craftspeople leads to buildings that are made for their environments and loved by their communities.

Before studying architecture and design at Cornell University, Huesler completed a four-year technical drawing apprenticeship in Basel. His original focus on detailing embedded a passion for function—from design and planning to materials and construction to sustainability and energy use. Working with heritage structures in and around the Basel area added a sensitivity for heritage and context, and the sensitive coalescence of old and new. Huesler’s commitment to excellence in design and technical rigor ensures a strong alliance of the pragmatic with the poetic.

Education

Bachelor and Master of Architecture, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

Commissions

Current: Director on the Board of the Baselland Chamber of Commerce, President of the Conference of Trade and Industry Associations of the State of Baselland (KGIV), President of the Chamber of Commerce City of Muttenz, Architectural Advisor to the City of Fuellinsdorf. Previously: Strauch Visiting Critic in Sustainable Design at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, Fall Semester 2019/2020, President of the Business Development Chamber of the City of Muttenz.

 

 

Beat Huesler Bio

Timothy Archambault

Director Americas

Timothy Archambault is a Miami-based designer with over 24 years of experience practicing architecture internationally in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He joined Oppenheim Architecture in 2015 as the Director of North American Operations and is responsible for executive-level quality assurance, project delivery, and client relations. Archambault manages the practice’s project design and documentation deliverables, working alongside the project team to deliver to the highest level of quality and to precise project schedules.

His recent project work includes the Metropica residential tower in Miami, Desert Rock Hotel and Sacred Reef resorts on the Red Sea, and the Java and Bali Resorts in Indonesia. Prior to joining Oppenheim Architecture, he worked with Rem Koolhaas/OMA on the Prada NY store, the Lehmann Maupin Gallery, and the MahaNakhon Tower in Bangkok. Other notable projects include the Dallas Wyly Theatre with OMA/REX; and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao with Frank O. Gehry & Associates.

A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Archambault has served as a guest critic at numerous institutions, including Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Yale School of Architecture, MIT School of Architecture, and Parsons School of Design.

In addition to his architectural achievements, Archambault is an accomplished Indigenous flutist and composer, and is a hereditary Senator of the Kichesipirini Algonquin First Nation. He is fascinated with space as a medium – expressed in both architecture and music – and how Indigenous precedents and nature can provide the building blocks for great architecture. 

 

Education

Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island.

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Timothy Archambault Bio

Ximena Gonzalez

Director Finance & Operations

Ximena Gonzalez is the Director of Finance and Operations for Oppenheim Architecture, where she manages the day-to-day operations of all the company’s financial activities, from reporting and forecasting to accounts and performance. She possesses over 12 years’ architecture and construction industry leadership experience with a specific focus on marketing and business finance.

Ximena studied business administration in Colombia and at Florida International University in Miami, where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, with a marketing major. She is also certified in Human Resource Management from Cornell University.

Early on in her career, prior to joining Oppenheim Architecture, Ximena was a Director of Marketing for new construction developments around the world. This expanded her international industry alliances and refined her business acumen. She later transitioned into the architecture industry, where she has since developed and honed her own successful operating practices. These have contributed to, among other professional accomplishments, implementing and administering new management software for overall corporate performance enhancement.

 

Ximena Gonzalez Bio

Kevin McMorris

Project Manager, Studio Leader

Kevin McMorris has over 24 years’ experience in architecture, with expertise across hospitality, multifamily residential, custom homes, resort villas, and commercial buildings. As a senior Studio Leader, Kevin is responsible for creative direction, initiating and developing design and documentation for all phases of a project. He is the first point of contact for clients and consultants, coordinating all administrative and technical workflows. He has been with the practice since 2003 and works closely with Chad Oppenheim on work in the U.S., Caribbean, Middle East, Europe, and Asia.

Kevin entered the industry with a structural engineering degree from the University of the West Indies, before attending Columbia University in New York City to complete his Master’s Degree in Architecture. His engineering background means structural feasibility and innovation are embedded right from the start for both architectural and cost benefits. With a passion for strong design frameworks, he guides a project’s purity, vision, and integrity, as he synchronizes consultant and contractor inputs.

Kevin’s personal design research brings academic insight to his everyday practice. Forces shaping societies and environments inform his ideas and architecture, as he seeks to improve the lives and experiences of building users. His work has been exhibited internationally, including group shows at the São Paulo Architecture Biennial and the Pavillon de l’Arsenal in Paris.

 

 

Kevin McMorris Bio

Kevin Heidorn

Project Manager, Studio Leader

Kevin Heidorn has been practicing architecture for more than 25 years, managing projects in the Middle East, China, the Caribbean, and North America. He joined Oppenheim Architecture in 2006 and today is a senior Studio Leader, responsible for the full project lifecycle—from briefing to design through to documentation and contract management. His expertise spans multiple typologies, including hospitality, multifamily residential, custom homes, resort villas, commercial, and industrial buildings. Kevin is the first point of contact for clients, working closely with Chad Oppenheim to unlock the brief and discover the site’s full potential.

He enjoys long-term client and team relationships, using collaborative and iterative processes to promote design excellence, quality, efficiency, and building craft. He is practical and empirical, always looking ahead for budget and construction implications. With a significant body of built projects—and a strong team culture in documentation and delivery—he brings efficiency and proven solutions to every commission. 

Kevin believes in building better and in pushing past conventional developer models. He invites debate and expands design thinking to deliver greater cultural and economic impact for clients, users, and communities.

 

 

Kevin Heidorn Bio

Tom McKeogh

Studio Leader Europe

Tom McKeogh has practiced architecture in the U.S., Europe, and Asia for more than 10 years. He is Studio Leader for Oppenheim Architecture’s Basel office, working closely with Beat Huesler on work in Europe and the Middle East. He is responsible for creative direction, initiating and developing design and documentation for all phases of a project. He also coordinates the administrative and technical dimensions of a project, to ensure efficient and cost-effective execution. He actively manages project schedules and programs; project communication and documentation; administrative tasks; and project team assignments.

Before joining Oppenheim Architecture, Tom collaborated with award-winning architectural practices in Europe and Southeast Asia. His previous experience includes design leadership roles for Google’s Bay View Campus in Silicon Valley and the Six Senses Resort and Spa in Uluwatu, Bali.

Tom earned his Master’s Degree in Architecture from Columbia University in New York City, where he was awarded the Renzo Piano Fondazione Scholarship and the Charles McKim Prize for Excellence in Design, as well as the Saul Kaplan and William F. Kinne Traveling Fellowships. He has taught at Cornell University, Columbia University, and Queen’s University Belfast, and was invited to perform the role of visiting Docent at Pierre Chareau’s modern masterpiece, the Maison de Verre in Paris.

Tom’s personal projects focus on the relationships between the built environment and the visible and invisible inequities that it constructs. His work has been exhibited in international group shows, including the Deste Foundation for Modern Art in Athens, Greece, and the Center for Architecture in New York City.

 

Tom McKeogh Bio