The MAP staff is a team of highly talented professionals dedicated to excellence in their work.


Magnus Magnusson, AIA, LEED AP

Magnus Magnusson is a community development expert who has designed distinctive and award-winning projects throughout New York City and the Hudson Valley. He founded Magnusson Architecture and Planning and currently serves as its managing principal. In this capacity, he provides strategic vision for the firm and guides talented teams of architects and planners on mixed-use and affordable housing developments, state-of-the-art community projects, healthcare facilities, and large-scale planning projects.


Among Mr. Magnusson’s noteworthy accomplishments are Melrose Commons in the Bronx; the groundbreaking, mixed-income Atlantic Terrace in Brooklyn; and the Rheingold Gardens Urban Renewal Project in Brooklyn. His projects have been featured in multiple publications, including the New York Times, and have won prestigious design awards from the New York and Westchester + Hudson Valley Chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Boston Society of Architects, the Municipal Arts Society, and New York State Homes and Community Renewal.


Mr. Magnusson frequently lectures and writes about issues of housing, planning, environmental design, and  innovative design solutions. He is an active member of the AIA and has served as Chairman of the New York Chapter’s Housing Committee.  He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from City College of New York and a Master of Architectural Technology from Columbia University.


City College of New York, Bachelor of Architecture

Columbia University, Master in Architectural Technology


New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey

Magnus Magnusson

Fernando Villa, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Fernando Villa has more than 20 years of international design experience focusing on sustainability, historic preservation, adaptive re-use and residential projects. At MAP, Mr. Villa specializes in LEED-certified affordable housing and mixed-use developments in New York City and the surrounding area.


As MAP’s leading designer, Mr. Villa has worked on a wide range of projects, including 22 Tarrytown Road Workforce Housing, a sustainable, low-rise, transit-oriented development in Greenburgh, New York. He was the lead designer of The Anderson, a supportive housing development in the Bronx with units for homeless survivors of domestic violence. Another of Mr. Villa’s supportive developments in the Bronx, Creston Avenue Residence, is the first project in New York State to use Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) funding.


Mr. Villa is a member of the American Institute of Architects and serves as the co-chair of the New York Chapter’s Housing Committee. He is also on the Center for Architecture’s 2015 “Designing Affordability” exhibition advisory committee, and is involved with the New York Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, The Architectural League of New York, Society of American Registered Architects and the Municipal Arts Society. He is an international juror in design competitions and frequently speaks on sustainable design.


Mr. Villa holds a B.A from the Pontificia Bolivariana University in Medellin Colombia and attended graduate programs at Pratt Institute, The New York School of Interior Design, and the Institute of Classical Architecture.


Pontificia Bolivariana University in Medellin Colombia, Bachelor of Arts
Graduate Programs at Pratt Institute, The New York School of Interior Design and the Institute of Classical Architecture


New York

Fernando Villa

Christopher Jones, AIA

Christopher Jones has deep experience in all phases of design and construction for multi-family residential and supportive housing developments, as well as commercial spaces, and urban neighborhood planning projects.


Mr. Jones leads operations, managing studio production and output including quality control measures; overseeing technical documentation standards and the adoption of new digital design tools; and guides research and implementation of construction typologies and material assemblies.


Mr. Jones also provides project management and construction administration. His current work includes Bishop House, a 91-unit supportive housing development in Manhattan; Jackson’s Place, a 65-unit supportive housing development with 4,000 square feet of community facility space in East New York; Casa Celina, a 205-unit senior development at the Sotomayor Houses NYCHA campus in the Bronx; and the Sunset Park Library, 50 units of affordable family housing above a new space for the Sunset Park branch of the Brooklyn Public Library.


Mr. Jones has also recently completed construction on Westchester Mews, a two-building development with 206 affordable apartments in the Bronx, and The Printhouse, a mixed-use development with 71 residential units (including an affordable set-aside) and retail space in downtown New Rochelle.


Mr. Jones graduated from Texas Tech University with a Master of Architecture degree.


Texas Tech University, Master of Architecture

Christopher Jones

Consulting Principal

Christine Hunter, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Christine Hunter has practiced architecture for over thirty years with a focus on housing and neighborhood facility design, historic preservation, and sustainability. Since joining Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC (MAP) in 2004, Christine has led the firm’s development of expertise in sustainable design, and in senior and supportive housing. Christine managed several key MAP projects, award-winning developments in the Melrose Commons Urban Renewal Area of the South Bronx, which was certified LEED Silver under the LEED for Neighborhood Development Pilot Program. 


Christine recently led the design for HPD’s Build It Back Rebuild Program, for new 1-4 family homes in South Brooklyn, HELP Crotona Senior Housing for LGBT Seniors in the Bronx, and the Livonia Avenue Phase II Initiative, a 280 unit, 4 building development. Two affordable buildings on a former NYCHA site in the Soundview area of the Bronx, and Ruby’s Place, a nine-story, 73-unit supportive residence for mentally-ill adults in Brooklyn, were recently completed, as well as the adaptive re-use of a 4-story vacant townhouse into transitional housing for homeless LGBT youth and young adults in Manhattan’s East Village. 


Immediately prior to joining MAP, Ms. Hunter was an Associate with the firm of Beyer Blinder Belle. Among other projects with BBB, she was responsible for all phases of a new research institute for TIAA-CREF in midtown Manhattan comprising a landmark townhouse, three adjacent buildings and a new through-block addition. She also managed a multi-year contract with the New York City School Construction Authority for the $24 million restoration of 8 historic schools, and the development of new agency protocols for historic school restoration. 


Ms. Hunter heads up MAP’s education and special needs housing efforts, and is the Co-Chair of the AIANY Chapter’s Design for Aging Committee. She is the author and co-illustrator of Ranches, Rowhouses & Railroad Flats, a formal and historical study of American housing types published in 1999 by W. W. Norton & Co.   


Yale College, Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Art History
Columbia University, Master of Architecture


New York

Christine Hunter

Associate Principals

Jen Stencel, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Ms. Stencel brings 12 years of professional experience in design and construction for adaptive reuse, rehabilitation, and new developments including sustainable multifamily affordable housing, institutional, and educational buildings. She is also a former Co-Chair of the AIANY Women in Architecture Committee.


Recently Ms. Stencel has overseen new affordable housing in the Bronx and Senior Housing on Staten Island as well as an award winning adaptive re-use project in Middletown, NY which converted an old mill building into 42 units of affordable housing with a commercial unit used for a cafe and job training program. She has also led two phases of a redevelopment plan with the Yonkers Housing Authority, a project with multiple buildings including 188 Warburton, a new 50-unit, multi-family building and the award winning Schoolhouse Terrace, a 121-unit affordable housing development with multi-family and senior units on a brownfield site.


University of Florida, Bachelor of Design in Architecture

University of Florida, Master of Architecture


New York


Jen Stencel

Joseph Moyer, AIA

Joseph Moyer joined MAP in 2015 with a decade of experience working with non-profits in architectural development. He continues this work with many of our mission driven clients including The Bridge, The Doe Fund, New Destiny Housing and St. Nick’s Alliance.


Mr. Moyer has just this year completed the multi award-winning, MLK Plaza, a 167-unit affordable and LEED Platinum development in the Bronx as well as Webster Green, a LEED Gold supportive building also in the Bronx. He is currently overseeing The Bryant, now in construction, design development for Crotona-Belmont Senior Housing, Cooper Park Commons, and early stage work on Broadway Triangle Sites A and B. His other recent projects include 695 Grand Street in Brooklyn and Acacia Gardens in East Harlem.



Wentworth Institute of Technology, Bachelor of Science: Architectural Engineering Technology


Registered Architect: States of New York and Vermont

Sara Bayer, AIA, CPHC, LEED AP, Director of Sustainability

Ms. Bayer has managed several of the firm’s significant senior and specialized housing projects. She has been involved in all phases of new construction projects and renovations and is currently the Project Manager for SAGE Senior Housing, a new 82-unit affordable senior housing development with an LGBTQ senior center in the Bronx. She is also managing the design of a multi-building, affordable Passive Housing project in Brooklyn and a 93 unit senior building designed to Passive House standards also in Brooklyn. Her recently completed projects include a five-story, 67-unit affordable mixed-use development in Queens, NY and the occupied renovation of Selis Manor, a 205-unit affordable residence for the visually challenged.


Ms. Bayer also led the firm’s RetrofitNY project, funded through NYSERDA, in which she and a development team explored options for achieving net zero energy use through sustainable renovations to an existing pair of buildings.


University of Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, Master of Architecture
Connecticut College, Bachelor of Architectural Studies


Registered Architect: State of New York
LEED Acredited Professional

Passive House Certified

Sara Bayer

Senior Associates

Lisa Rondon

With more than twenty years of experience in the fields of Human Resources and Office Administration, Lisa Rondon is an expert in coordinating the complex daily operations of companies and their staff. Ms. Rondon also spent nine years in the real estate and architecture fields, which gives her keen insight into the design process and the business of architecture. She brings this experience to her role as Director of Administration at Magnusson Architecture and Planning.


Ms. Rondon holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Herbert H. Lehman College and a certificate from New York University in Human Resources Practices and Techniques. She is an active member of the Society for Design Administration (SDA), serving on the Nominating Committee for the 2017-2018 term, and mentoring new members to the field of Office Administration.


Herbert H. Lehman College, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

New York University, Certificate in Human Resources Practices and Techniques.

Lisa Rondon


Brian Loughlin

Brian Loughlin recently joined MAP to lead their Planning and Urban Design efforts after a career in the Public and Non-profit sectors of Community Development and Affordable Housing. Notable among his various posts, Brian served as the Director of New Construction for NYCHA, Chief Architect for the Jersey City Housing Authority, and Executive Director of Positive Impact Community Development. Brian is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Architecture and Real Estate Development at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation. where he has taught various courses on the history, political theory, and design of housing for the past ten years. Brian has presented widely on the various issues surrounding the broad topics of city planning, public and affordable housing, and community development including appearances at the Center for Architecture, P.S.1, The Museum of Modern Art, and the White House.


GSAPP, Columbia University, New York, Master of Architecture
Catholic University, Washington DC, Bachelor of Science in Architecture


New York

Matt Scheer

Matt Scheer is MAP’s Director of Communications. He has extensive experience as a graphic designer and writer for nonprofits and mission driven for-profits within the community development space, as well as a background in affordable housing development. Prior to joining MAP, Matt was a core part of the communications team at LISC, a national nonprofit investor, where he was responsible for crafting and implementing an organization-wide design vision, establishing a consistent look and feel across digital and print materials.


Before changing careers, Matt was an award-winning affordable housing developer with Westhab, a Yonkers-based nonprofit.


Pratt Institute, Master of Fine Arts, Communications Design

Clark University, Master of Arts, Community Development and Planning

Clark University, Bachelor of Arts, History