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

Principals

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.

Education:

City College of New York, Bachelor of Architecture

Columbia University, Master in Architectural Technology

Registrations:

New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey

Magnus Magnusson

Christine Hunter, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Christine Hunter has more than 30 years of experience in housing and neighborhood facility design, historic preservation, and sustainability. Since joining MAP in 2004, Ms. Hunter has guided the development of its sustainable design and technology practice.

 

She has managed several key projects that form part of the firm’s award-winning work in the Melrose Commons Urban Renewal Area of the South Bronx, as well as mixed-use developments in Staten Island and Rockland County that contribute to the revitalization of older downtowns. Ms. Hunter also oversees MAP’s education and special needs housing efforts. She was the principal-in-charge for the New LIFE Secondary School in the Bronx, New York, a private 265-seat high school for students with emotional, behavioral and academic disabilities.

 

Ms. Hunter is a co-chair of the AIA New York 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.

 

Ms. Hunter holds a B.A. in Architecture and Art History from Yale College and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University.

Education:

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

Registrations:

New York

Christine Hunter

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.

Education:

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

Registrations:

New York

Fernando Villa

Associate Principals

Christopher Jones, AIA

Christopher Jones brings over 8 years of experience to Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC (MAP). Mr. Jones has been involved in all phases of design and construction for both single and multi-family residences, commercial and retail spaces, and urban neighborhood planning projects.

 

Mr. Jones graduated from Texas Tech University with a Master of Architecture degree. He currently heads our office’s CAD Committee developing and directing office Revit methodology for all phases of work. He has been a juror for many design reviews and won both the New York Regional and National Levels of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Emerging Green Builders Natural Talent Design Competition in 2010.

Education:

Texas Tech University, Master of Architecture

Christopher Jones

Senior Associates

Jen Stencel, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Jen Stencel brings 12 years of professional experience to the design and construction of adaptive reuse, rehabilitation, and new buildings. She enjoys bringing conceptual ideas to reality through the built form by working closely with owners, consultants, and contractors. As a Registered Architect and LEED Accredited Professional her experience is with new and existing sustainable multi-family affordable housing, institutional and educational buildings.

 

Jen is a former Co-Chair of the AIANY Women in Architecture Committee, and was a member of the CertainTeed Gypsum Architecture Council. She received a Bachelor of Design in Architecture and Master of Architecture from the University of Florida, where she served on the Architecture College Council and studied abroad at the Vicenza Institute of Architecture in Vicenza, Italy.

Education:

University of Florida, Bachelor of Design in Architecture

University of Florida, Master of Architecture

Registrations:

New York

 

Jen Stencel

Joseph Moyer, AIA

Joseph Moyer joined MAP in 2015 with a decade of experience working with non-profit in architectural development. As one of MAP’s Associates, Joe continues this work with some of our consistent collaborators including The Bridge, The Doe Fund, New Destiny Housing, St. Nick’s Alliance, and Radson Development.

 

Joe leads the management of affordable housing projects Mid-Broadway, in Newburgh, NY and Grand Street and MLK JR. Plaza in the Bronx. MLK Jr. Plaza is the second largest residential development in the Bronx in 2017. His focus on affordable housing for non-profit clients is evolving to include supportive housing which offer new homes for Victims of domestic violence through New Destiny Housing and our project Bryant Avenue in the Bronx.

 

Education:

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

Registrations:

Registered Architect: States of New York and Vermont

Sara Bayer, AIA, CPHC, LEED AP

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 LGBTQ senior housing development in the Bronx. Additional current 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.

 

Sara earned her Passive House Certification in 2016 offering expertise and leadership to our future passive house projects and continuing the sustainable focus of the firm’s work.

 

 

Education:

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

Registrations:

Registered Architect: State of New York
LEED Acredited Professional

Passive House Certified

Sara Bayer

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 management role 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.

Education:

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

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

Lisa Rondon

Director

Elizabeth Candela, Assoc. AIA

Elizabeth Candela has 12 years of experience marketing and developing business for architecture firms in NY and LA. Inspired by creative placemaking, behavior in the public realm, and the push to increase the amount of open and green space in New York, she is dedicated to finding the human side of architecture.

 

A third-generation New York native, Elizabeth has always been fascinated by the City’s history and evolution from both sociological and architectural perspectives. She is involved with several non-profit and community building organizations that work to enhance and preserve the built fabric of New York.

 

Elizabeth received an MA in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University and a BA in Latin American History from Wesleyan University, and lives in the historic West Village.

Education:

Columbia University, Master of Arts

Wesleyan University, Bachelor of Arts

Elizabeth Candela