DMR Key Biographies

DMR is staffed by knowledgeable and experienced architects and designers who have an in-depth knowledge of the design and construction industry. Evidenced by the DMR's project success and wide range of services, the leadership of the company is the driving force behind the firm's dedication and commitment to quality. DMR is led by founder Lloyd Rosenberg, with the support of his five partners. Our professionals are well-supported by a team of junior architects, CAD technicians and administrative personnel.
Lloyd Rosenberg, AIA is the driving force behind the phenomenal growth and success of DMR Architects.

As President & CEO, Lloyd leads the firm, which among many recognitions and achievements, celebrates regional and national rankings, including: the #5 New Jersey architectural firm; consecutive listings on NJBiz’s Best Places to Work in New Jersey; and Real Estate Forum’s list of Fastest Growing Companies, a national ranking that recognized DMR’s 44% increase in staff size and 85% increase in billing from 2015 to 2016.

When Lloyd founded the firm in 1991, it was a three-person operation focused on designing exceptional schools and educational facilities. Over the years, he steadily added expert talent, enabling DMR to expand its capabilities to include architectural design for all market sectors, as well as advanced sustainable design and cutting-edge urban redevelopment planning.

For 26 years, Lloyd has overseen DMR’s thousands of design and construction projects, which represent hundreds of millions of dollars in construction work. Among these projects are many that have had a great impact on the landscape of New Jersey, including the State’s first nature museum, the first school for the blind and the first LEED certified public school; Bergen County’s first brewery; the rail station that first brought train service to the Meadowlands; and the new High Tech High School, the $140 million high school in Hudson County, which upon completion, will be one of the most technologically-advanced schools in the country. Among the thousands of other projects are elementary schools, luxury lofts, downtown master plans, police stations, parks, modern offices, academic facilities, sports complexes, renovations to an elementary school forced to close following Superstorm Sandy and construction oversight of the much-anticipated American Dream project.

With more than 55 years of experience, Lloyd is a leading architect, professionally registered across the country, and registered in Interior Design and Professional Planning in New Jersey. Individually, he has impressive design portfolio, which includes extensive international work, such as the 500 acre University in Kaduna, Nigeria valued at more than $500 million. He has won many awards for his design work, including “Outstanding Concrete Design”, “School of the Year”, “Outstanding Middle School” and Special Congressional Recognition.

Lloyd is active in numerous architectural and professional organizations, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Educational Leadership Foundation of New Jersey and the advisory board for the Rutgers Center for Real Estate.

Lloyd received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oklahoma and completed Graduate Studies at Columbia University.

His commitment to the firm and its clients is evident through his accessibility and strong leadership, which has resulted in long-standing and favorable relationships with clients and staff of DMR Architects.
Gregg Stopa, AIA (OPEN BIO)
Senior Vice President | Partner
Gregg Stopa, AIA joined DMR Architects in 1993 and currently serves as a Senior Vice President and Principal. With a total of nearly 30 years of hands-on experience in all phases of architectural design and the construction, Gregg serves as the lead Architect and Project Manager on projects in multiple markets.

Under his leadership, Gregg is responsible for managing and directing the in-house team and sub-consultants to ensure outstanding client service and proper and efficient production of construction documents. This process includes planning and reviewing working drawings and specifications that will eventually make the design concept a reality, working with and reviewing construction and budget constraints, ensuring the design intent adheres to local building codes and construction administration.

Gregg has guided the firm through notable projects in the public/educational sector such as C.V. Starr Middle School in Brewster, NY, a 56,000 square foot addition and renovation project that included 20 new state-of-the-art classrooms, a gymnasium, library/media room, art and music rooms, a Discovery classroom and administrative offices. He also oversaw a new academic building at Fairleigh Dickinson University. This design-build project consisted of a new 37,500 square foot building that includes 20 classrooms, an animal laboratory, office space, student dining hall, student and faculty lounges and conference rooms. In the public sector, Gregg led the DMR team for the design and construction of the Bergen County Administration Building, a new $62 million, five story 256,000 square foot facility that houses the County’s administration offices.

Gregg’s extensive knowledge of the requirements associated with private and public projects, in conjunction with his expertise in the design and construction industry, is an invaluable asset to DMR’s clientele.

Gregg is a graduate of Syracuse University School with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. He is a registered architect in New Jersey and New York, with professional affiliations with the American Institute of Architects, New Jersey Society of Architects and Architects League of Northern New Jersey.
Charles H. Sarlo, Esq. (OPEN BIO)
Vice President & General Counsel | Partner
Charles Sarlo, Esq., Vice President and General Counsel of DMR Architects, has more than 30 years of legal and business experience in the corporate affairs of business entities as well as in the legal, technical and management fields of real estate development / redevelopment, environmental matters, engineering and construction. His experience stems from his diverse background in law, engineering and finance.

At DMR, Charles leads corporate strategic and tactical legal initiatives and provides senior management with effective advice on company strategies and their implementation. Charles handles all of the broad spectrum of legal affairs of the corporation including contracts, insurance, risk management and employment. In addition, he provides in-house expertise on land use and environmental issues to the architectural staff during land use planning and feasibility studies, which provides a value-added service to the clients of DMR. As a result of his background, he is an advocate to the public sector for the public-private partnership business model.

In addition, Charles maintains a legal practice where he has two principal focuses: (i) land use, real estate, construction and environmental matters; and (ii) general corporate legal affairs for business entities.

Appointed by three Governors, Charles has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) since 2004. He has served as the Chairman of the EDA’s Real Estate Committee since 2008 and currently serves / has served on the EDA’s Audit Committee, Policy Committee and Loan Review Committee.

Licensed to practice law in New Jersey and New York, Charles received his Juris Doctorate from the Pace University School of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Pace International Law Review. He also has an Environmental Law Certificate from Pace’s highly ranked Environmental Law program, an MBA in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Kurt Vierheilig, AIA, LEED AP (OPEN BIO)
Senior Designer, Project Manager | Partner
Kurt has more than 15 years of experience as an architect and designer.

With more than 10 years of experience at DMR, Kurt’s major strength lies in his ability to blend his knowledge of design and construction into a highly effective and function project design. His contributions to projects vary from planning, schematic design and construction documents to proficient presentation skills.

Kurt has led the design team on many noteworthy projects at DMR, including Carlstadt Public School, Crabiel Hall, Bergen County Public Safety Operations Center, River Barge Park and the North Bergen Municipal Court and Parking Authority.
Pradeep Kapoor, LEED AP (OPEN BIO)
Director of Sustainability, Project Manager | Partner
A member of the DMR staff and a LEED AP for more than 10 years, Pradeep has more than 15 years of experience. His education, knowledge and multi-cultural experiences make Pradeep a highly qualified member of the DMR design team.

Representing DMR, Pradeep works on projects in all market sectors. Pradeep is committed to project success from the onset, and excels at the analysis of existing facilities and working closely with clients and stakeholders to complete programming and design.

Pradeep has a vast knowledge, experience and passion for sustainable design initiatives. He has played a lead role on the sustainable design of numerous facilities, including the Bergen County Public Safety Operations Center, Crabiel Hall, Bartlett Hall, Carlstadt Public School and St. Joseph’s School for the Blind.

Pradeep is proud to have formerly served as the Chair of the United States Green Building Council Northern New Jersey branch.
Francis Reiner, PP, LLA (OPEN BIO)
Senior Urban Designer | Partner
Francis is an accomplished professional planner, urban designer and landscape architect with more than 20 years of experience working for both the public and private sector. He has been involved with the design and development of Mixed Use, Urban Infill, Transit Oriented and Traditional Neighborhood Developments as both a design professional and as a project manager with a development firm.

Francis has extensive experience working with municipalities on the design and implementation of Rehabilitation and Redevelopment Plans. His experience includes: Zoning Analysis, Entitlement Process, Development Feasibility Studies, Parks and Streetscape Design, Fiscal Impact Analysis, Site Planning, Yield Studies, PILOT and Developer Negotiations, and Public Workshops.

In addition, he has worked with developers in the design and entitlement of Multifamily and Mixed Use projects which include: Site Planning, Conceptual Design, Design Development, Construction Documentation, and Construction Oversight.

His recent projects include the Hackensack Downtown Rehabilitation and Redevelopment Plans, Salem Street Development Plan, Kean University 2020 Vision Plan, SkyMark Mixed Use Redevelopment, The Second Ward Neighborhood Master Plan and Morningside Village.

In addition, Francis sits on the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation Board of Directors, a non-for-profit organization dedicated to finding solutions that lower costs for municipalities.

Francis is registered in Landscape Architecture and Professional Planning in New Jersey. He has a Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University, Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University.
Henry B. Ossi, Building Inspector-ICS (OPEN BIO)
Director of Construction Administration | Associate
Henry Ossi, ICS, LEED AP joined DMR in 2000, and has more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry. He serves as the Director of Construction Administration and is responsible for supervising all construction activities, cost estimates and construction management assignments. As a licensed code official and estimator, Henry provides an invaluable resource to DMR clients and staff, ensuring that design details comply with state and local standards.

Henry is involved from the onset of a project until completion, offering construction cost estimates at every phase of design and adhering to schedule milestones. His responsibilities include project scheduling, cost control, direct field observation, quality control and assisting with contractor negotiations and administration.

With a BA in Accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Henry has extensive experience in financial budgeting, in addition to construction management and administration. He is experience in budgetary control and has directly overseen construction projects of all scopes, offering a unique understanding of soft and hard costs common to construction projects.

Henry’s vast experience enables him to anticipate challenges and provide the necessary direction to maintain construction schedules. He has completed more than 100 construction projects including converting buildings for new use, renovating existing buildings and designing new construction in multiple market segments in both the public and private sector.

Henry is active in all market sectors, currently overseeing projects in the residential, healthcare, education and municipal market sectors. Some of his noteworthy experience at DMR includes the reconstruction Hudson County Plaza, a 340,000 square foot facility; the new, 110,000 square foot Carlstadt Pre-K – 8 Public School, the first LEED certified public school in New Jersey and first building in Bergen County; and 12,000 square foot shared-services, community pool in Lyndhurst, NJ.

Prior to joining DMR, Ossi was a successful contractor and served as an Interim Business Administrator. The combination of his background in facilities construction and fiscal responsibility provides for his inherent understanding of fieldwork and the communication necessary to complete projects on budget and on schedule.
Fassil Zewdou (OPEN BIO)
Project Manager | Associate
Fassil has two decades of experience, and has vast experience in designing and supervising projects in a wide range of market sectors in both New York and New Jersey.

Fassil’s strengths in design and project management are evident through his record of successful completed projects. He continues to serve as a project manager responsible for code review, design development and preparation of construction documents and the coordination of consultant’s documents for various building types.

Fassil’s professional background has enabled him to foster strong relationships. His energy and dedication to each of his projects results in a great effort by all involved and the successful achievement of a client’s goals.

Fassil currently manages DMR's contract with the New York City School Construction Authority (NYCSCA) for Capital Improvement Projects. Since 2005, Fassil has managed more than 100 Capital Improvement Projects with a construction value of nearly $130 million for the NYCSCA.

Fassil has a Master of Science in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Architecture from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Certificate in Project Management in Architecture and Construction from Harvard University, Graduate School of Design.
Fernando has more than 25 years of design and project management experience in all market sectors. Fernando’s design experience has been a strong resource for DMR’s clients and a valuable asset to the DMR staff and design team.

Working in all sectors, Fernando has designed or managed many noteworthy projects including River Barge Park, the Student Services Center at Middlesex County College and The Beacon. Fernando frequently manages multiple projects at once for DMR clients.

Fernando is a licensed Architect in New York. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Design and Architecture from the University of Puebla in Puebla, Mexico.

Joining the DMR team in 2015, Donna supports the project management staff in the completion of projects, particularly in the education/higher education and public sectors. In addition, Donna is involved in business development activities of the firm, actively attending conferences and networking events to expand DMR’s presence throughout New Jersey.

With more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry, Donna is accomplished in managing large, complex construction projects. Throughout her career, she has overseen construction projects ranging from $1.5 million to $65 million.

Donna earned her Bachelor of Architecture degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a Mini-MBA in Finance from Rutgers University.
Tom leads the growing corporate interiors team at DMR. A seasoned architect with more than 20 years of experience, Tom is an accomplished Director / Studio Head with experience in commercial interior design and brand development.

Throughout his career, Tom has developed and managed client relationships from design to construction, cultivating relationships that have led to many repeat projects for major clients.

Tom has completed hundreds of interiors projects, many in excess of 100,000 square feet. These projects have spanned multiple sectors, including finance, media, healthcare, educational and fitness facilities.

He has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Texas Tech University and is a registered Architect in New Jersey.
Michelle Lee (OPEN BIO)
Senior Interior Designer
Michelle joined DMR in 2005, and has more than 18 years of experience in programming, planning and designing interior spaces. Michelle leads the interior design efforts at DMR, working with the architectural design team, project managers and production staff to ensure that interior design elements are implemented as intended.

While at DMR, she has programmed, designed, produced Construction Documents and completed new/renovation constructions of more than 1,250,000 square feet. These have included noteworthy projects in all market sectors, such as Montclair Residences at Bay Street Station, Hackensack University Medical Center Outpatient Pediatric GI Unit, Hatch Mott MacDonald, Hudson County Plaza, Willingboro Senior Center and Carlstadt Public School.

Michelle has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Jay Beispiel, CID (OPEN BIO)
Senior Interior Designer
Joining the DMR project management staff in 2016, Jay is an accomplished interior designer with more than 25 years of experience.

An expert in designing interiors across all market sectors, Jay has primarily focused in the education/higher education, corporate, healthcare and public sectors throughout his career. At DMR, he supports the growing interiors department, which is currently completing numerous renovations, expansions and fit-outs in both the public and private sector.

Jay earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from The College of New Jersey and is registered in Interior Design in New Jersey. He has participated in numerous speaking engagements throughout his career, and remains active in numerous International Interior Design Association events.
Colleen Mahr (OPEN BIO)
Director of Business Development
Colleen serves as DMR's Director Business Development, dedicated to expanding existing marketing and business development efforts to enhance DMR’s relationships in the public sector.

Colleen has worked in economic development for more than 20 years, starting in the City of Jersey City in the 1990s, then spent several years working for a private company promoting charter schools throughout the United States. Most recently, she worked for the County of Union as the head of the Division of Strategic Planning and Intergovernmental Relations.

Colleen is currently in her third term as the mayor of Fanwood, N.J., a Union County municipality of more than 7,000. Among her many successes as mayor, Colleen has overseen the transformation of downtown Fanwood during her tenure, an effort which earned the Borough a Smart Growth Award in 2014 and recognition in both editions of the New Jersey Handbook on Redevelopment.

Colleen serves on the executive board of the New Jersey League of Municipalities (NJLM) and is past President of the New Jersey Conference of Mayors. In addition, she chairs the NJLM Land Use Legislative Committee and leads the Mayor’s Coalition for the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition.

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