DMR Key Biographies


The staff at DMR Architects is a knowledgeable and talented team of architects and designers who have an in-depth knowledge of the industry we serve. Led by Lloyd A. Rosenberg, with the support of his five partners, our talented depth of staff includes licensed professionals in architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, professional planning, sustainable design and construction administration. In addition, our staff is further supported by a team whose backgrounds include economic development and community outreach, municipal government, real estate, project finance, engineering, and land use. Our team is further supported by junior architects, designers and planners, marketing and administrative professionals, and in-house general counsel.
Lloyd Rosenberg is the driving force behind the phenomenal growth and success of DMR Architects. As President & CEO, Lloyd leads the 40+ person team at DMR, which among many recognitions and achievements has recently celebrated four consecutive listings as the #5 New Jersey architectural firm; two consecutive listings on NJBiz’s Best Places to Work in New Jersey; and a national ranking on Real Estate Forum’s list of the 2016 Fastest Growing Companies, which 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 solely on designing exceptional schools and educational facilities. Over the years, he steadily added expert talent, enabling DMR to expand its capabilities, which now also includes architectural design for the corporate, commercial, higher education, residential, healthcare and public sectors, as well as advanced sustainable design and a thriving redevelopment and urban planning department.

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 vocational/technical high school in Hudson County, which upon completion, will be one of the most technologically-advanced schools in the country. The thousands of other projects completed under Lloyd's direction demonstrate DMR's wide range of skills and services, and include sophisticated healthcare facilities, 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 in his own right, professionally registered across the country, and registered in Interior Design and Professional Planning in New Jersey. Individually, his impressive portfolio of award-winning designs include many noteworthy projects, as well as extensive international work, such as the 500 acre University in Kaduna, Nigeria valued at more than $500 million.

Lloyd received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oklahoma and completed Graduate Studies at Columbia University. He remains active in numerous architectural and professional organizations, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Educational Leadership Foundation of New Jersey and on the advisory board for the Rutgers Center for Real Estate.
Gregg Stopa, AIA (OPEN BIO)
Senior Vice President | Partner
Gregg Stopa joined DMR in 1993, and currently serves as Senior Vice President. He manages DMR's production department, leads the firm's Quality Assurance/Quality Control efforts, and still individually manages projects, particularly in the public and education sectors. In 2017, he became a partner of the firm.

With more than 30 years of experience, Gregg ensures outstanding client service and the proper and efficient production of construction documents. This process includes reviewing working drawings and specifications; working with and reviewing construction and budget constraints; coordinating with DMR's production staff and outside consultants; and ensuring the design intent for a wide variety of projects adheres to local building codes.

Gregg has guided the firm through notable projects that include the new academic buildings at Fairleigh Dickinson University and Ocean County College; the Bergen County Administration Building; a significant expansion to C.V. Starr Middle School in Brewster, NY; and the Student Center at Bergen Community College. Most recently, he has been a key figure in the project teams for the renovation of Oak Tree Lane Elementary School in Woodbridge and the new High Tech High School in Secaucus.

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.
Charles H. Sarlo, Esq. (OPEN BIO)
Vice President & General Counsel | Partner
Charles Sarlo, Esq., Vice President, General Counsel and a Partner 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: land use, real estate, construction and environmental matters; and 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, or 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
Joining DMR as an intern in 1999, Kurt Vierheilig rose through the ranks of the firm, and now serves as a Partner and the Director of Design. In addition to leading the creative design studio, he continues to serve as both a project manager and lead designer on all high-profile projects. He is a licensed architect, and a LEED-accredited professional.

Kurt’s work at DMR has covered all aspects of the profession, from programming and design to project management and construction project oversight. Kurt has worked on hundreds of projects in both the public and private sector, including mixed-use, institutional, residential and commercial projects. He is among the most talented and innovative architects in the region, demonstrating passion for finding new and unique ways to express architectural meaning through form, function and sustainability.

Kurt has been involved on many of the firm’s most notable buildings, including the Meadowlands Rail Station, Bergen County Public Safety Operations Center, Wesmont Station Master Plan and the River Barge Park and Marina.

Kurt earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is also a member of the United States Green Building Council and is a Trustee for the Architects League of Northern New Jersey, an American Institute of Architects chapter, and serves as the Emerging Professionals Chairperson.
Pradeep Kapoor, LEED AP (OPEN BIO)
Director of Sustainable Design, 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 DMR’s Director of Construction Administration and is an Associate of the firm.

Henry 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 Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Henry has extensive experience in financial budgeting, in addition to construction management and administration. He is experienced 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 hundreds of capital improvement, renovation, addition and new construction projects in both the public and private sector.

Some of Henry’s noteworthy experience at DMR includes the reconstruction of Hudson County Plaza, a 340,000 square foot former pharmaceutical facility; the new, 110,000 square foot Carlstadt Pre-K–8 Public School, the first LEED certified public school in New Jersey and first LEED certified building in Bergen County; and shared services projects in Lyndhurst collectively valued at more than $55 million. Some of his most recent experience includes two new construction academic buildings at Middlesex County College, the Meadowlands Area YMCA, two Medical Office Buildings for Hunterdon Healthcare, and currently, the new High Tech High School for the Hudson County Schools of Technology.

Prior to joining DMR, Henry 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 the construction field.
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
Joining the DMR team in 2015, Colleen’s relationship with DMR first began in the 1990s, where in her role in economic development in Jersey City, she managed the establishment of the city’s first charter school, the Golden Door Charter School, which was designed by DMR.

After many more years working in economic development, including most recently serving as the head of the Division of Strategic Planning and Intergovernmental Relations for the County of Union, Colleen now serves as DMR's Director Business Development, a role which is dedicated to expanding developing and expanding client relationships. Her role also encompasses responsibilities as a client advocate, supporting and addressing client’s needs, as well as providing project management support on many projects. Concurrent to this professional experience, she was elected as the Mayor of Fanwood (Union County, NJ), and is currently in her fourth term.

Her role as an elected official, combined with her background in economic development, makes her uniquely qualified to provide support on a wide variety of projects, often times providing a perspective from the client’s eyes. Focusing primarily on DMR’s redevelopment related projects, her supporting role draws upon her experience in undertaking the process of connecting stakeholders; formulating and coordinating county policies and programs; understanding municipal land use decisions; transportation planning and policy-making; improving access to housing opportunities; increasing sustainable transportation options; and advancing land use policies.

Colleen also currently 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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