WASA/Studio A Firm Partners
Harry Spring, PE, LEED™ AP - Senior Managing Partner, Partner-In-Charge of Engineering
Mr. Spring joined the firm in 1985 and currently serves as Senior Managing Partner. From 1979-1984, he ran his own consulting engineering firm that focused on energy conservation design, H.R. Energy Redevelopment Group Inc. With more than 35 years of experience in the fields of architecture, MEP design and construction, Mr. Spring's expertise includes sustainable design, lighting design, and mechanical, electrical and fire protection engineering design for residential, commercial, institutional, government and medical and health related-facilities.
"For me, running a multi-disciplinary firm is truly the ideal approach to contemporary design. Here at WASA/Studio A, partners and staff, each from unique professional groups, work together and have - over many years - built a long-lasting legacy of total project delivery."
Jerry Pessah, PE, LEED™ AP - Partner, Partner-In-Charge of Engineering QC
Jerry Pessah has 30 years of experience in the management and design of electrical and mechanical engineering. His past experiences include work in all major areas of electrical building renovation and design for the private, corporate and public sectors, with an expertise in healthcare, educational and K-12 projects. Prior to joining the firm in 2003, Mr. Pessah was Director of Engineering for the New York City School Construction Authority (SCA), where he was responsible for all MEP and elevator work and managed a staff of 60 multi-disciplinary engineers.
"When it comes to design there is always compromise and harmony: One must weigh the initial cost vs. energy usage vs. maintenance vs. aesthetics. I am fervently committed to achieving that harmony using my extensive experience, not only in MEP design, but also as a LEED™ AP and Lighting Designer."
Pamela Jerome, AIA, LEED™ AP - Partner, Partner-In-Charge of Preservation
Ms. Jerome joined the firm in 1986 and has thirty years of experience in the field of preservation, with an expertise in masonry conservation and waterproofing. She is interested not only in the restoration of monuments, but also in the recycling and performance enhancement of historic and contemporary structures as part of a larger sustainable strategy. An Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, she also regularly lectures at New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate. Ms. Jerome is widely published and is a recognized cultural heritage expert in the international arena, having consulted on projects in the Mediterranean, Black Sea and Middle East, as well as for UNESCO. Among her many professional affiliations, she is an elected officer of the Scientific Council of ICOMOS (International Council of Monuments and Sites), vice president of ISCEAH (International Scientific Committee on Earthen Architectural Heritage), an expert member of ISC20C (International Scientific Committee on 20th Century Heritage), and a member of the ICOMOS World Heritage Panel, the prestigious body that annually evaluates cultural and mixed site nomination dossiers for potential inclusion on the World Heritage List. Ms. Jerome is US/ICOMOS’s liaison to the APT Board (Association for Preservation Technology International). In addition, she is a Peer Professional in preservation for GSA’s Design Excellence Program.
"Preservation is not only about restoring historic monuments, but also about recycling durable buildings; even contemporary structures can have their exterior envelope performance enhanced. The character of our urban areas, landscape and society is defined by what we save, giving us a sense of place as well as the continuity of history. At the same time, preservation is about managing change. Historic buildings are the backdrop for the new structures we create."
Jack Esterson, AIA - Partner, Partner-In-Charge of Design
Prior to joining WASA/Studio A in 2005, Mr. Esterson was a co-founder of TEK Architects (Thanhauser Esterson and Kapell) and worked with Kliment & Halsband Architects and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill on institutional buildings, corporate interiors and town planning. From 1989 to 1991, he was Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Pratt Institute. Mr. Esterson's recent work focuses on projects for academic institutions, non-profit organizations, supportive housing and retail clients, involving new buildings, interiors and gut rehabilitations.
"I marvel at the transformative power of the built environment, its effect on us and how it motivates us to strive for design excellence for our communities. Of special interest to me as an architect is that place where technology and artistry intersect, where each is essential to the other and where we can apply this synergy to enhance people's lives."
Cleveland Adams, AIA, - Partner, Partner-In-Charge of Architecture
Mr. Adams joined WASA/Studio A in 2014. Over his career in architecture, he has worked towards delivering exceptional buildings and services to clients in the areas of cultural, higher education, institutional, and residential design. Mr. Adams has worked not only as an architect but also as a representative of clients on projects such as the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, a Renzo Piano addition to the Louis Kahn masterpiece, and the Rafael Vinoly designed Edward M. Kennedy Institute located adjacent to the JFK Library and Museum on the University of Massachusetts campus in Boston. Mr. Adams’ passion is excellence in design. He believes that only through clear communications, team building, and organization can this be achieved.
"I love what I do, not only the creation of objects and environments that impact the spirit, but I love the process. Great things can happen when we build solid teams of diverse people each with there on specific expertise and put in place a system of interactions that allow us to discover and achieve elegant solutions. At the end of the day, if we are successful, our built environments will both meet the needs of our clients and be a pleasure to experience on a daily basis. What could be more fulfilling."
David Bahar, LEED AP BD+C CxA - Senior Associate Partner, Engineering
Mr. Bahar has over 30 years experience in engineering, design, construction, contracting, fabrication, commissioning and energy management. He joined WASA in 2002 having worked for a number of Architectural and Engineering consulting and contracting firms both in the United States, as well as in the United Kingdom. He has worked on a number of projects that have focused on LEED certification, commissioning, critical system hardening as well as emergency response and recovery.
"The industry has evolved continuously since I've been in the business, but certain aspects of the business never change, and that is meet and exceed client expectations, on time and within budget."
Daniel J. Mulcair - Senior Associate Partner, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Mulcair joined the Firm in 2001 as Controller after spending the previous ten years working as a financial officer in both the corporate construction and general contracting environments. After graduating from Pace University and beginning his career in the Big-8 public accounting sector, his subsequent career path has exposed him to all aspects of the vibrant Design & Construction industry while working for owners, builders and designers. Now with over twenty years of industry experience, Mr. Mulcair holds the dual title of Controller / Associate Partner where he is responsible for all matters encompassing the areas of accounting, forecasting & budgeting, auditing, banking, insurance, legal and human resource administration. In addition, Mr. Mulcair, a life-long northern New Jersey resident, functions as the Director of Business Operations for WASA / Studio A's New Jersey region where he is active in strategic business development.
Douglas Emilio - Associate Partner, Preservation
Mr. Emilio has over 20 years of experience with complex rehabilitation and restoration projects for public and private clients. Through his training as an architectural conservator, he has specialized in the preservation/adaptive reuse of existing structures and the waterproofing of complex exterior envelopes. Mr. Emilio joined WASA/Studio A in 2001 and has successfully completed over 60 projects, seeing them from conception through construction administration/observation.
Carl Rothbart - Senior Associate Partner, Preservation
Mr. Rothbart joined WASA/Studio A in 1983 and has over 30 years experience in the preservation field. His expertise is in exterior masonry restoration and waterproofing, and in the supervision and management of large-scale award winning preservation projects. At WASA/Studio A, Mr. Rothbart is responsible for all aspects of building restoration and envelope repairs. These include building inspections; probe supervision; preparation of façade, roof and interior assessments; Local Law 11/98 Critical Examination Reports; design of repair procedures; specifications writing; cost estimating; bid analysis and negotiations; and construction administration and supervision of interventions on historically-significant and contemporary structures.
"Knowing what to save and what to replace in restoring buildings and how to achieve the balance between the two while preserving the buildings historic fabric has been both my goal and I believe my accomplishment as a preservation architect."