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Apicella + Bunton is a diverse team of creative and experienced architects and designers working in a dynamic, open studio. As keen listeners and determined problem solvers we are committed to finding well-reasoned solutions through comprehensive research and creative design exploration. We are diligent, careful and imaginative in our approach and inspired by the people we meet and the places we work.

John Apicella

Partner

John Apicella collaborates on the design and management of each project he oversees, supervises the execution of complex projects, and has continuously developed and implemented the firm's management practices.

 

Notable projects include the LEED Gold and award-winning renovation of 493 College Street, home to Yale University’s sociology department; the master plan for Yale’s Old Campus, and the award-winning renovation to Manuscripts & Archives at the Yale Sterling Memorial Library.

 

John gained extensive experience in the design and management of a wide range of project types during his 16 years as a Senior Associate at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. He played a vital role in the completion of some of the firm's largest and most notable projects including the Petronas Towers in Malaysia, London’s Canary Wharf Tower, and the Segerstrom Concert Hall and Samueli Theater in California.

 

John received his Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University. He serves on the faculty at the Yale School of Architecture where he has been teaching Architectural Practice and Management since 2006.

John Apicella

Partner

AIA

John Apicella collaborates on the design and management of each project he oversees, supervises the execution of complex projects, and has continuously developed and implemented the firm's management practices.

 

Notable projects include the LEED Gold and award-winning renovation of 493 College Street, home to Yale University’s sociology department; the master plan for Yale’s Old Campus, and the award-winning renovation to Manuscripts & Archives at the Yale Sterling Memorial Library.

 

John gained extensive experience in the design and management of a wide range of project types during his 16 years as a Senior Associate at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. He played a vital role in the completion of some of the firm's largest and most notable projects including the Petronas Towers in Malaysia, London’s Canary Wharf Tower, and the Segerstrom Concert Hall and Samueli Theater in California.

 

John received his Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University. He serves on the faculty at the Yale School of Architecture where he has been teaching Architectural Practice and Management since 2006.

Kelsey Baker

Kelsey Baker

J Bunton

Partner

J Bunton is involved in all aspects of the practice, collaborating on the design and management of each project under his direction. He is passionate about design, architectural lighting, and the implementation of sustainable methods of design and construction.

 

J has significant experience designing educational projects.  Notable projects under J’s direction include Grossman House, a LEED Gold certified dormitory for international students at Lafayette College, the new home for the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, the Yale Sterling Hall of Medicine Library, and the Yale Digital Humanities Lab.

 

Prior to founding Apicella + Bunton, J was a Senior Associate at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects for 15 years where he worked with institutional clients on the design of many high-profile cultural centers, academic buildings, and libraries. He led design teams for some of the firm’s most notable performing arts commissions including the Segerstrom Concert Hall and Samueli Theater and the renovation of the South Coast Repertory Theater.

 

J holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a juror for studio reviews at the Yale School of Architecture and Yale School of Drama. He serves on the Board of Trustees at Cold Spring School and is a lifelong hockey player, a motivated tennis player, a husband, father of two sons, a devoted lover of dogs, and an ice cream enthusiast.

J Bunton

Partner

AIA

J Bunton is involved in all aspects of the practice, collaborating on the design and management of each project under his direction. He is passionate about design, architectural lighting, and the implementation of sustainable methods of design and construction.

 

J has significant experience designing educational projects.  Notable projects under J’s direction include Grossman House, a LEED Gold certified dormitory for international students at Lafayette College, the new home for the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, the Yale Sterling Hall of Medicine Library, and the Yale Digital Humanities Lab.

 

Prior to founding Apicella + Bunton, J was a Senior Associate at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects for 15 years where he worked with institutional clients on the design of many high-profile cultural centers, academic buildings, and libraries. He led design teams for some of the firm’s most notable performing arts commissions including the Segerstrom Concert Hall and Samueli Theater and the renovation of the South Coast Repertory Theater.

 

J holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a juror for studio reviews at the Yale School of Architecture and Yale School of Drama. He serves on the Board of Trustees at Cold Spring School and is a lifelong hockey player, a motivated tennis player, a husband, father of two sons, a devoted lover of dogs, and an ice cream enthusiast.

Steven Carlson

Steven Carlson

Darin Curts

Senior Associate

Darin Curts joined the firm in 2011 and became a Senior Associate in 2016. He collaborated on the Yale Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI) renovation and has been the lead on the majority of residential college projects in the firm. Darin assists in the management and coordination of all projects.

 

Prior to joining the firm, Darin worked at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in Pittsburgh.  He collaborated on a variety of projects, most notably the Life Sciences Center Laboratory at Dartmouth College, and the corporate headquarters for Adobe in San Francisco.

 

Darin received a Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University. He has been a teaching fellow at the Yale School of Architecture for the Architectural Practice and Management course.

Darin Curts

Senior Associate

RA, LEED AP

Darin Curts joined the firm in 2011 and became a Senior Associate in 2016. He collaborated on the Yale Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI) renovation and has been the lead on the majority of residential college projects in the firm. Darin assists in the management and coordination of all projects.

 

Prior to joining the firm, Darin worked at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in Pittsburgh.  He collaborated on a variety of projects, most notably the Life Sciences Center Laboratory at Dartmouth College, and the corporate headquarters for Adobe in San Francisco.

 

Darin received a Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University. He has been a teaching fellow at the Yale School of Architecture for the Architectural Practice and Management course.

Mary Rose Di Tieri

Associate

Mary Rose Di Tieri joined the firm in 2016 and became an associate in 2019. She has worked on projects ranging in scope from renovations to new construction, including interior design. Notable projects include the new home for the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, renovation of the Center for Science and Social Science Information, and office renovation for the Yale School of Management.

 

Prior to joining the firm, Mary Rose worked at Studio Q Architecture in Waterbury, Connecticut where she worked on a variety of project types including residential, corporate, financial, retail, and health care. She also interned as an assistant project manager for a general contractor.

 

Mary Rose received her Bachelor of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. When not working with clients to design projects, she dreams of designing confections for her colleagues and loved ones.

Mary Rose Di Tieri

Associate

Mary Rose Di Tieri joined the firm in 2016 and became an associate in 2019. She has worked on projects ranging in scope from renovations to new construction, including interior design. Notable projects include the new home for the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, renovation of the Center for Science and Social Science Information, and office renovation for the Yale School of Management.

 

Prior to joining the firm, Mary Rose worked at Studio Q Architecture in Waterbury, Connecticut where she worked on a variety of project types including residential, corporate, financial, retail, and health care. She also interned as an assistant project manager for a general contractor.

 

Mary Rose received her Bachelor of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. When not working with clients to design projects, she dreams of designing confections for her colleagues and loved ones.

Matt Jurgens

Matt Jurgens

Erin Murphy

Erin Murphy

Karin Nagano

Karin Nagano

Gina Narracci

Principal

Gina joined the firm as a Principal in 2017.  She led the design and construction for the Digital Humanities Lab at Yale’s Sterling Memorial Library; renovations at Evans Hall, the Yale School of Management; and the renovation of freshman and sophomore residence halls at Quinnipiac University.

 

Prior to joining the firm, she was an Associate Principal at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects for 19 years. She was a senior designer for many of the firm’s performing arts centers including Hancher Auditorium, The Theater School at DePaul University, and Eccles Performing Arts Center.

 

Gina received a Bachelor of Architecture from Pennsylvania State University. She is a teaching fellow for the Systems Integration and Development in Design course at the Yale School of Architecture and has been a guest critic at Temple University and Pennsylvania State University.

 

In 2015, Gina received the Penn State Alumni Award from the Arts and Architecture Alumni Society, and has been a fellow at Branford College at Yale University since 2018.  The renovation of her 1895 house in New Haven received The New Haven Preservation Trust’s House Preservation Award in 2015, and when not repairing or restoring the house she can be found in the kitchen cooking with her husband or exploring the outdoors with their dog, Phoebe.

Gina Narracci

Principal

AIA

Gina joined the firm as a Principal in 2017.  She led the design and construction for the Digital Humanities Lab at Yale’s Sterling Memorial Library; renovations at Evans Hall, the Yale School of Management; and the renovation of freshman and sophomore residence halls at Quinnipiac University.

 

Prior to joining the firm, she was an Associate Principal at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects for 19 years. She was a senior designer for many of the firm’s performing arts centers including Hancher Auditorium, The Theater School at DePaul University, and Eccles Performing Arts Center.

 

Gina received a Bachelor of Architecture from Pennsylvania State University. She is a teaching fellow for the Systems Integration and Development in Design course at the Yale School of Architecture and has been a guest critic at Temple University and Pennsylvania State University.

 

In 2015, Gina received the Penn State Alumni Award from the Arts and Architecture Alumni Society, and has been a fellow at Branford College at Yale University since 2018.  The renovation of her 1895 house in New Haven received The New Haven Preservation Trust’s House Preservation Award in 2015, and when not repairing or restoring the house she can be found in the kitchen cooking with her husband or exploring the outdoors with their dog, Phoebe.

Luke Stringer

Luke Stringer

Rebecca Sultz

Rebecca Sultz

Mai Wu

Principal

Mai joined the firm in 2006 and became Principal in 2017. She led the design and construction of Yale’s 493 College Street, an award-winning office and classroom building that earned LEED Gold certification. Mai also led the Yale Daily News Building Renovation and collaborated on the interior design and finishes for the Beinecke Library and Yale University Library Preservation project.

 

Prior to joining the firm, Mai worked at Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates on the restoration of Radio City Music Hall. While at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, she worked on the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, WI and the Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School in New Haven, CT.

 

Mai has a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Yale College, and a Master of Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture.

 

Mai has been a teaching fellow for the Architectural Practice and Management course at the Yale School of Architecture. She volunteers to interview Yale College applicants for the Yale Alumni Schools Committee and has served as a sponsor for the Yale Asian American Cultural Center externship program. She has a strong interest in product design and interned with noted designer Niels Diffrient. Mai is a food enthusiast and prolific baker who regularly delights the entire staff with her scrumptious baked creations.

Mai Wu

Principal

Mai joined the firm in 2006 and became Principal in 2017. She led the design and construction of Yale’s 493 College Street, an award-winning office and classroom building that earned LEED Gold certification. Mai also led the Yale Daily News Building Renovation and collaborated on the interior design and finishes for the Beinecke Library and Yale University Library Preservation project.

 

Prior to joining the firm, Mai worked at Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates on the restoration of Radio City Music Hall. While at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, she worked on the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, WI and the Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School in New Haven, CT.

 

Mai has a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Yale College, and a Master of Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture.

 

Mai has been a teaching fellow for the Architectural Practice and Management course at the Yale School of Architecture. She volunteers to interview Yale College applicants for the Yale Alumni Schools Committee and has served as a sponsor for the Yale Asian American Cultural Center externship program. She has a strong interest in product design and interned with noted designer Niels Diffrient. Mai is a food enthusiast and prolific baker who regularly delights the entire staff with her scrumptious baked creations.

Sandra Ziltener

Sandra Ziltener

Julie Zink

Senior Associate

Julie Zink joined the firm in 2013 and became a Senior Associate in 2016. She collaborated on the renovations of Lanman-Wright Hall and the Beinecke Library and Yale Preservation. Julie worked on the renovation of Yale Manuscripts & Archives, where she was involved in all phases of the project including interior design. Julie manages the digital production and BIM standards for the firm.

 

Prior to joining the firm, Julie worked at Stratton Brook Associates in Simsbury, Connecticut. She collaborated on a wide range of health care projects including the Ellis Medical Center of Clifton Park and a new critical access hospital for Endless Mountains Health Systems in Montrose, Pennsylvania.

 

Julie received a Bachelor of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She teaches the Visualization and Computation course on Revit and Building Information Modeling at the Yale School of Architecture.

Julie Zink

Senior Associate

AIA

Julie Zink joined the firm in 2013 and became a Senior Associate in 2016. She collaborated on the renovations of Lanman-Wright Hall and the Beinecke Library and Yale Preservation. Julie worked on the renovation of Yale Manuscripts & Archives, where she was involved in all phases of the project including interior design. Julie manages the digital production and BIM standards for the firm.

 

Prior to joining the firm, Julie worked at Stratton Brook Associates in Simsbury, Connecticut. She collaborated on a wide range of health care projects including the Ellis Medical Center of Clifton Park and a new critical access hospital for Endless Mountains Health Systems in Montrose, Pennsylvania.

 

Julie received a Bachelor of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She teaches the Visualization and Computation course on Revit and Building Information Modeling at the Yale School of Architecture.

A+B Alumni

Nora Bergsten
Heather Bizon
Marissa Brown
Will Bunton
Helena Butler
Cristina Collas-Salsman
Kevin Conway
Naomi Darling
Cody Davis
Alex Davis-Booth
Christopher DeMatteo
Justin Elliott
Sophie Engel
Seher Erdogan
Todd Fenton
Karl Hennig
Lesley Holford
Anil Khachane
Jean Kim
Keith Krolak
Haewon Ma
Kate McMillan
Mayur Mehta
Adam Meis
Ha Min Joo
Anna Nasonova
Jesse Opoku-Ampadu
Ashley Pace
Abigail Ransmeier
Evan Sale
Jacob Schaffert
Elena Schroeder
Yoshie Shimbo
Margaret Sledge
Charlotte Smith
Khemsuda Spearman
Marcela Staudenmaier
Katharine Storr
Pierre Thach
Guiliana Vaccarino-Gearty
Weston Walker
Stefanie Wason
Sharon Welch
Dan Whitcombe
Jessica Yuan

A+B Interns

Bhavani Ananthabhotla
Constance Bowen
Jared Enriquez
Ting Gao
Terrence Ho
Alison Hoyt
Eric Lin
Mindy Lu
Stacey Philliber
Yuan Ren
Dana Wu