Tonya has been working in the architecture field in various capacities since 2009. Before joining PWWG, she worked at Morris Adjmi Architect in New York City for 3 years on a variety of high-end residential and hospitality projects. Here she worked to approve a project through NYC Landmarks and Preservation Board, and conducted construction administration on a project requiring some of the strictest preservation standards in the city. Before that she worked at Massaro Corporation in Pittsburgh in their Design-Build Department. Here she worked on a range of architectural projects, and acted as Sustainability Coordinator for the Corporation, providing support for LEED jobs, and hosting Continuing Education courses. Tonya has also worked in the non-profit sector at Braddock Redux, most notably managing the design and installation of a Green Roof garden, and acting as owners rep. for the Nyia Paige Community Center.
Outside of traditional design work, Tonya is interested in academia and has taught several semesters as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University. She also co-founded a student-run publication while in Graduate School at the University of Pennsylvania; Via, Occupation.
Bachelors of Industrial Design
M. Arch; Certificate of Ecological Architecture
University of Pennsylvania
Carnegie Mellon University, Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture; Braddock Redux, Board of Directors; NCARB member; Green Building Alliance
People Would be Surprised to Find Out:
I co-founded a student run publication in grad school
IF I COULD TRAVEL ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, I WOULD GO TO
Chios, Greece is my go-to perfect vacation spot, but Petra, Jordan has been high on the list.
UNKNOWN SPECIAL SKILL(S)/TALENT(S)
Greek folk dancing
MY FAVORITE PART OF THE DESIGN PROCESS
MY ARCHITECTURAL PHILOSOPHY
I believe in the wide view of architectural sustainability, which is forward thinking and values ecology, community development, and preservation