The goal of the JFA team is to create buildings where the prose of design and the poetry of materials used communicates the language of life and ignites inspiration for those who work in, live in, visit or view any of our creative expressions.
Charles Mallea, AIA
Charles studied architecture at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. In the early 1980’s Pratt’s School of Architecture ran one of the most progressive architectural curriculums led by leading professors in the fields of environmental design, appropriate technology and community housing.
After graduation Charles gained extensive practical experience in the fields of affordable housing, corporate, retail, hospitality and exhibition design as well as continuing extensive work in residential design while specializing in highly detail oriented projects. As a founding principal of MSM Architects, Charles worked on the full spectrum of architectural and interior design projects in New York City and the North East. Creating flagship stores, boutiques and offices for Gianni Versace, Emanuel Ungaro, Nino Cerruti, Hugo Boss, and others, at the top end of the spectrum to the roll-out of mass market shopping mall and outlet locations for international retailers.
In 2015 Charles joined forces to Partner with JFA and is serving as Design and Construction Administration Director, where an attention to detail and providing creative cost-effective solutions to complicated problems has become a hallmark of JFA’s successful practice.
Joseph grew up in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Joseph displayed great artistic skills as a young man and began his creativity inspired career designing custom furniture for private homes while studying architecture at the Institute of Design & Construction. Upon graduating from IDC, Joseph did architectural work at several local architecture & engineering firms. Realizing the tremendous scheduling hardships that NYC developers experience with smaller & mid-sized architectural firms due to the lack of organized business operations, Joseph founded JFA, an intimate firm with the mission to provide a blissful, hassle free & pleasurable experience while always putting the client first.
Neil Myers, AIA
Neil Myers is a Licensed Architect and native New Yorker practicing in the construction and design field since 2002. In 2018 Neil joined JFA’s Leadership Team, as Senior Architect. He has extensive experience navigating and ushering projects through the bureaucratic review and approval processes of local zoning resolutions, building departments, landmarks commissions, and variance boards.
Neil has successfully designed and managed many complex projects including ground up new buildings, historic renovations, NYC restaurants, factory conversions to luxury housing, property subdivisions, high rise hotel renovations, rooftop bar spaces, corporate office interiors, and zoning bulk feasibility studies.
Fred Otero, RA
Chief Operating Officer
Peter De Jesus
Director of Operations
The quintessential man of many hats, Peter received a double Bachelor’s of Science degree in Astrophysics and Genetics from Penn State University. Parlaying his passion for science, mathematics and an ability to see the “Bigger Picture”, he transitioned from a potential career with NASA to successfully running operations for several multi-million dollar companies across a variety of industries. Peter brings over 25 years of operations and logistics experience to JFA.