Successful design is more than just good looks. It takes the technical skill sets and experienced project management to get to those good looks. At JtA, we combine all three into an efficient and budget-conscious package that gets great design done.
It’s all made possible by how we collaborate. With our clients. Within our team. And with the partners we work with.
As the client, it’s your vision. Our role as the design experts is to create a space based upon your unique goals, wants and needs. The only way we can do this is by continually listening and working together through an iterative design process. We listen, we design. We listen, we refine. We listen, we refine some more. We treat every project as a constant conversation with a continual feedback loop, from start to finish.
The same goes within our own team. Our diverse set of backgrounds, specializations, and technology is one of our greatest assets. Over time, we’ve developed a proven process to ensure we maximize each for every project we work on.
Pair that with the incredibly close relationships we have with the contractors, engineers, and craftspeople we work with, and you’ve got the makings for genuinely great design. And through our years of experience, we know no better way.
Joe Stromer is the Owner and Principal at JtA, which he started in 2008. Joe has over 15 years of experience and specializes in restaurant and residential design. He earned his Master’s in Architecture from Boston Architectural College and his Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University. In addition, Joe has over a decade of service industry experience, voted Boston’s Most Beloved Bartender along the way.
Alberto Cabré is the Design Director at JtA, overseeing all designs, facilitation of the project teams, and code review. A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Alberto has over 20 years of experience. In addition to working at JtA, he also owns Casa B restaurant in Somerville which gives him a wealth of practical knowledge. He holds his Master’s in Architecture from MIT, his Bachelor’s in Environmental Design from the University of Puerto Rico, and his Professional Chef’s from Cambridge School of Culinary Arts.
Alex Siekierski is the Director of Business Development at JtA as well as a Senior Project Manager. Alex has been with JtA from the beginning and oversees new business, processes and project delivery, as well as designing JtA projects. He holds his Master’s in Architecture from Boston Architectural College, in addition to his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design from UMASS Amherst.
Chris Milne is the Creative Director at JtA. Chris comes from the ad world where he has over 15 years of experience in advertising, branding, marketing and design. Chris oversees all creative and experiential aspects of our projects, as well as develops branding for JtA clients. He holds his Bachelor’s in Communication from Saint Louis University with focuses on marketing and psychology, as well as his graduate Certificate in Advertising and Copywriting from The Creative Circus.
Mayra Cabré is a Project Manager and Designer at JtA. Like her brother, Alberto, Mayra is a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico. She has over 17 years of experience in architecture, urban design and master planning, and is also heavily involved in the restaurant industry. Mayra holds her Bachelor’s in Environmental Design from the University of Puerto Rico as well as her Masters of Architecture from the University of Virginia.
Meg O’Brien heads up our Interiors Department and is a Senior Project Manager at JtA. Meg is an expert in interior design, supervises all aspects of our interior design process, materials, as well as sourcing. She holds her Bachelor of Studio Arts from the University of Rhode Island with a concentration in printmaking, in addition to her Master’s of Interior Architecture from New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University.
Geoff Farrell is a Project Manager and Designer at JtA. In addition to designing JtA projects, Geoff is our 3D modeling expert, manages our visual and rendering standards, real-time rendering, plus our VR walkthroughs. Geoff holds both his Bachelor and Master of Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology with a concentration in urban design.
Austin Drake is a Project Manager and Designer at JtA. Austin spearheads graphics at JtA, manages our visualizations, on top of designing JtA projects. Austin holds both his Bachelor and Master of Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology with a concentration in emerging technologies.
Seantel Trombly is a Project Manager and Designer at JtA. Seantel is the resident artist at JtA, designing projects as well as incorporating traditional art into the mix. Seantel holds both her Bachelor and Master of Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology with a concentration on adaptive interventions.
Isabella Coppolla is a Project Manager and Interior Designer at JtA. Isabella works on all aspects of our interior design process, materials, as well as sourcing. Originally from Vicenza, Italy, Isabella studied Interior Architecture at Mount Ida College and completed her Bachelor’s in Interior Design from Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Dave Häusler is a Project Manager and Designer at JtA. Dave is another JtA team member joining us from abroad, splitting time between Zürich, Switzerland and the States. Dave holds both his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science in Architecture from the ETH Zürich (the Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich).
Some Kind Words
As a barbershop owner, we’ve always imagined creating the perfect space aesthetically and functionally for our guests and barbers. Working with JtA truly simplified this process and got us to an end result further and simpler than we imagined. Not only is our shop complimented every day by guests admiring the beautiful architecture and design, but it’s also the most functional shop I’ve ever stepped into. The best part of the space is the fact that our barbers can communicate with one another, but at the same time, the design makes it easy for us to keep conversations 1-on-1 with our clients. We have the capability to allow someone to feel like they are the #1 focus while getting their haircut. We asked the JtA team to create a place where our barbers love to work and our guests love to visit. I’d say they knocked it out of the park. Can’t wait for the next one. Thanks guys!
Evan Georgopoulos, Barber’s Den
Our experience with JtA has been nothing short of spectacular. Right from the outset, Joe and his team invested significant time into getting to know us – both as a brand and as people – to make sure that the outcome truly reflects what we want. The quality of their work product speaks for itself, but it’s the process that really makes it special. They ask great questions, listen deeply, and apply their experience to bring the space to life in ways we couldn’t even imagine. Their communication is also flawless: they send action-oriented emails, provide thorough recaps, and expertly quarterback architect/GC/landlord coordination. We’re beyond thrilled with JtA, and will definitely be calling them again for our next project.
Adam Romanow, Castle Island Brewing
Working with Joe and his team was the best decision and investment I made when opening up my first permanent brick and mortar location in Boston’s South End. I had taken a leap by signing a 3-5 year lease, after two years of doing pop-ups, and I knew I wanted to do a customized build-out to best use the functionality of the space to create a design aesthetic and build with permanent retail fixtures. I wanted the space to be built with a focus on quality as well as designed in a way that could potentially be replicated and feel “branded”. From the start, Joe understood my vision and was able to help with everything from the layout to the lighting. We had an aggressive timeline and he was key in making sure the project stayed on track, on budget, and we were able to open right before the holidays.
Kristen Lambert, Third Piece
We decided to work with Joe and his team because of his knowledge and experience in the restaurant industry. We couldn’t be happier with our decision. They worked with us every step of the way, always guiding us with helpful insights and suggestions, and brought our vision for the space to life. We would absolutely recommend their services and are already working on our next project with them.
Seizi & Mindy Imura, Cafe Sushi
As a general contractor, I’ve crossed paths with a wide variety of architects. In addition to time efficiency and accuracy, the professionalism, organization, and out-of-the-box thinking JtA offers really sets them apart from the rest. When it came time to select an architect for a project at my personal residence, JtA seemed like the obvious choice and I was not disappointed. I wholly recommend their services to anyone seeking an architect.
Nick Stamos, Fresh Start Contracting
Fast Casual is the fastest growing restaurant segment in the industry. There is a mad dash to become the next Chipotle. So you end up seeing a lot of cookie cutter restaurants with no soul, trying to crank out locations. Then there is Joe. Joe has given a unique flair to each of our restaurants that we are so proud and happy of. Not only that, but he is timely, budget conscious, and works really well with the existing space. No joke, whenever anybody in the restaurant industry asks me for a recommendation for an architect, Joe is the first and last person that comes to mind.
Ian So, Chicken & Rice Guys
We’ve worked with Joe and his team on two projects now, one for our business and one for our home. For our business, Joe was able to turn our idea of having a non-traditional retail space for our bespoke suiting business into a reality. Joe designed this cool showroom with a lounge and a bar that is more reminiscent of a hip downtown loft than a traditional store with racks of merchandise. When it came down to renovating our home, we turned to Joe and his team again. They more than delivered. We now have a home that is much more functional than it was before, both beautiful and comfortable for our growing family.
Samantha Shih, 9Tailors
Working with the JtA team was a breeze. From the very beginning, JtA set expectations on timeline and pricing, and the project never strayed from those expectations. Seantel was prepared for every meeting and her turnaround time for sending agendas or follow-up documents was always right on time. She’s amazing. Our follow-up questions were always answered quickly and clearly. We can’t say enough good things about working with this team. JtA works efficiently, openly, and they provide excellent insight. We were in uncharted territory re-imagining our future home, and their expertise in every detail went a long way. We’re so excited to bring our plans to light. Thank you JtA!
Daniela & Andrew, Residential Clients
We have worked with Joe the Architect for several years on both residential and commercial projects. All of these projects have been successful and have run smoothly. The entire team takes a warm, nurturing approach to fully understand a client’s vision and provide creative solutions to achieve their goals. Communication is clear, complete and concise. We will continue to recommend JtA to all of our potential clients, and are happy to call them our friends.
Cornelia Hoskin, Bailey Davol / Studio Build
Working with Joe and team was an incredible experience. So much so that their team is considered our team as we move forward to more ventures. We have no intention of using anyone else. Joe and his squad are fair, courteous, and look at things from every angle. Appreciated too is that they all seem to genuinely care for each other, and respect each other. That’s a squad we can get down with.
Joshua Weinstein, The Quiet Few
We were looking for a one-stop-shop to take the lead on our office renovation project — someone who could help with creativity, experience, and common sense. We’re so glad to have found JtA – they made the whole process easy. From gathering our initial requirements to coordinating the design phase, to overseeing the actual build-out, JtA was competent, professional and absolutely enjoyable to work with. We’re so excited about our new office. Thank you, Joe & Team.
Mathias Knops, Aspera
Joe helped us design our very first restaurant in 2015, and we’ve been working with him and his team ever since. We love their creative process, their attention to detail, and the level of care they have put into every single project for us so far. To top things off, they’re probably the friendliest group of people you’ll ever meet.
James DiSabatino, Roxy’s & Whole Heart Provisions
We met Alex from JtA in a parking lot after being approved by the Planning Board for one of our dispensary licenses. A few months later, we were looking for an architect to help us design our facility and Alex happened to reach out. After understanding their design approach with other facilities, we decided to go with their firm. JtA made our ideas into a beautiful dispensary where our employees will enjoy working and our customers will have an amazing experience. One of the main highlights for us has been the weekly team meetings. They’ve given us a chance to be involved throughout the entire design process. Since we had such a great experience, we asked them to help us design the other two cannabis facilities for our company and have recommended them to other colleagues in the business. Thank you JtA team!
Chirag Patel, Botera
Joe and his team aren’t architects, they’re problem solvers and solution makers. They help you realize the bottlenecks and layout constraints you didn’t even know you had, and then help you realize a greater vision for what your company and space could look like – all with impeccable modern design in mind. Joe and his team were there every single step of the way from the initial brainstorming, to sketching out numerous possibilities and directions, to rendering the final picture, and even having us virtually walk through a 3-D model of our re-imagined space. The final icing on the cake was that JtA doesn’t just hand you over these designs and leave you to your own devices. They’re invested from start to end – they even came to our Grand Re-Opening! They’re project managers rolled into architects and they help keep everyone (including yourself) on task – especially the contractors! Without JtA, we wouldn’t have dreamed big enough, the project would’ve taken twice as long, and we probably would’ve spent a lot more time/energy/money trying to project manage the whole undertaking. I wholeheartedly and emphatically recommend Joe and his team for anyone looking to revamp their business!
Jason Pak, Achieve Fitness
JtA! It has been a great experience working with JtA in developing my cannabis retail facility and branding. Their team developed a great design while keeping my ideas and values in mind. It was great to be involved throughout the process with our weekly meetings and updates with their entire team. It really felt like they cared about my dispensary as much as I did. I look forward to working with them on future projects.
Kinjal Patel, Summit