Make more. Ego less.

Our talented team is what makes it all possible and what makes us, us. We come from a wide range of backgrounds, we have a ton of different experience, and we're genuinely nice people. It may sound simple, but those values are at the heart of what JtA is all about. Work hard with great people to create great new things with other great people.
Our Team
Principal
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.
Design Director
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.
Director of Business Development
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.
Creative Director
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 both JtA’s architectural clients and non-architectural clients. Over the years, Chris has helped develop brands such as Honda, Sam Adams, Disney, Calvin Klein, Zipcar, Boston Private, and many others. He holds his Bachelor’s in Communication from Saint Louis University and his graduate Certificate in Advertising and Copywriting from The Creative Circus.
Technical Director
Danielle Pactovis is the Technical Director at JtA, overseeing all of the technical and nitty-gritty aspects of design, as well as designing and managing her own projects. Born and raised in Boston, Danielle has over 15 years of experience, previously at Payette, ADD Inc., and Gensler. Some of her most notable projects include the Partners Healthcare Campus in Assembly Row, several projects at Reebok’s and Staples’ respective HQs, and numerous projects at Harvard University. Danielle holds her Masters of Architecture from Syracuse University and her Bachelor’s in Architectural Studies from UMASS Amherst.
Architecture & Sustainability Director
Chris Brown is the Architectural & Sustainability Director at JtA, overseeing a wide range of projects and our sustainability initiatives. With over 25 years of experience in both Boston and Washington D.C., Chris specializes in higher-ed, educational, and sustainable design, and has extensive experience in mixed-use, multi and single-family residential, plus two national memorials. One of Chris’ most notable projects includes the Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Lab, the third ever ‘Living Building’ and the first K12 facility to meet Cascadia‘s ‘Living Building Challenge’. He holds his Masters in Architecture from the University of Maryland and his Bachelor’s from Colby College.
Interior Design Director
Grace Lopez is the Interior Design Director at JtA, overseeing all interior design, the interior teams, all FF&E, as well as designing and managing her own projects. Originally from Lima, Peru and Montreal, Grace has over a decade of experience between the U.S. and Canada, specializing in large and mid-sized commercial and corporate design. Some of her most notable projects include Deciphera’s headquarters, Oracle, ICER, and Millstreet Capital. Grace holds her Bachelor of Interior Design from Dawson College in Montreal.
Senior Project Manager & Interior Designer
Meg O’Brien is a Senior Project Manager and Interior Designer at JtA. Meg is an expert in interior design and helps supervise 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.
Project Manager & Designer
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.
Project Manager & Designer
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.
Project Manager & Designer
Sean Trombly is a Project Manager and Designer at JtA. Sean is the resident artist at JtA, designing projects as well as incorporating traditional art into the mix. Sean holds both their Bachelor and Master of Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology with a concentration on adaptive interventions.
Project Manager & Interior Designer
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.
Project Manager & Designer
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.
Project Manager & Designer
Nadya Voitenok is a Project Manager and Designer at JtA. Nadya is yet another JtA team member joining us from abroad, originally from Belarus and most recently Canada, where she worked heavily in residential and institutional design. She holds her Bachelor of Architecture from Carleton University in Ottawa with a specialization in conservation and sustainability.
Project Manager & Interior Designer
Camille Woods is a Project Manager and Interior Designer at JtA. Camille works on all aspects of our interior design process, materials, sourcing, as well as designing. Originally from Maine, Camille comes to JtA most recently from Ohio and holds her Bachelor’s in Interior Design from Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Project Manager & Designer
Jim DiBurro is a Project Manager and Designer at JtA in addition to being our resident scan master and point cloud expert. Jim oversees the majority of our base condition documentation and makes sure every one of our projects starts off with the right informational foundation. He holds his Master of Architecture from Northeastern University and his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Project Manager & Designer
Megan Morrison is a Project Manager and Designer at JtA. In addition to working on all kinds of projects at JtA, Megan also has a large amount of experience in healthcare, corporate, higher-ed, lab, and passive house design. Originally from Maryland, Megan holds her AAS in Architecture from Montgomery College and is wrapping up her Bachelor of Architecture at Boston Architectural College.
Project Manager & Designer
Artem Batuyev is a Project Manager and Designer at JtA. Artem is another member of our international contingent, originally from Kyiv, Ukraine. Along with working on different types of projects at JtA, Artem also has extensive experience in digital design and rendering. He holds both his Bachelor and Master of Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology, where he is also an adjunct professor.
Senior Brand Designer
Elanie Blais is a Senior Brand Designer who develops branding for both our architectural and non-architectural clients. Over the years, Elanie has helped brands of all shapes and sizes, from hospitality, to consumer-packaged goods, to restaurants, tech startups, and more. She holds her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design from the University of Connecticut.
Some Kind Words
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 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
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
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