James Garrett Jr., AIA, NOMA
He was born on the Caribbean Island of St. Thomas and spent his formative years in St. Paul, Minnesota where he developed an early interest in the workings of cities—especially the buildings, people, and interstitial spaces that compose them. As a visual artist and published writer—trained as an architect—he expresses the urban condition through the lenses of art and design. His work employs diverse media (aerosol, ink, critical text, digital collage, physical sketching and material modeling) to explore complex theoretical topics from a unique, ethnoexperiential perspective.
James is a registered architect in Minnesota and New York. He holds an A.B. Degree in Architecture from the College of Environmental Design at University of California (Berkeley, CA) and an M’Arch degree from Parsons School of Design (New York City, NY). He is currently the President of the California Alumni Association (MN Chapter) and serves on the Metropolitan Council Livable Communities and Transit Oriented Development Advisory Committees. In 2002, he founded 4RM+ULA (FORM + Urban Landscape Articulation), a full-service architecture firm focused on Transit Design, Transit-Oriented-Development, and urban infill redevelopment projects. Recently, James received an AIA MN 2015 Young Architect’s Award.
Nathan Johnson, AIA, NOMA
Nathan is a registered Architect in the state of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY where he studied abroad in Italy, Spain and France. Nathan is a strong critical thinker and brings several years of Project Design and Project Architect experience from his tenure at large firms. He is a highly knowledgeable professional with real estate finance skills and strong 3-dimensional visualization capability. He teaches Architectural Technology at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, is the President-Elect of the Minnesota Chapter of American Institute of Architects, is a LEED Accredited Professional and received an AIA MN 2009 Young Architect’s Award.
Erick L. Goodlow, I
Born and raised in Saint Paul, Minnesota, to parents who instilled the value of education and the importance of community early and often in life, Erick has used this guidance to remain a positive influence in the community from which he was reared. Erick earned a B.A in Business Management from Hamline University and continued on to earn a joint M.A in Urban & Region Studies and Public Administration from Minnesota State University at Mankato. After working as a Planning Intern for both the City of Mankato, Minnesota and the City Bloomington Minnesota, Erick transitioned to the private sector working at Medtronic in a variety of Leadership and Management roles for 17 years.
In 2002, the opportunity to marry his passion for community revitalization and experience in management, he partnered with life long friend, James Garrett Junior, AIA to establish 4RM+ULA, a full service architectural design office focusing on community scale, urban infill development projects employing sustainable materials and methods of construction.
Paola Sánchez-Garrett, Arq. (CODIA), NOMA
Paola is a registered Architect in the Dominican Republic with a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning and Municipal Management, both titles obtained from the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) in Santiago. In addition to the experience gained working in service of major business entities across the Dominican Republic (ESGRUMA, TECVASA International, Batista y Asociados S.A., et al), she has also gained a breadth of knowledge in Urban Development working as a consultant on numerous projects with several municipalities in the northern region of the country. Paola is also professor of Urban Planning in the school of Architecture at PUCMM. Currently, she is the secretary of MSP AoA NOMA.
Lyssa Washington, Assoc. AIA, NOMA, LEED-AP, BD+C
Lyssa is a native of Minneapolis, MN and has worked on a variety of projects throughout the Twin Cities ranging from multi-use planning projects to educational facilities. She is a graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans, LA with a Master’s degree in Architecture and a Certificate of Preservation Studies. Lyssa has worked in and with firms both small and large in her 14+ years of professional experience; she is a creative problem solver, leader, effective communicator and collaborator. Lyssa is the Vice-President of MSP AoA NOMA, a volunteer with the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, and a LEED Accredited Professional.
Samuel Babatunde Ero-Phillips, Assoc. AIA
Sam is an artist, designer and educator who has worked in the Twin Cities, Chicago and Lagos, Nigeria. He holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture and studio arts from the University of Minnesota, an M’Arch degree from the University of Illinois, a Fulbright fellowship to Nigeria and has started a doctorate in Sustainable Development at the University of Lagos. He designs most of his projects, like the Igbogun Primary School and Community Center, while listening to hip-hop or jazz. You can find him riding his bike around Minneapolis and to Juxtaposition Arts where he is an Environmental Design instructor.
Miesha Lewis, Office Manager
Energetic analyst with excellent problem solving, management, and communication skills. Miesha is a results-oriented leader with proven experience. She has her MBA in Finance from Hamline University. Specialties: Exceptional Communication, Team Leader, Process Improvement, Project Management, Innovative Thinker, Negotiation, Excellent Customer Service, Market Analyst, and Results-Oriented.