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Lina Torres

Born and raised in Cali, Colombia. Lina is passionate about painting, dancing salsa, and learning about art and history. Lina has enjoyed meeting new people and having amazing experiences in NYC since moving here. Her passionate nature has helped her identify concepts and ideas that have a meaningful impact on communities, with the goal of creating meaningful experiences for their inhabitants.

Her passion for learning defines how she connects and interacts with the community. As an architecture student, Lina spends most of her time listening to music while doing homework.

When she’s not working on projects in the office, Lina tries to stay active through biking, hiking and trying to find the hidden gems of NYC.

Phuong Vu

Phuong holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and a Master of Architecture from the University at Buffalo (SUNY) School of Architecture and Planning. She is interested in material culture and curious about those aspects of architecture that lie outside of the realm of art and design, such as building structure and building codes. After taking a leap of faith in moving to New York City, Phuong is enjoying the city’s mixture of cultures. She aims to try different cultural foods once a week to learn more about the food scene in NYC. As her hometown is Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam, Phuong has trained her patience by occasionally taking 17 hour flights.

Charlie Verni

Raised by Real Estate developers in Westchester, Charlie has been exposed to planning and construction throughout his life. This led him to purse his bachelor’s degree at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, spending summers studying at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles and practicing at Bergen Street Studio. Charlie received his master’s degree from Pratt Institute, focusing on integrating urban farming methods into civic redevelopments. Charlie has worked on projects ranging from apartment renovations in Brooklyn, NY to a medical center in Burundi, Africa.

Outside of work, Charlie enjoys early morning rowing races with his brothers, country retreats with friends, and bartending at the tiki bar during family parties.

Wm. Jack T. Phillips AIA


Jack Phillips believes architectural invention is the result created at the intersection of the novel and the pragmatic. As a Principal with Bergen Street Studio, he brings this thinking along with his extensive experience with both large- and small-scale projects to bear on the work in the office. His diverse background includes project types ranging from industrial infrastructure, landmark preservation and renovation, cultural and educational institutions, corporate facilities, and residential as well as urban and master plan developments.

Over his decades of experience, Jack has encountered numerous challenges during the development, programming and planning of projects. He is a creative thinker providing design intelligence and strategic planning leadership in the development and execution of more than 3.5 million sf and over $2.8 billion of program and experiencedriven environments. His direct and personal involvement throughout the duration of a project is a given and at the core of his practice. Jack’s hands-on approach reveals his passion for openly engaged and inspired team direction in the development of concepts and strategies.

Born and raised in Texas, Jack’s career began in the Houston offices of CRSS working under the guidance of Paul Kennon on large scale manufacturing complexes and civic planning studies. After attending graduate school in New York, he served in a senior design role at Polshek Partnership where he worked directly alongside his mentor James Stewart Polshek on many significant cultural, civic and institutional clients. Additionally, Mr. Phillips has held design director and thought leadership roles with other firms, delivering significant design and strategic planning direction for many noteworthy clients.

Ardently committed to linking education and practice, Mr. Phillips has lectured and led design studios at several institutions such as Pratt Institute and University of Nebraska, among others.  Jack holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from Texas A&M University and a Master of Architecture from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. His work has been featured in exhibitions and publications and has been recognized with numerous awards for innovation and design excellence.

David Clayton Miller AIA

Founding Principal

Founding principal of Bergen Street Studio, Clay Miller loves working with old buildings. A scholar of art history, Clay has expertise in historic landmarks, adaptive reuse and urban infill design. During his eight years with Polshek Partnership, he developed instincts for balancing new construction with renovation work to energize historic structures large and small.  Clay’s designs invigorate the 19th century urban fabric by reimagining old structures with an aesthetic that is both innovative and sensitive.

Mindful of the social impact of his work, Clay is also drawn to the design of medical facilities. His interest in and experience with healthcare design allowed Clay to lead an award-winning division for healthcare planning and architecture within Polshek Partnership, where Clay was involved in over 1.5 million square feet of institutional project development. Later in his career, his experience with the design of medical facilities grew into a commitment to humanitarian architecture. Since 2014, he has worked on several major medical facilities in Central Africa, including Kigutu Hospital in Burundi.

Clay is a Fellow of the Urban Design Forum in New York. He has over 30 years of experience working in New York City and has worked in the offices of Susanna Torre, Allan Greenberg, Alex Gorlin, Paul Rudolph, Maya Lin, Asfour Guzy and Taylor Clark. He has taught at the Parsons School of Design, the Pratt Institute, and Yale University. Clay attended Columbia University’s School of General Studies in New York, and is a graduate of Duke University (Trinity ‘87) and the Yale School of Architecture (M. Arch ‘90).