Partners & Principals

Catherine Bird - Principal
Catherine began her career at the firm in 1996 and became a Principal in 2013. She has considerable experience leading the firm’s efforts for its private residential clients as well as for some of the firm’s larger institutional projects, such as the recently completed Bard College Conservatory Building. Catherine received her Masters of Architecture from Rice University after receiving her undergraduate degree at Swarthmore College.

Stephen Brockman, LEED AP - Principal
Stephen joined Deborah in 1997 and became a Principal of the firm in 2005. He specializes in creating distinguished interior architecture for luxury residential developments and boutique hotels. His most notable projects include the widely published 21c Museum Hotel and his recent work on 432 Park Avenue, which is currently under construction. With a fine arts background, Stephen knows how to make sumptuous, rich, and provocative spaces, particularly in the context of adaptive reuse projects. Stephen earned his Master of Architecture degree from Yale University.

Maitland Jones, AIA, LEED AP - Partner
Maitland joined the firm in 1992 and became a Partner in 2002. Fluent in the way artists approach their craft, Maitland is extremely comfortable working with our clients on projects for the visual and performing arts. He collaborated closely with Deborah on the design for the Yale School of Art, and is currently leading our efforts on the new Rockefeller Arts Center in Fredonia, New York, and the 122 Community Arts Center in Manhattan. Mait has taught at Yale’s School of Architecture and the Institut für Städtebau in Vienna, Austria, and previously worked at Takenaka Komuten in Osaka, Japan. Maitland graduated from Yale University with a Master of Architecture degree.

Marc Leff, AIA, LEED AP - Partner
Marc has been working with Deborah since receiving his degree from Yale University in 1993, and became a Partner in the firm in 2002. He has collaborated with Deborah on some of the firm’s most iconic projects, including the award-winning Irwin Union Bank and the Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York City. In addition to his talent as a designer, Marc leads the firm’s project delivery processes, which includes managing workflow and quality assurance. Since 2000, he has been splitting his time between New York City and Reykjavik, Iceland.

Caroline Wharton - Principal
Caroline, a Principal since 2005, is our Director of Interiors. Caroline joined the firm in 1999, after successfully running her own company, Caroline A. O. Wharton Interiors, for 13 years. In her capacity as Director of Interiors, Caroline oversees all aspects related to the interiors of the firm’s residential projects. Because Caroline’s work derives from a fluid dialogue with her clients, the result is both specific and personal: it is balanced, focused on quality, inspired by design, and without ego. Her expertise has been instrumental in establishing our practice as a “whole-vision” architecture and design firm.