One of the most rewarding aspects of being an architect is the ability to bring new life to old buildings.

A key member of the Renewal practice, Joanna specializes in building envelope and historic preservation services. She has more than 15 years of experience in the analysis and evaluation of façades and forensic architecture. Joanna works closely with owners, facility managers and other consultants to develop effective solutions for a wide range of building types, including office, residential, healthcare, religious, cultural, government and retail.

FISP Expertise
Joanna is skilled in façade condition assessments. She has performed numerous inspections of exterior walls and appurtenances in accordance with New York City’s Façade Inspection & Safety Program (FISP). She also provides litigation support for building façade and architectural disputes.

Preservation, Restoration and Recovery Work
During her career, Joanna has worked on numerous preservation projects as well as the restoration of historic and modern buildings. She has considerable experience coordinating with landmarks preservation commissions and state historic preservation offices (SHPO). Her portfolio includes the Chrysler Building and the Women’s Building in New York City, Resurrection Church in Rye, New York, and several buildings on the campus of Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Joanna was also involved in the damage assessment and disaster recovery effort at the World Trade Center following the 2001 terror attacks.

Outside of Work
When she’s not working, reading or spending time with her three children, Joanna loves to ski and go scuba diving. She is a licensed ski instructor in her native Poland and a scuba diving assistant instructor. Among her favorite places for underwater exploration is Czarny Staw, a mountain lake on the Polish side of the Tatra Mountains, where she descends beneath ice that can be more than 1.5 meters thick. For warm water dives, she heads to the coast of Sudan.

Expertise
• FISP/Local Law 11 Inspections
• Condition assessment
• Façade rehabilitation
• Historic preservation
• Litigation support