Planning, architecture, and design firm RKTB Architects promoted Stephanie Oestreich, AIA, CCCA, LEED AP, Nelya Sachakova, AIA, Certified Passive House Designer, and Milan Savanovic, to associate.
“All three of these talented designers have become essential, indispensable parts of our team, each in their own way,” said Carmi Bee, FAIA, RKTB principal. “Each bring to the table their own set of talents and earned skills, and a commitment to hard work and creativity and a dedication to improving people’s lives through architecture.”
Oestreich is a registered architect with licenses in New York State and California who holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, and a B.A. in History of Art and Architecture from Tufts University. With more than 20 years of experience in all phases of architecture, glazing, and building envelope design and delivery, Oestreich focuses on the process from design development through construction administration. She is currently managing several projects for the New York City Housing Authority in Brooklyn, including the design of a new heating plant, as well as construction administration for a condominium on the Upper West Side.
Sachakova began her career at RKTB as an intern while pursuing a Master of Architecture degree at the City College of New York Spitzer School of Architecture, eventually taking on a full-time position as architectural designer upon completing her studies in 2015. Her portfolio includes Capacity & Capital Improvement Projects for the New York City School Construction Authority, multi-family residential buildings, and most recently a worship facility on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Sachakova’s passion for environmentally responsive design led her to acquire a certification in Passive House design.
Savanovic holds a B.Arch. from the New York Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University. He joined RKTB in 2008, bringing with him design studio experience from Greece, Italy, Turkey, Spain, and Czechia. With more than 20 years of professional experience, Savanovic is responsible for all phases of design and construction on a range of projects, from multi-family residential to boutique commercial, as well as private homes, historic townhouse renovations, transportation projects, and educational facilities.