Joshua Ramus, founder and principal, leads REX’s think-tank of diverse professionals and all the firm’s projects. In 2016, Joshua was the first American recipient of the Marcus Prize, the $100,000 biennial, international architecture award conferred by the Marcus Corporation Foundation and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has also been credited as one of the “5 greatest architects under 50” by The Huffington Post, one of the world’s most influential young architects by Wallpaper*, one of the twenty most influential players in design by Fast Company, listed among “The 20 Essential Young Architects” by ICON magazine, and featured as one of the “Best and Brightest” by Esquire. In 2020, Joshua was honored by the experimental performance company STREB with their Action Maverick Award.
Joshua Ramus has been the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor at Yale University and the Cullinan Visiting Professor at Rice University, and a visiting professor at Columbia University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Syracuse University. An early member of the TED Brain Trust, Joshua shared REX’s design methodologies at the TED2006 and TEDxSMU conferences, and lectures frequently at universities, cultural institutions, and symposiums around the world. Joshua holds a Master of Architecture from Harvard University, where he earned the inaugural Araldo Cossutta Fellowship and the SOM Fellowship, and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, magna cum laude with distinction in the major, from Yale University.
Maur is a Director at REX and plays a leading role in several of the studio’s prominent cultural, residential and commercial projects. He is currently overseeing the conceptualization and development of PERTH+, a mixed-use tower in Western Australia; The Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center (The Perelman Center) in New York; and the new performing arts center at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.
Prior to joining REX, Maur held leadership positions at several international firms, including Stephane Beel Architects, Herzog & de Meuron, as well as his own firm, Dessauvage-Mohammadi Architects. With over 25 years of experience, he has led and contributed to numerous significant projects such as the Entrance Pavilion to the Rubens House in Antwerp; The Raveelmuseum in Machelen-aan-de-Leie; and the Modernization of the Herbert C. Hoover Building in Washington, DC. Maur holds a Master of Architecture from the ‘Hoger Architectuurinstituut van het Rijk’ in Antwerp.
Alysen Hiller Fiore
Alysen joined REX in 2012, and was appointed Director in 2017. She is currently leading The Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center (The Perelman Center) in New York. She has previously performed as Project Leader on the Necklace Residence in Long Island; the Transformation of Five Manhattan West in New York; and the Wakefield School Performing Arts Center in Virginia.
Before joining REX, Alysen worked for several world-renowned architectural firms on a wide range of architectural projects. At BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) in Copenhagen, Denmark, she worked on the House of Culture & Movement in Fredricksberg, Denmark, and TEK, a mixed-use proposal which includes retail, hotel, and exhibition space in Taipei, Taiwan. While with Zago Architecture, she worked on the proposed development of a multi-unit social housing complex as part of Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream, a MoMA commissioned project to explore new architectural possibilities for cities and suburbs in the aftermath of the 2008 foreclosure crisis. Alysen holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in Art & Design with honors, both from the University of Iowa.
Adam is an integral member of REX’s Leadership Team and is currently project leader for the new performing arts center at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.
He has performed as such on a wide range of cultural, residential, and commercial projects, including The Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center (The Perelman Center) in New York, as well as the winning entries for international competitions to design the Mercedes-Benz Future Lab Museum and Campus Extension in Stuttgart, Germany and the Kuala Lumpur International Financial District (KLIFD) Signature Tower. Adam was also a key member of the design team for the Yongsan International Business District “Project R6” Tower in Seoul, South Korea; the Wakefield School Performing Arts Center in Virginia; and the Transformation of Five Manhattan West. Adam graduated from The Ohio State University with a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, with honors.
Kevin Thomas joined REX in June 2019 in the role of Project Leader for the Brown University Performing Arts Center in Providence, Rhode Island. For the past 20 years, Kevin has developed experience in a breadth of building typologies from performing arts and university facilities to medical centers, office buildings, and private residences.
While at KPMB prior to joining REX, Kevin worked on the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL (LEED Platinum); the Young Centre for the Performing Arts for Soulpepper Theatre in Toronto; Sprague Memorial Hall for the Yale University School of Music in New Haven, CT; the Manitoba Hydro Place in Winnipeg (LEED Platinum); and Bridgepoint Active Healthcare in Toronto (Governor General’s Award for Architecture).
Kevin holds a Bachelor of Architecture with high distinction from Carleton University where he received the Henry Adams Medal for top graduating student.