Joshua Ramus
Joshua is founding principal of REX, an internationally acclaimed architecture and design firm based in New York City, whose name signifies a re-appraisal (RE) of architecture (X). Operating across many scales, REX consistently challenges and advances building typologies, and promotes the agency of architecture. Seminal projects include the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in Dallas; the Vakko Fashion Center and Power Media Center in Istanbul; and the Seattle Central Library—all opened to critical acclaim. Joshua led the latter project—hailed by Herbert Muschamp in The New York Times as “the most exciting new building it has been my honor to review in more than 30 years of writing about architecture”—while founding partner of OMA New York, the firm he rebranded as REX in 2006.

Joshua was the 2016 recipient of the Marcus Prize, bestowed upon architects “on a trajectory to greatness.” 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.

Joshua has been Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor at Yale University and Cullinan Visiting Professor at Rice University, and a visiting professor at Columbia University, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Syracuse University. An early member of the TED Advisory Council, Joshua shared REX’s design methodologies at the TED2006 and TEDxSMU conferences, and lectures frequently at universities, cultural institutions, and symposiums around the world. He 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 Dessauvage
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 Chizmar
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.


Elina Spruza Chizmar
Elina joined REX in 2012 and has since served as a Project Leader on the Mercedes Benz Future Lab & Campus Extension, the Calvin Klein Voyeur House, and numerous award-winning international competition entries. Currently, she is leading Necklace Residence which recently completed Construction Documents phase.

Prior to joining REX, Elina worked for several internationally renowned architecture firms on a broad spectrum of architectural projects. While at OMA in Rotterdam, Netherlands Elina played a key role on the Doha Airport City in Doha, Qatar and Skolkovo Innovation Center in Moscow, Russia, both of which involved the design of numerous cultural, institutional, and commercial buildings. Elina was also engaged in many civic projects from competition to later development stages such as Pac des Expositions in Toulouse, France. While at Fletcher Priest Architects in London, UK, she contributed to the design and coordination of the masterplan for the Athletes Village for London 2012 Olympic Games and the New Riga Administrative Center in her hometown Riga, Latvia.

Elina holds a Master of Architecture with honors from Boston Architectural College and Bachelor of Science in Architecture with Architectural Engineering with honors from University of Westminster, London, UK part of which was undertaken at RMIT, Melbourne, Australia.

REX-Kevin Thomas
Kevin Thomas
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.