Ruth is a Principal of Co Adaptive and a licensed architect, registered in New York state and NCARB Certified. She received her BA in Interior Architecture from Kingston University in London, which started her enthusiasm for adaptive reuse, and her thinking that in it lies the key to the growth of our cities. It also shaped her belief that architecture should be approached from the inside out, at the scale of human experience.
She grew up in Vienna, Austria, her grandfather was an Architect there, and her home town’s rich history in architecture remains an important inspiration to her today. She has lived in New York City for close to eleven years.
Ruth completed her M.Arch at the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. During grad school, her work focused on understanding and innovating consumption and waste cycles ingrained in our society. She worked on a housing solution in which both the growing of food and the composting of our waste is built into the mechanism of how the development functions, and later designed an indoor composting unit which was on track to get patented and installed throughout the student union building.
Ruth's experience within architecture ranges from working on large cultural institutions abroad such as the City of Culture of Galicia for Eisenman Architect and the House of Music in Aalborg, Denmark for Coop Himmelblau; to small residential and restaurant projects in New York City for Richard Lewis Architect. Together with AAP Architekten she has worked on turning a 1950s single family house in Vienna into a Passive mixed-use building which requires hardly any heating and no cooling in a climate which has both very cold and very hot months. The experience fueled her desire to explore and implement a more energy and resource conscious approach to building. She is passionate about the space where beauty and functionality intersect, and strives to find that in all of her work.
Bobby is a Principal of Co Adaptive and a licensed architect, registered in New York state and both LEED accredited and NCARB certified. Bobby is a Certified Passive House Designer as of 2016 and member of New York Passive House and the International Passive House Association.
Born and raised in the Santa Clara Valley of California, Bobby grew up immersed with the computer industry and felt technology could be used to inform design and ultimately revolutionize the way people use and interact with their environment. Beginning at age 17, he was employed in architecture offices and worked in residential design for 6 years while completing his bachelor’s degree in architecture at the University of California at Berkeley. In the four years between undergraduate and graduate programs, Bobby worked for several prominent architecture firms developing conceptual designs for high-rise mixed-use buildings in China, articulating high performance facades in healthcare and laboratory facilities, and creating working drawings for a performing arts center and university projects domestically and internationally.
While at graduate school he focused his work on adaptive architecture that would exhibit behavior and change properties based on people’s needs and environmental factors. He learned several programming languages and developed custom software and plug-ins that explored bleeding edge concepts of neural feedback in design using EEG, artificial and collective intelligence, and self-generating design solutions using custom built genetic algorithms. Bobby received the Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Honors Award for his work with computer programming and architecture.
Columbia is where he met and began collaborating with Ruth, who was pioneering creative solutions for sustainability. Since forming Co Adaptive in 2011 on the basis of using technology to leverage sustainable and creative design, the firm has used Building Information Modeling on all of their projects and has spent the last 5 years perfecting a creative library of sustainable systems and details. Bobby has taught graduate level design studio courses at the Pratt Institute and has been an invited architecture critic at Columbia and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Yashil is a Designer at Co Adaptive, currently pursuing the path to becoming a licensed architect. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Originally from Mumbai, India, Yashil came to the U.S. to study Architecture. Her undergraduate work focused on using smart materials in biomimetic and computational design. In her 4th year, she took a 6 month break from school to intern for a company in Lyon, France. Her time there exposed her to the concrete innovation and construction industry and her experience included working on the complexities of green-roof technologies in the Philippines and modular pre-fabricated concrete formwork for affordable housing in Africa.
While completing her Bachelor’s degree, she was employed at various architecture and design offices and was selected to be part of Autodesk’s Student Expert program which led her to become a Certified Professional in Revit. This prompted her to collaborate with student organizations at her university, for which she conducted software workshops for her peers to enhance their digital visualization and presentation skills.
Prior to joining Co Adaptive, she worked as an Architectural Designer and BIM Specialist at a multi-disciplinary firm that focused on projects in the Healthcare, and Science & Technology sectors. She was responsible for spearheading the office's transition into BIM by training employees in Revit and implementing standards. She also had the opportunity to work on infrastructural projects with the Structural and MEP teams within the company.
Yashil believes in combining smart materials and technology with passive strategies in a multi-disciplinary approach to design. She is interested in building adaptive environments that provide solutions to various contemporary challenges in sustainability, while striking a harmony between form and function.