Jo Ann Secor

Principal,

Director of Interpretive Services

Since joining SKOLNICK in 1987, Jo Ann Secor has led the efforts of SKOLNICK’s museum and interpretive staff in guiding museums through the process of creating memorable and enlightening experiences for their audiences. She brings a wealth of experience in the cultural education field developing innovative exhibits and programs for science centers, children’s museums, history museums and art galleries. Jo Ann’s extensive experience as both a museum client and as an educator has influenced her strong advocacy for the voice and needs of museum audiences and project-specific user groups. She is regularly invited to speak on museum–related topics and to serve on discussion panels regarding issues of museum design and interpretation for diverse audiences.

 

EDUCATION

Master of Science in Supervision & Administration in Museum Leadership

Bank Street College of Education

New York, NY

 

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting & Teacher Education

Rhode Island School of Design

Providence, RI

 

ACTIVITIES

American Association of Museums

 

AAM’s Committee on Audience Research and Evaluation

 

AAM’s Museum Education Committee

 

Former Adjunct Professor in Museum Studies at Bank Street College and New York University

Principals

  • Lee H. Skolnick, FAIA

    Principal

    Lee Skolnick

    Lee H. Skolnick, FAIA

    Principal

    Music and literature. Philosophy and physics. History and math. As a student, Lee equally prized and devoured these subjects. This passion for knowledge across disciplines led him to architecture, where they all converge.

     

    This interdisciplinary view informs Lee’s approach to every project. He creates narratives that unfold as people move through his designs, all senses engaged. His work can educate and entertain. Convey meaning and emotion. Provoke thought and imagination.

     

    Lee achieves this through a keen understanding of how humans make sense of the world and themselves, which is to say, storytelling. He generates a fully integrated architectural experience to transcend a space’s purpose.

     

    Throughout history and at its core, architecture creates meaningful experiences that connect people with their culture and community. In his work and with his firm, Lee evolves this rich tradition.

     

    EDUCATION

    Bachelor of Architecture, George Ledlie Prize Recipient

    Cooper Union

    Boston Architectural Center

     

    HONORS + AWARDS

    Honorary Visiting Fellow

    University of Leicester

    Great Britain

     

    2006 The Cooper Union Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement

     

    2004 Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD) Distinguished Member Award

     

    1991 Architectural Digest, The AD 100 Architects

    New York, NY

     

    ACTIVITIES

    Advisory and Grant Panelist NEA Design Education New York State Council on the Arts

     

    AUTHOR

    What is Exhibition Design?

     

    SPEAKER

    Association of Youth Museums

     

    American Association of Museums

     

    Association of Science and Technology Centers

     

    Society for Environmental Design

     

  • Paul Alter, AIA

    Principal

    Paul Alter, AIA

    Principal

    Paul has been an integral part of SKOLNICK since 1986 serving as a Design Principal, Managing Partner and Project Administrator. Paul constantly explores the art, design and craft of building, bringing expertise to the process from his former involvement in the worlds of boat building, woodworking, and fabrication. His expertise in varying construction methods, knowledge of environmentally sound technology and renewable resources continuously spark new ideas and solutions. This background, combined with his leadership, attention to detail and management skills, enables SKOLNICK to bring projects to fruition in a timely, well-crafted and meticulous manner. An ideal liaison with clients and the other key members of design and construction teams, Paul brings unity and focus to the most complex projects. Through his patient and engaging nature, he engenders client trust and confidence. Combined with his collaborative approach to problem solving, these qualities have earned him high regard and respect in all levels of the construction industry.

     

    EDUCATION

    Bachelor of Architecture

    Cooper Union

    New York, NY

     

    Certified Instructor/Construction Carpentry

    State University of New York

    New York, NY

     

    Solar Energy Workshop

    Stony Brook University

    Stony Brook, NY

  • Jo Ann Secor

    Principal,

    Director of Interpretive Services

    Jo Ann Secor

    Principal,

    Director of Interpretive Services

    Since joining SKOLNICK in 1987, Jo Ann Secor has led the efforts of SKOLNICK’s museum and interpretive staff in guiding museums through the process of creating memorable and enlightening experiences for their audiences. She brings a wealth of experience in the cultural education field developing innovative exhibits and programs for science centers, children’s museums, history museums and art galleries. Jo Ann’s extensive experience as both a museum client and as an educator has influenced her strong advocacy for the voice and needs of museum audiences and project-specific user groups. She is regularly invited to speak on museum–related topics and to serve on discussion panels regarding issues of museum design and interpretation for diverse audiences.

     

    EDUCATION

    Master of Science in Supervision & Administration in Museum Leadership

    Bank Street College of Education

    New York, NY

     

    Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting & Teacher Education

    Rhode Island School of Design

    Providence, RI

     

    ACTIVITIES

    American Association of Museums

     

    AAM’s Committee on Audience Research and Evaluation

     

    AAM’s Museum Education Committee

     

    Former Adjunct Professor in Museum Studies at Bank Street College and New York University

Senior Staff

  • Scott Briggs, AIA

    Senior Associate Museum Services

    Scott Briggs, AIA

    Senior Associate Museum Services

    Scott Briggs has served as both Lead Designer and Project Manager on several of the firm’s notable museum and exhibition design projects since joining LHSA+DP in 1999. With extensive experience leading conceptualization, design and implementation efforts on projects, Scott’s management skills ensure clients that their projects are completed on time and on budget. The recipient of several design awards, Scott represents the firm at national conferences and frequently writes about the firm’s projects for publications. He holds B.Arch and Fine Arts degrees from Rhode Island School of Design.

  • Robert Gross, AIA, LEED AP

    Senior Associate

    Robert Gross, AIA, LEED AP

    Senior Associate

    Robert Gross brings considerable hands-on experience to his role as Project Manager and Senior Designer at SKOLNICK. Since joining the firm in 2006, he has worked closely with clients during all phases of a project, from initial design conception to final completion of construction, leading the architectural design team as well as coordinating and directing sub-consultants. In his role as Project Manager, Robert is responsible for managing the design schedule and budget, and closely monitors the progress and quality of the design development, to produce clear and thorough design and construction documents. During the construction phase, Robert is the primary liaison to the contractors, and advocates on behalf of the client to ensure accurate translation of design intent into constructed buildings. His design experience and knowledge of construction technology and sustainable practice have been integral to the successful realization of many projects during his tenure at SKOLNICK.  He holds a B. Arch from Columbia University and an M. Arch from Harvard Graduate School of Design.

     

  • Joern Truemper, AIA, LEED AP

    Associate

    Joern Truemper, AIA, LEED AP

    Associate

    Joern Truemper has provided design and management services at all phases of architectural and exhibit design projects since joining SKOLNICK in 1996. As one of the senior architectural designers in the firm, Joern works on all aspects of conceptualization, planning, design and implementation of projects. He received a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University and a Master’s Degree from Technische Universitaet Braunschweig, Germany.

  • David Vimont, AIA

    Associate

    David Vimont, AIA

    Associate

    David Vimont brings over 14 years of experience as an architect to the SKOLNICK team. As Associate, he works closely with client teams and consultants to coordinate design workflows and oversee project deliverables. He is an experienced team leader in diverse international project environments, a strategist for sustainable local development, and an energetic and creative participant in building rewarding project relationships. David earned his Masters in Architecture from UCLA School of the Arts & Architecture in Los Angeles, California.

  • Indira C. Sekar

    Controller, Financial Manager

    Indira C. Sekar

    Controller, Financial Manager

    As SKOLNICK’s controller, Indira C. Sekar is responsible for the management of the firm’s finances and expenditures. Since joining in 1996, Indira has implemented a comprehensive computer technology infrastructure, project management structure, and integrated project management and accounting systems. Her successful management of these endeavors has played a key role in SKOLNICK’s growth to its present size. Indira received a Bachelor of Engineering from PSG College of Technology in Coimbatore, India and a MS in Management from the Howe School of Technology Management, Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey.

     

Staff