Brenda Nelson began her career in San Francisco, where over 10 years she worked with a variety of leading firms ranging in specialization from interiors and furnishings to urban planning. She took sabbatical in Japan, studying design and architecture, before co-founding NV/da, with Tom van den Bout, in 1998. A registered Architect, she is highly regarded by NV/da’s clientele as an effective architectural manager of complex projects, maintaining control of the balance between design quality and intent, project cost, and project schedule.



Tom van den Bout is a registered Architect in multiple jurisdictions with over 30 years experience in the Metropolitan Area. His experience in previous firms range from the design of award winning, large scale projects at Kohn Pedersen Fox (the World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC) to numerous residential and institutional projects for smaller, well known design firms (Tod Williams & Billie Tsien Associates, Steven Holl Architects, and Tsao & McKown Architects). Tom is deeply committed to service within his community: he has served as the Chair of Brooklyn Community Board 2’s Landmark Committee, as President of the Brooklyn Heights Association, Chair of it’s Landmark Committee, and as Board Chair of ISSUE Project Room. 



Arturo Bárcenas has more than 15 years of experience working in small design studios and high end residential firms in Texas and New York such as Morris Sato Studio, Ike Kligerman Barkley and the Office of Thierry Despont. He brings his passion for design and detail-oriented approach to every project. He received his bachelors degree in Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington and his Masters degree of Architecture from Columbia University. Arturo is a registered Architect in the state of New York and  LEED professional.



Kim Letven has been with NV/design.architecture since 2012, with prior experience in high-end retail design with clients such as Burberry, Telefonica and Bloomingdales, as well working on award-winnning public works such as the Queens Elmhurst Library. She has a particular interest in sustainable design and worked on Brooklyn’s first passive house. Her design excellence is augmented by her pragmatism, creative problem solving, and collaborative management skills. A graduate of the University of Oregon, she received her master’s degree from Pratt Institute.


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