The Turett Collaborative (TTC) has named two new partners: James Saisakorn, RA, and Aleksandr Nizhikhovskiy, RA. Alongside the team’s current members, the new partners will lead the firm’s growth into new markets, emerging technologies, and evolving aesthetics, while sticking to the firm’s special regard for health, wellness, community and preservation.
Alongside dozens of celebrated Manhattan townhomes, apartments, and multifamily residences, TTC has pioneered notable projects spanning decades, from Newsbar in the 90s (Manhattan’s first coffee bar/retail hybrid) to the recent Greenport Passive House (an award-winning net-zero all-electric home) and Civic Hall (a one-of-a-kind technology hub for the world’s civic innovators), with the team’s latest partners expected to help continue this trend of visionary work moving forward.
“We are thrilled to welcome James and Aleksandr to the partnership,” says Turett. “Together they will strengthen our identity as a firm and our commitment to collaboration, sustainability, and inventiveness. Collectively bringing a variety of distinctly valuable expertise, passions, and capabilities to the table, this next generation will continue to provide clients with innovative design and a future-forward perspective.”
James Saisakorn, RA, Partner
James Saisakorn joined TTC in 2004, bringing to the firm both a deep passion for design and a love of craft. After studying architecture in Switzerland at the Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne (EPFL) under the tutelage of the late Luigi Snozzi, he returned to complete his Bachelor of Architecture with a double major in French from Carnegie Mellon University in 1996.
Notably, his past work on energy-efficient and green building design contributed to the production and publication of the 1996 Building Design Manual for the Pennsylvania Energy Code. Saisakorn’s understanding of construction, coupled with his extensive knowledge of municipal codes, landmarks, and zoning has helped to guide many of the firm’s projects from the kernel of an idea to their ultimate completion.
James has applied his expertise to many residential, commercial, and institutional projects throughout the years – from highly detailed residential projects for private clients to larger, more complex commercial projects. With a long-held appreciation for brutalist architecture, he currently resides in Manhattan and is an avid world traveler.
Alex Nizhikhovskiy, RA, Partner
With a passion for mentorship and education, Alex Nizhikhovskiy has been a member of the TTC team for over eight years. Alex is a licensed architect in the state of New York, with a Master in Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York, where he was recognized with the AIA Henry Adams Medal.
He previously spent five years as a Junior Designer at Montoya-Rodriguez Architects + Planners, where he focused on public projects, primarily public schools and other educational buildings. Alex now manages Turett’s numerous private residential projects, with a particular affinity for client collaboration and mentoring junior staff.
Outside of the practice, Alex mentors students and sits on design juries at his alma mater, the Spitzer School of Architecture. Raised in New York City and now residing in Brooklyn, Alex has a deep connection with and passion for the city – preserving and celebrating its past, while designing for its ever-evolving future.
Looking Forward for TTC
The TTC partners have been hard at work collaborating on a variety of exciting projects, in both commercial and residential spaces. The dedication and exceptional work for which TTC is known will only continue to be strengthened by the expertise of Saisakorn and Nizhikhovskiy.
Over the past decade-plus, the firm’s new partners have demonstrated their commitment to excellence through various accomplishments and experiences, both within the practice and elsewhere. Wayne Turett and The Turett Collaborative as a whole look forward to a future of growth and enhanced expertise brought by the new partners.