About Work

Dong-Ping Wong, Founding Director

Dong is the Founding Director of Food New York, co-founder of Friends of + POOL, and a licensed architect in New York state. Dong’s work has been featured in publications including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, PIN-UP, Fast Company, the Economist and Wired and has been awarded the Diamond Award for Engineering Excellence, the New York Design Award for Best Young Practice and was nominated for the INDEX Awards in Copenhagen. Prior to Food, Dong was a founding partner of Family New York with Oana Stănescu and was trained at OMA and REX in New York, specializing in public, cultural, and hi-density mixed-use buildings. Dong has taught at Columbia University and is a frequent public speaker including talks at RISD, UCLA, the New Museum, Municipal Art Society, Oslo Design Council, AIGA, TedX and the World Summit on Innovation. Dong graduated with a Masters in Architecture from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University and a Bachelors of Arts in Architecture from the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley. Dong is from San Diego, CA.

Cass Nakashima, Associate

Cass joined the office in 2015 and has been the Project Lead on the renovation of a 2500sf residence in Soho, new galleries for Milk Studios, renovation of Need Supply Co. flagship, residences for Kanye and Kim Kardashian West in Los Angeles and the Services Building of + POOL. She was also a Senior Designer for a new Bauhaus Museum in Dessau, Germany and three homes in the Kau Tau Shan region of Hong Kong. Prior to Food, Cass was a designer at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in New York. She holds a Bachelor’s of Architecture from the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. Cass is from Oakland, CA.

Bella Janssens, Operations Director

Bella joined the office in 2017 and is in charge of all operations, including general office management, finances, project control and business development and in 2018 she initiated and lead Food Radio. Prior to Food, Bella gained experience as a designer and project manager at Inside Outside in Amsterdam and managed a couture studio in New York. Bella earned a Bachelor of Architecture at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, United Kingdom. Bella is from the Netherlands.

Daniel Kendra, Project Lead

Daniel joined the office in 2020 and has been the Project Lead on the renovation of the new store for Les Benjamins in Istanbul and the Brooklyn Nets executive offices in Brooklyn, NY. Prior to Food, Daniel gained experience as a designer at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in New York, NY and Landry Smith Architect in Portland, OR. Daniel earned a Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Oregon. Daniel is from Charleston, SC.

Ryan Fierro, Designer

Ryan joined the office in 2018 and has been a designer on a private residence on Mercer Street in New York, NY, the flagship Les Benjamins store in Istanbul, Turkey, Food Radio in Chinatown, NY, Cayman Garden in Grand Cayman, the renovation of the Brooklyn Nets Team Store in Brooklyn, NY and the Brooklyn Nets executive offices in Brooklyn, NY. Ryan earned a Bachelor of Architecture at Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS. Ryan is from Huntsville, AL.

Fabiana Berenguer Gil, Designer

Fabiana joined the office in 2019 and has been a designer on the new offices for Milk Makeup in New York, NY, the renovation of the Brooklyn Nets Team Store in Brooklyn, NY and a new office development on Grand Cayman. Fabiana earned a Bachelor of Architecture at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Fabiana is from Westminster, MD.