About Work

Dong-Ping Wong, Founding Director

Dong is the Founding Director of Food New York, co-founder of Friends of + POOL, and was a founding partner of Family New York with Oana Stanescu. 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. Dong trained as a designer at OMA and REX in New York and EHDD in San Francisco, 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.

Carrie Smith, Project Lead

Carrie joined the office in 2018 and has been the Project Lead on the renovation of a 27,000sf health and social club in Tribeca and of the new Hypebeast Headquarters in Chinatown. Prior to Food, Carrie was a senior designer at 2x4 and a senior designer at Rafael de Cardenas's Los Angeles Studio. Alongside her experience as a senior designer and project lead, she finished a curatorial fellowship at the CCA and has taught at several Universities as a Studio Lead and Lecturer. She holds a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Michigan, Dearborn. Carrie is from the US.

Jesse Taylor, Project Lead

Jesse joined the office in 2015 and has been the Project Lead on Off-White stores in Tokyo, Singapore and New York, a new community church in the Sydhavnen neighborhood of Copenhagen and the new Bauhaus Museum in Dessau, Germany. Prior to Food, Jesse gained New York experience at DFA Architects and Huff+Gooden, and was a designer at Hassell Studio in Perth, Australia. Jesse earned a Master’s in Architecture at the University of Western Australia and University of Arizona, and a Bachelor’s of Environmental Design at UWA. Jesse is from Perth, Australia.

Bella Janssens, Studio Manager

Bella joined the office in 2017 and is in charge of all studio operations, including general office management, finances, project control and business development. 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’s of Architecture at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, United Kingdom. Bella is from the Netherlands.

Ryan Fierro, Designer

Ryan joined the office in 2018 and has been a designer on the new flagship store for Les Benjamins in Istanbul, Turkey, the renovation of the new Hypebeast Headquarters in Chinatown, the renovation of a residence in Soho and a spa in the Caribbean. Prior to Food, Ryan led a studio class at Mississippi State University and has experience as a designer on several municipal projects in the town of Jackson, MS. He holds a Bachelor's of Architecture from Mississippi State University in Jackson, MS. Ryan is from Huntsville, AL.