Roberto Viola Ochoa
Founding Principal [CV]
Roberto began his architectural studies at the San Pablo C.E.U. in Madrid, Spain, and obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture at the University of Miami. In 1997, Roberto obtained a Master’s of Architecture in Urban Design (MAUD) from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Following a short period at HOK in Houston, he returned to Boston in 1999 where he began a professional practice at Sasaki Associates in Watertown, MA. At Sasaki, Roberto had the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects, both academic and mixed-use residential, nationally and all over the world.
In parallel to his 17 years of practice at Sasaki, Roberto had an active private practice focusing on smaller-scale residential interventions and competition projects. These projects were, and still are, the heart of what iVY is today.
In addition, he has been very active in academia, first at Northeastern University and currently at Roger Williams University, where he is the coordinator of the Comprehensive Design Studio for the graduate program.
Roberto has also had a long-standing relationship with the Universidad del Istmo (UNIS) in Guatemala. This association began during the development of the master plan and first implementation phase of its campus while Roberto was at Sasaki, and slowly flourished into a fruitful academic collaboration. At UNIS, Roberto has been an active participant in the Cátedra Jorge Montes and in teaching a graduate module focused on the integration of systems in the design process.
Growing up in Japan, Junko began her architectural education at the Kyoto Architectural College (KAC) in Kyoto, Japan. After obtaining her Architectural Diploma from the KAC and her course certificate from the Kyoto Renewable Energy School, she moved to the US to continue her education. She graduated from the Boston Architectural College (BAC) and received a Bachelor’s in Architecture with distinction.
Junko has been practicing in the field of architecture for 11 years. She is licensed in Japan and is a LEED Accredited Professional in the US. While pursuing the undergraduate program at the BAC, which held classes in the evenings, she worked full-time at Imai Keller Moore Architects (IKM). During her years at IKM, she played a key role in the design and construction of a number of projects, including projects for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, as well as commercial and residential projects. In addition, she undertook multiple independent commissions for buildings, interiors, and custom-design furniture projects both in the US and in Japan.
In parallel with her professional design practice and academic study, Junko actively works as an artist. Her artwork has been exhibited internationally in various galleries, and has been featured in publications. YES
She is currently pursuing post-professional Masters of Architecture II degree at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. During the school years, she worked at Behnisch Architekten and Leers Weinzapfel Associates in Boston. Expanding her practice in art and architecture, she has taught at BAC and assisted a course at Harvard University GSD.
Nicole is a dynamic designer with more than 15 years of national and international experience. Educated as an architect and a landscape architect, Nicole brings an integrated perspective to her professional work which encompasses a diverse range of projects in the United States, South America and Germany. Nicole has worked with distinguished design firms in the Boston area including Reed|Hilderbrand, Martha Schwartz Partners, and Sasaki Associates, as well as Peter Zumthor’s architecture studio in Switzerland. As senior designer and project landscape architect at Sasaki Associates for 11 years, Nicole successfully managed and led projects ranging from mixed use developments and sports venues to corporate and campus environments from concept design through implementation.
Nicole believes in collaborative design and brings passion, experience and curiosity to her work to develop innovative and sustainable solutions. Nicole is a registered landscape architect who holds a professional degree in architecture (“Diplom Ingenieur für Architektur”) from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany, as well as a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.
Nicole was guest critic at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) as well as Harvard’s Career Discovery program. As faculty in the School of Landscape Architecture at the Boston Architectural College, Nicole teaches design foundation and advanced interdisciplinary studios at the graduate level, and pursues her research interests in the cultural history of water and in sustainable infrastructure.