BWArchitects (BWA) is an architecture, design & fabrication studio led by Founding Partner Basil Walter and Managing Partner Brenda Bello.  Headquartered in New York City, with satellites in Los Angeles and London, the firm’s multi disciplinary team designs and executes environments and experiences across the globe. 

The studio began its work in the late 1980’s in New York, restoring highly detailed interiors at the historic Dakota Apartments on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and the study and appreciation of history and craftsmanship continues to inform the work of the practice today.

Since those early days, BWArchitects has been involved in a wide variety of project types, from residential and commercial architecture and interiors to hospitality and large scale special events. The studio maintains an active workshop for prototyping, model making and fabrication of key design elements for many of the projects it undertakes. 


Basil Walter, AIA & Brenda Bello, AIA

For over 30 years Basil Walter, BWA founding partner, has been an innovative force and influential voice in the cultural conversation around architecture and design; historic preservation and leading-edge contemporary work. Graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, Walter started his career as a painter before establishing his architecture studio in 1984, restoring an apartment in the historic Dakota Apartments.

Basil Walter, AIA

Founding Partner

Brenda Bello is the managing partner at BWA and holds a BArch degree from the City College of New York.

Brenda brings over 20 years of professional experience of architectural practice in the US, Asia, South America and Europe with extensive knowledge of design and construction practices. As a highly skilled and experienced architect, the focus of her work is in the conception and implementation of design ideas from practical and environmental perspectives.

Brenda Bello, AIA


Justin Weiner

Senior Associate,
Director of Operations

Ayvind Karlsen, AIA, LEED AP

Senior Project Architect

Ana Kerdel

Senior Project Designer,
Business Development

Joel Medina

Senior Project Designer

Aaron Smith, AIA

Project Manager,
Business Director

Ashley Verbanic, AIA

Project Manager

Suzanne Holt

Business & Marketing Development

Mana Prokop

Project Designer

Jose Abreu

Project Designer

Seiko Obayashi

Project Manager

Shawn Hott, AIA

Project Architect

Daniel Bashin

Project Designer

Lauren Andrus

Project Coordinator

Diana Seclen

Project Coordinator

Kasia Mokrzycka

Office Manager

Gerard Sambets

The Workshop: Director of Special Projects

Abigail Arbel is

The Workshop: Special Projects Coordinator


Salomon Ysmáyel Alvarez

The Workshop: Special Projects Coordinator

Catarina Toth


Mariana Orellana



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