Ozlem Akcay, Principal Interior Designer, Senior Associate
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Ozlem Akcay brings a wealth of creative and project management expertise to hospitality, restaurant, retail, and residential interior design projects. Having joined Gabellini Sheppard Associates in 2008, she served as lead designer of the guestrooms and public spaces of the Knickerbocker Hotel in Times Square, a historic New York City Landmark, as well as the guestrooms for the Istanbul Edition hotel. 

She also contributed to the award-winning flagship space of luxury jeweler David Yurman on New York’s Madison Avenue, the redevelopment of the historic Rainbow Room restaurant and event space at Rockefeller Center, two condominium projects in Manhattan, a seven-story townhouse on the Upper East Side, the firm’s Fibonacci furniture collection for Janus et Cie, and new boutique and lifestyle concepts for Vera Wang collections in New York and Los Angeles. 

Prior to joining Gabellini Sheppard Associates, Akcay was a senior designer at the New York-based firm Yabu Pushelberg, where she worked on restaurants and hotels in the U.S. and abroad. She studied art history at the University of Vienna and earned a BFA in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology, receiving the Legacy Fund Award from the American Society of Interior Designers.

Bobby Young, AIA, Senior Associate
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Architect Bobby Young joined the firm in 2007 and was promoted to Associate in 2013. His close attention to detail enables him to manage projects effectively from concept and design development through construction administration, providing leadership and quality control. Young’s extensive experience with Gabellini Sheppard Associates includes high-end residential, retail, residential, and mixed-use projects. 

He has served as project manager for the Echelon Resort & Casino Grand Lobby in Las Vegas, a sales center for the UN Plaza Tower, and a private luxury residence in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Young managed the firm’s full renovation and façade preservation of a seven-story townhouse residence in Manhattan, as well as the retail space and lobby renovation of 195 Broadway, a prominent historic building in Lower Manhattan. 

Prior to joining Gabellini Sheppard Associates, Young worked at New York-based Janson Goldstein LLP and 1100 Architect PC, where he contributed to high-profile commercial and institutional projects. His work has been featured in Interior Design magazine and exhibited at New York’s Downtown Design Show and the Chicago Design Show. A graduate of Pratt Institute, Young is a registered architect in the State of New York. 

Colin Martin, AIA, Associate
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Architect and interior designer Colin Martin joined Gabellini Sheppard Associates in 2004 and was promoted to Associate in 2014. A well-organized project manager, Martin has helped bring numerous residential, retail, and hospitality projects to fruition, including the firm’s award-winning 13,000-sf SoHo Residence and the residential units and public spaces of Tadao Ando Architect & Associates’ 152 Elizabeth Street condominium development in New York. 

Martin contributed to the design and project management of the Edition hotel in Istanbul, the Row NYC Hotel, The Village luxury retail environment at Westfield London, the retail center of the Echelon resort and casino development in Las Vegas, and the retail master plan for the renovation of Saks Fifth Avenue Boston. He managed the firm’s interior design work at the Álvaro Siza-designed condominium at 611 West 56th Street in New York as well as a mixed-use project in collaboration with Bjarke Ingels Group. 

Prior to joining Gabellini Sheppard Associates, Martin worked as a designer with Robert A.M. Stern Architects, where he developed the master plan and residences for a golf resort in Park City, Utah. Martin earned his Master of Architecture from Tulane University and is a licensed architect in the State of New York.

Silvia Maffei, Senior Designer, Associate
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Architectural and interior designer Silvia Maffei joined the firm in 2010 and was promoted to Associate in 2016. A strong conceptual thinker, Maffei has developed numerous retail design projects for the firm including spatial branding concepts for J Brand, La Perla and Brioni. 

Maffei served as leading designer for the Beijing flagship store of the luxury cashmere label 1436; she also designed the retail portion of the NBCUniversal Lobby & Guest Experience at Rockefeller Center as well as Elena Mirò flagship boutiques in Italy and Moscow. Maffei has also managed construction administration for several residential projects at the firm, and served as project designer for the lobby and public spaces of the Álvaro Siza-designed condominium in New York and a mixed-use development in collaboration with Bjarke Ingels Group. 

Prior to joining Gabellini Sheppard Associates, Maffei worked in store design for Michael Kors and as a project architect for M Architetti. She also co-founded and designed a line of eyeglasses frames in Italy. Maffei earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Florence, a Master in Interior Design from Parsons School of Design, and a Ph.D in Civil Engineering from the University of Pisa. She is a licensed architect in Italy.