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Education: Polytechnic of Central London School of Architecture – Certificate in Architecture and Diploma in Architecture

Professional Registration: New York, New Jersey, Greece and Great Britain

Mr. Yakas is the partner in charge of low income housing, special needs housing, senior housing, schools and institutional projects. He is thoroughly experienced with the Federal, State and City funding and approval processes and has helped initiate and develop numerous successful housing and mixed-use projects for nonprofit organizations.

James S. Davidson, AIA, RIBA


Education: Columbia University – Bachelor of Arts; Harvard University, Graduate School of Design – Master of Architecture

Professional Registration: New York, Illinois, Connecticut, New Jersey, Maryland, NCARB, AIA, RIBA

James Davidson is the partner in charge of the Design Department at SLCE. He is actively involved in every project phase from concept through completed construction. He has completed numerous major commercial and residential high-rise projects throughout the United States and abroad, many of which have received the highest of professional and industry awards.

Luigi P. Russo, AIA


Education: College of Staten Island -Bachelor of Architecture; College of New York – Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Science in Architecture

Professional Registration: New York, New Jersey, District of Columbia and Florida

Mr. Russo has extensive expertise in high-rise residential and commercial development along with an in-depth knowledge of construction methods. Mr. Russo remains actively involved in all project phases and his vast experience instills a high level of confidence among everyone involved in the building process.

Robert J. Laudenschlager, AIA


Education: New York Institute of Technology – Bachelor of Architecture

Professional Registration: New York State

Mr. Laudenschlager has expertise pertaining to all phases of large scale residential, mixed-use and luxury hotel developments located both nationally and internationally. Many of his projects are responsive to current market and design trends as he has vast experience in researching, developing and coordinating high-end luxury products and finishes.

Gloria Glas, AIA


Education: University of Buenos Aires, School of Architecture – Master of Architecture

Professional Registration: New York State, NCARB

With over thirty years of experience Ms. Glas has been involved with a variety of commercial, retail, hotel, residential, and institutional projects. At SLCE she supervises teams, coordinates consultants and ensures that every project is completed within the specified budget and time frame. Ms. Glas has been the SLCE Project Director for many high profile collaborations with such firms as Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Foster + Partners, and Santiago Calatrava.

Mario Yao, AIA


Education: University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines, College of Architecture

Professional Registration: New York

Mario Yao joined SLCE Architects in 1982, became a Senior Associate in 2005 and was promoted to Partner in 2011. Mr. Yao has worked on a wide array of projects, including high-rise mixed-use Residential, Commercial, Office buildings and Off-Broadway Theaters. He possesses great technical expertise and management skills, which greatly contribute to the successful completion of all projects.