Founding Partner / A.I.A / Registered Architect NY & NJ
Karen Frome is an architect with over 20 years of experience. She has designed and been the principal in charge of The Aether Apparel store; The Brooklyn Academy of Music; The Westside Federation for Senior Housing; a 37,000 square foot office renovation for Robert Silman Associates along with dozens of residential projects.
Karen holds a Masters in Architectural History and Theory from Princeton University. She has a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University and a Bachelors of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley. Ms. Frome has been a Fulbright Scholar, a Guggenheim Fellow in Venice and received numerous grants and awards including a Graham Foundation Grant, John Labatut Fellowship and has published articles in a number of cultural publications.
Karen participated in the Learning by Design Program teaching children about space and architecture and has taught industrial design studios at the Rhode Island School of Design and graduate architectural studios at Parsons School of Design and Columbia University. She is on the board of directors of the not-for-profit Bowery Babes and has served on several architectural and planning committees in the town of Saltaire, NY.
Darwin Poblete has been with Rise Projects (previously Design Laboratories) since 2008. During that time, he has served as designer and project manager on multiple complete apartment renovations such as those at 1185 Park Ave; 910 Fifth Avenue; One York Street; two ongoing projects at 4 Lexington Avenue; and a house addition in Bridgehampton, NY. He recently completed the New York Aether store in Soho and a full floor office space at 32 Old Slip, and has shepherded projects at the Ft. Washington Armory including a cafe, classroom, museum space and ongoing site planning. Darwin has served as the primary contact for clients, contractors and consultants on these projects and has overseen projects from schematics, the permit process to construction admin.
Darwin graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in architecture and a minor in Dance and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley in 2001 and started his professional career in San Francisco working on restaurants and residential projects prior to moving to New York in 2005.