DREAM Collaborative is a team of experienced designers who take pride in bringing exceptional architecture to the local level to build better urban environments. Our talented team includes:
Gregory O. Minott, Principal
Gregory Minott is originally from Mandeville, Jamaica. He moved to the U.S. in 1999 and earned dual Master’s degrees in Architecture and Infrastructure Planning at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Prior to founding DREAM Collaborative, Gregory was project architect for a number of award-winning building and urban renewal projects while working at the Boston-based firm Elkus Manfredi Architects.
In 2010, Gregory received the AIA’s National Young Architects Award. The AIA specifically recognized his significant contributions to more livable communities, better connected neighborhoods, and more durable and sustainable urban environments. Gregory is a registered architect in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and he is a LEED accredited professional.
Gregory serves on the Board of Directors at the Boston Society of Architects and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Boston Architectural College. Greg has been invited to speak on issues in design, sustainability, and urban development, and he enjoys participating in community engagement events related to these topics.
Troy Depeiza, Principal
Troy Depeiza is originally from Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados. He has lived in the U.S. since 1990 and earned his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology. Prior to co-founding DREAM Collaborative, Troy worked as a project architect and project manager at top Boston area design firms including Perkins + Will, Elkus Manfredi Architects, and Arrowstreet Architects.
Troy is highly skilled in the technical execution of building and urban renewal projects as well as in facilitating a collaborative effort between owners, consultants, neighborhoods, city officials, and contractors to ensure a smooth construction process and timely project completion. Troy’s commitment to superior client service and his strong collaborative spirit have won him lasting relationships with clients and design and construction professionals throughout Massachusetts. Troy lives in Lowell, Massachusetts with his wife and two children. He enjoys running and is an active member of his church. He is also a member of the Lowell Historic Board.
Harmony Larson, Marketing Director
Harmony Larson has been working with Gregory Minott and Troy Depeiza since 2006 when all three were employees of Elkus Manfredi Architects. Harmony manages strategic communication including DREAM Collaborative’s website and newsletter, and is responsible for oversight of proposals, presentations, events, public relations, photography, and other marketing and business development initiatives. Harmony is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Boston and earned a certificate in Graphic Design from Boston University.
Gregory Mateo, Operations Manager
Gregory Mateo brings significant experience in office management and business administration, as well as a strong foundation in drafting and design. His responsibilities span day-to-day operations including supporting accounting, project teams, and marketing, as well as managing IT issues, human resources, and creating and implementing new systems. In addition to managing office operations, Gregory is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Architecture at the Boston Architectural College.
Paul Brouillette, Project Manager
Paul Brouillette brings extensive experience in project managerial responsibilities of numerous building types from conceptual design through CA. Paul is a registered architect in Massachusetts and holds a BArch from the BAC as well as a BA in English and Theater from UMass Boston. Paul’s prior experience includes time at Perkins+Will, Elkus Manfredi Architects, and Warren Freedenfeld & Associates. Paul serves as a mentor to IDP candidates, is a member of the BSA and USGBC, and is a guest critic at the BAC studios.
Jean Vatelia, Project Manager / DREAM Development
Jean Vatelia has over 25 years of extensive experience in project management, facilities management, space planning and building operations. As project manager for DREAM Collaborative’s development arm, DREAM Development, Jean will oversee the 24 Westminster Avenue project in Roxbury. Winner of the City of Boston’s Housing Innovation Competition, the project will transform a long vacant parcel into a moderate density, 12-unit multi-generational development. His prior experience includes serving as project manager and manager of facilities for Whittier Street Health Center; working with Janey Co. and Northeastern as their Resident Engineer/Clerk of the Works; and as Construction Field Engineer for the Central Artery Tunnel Project.
Kyle Tornow, Senior Technical Architect
Kyle Tornow brings over 25 years of experience in complex building design, detailing, and construction administration. His professional achievements include directing the development of project data filing systems and document standards. As Senior Technical Architect, Kyle provides leadership in document production standards and processes, quality assurance and quality control, and develops technical strategies that support design objectives. His experience includes work with leading Boston design firms including Elkus Manfredi Architects, CBT, and Payette. Early in his career, Kyle also worked for the internationally reknowned firm Kohn Pedersen Fox in their London office. He is a graduate of Syracuse University and has held instructor positions for design studios at Syracuse and Boston Architectural College. Kyle has traveled extensively throughout the US, Canada, the UK, Europe, and the Middle East.
Sara Kudra, Project Architect / Designer
Sara Kudra is a registered architect with over 8 years of experience. As Project Architect/Designer, she provides design leadership, generates innovative and responsive design solutions, and coordinates consultants. Sara’s experience includes work with Stantec and Tsoi/Kobus & Associates. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and a member of the BSA Membership Committee and Community Preservation Coalition Technical Assistance Group. Sara has served as a guest design critic at Wentworth, Cornell, and RISD.
David Franck, Job Captain
David Franck is an experienced designer who has worked on all phases of architectural design and construction administration for both new buildings and renovation projects. Prior to joining DREAM Collaborative, David worked for Stantec (formly ADD Inc.). David earned his Master’s degree at the Spitzer School of Architecture of the City College of New York.
Natasa Gajic, Job Captain
Natasa Gajic is a graduate of the University of Architecture in Florence, Italy where she earned a master’s degree. She is a licensed architect in Italy/Europe and is currently working on professional licensure in New York while representing DREAM in the office of Handel Architects for MP-Boston’s Winthrop Square tower project. Natasa’s early experience includes time at Massimilano Fuksas Studio, Rome and LOT-EK in New York City. More recently, she has been involved in numerous residential projects for other NYC firms. DREAM is excited about the global viewpoint and technical expertise Natasa brings and looks to the Winthrop Square project and beyond.
Lara Neubauer, Marketing Coordinator
Lara Neubauer is a dedicated, results-driven professional who brings valuable marketing and leadership support to DREAM. Lara coordinates the creation of high quality proposals, presentations, and correspondences, as well as business development schedules, tracking, and anything else that requires her knack for organization and collaborative style. Lara brings people together, makes people laugh, and gets things done.
Kevin Cespedes, Job Captain
Kevin Cespedes brings 20 years of diverse design experience to DREAM. Kevin earned his Master’s degree in Architecture and Urbanism at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London. Prior to joining DREAM Collaborative, Kevin worked for a number of Boston firms including JCJ Architecture and Elkus Manfredi Architects.
Michael Paganetti, Job Captain
Michael Paganetti is an experienced designer who has worked on all phases of architectural design and construction administration for both new buildings and renovation projects. Prior to joining DREAM Collaborative, Michael worked for CBT Architects. Michael earned his Master’s degree at the Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Opalia Meade, Designer
Opalia Meade earned a Masters degree at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and Architecture in Philadelphia. Opalia’s academic experience includes an internship with Jan Mitsui & Associates in Tokyo, Japan as well as space design & utilization internship experience at MassMutual Insurance Co. DREAM welcomes Opalia’s commitment to great design and consciousness about the impact of design on surrounding communities, both local and global.
Lingfei Liu, Junior Designer
Lingfei comes to DREAM from the Rhode Island School of Design where he earned a Masters Degree of Interior Architecture (Adaptive Reuse). Before coming to the US for graduate study, Lingfei majored in Furniture Design in his undergraduate in China within multiple internships in Industrial Design and Landscape Architecture. Lingfei brings strong technical and graphic rendering skills which he continues to polish on the job. Outside of work, he enjoys basketball, archery, snowboarding and travelling, especially by car. Before coming to DREAM, he road tripped through 10 states from Miami to San Francisco.
Ashani Logan, Junior Designer
Ashani Logan was a recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship and received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Syracuse University. He is originally from Portmore, Jamaica and migrated to the U.S. in 2009. Ashani joined DREAM Collaborative in 2016 as an intern and returned as a junior designer in 2017. He is currently working in New York City, representing DREAM Collaborative in the office of Handel Architects for MP-Boston’s Winthrop Square tower project.