About Us

ReThink Studio is a New York-based planning and design firm, whose mission is to solve intractable problems through holistic design strategies. The limiting feature of these problems is not scientific, but rather political. Therefore, the problems become solvable with a change of mindset.
Our interdisciplinary team of problem solvers has the tools necessary to rethink how these issues are addressed through our experience in architecture, technology, and entrepreneurial-thinking, transcending the limitations of traditional binary methodologies.
We are open to working with private developers, transit agencies, architecture firms, and advocacy groups, tailoring our product and scope to each clients’ needs.

Our Team


Jim Venturi
Founder, Principal Designer
(212) 420‑9075 ext.212


Jim Venturi is the founder and prin­ci­pal designer of ReThink Studio and ReThinkNYC. Through his expe­ri­ences in infor­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, plan­ning, and archi­tec­ture, Venturi focuses on solv­ing the infra­struc­tural, social and eco­nomic chal­lenges of trans­porta­tion plan­ning.

This holis­tic approach is reflected in both his work at ReThink Studio and his past work as a net­work archi­tect, bridg­ing ana­lyt­i­cal and cre­ative assets by build­ing early tech­nol­ogy net­works and devel­op­ing soft­ware. He founded Creative Technologies, a bou­tique sys­tems inte­gra­tion tech­nol­ogy firm cater­ing to archi­tects and design­ers. In 1996, the com­pany shifted focus to design­ing and imple­ment­ing email and net­work migra­tions for Fortune 1000 com­pa­nies.

Venturi’s work expe­ri­ence in archi­tec­ture and urban plan­ning comes from work­ing with archi­tects in his early career and teach­ing archi­tec­ture stu­dents CADsoft­ware at Parsons School of Design.  He gained fur­ther expe­ri­ence more recently from the pro­duc­tion of Bob and Denise, a fea­ture film in post-pro­duc­tion about the renowned archi­tects Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown.

Venturi is the 2015 recip­i­ent of the James Parks Morton Promise for the Future Award, which was given in part to rec­og­nize the ReThinkNYC project.

Aurelie Barbier
Urban Planner
(212) 420‑9075 ext.234


Aurelie is an urban planner and civil engineer with over 10-years of professional experience in the field of planning. Prior to ReThink Studio, she worked as a planner in Switzerland where she led various large-scale master plans for development agencies (World Bank, AFD-French Development Agency) in European and Global South cities. Aurelie holds a Masters degree from INSA de Lyon-Urban Institute (IUL) and is also completing a Master of City & Regional Planning degree at Pratt Institute.

Cezar Nicolescu
Urban Designer
(212) 420‑9075 ext.201


Cezar holds a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University, and a Bachelor in Architecture as well as in Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has worked in the United States, France, Morocco, and Italy on projects of all scales. He has taken on a var­ied assort­ment of research projects at Columbia University.

Lane Rick
(212) 420‑9075 ext.203


Lane is a registered architect in New York. In addition to her work with ReThink Studio, she is a co-founder of the Brooklyn- and San Francisco-based studio Office of Things. She also writes and draws about things and ideas that are interesting, including Times Square, chinatowns, and storefront churches.  Lane’s drawings have been shown in galleries in Shanghai, Toronto, New York, and Atlanta. Lane received her Master of Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture in 2012.

Team Members

Karim Ahmed
Feasibility Analyst
(212) 420‑9075 ext.272


Karim is a New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn. He grad­u­ated from The Cooper Union in 2013 with a Bachelor of Architecture.  Following grad­u­a­tion and research in North Africa and Southern Europe, he worked in New York City for three years on a range of archi­tec­tural projects includ­ing res­i­den­tial, com­mer­cial, pub­lic hous­ing and stage/gallery plan­ning. He has also worked with a vari­ety of con­trac­tors and fab­ri­ca­tors for inte­rior con­struc­tion, fur­ni­ture and instal­la­tions. He joined Rethink Studio in August 2016.

Liam Blank
Transportation Analyst
(212) 420‑9075 ext.234


Liam is an urbanist and a mass transit expert. He has worked in Rhode Island, New Jersey and New York on various projects in the fields of planning, policy and urban design. As an advocate for public transit, Liam co-founded the New Jersey Commuters Action Network (NJCAN) before joining ReThink Studio in June 2015 as a Transportation Analyst. He received his Bachelor’s in Planning and Public Policy from the Edward J. Bloustein School at Rutgers University.

Diego Gonzalez
(212) 420‑9075 ext.235


Diego has worked as an architectural designer in both New York and Guatemala on projects that focus on reactivating underused public spaces. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from The Cooper Union.

Yubi Park
(212) 420‑9075 ext.222


Yubi is a New York-based designer. He has previously worked at architecture offices and boutique studios in New York on var­i­ous urban-scale projects. He has co-authored and published a research project on stormwa­ter man­age­ment and urban resiliency during his time at Pratt Institute from where he received a Bachelor of Architecture.

Join the Team

ReThink Studio is built on our team of exceptionally talented architects, designers, and planners dedicated to the mission of the Studio. Our office environment is a cross between an architecture firm and a tech start up. We have a collaborative atmosphere that involves constant learning and new challenges with each project we take on. 

We are looking for those who share the same values, talent and dedication to the work we do. Before you decide to apply, please learn about our work through this website, ReThinkNYC.org or the Plan 2050 page.

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310 Riverside Drive #1906
New York, NY 10024

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