W. DOUGLAS ROMINES
Owner & Principal Architect
Douglas is the founder and Principal Architect of Romines Architecture. He is a registered architect in the State of New York and the State of New Jersey. Under his leadership, the Romines Architecture has been engaged to work with a wide range of clients, including multiple individual clients, developers, community institutions and governmental organizations. Current work in New York City includes eight new townhouses, the restoration of a historic townhouse located in the Upper East Side landmark district, a Buddhist community center for SGI-USA, and multiple retail stores for Moleskine-USA.
As an adjunct instructor at the New York Institute of Technology, Douglas he has taught several design studios in 2004, 2014, and 2016. He actively engages in both the creative and practical aspects of the firm’s design process, from drawing hand-sketches to reviewing technical documents.
Prior to founding Romines Architecture, Douglas was Senior Associate at Frederic Schwartz Architects, where he spent 15 years designing and building projects in New York City and across the world. During his tenure with Frederic Schwartz Architects, Douglas led some of the firms’ most prestigious award-winning projects, including the LEED Gold 250-unit mixed-income housing development at 40 West 116th Street, the new 13-acre Santa Fe Railyard Park for the Trust for Public Land, and the historic restoration of Snug Harbor Cultural Center Building E.
Between 1996 and 1998, Douglas worked in Germany, where he was involved in a number of historic renovations, master planning and design projects. His experience in Germany underscored the importance of a sustainable approach to building and urban design which he continues to put into use in daily practice.
Douglas is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design (B. Arch 1996), and he also studied architecture at the Technical University of Krakow in Poland and the Technical University of Dresden in Germany.
Senior Techical Architect
As Senior Technical Architect, Tza-Ping’s specific roles include oversight of construction details, contract documents and construction administration. Having completed his LEED accreditation in 2006, Tza-Ping also contributes to sustainable design projects and green building certification.
Tza-Ping previously worked at Frederic Schwartz Architects, where he was involved with a number of award-winning projects over a period of ten years. Tza-Ping contributed to the design, construction documentation and green building aspects of 40 W. 116th Street, a certified LEED Gold mixed-use building in Harlem with 250 residential units. Under his supervision, the exterior building facade was designed with attention to ensuring excellent thermal performance and reduced air infiltration.
Tza-Ping also contributed to the construction documents phase for numerous historic restoration projects, including the award-winning Snug Harbor Cultural Center Building E Restoration on Staten Island, the Cobble Hill Townhouse Renovation in Brooklyn, and the E. 65th Street German diplomatic residence.
Most recently, Tza-Ping has played a critical role in the firm’s ongoing work for the 16-acre AlJamea Tus Saifiyah university campus in Nairobi, Kenya. Tza-Ping continues to lead the technical review of construction documents produced by the local design team for 6 major campus buildings that are currently in construction.
Senior Architectural Designer
As Architectural Designer at Romines Architecture, Saranga contributes to each phase of our project from start through completion. She is involved with initial research and analysis, developing a project’s overall conceptual and schematic design approach, working on construction and contract documents, code reviews for compliance with Zoning Code, Building Code, and NYC Landmarks regulations, permitting, bidding and assisting with construction administration.
Most recently, Saranga has been a core team member for the Amity Street Townhouses, a series of 8 single-family residences in Cobble Hill Brooklyn. She has been involved with the design of the building exterior and interior.
Saranga’s project experience also includes work on the E.74th Street diplomatic residence, and the Park Avenue diplomatic residence. Both of these projects were renovations within historic buildings located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side Historic District. For the past five years, Saranga has also been involved with numerous renovation projects at the 23-story headquarter building for the Permanent Mission of Germany the United Nations in midtown Manhattan.
Ombretta helps develop and refine ideas for current projects at Romines Architecture, as well as for design competitions and proposals. She contributes to the conceptual and schematic design phases of our work and the production of construction documents.
Ombretta has recently worked on the amity street townhouses, a series of 8 ground-up single-family residences in Cobble Hill Brooklyn and on numerous designs for mixed-use and affordable developments at sites across New York City including Jamaica, flushing and Clinton Hill. Ombretta contributed to construction drawings for the first two phases of renovation at the E. 74th Street German diplomatic residence, and has previously been involved with work at the Permanent Mission of Germany. Ombretta’s project experience also includes a lead role on three high-profile retail locations for Moleskine in New York city and the 12-acre Aljamea university campus in Nairobi, Kenya.
Prior to her position at Romines Architecture, Ombretta worked at Frederic Schwartz Architects in New York City, and Dominique Perrault Architecture in Paris, France.