Jeff Soler is the founder and principal at Soler Architecture. With a rigorous approach and high-concept style, the firm takes a “human approach” to architecture to create unexpected, engaging and comfortable spaces that are modern, yet classic.
With a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991 and a Master of Architecture from the University of Washington in 1995, Jeff is professionally licensed in both New York and California. He worked in Seattle for Lane Williams Architect on several high-end residential projects. He then moved to New York to work at the office of Peter Himmelstein Design, collaborating on the design of several projects for nationally known graphic design and entertainment companies, and converted turn-of-the-century warehouses in Manhattan into modern live-work spaces. Prior to founding Soler Architecture, Jeff Soler worked as a project manager and architect on several school and museum projects at Michael Maltzan Architecture in Los Angeles.
Educated in New York and France, Nicole brings a unique perspective to Soler and a keen sense of how to embody the human scale in cities. Having grown up in the Caribbean, she has a deep understanding and appreciation of the importance of site placement as it pertains to views, fenestration, light, and ventilation.
A graduate of the City College of New York’s architecture school, she holds a Master of Science degree in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University. Nicole then worked as an urban designer with Columbia University’s Urban Technical Assistance Project, an urban extension program that provides planning and design assistance primarily to community-based organizations. After moving to San Diego, Nicole worked on several mixed-use residential projects and hotels. As project manager, one of her most notable project was an affordable housing high-rise in downtown San Diego that became the city’s first new structure to earn Gold LEED designation.
The challenge of crafting unique residential, work and entertainment spaces drives Carter. A graduate of USC’s prestigious Architecture program, she also specialized in 3D animation. As a Los Angeles native, Carter attended Harvard-Westlake school where her desire to design and build was fostered. Her school’s art classes, including sketching and pottery, enabled her to create and then display her ideas for others to enjoy. She found that she relished the feedback she received about her creations from her peers and teachers. Since joining Soler Architecture, Carter has worked on a variety of projects including the Kingston residence and the Bandrika sound studio, and has enjoyed helping to problem solve items ranging from acoustical details to code issues. Now a project manager, she guides projects through all aspects of design, from concept to contract administration.
Evyn loves the act of creating and problem-solving. A graduate of USC’s top-notch School of Architecture, she led the university’s team as project manager in the 2013 US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. The project involved a 1,000 square-foot, solar-powered house that catered to the Southern California lifestyle. With Soler Architecture, Evyn has enjoyed a variety of design problems and projects, from the technicalities of sound studio acoustics to the intimacies of single family homes and sheer scale of multifamily buildings. She now works as a project manager, guiding designs from conception through construction. A native Californian who loves the outdoors, including hiking and rock climbing, Evyn is an avid fan of the arts, design and science.
Merve has a strong passion for design and is adeptly facile in project ideation and documentation. She enjoys working on projects that range in complexity and scale from single-family homes to large multi-story buildings. Her skills in 3D digital formats are a key asset to the firm as it allows our clients to have a better understanding of the spaces and structures we create for them. Merve has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture/Landscape/Interiors from Otis College of Art and Design where she excelled in studio and won several student design competitions. Prior to joining Soler Architecture, Merve worked as a designer in a start-up architecture firm developing high-end multi-family residences and creative office buildings. She enjoys guiding the design through all stages of development, from concept to contract administration.
As an architectural designer at Soler Architecture, Madina works closely on all aspects of projects, from design concept to contract administration, and brings a valuable knowledge of detailing to the team. Prior to joining the company, Madina worked on one of New York City’s most luxurious high-rise conversion projects, Crown Tower. This project involved converting and remodeling the interior of an existing historic building from offices to hospitality and residential uses. While working on the project, Madina honed her code research and space planning skills, and learned about project coordination and interior finishes. She also has experience working on smaller building typologies such as commercial spaces and single-family homes. Madina has a Bachelor's of Architectural Technology from CUNY’s New York City College of Technology.
In awe of exploration and architecture, Marieh moved to America from Iran to traverse through different perspectives of life. She completed her undergraduate studies in Architecture, followed by a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture at the University of Tehran. In 2015, she earned a master's degree in Architecture & Urban Planning at UCLA under the supervision of Pritzker Prize–winning architect, Thom Mayn. Marieh has worked on a wide variety of projects including single-family homes, residential developments, commercial buildings and multi-unit mixed-use projects. Her professional experiences at both a development company and an architecture firm in Los Angeles have given her project management and design skills. She has developed cost-conscious, yet innovative and human-oriented projects from the early stages of design to entitlement, permitting and construction sets. Amazed by nature, science and literature, Marieh enjoys exploring, spontaneous moments, national parks and rock climbing.