Reform Architecture is a Bronx-based architecture practice founded by Karim Ahmed and Dionisio Cortes Ortega in 2017. Reform Architecture strive to provide clients with balanced professional design services: focus on the project goal; respect for time and budget; and an analytical, creative, and sustainable approach to finding solution to every design challenge.

In addition, our firm is committed to the study of the built environment with a critical and analytical eye to produce respectful, sustainable, and socially beneficial architecture. We value simple and minimal design, primarily not only because of the lower costs, but also because of the smaller footprint it has on the environment. 


The team of professionals and creatives have extensive experience in the field of multistory residential buildings, high-end residential homes, art exhibition spaces, and restaurants. 

Reform Architecture is a NYC Certified MBE business. 


Karim Ahmed, RA, AIA


Karim graduated from The Cooper Union with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2013. He is a registered architect in the State of New York and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Bronx Chapter. 

His experience prior to founding Reform Architecture worked as a contract draftsman for a variety of firms (Propylaea, AGA Architects, JFA Associates) primarily on official filing sets, construction documents and construction administration, mostly in luxury residential renovations and ground-up multi-family residential buildings. Additionally, Karim worked as a shop draftsman for subcontractors on projects ranging from exotic hardwood carpentry to structural steel assembly construction.  

He is a part-time faculty member at Parsons School of Design at the New School where he was a 2020 faculty fellow at the Urban Systems Lab. Karim co-founded and sits on the board of Pillars of Peace, an organization dedicated to ending cycles of domestic violence.  

Dionisio Cortes Ortega, RA, AIA


Dionisio Cortes Ortega graduated from the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union in 2009. He is a registered architect in the State of New York and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Bronx Chapter.


While at Selldorf Architects Mr. Cortes Ortega worked on the expansion to Christie's Auction House exhibition space in the Rockefeller Center, the schematic phase for the expansion of the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, the design development for a twenty one story apartment building at 110 University place, and a 10,000 square foot residence located upstate New York.


During his time at HapstakDemetriou+, Mr. Cortes Ortega worked on more than a dozen restaurants projects including Roses Luxury, an eclectic American restaurant named the new best restaurant in 2014, by Bon Appetit. In addition, he worked on Gypsy Soul restaurant for the James Beard chef RJ Cooper, and was part of the design team for a number of restaurants for the Mediterranean franchise CAVA Grill.

Apart from his architectural practice, Dionisio designs sculptures and is a part time photographer. His two latest installation are: 

  • Sitting Together, built by Reform Architecture, was on view at the Joyce Kilmer Park in The Bronx in 2019.

  • Croton Arch of Triumph, a sculpture/monument that is currently showing at the Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens. 




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Bronx, New York 10454