728 East 136th Street #7
Bronx, New York 10454
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.
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 Refom Architecture worked as a contract draftsman for a variety of firms (Propylaea, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, 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, Karimworked as a shop draftsman for subcontractors on projects ranging from exotic hardwood carpentry to structural steel assembly construction.
Outside of his architectural practice, Karim writes poetry, practices jiu-jitsu and volunteers for an organization that provides aid to undocumented immigrants.
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 latest installation Sitting Together, built by Reform Architecture, is currently on view at the Joyce Kilmer Park in The Bronx.
Dionisio Cortes received his Bachelor of Architecture from the Coahuila State University and holds a Master's of Fine Arts from Hunter College. He has completed courses in Construction Administration, and Building Restoration Technology. He is licensed to practice architecture in Mexico.
Dionisio Cortes, carries forward thirty-six years of professional experience including project planning, design, and construction for a wide range of private and public buildings. Since graduating in 1982, he founded several design firms in northern Mexico, including: Chroma, Diseña, and Artectura. All of them earning special reputation in design and construction. Mr. Cortes’ firm Artectura designed, managed and built a series of successfully executed Cultural Centers for a Teachers Union. After relocating to New York City, he joined the firm of Ivan Brice Architecture from 1999 to 2010. Prior to joining Reform Architecture, Mr. Cortes worked as an independent architectural consultant in NYC metropolitan area, specializing in the development of technical specifications and construction detailing.
Mr. Cortes has ample experience working with city agencies such as NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) and School Construction Authority (SCA). He has filed and managed numerous historic exterior restoration projects with NYC Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC).
In addition, Mr. Cortes also holds over 30 years of experience as an architectural illustrator. His vibrant but accurate drawing technique brings to each illustration a fresh, yet elegant style.