bios-rich-hilerRich Hiler, LEED®AP


Rich has worked for Essential Design + Build and has been a member of the ATCO Organization since 1999. His commercial and residential interior work spans projects both large scale and intimate from warehouse-to-office conversions, corporate interiors and elaborately designed residential homes. Rising through the ranks of the organization his experience and leadership now steers the ed+b team- a position he has held since 2013.

Rich holds a BS in Construction Management from Roger Williams University, and is an active fundraiser for several charities throughout the NYC community. Passionate about interior design and sustainability, he is a LEED Accredited Professional, a NYC Home Improvement Salesperson and a Certified Passive House Tradesperson. He is President of his condominium board of directors and resides in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.

Chris Pettusbios-chris-pettus

Senior Project Manager

Chris brings to Essential Design + Construction 21 years of experience with Atco Construction and over 38 years of experience overall, having worked as a laborer, carpenter, foreman, field supervisor and project manager.  He has extensive knowledge of new construction and commercial and medical facilities renovations, and has overseen the lobby renovations of 630 3rd Avenue and 20 West 57th Street, the gut renovation of Atlas Cafe on Central Park South, and high-end residential renovations and commercial build-outs in properties throughout the city.

Gwenaël Kerlidou

Project Manager

Born and educated in France, Gwenaël Kerlidou came into the construction world via sculpture fabrication. His trajectory started with work as a finish carpenter, then as a site super and finally, after a project management degree from NYU, as a Project Manager. For the last 18 years he has been honing his skills on high-end residential interior renovations, coordinating teams of architects, designers and engineers. He has also developed close relationships with the trades and is equally comfortable on traditional and modern designs. His past projects range from loft renovations in Tribeca, Soho or Chelsea to luxury apartments and townhouses on the upper east and west side.

Peter Cruz


Peter has 17 years of experience working for Atco, and 19 years of overall knowledge of the construction accounting industry.  He handles accounts payable, accounts receivable and collections for the department.  He insures that all subcontractors are properly licensed, insured, and paid on a timely basis.  He oversees the preparation and processing of purchase orders and change orders and helps ensure that all projects remain within budget.   His project management experience allows him to support the construction team in the field and in the office whenever the need arises.

Peter has an AA in Business Administration from BMCC and is a licensed New York real estate agent and notary public.


Paddy Lo

Cost Estimator

Paddy has worked as a senior cost estimator / quantity surveyor for more than 30 years for a variety of establishments. These establishments include cost consultant firms, general contractors and developer in U.S., UK and Hong Kong and have a wide experience in both building and civil engineering. During the period of his employment he has been involved in offices, residences, hospitals, schools, hotels, churches, retails, marine work and BP oilfield development.Paddy has a bachelor’s degree in Quantity Surveying from the University of Westminster in the U.K.

Esther Torres


Esther has 17 years of experience working for Atco and 26 years of overall administrative experience.   She supports our entire office staff and field crew.  Esther handles all administrative duties on all jobs including payroll, correspondence, filing, Submittal Logs, scheduling appointments and more. Esther is the glue that keeps our team together.

Brian Lewis

Design Director

Brian Lewis, LEED, AP has extensive experience in the design, management, and efficient delivery of complex and distinctive projects. Brian received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Texas, including a Fellowship to Oxford University. His Honors Thesis focused on the organically expressive modernism of Alvar Aalto. His museum work includes the Frederick Douglass Home & Museum, in Washington DC – his first independent commission. Brian’s commercial work, which includes luxury retail projects for Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, North Fork Bank, as well as the Pierre Hotel, was acknowledged as a “BEST OF” in Interior Design Magazine. Additionally, he co-designed the two multi-award winning Wright and Cafe3 restaurants at the Solomon R. Guggenheim museum, which were awarded the AIA Gold Medal, Hospitality Design’s Gold Key Award, and the prestigious James Beard award. This is in addition to the design of furniture pieces for Ligne Roset, the design patent for a lighting collection for Swarovski, and the design and completion of dozens of luxury residential, hospitality, commercial, and restaurant projects in New York, Washington, San Diego, and Austin.


Andres Jaramillo


Andrés is an Architectural Designer with a broad experience in commercial and residential projects. Coming from a multinational corporation he has the professional aptitude to tackle big projects with speed and accuracy in commercial interior and exterior design managing the creative production of high quality architectural design all around the country. With a background in residential construction he has been exposed to the inner processes involved in high end projects and the experience that comes from working in the field as well. He’s a solution seeker to unique design challenges. Andres holds two Bachelor of Science degrees that complement his professional career. An BS in ISM-Drafting & Design from Hodges University in Naples, Florida and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.

Megan Ravey


Born in Venezuela and educated in New York, Megan graduated from Pratt Institute with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design. With an aptitude for spatial design, configuration and conceptual thinking, Megan utilizes her skills to enhance the human experience within a space. During her time at Essential Design + Build she has aided the design team on an array of commercial and residential projects from both the design perspective as well as field execution with work spanning gut apartment renovations overlooking Central Park to Garment District office installations.