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Future Expansion was founded on the belief that the future provides us with the opportunity to constantly improve on the past, that previous solutions should not preclude new inventions, and that architecture and urban design are meaningful cultural tools in this endeavor.


Future Expansion provides design and consulting services for architectural and urban projects, including housing, public space, commercial, and master planning efforts. The office works both independently and collaboratively, with partnerships in and outside of the profession, and always with the goal of broadening our projects’ value and positive impact.

FE is a registered WBE in New York City and New York State.


Deirdre McDermott (AIA) received her B.Arch from the Cornell University School of Architecture. Prior to establishing FE, she worked in the offices of SOM, CCS and, most recently, as a Director at Moed de Armas & Shannon (MdeAS). At MdeAS, she led projects for major developers in New York working on commercial properties and privately owned public spaces throughout the city. Deirdre is a registered architect in New York State.

Nicholas McDermott (RA, LEED AP) received his BA in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania, and his M.Arch from the Yale University School of Architecture. At Yale he was awarded the James Gamble Rogers Fellowship and the David Taylor Memorial Prize. He is currently on the faculty at Yale where he teaches graduate level design studios. Nicholas is a registered architect in New York State, is a LEED Accredited Professional, and serves on the Board of Directors at Design Advocates.


Henri Decrausaz
Max Martin
Deirdre McDermott
Nicholas McDermott
Pa Ramyarupa
Gerald Rubia


Future Expansion has an enthusiastic attitude for the creation of new architectural and urban possibilities and a desire to generate a new body of work for, and from, a changing city. The firm’s work has won awards locally and nationally and FE is a 2023 recipient of Architectural Record’s Design Vanguard.

In the early days of independent practice the office won an open RFP from the Brooklyn Academy of Music to develop an empty lot in the BAM Cultural District with a large-scale public art installation. The project, which involved collaborations with structural consultants, a contractor, an upstate sustainable materials start-up, a Brooklyn based painter, and a team of first year architecture students from Pratt, opened in June 2012. The office was also a finalist for adAPT NYC, an open RFP issued by the New York Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to build a high quality and affordable housing model for New York’s growing population of single-person households and was the winner of the Van Alen Institute’s annual invited competition for a temporary installation at the Flatiron Building’s north plaza. 

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Project Directory

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DESIGNER (ENTRY TO JUNIOR LEVEL): We are currently accepting applications for an open Designer position. Exceptional applicants should submit work samples and resumes for consideration. The ideal candidate will have 1-3 years of prior office experience and be able to provide recommendations and evidence of strong design skills. Portfolios and resumes may be sent to this address. We will communicate with potential candidates as things develop.

INTERNS (SUMMER 2024): FE is accepting internship applications. Positions are for a minimum of 4 months (approximately). Exceptional applicants should send portfolios and resumes to this address.


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