Joe Franchina


  • Architect/Director


  • Bachelor of Architecture (BArch)
  • Architectural History (MSc)


  • English
  • Spanish

Joe Franchina — Director

Key Data & Biography

In his thirteen-year tenure at Adjaye Associates,               Joe Franchina has directed an extensive number of projects, ranging in budgetary scale, and location. He currently heads the US office, based in New York, where he has been located for over a decade. He is credited with a thorough approach, the ability to manage contracts and project scheduling, document quality control and ensuring the successful delivery of projects within time and cost parameters. He also brings longstanding experience of delivering buildings and managing consultant teams both in New York and across the US.

He is presently responsible for the Smithsonian National Museum of African and American History and Culture – the firm’s biggest project to date, located on the National Mall near the Washington Monument, which is due to open later this year. Other projects in the US include the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, two public libraries in Washington DC, the Sugar Hill housing development in Harlem and the redesigned Ethelbert Cooper Gallery at Harvard’s Hutchins Center. In addition to the Smithsonian building, current projects are Colgate University Center for Arts, the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Linda Pace Foundation in San Antonio.

Joe previously worked for Adjaye Associates in London     on projects including a refurbishment for luxury store – Selfridges, art spaces – the Upper Room and the British Pavilion for renowned artist Chris Ofili. He played an integral role in the development of the Bernie Grant Arts Centre – a regeneration project in Tottenham. Between 2004 and 2007, he also served as project director for a number of US residential projects; LN House in Denver and Carriage House – a home for a private art collector, his elaborate collection and young family in New         York City.

Experience prior to Adjaye Associates includes 10 years at Mojo Stumer Associates in New York. He was the project architect for the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, which entailed a new building for the training of medical students. This project included landscape design over an area of several acres.