Our Philosophy/

OP/A (“opa”) is the Brooklyn-based, design office of Aria Jahanshahi, established in 2015.  We aim to provide design services accessible to all client bases while exploring nostalgia and memory as creators of place.  We believe that through minimal and thoughtful design interventions, the user has the opportunity to read his or her space, contextualize the experience and transcend the original reading.  This is the making of place.  It is rooted in the familiar.

With a wide range of experience in residential, commercial and garden projects, we distinguish ourselves through our collaborative approach to design and our ability to guide clients through each step of the permitting and building processes.  Through our rigorous study of our clients' wants and needs, we develop a space that not only fulfills its function but exceeds expectations.

Who we are/

Principal Aria Jahanshahi

 After graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture and a Minor in Philosophy from the University of Kentucky, Aria moved to the Adirondacks to work for the Arts and Crafts architecture firm of Andrew Chary.  Aria took part in the renovation and alteration of several historical great camps.   After transferring to the firm's Westchester branch, Aria's projects consisted of new, modern weekend estates.  In 2011, he relocated to Manhattan to work with Richard H. Lewis Architect.  A firm which created the modern template for New York City restaurant design.  Aria worked at Brooklyn based MESH Architectures, a hybrid architectural practice which pushes the boundaries of traditional architecture by fostering interactions with new technologies. As a designer and project manager, he oversaw the development and completion of a multitude of projects including the Made in New York Media Center.  Aria has been a volunteer with Storefront for Art and Architecture.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture and a Minor in Philosophy from the University of Kentucky, Aria moved to the Adirondacks to work for the Arts and Crafts architecture firm of Andrew Chary.  Aria took part in the renovation and alteration of several historical great camps.   After transferring to the firm's Westchester branch, Aria's projects consisted of new, modern weekend estates.  In 2011, he relocated to Manhattan to work with Richard H. Lewis Architect.  A firm which created the modern template for New York City restaurant design.  Aria worked at Brooklyn based MESH Architectures, a hybrid architectural practice which pushes the boundaries of traditional architecture by fostering interactions with new technologies. As a designer and project manager, he oversaw the development and completion of a multitude of projects including the Made in New York Media Center.  Aria has been a volunteer with Storefront for Art and Architecture.

Garden Designer Erin Eck

  Erin is a Senior Gardener at the High Line and an ISA-certified arborist. After graduating from Oberlin College in 2005, she discovered a love for plants while working on a small farm. Her subsequent work in soil ecology deepened her understanding of healthy, functional landscapes and drew her into ornamental horticulture. Erin has managed wetland, meadow, and native gardens. As a designer, she creates low-maintenance gardens evocative of natural landscapes. Her plant palettes balance color, texture, and structure to create spaces that have year-round beauty.

Erin is a Senior Gardener at the High Line and an ISA-certified arborist. After graduating from Oberlin College in 2005, she discovered a love for plants while working on a small farm. Her subsequent work in soil ecology deepened her understanding of healthy, functional landscapes and drew her into ornamental horticulture. Erin has managed wetland, meadow, and native gardens. As a designer, she creates low-maintenance gardens evocative of natural landscapes. Her plant palettes balance color, texture, and structure to create spaces that have year-round beauty.