The company was founded in New York in 1991 by Vladimir Arsene AIA,OAR. Mr. Arsene’s associates are Ms. Cristiana Stefan OAR and Mr. Calin Negoescu OAR in Bucharest, Ms. Zzing Lee in New York and Mr. Onar Gerelioglu in Istanbul. The firm’s steady growth and success for almost twenty years began with the good fortune of winning an international design award for its first built-project (a bank headquarters) and continues today as recipient of the 2009 American Institute of Architects Merit Award for Design for an apartment building in Bucharest. Westfourth’s projects vary in scope, size and location ranging from luxury loft renovations in New York City to a New Canadian Embassy building, to a twenty-two story office tower. The firm’s reputation and high standards of excellence have attracted talented, young architects from around the world. It is with the talent and dedication of each of these individuals and an experienced, professional staff that Westfourth continues to work with its clients to achieve their goals and to address the challenges of contemporary architecture.
President and Design Principal of Westfourth, Vladimir Arsene has been practicing architecture for more than twenty-eight years. Since establishing Westfourth in 1991, he has led the firm in a diverse range of commercial, academic, residential and cultural projects. Mr. Arsene has been the recipient of numerous design awards, including two from the American Institute of Architects. His work has been published in the USA, Europe and Asia and exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Seoul, Frankfurt, Madrid and Bucharest.
Mr. Arsene received both his Bachelor’s and his Master’s Degrees in Architecture from the University of Bucharest, Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in Bucharest, Romania, in 1973 and 1976, respectively. He has been a member of the American Institute of Architects since 1993, and the Union of Architects of Romania since 2001.