Andrew Klemmer
Andrew Klemmer

Andrew founded Paratus Group in 1997 to provide focused consulting for cultural projects involving complex programs, exceptional design, intricate construction, and highly creative global teams. With over thirty years of experience, Andy plays a key leadership role in each project undertaken by Paratus Group.

Paratus grew out of a project that began in 1991, when Andy was chosen to oversee the expansion of the landmarked Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on Manhattan’s Museum Mile. Subsequently, he was asked to play a key role directing the planning and programming of Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain. Andy founded Paratus Group in order to provide these services to other cultural institutions. Paratus is unique in the field in that they take a leadership role in programming, planning and budgeting new institutions and they follow through by overseeing all of the design and construction. We believe that all the decisions involved from beginning to the end of a project should be guided by the same principles and goals that defined the project at its inception.

Paratus provided Project Direction services for the completed Morgan Library expansion with Renzo Piano, the Toledo Glass Pavilion with SANAA, the McNay Art Museum expansion with Jean Paul Viguier, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum expansion with Renzo Piano, the Perez Art Museum with Herzog de Mueron, the Kimbell Art Museum with Renzo Piano, and most recently Grace Farms with SANAA. We also restored the Guggenheim Museum in 2008. Currently we are consulting with The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw on a Tom Phifer Building, expanding the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, building the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and the Berggruen Institute in Los Angeles.

Andy is actively engaged in the architecture community, serving as a guest critic at Yale University School of Architecture and as a speaker at industry events, as well as on advisory panels for civic projects, such as the new Tappan Zee Bridge. He holds bachelor’s degrees in economics and environmental studies from Bowdoin College.

Robert Portnoff
Robert Portnoff

Project Director

Robert joined Paratus Group in 2005 and has taken the lead role in many high-profile projects. Robert worked with Andy on early planning, programming, and balancing for the Perez Art Museum Miami, the Kimbell Art Museum expansion, and Grace Farms. He personally managed the McNay Art Museum expansion, the Perez design and construction, as well as the renovation of the Young Arts campus in Miami.

Robert has over 20 years of experience in the design and management of a broad range of projects with architecture and design firms. He has served as a guest juror of student work at Columbia, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and New York University. He has led the development of panel discussions for the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums and participated in panel discussions with the American Alliance of Museums. Robert holds a bachelor of architecture from Syracuse University. He is licensed architect in the states of New York and New Jersey, is a member of the American Institutes of Architects, and is certified by the National Architectural Registration Board.

Antonio Dominguez
Antonio Dominguez

Project Director

Antonio joined Paratus Group in 2004 and has managed projects across programming, design, and construction phases. Currently, Antonio is directing the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures project in Los Angeles and previously directed the Kimbell Art Museum expansion. His extended portfolio of work includes the Perez Art Museum Miami, Grace Farms, the McNay Art Museum expansion, and the renovation and expansion of the Morgan Library and Museum.

Antonio has over 15 years of experience in architecture and construction management. Before Paratus Group, he worked for firms such as Centex Construction and Construcciones Metropoli in Colombia, on commercial, education, and healthcare construction projects. Antonio holds a graduate certificate in real estate from New York University and a bachelor of science in architecture from the University of Virginia.  He is a LEED accredited professional.

Pamela Torres
Pamela Torres

Project Manager

Pamela joined Paratus Group in 2005 and has managed projects in varying capacities. Most recently she directed the construction phase for Grace Farms and the exterior restoration of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. She has also assisted on the Perez Art Museum Miami, the Kimbell Art Museum expansion, the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion addition, programming for a cultural complex on a former industrial site in Hangzhou, and the Morgan Library and Museum expansion.

Previously, Pamela worked with architecture and design firms Rice + Lipka Architects, Wood and Zapata, Carlos Zapata Design Studio, and Brennan Beer Gorman Architects. Pamela completed graduate level coursework in advanced building technology at SUNY Buffalo, New York and holds a bachelor of science in architecture from the University of the Philippines. 

Denny Whitten
Denny Whitten

Project Manager

Denny joined Paratus Group in 2014 as the onsite project manager for construction of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts expansion.

Previously, Denny worked with Rafael Viñoly Architects as project architect and as a senior technical designer for Skidmore Owings & Merrill. Denny holds a bachelor of architecture from Northeastern University with a minor in urban studies and political science. 

Lauren Burdelsky
Lauren Burdelsky

Project Manager

Lauren joined Paratus Group in 2016 as an onsite project manager for construction of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles.

Previously, Lauren spent three years with Sciame Construction in New York City, where she managed the construction of Grace Farms in New Canaan, Connecticut. Prior to entering into construction management, Lauren worked as an interior architect in New York. Lauren holds a master of architecture degree from Pratt Institute.

Andrea Manning
Andrea Manning

Project Manager

Andrea joined Paratus Group in 2017 as the onsite project manager for the Berggruen Institute project in Los Angeles.

Andrea has over 10 years of experience in design and construction in architecture. Prior to joining Paratus Group, Andrea worked with Michael Maltzan Architects and Morphosis Architects in Los Angeles, California, and was a visiting lecturer at Rice University School of Architecture in Houston, Texas. Her portfolio of constructed work includes the Rice Moody Center for the Arts, the FLOAT House, and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. She has been a guest juror of student work within the architecture departments of UCLA, University of Southern California, Cal State Pomona, and Rice University. Andrea holds a Master’s of Architecture from Rice University, and a Bachelor’s of Art in Biology from The University of Texas at Austin. She is a licensed architect in the State of California and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

Cortez Crosby
Cortez Crosby

Assistant Project Manager

Cortez joined Paratus Group in 2017. He is currently managing projects for Storm King Art Center, an outdoor sculpture museum in New Windsor, NY, and New York Consolidated, a nonprofit space for art exhibitions and publishing in New York City, NY. Prior to these projects, Cortez worked on the Berggruen Institute in Los Angeles, CA and the National YoungArts Foundation in Miami, FL. Before joining Paratus Group, Cortez worked as an architect for SHoP Architects in New York City and DLR Group in Orlando, Florida. Cortez holds a Bachelor of Design in Architecture from the University of Florida and a Master of Architecture from Yale University. He is a licensed Architect in the state of New York.

Clint Smeltzer
Clint Smeltzer

Operations Manager

Clint joined Paratus Group in 2009 to manage project budgets, accounting, and contract administration. In addition, he currently oversees Paratus Group’s daily operations and HR.

Previously, Clint worked as a community planner in both the public and private sectors in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and he served as operations coordinator for the YMCA of Greater New York Association Offices. Clint holds a masters of arts (ABT) in social and public policy with a certificate in conflict resolution from Duquesne University, a bachelors of science in environmental studies and urban planning from Slippery Rock University, and is currently enrolled in an accounting certificate program at Baruch College.

Julianna Lieu
Julianna Lieu

Project Assistant

Julianna joined Paratus Group in 2007 and serviced a number of roles with the company. She began as an assistant project manager for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, after which she worked as a project manager for Grace Farms. She manages project budgets, accounting, and contract administration. In addition, she provides overall support to project directors and managers.

Previously, Julianna taught at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and worked with the M Group Architects & Interior Architects in Virginia. Julianna holds a master of architecture from the University of Michigan and a bachelor of science in architecture from the University of Virginia. She is a licensed architect in the state of New York.

Josh Mattly
Josh Mattly

Project Assistant

Josh joined Paratus Group in 2016 to manage project budgets, accounting, and contract administration.

Previously, he worked with the land surveying, civil and structural engineering firm BWE in San Diego in progressive clerical, financial and administrative roles from Database Administrator to Engineering Assistant and finally Contracts Administrator. Josh completed graduate-level coursework in economics at San Diego State University, and he holds a bachelor of science in economics from California State University, Bakersfield and an associate of arts degree in economics from Bakersfield College.