Amanda Martocchio, founder and design principal of AMA, has been designing since she was a young child growing up in the Colorado foothills, using rocks and sticks to create miniature dwellings. Amanda spent her early career in New York City working on large-scale cultural and commercial buildings, yet soon realized that she preferred designing projects at closer range that could impact lives more personally. She went on to establish Amanda Martocchio Architecture in New Canaan, Connecticut, savoring the fact that the community was home to innovative mid-century residential design. Ms. Martocchio studied architecture at Cornell (B. Arch) and Harvard (M. Arch), as well as informally during her extensive travels in Italy, while living and working there. She is a licensed architect in New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island, long-term AIA member and LEED-certified professional of USGBC. Amanda is active as a volunteer in her local community, having served for seven years as a Trustee at St. Luke’s School where she co-chaired the Building Committee’s school expansion projects. She currently serves as an adviser to the New Canaan Library new building project, the Canaan Parish Redevelopment Housing Project, and is a member of the New Canaan Tourism and Economic Development Commission. Other pro bono work her studio has completed includes the design and construction of health clinics for the not-for-profit Clinica Verde in rural Nicaragua, for which the firm received an AIA CT Design Award in 2019. When she is not in her studio working, Amanda can be found spending time with her family, practicing yoga, or enjoying contemporary art.
Cameron Cole Carcelen
Cameron is involved in all aspects of residential and commercial projects at AMA, and handles the firm's marketing and community partnerships. Before joining AMA, she taught architectural design studio and developed a course on sustainable design principles at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador. She also volunteered with Quito's Office of Historic Districts, supporting efforts to protect architecturally significant buildings and districts ranging from the sixteenth century colonial period through twentieth century Modernism.
She earned a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon, where she served as a graduate teaching fellow, and a BA from New York University. After living in South America and in Oregon, Cameron returned to Fairfield County, where she grew up, to raise her family. She spends much of her free time gardening with her kids and tinkering with her historic farmhouse.
Brian Foster is a Licensed Architect and is currently working on a number of residential and commercial projects at AMA. Brian has over 15 years of experience with private and public sector projects across the United States and abroad. His design and management includes commercial, high-end residential, high rise towers, and mixed-use projects. Prior to joining AMA, Brian worked in New York City at REX and Bjarke Ingels Group where he designed and managed a number of award winning projects.
Brian has a Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan, and has taught or been a guest juror at a number of universities. His personal and professional work has been included in the Venice Biennale and the Museum of Modern Art, amongst others. Brian is an avid skier and enjoys spending time with his family in Fairfield County.
Leander is a licensed architect with experience in both the United States and the United Kingdom. After receiving her BA from Yale University and her M.Arch from the University of Pennsylvania, Leander worked for five years at Selldorf Architects in Manhattan.At Selldorf she acted as Project Architect for apartment and townhouse renovations, art gallery additions and retail projects. Leander gained further design and construction experience in London where she worked as a Senior Architect for Space Agency Architecture.At Space Agency, Leander managed diverse residential projects ranging from the renovation of a Victorian townhouse to the design of a pre-fab penthouse addition.Leander’s experience ranges from concept design through to construction administration. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her family and volunteering as an elected member of the Greenwich RTM and on its Land Use Committee.
Carol handles all of AMA’s bookkeeping and financial record keeping. She manages client invoicing and vendor payments for all residential and commercial projects.
She earned a BA in Business Education from Sacred Heart University and began her career teaching business classes. She later joined her family’s business, helping grow it to a thriving construction management practice. Presently, in addition to her work with AMA, she provides a local non-profit with bookkeeping services.
Carol raised her family in Fairfield County and spends time with her four grandchildren, attending their various activities.