Once-Future Office

We’re makers and strategic thinkers who craft engaging brands, campaigns, and experiences.

We work closely with civic, cultural, and mission-driven organizations to communicate clearly to broad audiences.

Founded in 2012, We bring clarity to complex information across integrated brand identities, campaigns, information design, digital products, and environments. Our process is built upon a commitment to research, a love for systems, and a dedication to making smart, elegant design that brings ideas to life.

Once–Future Office is an award-winning, 100% MWBE-certified studio.

 

Services

Art Direction
Strategy
Branding
Campaign
Content Development
Environmental Design
Illustration
Publications
Signage and Wayfinding
Website Design
User Experience 

Like us, our clients and collaborators are passionate about what they do.

  • AIANY/Center for Architecture
  • AIGA/NY
  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery
  • AlexAllen Studio
  • Animal Care Centers of NYC
  • Bernheimer Architecture
  • Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation
  • The Bronx Museum of Art
  • Brookfield Properties
  • Cape Cod Modern House Trust
  • The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP)
  • Christies
  • Datadog
  • Eponymous Practice
  • GreeNYC
  • Historics Districts Council
  • International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF)
  • LEVER Architecture
  • Marvel
  • The Mash-Up Americans
  • Metropolis Magazine
  • Museum of the City of New York
  • National Park Service
  • New York City Campaign Finance Board
  • New York Comedy Festival
  • NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC)
  • NYC Department of Economic Development (EDC)
  • NYC Department of Health
  • NYC Mayor’s Office of Climate and Environmental Justice (MOCEJ)
  • NYC Mural Arts Project
  • NYC Votes
  • New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
  • The New York Times Magazine
  • OMA
  • Parsons The New School for Design
  • Portland State University
  • The Preservation Society of Newport County
  • Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
  • Smith-Miller+Hawkinson
  • SOM
  • Studio Gang
  • Storefront for Art and Architecture
  • TANKHOUSE
  • Times Square Alliance
  • Tishman Speyer
  • Travel+Leisure Magazine
  • The World Science Festival
  • Weiss Turkus Projects
  • Worrell Yeung
  • Young Projects
  • Van Alen Institute
  • ZGF

Meet our team.

Nikki Chung

Nikki Chung

Partner

Nikki is a partner and strategic director at Once–Future Office. She sets the stage for successful projects by aligning client objectives with creative potential. Her purpose-driven approach to strategy comes from her appreciation for community engagement, clarity, and inspiring new ideas. A Portland, OR native, Nikki excels at helping large groups—be it staff, community members, donors, or boards—find common ground on their objectives through her laid back but direct style. Nikki loves color, typography, details, and Dungjai’s mom’s cooking. A lifelong learner, she enjoys listening to podcasts (from geopolitical wonkery to Bachelor analysis), knitting, traveling, and watching her two young children grow. She looks forward to a day when she can explore the world with her kids. 

 

Nikki’s experience spans nearly 20 years across design studios, large agencies, fashion houses, magazines, and architecture firms. She has lectured and taught at the School of Visual Arts (SVA), Rhode Island School of Design, and the California College of the Arts. Nikki holds a BA in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley and an MFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design.

Nick Fogarty

Nick Fogarty

Senior Designer

Nick joined Once–Future Office in 2017. With a love for big-picture thinking, design systems, and making people smile, he’s designed identities, campaigns, and experiential work across mediums and touchpoints. Current and past projects include signage and wayfinding for the expanded Buffalo AKG Art Museum, a citywide multi-platform voting campaign with NYC Votes, exhibitions at the Center for Architecture and Storefront for Art & Architecture, and a brand identity and website for a community-based program of the NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene. Previously, Nick designed identity systems, art objects, and fashion campaigns at Sagmeister & Walsh and PlayLab, Inc. He studied Graphic Design at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Outside of the O–FFICE, he’s watching movies, baking, and trying hard.

Gilda Gross

Gilda Gross

Project Manager

A Brooklyn native, Gilda joined Once-Future Office in 2021. Coming from a background in architectural conservation and with a masters from Columbia University’s GSAPP, Gilda brings her love for research, design, and the built environment to the projects she manages at Once–Future. She prioritizes client satisfaction and ensures projects of all scopes and scales run smoothly, on schedule, and within budget. Recently managed projects include signage and wayfinding for the expanding campus of the Buffalo AKG Art Museum, a multi-channel voter engagement campaign for the city of NY, and signage and wayfinding for Brookfield’s two ground-up mixed-use towers in the Bronx. When she’s not making spreadsheets and firing off emails in O–FFICE, Gilda enjoys spending summers in Fire Island and being an auntie to three nieces and nephews.

Drianne Laliberte

Drianne Laliberte

Senior Designer

Drianne joined Once–Future Office in 2016. She is integral to a wide range of projects of different services and scales. Her work is driven by systematic solutions that delight and clarify information. Drianne has led the design on an exhibition surveying 60 years of public art in NYC at the Museum of the City of New York, an animal-friendly signage and wayfinding system for the Brooklyn Animal Care Center, a brand identity and website for LEVER Architecture, and a 274-page creative business strategy book for Emily Cohen. She draws inspiration from other art forms such as culinary arts, dance choreography, photography, and music production. Drianne studied Communication Design at the University of Connecticut and at Central Saint Martins in London. Her favorite place in the world is within the valley of Yosemite National Park.

Dungjai Pungauthaikan

Dungjai Pungauthaikan

Partner

Dungjai is a co-founder and Creative Director of Once-Future Office. A big picture systems-thinker who loves connecting design, people, and the built environment, she sees potential in all things and brings unmatched creative vision to the studio. A first-generation Thai-Chinese American and native Californian (LBC!), she leads our teams and projects with warmth and patience while getting shit done. Dungjai is an award winning designer whose work has been recognized by the Art Directors Club, Type Directors Club, Print Regional Design Annual, the Society of Publication Designers, and the Van Alen Institute. With her hands-on approach, she has led multi-channel campaigns for NYC, identity systems for leading practices within the architecture and design industry, exhibitions for renowned cultural institutions, and wayfinding for world-class buildings and museums.

 

Dungjai was previously the Art Director at Metropolis magazine where she led the art department staff in all aspects of the magazine’s publication and subsidiary brands. She holds a BA in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley and an MFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design. Dungjai has taught at Pratt Institute and the School of Visual Arts (SVA). When she’s OOO, she enjoys being a mama bear for her two sassy girls, eating good food with good company, and anything that sparkles.

Helen Sywalski

Helen Sywalski Prisco

Senior Designer

Helen joined Once–Future Office in 2021. She works on a range of projects including identity, signage, exhibitions, print, and websites. In keeping with her interest in materiality, typography, and experimentation, Helen takes a multidisciplinary approach to each project she works on, creating powerful, concept-driven work. Her favorite parts of the design process are research, exploration, and strategy. Helen has worked on projects such as the NYC Votes Primary and General Election campaigns, signage and environmental graphics for Galaxy Digital’s New York office space, and a strategic brand refresh and citywide campaign for NYC climate and environmental justice. She received her BFA from The Cooper Union and was a recipient of the Rhoda Lubalin Fellowship for Type High: Experiments in Dimensional Design and Typography. Helen loves when letterforms are large, dimensional, and something you can interact with.

Joseph Wulf

Joseph Wulf

Designer

Joseph joined Once–Future Office in 2022. With an interest in identity design and typography, Joseph is passionate about finding creative solutions that bring graphic elements into physical spaces. Most recently at Once–Future, Joseph worked on an exhibition at the Center for Architecture featuring Fairy Tale Architecture and a 35th Year Anniversary logo for the New York Immigration Coalition. Previously, he worked on the identity and art direction for Utopia, an exhibition at WantedDesign Manhattan. He studied graphic design and industrial design at Rhode Island School of Design. Having grown up in California, Joseph enjoys road trips, hiking, exploring new places, and photographing all the exciting things he sees along the way.

Collaborators

Trevor Grove
Emma Howcroft
Lily Kim
Corey Di Stasio

 

Past Staff and Collaborators

Damini Agrawal
Anthony Aurrichio
Arnau Bosc
Franklin Canales
Ben DuVall
Sara Gong
Keggen Griffith
Carli Heggen
Andrea Hu
Nicolas Kubail Kalousdian
Hanna Kim
Stella Kim
Phoebe Morrison
Scott Sanders
Rachel Shim
Ashley Stevens
Sun Ho Lee

We are always looking for great people to work with. If you’d like to join our nimble and dynamic team, have a look at the open positions below.

Technical Designer

Once–Future Office is seeking a mid- to senior- level Technical Designer to join our team. Come work in our impactful design studio on a variety of cultural, commercial, and public environmental design projects, including museums, universities, and civic spaces. 

 

The Technical Designer will work in concert with the design team to create innovative and user-centered 3D solutions across exhibits, environmental graphics programs, wayfinding/signage and other physical/built spaces. The Technical Designer will inspire and guide our design team in bringing ideas to reality by engaging in all stages of the project—concepts, design development, design documentation, and construction administration—with a focus on materiality, constructability, and implementation. This Technical Designer will work closely with our creative team, collaborators, fabricators, and vendors to ensure that Once-Future’s environmental work meets the design intent and is of the highest quality.

 

The Role

5% Strategy

20% Design & Execution 

35% Research and Technical Direction 

35% Client, Vendor, and Project Management 

5% General Studio Responsibilities 

 

You

  • Have a love for research, materials, innovation, and a curiosity for how things are made
  • Enjoy working in a collaborative environment
  • Know how things are made, and will research and ask questions when it’s beyond your knowledge
  • Super detail-oriented, organized, multi-tasker, and self-motivated
  • Thoughtful, flexible team player who brings positivity, passion, energy, and enthusiasm to every project
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication, interpersonal, and time-management skills
  • Versatile, flexible, and willing to jump in to help get things done

 

Skills/Qualifications

  • BA/BS or higher in Architecture or Industrial Design
  • 3–5 years of experience in architecture or industrial design (with hands-on experience in technical production related fields). Should include at least 2+ years facilitating client, contractor, and fabricator meetings and leading, managing, mentoring, and collaborating with other creative team members.  
  • Brings core technical skills in environmental design (e.g. understanding of and experience with architectural and shop drawings; creation of floor plans, elevations, and sections; construction detailing and documentation; research and management of fabrication and construction needs on all phases of a project).  
  • Mastery of CAD, Adobe Creative Suite, and 3D rendering skills in Sketch-up or similar
  • Understanding and/or experience creating signage and wayfinding location plans and message schedule is a plus
  • Experience with and knowledge of code required signage is a plus
  • This is a hybrid position in our Brooklyn, NY office
  • Must hold a valid US Work Visa, if international

 

We recognize that people come with a wealth of experience and talent beyond just the technical requirements of a job. If your experience is close to what you see listed here, please still consider applying. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and excellence. Therefore, we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our positions. Please let us know if you require accommodations during the interview process.

 

Apply

To apply, send your CV and cover letter to jobs@once-future.com

We apologize in advance that we can’t respond to all individual inquiries. Thanks for your understanding.

 

Design Intern

We’re seeking exceptionally creative and motivated interns to participate in client and internal projects ranging from identity roll-outs to websites and environmental design work. Our mentorship-based internships are an opportunity to work closely with and learn from our design team while making impactful work. You’ll engage with projects in all phases, from concepts through production. 

We accept applications throughout the year, but our internships are typically placed seasonally: summer, fall, and winter/spring. Application reviews begin in April, July, and November, respectively. We’re always on the lookout for talented designers!

 

The Role

  • Support our design team in projects from concept through production.
  • Collaborate with team members to launch and deliver projects on schedule.
  • Attend client and internal meetings.
  • Work independently across mediums (print, digital, and environments).
  • Interact, communicate, and present ideas in internal meetings.
  • Hybrid in-person/remote at our studio in Brooklyn.

 

You

  • Conceptual thinker and skilled form-maker with an interest in systems who enjoys working across mediums.
  • Have a keen eye for detail.
  • Possess solid communication, time management, and multitasking skills.
  • Curious, flexible, and positive.
  • Wildly creative and enjoy a design challenge.

 

Skills/Qualifications

  • 2+ years of design education or equivalent experience.
  • Eligible to work in the US.
  • Strong typographic and form-making skills.
  • Experience with front-end development or motion is a bonus, not a necessity.
  • Fluent in InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.
  • Knowledge of After Effects, Figma, photography, and/or basic front-end development will be given preference.

 

Apply

To apply, send your CV and cover letter to jobs@once-future.com

We apologize in advance that we can’t respond to all individual inquiries. Thanks for your understanding.

Reach out and say hi!

34 35th Street
Building #4, Space B513
Brooklyn, New York 11232

hello@once-future.com
914-524-8187

once-future office team