Established in 2015, opa architecture is a New York City-based architecture practice founded by Aria Jahanshahi.

opa architecture provides services accessible to all client bases through thoughtful design interventions. We apply robust architectural theory to all project programs to interpret and implement client’s visions for their spaces. With a wide range of experience in residential, hospitality, commercial and art installation projects, we distinguish ourselves through our collaborative approach to design and our ability to guide clients through each step of the process.


• Pre-Lease and Pre-Purchasing Consultation
• Schematic Design & 3D Visualizations
• Interior, Millwork, and Furniture Design
• Department of Buildings Permitting Drawings
• Construction Documents
• Construction Administration
• Project Management
• Architectural Graphics & Signage
• Branding


Aria Jahanshahi, AIA, NCARB

Principal and Architect

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 as well as a guest critic at Pratt Institute and Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Theo Guo


Master of Architecture - Pratt Institute School of Architecture 2022 (Brooklyn, NY)
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design - Miami University 2017 (Oxford, OH)