Ira sees architecture as the intersection of the built environment that meets the needs of the communities that are involved — from those who conceive the project to the designers to the building’s users — and those who experience it. Ira’s inspiration stems from exploring where these interests overlap. He has a wide range of experience with several areas of expertise: design of residential buildings, K–12 educational facilities, and all issues zoning related. In June 2017, Ira was appointed by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer at the recommendation of Councilmember Helen Rosenthal to be a member of Community Board 7, which serves the Upper West Side.
Ira joined the firm in 2001. He holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Actively involved in the American Institute of Architects, he is on the Housing Committee of the AIA New York Chapter.