As founder and CEO, Asher sources and executes new acquisitions, guides ongoing development activities and constructs the company's creative & strategic vision.
Prior to founding LIVWRK, Asher was the General Manager of Two Trees Management Company where for eight years he oversaw residential asset management, acquisitions, sales, and marketing for more than $2 billion in class-A, mixed-use real estate. Asher's tenure with Two Trees Management was marked by high-level wins including the 1.1 million square foot mixed-use project Mercedes House and the acquisition of the Domino Sugar Refinery, a historic game-changer that will emerge a 3.2 million square foot, mixed-use waterfront development.
Aaron Lemma comes to LIVWRK as an industry leader in Brooklyn and Manhattan residential real estate. In the last two decades, his intuitive selling instincts and industry knowledge have solidified a flawless reputation among clients, investors and developers. Aaron's career progressed quickly from sales agent handling single residential transactions to brokering commercial and development transactions, eventually handling the entire new development process, including acquisition, pre-development planning, and sales & marketing.
Presently Aaron oversees all development and construction management activities on behalf of LIVWRK. Projects range in size from 80,000 to 800,000 square feet with a strong focus on adaptive reuse. In 2013 LIVWRK bought 92 Third Street as a speculative office and retail property in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn. LIVWRK undertook a complete renovation of the building, and successfully repositioned the asset within 18 months, leasing the office portion of the property to Genius Media, an online annotation company, and COWORK.RS, a shared office space provider. After purchasing 160 Van Brunt Street, in 2014, LIVWRK initiated a comprehensive redevelopment program to reposition the property as a speculative office and retail complex. During construction, Tesla Motors signed on to lease 50,000± SF, out of which the company operates offices, a showroom and repair facility; the location is Tesla's largest east coast outpost. In 2016, CIM Group, LIVWRK is completing a gut renovation of 25-30 Columbia Heights, as a 700,000 square foot best-in-class, office and retail destination.
Matt Ciccotti joined LIVWRK in 2014 and is primarily responsible for evaluating new development opportunities and coordinating capital markets activity. He is also engaged in the development process for all of the firm's current projects.
After studying real estate finance and urban planning at the University of Pennsylvania, Matt began his career as a commercial real estate appraiser at the NYC-based Leitner Group, Incorporated. In his time at LGI, Matt valued over $30 billion in commercial real estate, including land, residential, retail, office, and mixed-use property ranging widely in value from $1 million to $1 billion.
Before joining LIVWRK, Matt received an advanced degree in urban design, real estate finance and development from Harvard University, where he studied at the schools of business, law, design and government. Upon graduating, Matt was awarded the Ferdinand Colloredo-Mansfeld Prize for Superior Achievement in Real Estate Studies at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Matt currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee for the Harvard Alumni Real Estate Board.
Brian Vargo brings a strong sense of both architectural design and real estate finance to the LIVWRK team. Having studied architecture at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and real estate development at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, he creates unique value in the overlap between design and development.
Brian has prominent work experience abroad in Scandinavia, where he worked several years with jaja architects and H Projects, successful architecture and real estate development firms based in Copenhagen. In 2016, he led his own architecture and design firm, Vargo Nielsen Palle, to win the international New Aarch competition for Denmark's first purpose-built Architecture school in Aarhus among 237 competition entries. The project is currently in construction and due for completion in 2020.
Brian has also worked extensively in New York real estate development. Most recently, Brian was a development project manager at Barrett Design, where he specialized in acquisitions, architectural design, and construction management of the firm's key projects, bringing buildings from initial underwriting to reality.
Brian possesses a unique combination of talents, encompassing design-thinking, zoning analysis, and financial feasibility. He balances these broad skills to design solutions that create the most value for the development team, client, and built project,