Our Team.

Shahnur Bostan, RA, LEED AP​

Shahnur is a founding partner and president of Axis Architects.  He is a licensed architect in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC.  Shahnur supervises the technical aspects of the architectural projects; taking them from schematic design through permit and providing construction administration services.  His 15 year of experience in the DC residential market gives him the expertise to guide the projects through an efficient permitting process and make sure the projects are built in accordance to the design.

Shahnur has a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Istanbul Technical University (in 2000) and a Master’s of architecture degree from Georgia Institute of Technology (in 2003).  Prior to founding Axis Architects, he worked in prominent architectural firms in the DC region where he managed large multi-family projects. 

Elena Romero, AICP

Elena is a founding partner and CEO of Axis Architects.  Elena is the firm’s design leader –she specializes in architectural design, interior design, and urban planning.  Elena works with clients to make their vision a reality.  Her collaborative approach allows clients to explore different design alternatives, that allows them to arrive to a design that is tailored to their needs and budget.

Elena studied architecture at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia (2001).  After completing her studies, she attended University of Miami where she obtained a Master’s degree in Urban Design (2003).  Prior to founding Axis Architects, Elena worked for 14 years at an architecture and urban design firm in the DC area where she managed large scale mixed-use projects.

Gabriela Ochoa Martinez

Gabriela is a project designer at Axis Architects. Gabriela supports the design and technical phases of our projects; from schematic design to developing construction documents. Gabriela is also our social media coordinator. 

Gabriela received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Maryland. While in school, Gabriela was an intern at a firm in the DC area where she aided with 3D modeling. Prior to joining Axis Architects, Gabriela worked as a language interpreter for PGCPS where she provided language access to non-English speaking parents.

Lauren Harlow, RA, LEED AP

Lauren is a project manager at Axis Architects, she helps advance projects though the permit application process and prepares drawings for construction.

She received her architecture license in Maryland (2017) and her bachelor of Architecture degree from Penn State University (2009). Prior to joining Axis Architects, she worked on complex multi-family and mixed use wood construction projects in the DC area.