Our Team

Brian Gaudio

Chief Executive Officer, Assoc. AIA

Brian believes that everyone deserves access to good design. The inspiration for starting Module came while he was directing Within Formal Cities – a documentary about the housing crisis in South America, which debuted in 2016. Prior to starting Module, Brian was a Fulbright Scholar in Santiago, Dominican Republic, where he led an urban design research initiative. He has lectured and given presentations for the American Institute of Architects, the Rockefeller Foundation, and numerous universities in the US and abroad. Brian has design experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit world. He worked in Blue Sky Department at Walt Disney Imagineering where he helped create new ride concepts for the Disney Parks, and he served as an architectural intern at the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio. Brian graduated Summa Cum Laude from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Architecture where he was a Park Scholar, started a non-profit organization, and was a Finalist for the Harry S Truman Scholarship.

Hallie Dumont

Chief Design Officer

Hallie is a designer who loves to create efficient and honest, user-centered spaces. She discovered her passion for residential interiors after spending years working hands on in home remodeling. The experience opened her eyes to the often unhealthy relationship between clients and their homes. These concerns led Hallie to conduct research on alternative and prefabricated housing while completing her Master’s Degree in Interior Architecture at Chatham University. After completing her degree, Hallie designed a tiny house called Nanohouse under award winning Architect Eric Fisher. Hallie was born and raised in Pittsburgh and has an undergraduate degree in design from Carnegie Mellon University. Her hobbies include spending time with her pups, mountain biking, and Olympic weight lifting.

Drew Brisley

Drew Brisley

Chief Product Officer

Nothing keeps Drew’s attention more than that of an unsolved problem. This is what attracted him to Module. Taking cues from his field of product design and applying them to the field of architecture, he brings a customer-focused approach that is integral to the culture at Module. 

Upon graduating Summa Cum Laude from NC State’s College of Design, he helped to found Contour Medical, a medical device startup focused on a product for reducing fracture during cardiothoracic surgery. In conjunction, he began working for Trig, an innovation management firm based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he rose to Manager of Innovation and Strategy. Throughout his time at Trig, he was named an inventor on several patents, received two IDEA Awards, designed products ranging from medical devices to consumer products, and led marketing and business development strategy. 

In his free time, he enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, sketching, cooking, and most importantly spending time with friends and family.

Ankur Dobriyal

VP of Projects

Ankur was first introduced to construction by his father, an industry veteran. After completing his Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from R.V.C.E, Bangalore, Ankur worked on a large-scale housing project in India where he developed a keen interest in residential real estate development. He then went on to earn a Master’s in Architecture-Engineering-Construction Management from Carnegie Mellon University, during which he worked on multiple projects with local developers and neighborhood development groups in Pittsburgh. Along with an interdisciplinary team, Ankur was a finalist in the Synchro Software University Challenge where his team created a mixed-use housing development concept focused on construction time efficiency. When he’s not working, Ankur enjoys traveling and playing video games.

Lu Zhu

Lu is a master dabbler, who has dabbled (and received degrees) in urban planning, urban design and asset management. He analyzes community developments through every lens, turning investment flows into full scale studies of neighborhood growth. Lu mapped his career from Hangzhou, China to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where his team developed a strategic revitalization proposal for the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority. While getting his Master’s of Urban Design at Carnegie Mellon, Lu worked at the Remaking Cities Institute and was selected as one of the first Deloitte Foundation fellows. In addition to serving on the investment committee for the Next Act Fund, Lu joined the Mandel Group Inc. as a passive investor, and is a member of the BlueTree Allied Angels network.


VP of Design & Construction

David has over 25 years of experience in the building trades as a carpenter, furniture maker, general contractor, energy auditor and residential building designer.

Throughout his professional life, David keeps coming back to the allure and challenge of building compact, efficient and beautiful residential spaces. Starting with building his 200 s.f. cabin in the Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont, expanding with his graduate architecture school thesis project that designed and built a prototype emergency dwelling for the homeless community in Seattle and continuing through a myriad of urban renovation and new construction projects in DC, David has always been drawn to the challenges and value of dwelling at a proper scale. For the past 15 years he has been Principal with Element Design + Build, a Washington, DC-based residential design firm. Re-focusing his passion for small spaces and building, David built the original Minim tiny home and co-founded MinimBuilt LLC in 2014.

David holds a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Michigan and a Master of Architecture from The University of Washington where he was a Valle Scholar. David has spent time studying design and building in Norway, Denmark, Mexico, Alaska, Poland and the Czech Republic.

In his free time, David enjoys exploring cities and mountains on foot, on a bike or on skis.

Neha Abraham

Software Engineer

Neha codes for every possible test, and then tests for every future outcome. She finds harmony amid contrast, and marries technical protocols with a flair for creativity. Neha launched her love of code as a research programmer at the University of Pittsburgh’s Benos Laboratory. After developing a portal to internationalize the lab’s experiments, she began work at Bizowie, diving into debugging and feature development. Neha founded Women in Computer Science, and launched Pitt’s first all women hackathon, She Innovates. She will be spoke at Google Women Techmakers International Women’s Day Summit, and also serves on the board for RedChairPGH, an advocacy group for gender balance in tech. 

Our Advisors

Ilana Diamond

Executive Director, AlphaLab Gear

Pat Rand

Distinguished Professor of Architecture, North Carolina State University

Roberto Capriotti

Partner and Intellectual Property Attorney, K&L Gates

Brad Ott

Vice President of Commercial Operations, Faros Properties

Stephan Mueller

Chief Operating Officer, Ascender

Wes Easly

Managing Principal, ibr Search

Piyush Steemit

Piyush Bhardwaj

Managing Partner, CoInvestment Partners