Alexey Kats is the co-owner and creative director at Architeqt Salon and Gallery, located in Washington Square west in Philadelphia.
Alexey has worked as a platform educator for companies such as Goldwell, Sahag and his own venture Fountainhead Beauty. While working on many of the city’s fashion shows he has also worked on feature films and produced and contributed to photoshoots for TV personalities, magazines, boutiques and universities. Alexey designed his own line of cutting and styling tools and educates both hairdressers and clients on hair cutting and styling. In addition to doing custom color and keratin treatments, Alexey has been perfecting his dry-cutting technique for years and considers haircutting a form of sculpture.
Though generally managing Architeqt Salon and Gallery, Alexey can also be found working at the Architeqt North location every Thursday to accommodate his Suburban clientele.
Pawel Jan, the co-owner of Architeqt, began his career fourteen years ago after studying with Patti Barreault,an internationally accomplished and recognized professional while also completing a two-year apprenticeship under her supervision and direction at Palazzolo Salon, the preeminent salon in Royal Oak, Michigan, just outside of Detroit. He then continued his education with the likes of Vidal Sassoon, J Beverly Hills Academy,and Kemon Academy. His unique and expert talent led him to become the Education Director in 2004 at Palazzolo Salon affording Pawel the opportunity to mentor and share his skills by developing various educational programs for fellow stylists and apprentices. He teaches a variety of classes ranging from cutting, dry cutting, color, and theory.
Pawel Jan has also studied directly under the supervision of the late John Sahag and subsequently became a member of his artistic team. He has also worked on artistic teams with J Beverly Hills and Kemon. Pawel has worked with many prestigious clients including, Carmen Marc Valvo, Nicole Miller, Derek Lam, Christian Louboutin, and Neiman Marcus. He continues his extensive education, keeping him in the forefront of the industry.
*Jessica has moved to California and is now visiting Architeqt to see her clients approximately every 8-10 weeks. Contact us for an appointment.
Jessica Gonsalves is Philadelphia’s leading colorist in balayage, a technique that paints color into the hair to produce a sun-kissed, natural glow. Originally a Jersey girl, Jess completed her cutting training at Vidal Sassoon over seven years ago. After working for L’Oréal Professionnel the last several years, Jess recently became a L’Oréal Professionnel National Artist (one of just a handful in the world); she now tours the country teaching classes on innovative color technique every month. As a SOHO Academy Partner, she is regularly invited to teach onstage at nationally acclaimed hair conventions. In addition, Jessica has been trained professionally in the art of makeup by Mac Cosmetics and Nars. She is a senior stylist and makeup artist at Architeqt Salon and Gallery, where you can find her making up brides for their special day, rescuing damaged hair with healthy color correction, or dry cutting fresh, unique styles for each client.
Sequoya knew her path involved hair styling at a young age when she began braiding everyone’s hair in her family! Graduating from Jean Madeline in 2008, she apprenticed under a master stylist before getting behind the chair. Shortly after, she decided she wanted a change of pace, and was off to the Rocky Mountains. There, she learned a great deal about natural beauty, and her desires transformed into creating natural, wearable hair. Her passion has developed not only with her love of doing color, but also with dry cutting, which has become a new element of her growing love for this industry. From bridal styling to extensions to soft color or bold, bright tones, she continues to research, learn and play through the art of hair.
Graduating from Jean Madeline in 2011, Allison Condon had an idea of where she wanted her career to excel. She apprenticed top stylists Alexey Kats, Artur Kirsh and Tonia Day at Studio CL. She later joined Tease Salon as a stylist, gaining experience in color and editorial work. She has continued her education with companies such as L’Oréal, Redken, and Davines. Reaching a peak in her career, she decided to branch out, becoming a part of the Architeqt team by finishing her apprenticeship in dry cutting. She has a trained eye for color, whether she’s creating dimensional blondes and brunettes or customizing Balayage for each individual.
Brianne graduated from Jean Madeline Aveda Institute and started her apprenticeship with Architeqt in the fall of 2014. Learning Alexey’s dry cutting method, Bree trained under Brittiany and Jessica in color techniques. Since completing her apprenticeship, Bree has been certified in Hot Head extension and is in the process of completing her certification for Balayage through L’Oreal Professionnel where she is mastering French highlighting techniques. Photoshoots and editorial work are Brianne’s next focus.
Nicholas DeMaio graduated from Schilling-Douglas School of Hair Design in 2010 and sharpened his skills at HairWorks in his native city, Wilmington, DE. After gaining experience behind the chair, Nicholas moved to Philadelphia and joined the team at Architeqt where he was educated in dry cutting and advanced coloring techniques. Nicholas has a strong eye for men’s cutting and styling and enjoys hair color that is inspired by music, art, and pop culture. Nicholas’ philosophy for hairdressing is focused on making each client see their full potential through his lighthearted nature and encouraging personality.
Alba Joined the Architeqt team in 2016 where she underwent an apprenticeship with Alexey. Before her time at Architeqt, Alba gained styling experience at DryBar after she graduated Jean Madeline Aveda Institute in 2015.
Alba’s desire to be in the hair industry started in her late teens. While her dream was hard to achieve in her native Albania, it took her almost 5,000 miles and 10 years to make it happen. Before her journey to be a hairstylist, Alba finished university with a degree in Graphic Design which trained her eye to see shape and color. Soon after starting at Architeqt, Alba became certified in various extension methods and developed a passion for dry cutting while also furthering her education in various cutting and coloring techniques.
Crystal, a Washington State native came to Philly in 2013. She graduated from the Beauty Institute of Schwarzkopf in March of 2016 and joined the Architeqt team in April of 2016. With a true passion for color, she apprenticed under Jessica Gonsalves where she was able to truly develop her balayage techniques and color theory. Her love for dry-cutting was also brought to life apprenticing under owner Alexey Kats. Crystal is one to think outside of the box, and is always open to trying new things. Her passion for this career comes from the ability to express one’s creativity, and thrives off of making others feel confident and beautiful. In addition to being a stylist, Crystal also is a makeup artist, Certified in Hot Heads and BABE hair extensions, and has completed her L’Oréal Professional Expert Network. She plans to become a L’Oréal Educator to continue to sharpen her skills and grow within the industry.
LB graduated from Jean Madeline in the spring of 2008. Being a Philadelphia native she new she didn’t want to stray from her beloved city so she started her career in the heart of center city and has been here ever since. She quickly realized her passion for color and has spent her 9 plus years in the industry continuously furthering her education with leading companies such as L’Oréal, Redken, Arrojo and 901. LB’s main objective when clients leave her chair is for them to feel the best version of themselves. Whether that means a major color overhaul or something just soft and subtle to accent their natural beauty, she will work with you to get you exactly where you want to be, and she’ll never say no to a blonde!
Lauren has had a true passion for hair and always knew she wanted to be a hairstylist! She attended Mercy Vocational High School in Philadelphia where she earned her cosmetology license and high school diploma when graduating in 2012. She immediately immersed herself into the industry by going through a training program with Platinum Hair Company and gained a lot of experience over the last several years. She specializes in coloring, especially vivid and vibrant colors, but is well versed in all coloring techniques! She is also a brand educator for L’ANZA Healing Haircare, where she gets to share her knowledge at salons and hair shows with other eager to learn stylists.
Lauren loves to learn and grow which is why she wanted to be part of the Architeqt Salon team in 2019 to grow her skill set and learn from the best in the city!
Harry graduated from Rizzieri Aveda Academy in 2017 followed by furthering his education at Rizzieri Masters Academy. He started his apprenticeship at Architeqt in 2018 under L’Oréal Professionnel artist Jessica Gonsalves, where he found his love for French Balayage and color formulation. While being an apprentice he learned dry cutting techniques under owner Alexey Kats. During this time he has been involved in New York Fashion week and various photo shoots. Harry has recently passed his apprenticeship examine and is now working part-time behind the chair. He loves connecting with his clients and taking the time to offer the best quality services catering to each individual’s