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Design Approach to Adaptive Reuse and Accessibility

Our practice and clientele have varied, from established arts and educational institutions to commercial developments and office interiors for not-for-profit organizations.  In all of our work, the focus has been on maintaining or restoring the architectural integrity of an existing building or surrounding context while designing facilities for updated and new program uses.  Adaptive reuse and accessibility projects often go together. and offer some of the most challenging problems and design opportunities.  After a thorough investigation of the existing conditions our approach is to generate a thoughtful solution to the program requirements while providing a design that respects and enhances the original building and its context.


Adaptive reuse and accessibility projects have included:


  • Conversion of loft building in Island City to offices and program space for NYC Outward Bound

  • New rooftop play area for Friends Seminary in NYC Historic District

  • Design of accessible entrances eliminating existing steps in two Riverside Drive apartment buildings

  • New accessible ramp and entrance for Fieldston Lower School


Our designs have been featured in Architectural Record, articles in The New York Times, the AIA Guide to NYC and New York 2000. 

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