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Design Approach to Cultural Institutions


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.  When working on projects for cultural facilities, the programming and technical requirements become the starting point for the design process.  The unique needs of each project are integrated into the design solution that either draws inspiration from the existing building or results in the playlful counterpoint to the physical context as with the Purchase College music tent. Cultural facilities projects have included:

  • Renovation of the Titus Film Auditorium at The Museum of Modern Art

  • Screening room for the film division at Columbia University

  • Collection storage area for the Parrish Art Museum

  • Purchase College Summerfare performance tent (tensile structure)

  • Conversion of carriage houses to dance studios for Ballet Hispanico  


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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