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April 22, 2015

Washington Square Park House wins Palladio Award

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BKSK’s design for the Washington Square Park House is this year’s winner of the Palladio Award for New Design and Construction less than 30,000 sf in size. Co-produced by Traditional Building and Period Homes magazines, the Palladio Awards program is named in honor of Andrea Palladio, the Renaissance architect who created modern architecture for his time while drawing on past models for inspiration.

The 3,100 sf park house is a deceptively modest building nestled in one of New York City’s most lively public spaces. Learn more about this project’s quiet power – both literally and figuratively – here.

Congratulations to the full Washington Square Park House team, and to the other winners of 2015′s Palladio Awards!

April 16, 2015

Stephen Byrns to be awarded the Place Maker Award

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On May 13, 2015, the Foundation for Landscape Studies will host their annual Spring Benefit Luncheon, at which point they will present Stephen Byrns with their prestigious Place Maker Award.

Among Stephen’s many contributions to the creation and preservation of place is his leadership in restoring Untermyer Gardens, a landscape that was once hailed in the press as “America’s Most Spectacular Garden.” Since founding the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy in 2010, Stephen has been working with a team that includes horticultural advisor Marco Polo Stufano and head gardener Timothy Tilghman to restore the Gardens.

Learn more about the fascinating history of Untermyer Gardens by visiting the conservancy’s website, and get a sense for the landscape by looking through our photo album on Facebook.

April 10, 2015

Grafting a vertical expansion onto a Landmark infamous for graft

A rendered view of BKSK's proposed transformation of Tammany Hall, which was approved by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission in March 2015.

A rendered view of BKSK’s proposed transformation of Tammany Hall, which was approved by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission in March 2015.

The unassuming hipped roof of the former Tammany Hall headquarters on Union Square will soon turn to glass and grow taller with an unconventional shell-like dome, as approved recently—unanimously—by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission. BKSK conceived this expansion to be deeply respectful, and expect it to be applauded by many as both reverent and intriguing. As a preservation approach, it is designed to yield unexpected insight about the building’s hidden history. We acknowledge that some members of the preservation community have reservations about the changes proposed and we are keeping the dialogue with them open. That the Commission approved an addition as visible as this to an individual Landmark is special and rare. Read more

April 9, 2015

Jamie Perez to speak at annual NY11+ exhibition

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The interiors group of BKSK is delighted to be represented by Jamie Perez at this year’s Annual Interior Design Student Exhibition, a program of New York Eleven Plus that promotes education and professional development within the interior design profession. The exhibition will be held in Lapicida’s New York showroom, located in the D&D Building, and it will run from April 22-28, 2015.

Jamie will be speaking on a panel about professional practice at the exhibition’s opening reception, on April 22nd. Those who wish to attend the reception must RSVP by April 20th by emailing rsvp@ny11plus.org.

March 27, 2015

James Wilson to speak at next annual EDRA conference

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BKSK is proud to announce that James Wilson, Sustainable Design Researcher, will be presenting at the Environmental Design Research Association’s 46th annual conference. Themed around “brainSTORM: Dynamic Interactions of Environment-Behavior and Neuroscience,” EDRA46 will occur in Los Angeles between May 27-30, 2015.

James’ poster session will take place on May 29th, at which time he’ll present research entitled “The Production of Varieties of Presence.” The knowledge gained from this research will ideally be utilized by architects and designers to create environments that more fully involve the perceiving human inhabitant or dweller – ultimately generating greater empathic activity and behavior in the actively participating individual. Among the many environments already studied is Studio Olafur Eliasson’s The Weather Project installation for the Tate Modern, pictured here. Image credit: Rich Hintz.

March 26, 2015

Female undergraduates visit BKSK for Career Night

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Earlier this week, students from the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at Cooper Union and the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at City College visited BKSK for a discussion about crits, clients, and careers. The conversation was facilitated by Julie Nelson and Jennifer Preston, who have both participated in multiple aspects of the design and construction industry. In honor of Women’s History Month and the upcoming graduation season, participation was limited to female students in their final year of undergraduate study.

For information about future Career Nights at BKSK, please contact Gisela Garrett at ggarrett@bksk.com.

March 20, 2015

BKSK included in exhibition honoring NYC’s Landmarks Law

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On Monday, April 20th, the Museum of the City of New York will celebrate the opening of Saving Place: Fifty Years of New York City Landmarks. Organized in celebration of the 50th anniversary of New York City’s pioneering Landmarks Law, Saving Place will feature projects from throughout the city.

To quote the exhibition description, “a new body of important architecture has emerged as architects, clients, and the Landmarks Preservation Commission devised innovative solutions for the renovation of landmark buildings and for new buildings in historic districts. The law spawned creativity in architects’ responses to building preservation that has enhanced the cityscape in all five boroughs.” We are proud to share that the BKSK-designed 114-116 Hudson Street is included in the exhibition.

Saving Place runs through September 13th. Learn more about the exhibition here.

March 18, 2015

In Dialogue: Joan and Julie on the BKSK Women’s Roundtable

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Joan and Julie are two of six partners at BKSK, a firm with women represented at every level of leadership.

On Tuesday, February 24th, BKSK partners Julie Nelson and Joan Krevlin hosted a roundtable discussion amongst the women of the firm. Here, they reflect on some of their key takeaways from that conversation. Read more

March 17, 2015

Check out the recap of #BKSKatWork with Rosa Sheng

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This afternoon, we (virtually) sat down with Equity by Design‘s Rosa Sheng to chat about job satisfaction and talent retention within the architecture profession, including the importance of career development in improving satisfaction. The chat’s participants also reflected on their own career obstacles, and shared a variety of resources for both women and men who are currently facing “pinch points” in their career, regardless of experience or seniority level.

A recap of the conversation is now available, via Storify.

March 11, 2015

Landmarks unanimously approves Tammany Hall design

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On March 10, the Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously approved BKSK Architects’ revised proposal for Tammany Hall.

At the first hearing for this project, held in November 2014, the Commission recommended additional design study. At yesterday’s hearing, regarding the revised proposal to restore and expand the individually designated Tammany Hall on the northeast corner of Union Square, LPC commissioners offered praises such as “This is a gift to the city.” “Masterful.” and “Calls attention to a cultural icon on the square.” Read more about the hearing at New York YIMBY.

Inquiries about this project may be directed to Marissa Marvelli at mmarvelli[at]bksk.com.