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May 23, 2016

All that glitters is not gold…sometimes it’s platinum!


BKSK is pleased to announce our three most recently LEED certified projects – two gold and one platinum! Certainly, we are very proud of our work. We also want to praise these project’s clients for their commitment to the environmental options that made sense for each building. Sustainable design, like any good design, is the result of productive partnerships and open, candid conversations.

We will continue to push for a firm-wide sense of innovation that integrates sustainability into the core of our designs. Our Queens Botanical Garden Visitor Center was NYC’s first civic building to earn a LEED Platinum certification. Going forward, we intend to keep raising the bar.  Read more

May 19, 2016

Gerry Ende promoted to Associate


Join us in congratulating Gerry Ende, who was recently promoted to Associate and now directs the firm’s interiors department.

Over the years, Gerry’s contributions to our growing interiors practice are evident in work such as One Great Jones Alley and 2 Lafayette.  He is known for infusing living environments with both sophistication and comfort.

We are happy to recognize his accomplishments and know that he will be well-supported by a core team of creative and committed designers.

May 4, 2016

Our neighbor, the Cathedral of St. Sava


Since 1986, BKSK has shared the block on West 25th Street with the Cathedral of St. Sava. Its presence in our urban view has been a steady reminder of architectural traditions that we treasure and strive to honor. Even more than that, the church has been a quietly reassuring presence in our lives, including on the morning we witnessed the destruction of the World Trade Center. An echo of the havoc wrought that day has come to our block and our church. From our fourth floor windows, we are now able to ponder the remains, and we can begin to hope for some form of a revival.

So, for those of us who now say to themselves, “Maybe I should have looked a little harder, or gone inside when the building was open, and perhaps been more aware of the work of Richard Upjohn,” here is some background on its history and recent past: Read more

March 17, 2016

New Residences in Greenwich Village Historic District

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The New York Times recently featured BKSK’s new full-floor residences currently under construction at 175 West 10th street. Located in the Greenwich Village Historic District at the intersection of Seventh Avenue South and West 10th Street, the building is a reflection and homage to the unique triangular site upon which it sits. Approved by the LPC in 2014, the design is intended to be new and contemporary, while simultaneously referential to the wonderful character and materials of the Village. BKSK designed the interior spaces as well – to view more of our interior department’s portfolio visit here.

Read the full New York Times article here.

March 7, 2016

Partner Stephen Byrns’ Next Chapter


February 18, 2016

BKSK featured at 2016 New York New Design

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Four of BKSK’s projects; 529 Broadway, Lambaye Learning Center, Sacred Heart Athletics & Wellness Center and Olmsted Center are currently being featured at the 2016 New York New Design exhibit at the Center for Architecture. The exhibit celebrates projects of all scales and types, giving a snapshot into the quality of work being shaped by AIA members across the five boroughs.

The exhibition runs until May 28 and is free and open to the public.

January 4, 2016

The Wall Street Journal visits a BKSK-designed Park House


In December, WSJ reporter Corinne Ramey visited Washington Square Park with Sarah Neilson of the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation and BKSK’s George Schieferdecker and Jennifer Preston. The subsequent piece, “Washington Square Park House Is No Ordinary Public Restroom,” highlighted both the project’s functionality and design excellence.

Since its opening in June 2014, the park house has received recognition from a variety of sources, including the annual Palladio Awards program and NYC’s City Council. This is due in part to its site-specific design, which is at once historically rooted and of its day. In the words of our collaborator George Vellonakis, Landscape Architect from the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, “the geometry of the building is reflecting the park itself, and the pavilion is going back to what the parks of the past had. It mimics this in a very contemporary way.”

Read the full WSJ article here, and learn more about the project right here on our website.

December 17, 2015

Julie Nelson to present at NCGS Forum with Sacred Heart


On February 8th, Julie Nelson will present at the NCGS 2016 Global Forum on Girls’ Education with Aubree Stephens, a Convent of the Sacred Heart Upper School Science Teacher and an existing collaborator of Julie’s. Their session, “Drafting the Future: Students and Architects Designing in Tandem,” will give participants an insider’s look at the “Introduction to Engineering” course at NYC’s all-female Convent of the Sacred Heart. This year, that course included hands-on learning with Julie, a key partner of the female-led team responsible for Sacred Heart’s new Athletics & Wellness Center.

By framing buildings (including school buildings) as teaching tools, educators can meaningfully expand the portfolio of approaches that they use in the classroom. Julie and Aubree’s session at the Global Forum will illustrate how education and architecture professionals can effectively collaborate in this process, thereby fostering interdisciplinary learning, integrating emerging technologies, and instilling a sense of global citizenship, all while keeping students engaged. For educators whose institutions are planning new buildings, this collaboration can also ensure that excitement about the investment continues beyond a building’s ribbon cutting. Participants will leave the session with clear ideas for hands-on design challenges that also demonstrate opportunities for women in the building industry, possibly even in a student’s own backyard.

More information on the Global Forum is available here, including details about registration.

December 15, 2015

Oculus shares the past, present, and future of 529 Broadway


The latest issue of Oculus includes a close look at 529 Broadway, by writer Sarah Goodyear. In her piece, Goodyear reveals how the site’s past inspired our team’s approach to the building design, which involved a combination of careful observation, design talent, new technologies, and (humorously) a pair of binoculars.

Read the full article and several other interesting pieces in the Winter 2015 Oculus, and learn more about the project right here on our site.

December 11, 2015

Eight takeaways from Greenbuild 2015

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Greenbuild, a multi-day conference centered on sustainable design and construction, lived up to its promise in 2015. Three BKSK staff members share their top takeaways from the annual event.

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