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October 13, 2016

CCNY Women in Design: Career Night at BKSK

CCNY WID_lh postLast week, students from the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at City College joined us at BKSK for a discussion about the presence and influence of women in design and architecture. The conversation was facilitated by Julie Nelson, Joan Krevlin, Jennifer Preston and several other staff members who shared stories about their career trajectory, their inspiration, challenges and just some good practical advice for students with real questions about their future in the profession. The conversation evolved into an open dialogue where students and staff alike opened up for an exchange of knowledge and insight both in the aspirational and practical sense.

For information about future Career Nights at BKSK, please email bkskinfo@bksk.com.


October 10, 2016

Architecture as Advocacy: A tour of QBG’s Visitor & Administration Center

QBG_Water image v2The Queens Botanical Garden Visitor & Administration Center will be featured as part of this weekend’s Open House New York. The first publicly-funded building in the city to achieve LEED Platinum certification, this 16,000 sf center is a built extension of the Garden’s mission: to demonstrate environmental stewardship while celebrating the cultural connections between people and plants.

“BKSK Architects used wit and seduction to advocate green architecture, rather than just demonstrate it. It will be a must-see among aficionados of green buildings. But by any definition, it is a terrific gift to the Queens community and all of New York City.” Scott Stefan, Queens Botanical Garden


October 15th at 12pm and 1:30 pm. Advance registration is required.  http://bit.ly/2dG9ZXY

October 7, 2016

Reflections on BKSK’s Inaugural Research Fellowship

Fellowship_01The BKSK fellowship program invited an inquisitive, engaged and ambitious student from NYC’s City College to examine the fundamentals of how the built environment impacts the human condition. The goal of the fellowship is to offer a true sense of what it means to work in an architectural office environment and how visionary research can translate into practice.

Of several applicants, Katherine Serrano was selected to join our team and further investigate a topic of interest that was framed with two requirements; that it include environmentally responsible design at the urban scale. Included below is a portion of her submission outlining her research framework:

An inquiry into biophilic design in an urban context is pressing, as it requires theorizing the concept at the intersection of nature, technology, and culture. In undertaking my study, I will identify what biophilic design patterns are most beneficial in urban settings, while developing my own interpretation of the meaning of biophilic design, as it relates to the urban realm. My main objective is to develop a booklet to convey my findings based on the following questions that I will research and answer during the period of the fellowship: Read more

October 6, 2016

Battery PlayScape receives AAP Honorable Mention

AAP_Battery image uploadBattery PlayScape received an Honorable Mention for Architectural Design / Recreational Architecture in the 2016 inaugural American Architecture Prize (AAP) awards program. AAP celebrates design excellence in the fields of architecture, interior design, landscaping and urban design on an international level, and we are honored to be among the first projects recognized.

Designed together with Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners, Battery PlayScape is an intentionally flexible framework that supports open-ended play informed by the local ecology. Learn more about this playful, innovative, and resilient project here.

Congratulations to our entire team of designers and consultants!

September 19, 2016

2 Lafayette honored for Active Design Excellence

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We are excited to announce that 2 Lafayette Street was selected as one of 12 projects worldwide to receive a 2016 Excellence Award from the Center for Active Design. The awards program recognizes research and design projects that promote healthy living through physical activity, mental health, and civic engagement.

The offices at 2 Lafayette Street house the formerly remote divisions of New York City’s Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and Department for the Aging (DFTA). BKSK’s design breathes fresh air into 110,000 square feet across 7 floors of the historic city-owned Court Square Building, which now features dynamic connecting stairs, commanding city views in both individual and common spaces, bold graphics that celebrate each agency’s mission, and increased thermal, visual, and ergonomic comfort. Congratulations to our team and consultants for the great work, and to all of the other award winners.

For details the Center for Active Design Excellence awards, click here.

For more information and images of 2 Lafayette, click here.

September 8, 2016

Making the Grade

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Each year, ARCHITECT magazine ranks the top 50 firms in business, sustainability, and design, and this year BKSK is proud to announce that we have been ranked in the 2016 Top 50 Firms in Sustainability. This recognition exemplifies our professional commitment to design buildings that incorporate sustainable design strategies and aim to consume less energy. Congratulations to our team, and especially to the BKSK LAB for continually furthering our research and initiatives in sustainability.

Earlier this summer, BKSK was named to the Building Design + Construction Top 100 Firms, and ranked among the top firms for multi-family residential and green building design.

August 16, 2016

Olana Summerhouse…drawn out


The Follies, Function & Form: Imagining Olana’s Summer House exhibit opened this past weekend at Olana, Frederic Church’s historic home in the Hudson Valley, featuring inventive, imaginative designs by 21 invited architects and landscape architects, including a scheme by BKSK partners Joan Krevlin and Harry Kendall.

The design challenge presented was intriguing. Though there is no documentary evidence or surviving remains of Church’s fabled “Summer House,” it is clearly labeled on the 1886 “Plan of Olana.” The Olana Partnership, in collaboration with the New York chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIANY) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA-NY) asked each invited designer to conceptualize the mysterious structure in a single sheet of sketches. Left to their own imagination for the structure’s function and form, Joan and Harry worked with BKSK’s Wei Lee to create a deconstructed vision inspired both by the site’s history and its current use, manifested in an ink-and-watercolor multimedia collage. Read more

July 26, 2016

The beginning of the Ende era


BKSK is entering into a new era of interior design, through the practiced eye of recently promoted Director of Interior Design, Gerry Ende.

Gerry [gair-ee] joined the BKSK team in 2011, bringing with him nearly 20 years of experience from other top NYC design firms. His portfolio features a wide breadth of inspired design across project types, scales, and styles, including institutional, high-end residential, multi-family, corporate, retail and healthcare. Gerry is known for creating sophisticated interiors that reflect the individuality of our clients’ needs. His vision for space and ability to craft aesthetically unique environments that speak to beauty, form and function will be the guiding principles through which we approach future work. Read more

June 24, 2016

(LEED)ing by Example: A conversation with Julie Nelson

Queens Botanical Garden, Visitor Center and Administration Building, Flushing, New York, BKSK ArchitectsUnder new legislation, New York City-owned buildings now have to meet some of the highest efficiency standards in the nation. On June 27, Julie Nelson moderated a panel discussing how the new regulations can help spur further innovation. Ahead of the panel, she gave her take on how the city’s move to lead by example will affect the design process.

Urban Green Council: Standards and requirements have been improving for some time now—how do the latest changes differ from previous ones in terms of how projects are run?

Julie Nelson: With each change of building performance requirements, our industry rethinks the design process and the way that clients, architects and engineers work together. I don’t think it is accidental that these code changes are happening at the same time that the integrated design process is being recognized with points in LEED v4 and in the WELL Building Standard. Engineers and architects will need a more robust working relationship with collaboration starting at the beginning of a project, a shared design process and a deeper emphasis on construction quality.

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June 23, 2016

Celebrating on The Jefferson’s Blue Roof

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Two years after occupancy and shortly after receiving LEED gold certification, the team reunites on the blue roof of The Jefferson to celebrate the collaboration that made for such a successful project.

The LEED designation acknowledges the project’s accomplishments in areas focused on human and environmental health including: indoor air quality enhanced by building materials vetted for aesthetic value, durability and cost; and tough to achieve stormwater credits, through the implementation of a blue roof that helps to reduce overflow in the city’s drainage system. This is just one of many projects in BKSK’s portfolio to achieve recognition for its environmentally robust design approach. Learn more here.

A congratulations goes out to the entire project team who made this possible.