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March 15, 2017

Vote for A+ Award Finalist Tammany Hall


Our contemporary glass dome addition to Tammany Hall is an Architizer A+Award Finalist – and you can help us become a winner! Architizer is the world’s largest and fastest growing website for architecture, and their 5th Annual A+ Awards program celebrates the best of the year’s architectural products and projects. Public Voting for the Popular Choice awards runs March 14th through March 30th.

Vote for Tammany Hall in the Architizer A+ Awards Unbuilt Commercial category here!


March 15, 2017

S is for Stewardship

Untermeyer Park, Yonkers NY

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) announced the winners of the 2017 Arthur Ross Awards for Excellence in the Classical Tradition, and BKSK Partner Emeritus Stephen Byrns received the Stewardship Award for his dedication to and restoration of Untermyer Gardens in Yonkers, NY. In 2011, Stephen founded the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy, of which he became full-time President in 2016. The restoration of this former 1920s private garden of great beauty and historical significance, once called “America’s Most Spectacular Garden,” has indeed been a labor of love, and has breathed new life into this public park. We are delighted  – though not at all surprised – that Stephen has received this honor, and extend our heartfelt congratulations!

Read more about the Arthur Ross Award winners here.

March 14, 2017

A+ for One Great Jones Alley and Tammany


Two of BKSK’s current projects in construction were honored as part of the 2017 Architizer A+ Awards program. One Great Jones Alley received a Special Mention in the Unbuilt – Multi-Unit Housing (L >10 Floors) category, and Tammany Hall is a Finalist in the Unbuilt Commercial category. Now in its fifth year, the A+ Awards program receives submissions from over 100 countries, and represents the best of architecture and product design worldwide. Congratulations to both project teams!

One A+Award Finalist in every category will win a Popular Choice Award based on the number of public votes they receive. Public Voting for the Popular Choice awards starts March 14th and only remains open until March 30th. We encourage you to vote for Tammany Hall here!

A full list of Typology Finalists and Special Mentions can be viewed here.

March 9, 2017

Harry Kendall honored in TriBeCa

ChurchStGala_post_revThe Church Street School for Music and Art honored BKSK co-founder Harry Kendall for his and BKSK’s many contributions to the Tribeca community during their annual benefit, The Event, on March 8th at the Tribeca Rooftop. A long-time resident of the neighborhood, Harry moved to Tribeca in 1983 and founded BKSK in 1985. In many ways, Harry, the firm, and the neighborhood grew up together. Though he is known for his thoughtful work in historic districts throughout New York City, BKSK’s proving ground was in his own neighborhood.  Read more

February 22, 2017

The University of Virginia: Industry Expert Discussion

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We believe it’s important to inspire the next generation of architects. Julie Nelson recently joined her alma mater as a guest on their Career Center’s Industry Expert webcast, along with fellow alumnus, Jeffrey Murphy of Murphy Burnham & Buttrick. The series is aimed at providing students with real world advice from practicing professionals in their field of expertise. Below is a sneak peek into the conversation, the full webcast can be viewed here.

UVA: Why did you choose a career in this industry?
Julie: I chose this career as a chance to do something creative and tangible (and a love of cities and the built environment).

UVA: What can students do to prepare for their first year of experience?
Julie: It’s important to gather a broad range of experience early on: construction, technology, design and collaboration. Try as many things as you can, especially when you’re young…ask questions and try it all.  Tap into the collaborative ethos of architecture.

For more information about having BKSK involved with your school or organization, please email bkskinfo@bksk.com.
(pictured above, Convent of the Sacred Heart Athletics & Wellness Center, a building that serves as a living “teaching tool”).


February 10, 2017

free lunch & tammany hall


BKSK recently launched our new in-house lunch and learn series, “free lunch &…” with a presentation about Tammany Hall.  Over forty BKSK attendees got an in-depth look at the process of designing an 11,500 square foot glass dome addition to a landmark building.

The Tammany Hall team – Todd Poisson, David Ettinger and James Wilson – talked about the challenges they faced in turning their 2012 competition entry into reality.  They shared their research of thermal, environmental and acoustical issues as well as analyses of different glass solutions like frit/tint variations, tectonic shading and dynamic glass.

Let our presenters and attendees tell you how it went!

Read more

February 1, 2017

There IS such thing as “free lunch”


At BKSK, our greatest asset is our people. We are lucky to be surrounded by a diverse group of thinkers, creators, movers, and shakers. That’s why we are pleased to announce “free lunch &…” – a new in-house lunch and learn series to exchange ideas, foster creativity and culture, and innovate! From rendering techniques to zoning changes, from sustainable design practices to your latest vacation, we are asking our team to share their experiences and knowledge…and in exchange, we’ll feed them. We will be hosting one per month to give everyone time to digest. Following each presentation, our staff will share their thoughts and feedback on (Po)st, so we encourage you to check back periodically for updates!


January 20, 2017

Green Good Design in Washington Square Park

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Washington Square Park House has received a 2017 Green Good Design Award from The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.  The international awards program is aimed to recognize visionary designs in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning projects, product, packaging, and graphic design that work toward a healthier global environment. For more information on the program and to view this year’s winners, visit chi-athenaeum.org or europeanarch.eu.

January 18, 2017

2 Lafayette is Golden

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We are excited to announce that 2 Lafayette has officially received LEED Gold certification!

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). The design team and BKSK Lab went to great lengths to ensure that this project met and exceeded the design guidelines of the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) and the Design Excellence program of the Department of Design and Construction (DDC), and delivered a community-centered workplace of exceptional quality that promotes holistic well-being for employees and the public.

We are particularly proud of meeting 4 new LEED Pilot Credits centered on human health and wellness:

  • Pilot Credit 22 – Quality Interior Lighting
  • Pilot Credit 44 – Ergonomics Strategy
  • Pilot Credit 61 – Material Disclosure & Assessment
  • Pilot Credit 78 – Design for Active Occupants

Congratulations to the project team and BKSK Lab for this achievement!

December 20, 2016

Reasons to Love NY (& BKSK)

This past week, our newly-completed 529 Broadway was featured as #32 in New York Magazine‘s Reasons to Love New York. We have to say, we’re pretty excited about it, too.


529 Broadway is situated at the northwest corner of Broadway and Spring Street in Manhattan, one the most trafficked intersections in the SoHo Cast Iron Historic District. Tourists and locals both frequent the neighborhood for its architectural charm and large retail attractions. The two-story taxpayer building that most recently occupied this corner was one of the few substantial gaps in the street wall of lower Broadway. Recently-completed, 529 Broadway is six stories tall at the street wall, with a gross square footage of approximately 52,000. Read more