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We Po-st. Coined by the scholar Edward de Bono, the word “po” is a way to signal during a brainstorming session that what is to follow is not nonsense but rather a provocative operation.
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 by 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

December 16, 2016

BKSK 2016 Promotions


We are delighted and honored to share with you the names, faces, and new titles of leadership at BKSK. Please join us in congratulating these hard-working individuals for their invaluable contributions to this firm and our projects and welcome them to their new leadership roles.

November 28, 2016

Silver and Gold for The Jefferson

Design100Award image uploadThe Jefferson was selected as a Silver Winner in the 2016 New York Design 100 Awards program, which recognizes design excellence in the New York City market. The 115,000-sf multi-family project in New York’s East Village received LEED Gold Certification earlier this year for its unique and holistic approach to sustainable design in an urban setting. This project is considered a successful model of an “urban steward project” as a result of responsible civic and environmental design.

To view the Jefferson’s winning nomination, click here.

November 23, 2016

Park House receives 2016 AIANY COTE Award


BKSK is both humbled and honored to have  been selected as a recipient of a 2016 AIANY COTE Merit Award for our LEED Platinum Washington Square Park House. The New York Chapter of AIA’s Committee on the Environment established its award program in 2014, seeking to reward design excellence and innovation that achieves socially and environmentally responsible design. The program is based on a rigorous set of qualitative and quantitative criteria – from community engagement, to human comfort & wellness, to specific sustainability metrics for water, energy, and materials.

Click here to learn more about the the AIANY COTE Awards and this year’s winners.

View our award-winning Washington Square Park House portfolio here.

October 17, 2016

Award-winning Parks + Playgrounds

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BKSK has a passion for implementing design excellence in public spaces, in particular parks and playgrounds. From the Kidpower! Playground and Preschool Garden for the New York Hall of Science, to a series of comfort stations across the NYC boroughs for the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, to the Minnewaska State Park Visitor’s Center, these projects are carefully designed with sensitivity to the visitors, site, community, and environment.

We are proud to announce that two such BKSK projects were among the honorees of the Society of American Registered Architects (SARA) 2016 Celebration of Architecture and Design Program. Washington Square Park House received a Design Award of Excellence, and Battery PlayScape received a Design Award of Honor. Congratulations to the project teams!

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