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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.

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”).

 

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

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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 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 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.

July 26, 2016

The beginning of the Ende era

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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 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.