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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 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

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

August 25, 2015

Taka Sarui and Gisela Garrett weigh in on the “State of Practice”

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Two of our own, architect Taka Sarui and marketer Gisela Garrett, are featured in this in the current issue of Connection magazine. Published bimonthly by the American Institute of Architect’s Young Architects Forum, Connection is focused on issues affecting young and otherwise emerging architectural professionals.

The August issue of Connection specifically explores the “State of Practice,” and includes a variety of perspectives on the business models, technology, and culture of contemporary architecture firms. Flip to page 10 to read Gisela’s thoughts on how firms can be more available globally, overcoming obstacles of both geography and time. Jump to page 64 for Taka’s reflections on the licensure process and its influences on multidisciplinary-minded designers.

Learn more about our firm’s many perceptive professionals here.

July 21, 2015

Join us in exploring organic waste’s part in OneNYC

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One of the Mayor’s OneNYC goals is for the city to send zero waste to landfills by 2030. Interestingly, one of the largest obstacles to achieving this goal is also a potential energy source: organic waste.

On Thursday, July 23rd, the Urban Green Council is hosting an event to discuss strategies for better dealing with organic waste and the opportunities that architects have to lead in this arena. Co-organized by BKSK’s Julie Nelson, the conversation will be led by Kiss + Cathcart’s Clare Mifflin, Foodprint Group’s Christina Grace, and the New York City Department of Sanitation’s Brett Mons.

The event runs from 6-8pm and is being hosted by Mohawk, at 71 West 23rd Street. Visit Urban Green online to register.

May 13, 2015

BKSK’s first Living Future Accredited Professional

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Join us in congratulating Jennifer Preston, our Sustainable Design Director, and the firm’s first recipient of Living Future accreditation!

To paraphrase the International Living Future Institute, this honor recognizes Jennifer’s holistic framing of sustainability and her understanding of how to lead a transformation toward communities that are socially just, culturally rich, and ecologically restorative.

We are proud to work with Jennifer, and we are grateful for her expertise, perspective, and ongoing advocacy for a more sustainable future.

March 18, 2015

In Dialogue: Joan and Julie on the BKSK Women’s Roundtable

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Joan and Julie are two of six partners at BKSK, a firm with women represented at every level of leadership.

On Tuesday, February 24th, BKSK partners Julie Nelson and Joan Krevlin hosted a roundtable discussion amongst the women of the firm. Here, they reflect on some of their key takeaways from that conversation. Read more

February 12, 2015

Jenniece Centrella promoted to Senior Project Manager

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In recognition of her ongoing leadership and valuable contributions to BKSK Architects, Jenniece Centrella LEEP AP has been promoted to the position of Senior Project Manager.

Over her many years with the firm, Jenniece’s contributions have resulted in the success of projects as diverse as Mamaroneck Public Library and the currently-under-construction 2 Lafayette Street. Please join us in thanking and congratulating our dynamic, committed, and talented colleague!

July 1, 2014

Beyond Manhattan / Beyond the Supersquare

“Beyond the Supersquare” runs through January 11, 2015 at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

Earlier this week, our office was treated to a private tour of the Bronx Museum of Art’s new exhibition “Beyond the Supersquare” with Executive Director and co-curator Holly Block. The show includes dozens of works by contemporary artists responding to the distinctively Modernist architecture of Latin America and the Caribbean, from both complimentary and critical perspectives.  Read more

April 14, 2014

BKSK opens its doors to the public with Open House New York

Wil Rodriguez discusses curtain wall design with a visitor.

Wil Rodriguez discusses curtain wall design with a visitor.

Saturday at the office? Typically it’s not a prospect anyone would relish, but this past Saturday was no ordinary weekend at the office. BKSK was one of 15 firms that participated in openstudios, an ongoing series by Open House New York that celebrates the architecture community and the neighborhoods around the city that are major hubs of creativity and innovation. openstudios Flatiron District was a chance for the public to go inside the studios and offices of some of the city’s leading architects, designers, and engineers, in order to learn about the building industry and about what’s currently on the boards for New York’s built environment. Read more