A new book by Phaidon, Interiors: The Greatest Rooms of the Century, features the North Penn House. The book includes work by iconic designers from the 20th and 21st centuries, including Lina Bo Bardi, Pierre Chareau, and Shigeru Ban. Deborah Berke and Noah Biklen led the design of the architecture of the North Penn house, and Caroline Wharton Ewing created the interiors. We are honored to be included in this impressive volume. Read more about the book here.
ArchDaily published the LEED Platinum High Street Residence Hall at Dickinson College. The project is the first new residence hall at the college in more than 40 years. “We had two objectives: first to add something new to Dickinson’s historic campus, a building that provides for both distinctiveness and continuity, and second to reinforce the college’s residential life goals, primarily to create a rich, diverse, and ultimately flexible community,” said Partner Maitland Jones. The site also published the Hotel Henry at the Richardson Olmsted Campus in Buffalo, New York. Read more here and here.
The East End Independent interviewed Deborah Berke about her philosophy on design and life. "Architecture is great and it’s a rich and rewarding field, but I think it is much healthier for architects to be broadly engaged and interested in society and in other fields. So, work hard as you design, in addition to visiting and really “seeing” buildings and spaces by others. Also read a novel. Go to a concert. Explore a part of the city you’ve never visited. It will improve your architecture in ways you can’t predict.” Pictured is the interior of BookHampton, which we redesigned a couple of years ago to bring more natural light into the charming seaside shop. Read the interview here.
The New York Times featured 77 Greenwich, a new tower in Lower Manhattan. FXCollaborative designed the building, and we designed the interiors for the apartments and amenity spaces. The warm modern interiors include highly tactile natural materials; the serene composition allows the sweeping views of the city and harbor to come to the foreground. Deborah Berke and Stephen Brockman are leading the project. Read more about it here.
AIA New York State honored the Rockefeller Arts Center at SUNY Fredonia and the Richardson Olmsted Campus with Excelsior Awards, which “showcase design and professional excellence in publicly funded buildings.” The jury called Fredonia a “brilliant contribution to its surroundings while simultaneously being respectful of the original building,” and they said that the renovation of the Richardson Campus provides “a breathtaking new focus for a monumental piece of history.” Congratulations to all the other winners!
Tonight, Partner Maitland Jones will appear on a panel discussion at the Rizzoli bookstore in Manhattan for the new book Single-Handedly by Nalina Moses. The book features hand drawings by contemporary architects, including Maitland’s design proposal for the Edward M Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate. The event is from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Rizzoli bookstore at 1133 Broadway at 26th street. Check it out!
The Chronicle of Higher Education, the leading publication covering colleges and universities, features the High Street Residence Hall at Dickinson College. The LEED Platinum building has two distinct facade treatments: limestone facing the historic campus and standing seam zinc overlooking a residential neighborhood. Inside, the building includes a variety of social and study spaces that students can make their own. Designed by Partner Maitland Jones and Principal Rhoda Kennedy, the building represents the first expansion of residential life on campus in over 40 years. Read more here.
Artist Jennifer Nichols is currently showing a series of paintings and watercolors in our Flatiron Studio. Titled Dream Baby Dream, the show features 26 works of varying scales. “Through color, symmetry, and repetition I create works that are at once centering and energetic,” Nichols wrote. Dream Baby Dream is on view through June 7 by appointment. Contact email@example.com.
The New York Chapter of the AIA has given its Medal of Honor, its highest award, to Deborah Berke. The award was given at the Chapter’s annual honors and awards luncheon. In addition, the Rockefeller Arts Center received a Merit Award for its design. Partner Maitland Jones accepted the award on behalf of the firm. We are grateful for this recognition from our peers. Congratulations to all the other honorees.
The New York Times profiled Titus Kaphar, an artist, activist, and co-founder of NXTHVN, a new arts and community incubator that we are designing in New Haven, Connecticut. NXTHVN provides studio space and fabrication facilities for resident artists and fellows. A mentorship program brings in youth from the community to learn from the artists and provides paid internships. Our building knits two abandoned former factory buildings together with a new addition, signaling renewed investment in the Dixwell neighborhood. “What I’m suggesting is that there is space for excellence and quality in our community — and I think we deserve it,” Kaphar said. Read more about the story here.
On Thursday, March 28, Senior Principal Stephen Brockman will participate in the panel “The Tale of Two Asylums: The Fall of Greystone and the Rise of the Richardson Olmsted Campus” at Parsons. Stephen will describe the process of turning a sprawling architectural monument by H.H. Richardson into a new boutique hotel, destination restaurant, and a conference center, while respecting the building’s complex history and the integrity of its design. Parsons School of Constructed Environments Dean Robert Kirkbride and architecture critic Paul Goldberger will also participate. Event information is here.
WNYC, one of the nation’s leading public radio stations, interviewed feminist icon Gloria Steinem, Pamela Shifman, executive director of the NOVO Foundation, and Miyhosi Benton of the Women & Justice Project about The Women’s Building, a new global hub for the women’s and girls’ rights movement. Steinhem told host Brian Lehrer, “This is the most unmitigated good news I’ve been able to think about or talk about in years—to turn a women’s prison into a Women’s Building.” We are proud to be designing this project and we believe deeply in the mission of The Women’s Building. Listen to the full segment here.