Intermediate Architect

Building Studio Architects is a boutique architecture and design firm based in New York City. Since 1992, the partnership has designed a diverse array of projects throughout the tristate area, including residential (private and multifamily), commercial, industrial, institutional and medical buildings and spaces. The firm provides comprehensive services to clients, including site evaluations, zoning and code analyses, construction-phase administration, and interior design.

The partners’ entire professional lives have been spent here in New York City, immersed in its building culture and familiar with its specific, often unexpected demands. They are New York City zoning and building code experts, with experience in several of the city’s Special Zoning Districts. This leadership has brought them to work with internationally known firms on projects of varying sizes, and allows them to find within the codes opportunities for unexpected, enhanced design solutions.

Building Studio Architects is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the US Green Building Council, NCARB, and IDSA. The firm designed the first LEED-certified single family residence in the City of New York, and has participated in other LEED certified projects. Dedicated to the profession’s role in the community and in the broader world, Building Studio Architects is also a member of the Architects Advocate Network for action on climate change. 

The firm’s approach seeks to be thoughtful and careful, acknowledging the complexity and delicate balance that is involved in every project. The partners recognize and celebrate the client’s primacy in the process; learning from the client, leading with expertise while celebrating and building upon their hopes and goals. Building Studio Architects is proud to approach every project with no preconceptions; finding the design language appropriate to the task. Budget, neighborhood context, program, and client direction all factor into that mix.

From custom homes and apartments up to multi-story buildings, Building Studio Architects places a high value on integrating interior design with the exterior architecture of any project. Years of experience has led to familiarity with furniture vendors, practical ergonomic design principles, and other important factors that affect the lived experience of a designed space. Custom cabinetry and furniture in metal, glass, stone and wood is available for design as well as assistance in developing FF&E scopes and in sourcing materials.


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Sam and Spenser