Three New York practices make “firms to watch” list

To mark its fifteenth anniversary, Residential Architect (RA) magazine put together a list of 15 young design firms to watch.  Those firms, which were globally drawn, were selected on the quality of their work and their business model.  “We chose firms that did strong residential work and ones we thought would be around for the long haul”, said Meghan Dreuding, a Senior Editor at Residential Architect, of the firms that made the cut.  “Some were drawn from our research, some were firms we knew about, and we also spoke with more established firms”, she said.

The three New York practices that made the list are Workshop/apd, Made, and Grzywinski + pons.  While considered “young” practices, all have been in business for a while, proving that architecture is indeed a profession that takes time to master.   Based in Brooklyn, Made has been in business for a decade. While initially led by three friends who met at Yale’s School of Architecture, two exited in 2011 leaving co-founder Ben Bischoff to carry on.  Made’s primary focus is custom design build residential work, which has grown over the years in size and complexity.  This year, Made is completing its first ‘ground up’ residential project in Westchester County, New York and it has landed its first large-scale commercial project.

Workshop/apd with offices in Manhattan and Nantucket, Massachusetts is a press favorite, grabbing headlines for its work in trade journals and shelter magazines too numerous to mention here. Founded in 1999 by Andrew Kotchen and Matthew Berman, both graduates of Lehigh University, workshop/apd broke onto the scene with their award winning housing work in New Orleans.  Berman believes as do I “that design is inextricably linked to our happiness”. http://

Nolitan Hotel courtesy Grzywinski + Pons Archtiects

Last and by no means least is New York practice Grzywinski + Pons, led by Mathew Grzwinski and Amador Pons.  They met 13 years ago when Grzywinski was at the Rhode Island School of Design and Pons was at Syracuse University.  Grzywinski + Pons has made more than one “firms to watch” list, having been featured in Archrecord2’s ongoing series on emerging architects.  Their signature project is the Nolitan Hotel, which among other things, has been named the best boutique hotel in New York for its über-chic design.

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