Studio ST Architects is a full-service, award-winning, woman-owned, NYC architecture firm. We design residential, multifamily housing and institutional buildings including new synagogues and places of worship from the ground-up. As NYC architects, our renovations range in scale from community centers, schools and high-end apartments to affordable real-estate developments, including duplex renovations, duplex combinations as well as apartment combinations.

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NYC architect, Esther Sperber founded Studio ST Architects in 2003 to focus on sustainable, innovative and responsible design. We strive to combine leading technologies with evolving environmentally-friendly design and production methods, and apply these tools in creative ways. Our firm combines unique expertise in architecture and psychology to design inspiring buildings and renovate spaces that transform our client’s experiences, build deep and inclusive community connections, and create a sense of health and well-being. We pride ourselves on listening carefully to our clients and working collaboratively with them and our partners to create an enjoyable design and construction process.

Our new boutique-style Jones Street multifamily apartment building in Jersey City is nearing completion. We are also working on a number of synagogue architect designs including Ansche Chesed on the Upper West Side in NY and SVAJ in Skokie, IL, which are both slated to complete in 2022. We love designing synagogues and places of worship and find this work to be deeply meaningful and inspiring. Studio ST Architects have completed many institutional buildings including the renovation of the 14th Street Y in 2010 and plans for the Hudson Yard Synagogue, an $8 million renovation project in Manhattan.

Our residential work spans from designing buildings to interior architecture for apartment renovations and combinations. We also work extensively as a duplex architect to combine apartments in NYC, including condominiums and co-ops and convert single family houses. Studio ST is committed to exploring low-budget, green designs as well as high-end residential interiors.

Studio ST’s work has been published in architectural magazines and monographs in North America, Europe, and Asia. In 2019 the SynaCondo project received the AN Best of Design Award honorable mentions. In 2008, Studio ST was selected by Wallpaper Magazine as one of the “World’s 50 Hottest Young Architectural Firms” and the Swell House was selected by Architectural Record as “Best Unbuilt House” for 2008.

Studio ST Architects’ Team

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Esther Sperber

Studio ST Architects was founded by Esther in 2003, after working at Pei Partnership Architects for more than five years, during which time she had the privilege of working closely with world renowned architect Mr. I M Pei.

Esther writes and lectures on both architecture and psychoanalysis. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Lilith Magazine, Huffington Post among others. Born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel she studied architecture at the Technion, Haifa and Columbia University, New York.

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Richard Rosenbloom

Richard, a native New Yorker, studied architecture at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. He has extensive architectural experience and has been a member of the Studio ST Architects New York team for more than 10 years.

His expertise includes apartment combinations, joining smaller units into grand residences, from 2000-7000 square feet. He is currently working on a combination of three apartments and a large duplex architecture project in Manhattan, which is set to complete in 2022.

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Jillian Kranz

Jillian is from Long Island, NY. She has a Bachelor of Science and Master’s in Architecture degree from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, where she also studied art and architecture history and photography.

Prior to joining Studio ST Architects, Jillian worked on a wide range of projects, from exterior building inspections and full brownstone condominium designs to apartment combinations. She is currently working on two synagogue renovations and an apartment remodel.

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Ann Goldhirsch

Ann, a native New Yorker, studied architecture as an undergraduate at Barnard College. She received her Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania and is a registered architect in New York State.

Before joining Studio ST Architects Ann worked on many corporate, commercial, and residential projects of varying scales and budgets. She is currently working on the Jones Street multifamily housing building in New Jersey and the Skokie Valley Synagogue in Illinois.

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Jonathan Pakaki

Born in Honolulu and raised in California and Texas, Jonathan has a Bachelor of Architecture from NJIT. His varied projects range from interior fit outs for commercial tenants to warehouse buildings and apartment renovations, plus a new house in the Catskills.

His design work has included detailing roofs and waterproofing to cabinetry and stone sinks. He is currently working on two apartment renovations and a retreat center for a sustainable farming community in Connecticut for Studio ST Architects.

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Julia Weinberg

Julia was born and raised in Richmond, VA. She is a graduate of Kenyon College where she studied drama and religious studies.

With a background in managing film production offices, she offers administrative and office management support to the architectural team and assists with the ongoing projects at Studio ST Architects.

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Eun Buettner

Eun was born in Seoul, Korea and moved to the US. She studied architecture as an undergraduate at University of Virginia and received her Master of Architecture degree from University of Pennsylvania.

Eun has extensive experience in design and project management of a wide range of projects including large scale institutional, medical, commercial and residential buildings as well as houses and apartments. Eun has functioned as Project Manager, Project Architect, and Senior Designer. She joined Studio ST Architects in 2022 and is currently working on an apartment renovation on Central Park West.

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Nicki Gitlin

Nicki is a native New Yorker, received her Bachelor of Architecture degree at the University of Miami and a Master’s in Architecture and Urban Design at Columbia University.

Before joining Studio ST, she worked on retail projects as an in house architectural designer and at a boutique architecture firm on projects such as apartments, country homes, and townhouses. Her background ranges between residential and retail work. She is a registered architect in New York State and is currently working as a part time consultant at Studio ST, while also growing her own design portfolio.

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Roger Sánchez

Roger was born and raised in Yucatán, México. He studied at the Universidad Modelo in Mérida, receiving a Bachelor of Architecture. Prior to joining Studio ST Architects, he worked in Mérida, Mexico on an apartment building in Tulum, private residences and restaurants in Mérida as well as the city’s concert hall, the Palace of Music.

With a specialization in 3D modeling and Architectural visualization, Roger recently moved to the United States to work at Studio ST Architects on range of projects.

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Nicola Salvage

Nicola was born in the UK and has been living in the Unite States for eighteen years.

Nicola is a marketing and communications specialist with extensive experience of creating strategies and integrating campaigns across digital, social, print and broadcast platforms. Her expertise lie in driving brand visibility through a combination of strategic planning, creative messaging, campaign management, business development and thought leadership and as well as effective social media management and internal and external communications.

Client Reviews

“I have worked with Studio ST Architects on several residential projects over the past 16 years and have been very satisfied with every aspect of the work. Studio ST Architects has a great vision and keen eye for detail. The plans are very focused on the needs of the people who will be using the space, without compromising aesthetics.

Saul Bardosh, 2020 (read more)

“Over the years I have worked with many architects and interior designers on various projects both in my profession and for my personal residence. Esther Sperber is by far, head and shoulders above any others. She excels in every important characteristic required in an architect. She is imaginative, creative and has worked very well with me and all of the contractors, designers and workers. She listens and makes wonderful suggestions. Esther goes above and beyond to make the project a success by taking a personal interest in the results. She displays amazing attention to detail and gets it done correctly, the first time.”

Sara Shapiro-Plevan, 2020 (read more)

Esther Sperber and Studio ST Architects did a fantastic job on our project. We combined two apartments and gut renovated. Esther and her team were a pleasure to work with from start to finish. She understood our needs and worked within our budget to help us create a beautiful new home. She was attentive to details, knowledgeable and made the inevitable stress of a major renovation more manageable. She carefully oversaw the construction anticipating and catching issues before they became problems.

Client, 2019  (read more)

Selected Writing, Lectures

The Pain of the Pandemic and the Beauty of Praying Outside
The Jewish Week, March 2021

To End Abuse in Architecture, Start with the Lone Wolf Myth
Architect Magazine, August 2018

The Architecture of Psychotherapy
The New York Times, June 9, 2015

Lecture: Faith in Design
Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA, March 2019

Podcast: Mental Health in Architecture
Archinect “Sessions” Podcast Episode 121, May 2018

Lecture: Synagogue Design
Yeshiva University, New York, November 3, 2015, 2017

Selected Institutional Clients

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