Studio ST Architecture is a full-service, woman owned,
architectural firm located in Manhattan. The firm believes in
innovative and responsible design and is intrigued by computer
technologies that are changing design and production methods
and strives to apply these tools in creative ways.
Studio ST Architects is working on a wide range of projects. The Jones Street multi-family apartment building is under construction in Jersey City. We are working on a number of synagogue renovations including Ansche Chesed on the Upper West Side in NY and SVAJ in Skokie, IL. Studio ST Architects completed the renovation of the 14th Street Y in 2010 and plans for the Hudson Yard Synagogue, an $8 million renovation project in Manhattan. Our firm has completed many residential renovations ranging from high-end apartments to low-budget real-estate development. We specialize in duplex renovations and duplex combinations as well as apartment combinations on a single floor.
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.
We believe in innovative, responsible architecture and use cutting-edge computer technologies to enhance sustainable design and production. Studio ST is committed to exploring low-budget, creative, green designs as well as high-end residential interiors.
Studio ST Architects’ Team
Esther founded Studio ST Architects in 2003 after working at Pei Partnership Architects for more than five years during which she had the privilege of working closely with Mr. I M Pei. Esther Sperber writes and lectures on architecture and psychoanalysis, two fields of praxis that strive to reduce human distress and widen the range of human experiences. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Lilith Magazine, The Huffington Post among others. Born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel she studied architecture at the Technion in Haifa and Columbia University in New York.
Richard is a New York native. He studied architecture at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and has been a part of the Studio ST Architects team for 10 years. Richard has extensive experience with 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 project.
Jillian was born and raised in 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.
Ann is a native New Yorker. She studied architecture as an undergraduate at Barnard College, received her Master of Architecture degree from University of Pennsylvania and is a registered architect in the State of New York. Before joining Studio ST Architects Ann worked on corporate, commercial, and residential projects of varying scales and budgets. She is currently working on the Jones Street multifamily building and the Skokie Valley Synagogue.
Jonathan was born in Honolulu and raised in California and Texas. Since receiving his Bachelor of Architecture at NJIT, he has worked on a variety of projects ranging in scale from interior fit-outs for commercial tenants to warehouse buildings, from apartment renovations to a new house in the Catskills, from detailing roofs and waterproofing to cabinetry and stone sinks. He is working on an apartment remodel and a retreat center for a sustainable farming community in Connecticut
Trisha was born in Florida, and raised in India, where she completed her bachelor’s degree. She moved to the United States to pursue her Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan and has since been working on a wide range of residential projects in New York and Massachusetts. Her work experience also includes commercial, hospitality, and institutional projects in India and Taiwan. Since joining the Studio ST team, she has been working on an apartment redesign and a duplex renovation in Manhattan.
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 support to the ongoing projects at Studio ST Architects.
Daniella grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. She is pursuing a BA in Architecture at Yale (class of 2024). Her areas of interest include sustainable design, history and preservation, and religious studies. As an intern at Studio ST Architects, Daniella is writing about synagogue design, updating the website, creating the graphics for the Skokie Mechitza panels, and learning from the team’s collective experience.
Synagogue design and synagogue architectural renovations are unique projects. They require a careful balancing of a community’s unique needs, a tight budget, and scheduling constraints. Studio ST Architects has decades of experience in synagogue architecture, working with communities to create beautiful and accessible prayer spaces.
Duplex apartments provide a unique opportunity to create homes within the city. We have extensive experience with duplex design, and duplex architecture including getting approval from condominium and co-op boards, the Department of Buildings (DOB), and the Landmarks and Preservation Commission( LPC). We offer an initial free consultation to clients considering buying a duplex and undergoing a duplex combination or duplex renovation.
Studio ST Architects is currently designing a 20,000 square foot apartment building for an independent developer. Our experience as Multifamily Architects has been rewarding. We enjoy working with smaller residential builders to create unique and boutique-like residential buildings. While the construction methods are simple the design is sophisticated.
Every apartment is unique and so is each family. Apartment renovations, apartment combinations, and gut-renovations are opportunities to tailor your home to fit your needs while keeping in mind practical considerations, the budget and resale value. Studio ST Architects has two decades of experience as architects, working with apartment owners and new buyers to create their dream homes.
“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, 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, 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 and Recognition
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