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by: KC Morgan Published: Inhabitat Nestled between the Dead Sea and the Judean Mountains in Israel, the Desert Home is an incredible creation meant to exist in perfect harmony with nature. Esther Sperber, New York City architect and designer with Studio ST Architects, designed this sustainable, energy-efficient home. The design was created to have as little impact on the environment as possible. The minimalist design is gleaming white while clean lines and simplistic shapes blend beautifully with the surrounding landscape. One of the main goals of the project was to create a climate-responsive design that is energy efficient. The location was a key factor. […] Read More

Both Archello and Livin Spaces celebrated the completion of our Jones Street Apartments. Recently completed, 36 Jones Street, is a unique, ground-up mixed-use building located in the heart of Jersey City, New Jersey, designed by award-winning, woman-owned, Studio ST Architects, and developed by Jud LLC. Encompassing a boutique hotel aesthetic, the new multi-family community is in walking distance to the Journal Square PATH station, just 12 minutes to mid-town Manhattan. The 2043 sqm (22,000 sq. ft.) structure includes a 84 sqm (900 sq. ft.) street-facing commercial space and 10 generously sized apartments across five floors. The building strives to create […] Read More

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In June we celebrated Richard’s many years with studio ST Architects. Staff, client, engineers and contractors all sent in video tributes to honor Richard and his great work. See the video below. Read More

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Thank you to everyone who voted for our affordable housing project, MicroPolis, which is one of five finalists in the #Architizer A+ Popular Choice Awards. We are delighted that our MicroPolis was selected in the Unbuilt-Multi-Unit Housing L>10 Floors category. Your vote helped to support our advocacy for cost-effective urban housing. We are thrilled that Architizer A+ Awards has recognized the importance of this project and how it could help alleviate the affordable housing shortage in New York. Read More

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We recently celebrated the Jewish holiday of Purim, and it got me thinking again about synagogues, security, and the kinds of threats that we tend to worry about.  Let me explain. The story of Purim comes from the book Esther in the bible. It commemorates a horrible war in which the Jews were able to defend themselves against a decree by Haman that called for their annihilation. While I listened to the Megillah at my synagogue I was struck that the ancient story captures a recurring experience of baseless hatred that can only be fought by force. The moral of […] Read More

Podcast Interview by: Kyle Northcutt On International Women’s Day, be inspired by my Kids Learn Careers podcast interview on being an architect and founder of Studio ST Architects. I had a blast being interviewed by 10-year-old Kyle Northcutt for his Kids Learn Careers podcast. He asked me questions about what an architect is, what is it like to be an architect and what I enjoy most and least about my job. We even discuss how much a new architect graduate earns after their studies. Listen to my interview to find out more about the life of a female architect, business […] Read More

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Published: Architecture of Israel Architecture of Israel magazine commended Studio ST Architect’s design for micro homes, as part of its feature on ingenious ways of dealing with sun and shade, through intelligent architectural design of buildings and inclusive urban planning. The highly praised micro housing competition entry, MicroPolis, addresses inequities in housing, which have been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. The proposal demonstrates how to creatively house key workers by maximizing units on the upper floors of currently unoccupied luxury condos, as well as provide ample usable outside space, which is coveted in densely populated urban centers, such as Manhattan. […] Read More

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Published: Architizer Is your building immoral? You are probably thinking that this is a silly question; buildings are inanimate structures and morality is the uniquely human capacity for judgment and empathy. How could a building be measured by moral standards? How could it have, or lack, values? But let’s think about some of the most obviously disturbing buildings like the sites of slave trade, torture, or the headquarters of authoritarian regimes. Do these stone and glass structures embody the evil acts that took place within them? Can they be redeemed? Other ethical questions that relate to architecture come to mind. […] Read More

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I’m often asked by friends, prospective clients, and college students what it is that we do as architects; what are the professional services that we offer.  The short answer architects give is that we design and renovate buildings, and indeed, this is an important part of our work. But this description misses so much of the actual work we must do.  The design phases start with the Schematic Design phase – presenting the main architectural concepts. These plans are developed with input from the engineers and cost estimators in the Design Development phase. And finally, the design is completed with […] Read More

Published: e-architect e-architect published Studio ST Architect’s design for micro homes for essential workers. We proposed to build these homes in central urban locations utilizing the void spaces that some Manhattan luxury condominiums are building in order to increase building heights and sell units on higher floors. We demonstrate the increased density when converting huge apartments into smaller units. “New York City is a financial, intellectual, and innovative center. We now see that its strength depends not only on its financial stability and profit margins, but also on its ability to withstand catastrophic unexpected events. It is our moral responsibility […] Read More

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I updated this piece, originally published in the New York Times in 2015 It is Memorial Day weekend, and I’m feeling hopeful. On my run this morning I could smell the spring bloom mixed with May showers. I’m grateful that we no longer need to wear a mask outdoors. Cautiously, we are emerging from the isolation and pain of the last year, still unable to fathom the deaths of over 50,000 people in our own city.  The pandemic forced us to work from home and communicate digitally. With technology, flexibility, and patience our team was able to start the renovations of two synagogues, oversee the […] Read More