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Following the stay at home orders issued in March, SAR Academy and High School began to plan for a return to in person learning in the fall. Architects Esther Sperber of Studio ST Architects Hila Stern of HSB Architecture & Design worked together to craft a reopening scheme for the school's students and staff. Their plan addresses the issues of social distancing, classroom size, and air circulation while prioritizing the learning experiences of all age groups. Read more about the reopening scheme on Architect Magazine Read More

Published: The Forward SAR Academy and High School was the first school in New York City to shut its doors in the spring of 2020 as cases of the coronavirus were escalating state- and nationwide. At once, the entire school went virtual, taking to Zoom and online learning strategies in order to continue the academic year. Although the SAR community had to adapt on the spot to a remote education model, they did not hesitate to begin preparing a reopening scheme to ensure a safe and smooth return to in-person schooling when the time came. Studio ST Architects Esther Sperber... Read More

Read the Case StudySAR, comprised of SAR Academy and SAR High School, is a private Jewish school in New York City. It serves approximately 1,600 students from across the city, Westchester, Connecticut and New Jersey.   The school believes that every child possesses a divine spark, has unique worth as an individual, and should be encouraged to achieve according to his or her ability. The school values excellence in learning and also seeks to foster the religious, social and emotional growth of each student. SAR has a robust digital technology program and provides all students in the Middle School and High... Read More

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From the Women in Architecture Website: "Esther will share thought on the unique collaborative process that is central to the work of an architect and how it fosters creativity. Relational Psychoanalysis shows that each of us is comprised of multiple selves, and we become who we are through bringing these selves to our interactions with others. We discover ourselves through our relations to those around. "With this idea in mind, Esther strives to create an environment in which each of the many participants in the design and building process can voice and share the many sides of themselves, bring their... Read More

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Originally published: Architect Magazine "On April 6, after days of calling and checking my bank’s website, I was finally able to submit my application for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program under the CARES Act. The program is supposed to help small businesses retain their employees by giving them a loan that would cover two months of payroll. The loan would be forgiven if the staff remains employed and the money is used for this purpose. I called the bank to follow up on my submission, but no one was able to review or confirm that my application was complete or... Read More

Originally published on Archinect "At the end of February, a surprising decision by a state judge revoked the approval for the top 20 floors of 200 Amsterdam Avenue, a market-rate, luxury, residential building on the Upper West Side in New York.  "The developers amassed air rights, using a zoning loophole to create a 39-sided lot. While the city clarified that these zoning lots will no longer be allowed, it nevertheless sided with the developer to challenge this ruling. Despite the zoning gerrymandering that went into the design and approval of the 52-story building, few would have imagined that after receiving the required... Read More

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From the editors of NYC Architects: "The following list features the top 15 residential architects in NYC. Our team compiled a list of accomplished architects and evaluated them based on their mastery of the trade and the quality of their work. We also assessed the architects based on their years of experience, their industry accreditations and certifications, and the strength of their portfolios. The resulting list features architects whose forward-thinking practices have put them at the forefront of residential architecture." Studio ST Architects is proud to be featured as one of the top firms alongside other notable architects. View original... Read More

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Originally published: New York Daily News "In a surprising decision a couple of weeks ago, a state judge ruled to revoke the approval for the top 20 floors of a market-rate, luxury, residential building on the Upper West Side, 200 Amsterdam Ave. "Despite the unusual zoning lot that the developers created to amass the air rights for this 52-story tower, few would have imagined that after receiving the required approval from the Department of Buildings and the Board of Standards and Appeals, the developer may need to demolish the upper third of the building. "While I am sympathetic to the wish to... Read More

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Published: The Architect's Newspaper From the editors of The Architects' Newspaper: "After expanding our categories to a whopping 47 and receiving over 800 submissions, the 2019 AN Best of Design Awards were our most successful yet. Of course, this made the judging more difficult than ever. Projects came from firms big and small across every corner of the North American continent. While we are always surprised by the breadth and quantity of submissions, we were not surprised by the quality of the design work put forth by these talented architects and designers. Sensitivity and subtlety were at a premium. Winners were chosen for their... Read More

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Published: New York YIMBY Studio ST Architects recently completed the design and bidding process for a five-million-dollar renovation of the Ansche Chesed Synagogue on the Upper West Side in New York. The renovation will enlarge the building entrance lobby which was originally built in 1927. The size of the new lobby, designed as an open bleacher-style space spanning two levels, triples the square footage of the original space. The addition of two new ADA non-gendered bathrooms, coat rooms and stroller parking in the lobby will better serve members and guests joining the many programs and services held throughout the synagogue. A new LULA elevator provides easy access to both lobby levels, the sanctuary above, and the basement multipurpose hall. On the basement level,... Read More

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It is incredibly exciting to see the walls of the building slowly rising from the excavated basement.

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Published: Yale Paprika In this interview, Miriam Dreiblatt speaks with founder of Studio ST Architects Esther Sperber on the challenges of designing religious spaces that promote serenity and connection while maintaining a high level of security. Sperber aims to design sacred spaces that foster a sense of community and belonging while being mindful of prayers and their individual spiritual needs. Sperber further discusses the impact of the concern and need for increased safety measures in synagogue architecture. These measures culturally informed and therefore take different forms, ranging from gates and police cars surrounding the site to hidden cameras and security... Read More

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Published: New York YIMBY Construction has officially begun at 36 Jones Street, a new apartment building in Jersey City designed by Studio ST Architects. The building will have 900 square feet of retail space on the ground floor, 10 apartments ranging from one- to three-bedrooms, and indoor and outdoor public amenity spaces. Read the full article on New York YIMBY Read More

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I was delighted to host two groups of students who participated in the Barnard Young Women Leadership Institute. They asked about architecture, being a women business owner, and all the other challenges and joys of professional life.

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Published: Architect Magazine The dream of every New Yorker came true for these clients when they were able to buy the one bedroom apartment next to their existing two bedroom. This clean and contemporary combination created a large, four bedroom home on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The large open space includes a generous foyer, living room, dinning room and kitchen, perfect for entertaining and relaxing. With the additional space we were able to expand the original bathroom to create a larger master bathroom, “his and her” walk in closets, a comfortable home office for two working parents, a... Read More

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Published: Dwell This upper west side project was a 6700 square foot, full-floor gut renovation. This family home merges the best of a comfortable suburban house with the sophistication and location of a city apartment. The design conveys a soft opulence that is rich yet comfortable, beautiful yet functional. The space was designed to be used flexibly, both for hosting large groups and for intimate family use. View original article     Read More

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Published: Home Adore This project was a 2,000 square foot gut renovation of a pre-war apartment on the Upper West Side, Manhattan. The entry foyer is the central point in the space, a node connecting the main rooms of the apartment. Upgraded and modernized amenities and finishes provide comfort while retaining the historic charm of the space. Read the full article on Home Adore Read More

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Published: Home World Design For this renovation project, Studio ST Architects transformed a 700 square-foot studio into a one bedroom apartment dedicated to showcasing the client's art collection. Features include gallery-style recessed track lights, new white millwork, and a kitchen/bar with views of Manhattan's skyline. Read the full article on Home World Design Read More

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Our profession has suffered from a biased image of The Architect. Whether consciously or unconsciously, the architect is most often seen as male, independent, educated, white and secular. This architect could rationally analyze any building program, study the urban fabric of any place and produce a building to meet the needs of any client. He is a kind of ‘archetypal’ human, able to respond to any ‘typical’ client, with standard ergonomic proportions and known needs. Of course, to a certain degree, this is a gross and inaccurate accusation of our field. Many architects are deeply attuned to the particularities, or... Read More

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Our renovation of the Pink and White apartment is complete! Browse photos from our photoshoot below. Read More