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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

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We are excited to announce that our East 77th combination apartment project is now complete. Read More

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Published: Bloomberg Citylab Esther Sperber was interviewed for an article published in Bloomberg Citylab on securing religious spaces, written in response to the massacre at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the recent rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes. Esther notes that there needs to be a balance between openness and security in religious spaces. The challenge for designers is how to draw people into spaces of prayer while maintaining a heightened level of security. Read the full article on Bloomberg Citylab Read More

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Published: The Forward Studio ST Architects's 'SynaCondo' design proposal was featured in an article published in The Forward that looks at alternative approaches to synagogue design that are more compatible with today's modern lifestyle and built environment. Esther Sperber notes that many traditional synagogues are hierarchical in how they're designed and meant to be used. However, as more and more congregations shift to being communal and egalitarian in organization, the challenge is to rethink and adapt the architectural structure of synagogues to fit the community's needs. Read the full article on The Forward Read More

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Originally published in Architect Magazine "I had always envisioned Richard Meier to be like his signature white buildings: dignified and stately. And then came the March 13 New York Times story detailing allegations of his sexual harassment and abuse of five women. "The #MeToo movement has exposed a widespread pattern of sexual misconduct by powerful men in the arts. Are these so-called “creative geniuses” simply taking advantage of their power and success, or is there a correlation between creativity and abuse? "The romantic image of the creative genius has long captivated Western culture. As a young adult, I was seduced by Howard Roark,... Read More

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Esther Sperber was a guest speaker on Archinect's podcast, Archinect Sessions, where she spoke about mental health in architecture. This discussion looks at the prevalence of mental health issues in creative industries and provides advice on learning how to empathize, managing stress, and seeking professional treatment. https://soundcloud.com/archinect/archinect-sessions-121 The full episode is also on other streaming platforms through Archinect. Read More

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From the exhibit brochure: "The English language has two distinct words that refer to the place of dwelling: “home” and “house”. The term “house” identifies a physical structure that enables domestic activities, but a home is also a mental state characterized by a sense of belonging, protection, love and shelter. A home is a place located between the physical reality and a conceptual idea, between past memories and future aspirations. Home straddles the threshold separating private intimacy and the public world of buildings and culture.” View exhibit website Exhibit Brochure Read More

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“Levitt has a rare ability to integrate insights from the fields of architecture and psychology, revealing the internal processes that enable creative design. Using beautifully narrated vignettes drawn from his teaching and design practice, Listening to Design describes techniques for overcoming creative impasses and finding your own inner passion. It also provides valuable insights for art, design, and architecture educators as well as therapists working with creative clients.”

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Check out these images of our Desert House project. Read More

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We recently completed the renovation of Manhattan Day School's Early Childhood Center.

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https://www.gsd.harvard.edu/publication/seventeen/ Read More