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
Tag: synagogue renovation
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. So, how could a building be measured by moral standards? How could it have, or lack, values? Let me share an example. Just a few weeks ago a new sign with a large capital letter D was posted in my apartment building entry. I found out that a new local law (33/95) requires every building over 25,000 square feet to post its Energy Star Score. Nearly 70% of greenhouse emissions in […] Read More
WSJCR Synagogue Building Design
“The old should be renewed and the new should be sanctified” wrote R’ Kook. This has been our mission in the design of the renovation of the 100 year old West Side Jewish Center Synagogue. We aspire to renew the beautiful old details of this communal building and to sanctify the new system which would be installed including elevators, bathrooms and mechanical systems.