Peter Bafitis, AIA, joins the Panel Discussion: Affordable Housing - Meeting Demand

Peter Bafitis, AIA, discusses the latest policy initiative and preserving the quality of affordable housing on a panel with Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, LEED AP, Royce Mulholland, John Woelfling and Christopher Leong at the New York Build 2017 exposition 

Dawne David-Pierre, AIA, LEED AP, Adds Senior Architectural Experience to RKTB

Dawne David-PierreRKTB Architects, P.C. recently welcomed Dawne David-Pierre, a veteran architect with over fifteen years of professional experience, to our practice. Registered in New York, Maryland, District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia, Ms. David-Pierre is skilled in all project phases with an emphasis on programming, design, client/consultant coordination and construction administration. As a senior architect at RKTB she is responsible for design and construction documents, detailing, permit submissions and LEED scorecard documentation. She is also practiced in Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) team coordination.

Ms. David-Pierre is particularly interested in using environmentally responsible practices, holistic methodologies and innovative technologies to shape the built environment and provide services to communities in need. Her diverse portfolio includes educational, research and learning, healthcare, and small scale residential renovation projects, as well as feasibility studies and master planning.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Design from MIT and a Master of Architecture from University of Texas-Austin. With NCARB and LEED accreditation, Ms. David-Pierre is a tremendous addition and we are enthusiastic about the expertise she brings to the RKTB family. 

RKTB's Yelisa Grullon, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Achieves LEED Accreditation in Building Design + Construction

Yelisa GrullonIn recent years, sustainability has gained momentum in shaping architectural design. RKTB believes in staying abreast with technology in achieving healthy, affordable and well-functioning communities. RKTB is proud to announce that Yelisa Grullon recently received her LEED accreditation from the Green Building Certification Institute with a Building Design + Construction Specialty. Ms. Grullon joined RKTB in 2014 as an Architectural Designer and Draftsperson and has since gained her NYS architectural registration. She has been involved in various projects for the New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) and the New York State Office of General Services (OGS). Ms. Grullon received her Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2012 from the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at The City College of the City University of New York. 

BUILD Magazine Announces The 2017 Interior Design Awards Winners.

Below is the official press release for the BUILD Interior Design Awards. To view RKTB's profile, please click here: RKTB Profile BUILD Magazine Interior Design Awards. 

The 2017 Interior Design Awards Press Release

United Kingdom, January 2017- BUILD Magazine has announced winners of the 2017 Interior Design Awards.

"It is a common fact that the average person can paint a wall by using some initiative, but it takes so much more to take on the role of an Interior Designer. Dedication, hard work and passion are all key factors into what make a business a success.

"The industry is taking the world by storm and Interior Designers have found themselves inundated with new demands and workload as clients see the benefits of hiring a professional to create a home which is more than just bricks and mortar; but rather a space in which they can be themselves and express their creativity.

"As such the 2017 Interior Design Awards have been introduced to honour those firms and individuals who have taken every challenge head on, putting their heart and soul into their work and creating a solid client base.

"Amy Gower, Awards Co-ordinator, commented on the awards: 'Interior designers shape the spaces we live in, and as such play a vital role in society. It has been a real pleasure working with all of our deserving winners and I would like to wish them the best of fortunes going forward.'

"To find out more about these prestigious awards, and the dedicated professionals selected for them, please visit where you can view [our] winners supplement and full winners list."


BUILD Magazine Interior Design Awards 2017 - Best for Institutional Design - New York

January 12, 2017
RKTB Architects P.C. Build Interior Design Awards 2016

RKTB is pleased to announce that BUILD Magazine has presented the firm with an Interior Design Award 2017 - Best for Institutional Design - New York.

2016 USA Construction Excellence Award

November 28, 2016

RKTB Architects P.C. USA Construction Excellence Awards

RKTB Architects, P.C. is honored to be one of two companies to receive the 2016 USA Construction Excellence Award presented by BUILD Magazine:

A Shared Working Space in SoHo, $10 Million and 15 Years in the Making

September 20, 2016
David W. Dunlap of THE NEW YORK TIMES writes, "With its broad expanses of glass, the gleaming white six-story structure at 433 Broadway is obviously modern, though it seems comfortably at home with its nearby 19th-century cast-iron cousins."

Shelter Repair Scorecard Shows Building Violations in Non-Cluster Homeless Shelters Down 75 Percent Since January 2016

August 12, 2016
RKTB is proud to be on the team that is helping to improve conditions at homeless shelters throughout the city:

Designing Beauty Affordably in NYC

August 5, 2016
MODERN BUILDER + DESIGN magazine features an article on RKTB Architects in its June/July 2016 issue entitled "Designing Beauty Affordably in NYC." Click here to read the full article:

433 Broadway Featured in's ArchShowcase

July 6, 2016 exemplifies RKTB’s latest commercial project at 433 Broadway as a state-of-the-art creative shared workspace and retail property. For more information, please visit

Carmi Bee, FAIA, Delivers AIA NY Chapter's 2015 Ratensky Lecture

March 02, 2016
RKTB President Carmi Bee, FAIA, was recently honored by the AIA NY Chapter by being selected to deliver the 2015 Ratensky Lecture on November 18th at the Center for Architecture. Mr. Bee discussed his efforts as a housing architect and as a teacher, and shared his thoughts on the future of housing in New York City with a standing-room-only crowd in a presentation entitled "Gimme Shelter."

Initiated by the organization’s Housing Committee, the Ratensky lecture series was established in 1998 in the memory of the late Samuel Ratensky (1910-1972), an architect and housing official who was responsible for major housing initiatives in the city from 1946 to 1972. The annual series recognizes individuals who have made significant lifetime contributions to the advancement of housing and community design. Mr. Bee joins luminaries Lewis Davis (1998), Edward Logue (2000), Clara Fox (2001), Michael Pyatok (2003), William Conklin (2004), Ted Liebman (2005), Ron Shiffman (2006), Conrad Levinson (2007), Jonathan Rose (2008), Joan Goody/David Dixon, (2009), Richard Ravitch (2010), Jerilyn Perine (2011), Carleton Brown (2012), and Alan Mallach (2014) on the distinguished list of past honorees.

East Clarke Place Court Featured in Affordable Housing Finance

February 09, 2015
East Clarke Place Court transforms two lots in the Bronx into quality affordable housing. Click here to read the article on the Affordable Housing Finance website

East Clarke Place Court Named NYREJ's "Green Property of the Month"

January 13, 2015
RKTB's sustainable project East Clarke Place Court was named New York Real Estate Journal's "Green Property of the Month." Click on the article to read the full online version and see more project photos. Download

Affordable Bronx Project a Cut Above the Rest

December 15, 2014
RKTB's two-tower complex is one of the earliest projects to meet the criteria of the Enterprise Green Communities program that creates cost-effective, sustainable architecture for low-income families. Click here to view the entire article in Real Estate Weekly

New Affordable Housing Complex Surpasses the Norm

December 08, 2014
Bronx Times writer Steven Goodstein asks, "Who says affordable housing can't look unaffordable?" when describing RKTB's East Clarke Place Court. Read article

RKTB President Carmi Bee, FAIA, Designs Glass Block for Pittsburgh Corning, Gives Insight on Affordable Housing

October 27, 2014
RKTB President Carmi Bee, FAIA, contributed to the design of one of Pittsburgh Corning's products, the Focus Pattern Block. He also provided the company with insight regarding various industry topics, including his greatest passion, affordable housing. To read the full interview with Carmi Bee, click here

RKTB's Design of a Healthcare Complex in Nigeria is Featured in Architect Magazine

August 18, 2014
RKTB/Perkins Eastman's plan for a 200-acre healthcare complex in Abuja, Nigeria is featured in the July 2014 issue of Architect magazine. Click here for the full story

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