Is the housing crisis in New York a New York City design issue?
October 3, 2018
In her new film short, architect Maimouna Sow addresses the question “Is the housing crisis in New York a New York City design issue?” Peter Bafitis, AIA, RKTB Principal and co-chair of the AIANY Housing Committee, responds by introducing the NYC Public Design Commission's new guide book entitled “Designing New York: Quality Affordable Housing” and encouraging architects to get involved in the city’s process. In doing so, he suggests, architects can “make a difference in terms of educating people and influencing the hearts and minds of people towards a better built environment.” Visit Ms. Sow’s website here.
East Clarke Place Court featured in Real Estate Weekly Article on Jolie Milstein's (NYSAFAH) Affordable Housing Crusade
September 13, 2018
RKTB's affordable housing project at 12 East Clarke Place and 27 East 169th Street in the Bronx is pictured in a September 5, 2018 Real Estate Weekly article introducing a new bi-weekly feature to be written by Jolie Milstein on the affordable housing crisis. In her column, the NYSAFAH President and CEO will be fostering a dialogue on the shortage of workforce and affordable housing and exploring possible solutions. Read the article here: NYSAFAH's Jolie Milstein takes affordability crusade national.
RKTB Announces Promotions
June 12, 2018
RKTB is pleased to announce that Nelson Vega, Assoc. AIA, has been named an Associate Principal and Enrico Kurniawan, AIA, has been named an Associate. Both are graduates of The City College of New York and were students of Carmi Bee, FAIA, RKTB’s president and professor emeritus at City College. The promotions coincide with the firm’s 55th anniversary.
"Designing New York: Quality Affordable Housing" is Launched at the Center for Architecture
May 10, 2018
The New York City Public Design Commission (PDC) launched its newest publication, “Designing New York: Quality Affordable Housing,” at the Center for Architecture on May 8, 2018. The report is the result of a collaborative effort among the PDC, the AIA New York Housing Committee, and The Fine Arts Federation of New York and “breaks down guiding principles for design considerations in affordable housing, from massing to open space.” RKTB Architects, P.C. is proud to have our Affordable Infill Housing Prototype featured as a case study. The guide can be downloaded here: https://on.nyc.gov/2ruJo7j. RKTB's Peter Bafitis, AIA, and MAP's Fernando Villa, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, are the Housing Committee's co-chairs.
2018 JerseyArts.com People's Choice Awards Winners Announced
March 20, 2018
RKTB is proud to congratulate the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) on being named New Jersey's favorite Small Performing Arts Center for the fourth year in a row. The honor was announced at the 2018 JerseyArts.com People's Choice Awards on March 14. Designed by RKTB, SOPAC celebrated its grand opening in November of 2006 with a gala that included a performance by Yo-Yo Ma. The Center also received a Building of America Plaque of Honor from Construction Communications and an Excellence in Structural Engineering Award from the National Council of Structural Engineering.
For more on the People's Choice Awards and SOPAC: https://www.sopacnow.org/news/sopac-is-new-jerseys-favorite-small-performing-arts-center/; http://jersey arts.com/peopleschoice/
March 19, 2018
United Management, Certes Partners, and Metropolitan Acquisitions have secured $71.5 million in financing for the development of 212 West 95th Street, a 19-story ground-up luxury residential condominium that is being designed by RKTB and Cetra Ruddy. The project was featured March 14th in Real Estate Weekly (http://bit.ly/2FMy8NB) and March 12th on GlobeSt.com (http://bit.ly/2IDPKJh).
Permits Filed for 695 Thwaites Place, Allerton, The Bronx
March 16, 2018
Permits were filed for a new, six-story, mixed-use building in the Allerton section of The Bronx that will combine 36 residential units with a medical facility and retail space. The project is being developed by Volmar Construction and designed by RKTB. For details visit YIMBY: Permits Filed for 695 Thwaites Place, Allerton, The Bronx.
BUILD Magazine 2018 Interior Design Award
January 29, 2018
RKTB is pleased to have been honored by BUILD Magazine as "Best Residential Interior Design Firm 2018 - New York."
2017 American School & University Architectural Portfolio
January 11, 2018
Carmi Bee, FAIA, shared his insight on the following topics in the 2017 American School & University Architectural Portfolio: challenges in designing urban schools; adjusting designs to respect the community and neighborhood context; exemplary project details. The full interview can be found in the article above.
AIANY Housing Committee Ratensky Lecture Video
January 2, 2018
The video of the AIANY Housing Committee's 2017 Ratensky Lecture ("The Past, Present, and Future of Affordable Housing") honoring Herbert Oppenheimer, FAIA, is now available for viewing, courtesy of the AIANY Center for Architecture: Samuel Ratensky Memorial Lecture: Herbert Oppenheimer (11/8/17).
From left: Gary Solomon, Ted Liebman, Peter Bafitis, Herbert Oppenheimer, Carmi Bee, Moses Gates, Kermit Baker (photo courtesy AIANY)
AIANY Housing Committee Ratensky Lecture, November 8, 2017
November 22, 2017
On November 8th the Housing Committee of the AIA New York Chapter sponsored its annual Samuel Ratensky Lecture, which this year recognized the lifelong accomplishments of Herbert Oppenheimer, FAIA. Mr. Oppenheimer was joined by Kermit Baker, Senior Research Fellow at the Joint Center for Housing Studies, and Moses Gates, Director of Community Planning and Design at the Regional Plan Association, for a very stimulating discussion followed by a Q and A on the present state of affordable housing in NYC and what we might look forward to in the future.
The annual series pays homage to Samuel Ratensky (1910-1972), an architect and NYC housing official who was responsible for major housing initiatives in the city from 1946 to 1972. It honors individuals who, like Mr. Ratensky, have made significant lifetime contributions to the advancement of housing and community design. This year's Ratensky Lecture was organized by RKTB Architects, P.C.'s Peter Bafitis, AIA, co-chair of the AIANY Housing Committee. The lecture series was originally conceived by Carmi Bee, FAIA, in 1989. That year the inaugural lecture was given by Lew Davis, FAIA, and has gone on to honor luminaries such as Jonathan Rose and Richard Ravitch.
2017 Brick in Architecture Awards - Gold Award
July 20, 2017
RKTB Architects, PC is pleased to announce that our addition to Public School (PS) 70Q in Astoria, Queens has won a 2017 Brick in Architecture Gold Award from The Brick Industry Association. The addition adds space for 508 students and is complete with new classrooms, support spaces, outdoor areas, and a gymnasium with locker rooms.
The design of the exterior grew from the notion that the building should develop a visual dialogue with the surrounding neighborhood. Thus, its segmented bays and undulations of the façade correspond to the materiality, form and scale of the surrounding buildings. Brick was a logical material choice to achieve the building's curved façade and to develop a clear relationship to the adjacent buildings.
(photo © Albert Vecerka/Esto)
433 Broadway Wins SARA | NY Award
June 20, 2017
RKTB was proudly honored by a jury of our peers at the SARA | NY 2017 Design Awards Gala on June 20th. The firm received a 2017 Award of Merit for Professional Design Excellence for our project at 433 Broadway, New York. SARA | NY is the local Council of the Society of American Registered Architects, whose mission is "to unite as a common voice to work together for the betterment of the profession; the advancement of all mankind and sustainability of the environment; and foster the Golden Rule of 'Architect helping Architect.'"
(photo © Albert Vecerka/Esto)
Happy 10th Anniversary, SOPAC!
June 9, 2017
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the South Orange Performing Arts Center. As architects for the Center, RKTB is proud to have contributed to its success and that of the village of South Orange, New Jersey.
Our involvement with the Center began when we were brought in by Arnell Construction Corporation to be part of a "design build" team in an effort to reduce the cost of a previous design and bring it in on a tight budget of $12.5 million. Over a four-year period we worked with the Village officials and Arnell to develop a building program and subsequent design which would fulfill their goals. The result of this effort was the design of a 46,000-square-foot facility which would incorporate a 425-seat performance space, five movie theatres, and multi-purpose community space.
One of the stated goals of the project was to erect an edifice that would contribute to the identity of South Orange and to serve the New Jersey community at large. Over the last ten years this goal became a reality. The venue's staff testifies, "SOPAC is a thriving arts center where internationally renowned artists love to perform and audiences experience the joy of live entertainment in the intimacy of our state-of-the-art theatre."
Rolling Stone magazine, in viewing a performance, stated that "the South Orange Performing Arts Center's spectacular sound design rendered the material nearly sumptuous."
RKTB believes that the true success of a building is how well it performed over time. On this basis SOPAC has become a resounding success. We are proud to have played a role in making this happen.
(photo © Albert Vecerka/Esto)
6SQFT: Score an affordable apartment near Yankee Stadium from $963/month
April 25, 2017
Built on one of the last vacant city-owned lots in the Bronx, East Clarke Place Court is comprised of two brand new buildings that share a parking lot and a landscaped open space. The RKTB Architects-designed complex features $963/month one-bedroom and $1,166/month two-bedroom apartments and is one of the first buildings to comply with Green Communities Criteria requirements. Read Devin Gannon's 6SQFT post in "Affordable Housing, Bronx, Housing Lotteries" for more: https://www.6sqft.com/score-an-affordable-apartment-near-yankee-stadium-from-963month/.
(photo © Albert Vecerka/Esto)
433 Broadway is Named a Finalist in the Architizer A+ Awards
April 11, 2017
433 Broadway was selected as a Finalist in the Architizer A+Awards in the Office - Mid Rise category. As a Finalist, our work is recognized among a handful in the world in its category. Said Architizer's CEO, Marc Kushner, "The Architizer A+Awards received entries from 100 countries, and less than 10% of all entrants received recognition this year, making it highly competitive."
(photo © Albert Vecerka/Esto)
Albert Aronov, AIA, Discusses the Rehabilitation of New York's Historic Schools at the Center for Architecture
March 27, 2017
Albert Aronov, AIA, RKTB principal and director of the firm's Educational Studio, joined Matthew Cronin of Superstructures Engineers and Architects and Emily Wetherbee of Nelligan White Architects in a panel discussion entitled "Rehabilitating New York's Historic Schools" at the Center for Architecture on Monday, March 27, 2017. Mr. Aronov presented RKTB's method of "overcladding" as a solution for deteriorating facades.http://cfa.aiany.org/index.php?section=calendar&evtid=10308
(photo, RKTB Architects, P.C.)
Peter Bafitis, AIA, joins the Panel Discussion: Affordable Housing - Meeting Demand
March 16, 2017
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. http://newyorkbuildexpo.com/sessions/panel-discussion-affordable-housing-meeting-demand/
(Msgr. Anthony J. Barretta Apartments photo © Ronald L.Glassman)
Dawne David-Pierre, AIA, LEED AP, Adds Senior Architectural Experience to RKTB
RKTB 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.
BUILD Magazine Interior Design Awards 2017 - Best for Institutional Design - New York
January 12, 2017
RKTB is pleased to announce that BUILD Magazine has presented the firm with an Interior Design Award 2017 - Best for Institutional Design - New York.
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.
"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. 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. To find out more about these prestigious awards, and the dedicated professionals selected for them, please visit http://www.build-news.com where you can view [our] winners supplement and full winners list."
2016 USA Construction Excellence Award
November 28, 2016
RKTB Architects, P.C. is honored to be one of two companies to receive the 2016 USA Construction Excellence Award presented by BUILD Magazine: http://issuu.com/aiglobalmedia/docs/build_november_2016/58?e=15629828/41030154
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." http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/20/nyregion/a-co-working-space-in-soho-15-years-in-the-making.html?_r=0
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: http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/670-16/shelter-repair-scorecard-shows-building-violations-non-cluster-homeless-shelters-down-75-percent.
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."
433 Broadway Featured in AECCAfe.com's ArchShowcase
July 6, 2016
AECCafe.com 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 http://www10.aeccafe.com/blogs/arch-showcase/2016/07/06/433-broadway-in-new-york-by-rktb-architects-p-c/.
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, 2015RKTB'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.
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