At RKTB inclusivity is a core value reflected both in the diversity of our staff and the communities we have served for more than fifty-five years. In steadfastly supporting positive social change through our active involvement in improving the physical fabric of urban communities, RKTB has regarded architecture as social art with a responsibility for improving the lives of all people irrespective of race, religion, origin, or economic class. In the present heightened awareness of society’s structural biases, we at RKTB reaffirm this commitment to foster architecture as a profession that conscientiously works to remove the embedded obstacles that maintain racial inequity in the design of the built environment.
RKTB is extremely proud of our commitment to the design excellence and the quality of service that we have provided to our clients since 1963. We believe that an architectural firm’s reputation should be based on its creative talent, track record of successful projects, technical knowledge and collaborative spirit in order to achieve solutions which fully address our client’s needs. This website allows us to share a sampling of the broad range of work produced for a varied group of clients. Hopefully you will find the work informative and as inspired as the spirit in which it was created.
RKTB addresses the need for affordable housing in New York with its Infill Housing Prototype, which was designed to replace scattered, vacant lots throughout the city with new, affordable multi-family buildings. While the model is basically the same for each project, it is customized according to site conditions with different façades that relate to the context in which it is built. The prototype has been successfully used in seven different projects in New York City, including the Msgr. Anthony J. Barretta Apartments, Madison Putnam Housing, Maynard Co-ops, and Prospect Gardens, but it can serve as a model in other cities, as well.
THE CONSTRUCTION SPECIFIER "Lessons in Adaptive Reuse" (by Carmi Bee, FAIA and Peter Bafitis, AIA) - Adaptive reuse has been a long-term success story in North American cities and former industrial and institutional areas. This process involves maximizing the use of existing buildings and materials and restoring the urban and architectural fabric to revitalize cities and places.
700 Manida Street is a new, mixed-use building comprising 85,000 square feet in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the Bronx. The eight-story building will house 60 residential affordable housing units and 48 senior housing units, for a total of 108 units. Amenities will include 3700 square feet of community space and a green rooftop that will be accessible to all residents. The $32 million project was designed for Nos Quedamos and MHANY Management. It is currently under construction and targeted for completion in Fall 2021.