We create architecture that shapes the public realm; this has been central to our practice since 1963. We are known for projects ranging from museums and performing arts centers to complex laboratory, research and teaching facilities for higher education, from large-scale infrastructure projects and urban plans to hotels and residential and commercial buildings. The designs have been acclaimed for their formal and affective power, for technical virtuosity, for sustainable design, for their significant contributions to the cultural life of their communities and the enhancement of their physical contexts. We are committed to the transformative development of integrated architectural solutions and, in partnership with our project teams, approach inherent challenges as opportunities to enhance vital connections to the natural and social environments.
Our 270-person studio is based in New York City with an office in Shanghai. Nine partners share responsibility for the vision and operation of the studio: V. Guy Maxwell, Kevin McClurkan, Molly McGowan, Richard Olcott, Tomas Rossant, Todd Schliemann, Peter Schubert, Don Weinreich and Thomas Wong. Our professional services include new building design, renovation and expansion, historic preservation, interior design, programming and master planning as well as pre-design advisory services and professional counsel to public and private institutions and government agencies in connection with strategic planning.
Ennead Architects is an anomaly: our name and structure are new; our (hi)story is rich and nuanced. The people who have made that story and lead the firm are an intergenerational alliance of architects, who engage architecture as a humanizing force and optimistic endeavor. We value the past but reach for the future; our rich heritage allows us to choose invention and experimentation, to navigate uncertainty and ambiguity.
The practice has continuously evolved since 1963, embracing new technologies, materials and building types and modifying its name several times to signal broader leadership and greater inclusivity. The partners renamed the firm Ennead Architects in 2010, culminating a gradual and continuous evolution in leadership from the studio’s identification with a single design leader to a democratic collaborative of partners.
A commitment to analytical problem solving, design excellence, the creation of enduring architecture in the public realm and environmental responsibility defined the firm’s design culture and its focus on cultural, educational, scientific and governmental projects. The trajectory of the early years of the practice (as Polshek Partnership) has been realized most profoundly under the current design leaders: they have articulated their own traditions, building upon but not replicating established principles and attitudes. Powerful designs for The Standard High Line, Bing Concert Hall, Natural History Museum of Utah, Arizona State University School of Law and Frank Sinatra School of the Arts to name only a few, testify to the ever more complex challenges to which they have responded and to the strength of the individual partners, the mature collective and the innovative, inquiring, collaborative culture of the studio.