A conversation with Felicia Berger, Ennead Principal

A conversation with Grace Chen, Ennead Principal

Ennead’s symposium: Creating the Urban Life Science Hub of the Future

Ennead’s symposium Creating the Urban Life Science Hub of the Future explored ways in which the life science industry is evolving and investigated how we can further develop this industry in the greater New York area.

Peter Schubert and Don Weinreich Paper: Building a Life Science Core in the Big Apple

Leading up to Ennead’s Life Sciences symposium, Ennead partners Peter Schubert and Don Weinreich produced a paper, Building a Life Science Core in the Big Apple.

Richard Olcott gives Favrot Visiting Chair Lecture, titled "Transformations" at Tulane School of Architecture

    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 200+ 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.

    Ennead’s commitment to the creation of meaningful, innovative, enduring and sustainable architecture and to analytical problem-solving sponsors the studio’s culture. This passionate working environment thrives on the open exchange of ideas, and research, educational and professional initiatives.

    Ennead Lab

    Ennead Lab is devoted to research, education and advocacy. The Lab emphasizes the critical importance of the social and environmental dimensions of architecture and engages directly in explorations that not only enrich the studio’s level of inquiry and approach to design but expand upon the field of architecture at large through investigations into related disciplines including conservation of resources, public information, sociology, information technologies and graphics.

    Ennead Lab Event

    Resource Groups

    Leadership of each Resource Group is a collaboration of a partner and senior staff member and includes studio architects and other staff at all levels. The research groups address project-based and general office issues both practically and speculatively, with the goals of improving performance, expanding our understanding of new technologies, methods, resources and materials and fostering innovation. Groups include: Project Management, Document Standards and Technical Resources, Regulatory Resources, Physical Model Making, Sustainable Design, Construction Administration, Design Communications, Applied Computing and Building Information Modeling, Material Resources, Research, Marketing, Web Development and Intern Development.

    Resource Groups

    Mentorship in Applied Computing

    Two full-time applications specialists are constantly developing new computational tools for the firm. To address the challenges and opportunities that accompany the embrace of digital practices, these leaders teach a custom curriculum in a dedicated computing laboratory. Courses range from basic skills in BIM to advanced parametric modeling and rendering. Key objectives of this program are to make computation accessible to all staff, to ensure that best practices are followed and to devote firm resources to experimentation to ensure advances in the field of applied computing.

    Sustainability Process


    STIM is a regular series of studio-wide presentations and thought-provoking dialogues, which enlist studio members as well as other architects, academics, and related professionals, to explore trends and activities in design and related fields.

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    Profile Series

    Ennead Architects’ Profile Series was initiated in 2005. Initially self-published, the series is currently printed and distributed by ORO Editions. Each book in the Profile Series is an accessible, comprehensive and intimate portrait of the design and experience of an individual building. The design is interpreted, shared and re-explored for the reader from the perspective of the lead designer. Exploring the relationship between design intentions and their ultimate realization, these books are crafted to appeal to architects, students and architecture buffs.

    The title page of each volume carries the project mission: This is one in a series of books, each of which tells the story of a single building. It is our hope that as these books accumulate alongside our body of work, they, in their aggregate, will form a profile of our design intentions. Acting as a “profile” of a building as well as contributing to the “profile” of Ennead Architects, each book employs initial program studies, schematic sketches, early two- and three-dimensional study models, construction shots, final photography and a personal statement by the lead designer to present an intimate, insider’s view of the creative process. A supplementary piece written by a critic, historian or client or a “found” text that relates to the designer’s aspirations or the building’s program, site or function is typically included. The photographic narrative combines the precision and technical virtuosity of classic architectural photography with more lyrical and personal interpretations of the building, its context and the people who use it.

    The Profile Series is available for purchase by set at the following links:

    • Set 1 (New York Hall of Science; William J. Clinton Presidential Center; Sarah Lawrence College Monika A. and Charles A. Heimbold Jr. Visual Arts Center; Brooklyn Museum Entry Pavilion and Plaza)
    • Set 2 (Holland Performing Arts Center; Lycée Français de New York; Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America; The Mercersburg Academy, Burgin Center for the Arts)
    • Set 3 (The New York Botanical Garden, Pfizer Plant Research Laboratory; University of Michigan, Biomedical Science Research Building; Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum; WGBH Public Broadcasting Station Headquarters)
    • Set 4 (Frank Sinatra School of the Arts; The Standard, High Line; The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law; Newseum / Freedom Forum Foundation World Headquarters)
    • Set 5 (Breaking Ground, The Schermerhorn; National Museum of American Jewish History; The Ohio State University, Peter L. and Clara M. Scott Laboratory; Williams College Paresky Center)
    • Set 6 (Natural History Museum of Utah;New York City Center Renovation; Stanford Law School, William H. Neukom Building; Westchester Community College, Gateway Center for English as a Second Language)
    • Set 7 (Weill Cornell Medicine, Belfer Research Building; Weill Cornell Medicine, Weill Greenberg Center; Stanford University, Bing Concert Hall; Northwell Health, Zucker Hillside Hospital)
    • Set 8 (Arizona State University, Beus Center for Law and Society; Indiana University, Global and International Studies Building; Vassar College, Bridge for Laboratory Sciences; Anderson Collection at Stanford University)
    • Set 9 (Cockrell School of Engineering Education and Research Center; Yale University Gallery Renovation and Expansion; Westmoreland Museum of American Art; Kansas State University College of Architecture, Planning, and Design)
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