Architecture that shapes the public realm

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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.

The creation of sustainable architecture is fundamental to our practice, and principles of sustainable design inform all our work. Since the inception of our practice, we have been committed to the design of integrated architectural solutions that create healthy environments, conserve resources and restore natural ecosystems. Sustainable design is an essential objective from the early planning stages of a project. Passive and active sustainable design strategies—including project siting and solar orientation, high-performance building envelopes, energy-efficient systems and responsible construction techniques—are given equal weight with aesthetic, economic, and programmatic issues from the outset of the design process.

Our 200+ person studio is based in New York City with offices in Shanghai and Los Angeles. Eight partners share responsibility for the vision and operation of the studio: V. Guy Maxwell, Kevin McClurkan, Molly McGowan, Richard Olcott, Tomas Rossant, 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.