As of the beginning of this year, Nicole Vlado Torres has stepped down from her position of Principal as she shifts her focus towards policy and advocacy in affordable housing, an evolution of her important work at SGVA. We are grateful for Nicole’s years of dedication and immense contributions to our firm, and we look forward to celebrating her future pursuits. We are pleased that Nicole will continue to be a valued collaborator with us going forward.
At the same time, we are also excited to announce the next chapter of our firm as Shakespeare Gordon Studio. What hasn’t changed is our commitment to providing design excellence and exceptional service to our clients, and to strengthening the built environment of our city through uplifting, inspired architecture.
More to come!
Archinect News recently published a feature on the Garnet, highlighting how the building’s design elements — its bold and dynamic facade, “contemporary, timber-detailed interior,” and internal connection to the outdoors — serve the project’s mission to create “housing that feels expansive and liberating, rather than constrained by its affordability.” Read the article here, and check out the Garnet’s project page to learn more.
The Garnet, our 103-unit affordable housing building in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, was recently featured in this article by e-architect. For our French readers, Paris-based muuuz magazine also published a piece on the project, and the New York Housing Conference profiled The Garnet, as did Aspire Magazine. Check out the project page for more photos of the building.
SGVA competed for the first time in the yearly Pumpkitecture pumpkin carving competition at the Center for Architecture, as part of AIANY’s Archtober. Our design was inspired by the Ninth Street Bridge near our office in Brooklyn, which carries the G (and F) train over the Gowanus Canal. We carved subway cars out of mini cucumbers and used our pumpkin’s guts to represent the canal water below, and we also included the historic Kentile Floors sign that was once a neighborhood landmark. Thank you to our carving team and to the Center for Architecture for hosting us! We enjoyed seeing the creativity of fellow architecture firms at work, and we look forward to participating again in the future. Read more here.
On September 12, SGVA celebrated the groundbreaking of Fischer Senior Apartments, which will provide affordable and supportive housing for seniors in the Highbridge neighborhood of the Bronx, with the West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing (WSFSSH) and Procida Construction. We began work on this project after NYC HPD selected our proposal for this city-owned site in 2019.
The groundbreaking was featured in this article on New York YIMBY. Also check out this video from Bronx News 12 reporting on the celebration!
The Bronx Times published a feature as well, highlighting the building’s capacity “to meet seniors where they are” and the innovative “cluster care” design that will be piloted on two of its floors. Read the full article here.
The Housing Finance Magazine also wrote about the project in this article and noted the design’s ability to “engage the sidewalk and enhance the pedestrian experience” in addition to providing high-quality housing within.
Archinect News published an inside look at the research labs that we designed for Columbia University!