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East End Family Compound

by John Ike

The medical injunction “first do no harm” can be as useful to architects as it is to doctors. In the case of this renovation and extension of a 1980s shingled Dutch gambrel residence on eastern Long Island, I believe it helped get us the job, as we were the first architects who didn’t recommend tearing the place down.... Read More

01/26/17

The Chapel at Sea Ranch

by Samantha Herzog

Part of my job is help source inspiration for potential and upcoming projects.  For most of our projects in California, my search leads me back to the Chapel at Sea Ranch.The full exterior of the Chapel at Sea Ranch.Built by Architect and Artist James Hubbel, the chapel took 9 months to construct, with the help of loca... Read More

01/19/17

American Academy in Rome

by Thomas A. Kligerman

So I am heading to Rome. Looking up at the Pantheon to the 27 ft diameter oculus. The American Academy will be my home for the next six weeks where I will be a Visiting Scholar. The sabbatical will afford me the time to pursue a number of things besides time to reflect.  Coffers in the dome of the Pantheon. T... Read More

01/12/17

Taliesin Nights

by Kendall Herman

If you know someone currently trying to make art in New York City, you’ve likely heard of Marfa, Texas. Marfa is a small town in the Chihuahua desert that has been gradually claimed by artist imports—New Yorkers flocking to the community for inspiration and a chance to be part of a modern art movement.On a recent tr... Read More

01/05/17

New York Botanical Holiday Train Show

by Sara Frantz

As a child, I spent many hours crafting fairy homes in the forest behind my house out of your basic fairy house building materials: moss, rocks, sticks, flowers, Elmer’s glue… Sara Frantz, 1999, age 10. Fairy home construction in Lee, MA. Paul Busse and his team at Applied Imagination have envisioned and brought to... Read More

12/22/16

Tribeca Loft

by Ike Kligerman Barkley

When our clients, a couple with a young daughter, purchased this loft in a former warehouse in Manhattan’s Tribeca district, it was a 50-by-80-foot box, evincing traditional details—steel beams, cast-iron columns, an exposed-joist ceiling—and a subsequently added foot-deep concrete floor. The brief was simple... Read More

12/15/16

I like painting with watercolors.

by Joel Barkley

My first summer in college I studied landscape architecture in Italy.  I learned how to watercolor by spending an entire day sitting in one spot in a garden: Villa Gamberaia, Villa Petraia, Bomarzo…—no food, no wine, just painting with a block of smelly Fabriano cotton paper,  three little tubes of paint, and ... Read More

12/08/16

A Tale of Two Houses; London and Paris

by Thomas A. Kligerman

Humans invent things--it's just the way we are.  We use new technologies all they time and they open up new possibilities and things we haven't considered before. Soane's house on Lincoln's Inn Fields. But sometimes our ideas outstrip available technology, and solutions to new ideas are found with previous ge... Read More

11/30/16

Architectural League x Ike Kligerman Barkley

by Samantha Herzog

On Friday, November 4th we had the honor of hosting the Architectural League at our office for their First Friday Happy Hour. The front of the event handout drawn by our Principal Architect Alex Eng.The event gave us an opportunity to look at our design process on finished houses, projects under construction and those ... Read More

11/17/16

Watch Hill Aerie

by Thomas A. Kligerman

 Ever since I was ten years old, I have spent nearly every summer in a small oceanside town in New England. Set on a point of land that juts out into the Atlantic, it is dotted with simple shingle cottages, many built in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Despite the passage of time, those cottages have never l... Read More

11/10/16

Open Kitchen, Open Opportunity

by Kendall Herman

In the 1950s, the advent of the open-plan kitchen put women at the very center of suburban home life. It was a time when suburban homeownership was the American Dream, and the media propagated the woman’s role as housewife. In our Nantucket House, the Kitchen opens up not only to the dining area but to the living ... Read More

11/03/16

TEFAF New York

by Mia Jung

This week I had the opportunity to go to the The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) at the Park Avenue Armory.  Normally the fair is held in Maastricht, one of the oldest Dutch cities known for its medieval architecture, and draws up to 75,000 visitors. This year, TEFAF brings two spin off fairs to New York.  The firs... Read More

10/27/16