Stephen Yablon was honored to speak at the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene’s monthly Commissioner’s Lunch Lecture on Monday. He spoke about NYC’s historic and groundbreaking New Deal-Era District Health Centers, SYA’s award-winning transformation of two of them in Chelsea and Harlem, and how our work is part of a growing interest in how high quality architecture can affect well-being.
The Inspirations Awards recognize a commitment to social responsibility in commercial interior architecture and design. We’re thrilled that our client, Planned Parenthood of NYC, will receive a $3000 grant from award sponsor Tarkett as part of the award!
SYA’s Planned Parenthood Queens is featured in Architectural Record’s “Design for the Public Realm: Healthcare,” by Miriam Sitz. It is one of five projects selected across the nation that “demonstrate that good design can be the best medicine.”
We are excited to announce that SYA has won an AIA New York Honors award in the Interiors category for Planned Parenthood Queens! We are especially proud to stand with Planned Parenthood by creating an uplifting, inviting environment for their patients and staff.
Stephen Yablon speaks with writer Emily Nonko on “Why the scale figures in architectural renderings need to be more diverse” in today’s issue of Curbed.
NYU Langone Selects SYA to Design New Facility for Orthopedic Center & Initiative for Women with Disabilities
We’re excited to be selected by NYU Langone Medical Center to design their new facility in Midtown Manhattan. The 15,000 sf space will house the Occupational and Industrial Orthopedic Center and Initiative for Women with Disabilities.
Stephen Yablon was a panelist in “Myth Busters: How Social Research Serves Different Typologies,” a roundtable discussion presented by the Center for Architecture (AIANY) about why some sectors believe in design excellence and research more than others.
We’re thrilled to announce that Stephen Yablon has been selected to serve on the National AIA’s Academy of Architecture for Health 2017 Design Awards Jury.
Fast Company selected SYA’s Planned Parenthood Queens as one of seven projects in “The Year’s Most Optimistic Architecture”! Diana Budds writes, SYA “created a sophisticated, well-appointed space with ample daylight, vibrant colors, and modern touches that come together to make patients feel cared for.”
We’re excited that Angelo, Gordon & Co. selected SYA to design their new 28,000 sf office in Chicago which will house the headquarters of their Twin Brook middle market direct lending business. This is the latest project in our fifteen year relationship with the esteemed alternative investment company, which includes the design of multiple offices in New York and their European headquarters in London.
For its new presence on the Upper West Side, Mount Sinai Health System has engaged SYA to design a new 16,000-square-foot space for ambulatory care, internal medicine, and dermatology services.This location, on the second floor of The Ansonia, is Mount Sinai’s first in this part of Manhattan and is intended to completely rethink the patient experience.
Following the success of its new Queens building, Planned Parenthood of NYC retained SYA to create a masterplan to upgrade its facilities citywide. The plan, which will be implemented in phases, will help ensure a consistent patient experience and aesthetic identity that aligns with the organization’s mission throughout NYC.
We’re proud to announce that SYA has been named a winner of the International Interior Design Association Healthcare Interior Design Competition, which honors outstanding originality and excellence in the design and furnishings of healthcare interior spaces. SYA was recognized in the category of Ambulatory Care outpatient Clinics for Planned Parenthood Queens. View a gallery of all award winners here.
In “How to Design a $5 Million Planned Parenthood Clinic,” Broadly’s Gabby Bess describes the facility as “both minimalist and warm; a place that you would want to go, and perhaps wouldn’t even mind waiting in.”
Slate magazine featured Stephen Yablon Architecture’s design in “One of the Best Health Care Building Designs Is a Planned Parenthood in Queens” by Kristen Hohenadel. One of seven projects selected for the American Institute of Architects’ national Healthcare Design Awards, SYA’s Planned Parenthood Queens is sleek and uplifting, embodying the mission of quality care for all.
The American Institute of Architects and its Academy of Architecture for Health awarded Stephen Yablon Architecture a National Healthcare Design Award for Planned Parenthood Queens. The jury praised the design’s contextual response, clear execution, and orchestration of color and details, saying “the project achieved a high level of consistency and sophistication.”
David Dunlap praises the center for its bright and airy design, ease of navigation, and welcoming atmosphere for a diverse community. Read the full article at “New Planned Parenthood Center in Queens Says ‘Welcome’ in Many Ways”.
We’re happy to announce we have been selected to design the Dean’s Suite for Columbia’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering. The new spaces will provide a welcoming and open environment that conveys Dean Mary C. Boyce’s vision for fostering collaboration and discovery between departments and across the university in educating tomorrow’s innovators.
Stephen Yablon presented Planned Parenthood Queens at AIANY’s Speed Presentation event, “Consider Light”, a showcase of ten of the best interiors presented by New York architects and designers.
Stephen Yablon and Meg Barnette, Chief of Staff at Planned Parenthood of New York City, presented Planned Parenthood Queens at AIANY’s panel discussion, “Program Cubed: Shaping our Intentions, Our Experiences, and Our Buildings” at the Center for Architecture. The panel discussion can be viewed on Vimeo.
Angelo, Gordon Europe and Planned Parenthood Queens are on display at the Center for Architecture’s “New York New Design” exhibition.
We’re thrilled that the Diane L. Max Health Center, Planned Parenthood’s first facility in Queens, is featured in this month’s issue of Metropolis Magazine. Praising the building’s design, editor Claire Barliant says visitors “will feel cared for, even pampered, at a time when they very much need it.”
SYA’s Angelo, Gordon Europe is featured in the February issue of Designing Ways, the magazine of the South African Institute of the Interior Design Professions. The bright and spirited London office is flooded with natural light, features custom furniture and contemporary art, and embraces its Savile Row location.
We are thrilled to be assisting the Brooklyn Museum in creating a new home for its very busy and vital Education Division. The Education Division is central to the Museum’s mission, and the new spaces will provide a welcoming environment which will help visitors of all ages form meaningful personal connections with art. The facility will incorporate new state-of-the-art studios, a multimedia program space, a gallery, and offices.
For its annual art issue, Interior Design magazine featured SYA’s Angelo, Gordon Europe for its seamless integration of architecture and art. The bright and spirited London office is flooded with natural light, incorporates Angelo, Gordon’s preference for openness and transparency, and embraces its Savile Row location.
The $8M renovation of the historic Carroll Street Building, which includes the expansion of the Athletic Center, is the first phase of a $22M multi-phase major renovation of the entire 145,000 sf building. SYA prepared the master plan for the dramatic transformation of the building which includes major renovations, new infrastructure, and the creation of a new, more welcoming entry elevation.
Described as “The ‘North Star’ for the rest of the Federation” by Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the sleek, light-filled facility evokes the state-of-the-art care provided in its first location in Queens. The calm and spirited architecture offers an uplifting experience for patients and staff. To learn more, watch Even More Care in Queens and Diane L. Max Health Center Ribbon Cutting.
Joining PPNYC and SYA in celebrating the completion of the new facility were Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, Assemblymember Catherine Nolan, U.S. Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Joseph Crowley, other elected officials, donors and community partners. Completed in May, the light-filled, state-of-the-art health and education center expresses the future of Planned Parenthood and offers an uplifting experience for patients and staff through its youthful, sleek, and joyous architecture. To learn more, watch Even More Care in Queens and Diane L. Max Health Center Ribbon Cutting.
“The ‘North Star’ for the rest of the Federation!” Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Angelo, Gordon & Co.’s new London offices evoke their excellent reputation in alternative investments and embrace the surrounding Savile Row streetscape throughout. Designed as a hub for their European business, the bright and spirited offices are flooded with natural light and incorporate Angelo Gordon’s preference for openness and transparency. White walls, bold color accents, warm materials, and distinctive art create a welcoming and crisp environment.
Stephen Yablon, Suzanne Nutt, and Andrew Miller presented “Building Health,” at the January DDC Talks, a monthly lecture series open to the public and all city agencies. Our talk included the fascinating history of NYC’s historic New Deal era health centers and described SYA’s recent transformations of two of them under the DDC Design Excellence Initiative. We discussed our work in the context of major themes in the history of health care design, from the Greeks to the present day, as well the current growing awareness of the relationship between the built environment and public health.
SYA has been selected to design a new academic and administrative center for CUNY Lehman College’s Department of Social Work. Attuned to rapidly evolving societal challenges, the new facility will enable the department to expand their faculty and student body and prepare new social workers to be leaders and innovators in addressing social problems in the 21st century.
We are thrilled that construction of Planned Parenthood of NYC’s newest health center in Long Island City, its first in Queens, is nearing completion. A dramatic transformation of a lumber warehouse, it includes a new exterior which is a sleek, well-scaled addition to the neighborhood. The bright spacious interiors, with strategic color accents throughout, are shaping up and feel cheery, calm, and uplifting. SYA is proud to assist Planned Parenthood in creating a first class reproductive health facility for all residents of Queens!
SYA’s “Yona on the Beach,” a new vision for sustainable coastal living and one of the winners of a MOMA/PS1 competition, has been selected for the long list of the World Architecture News 2014 Urban Design Award. The project was selected from 90 entries worldwide and will proceed into the next phase of jury deliberations.
In June, construction began on the new Planned Parenthood of New York City center in Queens, the first in the borough. The project, an adaptive reuse of a lumber warehouse, will create a calm, reassuring and safe state-of-the-art reproductive health and education center. SYA is proud to contribute to ensuring that all Queens residents, regardless of income, have access to high-quality healthcare.
The City University of New York has engaged SYA to renovate the Performing Arts Center, MAC Theater Arts Playhouse, and Theater Arts Studio at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn. The upgrades will strengthen the college’s performing arts programs and enhance an important community venue.
SYA is thrilled to announce that Andrew Miller, LEED AP, has been promoted to Associate Partner. Mr. Miller has been responsible for a number of SYA’s award-winning projects including Chelsea District Health Center, the Guest Pavilion in South Carolina, Angelo, Gordon Europe offices in London, Central Harlem Health Center, and Enterprise Community Partners.
Commissioned through NYC’s Design Excellence Program, construction has begun on the transformation of this historic New Deal era public health center. Once completed, the updated exterior facade and new, airy, state-of-the-art health care clinics will engage Chelsea residents and inspire healthy, active lifestyles. The project will be LEED Gold certified.
SYA’s “Yona on the Beach” was one of 25 winning schemes in MoMA PS1’s “EXPO 1: New York, Rockaway Call for Ideas”, a competition for creative visions for the future of the coastal New York community that is still recovering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy. Members of the jury included PS1 director Klaus Biesenbach, PS1 curator Peter Eleey, MoMA curator Barry Bergdoll, and independent curator Hans Ulrich Obrist. The winning entries are currently exhibited at MoMA PS1’s new venue, VW Dome2, and is part of a programming series which addresses some of the ecological and sociopolitical challenges impacting contemporary life with art installations, lectures and a film program. To see SYA’s video submission, click here.
SYA is one of 6 firms shortlisted for the University of Pennsylvania’s Pennovation Center. The $22M project is the first phase of the transformation of a former DuPont paint testing plant across the Schuylkill River from UPenn into a new “Innovation” campus that will foster collaboration between the university and entrepreneurs. This scope includes creating the new identity for the campus as well as the adaptive reuse of abandoned factories, landscape design, storm water management, environmental remediation and site way finding.
SYA’s work is featured in We Build The City, a new book that profiles public projects commissioned through NYC’s Design + Construction Excellence Program. This book celebrates the City’s commitment to the idea that great design reinvigorates public spaces and ultimately transforms people’s lives
SYA transformed a former industrial building on the Westside of Manhattan into a new ambulatory care facility that will enhance medical center’s presence in a developing residential neighborhood. SYA’s contemporary, warm, and crisply detailed interiors express the world class care offered by NYU Langone Medical Center.
The United Nations International School has selected SYA to transform and expand their K-8 school in Queens and create an inviting and energetic green campus. Our approach will be guided by their mission to provide “an international setting that fosters understanding, independence, interdependence, and cooperation.”
The City University of New York has engaged SYA to complete a master plan for the 166,000 square foot Carroll Building, one of the main buildings on the campus of Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn. The plan will identify strategies for updating the building to better serve the diverse academic and student life activities housed in the building, including a new athletic center.
The Wall Street Journal featured SYA’s award-winning Guest Pavilion as an innovative design approach to raised coastal-living in the article, ”Built on Stilts: Beach Houses Reach New Heights”. Reflecting the increase in requests for hurricane-resistant design, reporter Candace Jackson surveyed raised homes recently built around the country and explored the benefits and design challenges of elevating homes in flood prone areas.
An article in the October, 2013 issue of Interior Design on the use of super-graphics featured SYA’s new offices for Sony Music Publishing. Created for the company that owns the rights to some of the most iconic songs of our times, the project incorporated custom wall graphics of cascading lyrics throughout the spaces.
Stephen Yablon spoke at ”Living in a Fit Nation” as part of a panel of industry professionals that discussed how design, policy, and grassroots strategies can promote physical activity as part of daily life. The discussion was part of the AIA/Center for Architecture’s ”FitNation” exhibition, showcasing ways that changes in the built environment can contribute to healthier lifestyles by promoting physical activity as part of daily life. SYA'a award-winning Betances Community Center is part of the traveling exhibition.
Included with projects from across the United States, SYA’s Betances Community Center is featured in the Center for Architecture’s “FitNation” exhibition, showcasing ways that changes in the built environment can contribute to healthier lifestyles by promoting physical activity as part of daily life Located in the Bronx, the award-winning Betances Community Center is a new model for community centers in public housing projects: Instead of a defensive approach, the light-filled and open facility is emphatically public, encouraging community use. The exhibition is traveling to architecture centers in the 18 cities included and beyond.
The award-winning pavilion, a modern addition to a traditional beach house in South Carolina, “reimagines the stilt-house typology,” according to Dwell magazine’s Kelsey Keith. More about the pavilion’s superb hurricane resistance, its creative use of the space underneath as a shaded veranda, and its open airy interiors can be read in the article online here.
Planned Parenthood of New York City has commissioned SYA to design a new health center in Queens, New York. The 10,000 sq ft + facility will be the 90 year-old organization’s first in the borough, and will provide essential affordable reproductive health care and educational programs to the Queens community regardless of age, income, or circumstance.
As a member of the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) Alumni Association Board, SYA Principal Stephen Yablon coordinated the 2013 annual GSAAP Alumni Forum. This year’s event was a panel discussion among global thought leaders on the relationship between climate change, extreme weather events and the built environment. Moderated by Andrew Revkin of Pace University and author of the Dot Earth blog of The New York Times, the panel included Susannah C. Drake, Klaus Jacob, Guy Nordenson, Jeff Orlowski, and Cynthia E. Rosenzweig.
The project is one of six from around the world on the WAN healthcare sector / unbuilt awards shortlist. Emphasizing how a “healing environment can be created with a sense of play and excitement,” the panel praised SYA’s reuse of an historic building and design to LEED Gold standards.
SYA has recently been engaged by NY Presbyterian Hospital to create two new facilities that will evoke its world class brand as a premier teaching hospital: the new Department of Radiology which includes classrooms and offices, and Workforce, the general health care facility for all NY Presbyterian employees.
Central Harlem STD Clinic and Chelsea District Health Center have both been selected to go through the longlist for the WAN Healthcare Award 2012. 32 built projects and 25 unbuilt projects have been selected for the longlist from around the world and are featured on WAN’s website.
Washington University in St Louis presented SYA partner Stephen Yablon with the 2012 Award for Distinction for work that is “open, light-filled, carefully detailed, responsive to context, and focused on spaces that encourage social interaction.”
SYA was invited to speak on a panel about the role of design in creating facilities that enhance public health in New York City and internationally. The firm discussed their work assisting the NYC Department of Design and Construction & Department of Health with new community health centers for under-served communities.
NYU Langone Medical Center has engaged SYA to design a new healthcare facility that will extend their brand to a developing residential area in Manhattan’s West Side. Located in a former garage space, the adaptive re-use project will include physicians’ offices, exam rooms, GI procedure rooms and a recovery suite.
SYA’s Betances Community Center and Boxing Gym is one of 200 notable buildings and spaces constructed in New York’s five boroughs since the new millennium featured in John Hill’s new guidebook. Guide to Contemporary New York City Architecture.
Stephen Yablon Architect’s Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina Guest Pavilion “Sunscreen” has been awarded a Design Award from Professional Builder Magazine. The project will be published in the 2012 awards edition.
SYA was awarded an Architectural Design Services Requirements Contract with The City University Construction Fund for services for their 23 academic institutions.
Stephen Yablon’s interview with Design Bureau magazine is featured in the Summer 2011 issue. Read the article here: “Fill In the Blank”.
SYA’s Guest Pavilion in Sullivan’s Island, SC and the Central Harlem STD Clinic, New York, NY have been awarded Design Excellence Awards from the New York Chapter of the Society of American Registered Architects.
Stephen Yablon Architect’s Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina Guest Pavilion “Sunscreen” has been awarded a Grand Award from Custom Home Magazine. The project will be profiled in the May/June 2011 edition.
SYA’s award-winning Sullivan’s Island, SC Guest Pavilion is featured in the Spring/Summer issue of Charleston Home.
Stephen Yablon Architect’s Design Excellence Initiative projects for the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene are featured in the March/April issue of Medical Construction and Design.
Columbia University has selected SYA as the designer of the renovation of the Heyman Center for the Humanities. The Center brings together the various departments in the Humanities at the University presenting events open to students and the public.
The Central Harlem Health Center has received a Full Circle Award from 3form as part of the 5th Annual People’s Choice 3Form Installation Awards.
SYA Principal Stephen Yablon led a jury that presented six AIA Honor Awards to Detroit area firms. Speaking at the awards ceremony, he stated “the winners elevated humble, sometimes overlooked projects to inspiring architecture.” The distinguished jury included Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, Robert Frasca, FAIA, and Wendy Evans Joseph, FAIA.
The Central Harlem Health Center is in two Design Excellence exhibits this month, at Healthcare Design.10 in Las Vegas as part of Contract Magazine’s Healthcare Environments Design Awards Competition and at Build Boston 2010 part of the Boston Society of Architects Healthcare Facilities Awards. For more information on the Boston Society of Architects award winners visit “Healthcare Facilities Design Awards Program 2010”. Read Contract’s coverage of the winning projects at “Live Long and Prosper: 2010 Healthcare Environment Awards Winners”.
SYA’s new sustainable, beachfront guest pavilion is featured in The Post and Courier.“A modern wing inspired by the past”.
The Central Harlem Health Center has received an Award from Contract Magazine as part of the Healthcare Facilities Design Awards Competition. The project will be exhibited at HEALTHCARE.10 in November, 2010.
SYA’s Central Harlem Health Center has received a Design Excellence Award from the Boston Society of Architects as part of their Healthcare Design Awards.
SYA is featured in the Crosslines section of Interior Design. The Columbia University Division of Student Affairs, Central Harlem STD Clinic, Betances Community Center, Chelsea District Health Center, and Sustainable Guest Pavilion are among the projects featured.
SYA’s Betances Community Center will be part of the The City We Imagined/The City We Made: New New York 2001-2010 Architectural League exhibit on view at 250 Hudson Street in Hudson Square, May 8-June 26, 2010.
SYA is featured in the Winter 2009/2010 Oculus issue, “Architecture Gets Fit”. The article “Clean Bill of Health” discusses SYA’s health care projects for the City of New York’s Design Excellence Initiative.
Columbia University has selected SYA as the designer of the new Center for Student Advising in Alfred Lerner Hall. The Center for Student Advising is a brand new department which will unify advisors currently spread throughout the campus.
SYA’s Enterprise Community Partners will be part of the New York Now Subway exhibit on display in the West 4th subway station and organized by the Center for Architecture/American Institute of Architects New York Chapter.
SYA’s Betances Community Center will be open for tours on October 10 as part of the annual Open House New York weekend.
SYA’s Enterprise Community Partners has been awarded a Design Excellence Award from the New York Chapter of the Society of American Registered Architects.
SYA’s Betances Community Center and Boxing Gym is part of the 2009 Design Awards and Building Type Awards Exhibition at the Center for Architecture in New York City from April 23, 2009 - June 30, 2009.
SYA’s Betances Community Center and Boxing Gym has won a Design Merit Award from the New York Chapter of The American Institute of Architects.
SYA’s new sustainable offices for Enterprise Community Partners were featured in The New York Times Sunday, October 19, 2008 article “Inside an Office, Reflections of a City” by Claire Wilson.
Columbia University has selected SYA as the designer of the new Center for Student Affairs in Alfred Lerner Hall.
SYA’s Betances Community Center and Boxing Gym has been awarded the Best Of Adaptive Reuse Award from New York Construction magazine.
SYA’s Betances Community Center and Boxing Gym has won a Design Merit Award from the New York State Chapter of The American Institute of Architects.
SYA has won second place in an international competition sponsored by the Royal Institute of British Architects for a corporate headquarters in Preston, England. Six finalists were chosen from over 50 entries. Competition guidelines called for an ‘exceptional piece of architecture’, with a strong visual presence and the highest quality office environment. Visit RIBA’s website at riba.org for more information.
SYA Receives City of New York’s Highly Prestigious Mayor’s Design and Construction Excellence Contract
The Department of Design and Construction of the City of New York has selected SYA and 23 other award-winning design firms for the second round of the highly prestigious Mayor’s Design and Construction Excellence Initiative. Selected from 139 submissions based solely upon design excellence and experience in public projects, the City of New York will use these architects through 2008 to design libraries, fire stations, health care facilities, and cultural centers throughout the five boroughs. SYA was originally selected in the first round of firms for this program in 2005 and is one of only 11 that were re-selected in the second round.
SYA designed the winning scheme for the Jefferson Art Walk development, a 12-block neighborhood of abandoned industrial buildings and historic 19th century hat factories. Located in the Central Valley neighborhood of Orange, New Jersey, along the train line to New York City, this development will use the arts as the engine for urban revitalization. The plan done for the designated developer team, will include more than 500 condominiums, 75 artist live/work spaces, art galleries, retail shops, restaurants, a renovated vintage workingmen’s tavern, and a public greenway along a resurfaced stream.
SYA was awarded first prize in a national design competition for the Boston Harbor Park Pavilion, expected to be the first building on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in downtown Boston.