Architect’s Newspaper Best of Design - Nanotronics Smart Factory

Among 47 categories and 800 submissions, we are thrilled to announce Nanotronics Smart Factory has been chosen as the Editor’s Pick for Architect’s Newspaper’s Unbuilt – Commercial Best of Design Award! The new Nanotronics office defines the future of high-tech manufacturing, the City’s first Smart factory will transform a 150-year old Brooklyn Navy Yard building along with the urban, state-of-the-art manufacturing production process itself. The project’s program and design are seamlessly integrated, creating an all-in-one platform for product development to accelerate the traditional research and development approach. Enabling Design, R&D, and Manufacturing to work together, the program is laid out in a way that creates a feedback loop, and the design incorporates transparency throughout. Leaving the building’s shell largely intact, enclosed, yet transparent, “pods” are stacked on two floors with double-height public spaces nestled in between. This approach resolves the challenge of creating enclosed workspaces – some of which need to be airtight, soundproof, and climate-controlled – retaining the collaborative flow and original building aesthetics. The design integrates old and new building features as much as it integrates the high-tech production process. The project will bring 190 new, local jobs as well has host programs for local colleges.

George to the Rescue: Bloomingdale School of Music

Located in a brownstone on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, the Bloomingdale School of Music is a music-driven community center dedicated to uniting all ages, backgrounds, and cultures in an effort to make music education accessible to everyone, regardless of their financial means. The school has delivered high quality music education for more than 50 years and, today, hosts more than 600 visitors each week. After seeing much growth and enduring 100+ years of use, the building requires upgrades to ensure the school maintains it commitment to the community. Priority projects to revitalize the space were identified, and Rogers Partners worked with the team of design volunteers to convert the existing David Greer Recital Hall, the organization’s most frequently used space, into a modern, intricate, and stimulating performance space. The building’s entry was also reimagined with a new metal grill that incorporates the School’s logo, a treble, offering a play on the historical grillwork seen throughout the neighborhood.

To be featured on the NBC Universal Show, “George to the Rescue”, Rogers Partners joined Silver Lining, Inc., Charcoalblue, Evan C Lai Landscape Design, 40 Visuals, and more than 25 designers and vendors to reimagine the space, including the new courtyard, and donate materials to make the work possible. The community, school, design team, and show hosts celebrated the opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and concert featuring both faculty and students. The reimagined concert hall offers space for rehearsals, large classes, venue rentals, and hosts the school’s weekly concerts performed every Friday and free to the public. One of the most exciting challenges involved working with others’ generosity to create a design that fits each user’s needs. Stay tuned for more about the project in the months to come. The episode of Bloomingdale School of Music is expected to air Spring 2020!

HUB404 Receives AIANY + ASLA Transportation + Infrastructure Award

We are delighted to announce HUB404, with Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, has been recognized by AIA New York and ASLA New York for design excellence in Transportation + Infrastructure. Selected as a winner in the Unbuilt work category, the awards program recognizes projects for their innovative design approach that reflect a commitment to sustainability, community engagement, and civic architecture. Located in the Buckhead Community Improvement District in North Atlanta, HUB404 seeks to reconnect the community with activated pedestrian paths atop the GA400 freeway while keeping areas open to mitigate the need for added ventilation, lighting, and life safety systems. Envisioned as an agent of social change, the jury described HUB404 as “an alluring project that, along with the Atlanta Beltline, (that) could powerfully transform auto-oriented Buckhead, north of downtown Atlanta, by linking the eastern and western halves of the city divided by a massive north-south freeway.” As an important connector and a new destination for those who live and work in the neighborhood, HUB404 revolutionizes how we address existing infrastructure and the future of transportation in our cities.

Breaking the Frame: Innovative Galveston Bay Park Offers - Comprehensive Storm and Ecological Protection

This year’s Design Futures Council Leadership Summit invited industry experts and city representatives from across the country to meet in Minneapolis to examine where we are as an industry in achieving our sustainability goals and the challenges we face now and in the future. The plan for Houston’s Galveston Bay Park is at the forefront of this topic. Rob Rogers was joined by Rice University’s SSPEED Institute’s Jim Blackburn and Phil Bedient to present the project’s background, the plan’s components, and what is necessary to ensure its success. Formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike in 2008, the team’s proactive approach to the project revolutionizes how the industry interacts with local public agencies and supports initiating viable solutions to critical needs. For everyone who missed the conference, the Design Intelligence Quarterly offers interviews of conference presenters.

Creating Communities – Updates from the City + the Coast

Where we live, work, play, and learn is critical to our well-being. As architects, urban planners, and landscape architects, we have the ability to impact the built environment. From the inner city to coastal regions, our Fall Newsletter offers both a recap of completed work and a look ahead of projects coming online in 2020, each uniquely integrated within each community. This summer we celebrated the opening of the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club’s first new clubhouse since the 1970s in Upper Harlem along with the completion of a multi-phase renovation of the landmark Claremont Stables Building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. In a few short months, we will celebrate the completion of three ground-breaking projects across the country. Check out our newsletter to learn more and stay tuned! If you would like to sign up to receive our newsletter, please email us at

Rice University’s Kraft Hall Closer to Completion

Scheduled to open for the Spring 2020 semester, Rice’s newest academic building nears completion with the installation of the façade’s fins, which provide solar control for the curtain wall, and the courtyard’s River Birch trees, further forming this space as the new heart of campus. The Kraft Hall for Social Sciences combines multiple academic departments and research institutions within one building to serve the largest section of the University’s undergraduate population while also offering professional, masters, and Ph.D. programs. The architecture and programming simultaneously respect the existing campus context and as well as the need to look ahead. Centered around outdoor spaces that encourage collaboration and linked to a future planned axis that will connect the campus and Houston community, the architecture brings forward a new concept for a Rice building. Materials and detailing are presented at a human scale on the ground level and a multi-story curtainwall above wraps faculty, students and researchers in abundant daylight. A diagonal cut through the ground floor plan recognizes the movement of students and faculty from the traditional campus axis to the new South Axis.