September 2018
After several weeks of pedal-to-the-metal design and construction, Unity Preparatory Charter School opens its new high school in a former college building in Williamsburg. The project was led by Rachel Padowicz and Ed Jose, who did an amazing job managing the project under a very compressed time frame.

David Briggs presents his non-profit’s work at Gowanus by Design as part of the day-long seminar, “Planning for Sustainability at the Neighborhood Scale,” at the Center for Architecture. The event was hosted by the AIANY Planning and Urban Design Committee.

David Briggs is selected as the new co-chair of the Land Use/Landmarks Committee for Brooklyn’s Community Board 6.

June 2018
David Briggs is interviewed on the Midnight Charette podcast for three hours (!) about architecture, the Gowanus Canal, painting, and life.


May 2018
Designed by Paul Coughlin, Kenneth Miraski, Jennifer Leone, and David Briggs, Dave’s non-profit Gowanus by Design publishes the Gowanus Salt Lot Public Park. The proposal includes a new retention tank/headhouse facility, the Gowanus Field Station, a composting/greenhouse facility, and a passive recreation area surrounded by wetlands.

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Dave is a guest critic at NC State’s final thesis project review in Raleigh, NC. The graduate architect and landscape architect students tackled a myriad of resiliency and planning challenges around the Gowanus Canal Superfund site.


Construction is complete for Molloy College’s 16,500 sf Dance and Theater Studios on lower Broadway.


David Briggs is invited to the City Tech Design II interim and final presentations for a new performance space in Dumbo.


April 2018
Loci starts working on the first phase of implementing the master plan for the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center in East Hills, Long Island.

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December 2017
Loci is selected to restore the existing cast iron façade at 136-140 Grand Street. The building is in the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District Extension and was built in 1900.

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September 2017
Loci’s project at 817 Broadway for Taconic Investment Partners, TH Real Estate, and Squire Associates commenced construction in September. We are excited to work with a terrific team, including Studios Architecture, Stantec, and GMS Engineers, to completely renovate and restore the historic building to support new single floor office tenancies.

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From a historical perspective, one of Loci’s more interesting projects: our renovation of a Brooklyn brownstone once occupied by the former queen of Sikkim published at 6sqft.

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Construction is complete for the second phase of the 18,000 sf Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st grade TEP Charter School in Washington Heights.

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July 2017
Loci proposes a 28-story mixed-use development as the first project of a Lower Grand Concourse Master Plan in the Special Harlem River Waterfront District in the Bronx.

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June 2017
David Briggs is appointed to serve on Brooklyn’s Community Board 6 by Borough President Eric Adams.

May 2017
Loci presents its initial design concepts for Molloy College’s CAP21 Theatre Arts training and performance space on lower Broadway. The project is scheduled for completion in early 2018.

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April 2017
Loci’s design proposal for a new affordable housing development in the Bronx.

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January 2017
Our design for the Kentile Park in Brooklyn is back in the news! Local blogs and online news organizations tell the history and story behind resurrecting the park under the tracks and incorporating the iconic Kentile letters.
Brooklyner, DNAInfo, 6sqft, and the Brooklyn Paper.

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December 2016
Working with the leadership at Columbia University’s School of Journalism, we upgraded the interiors at the historic Pulitzer Hall.

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December 2016
In 2013 we took over management of a portfolio of projects that was closing its doors. The first project, the 115-unit Aurum Condominiums in Harlem, nears completion.

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November 2016
Loci completes new research and teaching labs at Pace University, and a $21 million Master Plan/Phasing Study for a JCC on the North Shore of Long Island.



October 2016
For the second straight year, we are blessed with beautiful weather on our Harbor Sail. Joined by our families, clients, and colleagues on the Schooner America 2.0 yacht we sailed around New York Harbor and watched the sunset behind the Statue of Liberty.


September 2016
Ed Jose is promoted to Studio Director and Mark Maljanian AIA joins Loci as its new Design Director.

TEP Charter School, designed by Loci, opens its doors to its inaugural kindergarten class.


Brooklyn Prospect Charter’s K-5 elementary school is complete after four years of phased renovations designed by Loci.

April 2016
Loci starts the 2nd Phase for obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy at 1 Pace Plaza, reviewing code compliance at Maria’s Tower dormitory and filing a second set of documents with the Department of Buildings.


March 2016
The Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center in East Hills, NY selects Loci over three other firms for a long term Master Plan/Feasibility Study of its 90,000 SF facility.

Loci is selected by TEP Charter School to design the first phase of its new elementary school in Washington Heights.

Loci starts work on designing the conversion of a 55,000 SF warehouse in Queens to a retail and medical center.

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February 2016
Gowanus by Design opens its exhibit for the Axis Civitas competition at Site:Brooklyn, a gallery in the Gowanus arts district.

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November 2015
Pace University selects Loci to design two new chemistry teaching labs and two new biology research labs for the science department at 1 Pace Plaza.

Neel Patel of Inverse posts commentary on the winners of Gowanus by Design’s Axis Civitas competition.
“The Future of Gowanus: Infected Canal as Urban Design Experiment”

October 2015
Loci completes the $1.7 million exterior restoration of the Lincoln Amsterdam Apartment Tower, a 25-story Mitchell Lama housing development west of Lincoln Center.


David Briggs joins the EPA’s Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group.

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle announces the winners of Gowanus by Design’s competition, ‘Axis Civitas.’
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September 2015
David Briggs convenes the jury at the offices of Rogers Partners to select the winners of Gowanus by Design’s ‘Axis Civitas’ competition. The jury consisted of Rob Rogers, Brian McGrath, Andrea Parker, Richard Plunz, Claire Weisz, and Adam Yarinsky.

David Briggs joins the Landmarks/Land Use Committee of Community Board Six in Brooklyn.

August 2015
Loci is selected by Unity Preparatory Charter School to design its new 35,000 SF high school in Brooklyn.

July 2015
David Briggs is selected as Gowanus by Design’s first Executive Director, a non-profit researching urban strategies in the neighborhood around the Gowanus Canal, an EPA Superfund site.

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June 2015
Brooklyn Prospect selects Loci as the Design Architect for its new 35,000 SF middle school on Fulton Avenue in Brooklyn.

Loci completes the $11 million, 250,000 SF roof and parapet restoration project at the Eastchester Heights complex, a community of 114 residential buildings spread across five city blocks in the Bronx.


David Briggs is interviewed by Erik Ipsen of Crain’s about the talent shortage in the architecture industry.
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May 2015
The McCarton Center for Developmental Pediatrics selects Loci to design the renovations for its facility on the Upper East Side.

January 2015
Loci starts working with Gowanus by Design and the Gowanus Alliance on the design of a new community park under the elevated F & G subway line in the Gowanus neighborhood. One of the park’s key features is the installation of the iconic KENTILE letters that were removed from a nearby building in 2014.

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December 2014
Loci starts the next project at Brooklyn Prospect’s elementary school in Downtown Brooklyn, which includes new classrooms, a food service area, and a rooftop playground.


Loci is selected by Pace University to start a 10-year facilities compliance project to obtain the first Certificate of Occupancy for 1 Pace Plaza, a 500,000 SF mixed use building at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge.

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November 2014
Gowanus by Design launches its third international competition, ‘Axis Civitas,’ a challenge to map unique conditions in the Gowanus Canal watershed and present them as the Gowanus Atlas in an Urban Field Station.


September 2014
At Brooklyn Prospect’s middle and high school in Windsor Terrace, construction is completed for a new black box theater, a library renovation, and the conversion of part of the existing convent into new classrooms and offices.

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The Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew in Fort Green, Brooklyn selects Loci to upgrade its lower parish hall and design a new commercial kitchen for its overnight hosting of homeless guests.

July 2014
655 Morris Avenue, a 176-unit LEED Silver affordable housing project in the Bronx breaks ground.

David Briggs joins The New York Time’s architecture critic, Michael Kimmelman, on a tour of the Gowanus Canal neighborhood and along Fourth Avenue to discuss the ongoing development challenges faced by the community.

Laura Kusisto of the Wall Street Journal interviews David Briggs about the migration of new industry to the Gowanus neighborhood in Brooklyn.
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June 2014
David Briggs takes The Wall Street Journal’s Ralph Gardner, Jr. on a tour of the Gowanus Canal to discuss the condition and the future of the EPA’s Superfund site.
Wall Street Journal

January 2014
Brooklyn Prospect selects Loci to design the next phase of its middle and high school in Windsor Terrace. The project is scheduled for completion by August 2014.


December 2013
The new Career Services and Philosophy offices for Rutgers University are complete.

November 2013
After eight months of construction, the renovation of a landmarked 1878 brownstone in the Carroll Gardens Historic District in Brooklyn is complete. Aside from an interior restoration and new extension, the cellar was lowered three feet in a complex shoring and underpinning process on the shared party walls.


September 2013
Loci completes two projects for Brooklyn Prospect Charter School: new science labs and a dance studio at its middle and high school campus in Windsor Terrace, and the first phase for its new elementary school in downtown Brooklyn.


July 2013
Loci completes an entry restoration and upgrade at Presidential Towers on West 70th Street, the only Morris Lapidus-designed building in New York City.

June 2013
Construction begins on the 50-unit Albany Apartments housing project located on Fulton Avenue in Brooklyn and on the 115-unit Aurum Condominiums housing project located on Adam Clayton Boulevard Avenue in Harlem. The Lafayette project includes an onsite co-generation plant, retail space, and a new church for the Williams Institutional of Christian Methodist Episcopal parish.

May 2013
Loci assumes management of five projects initiated by Meltzer Mandl Architects. Four of the projects are new multi-family housing developments totaling almost 500 units, each seeking a LEED Silver rating, located in Brooklyn, Harlem, Queens, and the Bronx. The fifth project is 18,000 SF of new administrative office spaces for Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

Brooklyn Prospect hires Loci to design the first phase of its new elementary school in Downtown Brooklyn. Construction is scheduled for completion by August 2013.

Gowanus by Design hosts an exhibit of the winners and selected entries of the Water_Works Competition.


April 2013
Construction commences at a landmarked 1878 brownstone in the Carroll Gardens Historic District in Brooklyn. Loci’s design includes a new extension and complete interior renovation.

March 2013
Loci announces the completion of a stunning residential triplex and private roof terrace in a downtown historic district. More information on the project can be found here.


January 2013
Gowanus by Design receives 125 entries from around the world for its Water Works Competition.

Brooklyn Prospect Charter School selects Loci to design the next phase of its renovations at its middle and high school in Windsor Terrace. The project includes new science labs and a dance studio. Construction is scheduled for completion by August 2013.


October 2012
Interview on with Gowanus by Design Co-founders, David Briggs and Anthony Deen, discussing the Gowanus Canal and surrounding neighborhoods and their thoughts and concerns on the development of the area.

Interview with David Briggs on the website discussing urbanism, design, art, and which nAscent NYC artists inspire him.

September 2011
Interview with David Briggs and Anthony Deen, co-founders of Gowanus by Design on the public radio program, “Cityscape,” discussing urban planning issues at the Gowanus Canal.

August 2011
Gowanus by Design Competition featured in Urban Omnibus article: “Gowanus Lowline: Connections.”
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Gowanus by Design Competition featured in Carroll Gardens Patch “Create Your Own Canal”
Carroll Gardens Patch


July 2011
David Briggs interview in the New York Times” “In Gowanus, Big Development Can Wait”
NY Times

October 2010
Carroll School Library featured in Green Building and Design Magazine article


September 2009
Carroll School Library received Bronze Award in’s Collabetition and Silver Citation in American School & University’s Educational Interiors Showcase

May 2008
Harlem Townhouse Development featured on World Business Report, ABC News, and CBS News.


October 2007
288 Lexington receives the 2007 Murray Hill Architectural Award for Excellence in Preservation and Design.