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News

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. Read more at these links: Brooklyner, DNAInfo, 6sqft, and the Brooklyn Paper.

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December 2016
Loci is selected as the architect for the exterior restoration and preservation of 817 Broadway located at the corner of 12th Street in Greenwich Village. We are excited to work with a terrific team, including Taconic Investment Partners, Studios Architecture, Stantec, and GMS Engineers, to upgrade the historic building to support new single floor office tenancies.

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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 the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center.

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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.

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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.

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

July 2016
Gowanus by Design is awarded discretionary funding from NYC to create an online Gowanus Atlas.

Loci is awarded a new project at Pace University’s Schimmel Theater to improve safety and accessibility.

The Loci staff takes a break and learns how to be better chefs at the Home Cooking School.

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June 2016
Construction starts on the 9,000 SF TEP Charter School renovation in Washington Heights.

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Construction starts on the third phase of Brooklyn Prospect Charter’s elementary school in downtown Brooklyn.

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Loci is selected to design a $2 million community center and gymnasium for an Upper East Side residential building.

May 2016
Rachel Padowicz passes her last ARE and is now a licensed architect. Well done, Rachel!

Caitlyn Juarez, a 2016 graduate of the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture, joins the Loci team.

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.

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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
The Columbia University School of Journalism chooses Mark Maljanian and Loci to upgrade the existing finishes at Pulitzer Hall.

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.

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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
Competing with three other prestigious firms, Loci is picked 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.

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.

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David Briggs is interviewed by Erik Ipsen of Crain’s about the talent shortage in the architecture industry.
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May 2015
Loci starts the next phase at 1 Pace Plaza, preparing filing and construction drawings for renovations at the 500,000 SF complex.

The McCarton Center for Developmental Pediatrics selects Loci to design the renovations for its facility on the Upper East Side.

April 2015
Rachel Padowicz, a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s School of Architecture, joins Loci Architecture after spending three years in Virginia working on commercial projects, and federal and local government buildings.

Yuco Real Estate selects Loci as Design Architect for the building lobbies and common spaces for five new multi-family developments in Brooklyn and the Bronx.

March 2015
Elise McCurley starts at Loci Architecture after graduating from Cal-Poly College of Architecture and Environmental Design, working in California on new housing projects, and recently completing her master’s degree in Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania.

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. Ken Miraski is the Project Architect and Rebecca Kidd is the Project Manager.

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Loci is hired by Pace University to start the process of obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy for 1 Pace Plaza, a 500,000 SF mixed use building at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge. Ed Jose is the Project Architect and Ken Miraski is the Project Manager.

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Loci is selected to design building exteriors for three residential development projects in Brooklyn and East Harlem. The design team is led by Ken Miraski with Adel Bagli.

November 2014
Loci concludes its owner rep services for an exterior restoration and private rooftop terrace project at 476 Broadway. The project was supervised by Ken Miraski.

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.

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October 2014
Led by Adel Bagli and David Briggs and working with Yuco Real Estate, Loci submits a proposal for a 220-unit affordable housing project designed according to Passive House principles.

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 and Heather McKinstry 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 managed by Ed Jose and Heather McKinstry, 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.
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April 2014
Bushwick Inlet Park, Heather McKinstry’s project at Kiss + Cathcart, wins an AIA COTE Award for one of the top ten green projects in the United States.

February 2014
Ken Miraski passes the architectural registration exam and becomes a New York State-licensed architect.

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

Heather McKinstry joins Loci after working at Kiss + Cathcart for five years, where she worked on the Bushwick Inlet Park and Bronx River House projects.

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

November 2013
Construction commences on a gut renovation for a new two-bedroom residence facing Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Ken Miraski is the designer and manager for the project.

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.

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Loci offers pro bono services to design Amber Charter School’s new community kitchen.

September 2013
Designed and managed by Ed Jose, our firm 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.

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August 2013
Rebecca Kidd joins Loci after graduating from Philadelphia University with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. Her final thesis explored creating micro and macro environments to orchestrate the interaction with the homeless around Rittenhouse Square. Her research included meeting with homeless people and immersing herself into their community.

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

Our first residential project is complete in Washington DC. An existing single family two-story townhouse near Union Station was renovated and expanded under Adel Bagli’s supervision.

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. Ed Jose is managing both projects.

Loci is hired to design a new building exterior for a 21-story residential building on East 76th Street in Manhattan.

Proving that youth is eternal, David Briggs signs up for an adult soccer league at the new Pier 5 soccer fields in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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.

Taconic Investment Partners hires Loci for a 250,000 SF roof restoration project at the 1930s Eastchester Heights workers housing complex designed by Clarence Stein. The project spans five city blocks and includes 114 buildings.

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

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April 2013
David Briggs extols the virtues of Brooklyn while questioning the development process in the neighborhood surrounding the Gowanus Canal.
Read his blog post here.

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.

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

September 2011
Interview with David Briggs and colleague, Anthony Deen, on the public radio program, “Cityscape,” discussing urban planning issues at the Gowanus Canal.
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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
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July 2011
David Briggs interview in the New York Times In Gowanus, Big Development Can Wait
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October 2010
Carroll School Library featured in Green Building and Design Magazine article

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September 2009
Carroll School Library received Bronze Award in SchoolDesigner.com’s Collabetition

August 2009
Carroll School Library received Silver Citation in American School & University’s Educational Interiors Showcase

May 2008
Harlem Infill Project featured on World Business Report

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January 2008
Harlem Infill Project featured on ABC Eyewitness News

December 2007
Harlem Infill Project featured on CBS News

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

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October 2007
Plot Development: Loci Architecture featured in Time Out New York issue 628 discussing Harlem Infill Project