About the Firm
Jonathan Kirschenfeld Architect PC is internationally recognized for design excellence over a wide range of environmentally- and socially-sustainable projects. The firm has exceptionally strong credentials in the areas of supportive housing, childcare centers, recreation and performance facilities, and provides comprehensive design services to not-for-profit and public sector clients, institutions, corporations, and private clients.
Mr Kirschenfeld was the recipient of the inaugural 2014 HH Richardson Award for Public Architecture given by NY State Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The firm's work was lauded for its "contribution to the quality of New York State public architecture."
The firm's supportive housing work has been recognized by the NYC Chapter of the American Institute of Architects with the 2013 Andrew J. Thomas "Pioneer in Housing" Award. Previous winners of this prestigious award have included Dattner Architects, Curtis + Ginsberg, and SOM.
The firm recently completed the last of six new supportive housing projects for a variety of not-for-profit housing developers. One of the first of these buildings to be completed - Bronx Park East - was the subject of a front page Arts feature by the NY Times architectural critic, Michael Kimmelman.
The family of six micro-unit apartment buildings, ranging in size from 43 units to 77 units, share similar building programs and all adapt to irregular, 'remnant' sites. On an urban scale, the buildings address the physical particularity of their lots by strengthening the street-wall, figuring common courts and gardens, and providing options for privacy and social interaction for their formerly homeless residents. The 300 sf studio apartments contain full kitchens and bathrooms and a living /sleeping area. Collective spaces typically include large community room with warming kitchen, exercise room, library, counseling offices, and laundry. Click here for video of Kirschenfeld's AIA presentation Big House Small City)
Design recognition for the firm's supportive housing work includes the 2011 Building Brooklyn Award for Affordable Housing for the 72-unit Domenech, as well as a 2005 AIA Housing Design Award and 2004 Building Brooklyn Award for the 50-unit Marcy Residence. The firm's housing work has been published and exhibited widely.
On the basis of his supportive housing work, Mr Kirschenfeld in 2011 was one of five architects invited to present new housing proposals for the Making Room Symposium organized by the Citizens Housing and Policy Council (CHPC) and the Architectural League. Leading his collaborative TeamR8 project for four new hybrid-housing buildings on the Grand Concourse, the work was cited by the NYC Department of City Planning as an inspiration for Mayor Bloomberg's adAPT Micro-unit competition. The project was featured in scale models and drawings at the Making Room exhibition installed at the Museum of the City of New York in 2013.
In recreation, the large-scale conversion and re-purposing of a cargo vessel into the Floating Pool, drew major television, radio and print coverage during its inaugural summer season at Brooklyn Bridge Park. The 20,000 square foot facility, an example of the firm's commitment to sustainable design, hosted over 50,000 visitors during its eight week season, and won an international 2007 Award of Excellence from the Waterfront Center. The Pool was also honored as the runner-up in the prestigious 2007 Cooper-Hewitt Museum People's Choice Design Award, and has received a 2008 Masterwork Award, a 2008 Building Brooklyn Award, a 2008 Neighborhood Achievement Award and the 2009 International Design Award (Renovation Category).The project has been published widely in national and international books and magazines, and was chosen as one of 15 projects to be exhibited in the American Pavilion at the prestigious 2008 Venice Biennale.
The firm is currently working with ARUP on the design of a new generation Floating Pool for the Brooklyn waterfront.
Jonathan Kirschenfeld Architect PC also received Awards of Excellence from the NYC Arts Commission for the Hollis Avenue Day Care Center, completed in 1999 for the NYC Department of Design and Construction, and the Brooklyn Army Terminal Day Care Center, designed for the NYC Economic Development Corporation.
About Jonathan Kirschenfeld, AIA
Mr. Kirschenfeld began his studies in 1976 at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies headed by Peter Eisenman. The following year, he was invited to work in the Milan office of Aldo Rossi and had the opportunity 15 years later to collaborate with Rossi on the Holtzman Residence in Michigan. Soon after graduating from the Masters program at Princeton, Mr. Kirschenfeld was a founding partner at Architrope, an award-winning design firm established with Andrew Bartle in 1987.
Aside from his role as principal, Mr. Kirschenfeld has taught at graduate programs including Columbia University's School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, Pratt Institute, and New Jersey Institute of Technology. Mr. Kirschenfeld was a Visiting Professor at the University of Bologna: Facolta Di Architettura Aldo Rossi. Mr. Kirschenfeld has been twice selected as first-alternate for the Rome Prize.
Mr. Kirschenfeld is the founder of the Institute for Public Architecture (IPA) a not-for-profit organization which promotes socially engaged architecture though research, exhibitions and a residency program from young design practitioners. The IPA and residency Fellows were featured in a 2014 New York Times front page Arts article by Times critic Michael Kimmelman.