Steven Harris Architects

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Steven Harris Architects
New York City

Firm Description
Award-winning design firm Steven Harris Architects has extensive experience in public and private commissions, with a particular skill and fondness for residential design. Recent projects include the renovation of Barneys’ New York and Los Angeles stores, the restoration of a historic Edward Durrell stone house, the design of luxury villas for a hillside site in Vietnam, the restoration of a 15th-century tower in Croatia, and the design of private residences in New York City, upstate New York, the Hamptons, California and Europe. True Life, the firm's first monograph, was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2010 and explores the connection between architecture and the lived experience. Their second monograph will be released in 2015.

Approach to Residential Design
The firm takes a collaborative approach to design by fostering an open exchange of ideas both within the office and with clients. Each of the firm's projects is precisely tailored to its context, site and client’s needs. In this sense, each project is unique, but all their work is marked by an exquisite aesthetic sensibility and an integrated approach to architectural and interior design. In 2007, Rees Roberts + Partners was formed as a separate company with a focus on interiors and landscapes. Both firms continue to work in the same space and collaborate on many projects, ensuring that the aesthetic vision for a project is carried through to the last detail.

Distinguishing Characteristics
Working in tandem, Steven Harris Architects and Rees Roberts + Partners  are known for creating impeccably crafted designs whose sleek lines are balanced with a lush materiality.  The firm is particularly adept at navigating the complex approvals process of cooperative boards, civic building departments, and historic and preservation agencies.

Work Influences
Because the firm’s sites and clients are so diverse, Harris draws on a variety of design influences, but says, "For many years I have been inspired by the vernacular outbuildings of American farms, the architecture of William Wurster, and the Argentine projects of Jean Michel Frank."

Year founded: 1985
Number of employees: 20
Services: Architectural design, interior design

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