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PBDW Weighs In on K-12 Design in Architect Magazine

SEPTEMBER 12, 2019

Erica Gaswirth AIA, LEED AP and Thomas Faust RA offer their thoughts on the latest trends in educational facilities and products they have found useful in upgrading educational environments to increase security measures, integrate learning laboratories, and provide classroom flexibility in this article from Architect Magazine.

restoration of the gravestone of joseph morrill wells

JULY 1, 2019

In collaboration with The American Numismatic Society, PBDW has organized a fundraising campaign to restore and re-erect the gravestone of Joseph Morrill Wells (1853 – 1890), an important and early mover in the emergence of the American Renaissance.

As a principal designer at McKim, Mead & White, Wells is credited with the exterior elevations of the Villard Houses, the project that anticipated the evolution of MM&W’s style from Richardsonian Romanesque to Italian Renaissance and Federal Revival.

Wells’s gravestone was designed by Stanford White and carved by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, and for years has lain on the ground in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford, MA., broken and forgotten. If you would like to contribute to our effort of honoring J. M. Wells, please email Sam White at

packer collegiate institute expansion approved by landmarks preservation commission

JUNE 10, 2019

PBDW is excited to be working on the expansion of the Garden House at Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights, recently approved by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission at a single hearing. The addition will enable Packer to expand and diversify its educational offerings with innovation labs, student commons, and informal gathering spaces, plus a welcome assortment of multi-purpose classrooms and even provisions for a discrete adult presence. The new west elevation creates a third wall to enclose Packer's unique back yard, with terra cotta used as both a rainscreen and brises soleil plus glass and metal. The new façade is softened by a wood pergola with climbing plants, which connect it literally and visually to the surrounding garden. In addition to providing new academic space, the project will reorganize the garden to accommodate the myriad functions it performs at the heart of Packer's historic campus.

Construction is scheduled to begin in July, 2020.

Check out the full article on YIMBY here.

PBDW Partner Sam White hosts tour during the Society for College and university Planning’s North atlantic symposium

JUNE 7, 2019

Partner Sam White hosted a sold out crowd of SCUP’s North Atlantic Symposium participants along with Alex Lamis of RAMSA and Robin Auchincloss, Director of Campus and Facilities Planning at CUNY Bronx Community College. The walking tour and talk was entitled, “One Campus. Two Institutions. Three Libraries.” and discussed the evolution of the Bronx Community College campus over time, looking specifically at the institution’s campus libraries. Sam shared his deep knowledge of the Stanford White-designed Gould Memorial Library. Sam has been a strong proponent for the library’s restoration, preservation and advocates for the majestic building’s return to being fully-used. For more information about the Symposium visit the SCUP website or to learn more about the building visit the BCC website.


AWARD-WINNING 462 BROADWAY FEATURED in traditional building

Nancy Ruhling and Traditional Building magazine have featured PBDW’s restoration of the French Renaissance-style building in their June issue. 462 Broadway has won the Lucy G. Moses Award, the MASterworks Awards for Best Restoration and also the Stanford White award for Historic Preservation. The article gives an in-depth report of the process PBDW and Meringoff properties undertook to restore the building and also quotes Partner Sam White and Associate Brigitte Cook who led the incredible effort.

Sam White honored by carnegie hill neighbors

MAY 2, 2019

Carnegie Hill Neighbors awarded Partner Sam White with the Carnegie Hill Neighbors Enrichment Award for extraordinary neighborhood enhancement. Sam received the award in recognition of his contribution to the restoration and renovation of Saint David’s School at 12 East 89th street.

Saint David’s School complex includes three Cutting Houses designed by Delano & Aldrich as well as the recently-renovated Graham House designed by Thomas Graham. PBDW Architects sensitively designed an addition to and renovated the interior of these buildings in order to provide a school program that optimized its use as well as respected the storied historical context of its Carnegie Hill neighborhood. Read more in Carnegie Hill News.

462 Broadway honored at lucy g. moses award ceremony

APRIL 23, 2019

“The Oscars of Preservation”, the Lucy G. Moses Awards took place this year at The Plaza Ballroom and attracted more than 670 celebrants. PBDW’s 462 Broadway was honored with the award at the 29th annual awards, accepting on behalf of the team was owner of the property and PBDW client, Steve Meringoff.

462 broadway wins masterworks awards for best restoration

MARCH 28, 2019

PBDW Architects’ project 462 Broadway was honored with the MASterworks Award for Best Restoration by the Municipal Art Society of New York. MASterworks Awards pay tribute to projects that make a significant contribution to New York City’s built environment. Steve Meringoff, owner of 462 Broadway, was there to accept the award on behalf of our team.

pbdw celebrates International Women’s Day

MARCH 8, 2019

On this International Women's Day, we celebrate all of the hardworking, talented, and inspiring women at PBDW and all around the world! 

pbdw among top ten performing firms in manhattan

MARCH 1, 2019

PBDW was recently listed among the top ten performing architects in Manhattan by The Real Deal, based on square footage of projects between 2008 and 2018. PBDW has worked with over 10 million square feet across various projects in the last ten years, earning the #10 spot on the list. Read more about the rankings here.

mid-atlantic association of museums: Building Museums 2019


For twelve years the New-York Historical Society and PBDW Architects have been working together to improve the society’s visitor experience and to increase its engagement with the public. Most recently they’ve undertaken the task of renovating the institution’s 4th floor North Gallery which is part of the Henry Luce III Center. PBDW Associate Brigitte Cook along with Gerhard Schlanzky, Creative Director & Director of Exhibitions, New-York Historical Society and Debra Schmidt Bach, Ph.D. Curator of Decorative Arts, New-York Historical Society shared details of how this project came to be. Entitled “New-York Historical Society: Elevating Open Storage through Storytelling”, the talk covered the operational and technical challenges that were tackled as PBDW and the society sought to make this space inviting and engaging while representing as many of the institutions treasures as possible. Building Museums 2019 was presented by the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums.



PBDW’s restoration of 462 Broadway for Meringoff Properties has received the prestigious Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award from the New York Landmarks Conservancy. The Lucy G. Moses Awards are the Conservancy’s highest honors for outstanding preservation efforts. The Awards ceremony will be held at the Plaza on April 23, 2019.

Mallory shure and tory cuddy promoted to associate

FEBRUARY 6, 2019

PBDW Architects is excited to announce to promotion of Mallory Shure AIA and Tory Cuddy AIA to the position of Associate. Both architects play an integral part of the PBDW team, and we are delighted to see them grow in this role.

Apt northeast annual meeting and symposium 2019

FEBRUARY 2, 2019

The Association for Preservation Technology’s Northeast chapter held its 2019 Annual Meeting and Symposium at the historic Loew’s Theatre in Jersey City, NJ. The focus for this year’s meeting was “Restoring Historic Theaters in the 21st Century”. PBDW presented not one, but two case studies during the event. PBDW Partner Jim Seger and Managing Director Lissa Frankel, presented a review of the long-term undertaking by PBDW and Herzog & DeMeuron of making the Park Avenue Armory into a world-class performance venue. Lesa Rozmarek and Jennifer Whisenhunt briefed the association on the upcoming restoration of the historic Palace Theatre in Times Square.

462 broadway and barberrys win stanford white awards 2018

DECEMBER 5, 2018

Held by the Institute for Classical Architecture and Art at the Stanford White-designed Metropolitan Club in midtown Manhattan, the Stanford White Awards honor excellence in Classical and New Traditional Design. PBDW was honored with both the Historic Preservation and the Craftsmanship and Artisanship Awards. 462 Broadway, the largest fully-clad cast iron building in the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District won for Historic Preservation and PBDW’s thoughtful restoration of a Harry T. Lindbergh front entrance of the Barberrys residence won for Craftsmanship and Artisanship.

20 times square wins bronze award for 2018 BD&C Reconstruction awards

NOVEMBER 13, 2018

PBDW is proud to announce that we’ve received a Building Design & Construction Magazine Reconstruction Bronze Award for 20 Times Square. This mixed-use project is located at 47th and Seventh Avenue in New York’s famed Times Square and now houses the new EDITION hotel, a 42-story luxury hotel, retail, and entertainment tower. Read more about our award here.

PBDW participates in open house new york weekend

OCTOBER 13, 2018

PBDW opened up the studio doors on Saturday for a studio visit as part of the Open House New York Weekend, a “citywide celebration of architecture, urban design, and New York City.” PBDW was one of more than 20 New York City architecture studios to open their doors this past weekend, inviting the public to learn more about their work. We were happy to share our office and ongoing projects with so many enthusiastic members of New York’s design community.

partner Sam white gives introductory remarks at the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation’s Annual ‘lunch at a landmark’

SEPTEMBER 27, 2018

The New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation’s Annual “Lunch at a Landmark” event was held at the New-York Historical Society. PBDW was pleased that this year’s event was held at this venue as we’ve worked closely with the Society for many years to help transform their building into a more outward-facing one. PBDW Partner Sam White made introductory remarks before presentations by Sir David Adjaye and Studio Museum in Harlem Director, Thelma Golden. Special thanks to chairs Christina R. Davis and Basil E. Walter.

pbdw hosts Open house new york tour of appellate courthouse

AUGUST 14, 2018

PBDW Partner Anne Holford-Smith led a tour of Open House New York Board and Open Council Members through the Appellate Division Courthouse. PBDW previously restored 1900 Neo-Italian Renaissance style building’s Landmark courtroom and white marble exterior. Open House New York provides unparalleled access to the extraordinary architecture of New York and to the people who help design, build, and preserve the city. PBDW is glad to be a part of the Open House New York Open Council.

Associate debora barros leads docomomo US Tour in brazil

JULY 2, 2018

Associate Debora Barros organized and curated a whirlwind tour of architecture sites in Brazil for Docomomo US. In just 11 days, she led the group on an in-depth building tour through 3 different cities. Debora’s particular interest was to explore Brazil’s architecture beyond Oscar Niemeyer, arguably Brazil’s most famous architect, by exploring and discussing the work of his other contemporaries in addition to the context in which architecture was changing during his time.

partner anne holford-smith leads green-wood tour with aia ‘18

JUNE 23, 2018

This weekend, PBDW partner Anne Holford-Smith toured AIA ‘18 participants through several PBDW projects at Green-Wood with Green-Wood historian Jeff Richman and Green-Wood Architectural Conservator Neela Wickremesinghe. Green-Wood is 478 acres of statuary, mausolea and verdant green space. A host of architects and fine artists have contributed designs to the National Landmark, including McKim Mead and White, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Charles Gambrill, George Post, Jacob Wrey Mould, Ernest Flagg, and appropriately the first president of the AIA, James Renwick Jr.

PBDW designed Green-Wood’s Hillside Mausoleum, renovated its Modern Chapel and crematory, and designed its Tranquility Garden as well as restored its Gothic Archway Entrance by Richard Upjohn and Sons and its Caretaker’s cottage and visitor’s center at Fort Hamilton Parkway by Richard M. Upjohn.