Carol Lamberg, the Executive Director for Settlement Housing Fund, a long-time client of ESKW/A’s, has championed affordable housing in NYC for decades. Her Letter to the Editor in response to a July 23, 2013 New York Times article conveys the import of keeping these public projects healthy and funded in our diverse city. Well said, Carol!
A milestone was reached at Hour Apartment House III: the masonry scaffolding has been removed, revealing the medley of brick details that makes this building both connect to its context and stand out. The two brick colors break down the horizontal scale of this 4-story, 18-unit supportive housing building for formerly incarcerated women and their children. The entire team is thrilled with the result and excited to see the rest of the building as completion nears.
Looking back on June, we celebrated two staff anniversaries of two great architects in our office. The next year will surely be great as well!
Jun Kumazawa – Eight years have gone by very fast for Jun Kumazawa at ESKW/A, maybe because he has such a wide variety of projects under his belt. His work has varied in size and type; everything from Landmarked building preservations and renovations, a market-rate condo high rise building (Bergen Street), the design for a competition-winning housing RFP, as well as working on the new Ocean Wonders: Sharks! Exhibit at the NY Aquarium. Currently he’s the Project Architect for the new True Colors Bronx project and managing renovations at several properties for Project Renewal. All the while he managed to find time marry an artist, renovate his apartment, and train for and complete an Ironman race last year. Jun recently passed his Architect’s Registration Exam and is now a licensed architect. Congratulations, Jun!
Philip Jenkin – This month we celebrate Philip Jenkin’s 2nd anniversary at ESKW/A. Since his first summer internship with us while still at Pratt Institute, Philip has proven himself a highly skilled project manager and architect, adept at resolving complex construction issues. This past year he has managed construction on Bronx Blvd for Project Renewal where his design for the sculptural dormers is coming to life in a dynamic and exciting way; he developed construction documents on five moderate rehabilitation buildings for MAHNY in Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights; he has worked with Andrew on various zoning and feasibility studies for Cherry Street, and with Kimberly on the loft renovation at 37 Walker just to name a few of his accomplishments. We are excited to see what the next year brings for Philip!