Prendergast Laurel Architects has made a distinctive contribution to the public and private spaces of New York City. This award-winning firm has been fortunate to lead some of the City’s finest institutions in their search for new paradigms of form and function to serve the vibrant communities spread across 5 boroughs. The firm’s approach to place-making starts with detailed programming conversations, historical analysis, and contextual analysis in order to develop a tightly woven design that maximizes utility while delivering imaginative use of form with sustainable materials and methods.
The firm’s work encompasses a range of project types, including new buildings, major building reconstructions, additions, renovations, site work, landscaping and historical restoration. In over 250 projects, the firm has designed museums, libraries, schools, offices, firehouses, medical centers, restaurants, theaters, private residences, apartment and loft buildings, transportation structures, and recreation centers.
Prendergast Laurel was awarded the 2005 NYC Art Commission Design Excellence Award for the Kingsbridge Branch Library. The firm’s design for the Staten Island Children’s Museum won the Art Commission award in 2001 as well as the 2004 Design Honor Award from the Staten Island Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The firm also had the honor of being selected to join Mayor Bloomberg’s esteemed Design Excellence Initiative, where the firm designed multiple innovative public projects.
The firm’s projects have appeared in leading professional and general interest publications, including Architectural Record, Interior Design and The New York Times. The Sedgwick Branch Library for NYPL appeared on the cover of the June 1995 issue of Architectural Record. Books documenting the firm’s work include “New York 2000: Architecture and Urbanism from the Bicentennial to the Millennium”, “The AIA Guide to New York City”, and “New York – A Guide to Recent Architecture”.
The firm has worked with many of New York’s public agencies including the New York City Department of Design & Construction, New York City Parks Department, Fire Department of New York, NYC Housing Authority, School Construction Authority, City University of New York, Transportation Department, Transit Authority, Human Resources Administration, and Economic Development Corporation. The firm’s clients in the not-for-profit realm include the New York Public Library, the Queens Borough Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, the 92nd Street Y, the Lighthouse (NY Assoc. for the Blind), Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, NYU Medical Center, and the PS1 Contemporary Art Center (currently PS1 MOMA).
Prendergast Laurel Architects is devoted to excellence in architecture and to the proposition that thoughtful design can be a powerful positive force for people and the cities they live in. The firm has extensive experience with construction in a complex city, and offers attentive and efficient project management. With each new project, the firm seeks to understand the client’s needs, analyze the opportunities and constraints the project presents, and generate the most exciting design within the parameters of function, site, context, budget and materials.