Stephen Moser Architect (SMA), based in New York City, is a firm for architecture, design and planning that is gaining a reputation for its innovative residential projects, civic-private work, and ideas-generating design competitions. We practice a thoughtful architecture that is responsive to place, sensitive to how people live and work, and values craftsmanship and cutting-edge technologies.
Highlights of the firm’s projects include a master plan for City Park’s SummerStage; an award-winning design for the ideas competition “Unbuild the Wall” for the US/Mexico barrier in Nogales; “Ring of Reflection,” a competition entry for the Sandy Hook memorial in Newtown, Conn.; “Critical Mass: A Dialogue Between Art and the City,” a competition entry for a contemporary art wing for MALI, the art museum in Lima, Peru; and the restoration/renovation of the mid-century modern William Landsberg house in Port Washington, N.Y., which won an AIA award.
At SMA, we believe that each project should be shaped by an elemental idea about its essence and purpose. That idea evolves from the intersection of place, program, material, and detail, but the design process always begins with place. From wooded park to urban neighborhood, the landscape guides us toward the character or essence of a project. In our designs, we always seek a clarity of vision: a relationship between exterior and interior that values simplicity, coherency, and openness. Architecture is a social art. Buildings are vessels for people, their things, their work, their leisure. Spaces must be easily navigated, furniture has to fit, art has to be seen, and equipment must work. We work closely with our clients to achieve their programs, using materials and detailing that reflect the idea of their project. In building our projects, we value technological innovation, sustainable design, and quality craftsmanship.