Founded and directed by Howard Spivak since 1986, Spivak Architects has taken a unique and dynamic approach to the interrelated disciplines of architecture and urban design.
Central to the management of a project is a close working relationship with clients. A client’s needs, input and teamwork are critical to the design process. Our goal is to provide design that expresses a client’s needs in a singular way, while maintaining the contextual fabric in which we live. Working closely with his diversified staff, Howard Spivak is involved with each project from inception to completion. The contribution of his working knowledge is made at each phase and integrated into the project whole.
Our firm takes an active role in the construction of most projects through coordination and site review. Our experience with zoning regulations and their impact on architecture and urban design make us a full service firm capable of handling a wide range of projects from large scale commercial buildings to more intimate residential sites.
When projects involve existing architecture, we respect the original structure while tailoring the space to fit the client. This can range from minimal intervention to major reconstruction incorporating current technology and materials. We work closely with skilled restoration craftsmen in order to cure the building’s problems while respecting its aesthetic and historical character.
Our diversity of experience, unique inter-personal approach and clarity of intent assure client and community satisfaction with the conception, construction and completion of a project by Spivak Architects.
As the founder of Spivak Architects, Howard has focused on an approach to architecture with a special interest in the clients design needs, the needs of the project at hand, and teamwork. He uses a creative approach to maximize the use of space to create quality livable spaces. Working closely with his staff, he takes special interest in tailoring the project to fit the client.
He has designed a wide range of projects from initial development and planning through construction.
Howard is active in numerous civic organizations which gives him special insight into their economic, social, and public needs. This in turn allows him to more effectively determine strategic differences and achieve consensus to resolve project conflicts through creative design solutions.
With over 8 years of architectural work experience, Elizabeth has been involved with all phases of a project, from conception to construction. She has a knack for space planning and schematic design which she can seamlessly transform into construction documents and carry through construction administration. Responsibilities have included managing small to medium sized projects, including team members, schedules, budgets and all project deliverables.
Her extensive research of urban scale architectural projects in her schooling combined with her practical experience of small constructed projects offers a wide platform of knowledge in which to draw from. Her interests lie somewhere in between the scales of architecture as infrastructure (which can be seen in her un-built projects: Le Fil Vert, Open Superblock, Framing the Edge, A void, A line, and Urban Corrugations) and architecture as detail (seen in many of the built projects through millwork, tectonics, finishes, etc.)
Stephen is a Project Manager at Spivak Architects with nearly five years of project management experience in New York City. His work focuses on design detail with a strong understanding of code and zoning. Currently, he is using his experience and expertise on a multiphase, multi-unit apartment renovation in midtown Manhattan.
Stephen graduated from the Texas Tech University, College of Architecture, with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree. During his time at Texas Tech, he had the opportunity to study at McGill University in Montreal as well as participate in Land Arts of the American West--a semester-long, field-based study focused on the integration of the natural environment into practical design.
In his free time, Stephen enjoys, spending time with his wife and two dogs, and playing on his long-standing kickball team.
Philip Mana joined Spivak Architects in 2015, after more than seven years working at Studio Daniel Libeskind’s offices in New York and Milan, where he was a key designer on residential, commercial, and cultural projects ranging in size from 1,800 sqm to 200 hectares. Several of his past projects are currently under construction, including the Zhang Zhidong and Modern Industrial Museum in China; the Corals at Keppel Bay luxury residences in Singapore; and Leuphana University’s student research center in Lüneburg, Germany.
Philip received his Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University in 2007 and his Bachelor of Science degree in architecture from The Ohio State University in 2003. He has been a visiting critic at Columbia University, Pratt Institute, The Ohio State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Texas A&M University. Philip is an avid reader of architectural theory and keenly interested in advanced digital design techniques. He also has a working knowledge of German and Italian from his experience working on international teams.
Originally from Italy, Ottavia received both her bachelor's and master's degrees in architecture from the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio, Switzerland. Between 2011 and 2012, she studied abroad at Virginia Tech. During her studies, she focused her design on residential projects and urban planning. Her thesis project was a new urban development of 30 residential towers in the outskirts of Lugano, the major city of the Italian part of Switzerland.
Her work experience includes an internship at Umberto Squarcia Designs in New York, where she worked on the renovation and conversion of townhouses and landmarked buildings. Among them were 498 Broome Street, 12 East 76th Street, 70 Greene Street, 45 East 74th Street. Immediately after graduation, she joined John Fotiadis Architect in New York, where she worked on commercial and residential projects in New York and Europe. These included the renovation of apartments in the Archive Building (666 Greenwich St), 42-14 Crescent Street (a 48-unit building in Long Island City, currently under construction) and the proposal for the Andriivskiy Residences, a 170-unit residential complex in Kiev, Ukraine. At Spivak Architects, she is currently working on large scale residential projects in the city, such as the renovation of the 200-unit 416 W 52nd Street.
A product of two Cold War refugees, Mark Zlotsky is a first-generation New Yorker who recently graduated from Syracuse University School of Architecture. In school, Mark designed, marketed, and built Play-Perch, a student-organized design-build project for the Jowonio School in Syracuse. The Jowonio project won national and University awards for design, design-build projects, and community service/applied scholarship. Zlotsky spent his thesis studying the campus and commedia dell’arte to create a form of architecture that caricaturizes buildings into characters who act and communicate with each other as a cast. He received several awards for design and professional promise, including the Luther Gifford Prize for the highest academic standing in design in the bachelor of architecture program as well as the University Scholar Award; the highest undergraduate honor the university bestows.
Outside of school, Mark spent a summer leading a team designing and researching a speculative potter’s field project on Hart Island to be submitted as a proposal for a new city project to make an inaccessible cemetery into a public cultural site. He also volunteered organizing lesson plans and teaching architecture to high school students in the New York Center for Architecture.
Mark currently works for Spivak Architects, where he furthers his thesis study through designing facades.
Solomon kindled an early interest in industrial and web design by studying briefly at Pratt Institute. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Architecture at The City College of New York where he hopes to expand his focus on design. His technical and artistic interests have led him into professional experience with branding, illustration, photography, and web development. He wishes to make a difference in the world, one realized idea at a time.
Fun Fact: As an adolescent Solomon prepared for a career in Paleontology by memorizing The New Illustrated Dinosaur Dictionary and frequently likened himself to his favorite dinosaur, Deinonychus.
JENNY X CHAN
Jenny received her Master of Architecture Degree from University of British Columbia in 2011 and her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design in 2007. She is an artist and designer at Gooseberry Studio, an interdisciplinary collective founded in 2013 with lighting designer Natalia Lesniak and graphic designer Anastasia Ugorskaya. She has exhibited installations for Waterstreet Art Pops, Figment and ArtsWestchester, and is a recipient of Arts Alive Project Grant through Gooseberry. She is also a member of Open Architecture New York, a non-profit organization offering design services throughout New York.
Prior to working at Spivak she worked at Guerin Glass Architects on hospitality and commercial projects such as the Ritz Carlton Waikiki and other hospitality projects primarily located in Hawaii. During her time at Joel Fitzpatrick Design, an interdisciplinary firm, she worked and managed lighting, furniture, exhibition design and interior residential architecture projects. She is interests in organic language of adaptive resue and ad hock structures in urban spaces.
Brandon is a project manager with experience in office, hotel, healthcare, residential and retail projects. In his current positon at Spivak Architects he’s worked with clients BUSTLE, Vanbarton Group, and Manhattan Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group to develop unique and functional spaces. Previously he was employed by the Chicago firm Chipman Design Architecture and Habitat for Humanity International. In addition to architecture, Brandon has a background in real estate development. He enjoys incorporating this knowledge into the design process to increase value for the client and end-user.
Brandon holds a Master’s of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Architecture from Ball State University. In addition, he holds an active Illinois Real Estate Broker’s License, Autodesk REVIT professional certification and LEED AP Building Design and Construction accreditation.
Sam was born and raised in the California Bay Area where he fostered a love for the outdoors.
He recently graduated from Syracuse University School of Architecture. While at school, he worked as a monitor for the school’s model shop helping students and faculty realize projects while enhancing various fabrication skills. Sam’s thesis investigated digital fabrication through joinery techniques to optimize design process, production and craft.
Previously, Sam worked on high end residential projects while at Robert Baumann Associates in Sonoma California. At Spivak Architects, Sam deals with projects ranging in commercial, residential, hospitality and façade design. He keeps an open and curious mind with ambitions to one day establish his own practice.
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