At Workshop/APD, an award-winning multidisciplinary design and architecture firm, projects are defined by a sense of place and purpose and a desire to enhance the user’s experience through exceptional design. From penthouses and seaside retreats to luxury residential developments and groundbreaking hotels and restaurants, the Workshop/APD aesthetic is timelessly modern but site-specific, unbound by project type or a singular style. Led by founding principals Andrew Kotchen and Matt Berman and principal architect Thomas Zoli, a collaborative team of 80 architects, interior designers and product designers in New York City; Minneapolis; Greenwich, CT; Nantucket, MA; Palm Beach, FL and Denver, CO leverages vast and highly varied experiences to solve complex design challenges, resulting in spaces that are exceptionally beautiful and accessible. The firm’s first monograph, Workshop/APD Homes: Architecture, Interiors, and the Spaces Between, will be published by Rizzoli Books in Fall 2022. www.workshopapd.com
Ramy Issac is the founder of Issac & Stern Architects. He has designed, managed, and executed a diverse array of projects ranging from design to renovations of all uses. Issac graduated Cum Laude and received dual degrees in Architecture and City Planning from Technion, one of Israel’s most prestigious universities. Additionally, Ramy holds a Master’s of Architecture degree from New York’s Pratt Institute. He is presently a registered Architect in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Florida. Since founding the firm in 1988, Issac has exponentially expanded his team. His unique process combines imagination and design while seamlessly addressing the functional wants and needs of each client. Issac possesses an all-encompassing, deep knowledge of NYC zoning codes and technical comprehension—a hallmark of his seminal and extensive body of work. In his free time, Issac enjoys painting. His creativity, curiosity and deep passion for the arts have set him apart as a true visionary mind.
Ralph Kowalczyk is Partner at Issac & Stern Architects. In this role, he oversees a wide spectrum of projects, including boutique and high-rise buildings as well as unique historic conversions. He holds a degree in Architecture from New York State University where he graduated Cum Laude. Kowalczyk joined the firm in 2007 and worked his way up to becoming Partner in 2017. Prior to joining Isaac Stern, Kowalczyk owned his own architectural studio in Europe. Born in Poland, Ralph moved to the United States at the age of 20 to pursue his life-long passion for architecture and design. Kowalczyk has an unparalleled global presence and knowledge which contribute to his reputation as one of the most prominent players in the world of architecture in New York, and beyond. Throughout every milestone of his notable career, Ralph has exhibited exceptional leadership and is known for continually pushing himself and his team in pursuit of excellence.
Steven Yavanian Landscape Architecture (SYLA) is an award-winning design studio that creates immersive and ecologically productive landscapes that enhance people’s physical, mental and social well-being. SYLA’s work encompasses a diverse range of project types, including gardens, roof terraces, estates, courtyards, parks, plazas, and master plans.
SYLA believes there is a fundamental human need to connect with nature and we see our work as a means to this end. Each new project is an opportunity to artfully fuse humans and nature in deeply meaningful and lasting ways.