Good design is not a superficial application of finishes on complicated forms, but rather the result of thoughtful space planning and an understanding of the program as a whole, appropriate use of materials, image, and experience.
When CWB Architects was founded in 1995, it was a two-person practice focused on historic row house renovations. Since then, it has expanded into a multi-disciplinary firm which creates residential and commercial spaces throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Westchester, New Jersey, Connecticut and Eastern Long Island. CWB is experienced in historic renovation, residential architecture adapted for modern living and commercial spaces crafted for collaboration and productivity.
CWB works with clients’ needs, vision and budget to derive imaginative solutions. Part of that process includes identifying design challenges at the start of a project so the finished work feels integrated and effortless. The firm’s work in urban settings (where limited square footage presents unique demands) helped shape its core philosophy. The creation of spaces that are simultaneously simple and complex, elegant and modest, luxurious and understated is the basis of all CWB’s work.
The collaborative team of 22 consists of three principals, six licensed architects, three interior designers, drafts-persons, model builders, and administrative staff. Each member of the team has substantive experience in new construction, renovations, adaptive reuse, and restoration in landmark districts, with particular strength in row houses. CWB works closely with qualified consulting engineers, both structural and mechanical, who are well-versed in the systems required for construction.
CWB’s work has been profiled in the following print and online publications: The New York Times, Metropolitan Home, Interior Design, Fine Homebuilding, Interiors & Sources, AtHome, New York Daily News, Brownstoner, Curbed, Remodalista, Houzz and HGTV, among others. In addition, our projects have been featured in Brooklyn Modern published by Rizzoli Press, The New American Dream: Living Well in Small Houses, published by Monacelli Press, The Kitchen Idea Book and Home Workspace Idea Book, published by Taunton Press, Essential Home, published by Ryland, Peters, Small Publishers, and Essential Elegance: The Interiors of Solis Betancourt, published by Monacelli Press.
Since its origin as Coburn Architecture, PC, CWB Architects has been located in Brooklyn’s DUMBO historic waterfront district.