News from Alexander Gorlin Architects

Join Alex Gorlin on Monday November 9th for his “Kabbalah in Art & Architecture” lecture at Columbia University! Register here!

Alexander Gorlin was pleased to accept the Docomomo Commercial Design Award of Excellence on behalf of Bell Works! 

Check out Industry Magazine’s feature on Alexander Gorlin & David Scott Interiors in collaboration on a contemporary Southampton Property!

Look out for AGA’s stunning Chelsea loft renovation the next time you’re in an NYC taxi cab! Alex had so much fun working with Open House TV to bring life to the perfect Instagram apartment!

Is Boston Road Supportive Housing the best New York City multi-family development of 2017?

All will be revealed on May 20th at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan, when Interior Design magazine announces the winners of its 2017 Interior Design magazine NYCxDesign Awards program. Our supportive housing project on Boston Road in the Bronx has been nominated as a finalist in the Multi-Unit Residential Building category. This is the fourth award nomination for the project so far this year.


2017 SARA New York Design Awards Recipient

Winner, Affordable and Supportive Housing category

Boston Road Supportive Housing

The New York Council of the Society of American Registered Architects, SARA, announced May 5, 2017 that Boston Road Supportive Housing had won the Affordable and Supportive Housing Design award category. We will be honored to accept the award at the upcoming presentation ceremony on June 20th.


AIA New York State 2017 Excelsior Award of Merit, Public Architecture

Boston Road Supportive Housing

On May 5, 2017, the New York State chapter of the American Association of Architects announced that our Boston Road supportive housing project had been given an Award of Merit in the Public Architecture category of its annual Excelsior Awards program.

The Excelsior awards are given to public and private entities that use New York state funding for projects that serve the public. Our client, non-profit developer Breaking Ground, received funding in part for this project from New York state’s Medicaid budget. Operating in the belief that housing is a medical necessity, Breaking Ground has found that housing New York City’s chronically homeless – rather than leaving them to cycle in and out of emergency care – saves the state approximately $10,000 a year per person.



Finalist, Excellence in Housing Development

Boston Road Supportive Housing

We are honored that the New York chapter of the Urban Land Institute has recognized the important social contribution that our Boston Road supportive housing development has made to the Bronx’s Morrisania neighborhood. The project, for non-profit developer Breaking Ground, was one of four finalists in the ULI’s Awards for Excellence 2017 program which recognizes outstanding development projects in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors across New York State that best exemplify the organization’s commitment to responsible land use and creating sustainable, thriving communities. The jury included leading New York City commercial developers and realtors.

Interior Design – A Chelsea Apartment With a Touch of Voyeurism by Alexander Gorlin and Larsen Design

Check out the September issue of Interior Design for AGA’s stunning Chelsea apartment! Link to the online version here.


The New York Review of Books – Boston Road

Check out Martin Filler’s amazing write up of Boston Road for The New York Review of Books! Read the full article here.

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Elliman Magazine – House Party

Check out Elliman Magazine for Alexander Gorlin’s piece on the dance performance of Modern Living at The Glass House!


ARCHITECT magazine – The Bargain That Revived Bell Labs

Check out ARCHITECT magazine’s review of our adaptive reuse of Bell Works. Read the full article here

"Eero Saarinen's landmark facility in New Jersey is being redeveloped as a New Urbanist hub, but with one significant twist." - Karrie Jacobs

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More affordable houses are coming to Nehemiah Spring Creek in East New York!

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Dwell on Design NY

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The success of affordable housing projects depends on numerous political and economical factors, but good design is equally important in determining whether a project will achieve its goals to create a safe, comfortable, and lasting community for its residents. Two New York architects, Alexander Gorlin and Matthew Bremer, break down their approaches to public housing, sharing how they’ve dealt with challenges of slow-moving policy and limited resources to create projects that will benefit underserved populations.

Interior Design – Giants of Design

Had a blast at Interior Design’s Giants of Design earlier this month! Check out pictures & videos from the amazing event in sunny Palm Springs, CA! Click Here!

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The Next 100 Years of Affordable Housing

In case you missed last weeks Cooper Union Affordable Housing panel discussion… check out this write up!  Click Here!

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Architectural Digest Design Show


Tickets and more information here!

The Next 100 Years of Affordable Housing

Come see Alexander Gorlin in a panel on Affordable Housing!

Wednesday March 16th, 6pm-8pm

Cooper Union, The Great Hall (Foundation Building), 7 East 7th Street


Matthew Gordon Lasner and Nicholas Dagen Bloom, the co-authors of Affordable Housing in New York: The People, Places, and Policies that Transformed a City (2015; Princeton University Press) host a free, public panel discussion on the future of a livable New York City for the other 99%. Panelists include Shola Olatoye, Chair and CEO of the New York City Housing Authority;Alexander Gorlin, FAIA, architect of Nehemiah Spring Creek, the Brook, and other innovative affordable housing complexes; Gwendolyn Wright, professor architecture, history, and art history, Columbia University; Joseph Heathcott, associate professor of urban studies, The New School; Carol Lamberg, former executive director, Settlement Housing Fund.

Matthew Gordon Lasner, assistant professor of urban studies and planning at Hunter, is also the author of High Life: Condo Living in the Suburban Century.

Nicholas Dagen Bloom is associate professor of social science and director of the Urban Administration program at N.Y. Institute of Technology. His books include Public Housing that Worked: New York in the Twentieth Century.

More information and RSVP here!


Architect’s Newspaper – Instagram

Architect’s Newspaper featured Alexander Gorlin’s spectacular Instagram account.  Check out the posts Architect’s Newspaper highlighted here and don’t forget to follow Alex on Instagram at @alexgorlin

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Alexander Gorlin tours Roberto Burle Marx’s Gardens in Brazil

Alexander Gorlin talked to Architectural Digest about touring Roberto Burle Marx’s gardens on his recent trip to Brazil. Read the entire article here and check out Alex’s photographs of the legendary landscape architect’s tropical home and studio.  04

MCNY Affordable Housing

AGA’s model of the Nehemiah Spring Creek Houses is featured in Affordable New York: A Housing Legacy, at The Museum of the City of New York.

On view from September 18th, 2015 – February 7th, 2016 Check it out!


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Bell Works in Dwell Magazine

Check out the amazing Bell Works project in the February 2016 issue of Dwell Magazine.  Online now at 

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AGA working with Pharrell Williams on Detroit Housing

Alexander Gorlin Architects has partnered with Grammy-award winning musician Pharrell Williams on a major pre fabricated housing development in Detroit, MI. Read the entire article from The Detroit News here.

Photo: Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images



Alexander Gorlin Architects named to the 2016 AD100 list

We are pleased to announce that Alexander Gorlin Architects has been honored as one of Architectural Digest’s New AD100.  Click here to view Alexander Gorlin’s profile and see the full 2016 AD100 list.


AIA Design Citation Award – Temple Beth El

The American Institute of Architects Westchester + Hudson Valley Chapter awards Alexander Gorlin Architects a 2015 Design Citation Award for the renovation and addition to Temple Beth El, in Chappaqua, New York
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Kabbalah in Art and Architecture book talk at Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco

Join us for a lecture on Alex’s latest book, Kabbalah in Art and Architectureat the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco on Thursday, May 15. Click here for lecture and ticket information.


Kabbalah in Art and Architecture book talk at Cliff Young Showroom

Join us on April 29 to hear Alex discuss his latest book, Kabbalah in Art and Architecture, with Kabbalah scholar, Arthur Kurzweil, at the Cliff Young Showroom!

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Architects Remember the ’64-65 World’s Fair

In this month’s Architectural Record, read about Alexander Gorlin’s childhood experience of visiting the ’64-65 World’s Fair in Queens, New York and view a selection of his crayon drawn “detailed diaries” like the image above.

A sketch from Alexander Gorlin's childhood "World's Fair Book" Image courtesy: Alexander Gorlin Architects

A sketch from Alexander Gorlin’s childhood “World’s Fair Book”
Image courtesy: Alexander Gorlin Architects

Architectural Record Book Review: Kabbalah in Art and Architecture

Kabbalah in Art and Architecture was reviewed in the latest issue of Architectural Record. You can read the entire review, “Mystical Thinking,” by Samuel Gruber, in the March 2014 issue or online here.

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Memphis Home featured in March 2014 Kitchen Trends

Alexander Gorlin Architect’s Memphis Home made an appearance in the March 2014 issue of Kitchen Trends. The home’s kitchen, designed for professional chefs, features cherry wood and stainless steel. Click here to view the entire spread.

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“Living on the Edge,” Alexander Gorlin Architects featured in Architectural Digest

Alexander Gorlin Architect’s stunning home in Ketch Harbour, Nova Scotia was featured in the February issue of Architectural Digest. Click here to view beautiful photos of the “glass-and-concrete retreat” and read about the home.

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The Bookwatch: February 2014

Kabbalah in Art in Architecture is just as much filled with captivating art as it is with scholarly information based on Kabbalistic themes. Find out more here by reading the Midwest Book Review’s take on Alexander Gorlin’s newest book.


Alexander Gorlin named one of Architectural Digest’s “15 Must-Follow Designers and Architects on Instagram”

@alexgorlin is featured on the Daily AD Blog as an architect to follow on Instagram! Click here to view the entire list.


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Kabbalah in Art and Architecture in The Jewish Daily Forward

Read Gavriel D. Rosenfeld’s take on Kabbalah in Art and Architecture in his article “A Kabbalah for Architects?” on The Jewish Daily Forward’s website. Discover how the book “embraces an eclectic interpretive method” of Jewish ideas, themes and experiences that influence architecture and design.

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Alexander Gorlin Wins National Jewish Book Award

We are honored to announce that Kabbalah in Art and Architecture by Alexander Gorlin was chosen as the winner of the 2013 National Jewish Book Award in the category of Visual Arts! The book was chosen on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Book Council in New York City, currently in its 63rd year of the prestigious awards program. Click here to view the full list of winners.

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Alexander Gorlin’s Early Career Inspirations

From a young age, Alexander Gorlin has been captivated by architecture and design. Visit Architectural Digest’s Daily AD Blog to discover the inspiration behind the architect’s unprecedented career.

Alexander Gorlin, age seven, playing with a Kenner Girder and Panel building set. Photo: Alexander Gorlin Architects

Alexander Gorlin, age seven, playing with a Kenner Girder and Panel building set. Photo: Alexander Gorlin Architects

Alexander Gorlin in The New York Times

Alexander Gorlin was quoted in the January 19, 2014 New York Times’ article on MoMA’s Folk Art Building. Click here to read the entire article.


Alexander Gorlin on Monocle Podcast

Alexander recently sat down with Monocle’s Chief Bureau of New York, Santiago Tarditi, to discuss Kabbalah in Art and Architecture on Episode# 111 of the publications “Section D” design podcast.

Click here to listen to the entire episode. Alexander discusses the book and inspirations for its theme at the 42 minute mark.


Include Kabbalah in Art and Architecture on your holiday gift list!

Designers & Books and ARTINFO both listed Kabbalah in Art and Architecture as one of the “best architecture books to give as a gift” this holiday season! Check out the full list on Designers & Books as well as ARTINFO, both of which includes a range of architecture themed books.

NOMADculture: Alexander Gorlin discusses Kabbalah in Art and Architecture

Click here to read Alexander Gorlin discuss Kabbalah in Art and Architecture in an interview with the online publication, NOMADculture.

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Alexander Gorlin Architects listed in 2014 AD100


Alexander Gorlin Architects is pleased to announce their recognition in Architectural Digest’s list of “top talents in architecture and interior design” for 2014! This is the sixth year Alexander Gorlin Architects has been included in the esteemed list. Click here to view Alexander Gorlin’s profile and the entire list of outstanding architects and interior designers.

Metropolis: “Worth Preserving”

“As the gap between the rich and the middle class widens, the challenge to save midcentury modern buildings becomes even more vexing.”

Alexander Gorlin Architect’s massive redevelopment of the Bell Laboratories, originally designed by Eero Saarinen in Holmdel, New Jersey, was mentioned in the December issue of Metropolis. Click here to read the entire article.

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Kabbalah in Art and Architecture on Architizer

Architizer recently featured Alexander Gorlin’s new book Kabbalah in Art and Architecture on their opinion blog and presented an interesting view on “the concept of light in art and design” that appears in the book’s chapter titled “The Breaking of the Vessels.” Click here to read the entire story.

Alexander Gorlin in the Wall Street Journal

A recent story in the Wall Street Journal sheds light on the current plan to renovate the historic New York Public Library on 42nd street. Alexander Gorlin shares his thoughts on the renovation and comments on the plan’s “significant improvement” over the previous design.

Photo: Wikipedia Commons

Photo: Wikipedia Commons

2013 Design Leadership Summit Recap

Alexander Gorlin was asked to speak about his “moment of inspiration” at the Design Leadership Network’s 8th annual Design Leadership Summit. The Summit was held at the IAC building in New York City and took place November 5-7. Click here to read a recap of the event that included speakers from various fields of design and technology. Click on the image below to watch a video of DLS highlights.

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Alexander Gorlin speaking at the 2013 Design Leadership Summit in New York City

Bell Labs: Recent Press

Alexander Gorlin Architects was recently chosen by Somerset Development to be the lead architects for the redevelopment of the 2 million sq. ft. former Bell Laboratories complex in Holmdel, New Jersey. Read more about the project in The New York Times, The Architect’s Newspaper, and Architectural Record.


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Alexander Gorlin in New York Magazine

“A whole article just about Bob Stern? Does he merit that?” Alexander Gorlin was recently quoted in New York Magazine’s article, “Unfashionably Fashionable,” an intriguing read on the architecture of Robert Stern. Click here to read the entire story.

Kabbalah in Art and Architecture

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Alexander Gorlin is pleased to announce the release of his newest book, Kabbalah in Art and Architecture, published by Pointed Leaf Press and Thames & Hudson.

Read more about the book in The New York Times and Architectural Digest.

Check out the images below from the book’s release party held at the stunning Elie Tahari Boutique in midtown Manhattan. The book is available through Amazon.

Photo: Laith Abdulkareem

Photo: Laith Abdulkareem

Photo: Laith Abdulkareem

Photo: Laith Abdulkareem

Photo: Laith Abdulkareem

Photo: Laith Abdulkareem


Photo: Laith Abdulkareem

Photo: Laith Abdulkareem


Photo: Laith Abdulkareem

Photo: Laith Abdulkareem



Pharrell Interviews Alexander Gorlin

Watch Alexander Gorlin and Pharrell Williams muse about architecture, design, and the creative process in the latest installment of ARTST TLK: a new take on the talk show format hosted by award winning music producer, fashion designer, and cultural phenomenon Pharrell Williams. Pharrell, Alexander, and artist Daniel Arsham meet at the “Gorlin” building in Miami Beach for this supercool conversation.