Barbara Marks Architect

Profile
Barbara Marks Architect: a full service architecture firm highly qualified in all phases of the building project, from programming and design to contract documents, administration and construction oversight. Based in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, the firm since 1985, has been led by Ms. Marks supplemented by affiliated designers, crafts people and contractors.

Barbara Marks has practiced architecture since 1978 and completed dozens projects in the New York metropolitan area. These included custom high-end residential dwellings, retail chains, upscale boutiques, restaurants, professional offices, low income housing, child care facilities, playgrounds and senior centers, preschool and schools, religious facilities. She is state licensed in New York.

Philosophy
Barbara Marks believes effective design solutions arise from thoughtful, creative collaboration with the users. She enhances the spirit of a site by evoking order and harmonic proportion. In execution, Marks marries old-world craftsmanship and traditional materials with state-of-the-art-technologies to give contemporary spaces a warm, personal, permanent feel.

For a Head Start sponsored day care center, the environment was designed to encourage learning. Painted patterns on the doors encouraged children to learn to count; V-shaped shelving demonstrated principals of gravity. All work was custom-crafted at a reasonable cost; the attention to hand craftsmanship, textures and a nuanced color palette increased the appeal of the space for the children. They consistently gathered there more often than in neighboring classrooms.

A fine artist when not designing spaces, Barbara believes that painting is critical to seeing; her work in two dimensions helps to develop her vision in three. When asked to reveal the direction of her work, Marks quotes the artist Jean Cocteau: - "go as far as you can go, then go further."

Methodology
Marks personally designs and manages all of her projects, allowing her to bring them in on schedule, within budget, and with fair architectural fees. Her hands-on approach, in tandem with the streamlined management structure of her office, permits maximum flexibility and efficiency.

In developing the design program, the architect and client work toward a vision of the ideal, the "dream scheme", avoiding a common practice among architects of superimposing their visions over those of clients. In accordance, Marks draws out the user's unique needs, goals, and designs and is fastidious during construction oversight.

Community Service
Barbara Marks is experienced in the community planning process. She was an active member of her lower Manhattan neighborhood and served on Community Board 1 for many years.

Professional Experience

1985-Present
Barbara Marks Architect, New York City.
Full service architectural firm providing programming through construction.

Principal

Commercial Projects
  • La Petite École, New York City. Design for a new preschool.
  • The Dwight School Athletic Center, New York City. Renovation of pool, gym and dance studio.
  • Lamb's Church, New York City. Homeless shelter.
  • The Saloon, Pearl River, NY. Restaurant.
  • Bill Kolb, Jr. Subaru, Orangeburg, NY. Exterior renovation.
  • The Town School, New York City. Outdoor play space
  • The Dwight School, New York City. Design and addition for K-12 classrooms.
  • Woodside Preschool, New York City. Design for new IB preschool
  • West End Collegiate Church, New York City. Master Plan Study and AC Installation
  • The Play School, New York City. Renovation of the preschool library and office.
  • Aronow Communications, New York City, Renovation for new offices.
  • Seaman's Church Institute, New York City. Proposal for SCI Center for Maritime Education in Paducah, Kentucky.
  • Zeke Berman, New York City. Renovation of photography studio.
  • Nowhere, New York City. Greenwich Village restaurant renovation.
  • Hamilton Madison House Head Start, New York City. Design for outdoor play area.
  • Human Resources of St. Albans Head Start, New York City. Renovation of child care facility.
  • Quick Start Day Care Center, New York City. Design for child care facility.
  • McDonough Street Head Start, New York City. Design for child care facility.
  • Salem Baptist Nursery School, Jersey City, NJ. Preparation of plans for building conversion of child care facility.
  • Bay Bay Day School, Jersey City, NJ. Design for child care facility.
  • Wilkinson Bayview Condominium , Jersey City, NJ. New construction of 83 units of fair market housing; sixteen 3-story buildings.
  • Gregory Magee MD, Teaneck, NJ. Renovation of medical offices.
  • S & J Graphics, New York City. Renovation of photography studio and offices.
  • Sixteen Elliot Place, Bronx, NY. Structural alteration of 10 units.
  • Lake George Opera Festival, Lake George, NY. Design for new opera house.
  • 115 South Street, New York City. Mixed-use loft building conversion.
  • 125 Rivington Street, New York City. Mixed-use loft building conversion.
Residential Projects
  • Gould-Goldstein residence, Piermont, NY.
  • Jackson Hyman residence, New York City.
  • Turner residence, New York City. Renovate and combine two apartments.
  • Aronow residence, New York City. Renovate children's bedrooms/
  • Spahn residence, New York City. Loft renovation.
  • Gallivan residence, New York City. Apartment rennvation
  • Pickup residence, Katonah, NY. Renovation.
  • Ballard residence, New York City. Apartment renovation.
  • Rochester Folk Art Guild, Middlesex, NY. House for two families.
  • Casei-Strassbourger residence, New York City. Sutton Place apartment renovation.
  • List residence, New York City. Hotel suite conversion-combine two units.
  • Magee residence, River Vale, NJ. House addition and renovation.
  • Wade/Soard residence, New York City. Greenwich Village apartment renovation.
  • Bogart residence, New York City. Chelsea loft renovation.
  • Weinberg residence, New York City. Greenwich Village apartment renovation — combine two units.
  • Emery residence, New York City. Chelsea loft renovation.
  • Whitman residence, New York City. Tribeca loft renovation.
  • Abraham residence, New York City. Annex artist studio to Park Avenue penthouse.
  • Cooney residence, New York City. Park Avenue apartment renovation.
  • Childs residence, New York City. Apartment renovation.
  • Jeckel/Seidman residence, New York City. Chelsea loft conversion to living space and dance studio.
  • Jones residence, New York City. Gramercy Park apartment renovation.
  • Tarpley residence, Brooklyn. Brownstone renovation.
  • Heller residence, New York City. Apartment renovation-combining two units.
1980-1985
Collaboration w/Katrin Adam, Architect, New York City.

Project Architect/Manager

Commercial projects
  • Huwyler Swiss Chocolatier, New York City. Renovation on Madison Avenue.
  • 66 Avenue C, New York City. Renovation of 16 units of low income housing.
  • 606 East 11th Street, New York City. Renovation of 7 units of housing.
  • Neighborhood Women's Intergenerational Housing, Brooklyn. Renovation of three buildings on the Greenpoint Hospital site to create 39 units.
  • Middle Village Senior Center, Queens. Renovation.
1980-1983
Kwartler/Jones Architect, New York City.

Consulting Project Architect/Manager

Residential projects
  • Swaybill residence, East Hampton, NY. House renovation.
  • Costonis residence, Summit, NJ. House renovation.
  • Carples residence, New York City. Brownstone renovation.
  • Jones residence, New York City. Apartment renovation.
Awards
  • Grass Roots Preservation Award, Historic Districts Council
  • National Endowment for the Arts grant to design affordable housing that uses a participatory design process.
  • National Endowment for the Arts grant to design a public school playground.
Exhibitions
  • Mary Seidman and Dancers at LaMama, Set design.
  • National Academy of Design, 1996
  • Pratt Institute, 1990
  • The National Institute for Architectural Education, 1990
  • East Hampton Town Hall, 1989
Conferences
  • Architecture and Pedagogy in Dialogue, Reggio Children, Reggio Emilia, Italy
  • Re-Visioning Design and Technology, The Graduate School of CUNY
Memberships
  • AIA
Education
  • B. Arch, 1978, Architecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • B. Science, 1977, Building Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute