Voorsanger Architects PC specializes in the design of cultural and urban space, transportation design and unique, custom residential architecture. The firm is located in New York City with a staff of twenty-two. Founded in 1978 as Voorsanger and Mills Architects, the firm was subsequently reorganized in 1990, and is today Voorsanger Architects PC. Since its inception, the Voorsanger firm has gained wide recognition for its built work with an emphasis on museum and public institutional projects. Voorsanger Architects has an international reputation for creating unique architecture in urban settings and the integration of design with a variety of landscape environments.
Voorsanger Architects’ Philosophy
We work, imagine, and design in the densest part of Manhattan, and intensely visual metropolitan landscape. Our project sites range from complex urban environments to the idyllic world of natural landscapes. Sometimes our conversation and interaction with urban space comprises a mere fragment of a project; for others it takes center stage and we have the freedom to create a total integration. Embracing the architecture and theater of urban space has become a continuum for most of our work; and the inclusion of capturing “nature” has become an important component of sustainable environment within our projects.
At times, nature is expressed metaphorically, as in the design for the Landscape of War for the National World War II Museum. At other times nature is expressed as spectacle, as in The Asia Society and Museum; our project for the Garden Court of the Pierpont Morgan Library; or the participatory experience of wilderness at the Wildcat Ridge Residence in Aspen, CO. A perennially challenging and stimulating aspect of our design process is conceptualizing the sequence of a visitor’s experience in a building, landscape, or exhibition; and the owner’s ultimate engagement in unique residential space.
The potential impact and influence of architecture—as a discipline, a practice, and a source of ongoing information and inspiration to those who view it and those who occupy it—goes far beyond that of the visual. Our projects represent a variety of strategies. They have in common the ambition for strong informed architecture, the context of the urban fabric, the power to influence and enhance a community by providing space of a particular quality, and a relevance which is sustaining to its inhabitants and their culture.
Staff and Awards
As a design firm, Voorsanger Architects PC has attracted a diverse group of architects and designers, all of whom serve to provide a creative/dynamic working environment in architecture, interior design, urban design, master planning and transportation design. To date, Voorsanger Architects PC has received over 30 distinguished city, state, national and professional association design awards. Institutional & Commercial awards include the Canon Prize from the National Academy of Design (Asia Society and Museum), American Institute of Architects (National) Awards (Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College & Elie Tahari Fashion Design Office and Warehouse) and The City of New York Access NY Award (Pierpont Morgan Library). Residential awards include American Institute of Architects (National) Award (Wildcat Ridge Residence) as well as AIA New York State & NY Chapter Design Awards (Wildcat Ridge Residence & Blue Ridge Residence).
Bartholomew Voorsanger received a Bachelors Degree with Honors from Princeton University in 1960, a Masters Degree in Architecture from Harvard University in 1964 and a Doctor Honoris Causa at the University for Architecture and Urbanism “Ion Mincu,” Bucharest, Romania, in 2005. He worked for three years with urban planner Vincent Ponte in Montreal, Canada and subsequently for ten years as a Design Associate for I.M. Pei & Partners. The firm Voorsanger & Mills was established in 1978 and reorganized as Voorsanger Architects PC in 1990. Projects by Mr. Voorsanger have been published nationally and internationally in numerous volumes, magazines, and articles. His work has been exhibited in individual and group shows at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Finnish Architecture, the Frankfurt Museum of Architecture, the Spanish Ministry of Construction Gallery, the Architectural Association School of Architecture, Harvard University, the Hudson River Museum, the National Academy of Design, the AIA Center for Architecture (NYC) and New York University. The Firm has received numerous awards both locally and nationally.
Mr. Voorsanger has served on many national and international juries for design awards, has been a speaker at numerous professional symposia, and has authored a variety of articles for design and art periodicals. Mr. Voorsanger has been invited as a guest lecturer and critic and held faculty appointments in architecture design studios at the Rhode Island School of Design, Harvard University, Columbia University, and the University of Pennsylvania. He became a design Fellow of the American Institute of Architecture in 1985. Mr. Voorsanger is a former Chair of the Board of Advisors of the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University, President of the New York chapter of the AIA and the New York Foundation for Architecture. He formerly served on the editorial board of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design Magazine, and is on the GSD/HDM Practitioner’s Advisory Board. He also currently serves as the Chair of Design Review for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.
Mr. Voorsanger is the Principal in charge of design for the firm. Some of the Firm’s projects include the New York University Midtown Center, the graduate and undergraduate dormitories for New York University, the New York University Center for Advanced Digital Studies, the International Competition for The Brooklyn Museum Master Plan, The Pierpont Morgan Library Garden Court, Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College, the Air Traffic Control Tower at LaGuardia, the Asia Society and Museum in New York, Terminal B Newark International Airport, Master Plan for the University of Virginia Art Museum, Residences at Wildcat Ridge, Charlottesville, and Tucson. Most recently a complex of villas and apartments in Dubai, the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, and the competition for the new National Military Museum for the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi.