Belmont Freeman Architects is an award-winning, New York City-based design firm that serves institutional, commercial, and residential clients. The firm enjoys a reputation for innovative design, highly personalized service, and efficient management of the most complex construction, renovation, and restoration projects. For its work, Belmont Freeman Architects has been honored by the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Interior Designers and other organizations.
The firm's principal, Belmont Freeman, is an alumnus of Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Freeman, informally known as Monty, established his independent architectural practice in 1986. Today, with a staff of eight architects and designers, Belmont Freeman Architects has built work in North America, Europe and Asia.
The firm's projects, featured regularly in the international design press, span a rich spectrum from large scale academic and civic facilities to art spaces, retail stores, and private residences. Belmont Freeman Architects offer full architectural services, from program development and schematic planning, to construction administration and interior design, with structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering provided through its experienced team of consultants.
Belmont Freeman Architects is certified as an MBE by New York City and New York State.
Belmont Freeman established his independent architectural practice in 1986, as founding principal of Freeman & Pizer, Architects. In 1994, Mr. Freeman became sole proprietor of the firm, which was renamed Belmont Freeman Architects. Previously, from 1977 to 1986, Mr. Freeman was a senior designer and Associate at Davis, Brody & Associates in New York City.
Belmont Freeman, informally known as Monty, has earned a wide reputation as an innovative designer, a progressive practitioner and a scholar. His work is regularly featured in the architecture and design press, and has received numerous awards from the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Interior Designers and other professional and civic organizations. His client list includes major universities and cultural institutions, as well as corporations, developers, and private residential clients.
Monty Freeman was the President of the Board of Directors of Storefront for Art & Architecture, an internationally known not-for-profit design gallery in New York City, from 1998 to 2007. He lectures widely on his work and other areas of architectural and historical research, and is a frequent guest critic for the review of student work at universities throughout the Northeast. He is on the board of directors of the Society of Architectural Historians, and has served on the Board of Governors of the Association of Yale Alumni.
An American of Cuban descent, Mr. Freeman is regarded as an expert on Cuban architecture, a subject on which he speaks and publishes widely. In 2004, he co-produced the landmark exhibition "Architecture and Revolution in Cuba, 1959-1969," at Storefront for Art and Architecture.
Monty Freeman is comfortable conducting business in English, Spanish, and French. He is licensed as an architect in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, and holds certification from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.
niversity of Michigan: Master of Architecture, 2000
Lawrence Technological University: Bachelor of Science in Architecture, 1998
Luay Bahoora is an accomplished designer and project manager with thirteen years of experience in the field of architecture. Mr. Bahoora has partnered closely with Belmont Freeman on numerous projects of varying programmatic type, scale, and budget. Prior to joining Belmont Freeman Architects, Mr. Bahoora served as an Associate at Stonely Pelsinski architects Neukomm (SPaN) where he successfully managed a variety of high end commercial, retail, and residential projects. Working closely with clients, consultants, and contractors, Mr. Bahoora is well experienced in all phases of the construction process, from schematic design to project completion. Mr. Bahoora has served as Project Designer and/or Project Architect on the following selected projects:
• Staten Island Ferry – St. George & Whitehall Terminal. Commissioned by the New York City Economic Development Corporation, this project involved both the renovation of the existing concourse storefronts as well as the creation of design guidelines for future retail tenants at both the St. George and Whitehall ferry terminals in NYC.
• 59th Street Recreation Center. This 23,000 square foot building was designed for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and entails the renovation of an historic 1902 bathhouse, the construction of a major addition and the landscaping of extensive outdoor recreation space. Currently under contact negotiation with qualified contractors, the building will contain an upgraded swimming pool, gymnasium, fitness center, aerobics studio, new lockers and multi-purpose community rooms.
• 330 Bleecker Street. Located in Brooklyn, New York, this new 10,000 square foot residential building was designed to maximize the permitted square footage on the site. The six story building features ten spacious two-bedroom apartments with new appliances, custom millwork, and private terraces for each apartment. The project is scheduled to begin construction in May, 2009.