Author: Madeline Marbury

Proper Mortar Joint Cutting

One of the most basic repairs an architect can specify is masonry repointing- removing the old mortar and adding in new mortar is also one of the most common repairs to be completed incorrectly. Over time, the mortar that bonds masonry together can begin to deteriorate, often crumbling, receding, or developing deep cracks. At this point, it is necessary to begin...

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Wing at The Riverside Church. Photo by Jack Kucy.

Preserving the Legacy

Photo: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Wing at The Riverside Church by Jack Kucy. As we wrap up a façade restoration project that we are particularly proud of, we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at The Riverside Church’s south wing. Renamed in 1985, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Wing is a seven-story, modern Gothic annex located...

Scott Henson, FAIA

As we close out this challenging year and prepare for a bright new year, we would like to highlight this honor of our founding principal. After 30 years of contributing to the profession, Scott Henson was elevated to the position of Fellow within the American Institute of Architects. The 2020 AIA College of Fellows recognized Scott’s dedication and expertise in the...

Two New Certified Passive House Projects

SHA’s Director or Sustainability, Jane Sanders, just achieved Passive House EnerPHit certification on two of her Brooklyn rowhouse retrofit projects, the State Street Passive House and Windsor Terrace Passive House. Passive House is a rigorous international building standard for energy efficiency, and EnerPHit is the certification for retrofits of existing buildings. Passive House buildings achieve energy efficiency, comfort, and superior...