Describing Our Architectural Firm and How it Works
Scott Henson Architect LLC is an award-winning architecture firm with a diverse portfolio of work in and around New York City, and has developed a specialty in the repair, preservation, and restoration of buildings.
We are creative problem solvers dedicated to a hands-on approach that brings a passion for craftsmanship into all phases of our projects. We assist our clients in diagnosing and remedying the myriad of issues that can plague new and historic buildings alike. Through traditional construction methods and new construction technologies, we find solutions to immediate and long-term concerns of building maintenance and preservation. We work closely with our clients to investigate building conditions and to develop strategic, economically responsible recommendations for the repair of their buildings, and then implement the design and construction in an open, transparent line of communication.
Our approach to architecture is sensitive to the history of existing structures while pragmatic about their present needs to ensure that these buildings remain active contributors to our urban fabric. We approach each project, large or small, with the same level of care. Beginning with a careful investigation of the conditions unique to each project, we integrate our client’s budgetary, programmatic and aesthetic goals to design the optimal solution for each of our projects. Stone, brick and mortar, terra-cotta, wood, cast-iron, steel, sheet metal, waterproofing and roofing systems, windows, and vaults are few of the components we have in-depth knowledge and experience in specifying, detailing, and fabricating.
We view the re-purposing, rehabilitation, and restoration of existing buildings as one of the most effective tools for the sustainable stewardship of our environmental resources, including those resources that have already been expended in their construction.
We have extensive experience in the assessment, design and detailing of building exteriors including preparation of comprehensive conditions reports, construction documents and repair specifications, full and phased construction cost estimates, city agency filing, and contract procurement and administration.
Our firm is primarily functional in Manhattan, which has a healthy combination of architectural landmarks and new buildings that make up its skyline. We also have several projects in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island.
All things considered, this full-service architecture firm is an exceptional choice for your next building project.Read more...
Historic Building Preservation Today
Humanity is immortalized through art, language, knowledge and architecture. Through the built environment, we are able to contextualize certain elements of culture, identify different civilizations, and understand how the world has changed over time. Whether it’s the Taj Mahal or the Guggenheim, buildings are a way for the past to both communicate with and project to the future.
Early builders used archaic techniques; architecture was a form of defense, and provided protection against the elements. Fast forward to the renaissance and we see how architecture begins to follow certain rules and proportions. Building typologies begin to emerge and reflect ideologies. Thanks to architects, we are able to associate the church’s elaborate use of light and buttressing as a way of communicating the importance of religion at the time.
Today, architects are fully credentialed and licensed by the state, with all necessary technical and theoretical experience. However, all formalities aside, architects are craftsmen and artists at heart. Oftentimes, historic structures must be brought into the modern era. The average architect can make a building safe and functional, but what makes an architect great is a deep awareness of why cultural preservation is so important, especially in the age of globalization.
Scott Henson Architect, recipient of the prestigious Palladio Award, respects and honors the past. We have an extensive portfolio of projects which show our work in historic building preservation and renovation, as well as all other types of architectural design. For information on the preservation and renovation of historic buildings, please contact us.Read more...