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Stephen Cassell

Principal & Co-Founder, Architecture Research Office

Stephen Cassell is principal and co-founder, with Adam Yarinsky, of Architecture Research Office, a New York-based firm practicing modern architecture and visionary urbanism. The practice has completed more than seventy-five projects nationwide for clients such as Goldman Sachs, Princeton University, Prada, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The firm’s portfolio of work includes civic, academic, commercial, residential, and conceptual architecture. Winner of the 2011 National Design Award for Architecture and the 2010 Academy Award for Architecture, Architecture Research Office has received numerous honors and frequent media coverage. Recent work includes the renovation of Union Square’s historic pavilion and a new modern building at the park’s northeast corner; a riverfront education center and recreational pavilion in Beacon, NY; a new entrance building at Brooklyn Botanic Garden; a theater complex in Lower Manhattan; and a museum dedicated to the life and work of the American sculptor Donald Judd. Architecture Research Office was a member of the 2007-2009 AIA Latrobe Prize project team that reconceived the New York-New Jersey harbor in response to rising sea levels. The firm’s vision for Lower Manhattan was the centerpiece of Rising Currents: Projects for New York’s Waterfront, an exhibit at The Museum of Modern Art. Stephen Cassell holds an undergraduate degree in architecture from Princeton University and received his Master of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Stephen has twice served as the Shure Professor at the University of Virginia and as the Friedman Professor at the University of California at Berkeley. He has also taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard, Princeton, Syracuse, and the Rhode Island School of Design. He has lectured widely throughout the United States and abroad.