For over twenty years the firm has specialized in urban developments, notably multi-family housing; hotels; adaptive reuse; new buildings for residential, commercial and institutional use; high-rises; modular buildings; student housing; and schools. Corollary areas of expertise include zoning, land use changes, variances, urban planning, and historic restoration. The estimated total construction value of current projects under contract is over $500,000,000.
Gene Kaufman was born in New York City in 1958 and educated at Cornell University. Prior to starting his own practice, he was assistant State Architect of New Mexico; Director of Design for an architectural firm in Switzerland; and Associate at internationally renowned Rafael Vinoly Architects in New York City.
Gene Kaufman, Architect has a staff of thirty architects and engineers. Principal Gene Kaufman gives personal supervision to projects on a daily basis, aided by senior personnel. The architectural staff has a wide-ranging background and numerous areas of expertise. The firm has expanded from year to year, adding engineering disciplines to its core professional architectural and administrative staff. Structural, mechanical, plumbing, fire protection, electrical and fire alarm engineering is performed in house for many of the firm projects and is supplemented by wide range of consulting engineering firms. The staff is fully computer literate and develops all projects in the latest computer graphic technology.
Recent projects include Schaefer Landing, a waterfront residential development comprising three high rises and a public park; the restoration and adaptive reuse of New York City's first skyscraper as a residential condominium; and numerous ground-up new hotels for Hilton, Starwood and Marriott.
Gene Kaufman was profiled in "New York Architects, Volume 3" (U.S.A. Books, 1991), a review of sixteen leading New York City architects. His work has been exhibited in museums around the world, including Asia, Europe, North and South America. Gene Kaufman's work has also been published in numerous architectural and real estate periodicals, newspapers and repeatedly in the New York Times.
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