Platt Dana Architects draws on the strengths of principals Hope Dana and Kate Platt to achieve its signature mix of classic and modern design. The firm’s philosophy is rooted in finding elegant and timeless solutions to a broad range of complex architectural projects. Each project’s logical design resolution makes sense of the often conflicting initial constraints imposed by site conditions, building codes, functional requirements, and aesthetic goals.
Platt Dana Architects’ collaborative open office setting encourages innovative and creative input from the staff of six architectural designers. All hold professional architectural degrees and have wide-ranging design experience including residential, commercial interiors, design-build, and urban design. As a full service architectural firm, Platt Dana is involved with site selection and preliminary design through construction and move in.
Hope and Kate pride themselves on providing hands-on project management throughout the design and construction process. One of the principals always heads up a project team, provides design direction, and attends every project meeting. Additionally, each project has a designated project architect who is responsible for drawing coordination and day to day project management. This helps the firm manage multiple projects simultaneously, as the principals can easily oversee several projects at once. Each project designer manages 2-4 projects at a time, and typically 15-20 projects are ongoing during the course of any given year.
Platt Dana has significant experience working with municipal regulatory agencies. Many of our projects are located within the five boroughs of New York City, and thus are subject to review by the NYC Department of Buildings. The majority of our NYC renovation projects require a Change of Occupancy, a multi-step process including stringent construction, plumbing, and electrical inspections. Almost all of PDA’s New York City projects also must be approved by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission. Extensive documentation of historical features and proposed changes is submitted to Landmarks, either for internal review or for a public hearing. Every architect at PDA is well-versed in the requirements of both the DOB and Landmarks.
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