Esther Sperber

Esther Sperber

New York, NY, US


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About Studio ST Architects

Studio ST Architects is a full-service, woman owned, architectural firm located in Manhattan that is dedicated to exploring the embedded logic of materials and structures to generate new spatial experiences.  The firm believes in innovative and responsible design and is intrigued by computer technologies that are changing design and production methods and strives to apply these tools in creative ways.

Studio ST has recently completed the renovation of the 14th Street Y and is currently designing the Kesher Synagogue in Englewood, New Jersey – an 18,000 square foot, $4.5 million new building. The firm has also completed many residential projects, ranging from high-end apartment renovations to lower budget real-estate developments.  Among these are an apartment building in Brooklyn, a number of duplex combinations in Manhattan, and many single family homes. They are also committed to exploring low budget, innovative, sustainable designs such as their Off the Wall exhibition for the Jewish Museum, the Slice House and the Swell House.

Studio ST’s work has been published in numerous architectural magazines and monographs in North America, the Middle East, Europe and Asia.  In 2008, Studio ST was selected by Wallpaper magazine as one of the “World’s 50 Hottest Young Architectural Firms” and the Swell House was selected by Architectural Record as “Best Unbuilt House” for 2008.  In July 2009 they were selected for the best 40/40 exhibition in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Esther Sperber founded Studio ST Architects in 2003 after working at Pei Partnership Architects for more than five years during which she had the privilege of working closely with Mr. I M Pei.  She was born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel.  She graduated with a degree from the Technion and came to New York in 1997 to complete a master’s degree in architecture at Columbia University.

Esther has been writing and lecturing on architecture and psychoanalysis, two fields of praxis that strive to reduce human distress and widen the range of human experiences.


Lectures & Presentations
Studio ST at 10: Designs and Collaborations
UMass School of Architecture, March 2014

Sublimation - Building or Dwelling? Freud, Loewald and Architecture
Paper at the Loewald Memorial Conference, New York, February 2014

Design of Space for Communal Prayer 
Psychology and the Other Conference, Boston, October 2013

Kissing Disciplines - Response Dr. Lew Aron's Keynote
Psychology and the Other Conference, Boston, October 2013

Wing’s of Daedalus; Towards a Relational Architecture
Muriel Gardiner Program in Psychoanalysis & The Humanities at Yale, February 2013.

Relational Creativity; Architecture as a Case Study
Division 39 Spring Meeting, Santa Fe NM, April 2012

Relational Creativity, Architecture as a Case Study
AIA Santa Fe, NM, April 2012

Architectural Work with dZO
The Technion School of Architecture, Haifa Israel, 2003

Architectural Work with dZO
Betzalel Academy, Jerusalem Israel, 2003


Esther's Featured Articles on Archinect

Op-Ed: From (EX)CITE to (IN)CITE, reflecting on Rem's Biennale, Mon, Jul 7 '14

EXCITERem Koolhaas, chief curator of the 2014 Venice Biennale, managed to excite us, again forcing us to rethink the Elements and Fundamentals of architecture. For me, this is the first time I felt a real desire to visit the show, which I have always imagined to be more like an amusement park for ...

Op-Ed: From (EX)CITE to (IN)CITE, reflecting on Rem's Biennale


Columbia University, New York, NY, US, GSAPP

May 1997 - May 1998

Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel, BArch, Architecture

Sep 1991 - Jul 1996

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