Benjamin Marcus

Benjamin Marcus

New York, NY, US



Currently doing business as Benjamin Marcus Architect LLC, Marcus has over 25 years of experience in design, project management & construction observation of residential, commercial and institutional projects, in the service of individual clients and their particular needs, styles and budgets.

Building from the ground up, interior renovation, furniture, lighting and graphics - all scales of design are opportunities to improve the ways we live and work, and no detail is too small to warrant attention.

Seminal experience includes the skills honed running luxury retail projects for Ralph Lauren/Polo Sport, Ermenegildo Zegna & Chloe among others.

Listening to the questions posed by materials as well as by clients; and hand-drawing in order to see possible solutions, are key to the process and the success.


Benjamin Marcus Architect LLC, New York, NY, US, Owner/Architect

Multi-discipline practice focusing on luxury residential interiors & commercial graphics for small, independent business. Recent projects include a 1400 s.f. gut renovation of a Central Park South pied-à-terre for a repeat client, with extensive custom millwork & other details; a 4000 s.f. floor-through, 3-bedroom Union Square loft renovation; renovation of postwar residential co-op apartment's dining area into an enclosed bedroom with gut kitchen renovation.
Also logo / identity design for California-based beekeeping/environmental advocacy group; logo, collateral design & print ad layout for upstate New York farm-to-table restaurant.

Oct 2010 - current

SawickiTarella Architecture+Design, P.C., New York, NY, US, Executive Architect

Comprehensive, executive architect role, serving luxury retailers, chiefly Ermenegildo Zegna, Chloe & others: conception through const. docs, bidding & construction administration of freestanding stores & shop-in-shops throughout the US - incl’g code-onerous FL & CA. Client contact (including diplomacy-heavy coordination of European retailer, their independent, European design studio and US-based project managers, owners' reps & building owners; translating & reconciling original, metric-based AutoCAD design files to Imperial system; and sourcing of retailer's material palette during design stages). Project administration & trouble-shooting through sign-off. Experience with NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, including the copper, classical-moulding detailed facade restoration of 717 Madison Ave shops, awarded by the Friends of the Upper East Side Historic District.

Jan 2006 - Oct 2010

Voorsanger Architects PC, New York, NY, US, Designer

Team leader of interior finishes for Newark Liberty Int’l Airport - 99,000 s.f. expansion & modernization of Terminal B.

Documentation & freehand drawing for 9/11 World Trade Center Remains Archive.

Jan 2005 - Nov 2006


Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Santa Monica, CA, US, MArch, Masters

Sep 1986 - Jan 1990

New York University (NYU), New York, NY, US, Bachelors, Liberal Arts / Philosophy

Sep 1981 - Jun 1985

Areas of Specialization