“The firm’s crisp, clean-lined houses smartly riff on traditional building types, often with innovative touches such as the wood louvers that clad a barn-style house on Long Island. Other hallmarks include incorporating open spaces that cut through structures and composing asymmetrical volumes and windows—bold gestures that animate the architecture and its relationship to the site.” – Architectural Digest, January 2014
Leroy Street Studio (LSS) is an architectural practice run by Morgan Hare, Marc Turkel, and Shawn Watts. LSS is inspired by innovation in design, the craft of construction, and a collaborative approach that places their clients’ needs at the center of the design process. With in-house expertise in construction management and interior design, LSS’s projects vary widely in scale, from a 10,000 sq. feet educational nature center in Queens to a four-foot-wide gate to a public school garden in the Lower East Side. Their public art projects include Pier 42 Shade Structure and Entrance Tunnel, Paths to Pier 42, New York, NY (2013, 2014); P.S. 134 Garden Gate 2008, Lower East Side, Hester Street Collaborative, New York, NY (2008); and Robin Hood Libraries P.S. 31 and P.S. 110, Robin Hood Foundation (2008).
LSS received with Excellence in Design award, NYC Public Design Commission, New York City (2014) and were featured as a speaker at the NY State AIA Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY (2014).Their upcoming public art projects include Alley Pond Environmental Center, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Queens, NY (2015) and Greencroft, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Staten Island, NY (2016). As a studio, their academic backgrounds include architecture, interior design, studio arts, construction management, graphic design, and urban design under the leadership of Marc Turkel, Morgan Hare, and Shawn Watts, who all received their M. Arch. from Yale University.
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