Urban Quotient

Renovating the Keith Haring Clinic



We are currently in the schematic phase of renovating the Keith Haring Medical Clinic on the Children’s Village campus in Dobbs Ferry, NY.  Named for a number of original Keith Haring murals in its lobby, the organization’s work with children with AIDS, and extensive support from the Keith Haring Foundation, the clinic is an essential part of the support services provided to at-risk youth by Children’s Village. UQ has been working closely with the medical and nursing staff to understand the daily functioning of the clinic and infirmary in order to rethink the existing space and design a better experience for staff and kids.

APRIL 8, 2016 2:14 PM

Harlem Dowling Progress – Metal Panel Rainscreen



With the brick mostly complete, installation of  the metal panel rainscreen system in now underway along West 127th Street. The metal z-clips have been installed which holds the stone wool cavity insulation in place. Next the finish metal panels will be attached to the z-clips followed by the window surrounds and final details.

MARCH 29, 2016 10:10 AM

UNCC Graduate Architecture Students participate in a multi-year studio project with Urban Quotient 



One of the firm’s current projects is a large planning study in the Bronx which includes facility design for the New York Police Department and large scale public/private mixed-use development. After the first phase of the planning study was presented to City Hall last September, it has been circulating between the city’s housing department, city planning, and the police department. While we wait for government due diligence and approvals, UQ teamed up with Professor Jeffrey Nesbit of UNC Charlotte to create a multi-year studio curriculum for graduate students in architecture. The students, who visited the site in March, will conduct background research on the site and will develop proposals for a parking facility and community center that is also a model of urban coastal resiliency. The studio will evolve as the project does with the intention of allowing the students an opportunity to contribute to the eventual plan and design and present their ideas to the City through an edited publication of research.

MARCH 15, 2016 1:13 PM

UQ Principal Nominated as Non-Voting Team Member for Parsons NAAB Accreditation visit




Urban Quotient principal Samir S. Shah was nominated by the Architecture program at Parsons the New School for Design to serve as a non-voting member of the NAAB accreditation team that visited the school in late February. NAAB stands for National Architectural Accreditation Board and periodically reviews professional architecture programs to ensure they meet established standards for architectural practice and education. As part of the team, Samir reviewed the school’s work and curriculum, met with university students, faculty, and administration over a four day period, and joined in the deliberations on how the school was meeting the accreditation standards. Other past non-voting members on previous NAAB visits for Parsons have been noted New York City architects including Leslie Gill among others.

FEBRUARY 27, 2016 11:11 AM

UQ Designs Kota World Center for Women and Housing for Homeless Youth



Urban Quotient was selected to design a mixed-use project for a city-owned site in Harlem by a development team that includes the Kota Alliance and Covenant House. The project includes co-working space for the Finnish Kota Alliance and twenty five units of housing for homeless youth, many of whom are single mothers, currently living in temporary housing as clients of Covenant House. Other firms who were invited to develop proposals were Toshiko Mori Architects in New York and M2 Architects in Finland. See our project page for more information

FEBRUARY 25, 2016 1:13 PM

9/11 Memorial Competition



UQ submitted a design proposal in January  for a 9/11 Memorial Competition in Cornelius, NC in collaboration with Jeffrey Nesbit of Haeicceitas Studio in Charlotte, NC. The design creates a contemplative space through a series of tactile elements and sensory experiences that encourage visitors to reflect upon the tragedy of September 11th, 2001. These elements include a concrete wall, a narrow gravel path, and a disrupted, upturned ground plane all of which revolve around the steel column acquired from the original World Trade Center Towers.  The experience is meant to be an emotional and contemplative experience that provides a community space for public commemoration and intimate spaces for individual, private reflection.

JANUARY 20, 2016 10:10 AM

Resiliency Retrofits


UQ was selected to lead a team implementing resiliency measures for a collection of buildings in lower Manhattan that were damaged during Hurricane Sandy. One of the buildings is the former Gouverneur Hospital at 621 Water Street, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Rear Elevation

OCTOBER 14, 2015 3:15 PM

Harlem Dowling Progress – Facade Work Begins


With the building topped out, the facade work is now beginning at the exterior with framing and all plumbing, mechanical, and electrical trades going simultaneously on the interior. The masonry scaffolding is in place with exterior sheathing complete to the 4th Floor. We expect the brickwork to begin soon followed by the metal panels and the porcelain tile.


OCTOBER 14, 2015 3:15 PM

Harlem Dowling Progress – Superstructure


As the Summer continues on, our building in Harlem has been progressing at a rapid pace. The structure is currently up to the 10 Floor framing


We expect to top out the building with the final lift of floor plank in mid-August. The next major milestone after that is the facade which is scheduled to be completed before the Winter.

AUGUST 4, 2015 1:13 PM

2142 Amsterdam Facade Panel Installation


We’ve been anticipating the installation of these panels on the facade of our building in Washington Heights for a long time. This week, a sample installation was done to verify the connection details. With a few minor  adjustments, we expect the rest of the panels to be up shortly.


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MARCH 27, 2015 2:14 PM