First Friday: RAMSA

The global firm invites League members to its offices at One Park Avenue.

October 13, 2023
6:00 p.m.

RAMSA | UConn Downtown Hartford Campus, Hartford, CT, 2017. Image credit: Peter Aaron/OTTO

The League’s First Friday events are informal social gatherings that allow members to visit the offices of leading design practices and see work on the boards.

Founded in 1969, Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA) is internationally recognized for their broad portfolio of work that engages with place, history, and culture, bringing architectural traditions into new contexts. In the firm’s own words: “Forward doesn’t mean breaking with the past; forward means continuing traditions in a fresh new way.” Now led by 19 partners, RAMSA is a 260-person studio of architects, interior designers, and supporting staff based in New York City. The firm’s geographical scope has widened as the practice has diversified, with projects that range from educational campuses and public libraries to residential towers and family homes. RAMSA works throughout the United States as well as across Europe, Asia, and South America, and has earned numerous awards and citations for design excellence.

Completed projects include:

Schwarzman Center, Yale University  This renovation at the center of Yale’s campus retains and restores the building’s historic features while reinventing its spaces as centers of cultural programming and student life.

55 H Street, Georgetown University  A new addition to Georgetown’s Capitol Campus, this all-electric and low-carbon building contains residential units, amenities, and academic and retail spaces.

Abington House  This 33-story tower with ground floor retail adjoins the High Line, featuring a brick exterior that reinterprets the detailing and materials of its industrial neighbors for residential use.

Current and upcoming projects include:

McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University  Designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification, this flagship building for the McCourt School builds on RAMSA’s master plan for Georgetown’s Capitol Campus.

The Shore Club  This design for an ocean-side site in Miami Beach includes sensitive renovations to the historic Shore Club as well as the insertion of a new condominium tower.

1 Mayfair  This 29-unit apartment block is designed to match the scale and rhythm of London’s historic Mayfair neighborhood, with generous outdoor space and apartments that reflect traditions of English residential planning.