First Friday: Uptown Firm Crawl

League members are invited to take a four-firm tour in Harlem for the last First Friday event of the season.

June 7, 2024
5:30 p.m.

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.

Join us in Harlem as four firms open their doors to the League’s members for a multi-part tour of uptown firms. The evening will begin at MOS and Body Lawson Associates, feature a stop at RUR Architecture, and conclude at JEROME HAFERD studio. Schedule details below. 


5:30pm—6:30 p.m.
226 W 135th St

Body Lawson Associates
2307 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd

6:15pm—7:15 p.m. 
RUR Architecture
124 E 124th St #3

7:00pm—8:00 p.m. 
345 E 104th St

Questions about the event schedule? Please email Zoe Fruchter, program manager, at

About the firms

MOS is an architecture and design studio founded by architects Hilary Sample and Michael Meredith in 2007. Working across North and South America, Europe, and Asia, the firm’s architecture and design projects include private residences, multifamily housing, masterplanning, educational institutions, collaborative art installations, gallery spaces, cultural buildings, and furniture.

Recent projects include: 

  • Housing No. 8, Laboratorio de Vivienda A masterplan for an experimental housing project in Mexico City composed of 32 low-cost housing designs created by 32 studios, in collaboration with The Institute of the National Housing Fund for Workers
  • School No. 1, Krabbesholm Højskole A group of four studio buildings on the Danish art school’s campus connected by a courtyard designed to foster interdisciplinary conversation.

Body Lawson Associates (BLA) was founded by Victor Body Lawson in 1993. BLA provides architectural planning, urban design, historic preservation and interior design services, locally, nationwide, and internationally for projects that range from multifamily housing to the rehabilitation of significant historic structures. The firm’s impact includes over 4,000 homes in supportive, workforce, transitional, and senior settings.

Recent projects include: 

  • Home Street Residences This community development and senior facility contains 63 units of housing for low-income individuals and families as well as community amenities.
  • La Peninsula, with WXY architecture + urban design A renovation of a former juvenile detention center, this affordable, mixed-use housing development in the South Bronx will contain 740 low-income apartments in addition to commercial, education, wellness, and light industrial spaces.

RUR Architecture has built a portfolio of work that ranges from large-scale infrastructural projects to texts on architectural theory. Founded in 1986 by principals Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto, and in partnership with principal Debora K. Reiser, the firm frames its work as the product of “the collective knowledge of four generations of architects and designers from a diverse array of cultures and expertise,” in its own words. 

Recent projects include:

  • Kaohsiung Port Terminal Located on Taipei’s waterfront, this cruise terminal features an elevated public boardwalk and office tower 
  • Taipei Music Center A 755,000 square foot music complex composed of three monumentally sculptural buildings designed to represent Taiwan’s pop music industry

JEROME HAFERD studio is a Harlem-based, Black-owned practice led by principal Jerome W. Haferd, also co-founder of BRANDT : HAFERD Architecture. Founded in 2012, the studio works on primarily public and community-driven built environment projects nationally and internationally, in both urban and rural contexts.

Recent projects include:

  • Sankofa Installed in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park, this interactive public art piece includes a fabric canopy printed with archival images and locally inspired motifs and an interior art gallery.
  • In the Wake The winning proposal for Site 2 of the Africatown International Design Idea Competition interweaves an intentional floodplain with cultural venues including the new Africatown Museum and Clotilda Boathouse, and design concepts for over 300 units of housing.