Architecture that creates Place, Identity, and Change.

Established in 1995, Stephen Yablon Architecture is known for architecture, planning, and interior design that is open, light-filled, subtly responsive to context and focused on encouraging a sense of community. SYA works with a wide range of non-profit, public, corporate and individual clients including the City of New York, Brooklyn Museum, Columbia University, Planned Parenthood of NYC, SONY, Angelo, Gordon, NYU Langone Medical Center and The City University of New York. The firm is distinguished by a holistic approach which includes research, award-winning contemporary design, technical excellence, and personalized client service. We believe all are essential for the creation of truly exceptional architecture that enables our clients and their communities to successfully achieve their visions and goals.

SYA has been widely recognized for design excellence including numerous awards, publications, and exhibits. The firm’s work has been published extensively in Architectural Record, The New York Times, Interior Design, Metropolis, Oculus, and The Architect’s Newspaper among others. SYA recently won a National AIA Healthcare Design Award for Planned Parenthood Queens. The firm has been twice selected for the NYC Department of Design and Construction’s Design Excellence Initiative. The office was awarded First Place in the international competition for the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Visitor’s Pavilion and was selected as one of the winners of MoMA/PS1’s Rockaway Call for Ideas. Earlier, SYA was recognized as an important emerging firm by Interior Design and by the New York City Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

“While his modernist lineage is clearly visible in his work, Yablon is not a buttoned-up designer of austere boxes…Yablon likes to experiment with light, texture, and surface, as well as text and images to reflect his clients’ identities.”
Alan Brake, The Architect’s Newspaper

“Almost all of Stephen Yablon Architecture’s work has had a socially committed civic character from their exceptionally elegant Betances Community Center and Boxing Gym to the Central Harlem Health Center to their Student Advisory Center for Columbia University. Surely one of their most expansive and sensitive buildings has been their South Carolina Guest Pavilion, a subtle but assertively modern reinterpretation of a traditional domestic manner of the region.”
Kenneth Frampton, Ware Professor of Architecture, Columbia University