In an article from The Real Deal detailing permit applications filed with the city’s Department of Buildings and ranking the most prolific architecture shops in the city between Jan. 1, 2012, and Jan. 31, 2018, SLCE ranked top with 20.69 million square feet across 87 projects.
SLCE Partner James Davidson comments that “while the majority of the firm’s work is as design architect, having separate design and executive architects on a project has become increasingly common.” At the same time that developers are more frequently looking to international design star power to buoy sales, they also bring in a second architecture shop with expertise on the city’s zoning and construction codes. “I have seen many instances where a design architect from abroad has tested the bounds of buildability and has wound up losing the commission. There are points at which a design architect’s concepts are so expensive that a seasoned developer would question the added value of such an undertaking,” said Davidson.
The article also mentions SLCE’s role as executive architect on 220 Central Park, 52-03 Center Boulevard in Long Island City, 520 Park Avenue, 53 West 53rd Street, 100 East 53rd Street and Brooklyn Point.
SLCE were also ranked by borough:
#1 Queens (5.22m sqft, 13 projects)
#1 Manhattan (10.90m sqft, 44 projects)
#3 Brooklyn (3.09m sqft, 19 projects)