Andrew Bernheimer, “Where is the Architecture? Finding Design and Community Amidst Constraints”

In the 22nd Annual John T. Dunlop Lecture, Andrew Bernheimer, FAIA, will discuss what several affordable housing projects in New York City have taught him about architecture’s role in addressing housing-related challenges. His firm, Bernheimer Architecture (BA), is committed to “designing sustainable and resilient architecture by crafting productive environments for people and their communities.” BA’s wide-ranging portfolio includes numerous affordable housing developments, including: OneFlushing, a 230-unit, all-affordable intergenerational housing development in Queens; Caesura Brooklyn, a 123-unit, mixed-use, mixed-income building in the Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District; and 1490 Southern Boulevard, a 115-unit, all-affordable, senior housing project in the Bronx that includes units and related services for people who previously experienced homelessness. And, in the context of a recent unionization drive at BA, Bernheimer will discuss how to do this challenging work in humane and sensitive ways.  

His remarks will be followed by a discussion with Jill Crawford, a partner at Type A Projects LLC, who has worked with BA on several affordable housing projects, and former Loeb Fellow Marc Norman, LF ’15, Associate Dean of NYU’s Shack Institute of Real Estate. Daniel D’Oca, MUP ’02, an Associate Professor in the Practice of Urban Planning at GSD, will moderate the conversation. 

AIA members who attend this event may be eligible for continuing education units. Please reach out to if you are interested.

Andrew Bernheimer is the founding principal of Bernheimer Architecture, a Brooklyn-based firm responsible for a wide variety of residential, civic, and cultural projects, including several award-winning, multi-unit, affordable housing developments in New York City. He edited Timber in the City (ORO Editions, 2015), which features innovative practices in wood construction and co-edited Fairy Tale Architecture (ORO Editions, 2020) with his sister, Kate Bernheimer. In 2018, Bernheimer was elevated to AIA’s College of Fellows. In addition, he is a member of the Executive Board of NYC’s Institute for Public Architecture. 

Bernheimer is also an Associate Professor of Architecture at the Parsons School of Design where he teaches in both the graduate and undergraduate architecture sequences. While Director of the MArch program at Parsons from 2012-2016, he oversaw a program known for its connections between design and practice and a distinct focus on New York City’s communities and their constructed environments. The program included a signature design-build studio and cross-disciplinary curricular opportunities with graduate programs in lighting and interior design. 

Previously, Bernheimer was a founding partner of the award-winning firm Della Valle Bernheimer. In 2009, Princeton Architectural Press published Think/Make, a monograph that documents 12 of the firm’s most innovative projects.