AIA New York’s annual Day of Service is an opportunity for architects and their firms to bring ideas to life for nonprofit organizations around the city. Launched in 2018 when the AIA Conference on Architecture took place in New York City, the program offers a framework for groups of volunteers to help non-profit organizations with much-needed upgrades to their facilities or assistance with their mission. Each project is led by a different team of architects and supported by multiple partners and donors. Leading up to this special day each year are months of behind-the-scenes planning, design, and coordination on behalf of the many architecture firms and teams leading these projects. Urbahn Architects and theater and lighting design firm Schuler Shook is proud to partner with BRC in this year’s initiative on August 15th.
About Urbahn Architects:
Urbahn Architects is a New York City-based architecture firm with an emphasis on work in the public sector. Urbahn became involved in the Day of Service project in 2019, and continues to be involved, as the project is aligned with the firm's core belief to serve members of the community through exceptional design.
Last year, Urbahn Architects helped to renovate the rooftop of BRC's Lexington Avenue Women's Shelter in Brooklyn.
This Year's Project:
In partnership with the Assessment Center, the talented staff of Urbahn Architects will employ their much needed skillset in the design, implementation and installation and create what is currently an open, yet non-descript front entrance and transform it into a welcoming, yet peaceful open air space with outdoor seating and shade from the direct sun through the use of bright colors and warm woods.
About BRC's Assessment Center:
Located in a renovated loft-style building at the corner of Clay Street and McGuiness in Greenpoint Brooklyn, the Men’s Assessment Center is a 200 bed dormitory style residence that serves homeless men new to the shelter system. BRC evaluates each individual and links them to the housing and services that best meets their needs. In addition, as a result of our continued dialogue with DHS and community leaders, BRC also dedicates one dorm (20 beds) to street homeless men of the Greenpoint community, an unprecedented commitment by the shelter system to provide a community-based strategy to respond to a significant local need.
Please help support Urbahn Architects' Clay Street Project and the clients of BRC by donating funds to purchases materials.