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Meet the architects bringing NYC’s biggest projects to life

Meet the architects bringing NYC’s biggest projects to life

Clockwise from left: Renderings of 50 Hudson Yards, Court Square City View Tower at 23-15 44th Drive (credit: United Construction and Development), the Spiral at 66 Hudson Boulevard, and 28-07 Jackson Avenue

The most prolific architects in New York City also tend to be the least visible.

These are the firms that are often involved in development projects from the very beginning, filing necessary paperwork with the city’s Department of Buildings and navigating the labyrinth that is the city’s zoning codes. These are the architects of record, who sometimes pair up with international superstar architects who aren’t technically licensed to work in New York City. One such firm is Adamson Associates Architects, which is collaborating with Bjarke Ingels to design Tishman Speyer’s “the Spiral” — a 2.2-million-square-foot office tower that features stair-like outdoor terraces that wrap around the building, accomplishing what Ingels is fond of describing as an extension of the High Line “to the sky.”

Ingels is the building’s design architect, but Adamson is the architect of record. The division of work between these two roles differs on a project-by-project basis, but Adamson’s responsibilities generally boil down to preparing construction documents, working with the city to both expedite and get the project underway, and supporting the design architect in whatever way they need.

“We’re not the high-profile, sexy architect,” Nick Zigomanis, principal at the firm’s New York office, told The Real Deal. “We just get the work done.”

Still, the firm’s role in Speyer’s tower and another project in Hudson Yards means that Adamson is working on the biggest projects proposed in 2016. Using permit applications filed with the city’s Department of Buildings from Jan. 1 to Dec. 23, TRDhas ranked the top 10 architecture firms embarking on the most square footage this year. Applications for new buildings and full-building renovations were included in the analysis.