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Company: RKTB Architects, P.C. Name: Carmi Bee Web Address: www.rktb.com

Best for Institutional Design - New York

RKTB Architects, P.C. is an award-winning, full-service architecture and urban design firm with studios that specialize in housing and educational facilities. Founded in 1963, the firm prides itself on its commitment to design excellence and the quality of service that they have provided to their clients for over fifty years. We spoke to Carmi Bee, Partner, who told us more about the diverse service offering of the firm. KTB has grown since its foundation in 1963, and now boasts a team of 25 employees who work mostly in the design of multifamily, private residential and education facilities. Carmi is incredibly proud that the firm has been recognised for their hard work and ability to deliver.

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“We strive to be a quality design firm by being very service oriented and giving great attention to the needs of our clients throughout the whole process; from design, initial development, and through to construction, which can be a very demanding process. We are very good at guiding our customers through this, we pay a lot of attention and act on their needs throughout. As architects, we do everything involving interiors and exteriors for our clients, according to their needs. When I started out, I was doing a large number of private residences, retail, office, theatre spaces and art galleries, which naturally involved a heavy focus on interior design. “The interior design market in New York is very strong right now, as there is a lot of money in the residential sector here. As a native New Yorker I’m very passionate about this market, and I’m keen to make an impact. There are many luxury high-rise residential buildings that are being built, and these require a high level of design work in order to attract the right type of client to buy and rent; everything from lobbies and public spaces to kitchens and bathrooms are being minutely designed to ensure satisfaction. More than ever, clients are paying a lot of attention to the finishes applied and the equipment used. “In order to make sure that we are able to best serve our clients, we use very sophisticated computer programming software called Revit, allowing us to integrate all the systems in the building and allowing us to generate 3D graphics of the spaces we design. As a result of our successful work in the past, we are very busy right now. We are undergoing a massive transition in terms of leadership as we have brought in two new partners, and we will be happy to possibly expand even further soon. We hope in the future to continue doing the work that we are doing now, and hope to do more work in the higher education sector in the future.”

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