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The Women’s Building


Greenpoint Landing


193 Winthrop House


Boston Seaport Tower


W28th Street Tower


Brynwood Residences




21c Museum Hotel Chicago


Collector’s Loft




Art Colony Marfa










E71st Street Townhouse


Chrystie Street Residence


House in Amenia




The Women’s Building features a rusticated precast facade accentuated with ribs and bush hammered details




An oblique view of the structure highlights the subtle undulating movement of the facade


THE WOMEN’S BUILDING New York, NY In Progress Following an international competition, we were selected to designThe Women’s Building, a new global hub for the women’s and girls’ rights movements.The project would transform the former Bayview Correctional Center, an abandoned women’s prison, into a place of activism and action. It would offer those working on behalf of girls and women the space, resources, and support they need to drive critical change. The project was led by the NoVo Foundation, a social justice foundation. The original 1930s Art Deco building was designed by the architects of the Empire State Building, Shreve Lamb and Harmon, as a YMCA for sailors and merchant marines. It was converted to a medium security prison for women in 1974. Bayview was a site of pain and confinement that also inspired a spirit of resistance and resilience. The project aims to honor and build on that spirit, and transform a space of women’s incarceration into a space that is dedicated to equality, liberation, and justice for girls and women everywhere. Breaking Bayview’s darkness, a bold new opening that spans the lower community floors would draw in natural light through the base of the building. We prioritized delight in the new design. Art will be ever present– in flexible gallery spaces and integrated along paths of movement. Storytelling will be closely woven through the spaces to tell the stories of female empowerment and the building’s transformation. The exterior design responds to the uses within. Spaces for quiet work are pulled inward and sheltered. Spaces for socializing are more open to the street and built-in window seats encourage gathering. The material tones and pronounced verticals of the new facade draw from and respond to features of the historic facade.

Firm: Deborah Berke Partners Project Team: Arthi Krishnamoorty, Rhoda Kennedy, Renee Vanegas, Laura Fiset, Sasha Topolnytska, Kurt Nieminen, Liz Snow, Jean McGinty, Rob Yoos MyRole: Programming Study, Concept Design, Schematic Design, Design Development



At the earliest stages of our design process, we spent a year-long period listening, workshopping and building consensus about how best to envision an inclusive, welcoming, and empowering space. We engaged with representatives of the building’s future users ranging from women’s rights activists to formerly incarcerated women, all of whom continue to provide invaluable perspective on the project. This process has enhanced the project’s program and adjacencies, its balance between security and openness, and its treatment of the building’s deep history and discomforting past, but moreover, it has contributed to forming a community of future users with a sense of belonging and ownership.



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Glass line shifts to form window benches at the public spaces and deep recesses at private offices

A spacious roof deck features the integration of old and new


A yellow tiled swooping entry adds an iconic and warm element to the street level



Building materials include a mix of brick and black metal, meant to evoke Greenpoint’s industrial past


GREENPOINT LANDING Brooklyn, NY 2019 New York City’s waterfronts are undergoing a profound revitalization, as neighborhoods that were previously cut off from the water by the remnants of industry are expanding to the water’s edge. Greenpoint Landing, in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood, reestablishes the neighborhood’s waterfront connection through the creation of new streets, new housing, new waterfront parks, and a new public school, all designed to integrate into Greenpoint’s already thriving, diverse community. Of the approximately 5,500 residential units included in the development, about 1,400 are designed to be affordable. Open spaces have been planned and designed in conjunction with New York City Parks Department in order to provide seamless integration between the promenade and adjacent Newtown Barge and Box Street Parks. In addition to those five acres of parkland, the Greenpoint Landing project includes four acres of publicly accessible open space designed by James Corner Field Operations and will include terraced promenades, a landscaped pier, and larger-scale amenity spaces such as picnic areas and great lawn. Once constructed those spaces will be deeded to the City and dedicated as City-owned parkland.

Firm: Handel Architects Project Team: Antonio Donofrio, Mindy Sudweeks, Chun Hsu, Mat Leung, Rob Yoos MyRole: Design Development, Construction Documents







BOSTON SEAPORT TOWER Boston, MA 2018 This design for a mixed-use tower is part of a larger masterplan to redevelop the largely vacant swath of surface parking in Boston’s Seaport neighborhood. It is one of four large towers that line a green walkway stitching together the cultural waterfront district, the historic area and the convention center. The tower will host multiple floors of retail, office space and a hotel. The facade features a grid of varying modules that are highly calibrated to seasonal solar gain. Prefabricated custom concrete pieces create a vibrant pattern on the facade that dances around the folded edges of the building mass. A red feature stair wraps around an indoor winter garden that is highly visible from the street.

Firm: Deborah Berke Partners Project Team: Stephen Brockman, Elizabeth Snow, Joshua Jow, Kate Warren, Rob Yoos MyRole: Concept Design, RFP development, Rendering assistance


The facade features varying precast modules that respond to solar conditions

The grid becomes more porous as it descends to the street level



The tower will serve as an anchor for the new Seaport development





193 WINTHROP HOUSE Ji m Vl o ck Bu New Haven, CT 2015 Since 1967, students at the Yale School of Architecture have worked collaboratively to design and build an affordable house for a local resident in New Haven. During the summer of 2015, my classmates and I designed and constructed a 1,000 square foot house located on a corner lot at 193 Winthrop Avenue in New Haven’s West River neighborhood.

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Since 1967, first-year students at th worked collaboratively to design an graduate education. During the sum The final scheme centers on the idea of a multiconstructed a 1,000 square foot ho functional core. The core is efficient, consolidating stairs and utilities toWinthrop yield the remainder of space in open, Avenue New Haven’s W gracious, and able to connect to the site. The second floor is a spatial inversion of the ground floor. The tightly packed core opens up to an angular lightwell and storage, furniture, and fixtures populate the perimeter of the house.

The final scheme centers on the idea core. The core is efficient, consolid remainder space open, gracious, As a prototype, the core can be shiftedof within the volume of the house, which can be deployed on different lots of is house a spatial on the a similar size aroundhouse the city. The is able toinversion: adapt to site constraints more through the positioning of its core, private communal space. The which can both shield and reveal space. The design for 193 Winthrop locates core closer to the thetheperimeter ofcorner theofhouse on the Scranton and Winthrop. The core shields the communal hold and fixtures for bedro space on the ground floorfurniture from the highly exposed corner, providing privacy for the kitchen, living room and outdoor space. On the second floor, the view from the corner is claimed by two large windows. This space is multifunctional and is lined with a wood window bench, bookshelves, and desk.

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Institution: Yale School of Architecture Project Team: Yale Class of 2017 MyRole: Construction Documents, Construction, Fundraising Director







Pictured left is a custom stair with wood clad light well. Pictured below is the second floor multipurpose room with large corner window. Pictured right is a construction photo showing the wood facade installation.



The metallic facade softly reflects east-west light to enliven the street and skyline


W28TH SREET TOWER New York, NY 2019 This proposal for a 360,000 square foot residential tower in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan features a faceted and glittering facade to enliven the street while respecting the vernacular grid of neighboring buildings. Juliet balconies and generous floor to ceiling windows elevate the living experience as well as further articulate the movement of the facade. Since the building spans between two blocks, an art filled gallery connects both entries. A central courtyard with gentle mounds and a cluster of birch trees helps to bring light and life along this passage. Units of a similar type as well as services are stacked vertically to offer maximum efficiency while the shifting of facade modules creates formal variety.

Firm: Deborah Berke Partners Project Team: Arthi Krishnamoorty, Davis Owen, Kate Warren, Tianwei Ye, Rob Yoos MyRole: Concept Design, RFP development, Renderings


A gracious and art-filled lobby is enlivened by a garden courtyard

A solid podium hosts ground floor retail and features a custom metal entry canopy



2 Bedroom Units

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Unit types are distributed and stacked throughout the structure to ensure efficiency and a diverse layout.


Residents will arrive to a secluded front door after meandering a bucolic path


BRYNWOOD RESIDENCES Armonk, NY In Progress The Brynwood Residences will be a new community of luxury homes built into the hillside with an emphasis of on maximizing the bucolic views of the site. Materiality for the buildings is warm, welcoming, modern, and of the local region. In order to preserve views yet maintain privacy between units, the design staggers terraces and features a mirrored layout so that units face away from one another. Open-concept living is the driver behind each unit’s layout. The grand living and dining space features floor to ceiling windows and a gracious terrace for indoor/ outdoor living. In addition to the residences, an amenity complex featuring a pool, fitness center, and restaurant helps to a promote a healthy lifestyle for residents.The master plan of the site carefully considers the connection between site entry, residences, and the amenity complex. Below each building is a full garage with storage units and bike parking.

Firm: Deborah Berke Partners Project Team: Ameet Hiremath, Renee Vanegas, Robert Scott, Rob Yoos MyRole: Concept Design, Schematic Design, Design Development | Drafted floor plans, 3D modeling and rendering assistance


Typical floor plan showing 3 bedroom and 2 bedroom units sharing an efficient circulation core



Access to units is conveniently located on the sub-grade parking level that also features storage and golf cart parking

Aerial view of the proposed community, amenity center and golf course


Typical ground floor plan shows an efficient, flexible layout that maximizes views and indoor-outdoor living

The amenity center features a gym, infinity pool, restaurant and lounge area


The 21c Museum Hotel Chicago guest suite features a cool metallic palette accented with warm wood tones




The lobby features a glowing gold resin stair alongside ample wall space for displaying contemporary art


21c MUSEUM HOTEL CHICAGO Chicago, IL Completed 2020 Located on Rush Street, once the home of vaudeville houses, the 230,200 square foot 21c Museum Hotel Chicago brings a jolt of contemporary culture to River North while providing a serene refuge for guests. Visitors enter a new double height lobby with a signature staircase leading up to the meeting and conference spaces above. A sculptural sofa beckons guests and visitors to relax in this 24-hour accessible public space. Contemporary art is integrated throughout the public areas, in keeping with 21c’s perspective that culture and hospitality enhance each other and contribute to the vitality of urban areas. Floor to ceiling window walls create a strong connection to the street and present opportunities for directly engaging passersby with contemporary art experiences. Guest hallways have darker hues, emphasizing this more private section of the hotel for guests. Inside the guest rooms are bright and airy, with calm colors that draw on the vast Chicago sky and nearby Lake Michigan. The bed is backed by a leather and velvet covered headboard that extends the full height of the wall, softening sound within the room. Warm-hued lighting highlights an unexpected element of color in the bathroom entry and the closet enclosure.

Project Team: Terrence Schroeder, Virginia Gray, Gunnar Burke, Rob Yoos MyRole: Concept Design, Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documents


Neutral toned terrazzo flooring and clean white walls allow for artwork to take center stage


Ground floor plan featuring gallery lobby, restaurant and bar


Guest suites feature cool pewter tones with wood and brass accents


Typical upper guest room floor plan



The signature 21c suite is accented with rich materials in chocolate and amber tones. Veined white marble is the backdrop for a minimal floating wood vanity piece in the bathroom.


The living space of the 21c suite counters the silvery hues of the typical guest suites with a warmer earth toned palette.The minimal floating wood wet bar echoes the bathroom vanity. An interlocking sculptural coffee table anchors the space.


The main ballroom and event space doubles as an art gallery when not in use. It features a custom acoustic ceiling with integrated gallery lighting as well as a large central skylight.


The formal living and dining room is accented with three of the owner’s hand carved antique columns


COLLECTOR’S LOFT New York, NY 2018 A New York couple sought to revamp their sprawling Nomad duplex around their impressive east Asian art and artifact collection. The design draws inspiration from the vibrant colors and shapes in the collection. The focal point is a custom-designed curved stair that features a wood and iron handrail that peels away from a wood veneered stringer. The open concept living and dining room is replete with shelving for display and is heightened by the owner’s antique wood columns. A muted pewter tone envelops the space and contrasts with restored wood window nooks. The kitchen was entirely rethought in order to create an unconventional space that that didn’t feel like a kitchen. New crown molding and vibrant floral wallpaper accents enliven the space while echoing the rich patterns in the many of the antiques throughout.

Firm: Povero & Co. Project Team: Jeffrey Povero, Scott Simpson, Rob Yoos MyRole: Custom Stair Design, Molding Package, Kitchen Millwork, Plan Drafting


A custom curved wood stair features a floating handrail that blends traditional and art deco motifs



A two tone kitchen reflects the client’s desire for a rich space that doesn’t feel like a typical kitchen


Relief pattern wallpaper creates a delicate backdrop in the master bedroom


Rich wallpaper reflects the vibrant details in the owner’s antique furniture collection


Custom moldings and millwork frame the soft pewter walls


A Japanese soaking tub anchors the space



An austere monolith emerging from the Texas desert offers moments of solitude and community shaped by the path of the sun




Rigorous cut outs that touch edge to edge guide inhabitants on a meandering journey from space to space


Art Colony Marfa Chinati Foundation Marfa, TX 2017 The absence of descriptive or obvious stylistic embellishment creates an aesthetic so spare that it is, at times, almost aggressive. Karen Stein, “The Plain Beauty of Well-Made Things” The Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas founded by Donald Judd in 1979 was conceived as a place where the relationship between art and landscape could be preserved. Inhabiting former military barracks, Judd allocated various spaces for works by John Chamberlain and Dan Flavin. Today, the foundation houses an extensive list of contemporary artists. The works of these artists are constantly defined by the vast context in which they are situated. This project provides temporary residences for five artists to explore their interests in this contemplative setting. It aims to redefine the relationship between an ascetic way of life and artistic production. A blank monolith hovers just beneath the horizon and is anchored into the subtle slope of the landscape. Judd’s late architectural works sit as derelict monuments in the desert. They are uninhabited and act as the only erected structures in a field of unfinished military barrack foundations. The found quality of the site is respected and engaged in a dialogue with the new intervention. The building itself follows the rhythm of foundational traces located to the west. Access to the colony begins along a dirt path that leads towards the existing foundations. A narrow ramp descends into the block and reveals a preserved chunk of desert. Studios, residences, gallery spaces and shared communal spaces are all arranged around this central courtyard and carved out of the monolith. This affords residents moments of surprise and unexpected collaboration as well as the opportunity to meander through multiple courtyards in search of solitude. Thick concrete walls protect and insulate from the harsh desert climate. The building attempts to move past narrative, image, and abstraction and instead aim for pure form derived from experience.

Institution: Yale School of Architecture Studio: Thomas Phifer, Kyle Dugdale Published: Retrospecta 40, 2017



Ground floor plan

Various section cuts through the building


The art colony is a muted object seen in the foreground of Judd’s unfinished military barracks



A custom stool was designed to accompany the project and transcend scale. This piece was constructed with raw hemlock wood and connected with dowels. No nails, screws or glue were used.




Paprika! FORM & DISCIPLINE Anthony Gagliardi, Wes Hiatt, Robert Yoos, editors. “Paprika! Form and Discipline” 2015


FUTURE REAL Robert Yoos, “Razor Mining: Refueling the Cloud” Future Real: Kersten Geers, Michael Young, David Erdman, ed. Nina Rappaport, Aymar Mariño-Maza, Yale School of Architecture, 2018

BEYOND PATRONAGE Robert Yoos, “A Conversation with Juliette Spertus & Georgeen Theodore” Beyond Patronage: Reconsidering Models of Practice, by Martha Bohm et al., Actar Publishers, 2015


WENDY is an air-purifying installation that cools off partygoers with air, water and shade




WENDY seen from above with the New York City skyline in the distance


WENDY Long Island City, NY 2012 WENDY, the winner of the Young Architects Program at MoMA PS1, is an installation meant to feature three things: shade, seating and water. Wendy features an inexpensive construction system that consists of repurposed scaffolding. Blue nylon fabric stretches over the geometric form and is coated with a revolutionary air purifying substance known as titania nanofilm. Titania nanofilm collects pollutants in the air and reduces it to a non-toxic white powder. The bright blue nylon fabric extends from the core outward and culminates in arms that shoot mist, water, and music throughout the courtyard. The titania nanoparticle spray on the fabric reduced pollution levels equivalent to that of removing 260 cars off the road during its stay at MoMA PS1.

Firm: HWKN Project Team: Matthias Hollwich, Marc Kushner, Robert May, Adam Hostetler, Matthew Hoffman, Tim Aarsen, Rob Yoos MyRole: Material Acquisition, Installation, Construction



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This chapter features a selection of photoshoots that I directed for Deborah Berke Partners. I orchestrated the position and angle of the views, directed the styling of furniture and props and approved final shots and edits. These photos were distributed to the press for publication.

East 71st Street Townhouse dining room




East 71st Street Townhouse New York, NY My Role: Art Direction Photography: Chris Cooper Styling: Rebecca Omweg 2019




Chrystie Street Residence New York, NY My Role: Art Direction Photography: Catherine Tighe Styling: Rebecca Omweg 2019



House in Amenia Amenia, NY My Role: Art Direction Photography: Chris Cooper Styling: Rebecca Omweg 2019


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