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Ronnette Riley Architect

350 Fifth Avenue #7401 New York, NY 10118 212-594-4015 www.ronnetteriley.com


Firm Profile

Founded in 1987, Ronnette Riley Architect has earned an enviable reputation among large and small clients for the vigor of its architectural and design work and the rigor of its follow-through. The firm has consistently excelled with projects ranging from retail spaces to corporate environments, from private residences to large institutional facilities, from master plans to space programming. The quality of the firm’s work is reflected in the vitality of its portfolio as well as its many awards, not to mention the clients who’ve returned again and again or referred Ronnette Riley Architect to their friends and colleagues.

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The Apple Soho Store New York, NY

In 2001, following its “think different” maxim, Apple Computer transformed a former post office in New York’s Soho area into the first of its retail stores, in the process creating a prototype for other Apple Stores around the world as well as new standards for retail design. The 18,000 sf interior is inviting, with its use of custom-designed glass features – a 15-foot high staircase, a bridge and a 70-foot long skylight – immediately echoing the iconic design sensibility of Apple and Macintosh products. RRA was a member of the collaborative design group consisting of Steve Jobs, The Apple Team and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. The Apple Store has garnered numerous accolades, including special recognition by The American Institute of Architects and Business Week for Design Excellence.


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Business Week/Architectural Record Award

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AIA NY City and NY State Design Award

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AIA NY State Excellence in Design Award

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The Chicago Athenaeum American Award

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Society of American Registered Architects NY Council Design Award

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Contract Interiors Award

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Visual Merchandising + Store Design, New York Store of the Year

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30 other design awards

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Featured in numerous books, magazines, newspapers worldwide

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Tracy Reese New York, NY Tracy Reese, a New York fashion designer, wanted her flagship boutique to reflect the soft, feminine lines of her signature design style. RRA transformed a 2,200 sf space in the Meatpacking district to mimic the sweeping curves of a woman’s body. Curved walls, shaped like an hourglass visually divide the space into two areas, which are designated for each of Tracy’s fashion lines. Custom display rods and fixtures fit along the perimeter and showcase Tracy’s products without disrupting the movement through the store. Custom cove lighting and chandeliers further accentuate the space. Tracy Reese’s signature fuchsia color is displayed in prominent places such as the cash wrap, made from hot pink resin, and the wall in the back of the store. This color stands out against white washed oak floors, soft white walls, white fixtures and lacquered wood shelving displays.


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National Society of American Registered Architects Design Award

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Society of American Registered Architects NY Council & CA Council Design Award

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Featured in Vogue, Women’s Wear Daily, The New York Times, Elle Decor, New York Magazine, and Time Out New York

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Columbus Circle Wines New York, NY

With the design expertise of RRA, this 2720 sf space was transformed into a wine store. To work with the challenging, off-center entry and long, linear floor plan, RRA decided to create distinct merchandise regions with a diagonal path. The path is a tinted concrete band that divides the reclaimed wood floor. Custom designed Brazilian cherry display units line the path and lend a rhythmic pulse to the merchandising. The path culminates at the Enomatic tasting unit which allows customers to sample a variety of fine wines. Proper wine storage (horizontal), subtle signage, and precise climate control were particularly important to this client.


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Davis Warshow Showroom New York, NY

Davis + Warshow, New York’s oldest and largest plumbing fixture distributor, hired RRA to design a 7,220 sf showroom and event space to became their flagship store. They were looking for a retail feel, focusing not on brand recognition, as is the industry standard, but on the fixtures themselves. We strived to make every aspect of the showroom adjustable and interchangeable in order to meet the needs of the ever changing fashion of fixtures and to allow for the flexibility needed to accommodate various size groups for events. Davis + Warshow took a stand on presenting their fixtures without the use of running water but its inevitable presence in the showroom was essential. RRA enlisted subtle hints of movement and flowing materials to create the illusion of water. With twenty-one 5’-6” x 8’-0” windows on two walls, the focus of the showroom is inward on the walnut pod displays that sit clustered on the original wood floors under exposed oval ductwork.


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Society of American Registered Architects, CA Council Design Award

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Best of Year, Project Design in Interior Design

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Featured in The New York Times

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John Barrett Salon New York, NY

RRA oversaw construction of this 9,000 sf salon above the executive floors at Bergdorf Goodman’s. Our team assembled a set of construction drawings and sourced the materials necessary to implement London based designer David Collin’s interiors. We also were able to expand and rearrange the makeup and pedicure areas and bathrooms so the salon could accommodate for a rapidly expanding client base.


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Restoration Hardware Broadway, New York, NY

RRA joined with Seaton Wilson Architects to restore the historic exteriors of Griffith Thomas’ Mortimer Building - one of the first commercial structures in the “Ladies Mile” Shopping district of Manhattan. RRA’s team researched and analyzed historical drawings, photos and painted surfaces in order to replicate the building’s original architectural details and achieve the 16,408 sf renovation for Restoration Hardware’s flagship store. We restored two antique clocks and completely revitalized the mid-nineteenth century castiron columns with painted wood fascia and Corinthian capitals. RRA also designed the interior retail space to conform to Restoration Hardware’s design standards. To allow access to the additional retail space in the cellar, we designed a grand staircase that opens up the ground floor and provides a focal point.


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Society of American Registered Architects, NY Council Design Award

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Featured in The New York Times

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Yves Saint Laurent Boutiques New York, NY

Together with interior designer, Didier Gomez of Bureau d'Etudes D.I.D., Paris, France, we redesigned, reorganized and restored the three retail locations to comply with the design philosophy of the Paris based Yves St. Laurent. The design called for a new men's store, a new accessories boutique, and a new facade for an existing women's boutique at their flagship location on Madison Avenue.


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Excellence in Storefront Design Award for the Yves Saint Laurent of America Boutiques, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic District

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The Coca-Cola Store Fifth Avenue, NY

RRA designed the flagship retail space for one of the most recognizable brands in the world. The interior of the Fifth Avenue Coca-Cola store is distinguished by a 150 ft. illuminated path and undulating rays of red and white that invite visitors to experience the full length of the floor plan. The path works in conjunction with a monumental staircase, terrazzo floors and custom merchandising elements designed from leather, birds-eye maple, glass and bronze - all of which reflect the dynamism, timelessness and global presence of the Coca-Cola brand.


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NY State Association of Architects, AIA Design Awards

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Society of American Registered Architects NY Council Design Award

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Featured in numerous books, magazines, newspapers worldwide.

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New World Coffee

New York, New Jersey & Pennsylvania New World Coffee introduced darker roasted, more flavorful coffee to New York City. The design mandate was to create a prototype store that evokes the warmth and aroma associated with authentic espresso beverages. Materials such as bronze, stone, and cherry were used to establish this atmosphere. To catch the attention of passersby, a green-gold backdrop was used to generate an inviting warm glow, contrasted by cream colored walls and floor, and enhanced by the ambient lighting. Twenty-eight additional stores opened in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania over the next two and a half years. The diagonal line of the counter provides a foundation for the scheme on both the experiential and functional levels and creates a strong visual interaction with its surrounding space that, in turn, invites impromptu or future visits. Placing the counter on the hypotenuse maximizes its presentation length and creates a deeper free space for activity in front, thereby avoiding the typical "galley" layout. We designed a logo and graphic program that evokes traditional rituals associated with coffee-drinking: the globe rises from the triangle's horizontal boundary in a copper glow, surrounded by "rays" of steam. The idea of coffee is further implied through the use of earthy coffee colors in the logo's various applications.


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National Society of American Registered Architects Design Award

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Society of American Registered Architects NY Council Design Award

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NASFM’s 25th Annual Retail Design Award

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SADI Design Award

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New York Society of Architects Design Award

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ISP/VM&SD Store Interiors Design Award

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Retail Store of the Year Design Awards Chain Store Age Executive

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Awards and Publications The Firm General Awards: Books: Magazines: Newspapers:

Fellow of the American Institute of Architecture Harry B. Rutkins Award, New York Chapter AIA AREW/ Real Estate Weekly: Women Real Estate Leaders for the 21st Centur Cookbook - Delicious By Design, City Secrets New York City New York Home Book. New York: The Ashley Group Kahn, Robert, ed. City Secrets New York City. New York: The Little Bookroom Architectural Record. Interiors. Interior Design Show Daily. Oculus. Building Stone Magazine. Tile & Decorative Surfaces. Contract Design. Crain’s New York Business. Nikkei Woman. Iowa Architect. Residential Architect. Pantheon (Delft, Netherlands). View Magazine (Venice, Italy). The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsday, Business Week, Architectural Record, Crains New York Business, The Washington Times, The Dallas Morning News, Orlando Sentinel, New York Construction News, Career Confidential, Real Estate Weekly, The Sunday Press (Ireland), SARA Snippets, Grid. New York Resident, New Haven Register, East Hampton Star, Southhampton Press, Tulsa Work, Residential Architect, Iowa Architect, Building Stone Magazine, Contract Design, Eastern Oklahoma AIA Architect, Old House Journal, and Oculus.

Multimedia Films: TV: Radio: Web:

Discovery Channel: “The Empire State Building.” ABC: “Peter Jennings Special Report.” CNN: “It’s a Small World.” CBS Sunday Morning: “It’s a Small World.” Wall Streeet Journal: “Little Buildings.” WBAI: “We Build This City.” National Public Radio, Tulsa, OK DesignArchitecture.com ArchNews.com

Exhibits

Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park, “Monumental Miniatures”, Saint Louis, MO AIA New York Chapter, “Made in New York”, New York, NY A Celebration of Work by Women, New York, NY The Best of New York AIA Interiors in the 90’s White House Christmas Tree Ornament Hung on Tree in the Blue Room. Home as Theatre. Creative Response. Home for Contemporary Theatre and Art. It’s a Small World. Souvenir Buildings. Empire State Building Lobby. New New York 3: Multiples: Small Civic Works. “Paws For Design” Canine Couture and Doggie Decor

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Retail Stores and Restaurants Apple Store, New York, NY Awards: Books: Magazines: Newspapers:

Society of Environmental Graphic Design Merit Award AIA NY City Merit Award for Architecture Business Week/Architectural Record Award AIA NY State Excellence in Design Award AIA San Francisco Award AIA Pittsburgh Silver Medal for Architectural Design AIA Pittsburgh Citation of Merit for Architectural Detailing The Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award National Society of American Registered Architects Design Award Society of American Registered Architects NY Council Design Award Contract Interiors Award, Retail NASFM Award of Special Merit for Outstanding Store Fixture NASFM Grand Prize for New or Remodeled Hardline Specialty Store Gold Award in Industrial Design Excellence, The Idea Awards Visual Merchandising and Store Design New or Remodeled Hardline Specialty Visual Merchandising + Store Design, New York Store of the Year Cuito, Aurora. New York Minimalism. New York: Harper Collins. Architectural Record, Time Out New York, Visual Merchandising & Store Design, Glass Magazine, Metropolitan Home, Retail Traffi, SEGDdesign, and Occulus. The New York Times.

Coca-Cola Fifth Avenue, New York, NY Awards: Books: Magazines: Newspapers:

NY State Association of Architects, AIA Design Awards, Honorable Mention Society of American Registered Architects, NY Council Design Award Stores, Retail Display and Design; World Space Design Stores, Retail Display and Design; Blueprints, The Journal of the National Building Museum; Design & Build New York; World Space Design; Oculus Visual Merchandising & Store Design, Architectural Record Lighting; Journey Pronto US Retail & Trend Monitor; Designer's Journal; Interiors; Display & Design Ideas. The New York Times, The New York Post, The Daily News, Real Estate Weekly, and Gannett Suburban Newspapers.

Davis & Warshow Showroom, New York, NY Awards: Newspapers: Magazine:

Society of American Registered Architects, CA Council Design Award The New York Times Interior Design.


Tracy Reese, New York, NY Awards: Publications: Newspapers:

National Society of American Registered Architects Design Award Society of American Registered Architects, CA Council Design Award Society of American Registered Architects, NY Council Design Award Contract lighting, Factio-Magazine, Vogue; Women’s Wear Daily, US Weekly, Life and Style, Elle Decor, WGSN, New York Magazine, Time Out The New York Times.

Columbus Circle Wines, New York, NY Awards:

National Society of American Registered Architects Design Award

Restoration Hardware, New York, NY Awards: Newspapers:

Society of American Registered Architects, NY Council Design Award The New York Times.

Colours by Alexander Julian, Nationwide Magazines:

Display & Design Ideas; Store Planning & Design Review.

New Balance North Jersey, Hackensack, NJ Awards:

Society of American Registered Architects, NY Council Design Award

Yves Saint Laurent Boutiques, New York, NY Awards: Magazines: Newspapers:

Excellence in Storefront Design Award for the Yves Saint Laurent of America Boutiques, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic District Store Planning & Design Review. Women's Wear Daily.

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The Emerald Planet, New York, NY Awards: Magazines:

National Society of American Registered Architects Design Award New York State Association of Architects, AIA Design Awards International Interior Design Association IIDA Design Award Society of American Registered Architects, NY Council Design Award ISP/VM & SD Store Interiors Design Award - Restaurant Category Retail Reporting Corp, Interior Design, New York Magazing, Crain’s New York Business, AIA News, Visual Merchandizing & Store Design, Restaurants USA, Contract Design, Shopping Center World, Restaurants USA, and Contract Design.

New World Coffee, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania Awards: 525 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY: Society of American Registered Architects, NY Council Design Award Riverside Square Mall, Hackensack, NJ: Society of American Registered Architects, NY Council Design Award NASFM’s 25th Annual Retail Design Award SADI Design Award for New Specialty Store Design New York Society of Architects, Design Award ISP/VM&SD Store Interiors Design Award 449 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY: National Society of American Registered Architects Design Award ISP/VM&SD Store Interior Design Award Retail Store of the Year Design Award Books: Great Store Design. Great Store Design 2. Interior Design Magazines: Interiors, Urban Land, Oculus, Retail Store Image, Retail Image & Graphic Identity, Visual Merchandizing and Store Design, Shopping Center World, Food Arts Magazine, Chain Store Age Executive, and Food Retail Design & Display. Newspapers: The New York Times and Women’s Wear Daily.

Madison Avenue’s Better Baker, New York, NY Magazines:

New York Magazine.

Westin Ottawa Hotel Awards:

Society of American Registered Architects, CA Design Award


Institutional and Commercial UVA Special Collection Library Awards:

Society of American Registered Architects, NY Council Design Award Society of American Registered Architects, CA Council Design Adward Shutze Awards, Excellence in Traditional Design

PS 149 Library, New York, NY Awards: Magazine: Newspaper: Exhibit:

National Society of American Registered Architects Design Award Society of American Registered Archtects, CA Council Design Award Architecture, American Libraries, Contract, and School Library Journal. The New York Times. Architectural League: New New York, 3: Multiples: Small Civic Works

Walker Zanger Showroom, New York, NY Awards:

Society of American Registered Architects, NY Council Design Award

Times Square Visitors Center Awards: Magazines: Newspapers:

Society of American Registered Architects, NY Council Design Award New York Magazine, Great Store Design, Food Retail Design & Display, Renovation Style, and Oculus. The New York Times, New York Post, Daily News, USA Today, and The Record Sunday Edition.

Shattuck Hammond Partners, Rockefeller Center, New York, NY Awards:

Society of American Registered Architects Design Award

American Symphony Orchestra League, New York, NY Awards:

Society of American Registered Architects, NY Council Design Award

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350 Fifth Avenue #7401 New York, NY 10118 212-594-4015 www.ronnetteriley.com

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