DESCRIPTION OF I-BEAM DESIGN
I-Beam Design, founded by Azin Valy and Suzan Wines, is an award winning New York based architecture and design firm. Their key personnel have a broad range of design and construction experience including corporate, commercial, cultural, landscape and residential projects located primarily in NYC. A proposal by I-Beam Design won the International Open Competition for the redesign of Lt. Petrosino Park in Lower Manhattan as well as an award for the International Competition for Temporary Refugee Shelters in Kosovo that was recently featured at Prince Charles’ Royal Gardens for an exhibition on sustainability that was sponsored by IBM and The Financial Times in London along with The Earth Awards. Their projects have been published in numerous newspapers and architecture magazines and have received much praise for their sensitive yet highly innovative solutions to the design.
Personal attention by the partners and their team to each project is assured through their active participation in all phases of research, site analysis, space planning, schematic design, design development, construction documents, specifications, and construction.
Ms. Wines and Ms. Valy both attended The Cooper Union School of Architecture on full scholarships and graduated in 1990. Suzan Wines is now teaching in the Architecture School of The City College of New York, is licensed in New York State and writes regularly for the Italian Art and Architecture magazine, Domus. Ms. Valy is a guest critic at Parsons, Pratt, Columbia and City College.
“The renovation project became more involved and lengthy than what we envisioned at the beginning, a situation that could have been potentially very upsetting and a cause of friction, but Azin and her partner Suzan, with their diligent efforts found a way to make it work. We were continuously impressed with their new ideas as well as the care and attention they gave to details. We consider ourselves perfectionists but it was a delight to see that at times we were ready to compromise, but they were not.
“In case we have not already made it clear, you should know that we have been extremely happy to work with you and I-Beam on our project. You have designed a little jewel that is far beyond what we could have imagined. We and everyone else who sees the place absolutely love it. Also, your project management skills have been a great comfort to us and we have been very pleased to leave the management of the whole process in your hands so that we did not need to travel from Europe more than on a few occasions to make decisions. Thank you so much!
It has been a great extra benefit that we got two new friends!”
“Based on a warm recommendation from an established New York architect, my wife and I hired I-Beam Design in 2009 to renovate our 1500 square foot New York City property. We were interested in keeping the space as open and raw as possible which lead to the transformation of the cramped two-bedroom/two bathroom apartment into an open and flexible loft. Inspired by my wife’s art and my eye for minimalism, they embarked on a collaborative and most professional journey with us to translate our desires into a three dimensional habitable space that reflects our personalities and ideals and which respects the style of the neighborhood. Having much experience on similar projects in Scandinavia we were most impressed by their understanding of our desires, their creative sense, their aesthetic skills and their ability to challenge us in a most pleasing atmosphere enabling us to create a home that in its design, atmosphere and functionality is far beyond our expectations”
“As my architects, I-Beam was extremely good at listening to what I wanted to get out of my living space and offering me an interesting range of creative suggestions. They are great collaborators and pay careful attention to detail. They created a peaceful living space for me with many special details that I appreciate every day. They made me exactly what I wanted.”
“Though the renovation was completed 11 years ago, our home still looks both modern and recently renovated. The end product far surpassed my expectations (which were very high to begin with). I-Beam both listened to what we wanted and beautifully executed our ideas, always coming up with ingenious solutions for every roadblock during the process.