ABOUTArchitectural design is a collaborative process that has the power to transform spatial perception and personal experience.
I-Beam is an award winning Architecture and Design firm with over 20 years of professional experience and offices based in the design-centric neighborhood of SoHo. New York City.
We create inspiring and cutting edge environments that bring beauty, serenity, playfulness, productivity, efficiency and savings to our clients.
We carefully consider the entire project including the site, cultural and economic environment, client’s needs and budget constraints, as well as construction techniques, branding, marketing, and post-occupancy issues. Our work incorporates contemporary technologies and principals of environmental and social sustainability to create unique places that serve our client’s particular needs. We design sophisticated, visually compelling spaces that make the ordinary, extraordinary.
We are experienced in all phases of the building process from feasibility studies through Design Documents, building department and government filings and on site construction supervision.
We repurpose the abandoned, rethink the obvious, and celebrate the future possibilities of design.
PARTNERSMs. Wines and Ms. Valy both completed professional degrees in architecture at The Cooper Union on full scholarships. Suzan Wines is licensed in New York State and served as New York correspondent for the renowned Italian Art and Architecture Magazine, Domus. She has taught architectural design at Cooper Union, Pratt Institute, Parsons New School of Design and The Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York. Ms. Valy has taught at and City College and regularly serves as guest critic at Parsons, Pratt, and Columbia University. Azin is the founder of Cityzen by Azin, a fashion brand based on intersection of human form and satellite maps of cities from around the world.
I-Beam Design, founded by Suzan Wines and Azin Valy, is an award winning architecture and design firm. We have a broad range of design and construction experience including corporate, commercial, cultural, landscape and residential work. The firm’s projects have been featured in numerous national and international books, newspapers and magazines and have received much praise for their sensitive yet highly innovative design solutions.
I-Beam’s work has been exhibited at the Milan Architecture Triennale, the Venice Biennale and Prince Charles’ Royal Gardens in London.
Personal attention by the partners and the project team to each project is assured through our active participation in all phases of research, site analysis, space planning, schematic design, design development, construction documents, specifications, and construction.
“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
“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
This 2200 square foot apartment renovation, in the Upper East Side, was designed to accommodate the clients' modern design sensibilities and combine their work environment with their home. The apartment is located in the Sovereign Building on East 58th street, and was originally conceived as a 2-bedroom apartment with a maid's room, which was clearly defined as individual rooms.
The renovation attempted to open up the space from the existing traditional apartment to a contemporary open loft space, allowing more view and light to filter through. The prime objective was to maximize storage space and to minimize maintenance due to the presence of the client's dog. To protect the existing Eileen Grey sofa and all the new built-in furniture from the dog, an extensive amount of black leather was used for its durability. To offset the black, "de Stijl primary colors" were used in order to create a more playful environment. This was achieved by creating a band of birch cabinetry, toped with yellow Fincolor plywood with exposed dark stained edge that ribbon through out the apartment. It starts from one end as the office, and moves thru dining area to the other end as the living room. The living space remains free of walls, using custom built architectural events to define the spatial character and use of each area rather than partitions. These playful elements satisfy multiple functional needs simultaneously.
The yellow surface changes height as it meanders through the apartment functioning as the client's desk top in the office, counter top with storage underneath, built-in sofa in the living area, book shelf above the stereo system and office, sink counter in the powder room, and built-in seating in the kitchen.