• Rachel Frankel, Architecture, established in 1996, provides all phases of architectural services for new construction, renovation, alteration, interior design, historic preservation, and adaptive reuse. The practice concentrates on NYC commercial, residential, and institutional projects and specializes in properties governed by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission.

    Many of our client relationships span the life of the practice. Foremost is the United Kingdom Foreign & Commonwealth Office in New York which leases commercial spaces and owns residential properties for their corporate entities and diplomatic missions. The Delegation of the European Union; real estate developers; property managers; not-for-profit organizations; and commercial and residential property owners further compose the clientele.

    Current projects include a 40,000sf master plan and architectural design for the British Consulate at 845 Third Avenue, Reconstruction of and additions to a pair of the oldest buildings in the newly designated Prospect Heights Historic District, alterations to offices of the U.K. Mission to the U.N., a new 8- unit multiple dwelling in Stuyvesant Heights Historic District, redesign of the facade and roof top of a mixed use building in Cobble Hill Historic District, and alteration and legalization of a store front facade in Brooklyn Heights Historic District.

    The practice includes two licensed architects plus technical staff. The firm is known for its dedication to and long term relationships with its clients. Our reputation is built on our ability to intelligently and efficiently lead and administer a project to completion through research, design, construction documentation, municipal approvals, and construction. We are expert in (1) documentation of existing conditions; (2) design for renovation, alteration, new construction, and interior design; (3) NYC Building Code, NYC Energy Conservation Construction Code, and handicap accessibility codes and standards; (4) NYC Zoning Rules and Regulations; (5) working with and obtaining approval from the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission; (6) construction documentation; (7) consultant coordination; and (8) construction administration. Rachel Frankel is a LEED Green Associate. The practice is a certified WBE with several NYC agencies.

    Rachel Frankel holds Architecture Licensure in New York and New Jersey and is a member of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Her Master in Architecture degree, 1991, is from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Her Bachelor of Art degree, 1984, is from Duke University. Frankel served as a Peace Corps Volunteer, in Togo, West Africa, 1984- 86.

    Rachel Frankel won prizes for the Lt. Petrosino Park Redevelopment Design Competition, New York�s African Burial Ground Memorial Competition, and National Energy Management Institute AIA Design Competition. She was a Role Model for the Non-Traditional Career Fair for Women at Manhattan Community College.

    In addition to her work in the urban context of NYC, Frankel is a recognized authority on historic Jewish sites of the Americas and serves as Vice President of the International Survey of Jewish Monuments. She is a recipient of numerous grants and fellowships including those from The World Monuments Fund and the A.I.A. New York Chapter. Frankel�s co-authored two volume book, Remnant Stones: the Jewish Cemeteries of Suriname, is published by Hebrew Union College Press.