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Whether recycling an existing structure to extend its lifespan, reimagining sidelined and neglected public spaces, or constructing new, healthy affordable housing, Architecture Outfit is committed to crafting lasting, sustainable, and elegant buildings and environments that enrich the experiences of individuals, organizations, and communities.

Our diverse portfolio – comprising cultural and educational facilities, workplaces, restaurants, stores, homes, and mixed-use developments – is shaped by our enduring curiosity about how people interact with their surroundings and each other, and goal of finding the most resourceful solutions to formidable design challenges. The economy and expressiveness of our work comes from the efficient and graceful resolution of each project’s functional, experiential, and environmental goals through an intensely iterative and collaborative design process.

Founded in 2008, Architecture Outfit is a full service architectural and interior design firm based in New York City. Our skilled, cohesive team, led by Thaddeus Briner and Marta Sanders, provides expertise in new construction and renovation, programming and planning, agency approvals, sustainability including LEED and Passive House design.

Making architecture is an optimistic pursuit.

It leads us to explore important issues and engage with people committed to noble visions to build something lasting.

Every built work has the potential to improve people’s lives and our relationships with the natural world.

Every project and element of it, regardless of scale, should be considered rigorously and approached with an awareness of its broader social and environmental context.

Every site offers resources - space, light, air, views, materials - to be used efficiently and opportunistically.

Every material has innate qualities – strength, texture, color, porosity – to be respected and optimized through precise and innovative craft.

The parameters of function, site, budget, schedule give a project clarity.

These frameworks allow for clear, meaningful, and authentic design that transcends style or abstract narratives.

There are opportunities for people to experience moments of beauty, joy, and reflection all around us.

Architecture should make these moments visible and inhabitable.

Use gives architecture purpose.

Our projects are not finished or alive until they are used.

People

Thaddeus Briner, RA
Principal
Thaddeus Briner, RA
Principal

Thaddeus is the founding principal of Architecture Outfit. With over two decades of experience, Thaddeus has led a wide range of complex renovation and new building projects in New York City and beyond. Whether a small interior fit-out or large-scale urban intervention, his work is recognizable by its dynamic spatial relationships, bold formal characteristics that defy stylistic labels, and thoughtful, often unexpected, details which come from an intuitive understanding of fabrication methods and material qualities. Thaddeus is energetic and hands-on with his projects – he builds models and sketches extensively – and guides the entire studio to work this way.

Before launching AO in 2008, Thaddeus was the lead architect on the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York Public Library Mulberry Street Branch Library, One Seventh Avenue Condominiums, and the Stephen Gaynor School and Ballet Hispanico projects for Rogers Marvel Architects. He established AO with the creation of innovative and carefully crafted restaurants, stores, and workplaces for emerging brands like Chipotle and Aesop, and has recently completed notable new residential buildings, the Sorting House Condominiums and Cove Hollow Farm Road Residence. He is currently designing a farm-based living/learning building for an independent school in the Catskill Mountains and a multi-building Passive House affordable housing development in Brooklyn, both of which incorporate new buildings with the adaptive reuse of historic structures within usable landscapes.

Thaddeus received a Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College and a Master of Architecture from Rice University. He has taught at New Jersey Institute of Technology and has served as a design critic at Pratt Institute, City College, and Columbia University. He won the Architectural League’s Young Architects Prize in 2001. Thaddeus is a licensed architect in New York.

Marta Sanders, RA
Principal
Marta Sanders, RA
Principal

Marta is a principal of Architecture Outfit who brings insights and expertise from over 25 years of designing and building in New York City. With focus on arts, education, and public space projects, she has led numerous large, multi-faceted teams through inclusive design and construction efforts to successful completion. She embraces the challenge of “discovering the project” through a collaborative and dynamic programming and conceptual design process and, having worked in dense urban contexts her entire career, has expertise in finding opportunities within the constraints of older buildings and complex city sites.

Marta has partnered with cultural and educational organizations to develop master plans for long-term growth and transform their buildings and campuses with strategically conceived and carefully executed renovations and new constructions. She led AO’s team to create community-based performing arts spaces for Rioult Dance and Theatre Row, and non-profit offices and training facilities for Brooklyn Workforce Innovations and the International Cinematographers Guild. She also completed Turnstyle, an award-winning public space development in the NYC transit system, and is currently collaborating with Pace University, Symphony Space and New York Theatre Workshop to reconceive their facilities.

Marta received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. She is an active member of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter Committee for Architecture on Education, co-chairs the mentoring committee of WX Women Executive in Real Estate, serves on the University of Kentucky School of Architecture Advisory Board, and is a design critic for the Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction. Marta is a New York licensed architect.

Stephen Nielson, RA
Stephen Nielson, RA

As an architect and project manager with over 15 years of experience, Stephen combines the capacity to envision provocative, ambitious designs with the technical expertise and maturity to implement solutions effectively within project constraints.

Since joining Architecture Outfit in 2010, Stephen led the design and construction of many of the firm’s notable projects including Turnstyle, an award-winning public space development in NYC’s subway system, and the Cove Hollow Farm Road Residence, a compound which combines historic and new structures in a sustainable, agricultural setting. He is currently running restaurant, winery, and house projects in Eastern Long Island. Stephen also guides AO’s new technologies and visualization development efforts.

Stephen earned his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia and Master of Architecture from Yale University where he taught design studios and contributed to publications and design competitions. He chairs the Committee for Awesome Ideas for ioby (“in our backyards”, a community organization). Stephen is a New York registered architect.

Matt Taylor, RA
Matt Taylor, RA

Matt is an architect and project manager with expertise in sustainable adaptive reuse and new construction projects. With over 12 years of experience, he brings a comprehensive understanding of building technologies and mastery of design tools into all his projects to thoroughly study and resolve problems at every stage of project development.

Since joining AO in 2011, he has designed, documented, and administered the construction of several Aesop stores, the Chipotle New York offices, and the Sorting House Condominiums. He completed programming and concept design studies for full-building conversions for Theatre Row, New York Theatre Workshop, and a new East Village arts center and is the project architect for Cooper Park Commons, a multi-building Passive House development in Brooklyn. Matt also coordinates AO’s document standards and sustainability resources.

Matt received a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design from the University of Colorado and a Master of Architecture from Rice University. Matt is a certified Passive House Designer and registered New York architect.

Stephanie Jones
Stephanie Jones

Stephanie is a designer with over six years of experience at Architecture Outfit. With her a strong design sensibility and thoughtful attention to detail, Stephanie effectively studies problems, explores design opportunities, and collaborates with team members to achieve project goals.

Stephanie played a central role realizing many of AO’s carefully detailed new construction and interiors projects including the Cove Hollow Farm Road Residence, Brooklyn Workforce Innovations office and training center, and Pace University Actors Studio Drama School. She is developing BIM documents for Cooper Park Commons and One Central Avenue, new ground-up mixed-use buildings in Brooklyn. She also coordinates AO’s internship program with a focus on diversity and inclusion.

Stephanie received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Ohio State University and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University. She is active in civic organizations including Young New Yorkers, the Hell’s Kitchen Democrats, the AIANY Civic Leadership Program.

Margaret Hall
Margaret Hall

Margaret joined AO in 2019 after receiving her Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University where she was recognized with several prestigious awards and fellowships. She participated in the Rice Preceptorship program, completing a yearlong internship at an architecture firm in London where she worked extensively on a large-scale commercial and residential development in the city. Margaret is an insightful designer and strong communicator who is playing a key role in the development of several complex and carefully detailed residential and hospitality projects in Long Island and Los Angeles.

Elene Solomnishvili
Elene Solomnishvili

Elene joined the AO team in 2021 with several years of professional experience in New York City architectural design firms. With her technical proficiency and design acumen, she has quickly a vital team member developing presentations and documents on many new and ongoing projects.

Elene earned her Bachelor of Architecture from the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at City College where she was consistently on the Dean’s List and won numerous design and leadership awards. Beyond her coursework, she served as a teaching assistant to several professors, conducted independent research into biomaterial architecture studying the potential use of mycelium to improve sound conditions within spaces and was a founding leader of Ad Hoc Cooperative, a collaborative design think tank focused speculative design projects for equity, sustainability, and beauty.

Barney Briner
Barney Briner