Franklin Report Report Card for Lichten Architects in New York City
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Lichten Architects

6 West 18th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10011
(212) 229-0200
www.lichtenarchitects.com
lichten@lichtenarchitects.com
Main Contact: Kevin Lichten
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Distinguished, classical residential architecture and interior design

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Kevin Lichten is one of a small handful of NYC architects who have reached classical-stardom status. His designs go well beyond meeting the test of time: they are instantaneous, multi-generational, life-enhancing gifts to those lucky enough to reside within their walls. He takes inspiration from years of summering in England, finding joy in strong Palladian lines bent to surrender to just-enough eccentricity and whimsy, never more. Elongated Grecian flutes may diverge to oversized Corinthian volutes, but never a Bauhaus capital. That is not to say that Lichten does not also fare well in the modern world, but it is better off Moderne.

Lichten has an amazing ability to recall and appropriately employ his encyclopedic array of fine art and architectural details. Just being with him is a valuable lesson in historic architectural reflection. With a fine arts degree from Brown and an MArch from Yale, and years at Edward Larrabee Barnes and Fox & Fowle, Lichten is imbued with the finest architectural pedigree. Happily, he is also quite practical, both in budget and implementation, after decades of successfully dealing with exacting clientele. While some of the work is arcing toward institutional greatness, the vast majority of the payload is fine residential. No doorknob is too small for Lichten’s careful consideration, with the partnership of his two respected colleagues Andrew Friedman (previously Thierry Dupont, Eric Smith, and more) and Marita Alfonso (Issac Mizrahi).

Budgets are surprisingly fair with lots of material choices. The practice charges standard to a bit-under-standard architectural percentage rate or a fixed fee. They have collaborated with internationally-famed interior designers such as Nina Campbell, Celerie Kemble, and Katie Ridder, and also adroitly do interior design on a standard hourly basis with net pricing, or on cost-plus. Clients are lifelong advocates. Coming back to the firm for the next house or 25 years later for the next generation.

Representative Client Comments:
“While better known for larger projects, including serious church and club assignments, Kevin was totally available for our wonderful classic-six makeover.” “The support staff is also very helpful.” “High marks for completely understanding and designing to normal family living.” “Strongly helpful when it came time to negotiate with the contractor on the punch list.” “Can be very focused on getting the historical perspective in order.” "Kevin's modernist work is fresh bringing a contemporary feel to the interiors of some of the oldest buildings in New York, yet still respectful to heritage." "Brings the work to a higher plane, while also making it a joyful process."

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Peter Pennoyer: Architect, New York, NY
Kevin Lichten is a consummate New York architect, taking on the challenges of renovations of apartments, townhouses and historical buildings with an adept eye and masterful process. Not tied to any particular style, he excels at realizing his clients’ visions. His modernist work is fresh and exciting as he can bring a contemporary feel to the inside of some of the oldest buildings in New York.
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Alex Papachristidis: Interior Designer, New York, NY
Kevin is a delight to work with as he is both extremely capable and highly charming. Speaking many architectural languages, he knows how to get it done with precision. Furthermore, he is a total team player working extremely well with designers on behalf of the client. I am very involved with every detail and he respects that focus. Also, he is right there to fix any issues. There is a great camaraderie on projects with Kevin and his excellent team. And you know that the project will be completed successfully.
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Posted 8/1/2011
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LM321 New York, NY

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We've worked with Kevin for twenty years, even the first jobs he did for us stand the test of time.
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Kevin has handled many projects for us over the years, doing significant renovation work on both our apartment in the city and our 1893 home upstate. He not only supervised the design and construction elements with rigor, he also helped with things like figuring out a way to recreate the original owner's wallpaper pattern from scratch. He is a great communicator/listener, an excellent team player, and a superlative project manager (even though our house is two hours outside of the city, he was on top of every detail). Kevin knows how to make something both architecturally attractive and also user friendly and comfortable. Best of both worlds.
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NYC2010 New York, NY

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For some architects, the project is all about them and their style. Kevin made it all about us.
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Kevin is in the process of doing a complete gut renovation on our Upper East Side co op. Right from the beginning he understood what we were going for, we thought about things the same way. He has a very straightforward way of doing business, and a classic design sense. Right off the bat he understood our lifestyle and knew that he we needed something that would work for a young family.
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Ily212 New York, NY

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Wonderfully creative architect, and his people skills are excellent
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Kevin is a great listener, and not pushy or dogmatic at all. He was able to take what I wanted, what my husband wanted, and what worked for the space and turn it into an apartment that was beautiful, and no one felt that they had gotten the short end of the stick. So often, too many chefs can spoil the soup, but Kevin was a master of figuring out a way to collaborate with everyone. He's also a fantastic creative problem solver, we would use him as a pinch hitter to fix space planning issues that designers couldn't figure out.
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