FIRM HISTORY Winka Dubbeldam is the founder and principal of Archi-Tectonics . Dubbeldam has a Masters Degree in Architecture, Rotterdam , and a 2nd Masters from Columbia University, NYC . She has lectured extensively and taught at the Masters Programs of Columbia University, NYC, Harvard, Cambridge, and Cornell, and currently holds the position of Director of the 2nd Masters Program at UPenn, Philadelphia. Winka is an external examiner for the RIBA/ARB at the Architectural Association, London, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Urban Design, NYC, and on the Board of Advisors for BOFFO, NYC.
BACK TO BASICS Archi-Tectonics begins each design process with a focus on the essence of the project. We do so through a performance based, client specific study, which results in the creation of A CUSTOMIZED EXPERIENCE. We realize that human beings acquire their essence through their relations to “Form”. We are passionate about the use of hybrid sustainable materials and smart building systems while remaining in the designated budget. Our expertise in the FTF process [file to factory] facilitates the construction of affordable, high-end design.
TEAMWORK. Over the years we have built a strong, highly qualified team, ranging from car-designers, fabricators to craftsmen, to name a few. Co-creation with client, engineers and consultants have added critical value to our projects. The combination of Back to Basics and teamwork has proven to be a great multiplier of return on the client’s investments. Through this optimization we create a unique space formation, A SPECIFIC DESIGN FOR A SPECIFIC CLIENT.
SUSTAINABILITY A State of Mind - In 2007, Archi-Tectonics won the City of New York held Design Competition for a new, sustainable waterfront development in Staten Island, NYC. Archi-Tectonics’ winning scheme employed an integrated series of systems and green materials requiring low maintenance, low energy use, high recycled content, and low environmental impact. Systems include a geothermal heating and cooling system, wind turbines, integrated photovoltaic wall panels and solar hot water heating. Our recent design for the Q-Tower in Philadelphia [55,000 sf], developed with MIT Media Lab, was designed to be a Smart Tower, incorporating geo-thermal energy, smart sensor technology and robotic systems. The envelope is designed to be 35% more energy efficient than the Department of Energy requirements. The pre-fabricated envelope fully encloses the thermal mass of the concrete floor slabs to provide maximum heating / cooling retention.
The 35,000 sf LRH Building, NYC, is built for a target goal of LEED Gold. The project is conceived as the integration of high-performance systems within the re-cycled shell of the existing building. The design accommodates rainwater retention for green roofs, solar hot water heating through vacuum tubes, and soybean based sprayed-foam insulation that significantly increases envelope performance.
RECENTLY COMPLETED BUILDINGS Archi-Tectonics built to date seven ground-up buildings. The 80,000 sf mixed-use GW497 Building  is an eleven-story structure with as its main feature a custom-designed folded curtain wall. A first in parametric design, we developed the geometry and engineering of the curtain wall through a 3-D computer model, it was fabricated globally and installed locally, this guaranteed exact measurements and facilitated fast production time.
We also recently completed the 14 story 60,000 sf American Loft Tower, Philadelphia  with 40 residential units, the 2500 sf GT house, Upstate NY, and the Prefab Dub Residence in Germany [2500 sf]. This year we completed the 39,000 sf LRH Building, the 40,000 sf Vestry Building and the 3500 sf Chelsea Townhouse, all in Manhattan.
CLIENTS Archi-Tectonics built several lofts in Mahhattan for a distinguished clientele; the Ellen Von Unwerth Loft, the John Legend Loft , the Frederique van der Wal Loft , the Eisen Penthouse and DePaola’s Penthouse, are a few to be named. We are also proud of our repeat clients such as Frederique, Duggal, and Ports1961 to name a few.
COMMERCIAL WORK Includes recent Hospitality projects such as Abu Dhabi Central Plaza Project  with a 50 story hotel tower and 55 story office tower, the Chestnut 5-star Hotel Tower in Philadelphia , the Aida Salon , the VIP Lounge in the Tribeca Grand Hotel, NYC , and the 5000 sf Tashan, restaurant in Phildelphia . This year the list of Art Galleries such as ChristineRose Gallery  and Bitforms , were added to when we completed the NAI [Netherlands Architecture Museum] and the Pavillion for the Dutch Fashion Biennale 
We built several Corporate Offices such as the Duggal Digital Headquarters , the Gear Magazine offices , and the Netherlands Board of Conventions and Tourism , all in NYC. Our recent retail successes are the three new Ports1961 Stores: the Store in Harvey Nichols, London , the Flagship Store in Shanghai [2800 sf, completed 2010] and the Flagship Store on St. Honore in Paris [5000 sf] which was just completed .
“Abstract and skeletal, Dubbeldam’s folds imbue this salon with an unmistakable elegance and sophistication while maintaining an equal measure of tectonic clarity, aesthetic economy, and purpose” writes Henry Urbach in Interior Design Magazine.
PRO BONO Archi-Tectonics’ Pro Bono Project is currently also under construction in Monrovia Liberia. A completely sustainable school and orphanage for the MacDella Cooper Foundation, is conceived as a “sustainable village,” with courtyards with specific functions such as outdoor classrooms, playgrounds, and gardens. The buildings are built from local materials such as perforated concrete block and bamboo woven walls. The structures are designed to have natural ventilation, maximize passive cooling, and the roofs will collect rainwater for showers and toilets.
EXHIBITS Solo Exhibits include: “Con-Texture” exhibited in the FormZero Gallery in Los Angeles , the Kunsthal in Rotterdam  and in the Dessa Gallery in Lljublana . “From Hardware to Softform” exhibited in the Frederieke Taylor Gallery NYC , and in the Art & Idea Gallery in Mexico-City . In addition Archi-Tectonics has participated in the following group exhibitions; “Rethinking the Void”, in The Guggenheim , “Performalism” the Tel-Aviv Museum of Modern Art , the PAN exhibit  in the Taylor Gallery, NYC, MOCA’s “Skin and Bones”, Los Angeles, Tokyo [2006 - 2007], The London Biennale , the Venice Biennale [2002 & 2004], and the exhibitions “75 years of architecture at MOMA” , “Young Architects”  and the “UnPrivate House” exhibit  all in the Museum of Modern Art New York.
PUBLICATIONS Archi-Tectonics has been featured in a multiplicity of International professional journals, and in the three monographs “Winka Dubbeldam Architect” by 010 publishers , “AT-INdex” by Princeton Press, NY , and “Archi-Tectonics,” a Monograph by DAAB, Germany .
AWARDS Archi-Tectonics has been finalist in a multiplicity of invited design competitions including: Tel Aviv Design Competition, Abu Dhabi “Central Plaza” Competition, the Staten Island “Sustainable Housing Competition” [winner] and the Houthaven Competition in Amsterdam. Dubbeldam received the “Emerging Voice” award from the Architectural League NYC , was nominated as “The Best and Brightest” by Esquire Magazine , Archi-Tectonics received the IIDA / Metropolis “Smart Environment Award” and the Hommes award . We recently won the Yulin Art District Design Competition .
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FIRM HISTORY Winka Dubbeldam is the founder and principal of Archi-Tectonics . Dubbeldam has a Masters Degree in Architecture, Rotterdam , and a 2nd Masters from Columbia University, NYC . She has lectured extensively and taught at the Masters Programs of Columbia University, NYC, Harvard, Cambridge, and Cornell, and currently holds the position of Director of the 2nd Masters Program at UPenn, Philadelphia. Winka is an external examiner for the RIBA/ARB at the...