Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP (RAMSA), is an architecture firm based in New York City. First established by Robert A. M. Stern (as Stern Hagmann Architects) in 1969, it is now organized as a limited liability partnership with 16 general partners. The firm's portfolio includes a variety of building types as well as planning, landscape design, interior design, and product design, throughout the U.S. and internationally.


RAMSA's residential projects have been documented in many books, including: The American Houses of Robert A.M. Stern,[1] Robert A.M. Stern: Houses,[2] Robert A.M. Stern: Houses and Gardens,[3] and Designs for Living: Houses by Robert A.M. Stern Architects.[4] The firm has frequently been included in Architectural Digest's list of top residential architects, the "AD 100,"[5] and its projects have been featured on the cover of Architectural Digest five times in four years.[6][7][8][9][10]

In 1994, RAMSA designed the Life Dream House, a modest, affordable house with blueprints made accessible to all Americans.[11]

Gallery of houses

Apartment buildings

RAMSA has designed many high-rise residential buildings built around the world, including: Tribeca Park (completed in 1999 for the real-estate developer Related);[12][13] The Chatham (built 2001);[13][14][15] and many others in New York, Los Angeles,[16][17] Boston,[18][19][20][21][22] and Chicago.[23][24]

Among the firm's best-known residential buildings is 15 Central Park West,[25][26][27] located near the southwest corner of Central Park. This limestone-clad building, completed in 2008, set records in New York for the most expensive apartment sale and achieved over $2 billion in total sales.[28][29] Designed for Zeckendorf Development, 15 Central Park West began RAMSA's relationship with the developer and has led to other work with the company, including 18 Gramercy Park South,[30] completed in 2012 and 520 Park Avenue,[31][32] currently under construction.

Gallery of apartment buildings

Institutional work

Beginning in the mid-1980s RAMSA began winning commissions for institutional projects, beginning with the Observatory Hill Dining Hall at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, Virginia, completed in 1984.[33] In 1993 the firm completed both the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts,[34][35] and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown, New York.[36][37]

In 1992, RAMSA won a competition for the design of the Darden School of Business at University of Virginia[33] and went on to design buildings for two dozen business schools, and many other buildings for colleges, professional schools, and independent and charter schools.[38]

Beginning in 1998, RAMSA won commissions for a series of municipal main libraries including the Miami Beach Library,[39] the Nashville Public Library,[40][41] the Clearwater Public Library,[42][43] and the Jacksonville Public Library.[44][45]

In 2001, RAMSA completed the construction of the Spangler Center at the Harvard Business School, designed in the Georgian Revival architectural style.[46][47] In 2003–2005, it designed the Bloomberg Center of the Baker Library/Bloomberg Center complex at HBS.[48]

Gallery of institutional work

Commercial work

RAMSA designed some of its first office buildings for Hines, a privately owned international real estate firm,[49] including Point West Place, Framingham, Massachusetts,[50][51][52][53] in 1985; 222 Berkeley Street, Boston, Massachusetts,[54][55] in 1991; and 600 Thirteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC,[56][57] in 1997. The firm's work for Hines expanded to projects across the globe with the Torre del Ángel, Reforma 350, Mexico City, Mexico,[58][59] in 2000; Diagonal Mar Entertainment and Retail Center and Residential Development, Barcelona, Spain,[60][61] in 2001; Torre Almirante, Avenida Barroso, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,[62][63] in 2004; and Castelo Building, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,[64][65] in 2008. The firm's most recent work for Hines includes Tour Carpe Diem, La Défense, Paris, France[66][67][68][69] completed in 2013 and One Horizon Center, Gurgaon, Haryana, India[70][71] completed in 2014.

An extended relationship with Liberty Property Trust, a real estate investment trust headquartered outside of Philadelphia,[72] has led to several high-profile projects for the firm including The Plaza at PPL Center, Allentown, Pennsylvania,[73][74][75][76][77] completed in 2003 and the Comcast Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,[78][79][80][81] completed in 2008. RAMSA is also responsible for the master plan for the Philadelphia Navy Yard,[82][83][84] also commissioned by Liberty, and saw two buildings realized as part of that plan – One Crescent Drive[82][85] in 2005 and Five Crescent Drive,[86][87][88][89] the headquarters for pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline,[90] in 2013.

Gallery of commercial work

Work for Disney

The firm has completed several projects for the Walt Disney World Resort Company, including the Yacht and Beach Clubs, Lake Buena Vista, Florida,[91][92] completed in 1991 and the plan for Paris Disneyland in Marne-La Vallée, France,[93] which led to the completion of the Hotel Cheyenne and the Newport Bay Club Hotel.[94][95] The firm also designed the BoardWalk, built in 1996. [96] RAMSA's relationship with Disney continued with work for the Walt Disney Company including the Feature Animation Building in Burbank, California, completed in 1994,[97] and the Casting Center in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.[98] The Walt Disney Company also commissioned RAMSA to develop the master plan for its planned community of Celebration, Florida,[99] a town encompassing 4,900 acres and about 20,000 residents.[100]

Gallery of work for Disney


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