Steven Kratchman, AIA is crafting an architectural firm with the goal of achieving both critical and commercial success. He is president of Steven Kratchman Architect, P.C. and brings over fifteen years of architectural experience to his firm, having worked on a wide rage of project types and a variety of scales.
Steven continues his interest in architectural design philosophy and life long learning as a faculty member of the New York School of Interior Design where he has taught design and the design process for over nine years.
Steven obtained a Bachelors of Architecture degree from the University of Kansas and received a Master's degree in Urban Design and Planning from the City University of New York's Graduate Center. Mr. Kratchman has studied abroad extensively as a Fulbright scholar to Stuttgart, Germany on a German Academic Exchange (DAAD) scholarship to Hamburg, Germany, and on Donald P. Ewart scholarship to Dortmund, Germany sponsored by the University of Kansas.
Steven Kratchman has a deep respect for the past. He participated and taught in a hands-on historic preservation project outside of Siena, Italy, and worked for the Atelier du Patrimoine in Marseilles, France. Steven speaks German and French. He feels strongly that learning foreign languages and communicating with diverse cultures is essential to international understanding and provides opportunities for new creativity in design.
Steven takes great care in maintaining an open working environment for the design studio, which he feels fosters creativity and an exchange of ideas. He has developed advanced communication skills, which he applies to clients, staff and students. Steven instills to the staff the importance of listening to the clients' requirements and that each proposed project solution is based on analysis and a thorough understanding of the problem.
Steven is a member of the American Institute of Architect's New York City Chapter and served as Chair of the Columbus Circle Task Force on the Zoning and Urban Design Committee. Steven was designated the prestigious Full Member status of the Urban Land Institute's Mixed Use Urban Development Committee Chapter. He is also an active member in the Manhattan Chapter of BNI International, Vistage, and the current President of the Hoboken Rotary Club.
Steven's designs have been publicized in the New York Times and other publications and have won national awards including the Urban Land Institute's national award for "best large scale development, the "waterfront award" by The National Center for Waterfronts, as well as best commercial project by the New York Society of Architects. Steven Kratchman Architect, P.C.'s, design of commercial office space for Predict It! was exhibited at the New York School of Interior Design gallery.
Steven Kratchman believes, "buildings and interiors must not only be designed and built well, but also must meet the clients' budget and schedule."
"The Impact of Technology on High Rise Office Buildings" at the national convention in Dallas of the Urban Land Institute.
Round table discussion with John Gilbert and Michael Buckley on High Rise Development and Technology for Columbia University Graduate Program in Real Estate Development.
"The Hub, the Spokes and The Underground, an Urban Design Agenda for Columbus Circle" on New York City's public radio station, at the Municipal Art Society, and at over twenty other public agencies through out the city.
"How to Design Exercise Facilities" at the New York City Club Manager's Association at Harmonie Club.