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Architectural trailblazer Marvin Meltzer joins MADGI


Iconic New York architect Marvin Meltzer announced he is joining Montroy Andersen DeMarco (MADGI), specialists in interior design, architecture and new construction, as a partner.

Meltzer – among the most noted thought leaders and architects working in the city – has been running  40-year-old firm Meltzer/Mandl solo since co-founding partner David Mandl died in 2007.

Meltzer redefined the architectural approach to the NYC affordable housing market, and is responsible for a number of buildings dotting the New York skyline in all five boroughs. In a statement posted on the company website, Meltzer said that, in order to continue his work, as well as mentor a new generation of architects and designers, he will now combine his experience with that of MADGI.

“Joining MADGI was an easy decision,” said Meltzer, who will serve as a principal at MADGI. “The firm boasts a successful, well-established residential practice that complements my architectural experience. Even more importantly, MADGI possesses the creative energy, technical and management acumen, and a practical, budget-conscious design philosophy necessary to satisfy the business needs of New York City’s real estate developers and owners,” he added.

“We recognized each other as well-matched architectural and professional partners because of similar design and business approaches,” explained MADGI’s principal and leader of the residential new buildings studio, Richard J. DeMarco, AIA.

“We share the belief in architecture that combines strong design and efficient execution. We take responsibility for the financial success of the project – and the client – and don’t relinquish it until the completion,” he continued.

Meltzer is already contributing to several of MADGI’s on-going projects. He leads a design team for 152 East 87th Street in Manhattan, a redevelopment of a six-story garage structure into a mixed-use residential/garage property, currently in the design phase. He is also collaborating on a new residential high-rise at 37-14 36th Street in Long Island City, which will house a Mercedes-Benz dealership on the ground floor.

MADGI was founded in 1990 and is lead by principals Dan Montroy, Steven Andersen and Richard DeMarco. The firm employs 35 architects, interior designers, LEED professionals, project managers, and support staff.

Meltzer began his career after moving to New York in the 1960s with a newly obtained Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota.

His work focused on both luxury and affordable housing, both of which bear his signature style that combines appealing and functional interiors, playful, modern facades, skillful optimization of zoning restrictions, and strict cost controls that developers seek out and rely upon.

He founded a flourishing residential design practice that eventually became Meltzer/Mandl in 1995. He also established a residential real estate development firm that operated throughout the 1980s.

Meltzer achieved prominence for his attractive and innovative designs of the city’s affordable housing starting in the late 1970s. He nearly singlehandedly redesigned the South Bronx into the thriving community it is today. He also pioneered conversions of office buildings into luxury residential properties with the redevelopment of 45 Wall Street in the mid-1990s.

Most recently, he reshaped the DUMBO and Fort Greene areas in Brooklyn with his condominium projects. Many of his designs are LEED certified.

In addition to hospitality and commercial work, Meltzer designed over 11,000 residential units in the Greater New York area. His market-rate portfolio includes such landmarks as the 587,000-sq.-ft. 50 Murray Street conversion; the 13-story, luxury Paradigm condominium tower at 146 West 22nd Street; and the $32,000-sq.-ft. 57 Bond Street in Manhattan. In Brooklyn, Meltzer designed the 12-story Nexus Brooklyn, the 130-unit Viridian at 110 Green Street; the 73-unit 174 Vanderbilt Avenue, the Greenehouse Condominium at 383 Carlton Avenue; and the mixed-use, 13-story The Smith condominium tower combined with the 93-room Nu Hotel and medical offices.

Outside of New York City’s five boroughs, his work includes the 108-unit Liberty Harbor condominium located within Jersey City’s historic waterfront and the 630,000-sq.-ft. New Brunswick Gateway Transit Village in New Brunswick, N.J.

Meltzer’s affordable housing portfolio is just as impressive and features the 260,000-sq.-ft. Bradhurst Court and the 48,000-sq.-ft. Malcom Shabazz Court in Harlem as well as numerous projects in the Bronx, including the 4.5-acre Melrose Court affordable for-sale residential condominium development, the 91-unit Pelham Bay Towers, the 114-unit La Casa Del Sol Apartments, the 255,000-sq.-ft. Roscoe C. Brown Apartments, the 125,000-sq.-ft. Ogden Avenue Apartments, and the 114,000-sq.-ft. Sister Thomas Apartments, among others.

Meltzer’s client list reads like a “Who’s Who” of New York City’s real estate royalty. He has done work for the Gotham Organization, LCOR, Time Equities, Kalikow Realty, Rockrose Development, Fisher Bothers, and The Related Companies, among others. His public and non-profit clients have included the New York City Human Resources Administration, the New York City Housing Partnership, and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development, the Phipps Houses, the Children’s Aid Society, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the New York State Department of Social Services, the New York State Office of Mental Health, The New York Synagogue, Lutheran Social Services, the Women’s American ORT, the Sephardic Institute Brooklyn, and Urban Pathways.

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