As the design leader for many of the firm’s large infrastructure projects, Paul takes an iterative and research-based approach to architecture. He views the highly specific set of requirements that guide infrastructure design as an opportunity for discovery rather than a limit for potential, and he strives to develop clear conceptual frameworks through a collaborative process. Having studied architecture from an engineering standpoint, Paul is particularly attuned to the systems that make infrastructure projects function—a perspective that allows him to establish a firm understanding of a project’s goals among all participants, and to maintain a positive rapport with clients. His belief that each team member contributes invaluable design insight underpins his mentoring and consensus-building skills.
Paul’s commitment to enhancing the built environment is further expressed through his professional affiliations, including the AIA New York Chapter’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Paul has studied at the Ecole National Superior Des Beaux Arts in Paris, and holds both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Richard Dattner founded the firm in 1964. Under his leadership and creative direction, Dattner Architects has designed a wide variety of award-winning projects. Richard attended the Architectural Association in London and received his Bachelor of Architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has taught design at Cooper Union, City College of New York and University of Wisconsin and has often been a visiting design critic and lecturer. He was Vice President of the AIA New York Chapter, former Trustee of the City Club of New York, and served on the boards of The Bureau of Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment of the National Research Council and the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission. The American Institute of Architects New York Chapter awarded Richard the Medal of Honor, the highest honor the Chapter can bestow for distinguished architecture. Richard received the Thomas Jefferson Award from the American Institute of Architects in recognition of his significant contributions to public architecture. He is the author of Design for Play and Civil Architecture–The New Public Infrastructure.
Jeffrey is motivated by a deep-seated interest in the development and improvement of quotidian urban spaces. From large projects that involve major components of a city’s infrastructure, such as rail and air transportation, to educational spaces, community facilities and supportive housing, Jeff is committed to creating positive experiences for the everyday person. He finds inspiration in spaces that engage users and that offer opportunities for socialization, reflection and enlightenment. As a musician, he has developed an acuteness for improvisation and collaboration, which he brings to his role as a designer, mentor, and an orchestrator of multifarious projects.
Jeff is actively involved in the American Institute of Architects, where he co-chairs the New York Chapter’s Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. He studied at Georgia State University and holds an Associate of Applied Science in Architectural Technology from Southern Illinois University.
Beth has managed an extensive variety of high-profile projects in over 25 years at Dattner Architects. From educational spaces, health clinics and community facilities, to large scale urban design and transportation projects, a multi-disciplinary background in foreign language and dance has influenced her capacity to bring clarity to multi-faceted design and regulatory processes. Her ability to translate complex sets of needs, contexts and requirements, and her innate understanding of how users move through a space, guide her approach to working across project sectors. Drawing upon the Vitruvian ideals of firmness, commodity and delight, she seeks to enable well-being and opportunity within the built environment.
Beth is actively involved in AIA’s New York chapter, having served on the board as secretary, chair of the Housing Committee, and as a member of the Oculus and Nominating committees. She received her Master of Architecture from the University of Colorado, and she holds a Bachelor of Science in French and Dance Education from the University of Wisconsin and Madison.
Daniel is interested in the intersection of architecture with other fields, including technology, education and the workplace. Through his active engagement in each phase of design, from concept through execution, he directs the institutional and educational studio while also contributing to the firm’s growing housing portfolio. As a mentor and consensus-builder, he helps facilitate meaningful dialogue among design professionals and clients, enabling collaboration and unifying project goals. His design leadership is informed by a strong belief in architecture’s broad public mission, and he has lectured on the firm’s work to many professional and community groups, including the US Green Building Council, Society of University and College Planners, and New York City and State AIA Chapters; he has also been a guest critic at several schools.
As an active member of the AIA, Daniel served on the School Construction Authority Task Force, Design Awards Committee and the Oculus Committee. Daniel holds a B.A. from Columbia University and a M. Arch from Harvard University Graduate School of Design; he also attended the Cooper Union School of Architecture.
Catherine came to practice architecture by way of a diverse background in art history, corporate art, advertising, and sculpture. Her extensive experience designing and managing healthcare projects has informed her ability to find interesting architectural solutions within tight spatial constraints and technical requirements, rendering her a proficient planner—a skill that she applies to a diverse range of projects including supportive housing, educational and institutional spaces. She believes that excellence in design results from many iterations, and she embraces both the challenges and feedback loop generated by projects with limited means and budgets. She is particularly adept at working with non-profit clients to achieve their aspirations without compromising design excellence.
Catherine holds a Master of Architecture from Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University.
Kirsten is a vocal advocate for the value of design and the importance of creating resilient and sustainable urban density. As managing partner, she is focused on the health and vitality of the firm, channeling her passion for architecture through her direction of marketing and communications, strategic planning and other office-wide endeavors. Her design training and entrepreneurial spirit have allowed her to approach the business side of the practice as a design project; with each initiative, she reflects the firm’s commitment to improving public life, and seeks opportunities to invigorate communities and the urban environment.
Beyond the firm, Kirsten’s enthusiasm for supporting architectural practice manifests in a number of professional affiliations and leadership roles: she is on the board of the Beverly Willis Architectural Foundation; she has served the AIA New York as Director of Publications, Chair of the Marketing Committee, Oculus Committee and the PR Task Force, and co-chaired outreach efforts for the Chapter’s Post Sandy Initiative. Kirsten holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts from the New School.
In his nearly 40 years at Dattner Architects, Bill has demonstrated steadfast advocacy for socially conscious and sustainable design. His devotion to architecture that uniquely responds to communities and that maintains vital connections to its urban context is exemplified by his distinguished record of public projects and professional leadership. Having led a wide range of affordable and supportive housing, education, recreation and transportation projects, Bill is particularly skilled at building consensus among stakeholders to resolve planning, design, budgetary and regulatory challenges.
He is an active board member of the Citizens Housing & Planning Council, an advisory board member of the NY Housing Conference, and has worked as a committee chair for the 2008 and 2014 NYC building code adoption efforts. He has served as both President of the Center for Architecture Foundation and Vice President of the AIA New York, and has taught at Pratt Institute. Bill is a recipient the City College of New York’s Architecture Alumni Career Achievement Award, where he received his Bachelors of Architecture.
John’s work is driven by the belief that architecture should be sensitive to the environment. His involvement in woodworking, carpentry and construction have instilled in him a passion for the hands-on aspect of the architectural process, as well as a sense for practicality and an understanding of materiality. John leverages his experiences working across project typologies, from education and recreation to healthcare and infrastructure, to inform his leadership on many of the firm’s mixed-use residential projects. Whether directing a design team, spearheading AIA 2030 Commitment efforts, or leading the firm’s Sustainable Practice Group, his focus on sustainable design practices is guided by data informed decision making and follow up analysis.
He has lectured on the subjects of affordable housing and sustainability, speaking at the Center for Architecture, AIA NYS, Urban Green and GreenBuild, Forum for Urban Design, and the Re: Imagine Conference. John holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech.