Hamlin Chapel and Library

With her Progressive Architecture Award-winning (P/A Award) theater design for Warner Bros. that arises from the Los Angeles urban landscape like a flower from a seed and a residential tower project for New York with multiple facades that track the sun like a wall of morning glories, architect Karen Bausman is cultivating new ground on architecture's leading edge of thought and design.
Karen leads the design teams at New York based Karen Bausman + Associates and is known for establishing a creative connection with her clients in the entertainment and cultural sectors, for whom she has executed notable projects ranging from building designs and urban landscapes to interiors and site-specific installations. Focusing on works of structural and visual poetry, her design philosophy is based on a fundamental faith in the power of an authentic architecture for a modern humanity.

In 2005 her firm was awarded a multiyear Design Excellence contract as part of New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's ambitious effort to bring new ideas, technology, and ecological soundness to the design of city-financed libraries, community centers, and other structures in New York. Karen will soon begin the design of a nature center for Soundview Park, Bronx, one of eight new destination parks being developed under Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC 2030 initiative launched in 2007 for a greener, greater New York.

Karen's indelible mark on contemporary architecture has been widely acknowledged. In 1994 she was awarded a Rome Prize at a White House ceremony. Her work has won acclaim by the world's most prominent media including The New York Times, Architecture, Architectural Record, and A+U: Architecture and Urbanism (Japan), which published a 60-page monograph of her work.


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