Located in Brooklyn Heights, Steven M. Yang Architect LLC (SYA) is an architectural design studio with a research-based approach for producing bespoke residential projects. Founded in 2005 by Steve Yang, our practice maintains that the appropriate design for each space is driven by our client’s programmatic needs and personal style as well as the inherent qualities of the space including: natural lighting, volumetric proportions, and building typology. For each client, we craft an individualized experience that appeals to each client’s stylistic and functional needs, employs environmentally responsible materials and methods and enhances the surrounding architectural context.
Experienced in several building typologies including: Upper East pre-war cooperatives, historic row houses, converted Tribeca lofts, and post-war concrete and glass towers, SYA offers its clients a wide range of design solutions through a variety of architectural styles.
When it comes to design, we strongly believe in exploration and communication. By thoroughly integrating our cutting-edge photo-realistic rendering software into our design process, we can explore a myriad of possibilities for spatial manipulations and surface finishes quickly and confidently. This enables our clients to make informed decisions regarding their homes and increases the quality of communications with our builders.
Steven M. Yang Architect LLC is a certified NYC MBE and proud supporter of the Brooklyn Historical Society, Sean Casey Animal Rescue, the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, and the Brooklyn Chamber Music Society.
STEVEN M. YANG
Since establishing Steven M. Yang Architect LLC (SYA), Steve and his talented team have created an impressive portfolio of bespoke high-end residences throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. A New Jersey native, Steve earned his BS in Architecture from the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and B Arch from the City College Bernard & Anne Spitzer School of Architecture.
His breadth of experience includes: landmarked brownstone restorations in the West Village, Brooklyn Heights, and Park Slope; numerous white-glove Park Avenue co-op gut renovations; loft conversions in SoHo and Tribeca; ground up construction in the Hamptons.
He is a registered architect in NY, NJ, CT, and FL and a member of the AIA.
A resident of Brooklyn Heights, Steve and his family are active supporters of education and the arts. Steve enjoys bike riding with his family, the occasional round of golf, and a few legs of darts.
CRISTINA IOANA GRAFF
SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER
Cristina is a licensed architect with ten years of professional experience. Over the course of her career she has worked on a multitude of diverse projects in New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami including luxury residential renovations and additions, commercial interior build-outs, and interior design. Cristina draws inspiration from her extensive travels, and from attending annual European design exhibitions.
Cristina received her Master of Architecture from UCLA, and graduated with Honors from Rutgers College with a Bachelors of Arts in French and Art History, and a Certificate in Historic Preservation. Cristina is a LEED Accredited Professional, and a registered Architect in NY and NJ. Outside of the office, Cristina is an avid cook, gardener, who enjoys a scenic run and a great glass of wine.