- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
- Bachelors of Science in Building Technology 2001
- Bachelors of Architecture 2002
- Registered Architect in New York and New Jersey
- Member: American Institute of Architecture, American Planning Association
- Member: Board of Directors of the Rockland Community Foundation
Ariel Aufgang, AIA, was born in Buenos Aires in 1979. A naturalized US citizen, he was educated in the United States. After joining the firm at 18 while still a student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, he quickly rose to Partner upon completing his studies. In 2012 he became Principal of the firm.
Message from the Principal
As an architect, I have been heavily influenced by the importance of family and the feeling of “home.” I obsess over the awareness that selections and designs I make on my projects will affect people’s lives in profound ways. I therefore respect the responsibility of designing homes in which people live, raise families and grow old together, and the influence of the design of their homes has on their lives, lifestyles, financial well-being, and spirits. Well designed and esthetically pleasing homes contribute to the appeal and viability of neighborhoods, and enhance the social and economic strength and stability of communities. For architects, this is a very different responsibility compared to designing office or retail space or class rooms.
This obsession drives my desire to focus my firm’s work on apartment houses and hotels, spaces that are experienced over and over again, and that allow for personal intervention by the occupants.
All architecture impacts lives, but people’s homes do so in an emotionally profound way. I have childhood memories of my grandparents’ apartment in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I was born. I can vividly recall the smooth surface, color and smell of the polished wood floors on which I played as a youngster. I remember the substantial threshold separating the wooden dining room floor and the tiles in kitchen. I can still visualize an overabundance of amazing paintings lining the walls up to the ceiling. Memories of such details affect us, and color and influence our lives. I often discuss with my staff how the doorknob we choose may end up being more important than the color of the brick on a building’s exterior to the people who will live there. Memories of a family’s home resonate emotionally for many people.
I was fortunate to have built the foundation of my career during the implementation of Mayor Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace program. My incredible clients have allowed us to design over 15,000 units of new and preservation affordable housing since the year 2000. Our goal has consistently been to contribute to very gratifying housing transitions and quality of life experiences for many families.
In the first Century AD the Roman architect Vitruvius wrote that a good building must reflect three principles: firmitas, utilitas, venustas—durability, utility and beauty.
While technology and engineering, and economic, financial and social factors have evolved drastically over the past two millennia, certain elements of successful architecture remain immutable.
This is an amazing time. Technology allows us to create new and innovative designs in response to a heightened awareness and growing concerns about energy usage and the environment. The goal of reducing energy consumption has led to new building practices, along with innovative strategies to conserve energy and reduce consumption of resources, control emissions and save money.
Today New York has an undeniably distinctive and appealing architectural identity. High profile super projects change the skyline, and neighborhoods throughout all of the boroughs evolve as a result of thoughtful development. Our designs respect the neighborhood fabric and social context of their sites, and complement them with innovation and a fresh outlook.