Magnusson Architecture and Planning Repositions Itself to Better Serve Clients

Staff promotions, a new website, recent design awards, and new midtown office space mark the continued growth of Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP) as it approaches its 30-year anniversary.

New York, NY, November 22, 2013 --( After nearly three decades of high-quality design, Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP) has implemented changes that will benefit their clients at all levels. With a new website, new midtown offices, and additional senior leadership, MAP is well equipped to continue to deliver the excellent projects its clients across the New York City metro area have come to expect.

“Together with our new office and new website, the additions to our senior staff will take the firm to the next level of client service and award-winning projects,” said principal and co-founder Magnus Magnusson, AIA, LEED AP. “We are proud to welcome the next generation of MAP’s leadership, who will carry on the vision established by the firm’s founders.”

MAP’s work has frequently been recognized with design honors. In October, the firm won two citations in the AIA Westchester + Hudson Valley Awards Program for two recent projects: 22 Tarrytown Road workforce housing and Spring Valley Senior Housing and Family apartments.

Both projects represent MAP’s commitment to building on its expertise in affordable housing design and community planning and expanding it to include new models, such as supportive housing, senior housing, mixed-use buildings, modular construction, healthcare and community education buildings, and downtown real estate analysis. MAP continues to work within the neighborhood for which it is best-known, Melrose Commons in the South Bronx, where the firm was instrumental in designing and implementing a groundbreaking urban renewal plan in the early 1990’s.

Next Generation of Leadership

MAP has added two staff members to its senior leadership group who demonstrate excellence in design and exceptional client service. Fernando Villa, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C, was promoted from Senior Associate to Associate Principal, and Christoph Stump, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C, was promoted from Associate to Senior Associate.

Fernando Villa has over 20 years of international design experience focusing on sustainability, historic preservation, adaptive re-use and residential projects. At MAP, Mr. Villa is the leading designer and specializes in LEED-certified affordable housing and mixed-use developments in New York City and the surrounding area. Mr. Villa has been recently appointed as the co-chair of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ Housing Committee.

For over a decade, Christoph Stump has planned urban neighborhoods and designed residential, commercial and community facilities. His projects for MAP include affordable mixed-use developments, senior and multi-family housing, and educational facilities. Mr. Stump specializes in passive design that minimizes energy consumption, and in accessible design.

New office space

MAP has recently relocated to new midtown offices at 42 West 39th Street. This central location is easily accessible both to clients from New York City and those from outside New York. The firm hosted an open house yesterday to welcome clients and friends to the new space.

MAP occupies a full floor, which is spacious and open, promoting collaboration between staff, with views of New York City as a backdrop.

New website

In conjunction with its new offices, MAP has launched a new website, The new site highlights the diversity and breadth of MAP’s architecture and planning work, which includes mixed-use, mixed-income, and affordable projects in the greater New York City metro area, as well as community planning in the Hudson Valley and Long Island.

The new website positions the firm for continued growth. It includes recent MAP projects, such as Selis Manor, Creston Avenue, The Anderson, and Cypress Village in New York City, as well as Schoolhouse Terrace and 22 Tarrytown Road in Westchester and Spring Valley Family and Senior Housing in Rockland County.

About Magnusson Architecture and Planning
Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP) is an award-winning, full-service architecture and planning firm in New York City committed to sustainable development that builds vibrant, healthy communities. The firm’s specializations include housing, educational and community facilities, healthcare facilities, commercial developments, and community planning. MAP’s clients include community groups, agencies, municipalities, institutions, real estate developers, schools and non-profits in the New York City region, such as The Community Builders, Westhab, Inc., The Doe Fund, Volunteers of America, CPC Resources, Inc, L+M Development Partners, New Destiny, Columbia University, Lutheran Social Services of Greater New York, Procida, Enterprise Foundation, St. Nicks Alliance, Douglaston Development, The Housing Collaborative, the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, and the Fifth Avenue Committee.
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