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Lauren Rubin Architecture

Photo: Alyssa Kirsten

Regions Served

  • New York City & Mid-Atlantic

Lauren Rubin Architecture is an architecture and design firm that specializes in beautiful, clean modernism. Lauren combines contemporary architecture with a warm design aesthetic to create wonderful spaces for living, working and playing.

Since the firm’s inception, residential design has been the heart and soul of Lauren’s practice. Her base of expertise and knowledge of New York City building allows her to approach each project with confidence and creativity.  Lauren also specializes in the design of kid-friendly bedrooms and play-spaces that provide cozy, individual areas for children and still fit in with the overall character and design of the home.  She knows how to solve problems, maximize space and fashion beautiful, smart living environments – real homes to be lived in and loved.

The firm also works extensively in educational and commercial design. Projects ranging from a cheerful and functional language school to a hip textile showroom. Lauren works closely with clients to determine their priorities, hopes and limitations, if any, answering questions and brainstorming with each individual so that she can present a variety of refreshing ideas and solutions.

Unique to Lauren’s practice, she endeavors to connect her work as an architect, designer and artist to her family and home life.  As the mother of two school age children, in addition to her innovative and functional designs for spaces for children, which have been featured in The Well Styled Home, she also regularly offers architectural walking tours of New York City to school children and is currently working on a series of books about the architecture of her home city of New York and other US cities.


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  • Lauren Rubin, AIA


  • 35 West 90th Street, Suite 6D New York, NY 10024T. 212-920-3696

Featured Projects

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Art Deco on the UWS

A warm, charming space for a young family that makes the most of every inch. The beautiful custom kitchen features lots of hidden storage and every closet hides a sweet surprise – they all have awesome wallpaper inside!

Photo: Alyssa Kirsten
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Penthouse on the Upper West Side

This vibrant vertical combination features a gutsy staircase with bright orange panels leading to entertainment spaces for a hip, urban family. A guest room, full bath, living area, built-in work space and mini kitchen with access to the apartment’s amazing wrap around terrace.

Photo: Alyssa Kirsten
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Fifth Avenue Penthouse

This classy gut renovation of a two bedroom, two bathroom penthouse apartment was designed to bring a little Hollywood glamour to New York City for our California-based client.

Photo: Alyssa Kirsten Photography
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Union Square Combination

This is a combination of two apartments in a post-war building with low ceilings but a beautiful light-filled balcony. The doors and windows were replaced to maximize glass, light and fresh air. The apartment was designed in a modern style but also livable for this young family. Storage was maximized everywhere with built-ins in every niche and wall. The effect is simple, efficient and beautiful.

Photo: Alyssa Kirsten Photography
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Soho Loft

The best of this Soho loft is converted into a new home for a young family. The large industrial windows, original brick walls and exposed duct work and pipes are all part of its charm. Fixtures and details were chosen with a subtle sense to remain consistent with the original design of the space. Muted colors and a simple palette pair beautifully with the brick walls and gorgeous warm wood floors.

Photo: Alyssa Kirsten Photography
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Upper West Side Renovation

Twin Stickbulb light fixtures light up the rainbow built-in and sweeping view of this eclectic family’s gut renovated home. Most of the apartment faces a dark interior courtyard so we maximized the available light and created a brightness of our own with fresh white walls and stunning light wood floors.

Photo: Alyssa Kirsten Photography
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Hudson Heights Residence

Working with a grey and white palette in a modern style can sometimes result in a sterile, slightly cold look. This light-filled three bedroom, three bathroom apartment in Upper Manhattan challenges this outcome with its warm, elegant and comfortably lived in style that perfectly represents the owners. Working on a budget, they retained some of the original characteristics of the apartment like refinishing rather than replacing the hardwood floors, doors and moldings but did away with walled off rooms and strange cutouts in hallways and doorways that gave the space a dark cramped feel and blocked the abundant natural light that was available. Brass accents, vintage leather chairs and warm woods add texture and interest throughout. The kitchen makeover is probably the most staggering but the overall transformation of this space is stunning.

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Wall Street Loft

A fresh take on old downtown. Our Wall Street Loft couples old world charm with clean, modern lines. This stylish renovation is a homage to the spirit of downtown New York City. Recycled New York City brick, cabinets designed with salvaged wooden railroad ties, even the pendants remind us of iron and glass gas lights. The apart­ment length bookshelf that neighbors the kitchen features a rolling library ladder from the 110 year old Putnam Ladder Company and hidden inside – a ‘speakeasy’ bar cabinet!

Photo: Alyssa Kirsten Photography
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West End Flat

This gut renovation of a 1,000 SF apartment on the Upper West Side in New York transformed an outdated 1 bedroom, 1 bath into 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms as well as a small home office just in time to welcome a new baby. The living, dining and the kitchen were all open to each other and made the space feel much larger. The client’s eclectic style can be seen in the finishes and antique elements throughout. Despite the limited budget, we created a flexible & cozy home for this young family.

Photo: Alyssa Kirsten Photography
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Brooklyn Townhouse

This vibrant gut renovation is a Park Slope townhouse for a creative family of four. The bulk of the work took place on the ground floor which was completely closed off. We opened the space to allow natural light to flow from the front windows through to the back garden. An open kitchen and dining area was created as well as a cozy family room both of which open up to the garden. A ground floor bathroom and hidden laundry/storage room was added which was one of the most exciting improvements for the family. Having owned the house for many years, it was important to them to preserve some of the original details of their home. The warm wooden staircase was refurbished rather than replaced. The furniture and lighting was achieved on a very limited budget with the goal of bringing a warm but modern aesthetic. The combination of color and materials is both inviting and bold.

Photo: Alyssa Kirsten Photography
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Modern Flat

This stylish Manhattan apartment is a deceptively large four bedroom, three bathroom combination. The goals here were to open up the kitchen and dining areas to the living space as well as to establish a creative way to bring some privacy to the Master bedroom/work space and to add additional storage for this busy family of five. The stunning wood feature wall provides both roomy, hidden storage as well as concealing the Master suite. The light wood Henry Built kitchen fits in perfectly with the feature wall, warm palette and vintage feel of the living space. The family has a beautiful art collection and niches were created throughout to highlight certain pieces. The long back hallway allows all three children private bedrooms and two shared bathrooms that will grow with them. The overall effect is both extremely modern and cheerful – perfect for this young, hip family.

Photo: Alyssa Kirsten Photography
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Art Deco Combination

This apartment is the combination of two studio apartments in an Art Deco apartment building in New York City. The beautiful features of the Art-Deco apartment were restored including the iron-work windows, beamed and cove ceilings, sunken living room and original oak flooring. The living area is open to the dining area and kitchen for an open, spacious feeling letting the light from the large ironwork windows to reach the front door. The pre-war feeling was re-created with the use of restored light fixtures and cabinetry, and the use of subway tiles, and blackened brass accents. Storage was added to every niche in order to maximize the small space.  Open book shelves were built around the door openings, niches in the bathrooms, etc.

Photo: Alyssa Kirsten Photography

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