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Francis Dzikowski

The New York State AIA has announced its 2013 Design Awards.  

We are pleased that a number of projects photographed by Esto photographers are included among the winners.

In the Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse category, the Yale University Art Gallery won an Award of Excellence.  Jeff Goldberg recently photographed the Gallery for Ennead.

Francis Dzikowski photographed The Lincoln Center LCT3 Theater by H3Hardy Collaboration Architecture.  The theater received an Award of Excellence in the Institutional category.

Four projects that won Citations for Design in the Institutional category were photographed by Esto as well:  Albert Vecerka documented the Brooklyn Botanic Garden by Weiss/Manfredi; David Sundberg photographed the 9/11 Memorial by Frederick Schwartz Architects; both the Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University by Ennead and the Collaborative Research Center at Rockefeller University by Mitchell/Giurgola were photographed by Jeff Goldberg.

Dattner and Grimshaw’s Via Verde, with David Sundberg’s images, won the Award of Excellence in the Residential/Multi-Family Category.

Albert Vecerka’s photographs of the East River Blueway Plan by WXY Architects won two awards: The Best in NY State Award and an Award for Excellence in the Urban Planning/Design category.



The NY Daily News has an article on Karl Fischer’s new building at 101 Bedford Avenue, across from McCarren Park, in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.

The new building fits into the neighborhood context, and provides myriad amenities and indulgences within the building.

The full article, with several of Francis’ photographs is at the NY Daily News.

Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design has won 3 Lumen Awards for their lighting design.  The winners were each photographed by Esto photographers.

Jeff Goldberg photographed the St. Katharine Drexel Chapel at Xavier University of Louisiana.  The chapel in New Orleans was designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects.  The project won the Lumen Citation for the Use of Light to Transform Architecture.

Jeff also photographed Torre Iberdrola in Bilbao, Spain.  Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects designed the leed platinum tower that won a Lumen Award of Merit.

Francis  Dzikowski photographed the Richard B. Fisher Building at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.  This project, designed by H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, won a Lumen Award of Merit.

Congratulations on the awards hat trick!

Karrie Jacobs writes about the new GlaxoSmithKline headquarters in the  June issue of Metropolis.  The article is illustrated with two images by Francis Dzikowski.

The new LEED platinum building at the Philadelphia Navy Yard was designed by Robert A.M. Stern, with Buro Happold, engineers, and interiors by Francis Cauffman.  Jacobs writes that the building “is a terrific synthesis of pretty much everything that’s happened to workplace design; it is, as Bigsby says, a values-based building. But the values—transparency, collaboration, flexibility—aren’t particular to the culture of this one corporation. They’re the zeitgeist. This isn’t the workplace of the future. It’s the workplace of the moment.”

More recent press about the project, with Francis’ photographs describing the building, is at  ArchDailyinHABitBuilding Design and Construction  as well as at Architect Magazine where there is a project gallery . An earlier post about the building is here.


Following DesignWeek, several projects have been receiving a lot of press, including the work by Francois Chambard (of UM Projects) and Frederick McSwain.

The designers created an outdoors-inspired exhibition at Gallery R’Pure for New York Design Week called Off The Grid.  The collection playfully riffs on the title, from literal interpretations of grid-based design to more free-thinking explorations of what it means to take the design off the grid; resulting in more luxurious and creative alternatives to traditional camping gear.

Francis Dzikowski has been photographing Francois’ work for several years.  The image here was included in a NY Times slideshow, and was in the print edition of the Times on May 23, page D7.

More of Francis’s images of Off The Grid can be seen at MoCoLoCo, Design Milk, and Cool Hunting.


Francis Dzikowski has photographed the new GlaxoSmithKline headquarters for the architects Robert A.M. Stern Architects.

The new building in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard redevelopment has been awarded double LEED platinum status.  The building offers a range of innovation from natural light; low-VOC finishes; energy-efficient lighting, desks offering a range of working positions from sitting to standing, a fitness center and health clinic, as well as a rooftop garden—which provides thermal insulation and retains storm water, while supplying herbs and vegetables to the office cafeteria

The project appears on ArchDaily as well as at Architect Magazine where there is also a project gallery with more of Francis’ images.

In addition to the Architect article and gallery , the project appears in inHABit, in Building Design and Construction and in a regional Philadelphia business journal

“From whimsical doorways on houses to large-scale entries in monumental structures; from kinetic drawbridges to stationary portals” the newest Esto Gallery at Architect Magazine shares a varied collection of photographs of doors and entries from the Esto collection.

The photographs range from early images by Ezra Stoller, to newer projects by the current Esto photographers Albert Vecerka, David Sundberg, Jeff Goldberg, Anton Grassl, Peter Mauss and Francis Dzikowski.

In the introduction, Deane Madsen writes that

Paul Goldberger said in his acceptance speech for the Vincent Scully Prize that he will never review a building he hasn’t personally visited and explored, calling architecture “the way most people connect to the built environment.” If that’s the case, then doorways are both the literal and metaphorical portals through which people travel to experience those connections, and serve as visitors’ first taste of the space within.

Visit Architect Magazine to see the new Esto Gallery.

Francis Dzikowki photographed the renovation of Gary Brewer’s home in the Park Hill in Yonkers, New York.  Period Homes has an article describing in detail, the scope and quality of the restoration, as well as the historical importance of the building.

Brewer, a partner at Robert AM Stern, drove by the house, and, while not looking for a home in Yonkers,  bought it and embarked on a tremendous renovation that drew on Brewer’s professional skills and experience.  In addition “the 1906 two-story house in Park Hill presented something of a research project and will be featured in RAMSA’s upcoming book, Paradise Planned: The Garden Suburb and the Modern City.”

The complete article, and a gallery of Francis’ images can be seen at Period Homes.


Francis was reflected here recently:

And, then, was in a very different space later in the week:

Check back in three days to see Where in the World Francis Dzikowski was, all in the space of a few days.

Francis was photographing two remodels.  One, complete in Manhattan; the other at the beginning stages of transforming a stable into a home in Brooklyn.  Check back to see progress photographs of the Brooklyn project