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These are the firms behind some of NYC’s biggest starchitects

A look at the design and executive architects teaming up on NYC's top projects
By Kathryn Brenzel | March 14, 2018 08:00AM

Clockwise from top left: The Spiral, 100 East 53rd Street, Central Park Tower and Brooklyn Point

As developers increasingly bring on international architecture stars to design their projects, another firm often works with them behind the scenes. Those firms, which assume the role of “executive architect,” are often more familiar with the city’s zoning and construction codes and help starchitects with everything from filing paperwork to designing floorplates.

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Here, for some of the high-profile buildings that were filed during the development boom, are the design and executive architects that teamed up on each of them:

520 Park Avenue

520 Park Avenue
Design: Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Executive: SLCE Architects

53 West 53rd Street

53 West 53rd Street
Design: Jean Nouvel
Executive: Adamson Associates

One Hudson Yards

One Hudson Yards
Design: Davis Brody Bond
Executive: Ismael Leyva

100 East 53rd Street

100 East 53rd Street
Design: Foster + Partners
Executive: SLCE Architects

400 Park Avenue South

400 Park Avenue South
Design: Christian de Portzamparc
Executive: Handel Architects

15 Hudson Yards

15 Hudson Yards
Design: Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Rockwell Group
Executive: Ismael Leyva

Central Park Tower

Central Park Tower
Design: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture and James Carpenter Design Associates
Executive: Adamson Associates

Brooklyn Point

Brooklyn Point
Design: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Executive: SLCE Architects

The Spiral

509 West 34th Street (The Spiral)
Design: Bjarke Ingels Group
Executive: Adamson Associate Architects