SPAN ARCHITECTURE LLC is an international, award winning, architecture and design studio with a multi-faceted and collaborative approach. Founding Partners Karen Stonely AIA LEED AP and Peter Pelsinski AIA LEED AP, lead the diverse studio with an array of experiences and interests as practitioners, teachers, artists and theorists. The studio creates ageless work that is responsive and inventive, producing a critique of their collective inspirations. The studio's work encompasses a broad range of project types, from residential to commercial, development to high-end retail, custom objects including furniture, hardware, lighting and art, graphic design and branding, and programming coordination.

SPAN’s approach enables the studio to seamlessly blend between and integrate the diverse expertise of these experiences. Each project is undertaken collaboratively in a dialogue between the client, the studio, craftsmen and artisans. Their wide range of building types allows them to experiment at a small, highly detailed level, and to extrapolate the results of those rojects to larger, multi-unit works. Where SPAN excels is shown in the intricate details and deceptively simple forms that gives a project its defining core. The studio's work combines thoughtful and inventive conceptual design with technological innovation and creative material application. Each project conjures a simultaneous experience of built and natural environments. SPAN's work, be it ground up or interiors, is a fast-paced laboratory in which to explore new building techniques and construction details.

SPAN continues to be prolifically awarded and published, with awards including The American Architecture Prize, American Institute of Architecture, FX International Interior Design Awards, BOY (Interior Design Best of Year), Dwell 15 Best Houses in the Last 15 Years, and Architizer A+. SPAN has graced the covers of Architectural Digest, Interior Design, Interiors and Aspire and is included in many books ranging from New York Architecture, urbanism in Envisioning Hudson Square to the international publication, Architecture Today: Houses. The studio has a custom rug line, Through the Lens, and is launching a custom furniture / object / art line in the fall of 2018. Coupled with their business endeavers, each year the studio pursues and encourages both philanthropic and mentorship opportunities. 

Above all else, SPAN shares a deep appreciation and reverence for architecture that guides their pursuit of creating superlative work.

SUSTAINABLE DESIGN is thoughtfully considered for each project. SPAN has worked on a number of large-scale projects that incorporated sustainable designs, most notably the Gotham projects (Gotham West and Gotham BAM), and the Hyatt Times Square Hotel project. Sustainable design concepts are brought in early on in the design process, with methods of evaluation and guidelines incorporated as early as the schematic design phase. For most of these projects, we have worked in tandem with a sustainability consultant, and closely coordinate our work with their stated goals and objectives. All projects required the development of a sustainability report to ensure the project was on target to meet its goals.

THE STUDIO is comprised of two principals, our studio director, senior associates, project managers / draftpersons, interior designers, and an office manager / marketing director. Project teams are tailored to the size, complexity and specialty of each project. The office is a cross-platform environment utilizing both Windows and Mac OS workstations. Facing the harbor and located in the heart of Manhattan's financial district, SPAN is located in the White Star building at 11 Broadway, Suite 1500, New York, NY 10004. Inquiries can be made at or calling 212.732.7012.