Victoria A. Rospond, AIA, Founding Partner
Victoria received her Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees from Rhode Island School of Design in 1984. In 1993, Victoria took her first steps toward being an entrepreneur, collaborating on several projects that earned distinction, including the Takashimaya Tea Box Café (Interior Design Award, NYC AIA). She was the project architect for the Chinese Scholars Garden on Staten Island, which involved the coordination of an American construction team and a construction team from the Landscape Company of China. Extensive research was completed for the garden-villa design through travel and documentation of a variety of Souzhou-style scholars gardens. The Chinese Scholars Garden received an Excellence in Design Award from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
Victoria has been involved with community development and outreach. As a steering committee member of the Hoboken (N.J.) Coalition for a Better Waterfront, Victoria participated in the planning and design of a 28-acre waterfront park. Victoria’s past experience has expanded CDR Studio’s résumé to include Wagner Park Café, a 2,500 ft² food-service installation for the Battery Park City Authority. Victoria also was involved with the development of the schematic design for the Discovery Center at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, as well as development through construction administration of the Eileen Fisher Store and Showroom. Victoria’s commitment to sustainable design was highlighted as partner-in-charge in the evolvement of 16 Mercer Street, an extensive condominium conversion, which featured an innovative thermal-fluid tank for off-hour electrical storage, as well as an intensive green roof and penthouse.
Victoria has in-depth experience with the renovation of historic structures. She was the principal-in-charge of a façade restoration and lobby renovation, complete with a connection to the subway below, for Bryant Park Studios — a masterful landmark building located on 40th Street in Manhattan originally built as artist’s lofts. In the design to rehabilitate Filmmakers Collaborative, a 24,000 ft² landmarked 19th century industrial building with limestone façades, Victoria inserted a new service core, delicately threaded a new steel framework while salvaging the rough hewn wood floors and beams. Breathing new life and identity into the original structure while simultaneously addressing the current codes and modern lifestyle requirements, the design of this project attempts to carefully balance historical patina and modern amenities.
Victoria is currently the principal-in-charge of the Audi USA showroom master plan implementation. The Audi commission requires pragmatic conversions of existing structures as well as an array of ground-up facilities. It features some 85 projects in varying states of design or construction under the master plan umbrella. Her work for Audi requires balancing the needs of a multilayered, complex network of client and governmental constituencies.
In addition, she has just completed a New York City headquarters for the fashion group Proenza Schouler, a 7,000 ft² showroom for a high-end women’s clothing company. Recently, she taught a seminar at Parson’s the New School for Design, focusing on the interrelationship between human sensory capabilities and architecture.