SHoP Architects

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SHoP Architects
Practice information
PartnersChristopher Sharples, Coren Sharples, Gregg Pasquarelli, Kimberly Holden, William Sharples[1]
LocationManhattan, New York City
Significant works and honors
BuildingsBarclays Center, The Porter House, East River Esplanade
AwardsAIANY Honor Award, National Design Awards

SHoP Architects is an architecture firm in Lower Manhattan, New York City, with projects located on five continents.[2][3] Led by four principals,[1] the firm provides services to residences, commercial buildings, schools and cultural institutions, as well as large-scale master plans.[4]

Founded in 1996, the firm's work has been exhibited internationally and included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.[5] Its first monograph, Out of Practice, was published in 2012 by the Monacelli Press.[6]


The firm is known for its designs of the Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn, New York, its contract with the Howard Hughes Corporation to develop the South Street Seaport, and the design of The Steinway Tower.[7][8][9][10] The Steinway is one of several projects SHoP has designed in collaboration with JDS Development Group. Other buildings include American Copper Buildings and 9 DeKalb Avenue.[11][12]

It has also designed the Museum of Sex,[5] a renovation of Governors Island, and the expansion of the Google headquarters in Silicon Valley, California.

SHoP is also known for its work on large-scale development projects. These include the Domino Sugar Factory redevelopment,[13] Essex Crossing,[14] and Schuylkill Yards.[15]

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2014, SHoP was named Fast Company magazine's "Most Innovative Architecture Firm in the World",[16] and one of its "Most Innovative Companies in the World" for its policy of accepting equity in projects, rather than traditional payment, in exchange for services, as well as for its use of modular construction methods.[17]

SHoP Architects' awards also include the 2009 National Design Award for Architecture Design from the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum,[18] the Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Awards, and awards from the American Institute of Architects' New York City and New York State chapters.


Justin Davidson, the architecture critic for New York magazine, called the firm "ubiquitous" and criticized its plan with the Howard Hughes Corporation for the South Street Seaport, saying its single tower creates "a new barrier between the seaport and the world beyond." He writes that both the developer and the firm need to understand the area's "benign shabbiness" and not "set a new precedent [of] claiming the waterfront for residences."[19]


  1. ^ a b "About" SHoP Architects website. Accessed: October 14, 2015
  2. ^ Admin at E-Architect. "SHoP Architects to Receive Distinguished Achievement Award", E-Architect (February 18, 2016). Retrieved: July 11, 2016
  3. ^ Cilento, Karen. Botswana Innovation Hub / "SHoP Architects", Architecture Daily (June 21, 2010). Retrieved October 11, 2012.
  4. ^ Polsky, Sara (5 May 2014). "How SHoP Became NYC's Go-To Megaproject Architects". Curbed. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Museum of Sex, New York, New York, Scale model 1/8"=1'-0"" Museum of Modern Art "The Collection"
  6. ^ Out of Practice on the Monacelli Press website
  7. ^ "Too Rich, Too Thin, Too Tall?". Vanity Fair. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  8. ^ Novel, Philip. "Barclays Center, by SHoP Architects" Architect (November 14, 2012)
  9. ^ Bindelglass, Evan (5 August 2015). "Hughes Plans For South Street Seaport's Pier 17 Hit Snag At Landmarks". YIMBY. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
  10. ^ Rice, Andrew. "From Barclays Center To Modular High Rises, SHoP Architects Is Changing The Way We Build Buildings" Fast Company (March 2014)
  11. ^ "340 Flatbush Ave Ext. Revealed, Brooklyn's First Supertall Skyscraper". Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  12. ^ Hylton, Ondel (13 July 2015). "New Video Reveals How SHoP's 626 First Avenue Will Dance into Midtown's East River Skyline". 6sqft. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  13. ^ Gianakos, Jules (5 March 2013). "Domino Sugar Factory Master Plan Development / SHoP Architects". Archdaily. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
  14. ^ Polsky, Sara (18 September 2013). "The Future of the Lower East Side's SPURA Revealed!". Curbed. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
  15. ^ Smith, Sandy (2 March 2016). "Drexel, Brandywine Take Wraps Off Schuylkill Yards". Philadelphia Magazine. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
  16. ^ Ferro, Shaunacy (28 March 2014). "The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Architecture". Fast Company. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  17. ^ Rice, Andrew (20 February 2014). "Most Innovative Companies 2014, #33 SHoP Architects". Fast Company. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  18. ^ "Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Announces Winners of the 10th Annual National Design Awards" (press release) Smithsonian Institution website (April 30, 2009)
  19. ^ Davidson, Justin, "South Street Sell-off," New York magazine (December 29 2014), p.101

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