Architecture Research Office is a 30-person New York City firm led by Stephen Cassell, Kim Yao, and Adam Yarinsky. Founded in 1993, ARO has earned a reputation for elegant, innovative and imaginative architecture born out of relentless exploration and engagement.
The firm’s current and recent projects include the restoration of the Rothko Chapel in Houston, along with a new campus for the organization; the expansion of Dia Art Foundation's location in New York City; a new Education and Welcome Center at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn; the renovation of the Tate Library at Ethical Culture Fieldston School; two new public schools in Brooklyn; and, a new home for the Vilcek Foundation. Past notable projects include Colorado House in Telluride; a New Urban Ground, a proposal for urban climate change adaptation; the restoration of the seminal 20th-century-artist Donald Judd’s Home and Studio; Knoll’s flagship showroom and corporate offices; the West Pavilion addition to Nippert Stadium at the University of Cincinnati; the Princeton School of Architecture; and the US Armed Forces Times Square Recruiting Station.
Architecture Research Office received the 2018 AIA New York State Firm of the Year Award, the 2011 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Architecture, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters honored the firm with their 2010 Academy Award for Architecture. The firm’s work has been exhibited widely and is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.