Located in Brooklyn Heights, Steven M. Yang Architect LLC (SYA) is an architectural design studio with a research-based approach for producing bespoke residential projects. Founded in 2005 by Steve Yang, our practice maintains that the appropriate design for each particular space is driven by our client’s programmatic needs and personal style as well as the inherent qualities of the space including: natural lighting, volumetric proportions, and building typology.
When it comes to design, we strongly believe in exploration and communication. By thoroughly integrating our cutting edge photo-realistic rendering software into our design process, we can explore a myriad of possibilities for spatial manipulations and surface finishes quickly and confidently. This enables our clients to make informed decisions regarding their homes and increases the quality of communications with our builders.
To create quality, detail-oriented architectural and interior design services, and to deliver an individualized experience that appeals to each client’s stylistic and functional needs, employs environmentally responsible materials and methods and enhances the surrounding architectural context.
Steve graduated from the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning in 1998 with a B.S. in Architecture. Steve is a Registered Architect in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut & Florida, a member of the AIA and NCARB certified.
He moved back to the East Coast to be closer to family and driving distance to the beach. His professional career began at the William A. Hall Partnership working on large scale projects such as schools and hospitals. From there, he spent the next 6 years working with residential firms, Baxt Associates Architects & Triarch Inc., to gain experience in working with private clients and custom homes. To pursue his own design methodologies and means of project delivery, Steven M. Yang Architect LLC was founded in July 2005.
CRISTINA TOMA GRAFF
Cristina graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Masters Degree in Architecture, and holds a BA from Rutgers College in Art History and French with a Certificate in Historic Preservation. A member of the AIA, Cristina is a Registered Architect in New York, New Jersey and holds NCARB and LEED certifications. She discovered an interest for highly customized designs at the onset of her career, and has worked as a designer and project manager on bespoke residential and commercial spaces ranging from modern UES apartments to a sleek and innovative startup headquarter. She strives to bring professionalism and a great disposition to any project.
Cristina is an avid cook, gardener, and exercise enthusiast who also enjoys a great glass of wine. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, young daughter, and two French water dogs
Charlotte Ensign grew up in Washington DC where her drive for creative expression was encouraged by parents from architecture and design backgrounds. After a childhood and adolescence of exploring as many artistic mediums as possible, Charlotte left DC for New York City on a full portfolio scholarship granted by Parsons the New School for Design. During her studies, Charlotte received awards and honors from the university and other organizations such as the American Institute of Architects for her achievements in design and academics. Upon graduating Parsons with a Fine Arts degree in Architectural Design, Charlotte headed straight into the professional realm. She has worked in the high end residential architecture field alongside Steven Yang since 2013. Her passion for creating art has evolved into a holistic approach to developing architectural designs. Charlotte utilizes her understanding of aesthetics and materiality while striving to create harmonious spaces that are not only comfortable, but beautiful. While working at SYA, Charlotte has worn many hats. She has aided in bringing projects to successful completion from the impetus of design to the end of construction. She has honed her representational skills and is proud to present clients with fully detailed drawings and high quality photorealistic digital renderings. Charlotte believes that the design clarity achieved through the use of these digital tools is essential for a successful project and a happy client.
When she isn’t working, Charlotte seeks out nature. Her heaven is a quiet beach with a great book.
After graduating in 2014 from the Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Architecture de Strasbourg in France, Natacha moved back to San Francisco to pursue her architecture career. After two years in the Bay Area working in residential architecture, she moved cross-country to work with the SYA team. Natacha enjoys spending her free time doing ceramics and watercolor to express her creativity. She believes in experimentation and interdisciplinary projects, where broadened context can flourish into novel creation.