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 has always loved to piece the puzzle together and repsect the context of the elements, while balancing the goals and practical elements of her clients. She strives to combine her skills and expertise with her clients' wishes and goals. She focuses on residential and commercial projects ranging from luxurious interiors to corporate headquarters design.
Prior to joining SYA, she had worked for a boutique firm in Tribeca as a designer and project manager on bespoke residential and commercial spaces ranging from upper east side penthouses to sleek and innovative startup headquarters. She is dedicated to all aspects of the design and implementation process. She graduated from the University of California Los Angeles with a Masters in Architecture and from Rutgers University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in French and Art History, with Honors. Cristina is LEED certified.
Charlotte holds a BFA in Architectural Design from Parsons School of Design, where she graduated with awards in academics and design in 2013. She has always expressed herself through visual mediums, and found sculpture to be her preferred method of expression. This ultimately led to a strong interest in architecture and the forms of visualization that comprise the architectural design process.
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.