Let There Be Good Light: Levien & Company’s Lincoln Square Synagogue Project Receives Design Award from Architectural Lighting


Lincoln Square Synagogue, a ground-up project managed by Levien & Company, has won a 2015 Architectural Lighting award for Outstanding Achievement – Interior Lighting.

“In building a new place of worship for this congregation, the design team has created a contemplative space that respects the Judaic traditions in a completely contemporary setting that allows congregants to connect the present with the past,” writes Elizabeth Donoff, editor-in-chief of Architectural Lighting magazine.

The awards jury notes that the holistic design “references a story through light,” and that “different elements are combined to make a unified whole.” The jury also commented that the lighting “creates a tasteful, well-balanced, uplifting space,” and that the project “will age well.”

Located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the 50,000-square-foot synagogue was completed in 2012. As project manager, Levien & Co. managed the design team on behalf of the synagogue, including Tillotson Design Associates, the lighting designers, as well as CetraRuddy, the architect.

The project has received several other awards, including the IFRAA 2014 Design Award for “Religious Architecture: New Facilities”, the GNYCUC 2013 Cultural Project Award, and 2014 ASU Magazine's Education Interiors Showcase - Silver Citation for Chapels/Worship Centers.

“Lincoln Square Synagogue is truly stunning,” says Kenneth Levien, FAIA, president of Levien & Company. “The interplay between the light and the architecture is one of the reasons why CetraRuddy and Tillotson were perfectly in sync. It was a pleasure to manage this project.”

About Levien & Company:

New York City-based Levien & Company, Inc. was founded in 1992 by Kenneth Levien, FAIA, to satisfy the need for the highest quality project management services for complex projects. During the past 19 years, the firm has completed more than 300 assignments of many types for more than 100 clients, serving not-for-profit, educational, cultural and religious institutions; property owners and tenants; public corporations; and private firms. The firm’s notable projects include New York City Center, New York Botanical Garden, Union Square Park, Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, N.Y., and Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park & River Center in Beacon, N.Y. For more information, please visit: http://www.levienco.com

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