DFA Receives Special Mention Award

German Design Award

December 10, 2018

The Central Park Observation Tower project has been given a special mention from the German Design Awards for Excellent Urban Space and Infrastructure Design.

The Jury remarked that the project was a fascinating landmark – one that’s also an impressive symbol of environmental protection and sustainability.

Designed for a community of tech elites, these tiny homes are 3D printed

Business Insider

May 29, 2018

“The 3D-printed self-sustaining houses, dubbed Galini Sleeping Pods, are 300 square feet in size, can be moved anywhere, are powered by solar panels, wind turbines, and Tesla batteries, and will cost about $250,000 each. Sayigh told Business Insider that they’re not just a future staple for the Walden Monterey community, but that they represent “the next generation of construction technology.”

DBR includes DFA among pioneering architects

Design Build Review

April 23, 2018

After the Flood: The Pioneering Architects Embracing Flood-Conscious Design; “While Pier 40 would be created with flooding and the environment in mind from the offset, the design has caught attention with its creative solution to what to do when water levels reach the land. “

6sqft features DFA’s proposal for a rapidly disintegrating Pier 40


February 26, 2018

“Local multidisciplinary creative firm DFA has come up with a concept for the rehabilitation of Manhattan’s rapidly disintegrating Pier 40 that would provide housing and other services, but would also adapt to the predicted rising sea levels of future New York City.”

DFA’s Pier 40 proposal featured on Curbed


February 12, 2018

“This isn’t DFA’s first foray into jaw-dropping conceptual proposals; they were also the masterminds behind the 700-foot timber tower proposed to rise above the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park.”

Dezeen reports on DFA’s Pier 40 affordable housing proposal


February 9, 2018

“By adapting the existing pier – which was built in 1962 and fallen into disrepair – the architecture studio is offering several responses to current issues in New York City, including a lack of affordable housing and resiliency to flooding due to climate change.”

Edina DWR Studio featured in Metropolis

Metropolis Magazine

February 8, 2018

Metropolis’ editor Zach Edelson spoke to Laith Sayigh, principal and founder of DFA, to focus on our DWR Edina studio  (more…)

Laith Sayigh joins Panel Discussion ‘Architecture+Design: Staying Innovative’

Norwood Club

January 30, 2018

Hosted by Norwood Club in New York City, Laith was invited to participate in a conversation with three other architects and designers about what inspires them in today’s culture and the challenges it creates.

Central Park Observation Tower featured in Interior Design’s December 2017 Issue

Interior Design magazine

January 16, 2018

Interior Design publishes the Central Park Observation Tower in their December 2017 “Best of Year” issue.

Metropolis feature on DFA and DWR collaboration

Metropolis Magazine

November 27, 2017

Metropolis’ editor Zach Edelson sits down with Laith Sayigh, Principal of DFA, to discuss all that we’ve learned from completing over 26 studios for Design Within Reach.

DFA’s Central Park Observation Tower selected as a finalist for Interior Design’s BoY Awards!

Interior Design BoY Awards

November 16, 2017

DFA is thrilled to announce that our Central Park Tower has been selected as a finalist for Interior Design’s Best of Year Award in the “On the Boards: Commercial” Category!

DFA’s 700-foot timber tower featured on Curbed


September 20, 2017

“Architects sure do love to come up with outlandish proposals for New York City buildings—remember the Big Bend? Or the ornate, 102-story Billionaires’ Row tower? Or the skyscraper hanging from an asteroid? The likelihood of any of these projects coming to fruition is slimmer than a Slim Jim, but that doesn’t stop architects from dreaming ‘em up.”

Architectural Digest reviews DFA’s Central Park Tower

Architectural Digest

September 20, 2017

“DFA made sure the design of the structure was sleek, a minimalist effort that wouldn’t be too invasive or cast too much of a shadow on its surroundings.”

WIRED Germany spotlights DFA’s Central Park Tower


September 20, 2017

“Das Architektur- und Designstudio DFA schlägt nun vor, das Reservoir aufzubereiten und New York gleichzeitig auch eine zeitweilige Sehenswürdigkeit zu spendieren.”

DFA’s Central Park Observation Tower receives attention from Leading International Media

Elle Decor Italia

September 20, 2017

“Bene, la torre ideata dallo studio DFA si propone di unire l’utile al dilettevole. Da una parte vuole essere un landmark magnetico capace di attirare newyorkesi e turisti offrendo viste mozzafiato della Grande Mela; dall’altra la sua vera funzione è di natura ambientale.”

DFA’s Central Park Observation Tower featured in The Real Deal

The Real Deal

September 20, 2017

“Forget about waterfront views: This proposed timber tower would rise directly out of one of Central Park’s lakes.”

Dezeen reports on DFA’s Central Park Tower proposal


September 13, 2017

Dezeen US editor Dan Howarth publishes DFA’s proposal for the world’s tallest timber observation tower to clean Central Park reservoir.

design:retail focuses on partnership between DFA & DWR

design:retail magazine

July 29, 2017

Laith and DFA featured in this month’s design:retail issue focusing on our DWR Portland Studio and our ongoing collaboration with Design Within Reach.

DWR Contract Showroom in Boston featured in Interior Design

Interior Design

July 27, 2017

Interior Design publishes the opening of Design Within Reach Contract (DWRC) Showroom in the Boston Design Center.

DFA among 3 finalists for JCC of Greater New Haven masterplan

JCC of Greater New Haven

June 2, 2017

DFA was honored to be invited among 3 finalists to present for the renovation and masterplan of the JCC of Greater New Haven.

DFA:Volume One featured on HuffPo

Huffington Post

May 4, 2017

DFA’s first publication, DFA for Design Within Reach featured on Huffington Post.

Atlanta DWR Studio featured in Atlanta Magazine

Atlanta Magazine

April 18, 2017

DFA’s Atlanta Design Within Reach studio featured on Atlanta Magazine, with the grand opening happening on June 7!

DFA one of five finalists in Pavilion Competition

Governor's Island City of Dreams Competition

February 5, 2017

We are excited to announce that DFA’s Seed Cone Pavilion for the annual FIGMENT City of Dreams 2017 Pavilion competition on Governor’s Island was selected as one of four runner’s up out of over 100 design proposals.

Gray magazine features Laith and Portland DWR Studio

Gray Magazine

January 22, 2017

After the completion of our biggest DWR studio to date, at 26,000 SF, Laith sat down with GRAY editorial director Jaime Gillin and Andee Hess of Osmose Design to discuss how designers shape retail environments and industry trends as part of the Grand Opening VIP ceremony events.

DFA receives AIA Award

AIA Miami Award

November 10, 2016

DFA was recognized by the Miami AIA chapter with the Merit Award of Excellence for Architecture less than 50,000 SF.

American Architecture Prize Honorable Mentions

American Architecture Prize

October 10, 2016

DFA receives Honorable Mention from the American Architecture Prize  for Mixed-Use Architecture!

Laith Sayigh Makes a Warehouse Conversion an Artistic Collaboration

Interior Design

August 15, 2016

In each issue, Interior Design features a project that highlights the process of drawing and sketching to create a design concept.  Our principal, Laith Sayigh and the Wynwood Arcade were featured in the August issue of Interior Design in their Art & Architecture Issue.

Skip Stone House featured on Architizer

Architizer Future of 3D Printing

May 11, 2016

Architizer spoke to architect Laith Sayigh, principal of New York-based firm DFA, about his studio’s innovative entry for the competition — the elegant, sculptural Skip Stone House.

The Modern Life Concept House

Elle Decor

April 20, 2016

250 Wynwood, the district’s first new residential building designed by New York Based architect Laith Sayigh for Fortis Development Group featured in Elle Decor in April 2016