Morris Adjmi, FAIA established MA in 1997 following a 13-year collaboration with Pritzker Prize-winning architect Aldo Rossi. On that strong foundation, Morris built a design practice known for its thoughtful engagement with history, distinct interpretation of industrial forms, and creative expression of materials.
We create buildings that stand out by fitting in.
Each design decision is guided by a deep appreciation for and understanding of the integral architectural, artistic, cultural, civic, environmental, and economic forces that shape a project. This rigorous, research-based approach has helped to establish MA as a leader in the revitalization of post-industrial neighborhoods and historic districts with projects that are imbued with a distinct sense of place and purpose.
MA has a distinctive culture founded upon our collective passion for community building, both in and out of the office. We are committed to maintaining a culture and sense of community by creating an enriching work environment built on collaboration, open communication, shared values, and common goals, complemented by engaging programming.
For nearly 10 years, MA’s Manhattan office has served as a space for rotating Art Exhibitions, showcasing the work of painters, photographers, sculptors, and other artists whose ideas resonate with the firm’s values. These exhibitions not only enrich our practice, but also create a platform for connecting clients, artists, and others to inspire collaboration and build community.
As a natural progression of this platform, in 2019, MA established an in-house Art Services department to develop and deliver art programs that respond directly to our architecture and interior designs, delivering added value for our clients.
MA acknowledges the climate emergency and is committed to taking action.
MA has more than two decades of experience delivering designs that achieve the highest levels of green building certification, beginning with NYU’s Wilf Hall—the first education building in New York to earn LEED Platinum. Today, we continue to work towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions by integrating an environmentally responsive approach into all layers of our design process and practice. We have signed the Architecture 2030 commitment and support a number of industry-leading organizations, including Passive House, in their pursuit of architectural solutions to the global crisis. These initiatives are led by MA’s active and engaged Sustainability Committee who ensures the firm continues to employ the latest advancements in green technology.
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Morris Adjmi loves cities.
As the founder and principal of MA, he is dedicated to understanding the history and complex forces that shape them to create buildings that are contextual but unmistakably contemporary. The resulting work has become a favorite of both forward-thinking developers and history-minded preservationists.
Adjmi’s passion for historic and industrial architecture was formed by the cast-iron French Quarter balconies and crumbling Creole cottages in his hometown of New Orleans and refined in New York and Milan during a 13-year collaboration with Pritzker Prize-winning architect, Aldo Rossi.
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MA strives to create an equitable and inclusive environment that enables our employees to fulfill their potential at each level of their career. We are committed to achieving an equal balance of pay within our industry based on merit and in accordance with the annual benchmarks set by the AIA, regardless of gender identity, gender expression, race, color, age, religion, sexual orientation, or any legally protected status. To that end, MA is also committed to providing equal employment opportunity.
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