Alumni portfolios

  • Node A: Stephen Yablon

Stephen Yablon


Stephen Yablon, AIA, LEED AP, is founder and partner-in-charge of Stephen Yablon Architect (SYA), a New York-based office known for contemporary architecture that connects people to their communities, organizations, and places. The firm is widely recognized for open, light-filled, and carefully detailed work that is responsive to context, expressive of client identity, and focused on spaces that encourage social interaction.

Born in Charleston, SC, Yablon earned a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Architecture from Washington University in 1975 and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University in 1982. Before starting his own firm in 1995, he worked at I. M. Pei & Partners and Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects, where he was responsible for institutional, commercial, and public projects.

SYA has designed institutional and commercial facilities as well as residential projects for a wide range of clients, including Columbia University, the City of New York, NYU Langone Medical Center, and Sony. Some of Yablon’s most notable work has involved public projects created under challenging constraints for underserved communities. As a result, SYA has been selected twice for New York City’s Design and Construction Excellence program, through which the firm has been responsible for two projects critical to the public health of New York.

Projects by SYA have earned numerous local and national design awards, and been extensively published and exhibited. In 2011, the Betances Community Center and Boxing Gym was featured as an important example of contemporary architecture during the AIA New York Chapter’s Archtober festival. In 2005, Yablon won the international competition for the Boston Harbor Park Pavilion. He has been recognized as an important emerging architect by Interior Design magazine and the AIANY’s Oculus.