New York City-based international architecture and planning firm Urbahn Architects has promoted Ranabir Sengupta, AIA, LEED AP from Senior Associate to Associate Principal. The value of the firm’s current U.S. and international projects exceeds $500m. Building Design & Construction magazine ranks Urbahn as the 89th largest architectural firm in the U.S.
“Ranabir Sengupta’s outstanding talent, innovative approach to architecture, and expertise in designing and managing large and complex projects in the commercial, education, and civic markets has tremendously benefitted Urbahn’s clients since he joined our firm in 1993”, said Urbahn Principal Donald E. Henry, Jr., AIA, LEED AP.
In his new role, Sengupta leads the design and planning activities, guiding the creative team of architects and designers across all of Urbahn’s market sectors. His responsibilities include working with teams at the outset of each project to assess clients’ objectives, design parameters, and development challenges. Throughout the design process, he manages regular design and progress reviews to ensure projects address clients’ objectives and achieve design excellence. In addition, he mentors the firm’s emerging design talent.
Sengupta’s current projects include the Applied Social Science Building for SUNY Farmingdale State College in Farmingdale, NY; the Engineering Innovation Hub for SUNY New Paltz State College in New Paltz, NY; the 500-unit Arverne By The Sea Tides North oceanfront multi-family complex in Far Rockaway, NY; and the master plan for the Usha Martin University, a new 44-acre campus in Jharkhand State, India. His other notable projects include the Montclair State University Science Hall in Montclair, NJ, and the Metropolitan Campus, a $158m, 325,000 sq ft multi-school complex in Queens, NY. Over the last five years, he has led several planning studies for the City of New York, including the restoration of Orchard Beach Bathhouse, the Tony Dapolito Recreation Center, and the Staten Island Districts 1 and 3 Sanitation Garage.
In addition, Sengupta has an extensive historic preservation and transportation project portfolio. His design for the restoration of Morristown and Madison train stations for NJ Transit won the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office’s Annual Preservation Award. He also designed the $57m expansion and renovation of the Lexington Avenue/53rd Street subway station in Manhattan for the Metropolitan Transit Authority.
Sengupta has over 31 years of experience in the architecture and design industry, 24 of which have been with Urbahn Architects. Prior to Urbahn, he worked as a project architect at Beyer Blinder Belle. Sengupta holds a Bachelor’s degree in architecture from Jadavpur University, India, and a Master’s degree in architectural studies from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a past Vice Chairman of the Historic Preservation Commission of the Town of Summit, New Jersey. In 2015, he was honored by the Society of Indo American Engineers and Architects with an award in recognition of professional achievements.