History

The expertise of Byron Bell Architects and Planners lies in determining the appropriate architectural expression for a given project, regardless of its size or scope. We believe that good design is neither dependent upon, nor determined by, a particular style but is a result of the consideration of the functional use of space and an appropriate artistic realization of that space. Our work is represented by commercial, residential, retail, and not-for-profit institutional projects.

The history and composition of the firm makes us unique. The firm dates from the 1880 founding of McKim, Mead & White, and continues through various name changes (Steinmann, Cain & White, 1955; W.O. Cain & Associates, 1965; Cain, Farrell & Bell, 1978; Farrell Bell Lennard, 1986; Bell Larson, 1997; Bell Donnelly, 2006). The office today is headed by Byron Bell.

Byron Bell Architects and Planners is a small sized office with a great deal of building experience. Our clients include Columbia University, The Century Association, The Grolier Club, St. Bartholomew's Church, Park Avenue Church and Voice Charter School. Recently completed projects include a five-story, 10,000 square foot building for the Council on Foreign Relations, new headquarters for Chess In The Schools, dining facilities for the American Museum of Natural History, office expansion space studies for the Whitney Museum and a 5th floor addition to the Century Association. Most importantly, we pride ourselves on a hands-on approach and an attention to even the smallest detail on all our projects. We understand the importance of legal requirements, construction budgets, and schedules. We communicate well with clients, fundraisers, and the individual users of the spaces.

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