Frederick Tang Architecture is a boutique architecture and design practice based in the Old American Can Factory in Gowanus, Brooklyn. The ten-person studio provides a full array of architectural and design services from early programming and conceptualization through architectural and interior design, permitting, bidding, and construction phase services. The holistic practice completes the package with custom offerings in branding, graphic, product, and experience design.
Rather than approach each project with a particular style we prefer to emphasize experimentation, curiosity, and collaboration throughout our process. The studio designs largely in physical models, full-scale mock-ups, material samples, hand sketching, as well as digital renderings. We trust that an iterative process produces more refined and unexpected solutions because space can tell a story.
Our work spans many typologies and scales including public spaces such as retail stores, restaurants, art galleries, and fitness centers, as well as private spaces like townhouses, apartments, and offices. Current projects include a Williamsburg studio for the artist Adam Pendleton, a home in Germantown, New York, and more.
Please contact us to see additional work, discuss a collaboration, or visit our studio.
Frederick Tang, AIA, LEED AP
DIRECTOR OF DESIGN, PRINCIPAL ARCHITECT
Fred is a graduate of the Yale School of Architecture and of Yale College where he majored in Economics. After graduation, he worked at Polshek Partnership Architects on the Standard Hotel in the meatpacking district where he was involved from Schematic Design to Construction. Prior to establishing an independent practice, he was a Partner in the firm of Davies Tang and Toews. For the last seven years, Fred has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture in the Barnard and Columbia College Architecture Department. He was a Project Editor for PRAXIS Journal. Fred is a registered Architect in the states of New York, New Jersey, and Illinois and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Fred has lived in Park Slope for 14 years and has two kids.
DIRECTOR OF DESIGN, INTERIORS / BRANDING
Barbara graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BS in Graphic Communications Management. She specializes in interior design, branding, and visual storytelling through print and digital media. Barbara has worked at Barneys New York, Redken, Oprah, Rodale, among others. Prior to joining Frederick Tang Architecture, Barbara was a Creative Director at Condé Nast where she led design and photography direction, including editorials featuring Gwyneth Paltrow, Serena Williams, Jennifer Lopez, and Misty Copeland. She lives in Prospect Heights, where she spends many hours in her rooftop garden.
Mathanki Kalapathy, R.A.
Mathanki is a graduate of Cornell University. Her work experience includes a range of public and educational projects for the NYC School Construction Authority, the NYC Department of Design and Construction and the NYC Housing Authority while at Nelligan White Architects. She also worked on several projects focusing on the reconstruction of historic public schools and contributed to the Guide To Historic Schools for the SCA. She has worked at Kohn Pederson Fox Associates where she worked on the City University New York, Advanced Science Research Center. She is a licensed architect in the State of New York. Mathanki lives in Clinton Hill and composes music.
Melissa received her B.A. Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin, studying design and its effects on society, and drawing inspiration from Scandinavian architecture and urban design while studying abroad in Copenhagen. She went on to complete her M.Architecture at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, focusing on socially responsible design in a parametric world. She has worked in a broad range of architectural fields over recent years, from retail and residential to urban design and radical sustainability. Melissa has a keen interest in mycology and all things Buckminster Fuller.
Nick is an interdisciplinary designer working between the scales of furniture, object, and architecture. He received his undergraduate degree in architecture from University of Washington in 2015. After working in residential architecture for a few years, Nick attended Rhode Island School of Design to pursue his MFA in Furniture Design. At RISD, his thesis work focused on creating objects, furniture, and writings that challenged conventions and proportions of typical furniture typologies. Nick now lives in South Slope with a lot of furniture and paper lamps.