Firm DescriptionAn architectural practice of award-winning designs that span more than three decades, MDSA advances a long legacy of design that has its roots in the modern architecture of the mid-twentieth century. Former partners and associates to the Bauhaus master Marcel Breuer, architects Herbert Beckhard and Frank Richlan founded the New York firm Beckhard Richlan & Associates in 1982. After joining the firm in 1985, Michael Szerbaty became the firm’s principal in 2003 and currently practices with his partner Michael Freedman as MDSzerbaty Associates Architecture (MDSA).
The practice reflects a distinctly contemporary evolution of core modernist principles in shaping client programs and site, forming spaces with technical precision using light and materials in sophisticated ways. By embracing a united, non-hierarchical management structure, nurturing client relationships and pursuing innovation, the firm succeeds in integrating current technologies and methods with highly individual approaches to problem solving.
The office has designed a range of educational buildings for schools, colleges and universities, as well as corporate office buildings, healthcare facilities, cultural and religious centers, and private residences. Prestigious institutions, such as Cornell University and Penn State University, are among our clients. The firm also maintains long professional relationships with many developers, and numerous public entities, including the NY State University Construction Fund, the New York City School Construction Authority and the New York City Housing Authority.