Josef Albers's Manhattan returns to its rightful place in the MetLife building | September, 2019

The colossal mural, recently recreated, has returned to its home near Grand Central Station.

“It’s reborn,” says the New York architect Raúl de Armas, whose firm MdeAS is restoring the MetLife building for its new owner, the real estate companies Irvine and Tishman Speyer.


12 Cool College Campus Design Projects | March, 2019

College students around the country are excited about more than March Madness. That's because design and architecture firms are working hard to create innovative additions to college and university campuses. Take a look at these 12 recent projects worth cheering for.

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POP Goes the Indoor Plaza | February, 2019

The 10,500-square-foot interior public plaza at Olympic Tower at 645 Fifth Avenue reopened after a redesign of previously underutilized areas by MdeAS Architects.

A Privately-Owned Public Space (POPS), the new plaza creates a much-needed respite for the East Midtown community and includes seating, retail, and a café.


Oxford Re-opens Tower Plaza after $30 M Fix | January, 2019

Oxford Properties Group has reopened the interior public plaza at Olympic Tower following a $30 million redesign.

The new design by MdeAS Architects creates an open environment by bringing to life previously underutilized areas

“The newly redesigned public space creates a much-needed respite for the East Midtown community. Oxford Properties expressed the vision necessary to create a meaningful public space that complements St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Rockefeller Center — two of New York City’s most recognizable landmarks,” said Dan Shannon.


Midtown East POPS gets revamped with cafe, circadian lighting | January, 2019

Those who find themselves in Midtown East in need of respite are in luck: Olympic Tower’s privately owned public space (or POPS) will officially reopen today after its $30 million overhaul by building owner Oxford Properties Group.

The refurbished POPS was designed by MdeAS and includes fresh art and seating along with a new café concept by Ignazio Cipriani called Grano New York to the space. It also loops in circadian lighting and a green wall.


Tishman Speyer Announces Transformative Renovation of MetLife Building’s Lobby at 200 Park Avenue, In Midtown East | December, 2018

Manhattan’s iconic MetLife Building will soon undergo a major renovation of ground floor lobby areas, including the reinstatement of a long-shuttered connection to Grand Central Terminal. Tishman Speyer, the building’s current owner, has commissioned MdeAS Architect to reimagine the space.


Glazing Enclosing Manulife Centre Addition at Bay and Bloor | September, 2018

The 1975-built Manulife Centre is undergoing a significant renewal at Toronto's Bay and Bloor intersection. The $100 million project has been ongoing since mid-2017, set to renew the base of the complex's office and retail component with a MdeAS Architects and B+H Architect-designed addition. 

The curtain wall installation has progressed to seal off the entire Bloor Street frontage, which also recently had its roofing installed. Glazing installation is also ongoing for structurally-complete portions of the Bay and Balmuto frontages to the south. Concrete slab removals and steel erection continue along these frontages, with glazing installation following closely behind structural work to gradually seal off the exteriors.


Long Island City's First Office Towers of the Decade, "JACX," Near Halfway Mark  | May, 2018

Two 26-story towers are rising at 28-07 Jackson Avenue and 28-10 Queens Plaza South, and the pair will yield new office space marketed toward the technology sector. Images for the site reveal construction has risen as high as the twelfth floor, an increase of eight floors since January. 

MdeAS Architects is responsible for the design. The buildings will incorporate board-formed concrete, terra cotta, steel panels, and an acre-wide landscaped park on the 5th floor toting 100 trees and 25,000 flowering bulbs. The style was considered a union of rugged texture with modern minimalism


Glazing Appears as Manulife Centre Renewal Continues  | May, 2018

After over four decades at Toronto's Bay and Bloor, the mixed-use Manulife Centre complex is undergoing a $100 million renewal project that began in mid-2017.

The project will bring a MdeAS Architects and B+H Architect-designed addition to the base of the 1975-built complex, a feature 35,000 sqft of additional retail space and a 50,000 sqft Giannone Petricone-designed Eataly location, marking the first Canadian location for the international Italian food hall chain. 



Gramercy Loft | May, 2018

MdeAS-designed Gramercy Loft was nominated as a finalist for the the Medium Apartment category in the 2018 NYCxDesign Awards. 

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees! It was an honor to be recognized alongside such  great architects and designers.


1221 Avenue of the Americas: Refreshing an Iconic Location with the Amenities to Match | April, 2018

Typical office buildings and workplaces are becoming increasingly more collaborative, open and centered on the tenant experience and employee well-being. The team behind 1221 Avenue of the Americas, Rockefeller Group's contemporary, Midtown office tower, has taken this idea to heart and are leading the charge to upgrade the building with a stunning new lobby design by MdeAS Architects, complete with thoughtful amenities to anticipate and satisfy the needs of its thousands of tenants and guests.


Workplace Innovation Panel: New Designs & Technology | April, 2018

MdeAS Architects principal Dan Shannon was one of more than a dozen panelists who spoke in front of over 300 attendees at 345 Hudson St. in Lower Manhattan, discussing the design trends, amenity packages and strategic decisions shaping offices.

"We could charge an hourly rate for the conversations we have on what belongs in this building — not the shape of it or the color of glass, but what belongs in this building as a draw," Dan Shannon said at Bisnow's Workplace of the Future event last week.


Manulife Centre | February, 2018

The first steel structural elements of the MdeAS and B+H Architects-designed addition have materialized at the corner of Bloor and Balmuto.

The two-storey steel frame wrapping around the western corner of Bloor and Balmuto marks the first visible sign of the new addition. 



2000 K Street | January, 2018

The Washington Building Congress recognizes 2000 K Street in two categories, Masonry and Exterior Glass, in this year's Craftsmanship Awards. 

Congratulations to our team at Tishman Speyer, Gensler, DAVIS, Pioneer Cladding and Rugo Stone, for the great honor and collaboration!


W&W GLASS | November, 2017

Collaboration, innovation and delivery. MdeAS principal Dan Shannon discusses the complexity of not only the design, but the implementation of a curtainwall system with W&W Glass on one of the latest episodes of World Wide Business with Kathy Ireland®. 

Congratulations to Jeff Haber and the W&W Glass team for the insightful interview and segment!



The JACX | November, 2017

The JACX - Bringing the Outside In. Two identical towers, offering sweeping views on all sides, are connected by an expansive, landscaped terrace that serves as a quad where tenants can socialize, relax, dine or work. With a landscaped rooftop looking out across the City and a lushly planted street-level plaza, the JACX is designed to bring the outside in. 


Plaza San Martin | October, 2017

In Raghsa's Architect Spotlight, MdeAS principal Dan Shannon discusses the importance of sustainability and wellness in his latest designs.

In particular, how the firm's current project in Buenos Aires, Plaza San Martin, establishes its own connection to the natural environment.  


Alumni Auditorium Renovation | August, 2017

The MdeAS design for the College of Physicians and Surgeons Building and the William Black Building at Columbia University Medical Center includes a new glass façade and reconfiguration of the interior spaces.

The new design introduces a new space that will not only better serve the students, but will create a gateway and destination for campus visitors, as well as a formal space for guest lectures, panels, and other high-profile eventsr. 


1221 Avenue of the Americas | July, 2017

Dan Shannon, principal at MdeAS Architects in New York, loves clever turns of phrase that succinctly describe his firm’s work. For its latest project, his utterly appropriate description is “from desolation to destination.”

That sums up the renovation of the lobby at 1221 Avenue of the Americas, a 50-story tower built in 1972 that’s part of Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan. Indeed, MdeAS turned a cluttered, nondescript entry into a welcoming, airy focal point— a showcase of activity both inside and out.


The JACX | July, 2017

Construction is currently underway for the two 26-story towers that will include 1.2 million square feet of office and retail space. Designed by MdeAS to “bring the outside in,” the towers feature a landscaped terrace and rooftop with lots of greenery. The roof of the buildings’ connecting podium features a one-acre landscaped “park” that will “serve as a quad where tenants can socialize, dine or work.” The quad will also have a spacious 2,000 square foot food and beverage pavilion. At ground level, there will be a plant-filled plaza along Queens Plaza


The JACX | July, 2017

Construction of The JACX is underway at 28-01 Jackson Avenue, directly across from Jackson Park and adjacent to Tishman’s already-finished office tower, Two Gotham Center. Drawn up by MdeAS, the 1.1 MSF project is composed of two identical 26-floor towers (One Jackson and Three Jackson) that are rather conventional in form aside from bands of ridged terra cotta spandrels.


1411 Broadway | April, 2017

"The plaza ... was not very interesting and not a very well maintained expanse of concrete," said Dan Shannon, a principal of MdeAS Architects. "Now there are a lot of people that come and have their lunch there. So with landscape and seating and lighting, we were finally able to vitalize that outdoor space so people can use it."

“We were not trying to make it look like, ‘Here is the new stuff!’ ” Shannon said. “With landscape and seating and lighting, we were finally able to vitalize that outdoor space so people can use it. We were trying to make a complete harmonized design so that, in the end, it doesn’t look like an add-on.”


28-07 Jackson Avenue | April, 2017

One of the largest office projects underway outside of Manhattan is One & Three Gotham Center in Long Island City. The Tishman Speyer/Qatari Diar Real Estate-developed ensemble will accommodate 1.1 million square feet of office space in two 27-story office towers.

Slated to rise directly east of Two Gotham Center (2011), the $700 million project will anchor most of its block fronted by Jackson Avenue, Queens Plaza South and 42nd Road. Together, the towers will be the Long Island City's largest ground-up office development sine One Court Square (Citigroup Building) was finished in 1988. 


237 Park Avenue | March, 2017

In May 2007, Broadway REIT paid Beacon Capital $1,215,695,000. Rechler, The Walton Street fund bought it from the ashes of the Lehman Bros. bankruptcy in October 2013 for a then-bargain of $810 million.

They quickly hired Dan Shannon of MdeAS Architects to design renovations and proceeded to add nearly $100 million in capital and tenant leasing improvements- including sleek stone, glass and wood upgrades of the elevators, lobby and storefronts that complement its curtain walls' alternating ribbons of granite and glass. 


28-07 Jackson Avenue | February, 2017

In 2008, the Department of Health signed a $316 million deal to be the anchor tenant for the first building on the mega-site, an office building known as 2 Gotham Center. The 21-story, curving glass building was designed by MdeAS and opened in 2011. 

Directly east at 28-07 Jackson Avenue, two more office towers from MdeAS, 1 and 3 Gotham Center, have just begun construction. They’ll rise to 30 and 29 stories and offer over one million square feet of space, which includes a four-story retail building with a 1.5-acre park on its roof that will house a food hall, fitness center, and restaurants. 


December, 2016

The most prolific architects in New York City also tend to be the least visible.These are the firms that are often involved in development projects from the very beginning, filing necessary paperwork with the city’s Department of Buildings and navigating the labyrinth that is the city’s zoning codes.

MdeAS, formerly known as Moed De Armas & Shannon, was formed in 1991 by two alumnus of Skidmore Owings & Merrill. The firm specializes in lobby renovations, having redesigned the Rockefeller Group’s 1221 Avenue of the Americas and Callahan Capital Properties’ 1411 Broadway.

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November, 2016

"This is a very special award to get," Raul says, with a nod to his wife and the four generations of his family on hand at the ceremony held in November in Miami. 

“It completed a connection between my past, present and future.”


330 Madison Avenue | Spring, 2016

Vornado enlisted the help of New York City-based MdeAS Architects, who have been creating a growing portfolio of building repositioning projects. As Dan Shannon, principal at MdeAS points out, “Every project of this type is unique. Each one stands alone in terms of its goals, its challenges, and its solutions.”

Using that approach, they assessed the building, along with structural and curtain wall consultant Gilsanz Murray Steficek (GMS), to determine the condition of each existing curtain wall components and the system overall.


90 Park Avenue | June, 2016

“From the outside, when walking up to the building that light material can be seen in day and night,” Mr. Shannon said. “It’s inviting and transparent.”

The theme of lightness and transparency continues into the interiors beyond the lobby, where polished sycamore covers walls surround the elevator banks. Housing for cooling and heating units at the inside base of windows in tenant spaces was lowered to reveal more window surface and maximize the skyscraper’s views.