"PERHAPS NO BRANCH OF ARCHITECTURE CALLS FOR MORE HIGHLY AND SPECIALSED QUALIFICATIONS IN ALL CONCERNED THAN DOES THAT WHICH HAS TO DO WITH THE TREATMENT OF ANCIENT BUILDINGS."
~A.R. Powys. Repair of Ancient Buildings, London 1929, reprinted 1981
WALLPAPER DESIGNED BY PACA FOR GLENVIEW MANSION
PACA, a WBE firm, is a full-service architectural firm specializing in the design, adaptive re-use and restoration of historic buildings, and is structured around a multi-disciplinary approach. PACA has extensive experience with the interpretation of regulatory requirements and their impact on historic structures, working in collaboration with many of NYC public and private agencies involved in administering those regulations, including Landmarks Preservation Commission, Friends of the Upper East Side, Landmark West, and The New York Landmarks Conservancy.
Because so much of the firm's work involves the rehabilitation & preservation of cultural heritage properties, the firm has developed special expertise in related disciplines, including:
Contextual New Construction
Additions to Existing Buildings
LEED Project Design
Historic Interiors & Textile Conservation
To supplement the design and restoration experience, the firm also offers other skills that are essential to any successful restoration, rehabilitation or addition to an historic structure. These skills include:
Historic Materials Testing
Building Documentation (HABS/HAER)
Condition Survey & Assessment
Historic Structure Reports
Interpretation of Historic & Cultural Sites
Federal State & Local Agency Submissions & Review
For many of the museum and historic interior projects, PACA has expertise in the design and planning of period rooms and exhibitions, space planning and the knowledge required to incorporate sensitive environmental control systems and early warning smoke and fire suppression systems without impacting the historic appearance. Working in highly ornamental and characterful settings, the firm has designed and produced replica wallpapers and carpeting for clients, and a line of historically inspired light fixtures with Aurora Lampworks.
PACA IS STAFFED BY QUALIFIED AND TRAINED ARCHITECTS & DESIGNERS WHO HAVE BOTH ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE IN ADDITION TO SPECIALIST TRAINING IN ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY AND / OR HISTORIC PRESERVATION.
PACA HAS RECEIVED MANY PRESERVATION & DESIGN AWARDS INCLUDING 12 FOR THE CORBIN BUILDING