CIMA is part of OHNY 2017

For the third year in a row, our project for the Center for Italian Modern Art was part of Open House New York. We gave tours of the space, highlighting the renovation process through which we transformed this loft space into an art gallery and foundation. 


Jennifer Carpenter Architect + Irina Verona Architecture = Verona Carpenter Architects

Irina Verona and Jennifer Carpenter are the principals of Verona Carpenter Architects. We have practiced in New York since 1998 and excited to announce our new partnership.

We have deep and diverse experience across project types, including workplace, arts and culture, retail, hospitality, and residential. Recent projects include global headquarters for Converse and MediaMath, over a dozen restaurants for client Honeygrow, and offices for the Joan Mitchell Art Foundation and Sciame Construction Corporation. Before founding Verona Carpenter Architects, we each ran our own firms, out of a shared space, for seven years. Prior to launching our own practices we were senior associates at venerable firms here in New York, Irina at TEN Arquitectos and Jennifer at Rogers Marvel Architects.

We are committed to advancing education. Irina has taught architectural design studios and seminars at Barnard and Columbia Colleges’ Architecture Program since 2008. She is also the founding editor of Praxis, a respected journal of contemporary design theory and practice.  Jennifer previously taught design at Parsons the New School, and is currently serving her second year as President of the Board of Directors of the Quad Preparatory School, which serves gifted students with learning differences such as autism. 

We studied architecture together at Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, graduating with our Master of Architecture degrees in 1998. Irina earned her B.A. from Princeton University and received a Fulbright fellowship; Jennifer graduated with a B.A. from Yale and did not recieive such a fellowship. But she did graduate summa cum laude. Then again, so did Irina. 

We are neighbors on the Lower East Side, where we live with our husbands (one architect, one cocktail guru) and kids (Irina, two girls. Jennifer, two boys... and two dogs.)


Irina Verona leads APT (Architectural Practice Talk) at CIMA

Irina led a tour of the Center for Italian Modern Art for members of APT, a group that connects young architects with practitioners. Thanks for the engaging and productive conversation.

(photo courtesy Yueqi “Jazzy” Li, AIA)

(photo courtesy Yueqi “Jazzy” Li, AIA)

MediaMath 4 WTC wins Best Commercial Project from the Confindustria Ceramica

We were honored to accept this award for MediaMath 4 WTC design at the press conference for the 2017 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition in Orlando, and in good company: congrats to Renzo Piano Workshop for their institutional project win, and Bromley Caldari Architects for residential. The award stated that  "MediaMath 4 World Trade Center is an exemplary project that makes beautiful use of Italian tile in crafting a stunning interior space." As Jennifer noted in her award acceptance, good projects require good clients, and we could not ask for a better client than MediaMath.

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Our client Honeygrow opens in Brooklyn!

We are so happy to help realize founder Justin Rosenberg's longtime vision of expanding into New York City. Read the scoop here .

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As with all of the honeygrown locations, this one features artwork commissioned specifically for our space. Muralist Rubin 415 painted an amazing geometric composition in the dining room, which you see in progress below, and can read about here.