Michael K Chen Architecture is an architecture practice providing innovative and superbly crafted work for clients seeking thoughtful and considered design. MKCA’s services integrate architecture, interior design, and product design through a cohesive, coordinated, and collaborative process. We have experience designing and building at a diverse range of scales and bring an ultra-refined sensibility and attention to detail to projects ranging from individual apartments to single family homes and larger buildings.
Our approach is deeply informed by curiosity and a love of tinkering, of drawing, of discourse, and of making. Our methods and capabilities are at the leading edge of design, analysis, manufacturing, and construction, but we strive to produce exceptional experiences, intricately choreographed spaces, and works that are unexpected, hyper-useful, intelligent, and full of delight.
The practice has been recognized for excelling at complex urban projects, and we are adept at synthesizing multiple functions, systems, and constituencies into elegant and beguilingly works. MKCA serves a diverse and international client base. We are based in New York City and work across the United States and worldwide.
A gut renovation and exterior restoration of a landmark Brooklyn brownstone in the historic Clinton Hill neighborhood. The design of the house balances stabilizing the building and recapturing its original details with efforts to create a new home
A thorough reinvention of a generously scaled but awkward post-war West Village Apartment. Lightened and subtly textured materials, and exactingly detailed custom elements create an elegant and informal living environment for a professional couple.
The landmarked Upper East Side Townhouse required a great deal of reconstruction, which allowed the designers to completely reconceive the home’s interiors and backyard landscaping for contemporary living.
Having acquired a 225 sf space in Manhattan’s West Village and an adjoining 5ft tall storage attic space, a client approached MKCA - Michael K Chen Architecture with a request to transform the minuscule space into a gracious and multi-functional home.