Office of Architecture

612 degraw st. no. 2 | brooklyn ny 11217 | 718.643.0371 |

The Gowanus Urban Field Station Description



September 14, 2017 – Brooklyn Row House 1 featured on Dezeen.

September 6, 2017 – Brooklyn Row House 1 is featured on Dwell.

August 31, 2017 – Watermill House is winner of an East End Design Award in the ‘New Single Family House Over 5000SF’ category.

August 25, 2017 – Final images of Brooklyn Row House 1 are here.

June 15, 2017 – Updated drawings for Brooklyn Row House 1 are here.  Photos of the finished project coming soon!

February 3, 2017 – Brooklyn Row House is a featured in a story on Dwell.  See here.

January 26, 2017 – A story on the Watermill House on See here.

December 8, 2016 – Final images of the Watermill House are here.



Office of Architecture (OA) was established in 2012 on the premise that great spaces require the artful orchestration of vision and logistics; that ingenuity can emerge from the limits set by the hard realities of a problem; and that imagination need not belie common sense. OA engages each project with the design sensibility to envision the big idea and the professional savvy to realize its potential.


Aniket Shahane, Principal


Since founding Office of Architecture in 2012, Aniket has overseen the design and execution of a variety of projects – both commissioned and speculative – that have been featured in diverse print and online publications and exhibits including Architectural Record, Dwell, ArchDaily and Storefront for Art and Architecture. Born in India, raised in the U.S., and trained as an architect in Paris, Barcelona, and New York City, Aniket brings to his work a rich set of experiences and an ability to artfully engage diverse groups of people and projects. Prior to establishing OA, Aniket trained in the offices of notable architects Enric Miralles/Benedetta Tagliabue and Joel Sanders as Designer and Project Architect on several award-winning works. He is a licensed architect in New York.

In addition to practice, Aniket is actively involved in architectural education. He currently teaches architecture studios as a Critic in the M.Arch I and M.Arch II programs at the Yale School of Architecture and is a regular invited juror on architecture reviews at Yale University, Columbia University, NYIT, Parsons, Washington University, and the California College of Arts.

Aniket received his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Architecture from Yale University, where he was awarded the Edward Parsons Medal.


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Current / Past Team Members: Joshua Eager, Ivan Kostic, Eddie Simpson, Valentin Bansac, Stephen Maher, Tristan Walker, Brendan Pettersen



Office of Architecture

612 degraw st. no. 2

brooklyn ny 11217


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The Gowanus Urban Field Station

Honorable Mention, Gowanus by Design’s international competition: Axis Civitas.

The pressures Gowanus currently faces – economic, cultural, morphological, and ecological – are both significant and haphazard. As a ‘‘field station’’, our project is not only a place which can be used to craft an urban strategy to address these forces, it is an embodiment of the strategy itself, which focuses on three of Gowanus’s most notable characteristics: its variety of flexible building typologies, its rich and diverse collection of programs/uses and its scarcity of iconic architectural landmarks.

RECOGNIZE AND UNITE. Gowanus is already a collection of rich and varied businesses and flexible building typologies. Leveraging this neighborhood strength, our proposal for an ‘‘urban field station’’ does not call for a new building. Rather, it posits that the field station program – exhibits, academic space, workspace, auditorium, and recreation – already exists in the current physical and economic field of Gowanus. It simply needs to be knit together logistically. We see the urban field station as a flexible alliance of local businesses that share their space and time for the purposes of serving as a community center. The field station works as a collection of existing buildings on a neighborhood campus, meeting the physical requirements of the program, while simultaneously cultivating a strong bond between local businesses and the Gowanus community.

REPRESENT. New York is a city of icons. The Empire State Building, World Trade Center, and the Statue of Liberty are all material representations of a civic ethos. Gowanus can contribute to New York’s legacy of postcard-worthy icons with its own architectural landmark. Reassembling the recently dismantled ‘‘Kentile Floors’’ sign letters along the axis of the Gowanus Canal is a proposal similar in spirit to the idea of the field station itself. Not only will it bring back a meaningful neighborhood icon in a new way, it will also serve as a powerful reflection of Gowanus’s identity as a neighborhood: vibrant, diverse, gritty, and resilient.

Project Specs:

Architect: Office of Architecture; Team: Aniket Shahane, Principal; Ivan Kostic, Valentin Bansac