Architects and Planners for sustainable community development.

Who We Are

For over three decades, Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP) has pioneered outstanding building design and urban revitalization projects as the foundation for vibrant and sustainable communities. Our top priority is to assist non-profit groups, municipalities, and developers to reshape neighborhoods to improve their residents’ quality of life. Decades after our firm was founded in 1986, we continue to reinvent the design of urban housing, mixed-use developments, and originate new approaches to planning urban neighborhoods.


MAP invests in creating positive outcomes. We walk the streets that residents walk, talking with them and listening to their ideas. By interacting directly with the users of our buildings and neighborhoods, we learn about the context and culture of their communities. More than just building spaces for people to live in, we design community.


We actively serve the Community through our dedicated Volunteering Program, which began in early 2015. Almost every month, a team of MAP staff, friends, and family dedicate their personal time to a project that revitalizes, completes, or improves the buildings we have designed. We focus on tasks that can involve the residents of the building, whether it is cooking a meal, painting a mural or planting a garden. As often as possible we bring together our team, our client’s team, and tenants to collaborate; in addition, we host ongoing food and clothing drives. MAP’s mission is to build sustainable communities through all our actions. Our client relationships allow our staff to engage in that mission beyond architecture and planning, and to spend time with the people who occupy and benefit from the spaces we create. We continue to inspire moments of optimism and happiness, one effort at a time.


Our most acclaimed project, the Melrose Commons Urban Renewal Plan in the South Bronx, began as a pro bono effort. For 20 years, we replaced empty lots and abandoned buildings with over 1,000 new affordable housing units in a 30-block neighborhood. Ultimately, the new development has changed the destiny of local residents. To date MAP has designed and built nearly 20 properties in the master plan.


We don’t just revitalize neighborhoods – we also lead the way in transforming industrial and waterfront sites into attractive residential areas. MAP converted a former brewery site into Rheingold Gardens, an award-winning affordable and sustainable community.


We specialize in bringing people of different incomes together to collectively raise the standard of living for all. Atlantic Terrace – a mixed-income, mixed-use LEED-Gold certified building – offers sustainable and affordable housing in a diverse community adjacent to a major transit hub. Creston Avenue Residence provides new supportive housing integrated with social service provider Volunteers of America – Greater New York offices in a LEED-Platinum Certified Building.


In all of our projects, we provide new opportunities in the buildings we design, the streets we plan, and the neighborhoods we create.


What We Do

MAP offers comprehensive architectural and planning services that blend design excellence with technical and planning expertise. We specialize in mixed-use developments; affordable, supportive, senior, mixed-income, and market-rate housing; schools; community facilities; urban design; and community planning. Our clients include community groups, public agencies, municipalities, institutions, real estate developers, schools, and non-profit organizations.



Our services include:


Planning: Our plans grow from the needs and ideas of our clients and their communities. We create plans that reflect your goals, mission, and principles.


Research and Analysis: We undertake feasibility studies, needs assessments, zoning analyses, and land-use studies, so that you have all the information you need before a project starts.


Pre-Design Services: In addition to our research and analysis services, we conduct property evaluations, code and zoning reviews, and real estate development consulting to lay the foundation for the design process for projects as they move forward.


Full Architectural Services: We provide a full range of architectural design services, so that we can confidently take your project from concept to completion.


Interior Design: We offer space needs analysis, space planning, selection of furniture, fixtures, and finishes, custom millwork, cabinetry, and lighting design to give you a one-stop-shop experience for your building from top to bottom, inside and out.


Construction: We cover all aspects of the construction process, from assisting with the bid and negotiation process to expediting agency approvals and coordinating move-in, to make sure that your project turns out exactly as you want.


How We Do It

We listen to you. Our number one goal is to understand your objectives and concerns, and create a design that responds effectively to your needs.


We believe in community service. MAP understands the positive impact that high-quality design can have on public life.


We are dedicated to quality design. Our work, whether affordable or market-rate, brings the social and physical environment into harmony, improving the quality of life for its users.


We put the Earth first. We want our neighborhoods and our planet to last, so we design green, healthy communities and buildings.


We work together. We know that teamwork produces superior results. Our office environment is collaborative, creative, inclusive, and supportive.