Arnold Studio is an architecture and interior design practice led by Simon Arnold in New York City. Our work strives to be broad ranging and includes modern homes and innovative commercial spaces for clients seeking a diverse, engaging, and collaborative design process.

The practice has completed several uniquely crafted residences of varying scales and contexts, a sensory deprivation spa—which was shortlisted for Frame Magazine’s international design award— workplaces, multi-family residential, and the adaptive reuse of a former industrial building for a craft chocolate company.

The studio is a PHIUS Certified Passive House Consultant. Passive House is a holistic approach to designing high performance, energy efficient, and resilient buildings—including new and renovated homes, multifamily apartment, and commercial buildings.

The approach promotes decarbonization of the built environment through the employment of super-insulated, airtight enclosures to create buildings that use up to 60-80 percent less energy than conventional buildings. Net zero, or even net-positive energy consumption is achievable with the adoption of on-site renewable energy systems. As a consequence, the interior environment is temperature and humidity stable, with substantially cleaner air quality—resulting in healthy and comfortable indoor spaces.

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Simon has extensive experience leading complex projects of varying scales and types in the US and internationally. He contributes a passion for design leadership, combined with a deep knowledge of construction technologies, project delivery, and sustainable building practices gleaned from a twenty-year career. Simon is a licensed architect in the states of New York and Texas, and is a Certified Passive House Consultant. He is currently part-time faculty at Parsons School of Design.

Prior to founding Arnold Studio in 2016, Simon was Project Director at Leeser Architecture for ten years, leading notable projects including Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York City, a tri-climatic biosphere in Abu Dhabi, and many interiors for companies including Two Trees, Bond Collective, and Genius. Simon has also held design positions with industry-leading firms Diller Scofidio + Renfro and SOM.

— Simon Arnold, RA AIA CPHC

We pride ourselves in forging working relationships based upon establishing an open dialogue from the earliest scope discussions, through project delivery, and long after, because we believe this brings out the best results for all partners in the project. We are proud our clients also see the value in this.

“Simon is a great architect and designer, and a great partner. We are on to our second project with Arnold Studio, which tells you everything you need to know. They really listened and worked with us.”

—Nicholas R, Hancock Street House, NYC

“Simon & his team were an absolute pleasure to work with, I would recommend them without hesitation. Their portfolio of work speaks for itself. Our end product went above and beyond our expectations tenfold. They were so helpful in guiding us through permitting, contractor selection, and construction and were a great ally in helping us stay within budget whilst upholding the integrity of the design.”

—Christian R, Vessel Floats, NYC

“Simon has a superb aesthetic and eye for detail. He’s a pleasure to work with, and has a strong network of engineers, expeditors, and builders.”

—Nathan S, Strauss Apartment, NYC

“My husband and I can’t say enough positive things about working with Arnold Studio. The design created by Simon and his team is modern and elegant, and creates a sense of peace for anyone who walks in. We appreciated the openness of our discussions, including budget constraints—which always come up in the renovation process. We would absolutely work with Arnold Studio again.”

—Kathy C, Sylvan House, Austin, TX

“You should hire Arnold Studio if you’re looking for a highly talented architecture team that is organized, thoughtful and creative.”

—Tim M, Amber Lake House, NY

“I will start by saying that “attention to detail” is a phrase heard constantly in design, but seldom witnessed. My wife and I watched first hand Simon’s astonishing level of detail given to our renovation in Brooklyn. From understanding our wants and needs from conception, to being present for every small detail, he exemplifies a person who possesses passion for the job at hand. In the end, the results speak for themselves, our home is adored by us and envied by others.”

—Patrick S, Clinton Hill Residence, NYC

“Arnold Studio is an absolute pleasure to work with. They helped us shape our vision, since we didn’t know where to begin.”

—Quinn L, Quinnie’s, Hudson, NY

Whether you have a clear vision for your project’s goals, or you’re considering working on a building, we’re ready to listen and partner with you.

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