Richard Lavenstein

Richard S. Lavenstein earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. A native of Baltimore, MD, after graduation in 1979, Mr. Lavenstein moved to New York City where he worked for Giorgio Cavaglieri Architect concentrating on historic restoration and adaptive reuse projects. Under Mr. Cavaglieri’s direction, Mr. Lavenstein participated in the design of the Joseph Papp Public Theater, the Pratt Institute Library in Brooklyn, and was associate-in-charge of design and  construction for the New York Public Library Wallace Periodicals Room which was the first phase of the overall restoration of the 5th Avenue Library. He next worked for Rivkin-Weisman Architects where he participated in the design of numerous corporate office projects, residential projects (both apartments and houses), and contributed to other work including exhibition and furniture design. He then worked with Robert Kahn Architect for a period of two years. From 1992-2009 Mr. Lavenstein was a principal at Bond Street Architecture & Design where he was the lead designer working on high-end residential projects, restaurants, hotels, motels, retail space, interiors, and furniture and lighting design.

In the fall of 2009 Mr. Lavenstein joined Amy Libit to form a new design firm: L+L Design Studio, LLC.

Some of the publications Mr. Lavenstein’s work has appeared in are House & Garden, Architectural Record, Interior Design, and The New York Times, as well as several books including The Essential House Book and Studio Apartments. As a writer, he has contributed to architectural and literary journals and books including House & Garden, Architectural Record, Parnassus,  The Bennington Review, and the guidebook series City Secrets. For the year 1990-1991, Mr. Lavenstein was a regular contributor to the National Lampoon.

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