Architecture

CBC_HooDooSCynthia B. Crier has over 30 years of experience in the architectural profession and has lived in New York City since 1987. Cynthia Bradfield Crier is the principal of Cynthia B. Crier, Architect. The firm’s focus is on residential work. Ms. Crier has been a practicing architect in New York City for more than two decades. Her extensive experience in retail, commercial, governmental and residential work was acquired with the New York City architectural firms of Kohn, Pedersen, Fox, Naomi Leff and the FDNY, New York City Fire Department.

Commercial project work was both foreign and domestic and ranged from bank and office tower development in Jakarta, Indonesia to major media and corporate offices in New York City. Retail store design embraced the creation of fashion boutiques for, among others, Salvatore Ferragamo, Holt Renfrew and Armani in the United States and Canada.

From 1993 to 2001, Ms. Crier was Chief Architect of the New York City Fire Department, FDNY, during which time she was responsible for budgeting, designing and managing construction of over half a billion dollars of work within the city. The Fire Department has 223 Firehouses throughout the 5 boroughs, of which, 75 percent are over 75 years of age. Notable among the projects she instituted is a comprehensive and ongoing program for the restoration and preservation of some of the city’s most historically significant buildings. The renovation efforts she implemented upgrade 19th century firehouses to 21st century technology without compromising their historic integrity. The Landmark Commission noted this effort with awards for the preservation work in 1997. In addition to the firehouse restorations, new Firehouses and EMS Stations were built and honored with awards for sensitivity and responsiveness to their contextual neighborhoods.