Kemeri Bog Competition

(A)  View towards Main Entrance

(A) View towards Main Entrance


In Classical Antiquity, the Oracle was thought to be the mystical portal through which the Gods could speak directly to the people.

This proposal is shaped as a man-made clearing, a space that allows for an interface between the Earth and the Sky; the vertical axis that can intersect with the horizon and the extended horizontal path that will traverse the Great Kemeri Bog. It is a space that allows for the gathering of knowledge through its Visitor Center exhibition and a place of respite as a kind of oasis that offers regeneration.

The enclosing walls are fabricated in faceted sections from Shou Sugi Ban charred wood, a finishing system invented in Japan that naturally preserves the material. It is set up to act as a scrim- a surface that both filters the condition that lies beyond it while allowing natural light to enter in.

(A) Oracle Plan

(A)  Section through Courtyard and Campground  (B)  View from outdoor Cafe towards Ticket Booth

(A) Section through Courtyard and Campground
(B) View from outdoor Cafe towards Ticket Booth

October 2018

Midtown, NYC

Revisiting a project realized nearly 20 years ago, Ruby Lerner's Park Avenue apartment was re-imagined by adding the floor as a composed and integrated elevations. Its previously warm coloration was made to be more contemplative, reflective of the sky. Published originally in Living Large in Small Spaces, it continues to remain her sanctuary.

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April 2018

Upper West Side, NY

After a unique collaboration with Muriel and David Albert, that sustained itself over five different phases (balcony, master bathroom, piano noblile, upper bedrooms, ground living floor) their unique upper west side townhouse is complete.  Thank you to Anna Sawicka and Daniel Keller.

Photo by Thomas Allen

Photo by Thomas Allen

New York City

Frederick Biehle will be making a presentation, the Re-Invention of Public Housing, to the New York City Housing Authority directors and staff. It will include the work of his last three fall semester studios from Pratt Institute dedicated to the transformation of the superblock housing concept, so universally excepted and implemented in post-war America and now universally acknowledged as an urban failure.

Anna Dwyer and Siman Huang

Anna Dwyer and Siman Huang

Detroit, MI

Frederick Biehle will present his paper, Episodic Urbanisms: Pedagogical Studies and the Lesson of Rome, at the annual national conference of the ACSA during the session In Practice: History as Research. The paper looks at the porosity and interconnectedness of the pedestrian fabric of historical Rome as a principal means of empowering the individual and fulfilling the promise of the urban experience.


Episodic Urbanisms, the publication on the pedagogy and work of the Pratt Institute Rome Program, a program for the past 8 years directed by departmental Chair Erika Hinrichs, and for the previous 20 years coordinated by Frederick Biehle, will be released as a part of the festivities to mark the 40th anniversary of the program at the Palazzo Doria Pamfilj in Rome. Essays by Ryszard Sliwka, Jeffrey Hogrefe, Frederick Biehle and an introduction by Erika Hinrichs.

Rome, Italy

2017 is the 40th year of the Pratt Institute Rome Program, a program that has been directed in its entirety by Richard Piccolo and coordinated for 20 of those years by Frederick Biehle. Pratt Institute will mark the occasion by inviting alumni to Rome to celebrate the significance of this program in the education of its archtiects. The culminating event will be the evening of April 13 at the Palazzo Doria Pamfijl,. The Institute president, Thomas Schutte, as well as he Dean of Architecture, Thomas Hanrahan, will be in attendance.