ABOUT US

+ b, the joint venture of Architects Pablo Vengoechea and Timothy Boyland, began in 2008 to merge skill sets on local and regional planning, complex land use projects, preservation, and resilient and sustainable architecture. With a home office located in St George and strong ties to the neighborhoods of Staten Island's North Shore, local public and community engagement has remained a cornerstone of their work.

 

Our practices are well versed in Neighborhood Revitalization and Planning, Zoning, Urban Design, Housing of all types, Historic Preservation and Architecture. We collaborate on designing place-based architecture and planning practice responsive to context and the particularities of a given site - local history and culture, ecology, and the social and economic circumstances and built setting of the site and the surrounding community.

 

v + b are passionate about integrating and reflecting the natural and built worlds in our projects - practically, intellectually and emotionally. The visceral and intellectual encounter between a building and its users is an important elementary response and underlines the genius of place we strive to achieve.

v + b’s portfolio includes work on historic sites and buildings, planning for waterfront development, community engagement, establishing urban design controls, and conducting pre-development work for residential and industrial sites. We have completed projects in special zoning and historic districts working successfully with City and State agencies.

 

 

Timothy G. Boyland, AIA, is a licensed architect with forty (40) years experience in architectural design, land use planning, commercial and residential development, urban design, historic preservation, community revitalization, disaster recovery, and zoning and code consultation. Mr. Boyland and his firms have secured agency approvals for more than one million square feet of housing in New York City.

 

Tim has testified in support of his projects before numerous governmental bodies and his projects have often garnered the support and advocacy of civic and preservation organizations. He has received awards from the American Institute of Architects, The American Planning Association, The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, among others.

 

Tim is a fifth generation Staten Islander with strong ties to the community. Following Super Storm Sandy he participated in disaster response and recovery and served as a member of Governor Cuomo's NY Rising Community Reconstruction and Implementation Committee for Staten Island. His commitment to disaster preparedness and a resilient future for NYC led him to become certified by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency services to train design professionals and code officials to perform post-disaster building safety assessment. He has trained over 500 professionals to date.

 

He has held the position of President of the New York State organization of the American Institute of Architects (2015) and currently serves as the AIA’s New York State Disaster Assistance Coordinator.

 

Pablo E. Vengoechea, RA, is an architect, planner and urban designer with over forty five (45) years experience in site development and zoning; community planning; architecture and historic preservation; education; and environmental assessment in New York City and abroad. Mr. Vengoechea served as Vice Chair of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission from 1995 to 2013. During his tenure, the Commission promoted excellence in design; encouraged and approved modern architecture in historic areas; designated over 450 buildings and 40 districts; and adopted special design guidelines and restoration standards for landmarks.


During his time as Visiting Associate Professor of Urban Planning at Hunter College, Pablo taught preservation planning, site development, studio, urban design, zoning and project-oriented workshops.  Previously he was Adjunct Professor of Planning in the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, teaching workshops in planning skills, international planning studio, and seminars on legislating aesthetics. He co- chaired the Disaster Preparedness Task Force of NY New Visions and the Urban Design committee of the APA Metro Chapter.

 

From 1985 to 1995, Pablo was Principal Urban Designer of the Manhattan Office and Director of the Staten Island Office of the Department of City Planning.  In Staten Island he supervised a staff of land use and environmental planners, formulating and advancing policies to promote the innovative SI Bluebelt. He conducted a study of that borough’s waterfront with recommendations for the natural shoreline, the redeveloping waterfront and adjacent upland areas including the East Shore and Stapleton.  

v + b is a MBE certified firm.