ABOUT THE FIRM
The Goldstein Partnership, founded in 1953, is among the longest established and most highly respected Architectural & Planning firms in the New York Metropolitan area. Now in its second generation, the firm continues under the leadership of Eli Goldstein, AIA, PP, LEED.
Our project list includes hundreds of repeat projects from scores of delighted clients who seek innovative, cost-effective, and well-considered design solutions to problems that are unusual, exceptionally complex, and/or without precedent.
We are known for innovative work that embodies state-of the-art building technology with a focus on sustainable, energy-efficient design and planning; unparalleled attention to detail; strict adherence to project budgets; buildings and sites that anticipate future change and can easily adapt to it; and our Partner’s hands-on project involvement. Our average construction change order rate is under 1%, a rate unmatched in the industry.
We have designed or consulted on projects in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, DC, and Wisconsin.
Our projects have been widely published nationally and internationally and have received many professional awards.
KEY MANAGEMENT TEAM MEMBERS
Eli Goldstein, AIA, PP, LEED, Managing Partner is the author of numerous articles on design and construction, and of the professional reference book Timber Construction for Architects and Builders, published by McGraw-Hill. Under his leadership, the firm has served scores of clients, including numerous local Governments. And, under his leadership, the firm has continued its decades-long commitment to sustainable buildings and systems. He served on the Technical Committee advising the Rutgers University Center for Green Building on the development of the New Jersey Green Building Manual, released in 2011. He speaks frequently about issues related to the standard of care at professional seminars for organizations such as CSI, Lorman, and WPL. Known for his deep expertise in construction methodology, cost control, risk management, professional standards, and ethics, he has provided Experts services for more than 20 years to many of the metropolitan NY area’s leading construction attorneys, and was recently designated a Construction Neutral by the American Arbitration Association. He has been instrumental in helping public agencies, owners, design professionals, and contractors, to identify and address design and construction defects on troubled building projects designed by others. Mr. Goldstein holds BS and M. Arch. degrees from MIT.
Risa Perlmutter Goldstein, RA, PP, Partner, has been a licensed Architect & Planner for over 30 years. For 7 of them she was Land Development Executive for a Partnership of 3 major East Coast entities, overseeing redevelopment of NYC and NJ sites including the MOTBY Peninsula in Bayonne, NJ–the largest undeveloped site in New York Harbor, and applying leadership in design, planning, entitlement processes, community development, project management, and construction to this work. On the Private side of Public-Private Partnerships, she helped plan communities encompassing luxury residential, affordable housing, retail, hotel, office, cruise-ship harbor and green space uses, plus new road and public transportation systems, on a site subject to sea level rise.Risa is committed to combining Resiliency and Sustainability Planning with Urban Design. Now, drawing on knowledge of what motivates the private sector, she leads planning initiatives for Public clients. She contributed expertise to the crafting of Jersey City’s Resiliency Master Plan and Adaptation Master Plan, resulting in revisions to Land Use Ordinances, Capital Improvement plans, and more. In 2018 she spoke on this topic at the ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability Congress in Bonn, Germany. Risa serves on the Board of the UK-Based Ecological Sequestration Trust. In October 2019 she attended the C40 Mayors Climate Summit in Copenhagen and was invited to be among the core group of individuals participating in C40's new Knowledge Hub. She has served on Zoning and Planning Boards for a combined 20 years. She holds a BA in Design of the Environment, and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.
Laura Antonacos Berwind, RA, Senior Associate, has been with The Goldstein Partnership for 20 years, serving as the Project Manager for many of the firm’s Civic, Educational, and Religious projects. Laura provides expertise in coordinating our most complex projects and assuring budget compliance. For our Historic Preservation projects, she applies extensive experience that began with her prior work for the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office and the National Park Service. Laura plays a vital role in the firm’s litigation support assignments, having helped analyze projects with substantial construction values. Laura holds a BA from Columbia University, and an M. Arch./Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.