ABOUT THE FIRM

AYON Studio provides comprehensive professional services in the fields of Architecture and Historic Preservation. Conceived as a collaborative studio practice by Architect and Preservationist Angel Ayón, AIA, LEED AP, the firm aims to assist building owners, property managers, as well as not-for-profit private and institutional clients to close the divide between both disciplines in the contemporary, professional marketplace. Architecture, Historic Preservation, Design, Engineering, Materials and Fine Arts conservation professionals are brought together by AYON Studio according to each project’s needs to creatively address a variety of programmatic, aesthetic, contextual, historical, regulatory and sustainability challenges in the built environment. AYON Studio is a Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE).

Angel Ayón, AIA, LEED AP

Trained and experienced as an Architect and a Preservationist in both his native Havana and New York City, Angel Ayón has more than twenty years of learning from, advocating for, and ultimately conceiving and overseeing, conservation efforts to save and secure our built heritage as a cultural asset for current and future generations. His experience includes rehabilitation, adaptive reuse and building-envelope evaluation and repair of a variety of commercial and residential properties ranging from single-family homes to museums, universities and high-rise commercial buildings. Mr. Ayón has a deep-rooted commitment to community involvement and independent conservation advocacy. For the last 14 years, he has led the Harlem community in an attempt to save the historic Mount Morris fire watchtower in Marcus Garvey Park. He is also a member of the Historic Preservation committee of The Municipal Art Society of New York. Mr. Ayón holds a professional degree in Architecture and a MSc in Conservation and Rehabilitation of the Built Heritage from Havana’s Higher Polytechnic Institute, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Conservation of Historic Buildings & Archaeological Sites from Columbia University in New York. 

PUBLICATIONS

Ayón, Angel and Uta Pottgiesser, “Reglazing Modernism - The American and European Experience with Steel Frame Assemblies To Date.” In Face Time: The emergence of the Façade as the Integrative Factor in Holistic Building Design, ed. Douglas Noble, FAIA, Ph.D., Karen Kensek, LEED AP (BD+C) and Shreya Das, 301-315. Los Angeles, CA: Façade Tectonics World Congress Conference Proceedings, Volume 1, 2016

Ayón, Angel and Pamela Jerome. “Can the 1960s Single Glazed Curtain Wall Be Saved?,” APT Bulletin Vol. XLV, No. 4 (2014): 13-19

Ayón, Angel and Nina Rappaport. “Greening the Glass Box: A Roundtable Discussion about Sustainability and Preservation of Modern Buildings,” MÓD Issue 1 (Docomomo_NY/Tri-State, 2014): 17-22

Ayón, Angel and William B. Rose. “Reglazing Frank Lloyd Wright’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum,” APT Bulletin Vol. XLII, No. 2-3 (2011): 59-66

Ayón, Angel y Pamela Jerome. “Desafíos de Conservación en el Museo Guggenheim de Frank Lloyd Wright,” in Gigliola Carozzi Arosio (ed.) “ArquiTectónica”, No. 18-19, (Universidad Iberoamericana, Ciudad de México, 2011) pp. 193-206

Ayón, Angel and Pamela Jerome. “Conservation Challenges at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum,” 11th International Docomomo Conference, 24-27 August, 2010, Mexico City, Mexico

Ayón, Angel et. al. “Along Trails and Shorelines.” in J. D. Solomon and J. Bolchover (ed.) “306090: Sustain and Develop”, no. 13 (Princeton Architectural Press - Mar 3, 2010)

Ayón, Angel. “Historic Fabric vs. Design Intent: Authenticity and Conservation of Modern Architecture at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.” Journal of Architectural Conservation, Vol. 15, no. 3, (Donhead, 2009): 41-58

Ayón, Angel, et. al. “The Guggenheim at Fifty: Notes on Recent Preservation Work.” Docomomo Journal, no. 41, (Docomomo International, 2009): 73-79

Ayón, Angel, et. al. “Preserving a Modern Icon: Recent Work at the Guggenheim Museum.” Newsletter, Docomomo_US, Spring (Docomomo_US, 2009): 9-11

Jerome, Pamela, Angel Ayón and Paul M. Schwartzbaum. “Restoration and Building Enhancement of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.” News in Conservation, International Institute of Conservation, no. 6 (2008): 4-5