STUDIO V Design + Planning successfully re-envisions entire neighborhoods and large distressed areas into vibrant and livable local assets.

Our areas of expertise includes innovative plans for infrastructure and transit oriented development projects, pioneering designs for mixed-use developments over rails and on the waterfront.  Edges and interstitial spaces become centers of focus as we weave new spaces for communities and neighborhoods.

On urban design and master planning projects, we engage in a surprising range of scales, unusual programs, and focus on the unique characteristics of each site to give new forms to urban and contemporary culture within the context of the community.

STUDIO V Design + Planning is certified Women Business Enterprise (WBE), and Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) with the City of New York, State of New York, Port Authority of NY and NJ, and the Federal System Awards Management.

We have extensive experience working closely with local municipalities, state and federal agencies, and as a result, we are able to comprehend and apply their codes to deliver successful projects.



Working with public and private clients, STUDIO V Design + Planning tackles surprisingly complex projects and challenging conditions and specializes in creative design strategies and intensive research that combines contemporary planning and historic structures.  Our waterfront masterplans, infrastructure and transit-oriented developments better define local communities and create more sustainable neighborhoods. Our design process includes working with communities and stakeholders to fully understand the needs of neighborhoods in which we build. 

Brooklyn Yards

STUDIO V Design + Planning is leading a team of professionals including Arup, Ken Smith Workshop, and AECOM Tishman on a large complex project that bridges a three mile rail cut through a south Brooklyn community. We are rezoning and designing this transit oriented development to recreate a vision for mixed use development with affordable housing, commercial space, and  green pedestrian gardens in the dense fabric of the neighborhood.

DeSoto Re-Use

STUDIO V Design + Planning is reinventing a failed mall into a walkable live, work and play pedestrian friendly community in Bradenton, FL. The development program focuses on a series of new storm water gardens and parks that facilitate a mixed used development of residential, commercial and medical.  Our urban design plan slices up, and re-positions the out of date mall and surrounding land into a vibrant mixed-use community.

Culture Alley

Culture Alley establishes a vibrant public space in Journal Square by integrating 1,000 residential units and cultural spaces including the historic Loew’s Theater, a new 100-seat black box theater, and 5,000 SF of exhibition space. This highly transit oriented site recreates a historical pedestrian concourse that reconnects directly to the PATH station.  Culture Alley will transform the cultural landscape of this currently vacant thoroughfare.  STUDIO V Design + Planning designed, submitted and received the Amendment approval to the Redevelopment Plan for the developer. 

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STUDIO V Design + Planning was founded in response to the demand for innovative urban and master plan design services. The studio works closely with public and private clients on adaptive reuse of former industrial sites, infrastructure and edge sites, transit oriented developments, and waterfronts.

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Kathy Chan

Ms. Chan was born in Hong Kong and raised in NYCHA housing on the Lower East Side of New York City.  The urban settings of her youth allowed her to explore the interstices within neighborhoods and influenced her to perceive better strategies and approaches to connect and re-develop communities.  As a Partner of the firm, Ms. Chan brings her experience with strategic planning and management to the process. 

Previously, Ms. Chan worked for eight years at STUDIO V Architecture in charge of operations, new business development and marketing which followed her career working in creative and communication agencies.


Jay Valgora AIA, AICP, LEED AP

Inspired by the grain elevators of Buffalo, New York Mr. Valgora became an architect and planner.  Mr. Valgora is currently a member of the Waterfront Management Advisory Board which provides guidance to the Department of City Planning on the development of the Comprehensive Waterfront Plan, to be published in 2020. He is also on the advisory board of Urban Land Institute New York and participates in their Technical Assistance Panels on sites around New York City.

Mr. Valgora is a partner of the firm, and also the founder and principal of STUDIO V Architecture. His passion for urban design and architecture comes full circle as he is planning the adaptive re-use of the grain elevators that inspired him.

STUDIO V Design + Planning is affiliated with STUDIO V Architecture.

STUDIO V Design + Planning provides urban design and master planning services for public public and government projects. It is a certified Woman Minority Business Enterprise (WMBE), recognized by federal, state, and municipal government.

STUDIO V Architecture creates architecture, urban design, and interior design for entrepreneurs, institutions, developers, and community organizations. 


STUDIO V Design + Planning

44 E 32nd Street
New York, NY 10016

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