New York is known as a great melting pot of cultures, and as such, it’s no surprise the immigrants have their fingerprints on nearly every aspect of the city. But one part which is often underappreciated is the impact of immigrant architects in designing and crafting the visual skyline of the city. Throughout the course of history, a procession of architects born abroad – first British, then later German, Italian, and Eastern European – have all brought their unique and distinctive touches to the built environment of NYC.
- New York City has always been proud to be the world’s melting pot, combining global influences to create the City’s own distinct feel.
- This is true not just on the streets but in the buildings themselves, many of which were designed by immigrant architects.
- These key influencers and designers came from all over the world, particularly Central and Eastern Europe, as well as Italy.
“In 1909, when he was 19 years old, Candela immigrated to New York to study architecture at Columbia University.”