A native of Trieste, Italy, Igor Jozsa has practiced architecture in New York for over thirty-five years. Mr. Jozsa received a doctorate degree in architecture and urban design from the Instituto Universitario di Architettura of Venice, Italy in 1971. The following year he moved to New York City where he formed Urban Initiatives, a non-profit organization dedicated to urban planning.
As an urban planner, Mr. Jozsa conceived and implemented conceptual guidelines for the revitalization of several American cities, including Chattanooga, Tennessee, Naples Florida, Boca Raton, Florida and Springfield, Illinois. In addition, from 1987 to 1994, Mr. Jozsa designed a series of self-contained exhibitions and learning centers focusing on the life of Martin Luther King and the movement towards non-violence for the Martin Luther King Foundation. Other museum and exhibition design work includes "Italy - Too Late To Be Saved" (the Metropolitan Museum of New York followed by a traveling exhibition), "More Streets for People" (a traveling exhibition in approximately thirty U.S. cities), "Bramante in New York" (Museum for the City of New York) and "Labor Days," an annual exhibit for the New York Department of Labor focusing on the value of work (The Jacob Javits Center).
Concurrent with Urban Initiatives, Mr. Jozsa established a solo architectural practice specializing in the conversion of commercial and manufacturing spaces into residential co-ops and condominiums and restaurants in Soho, Tribeca, and Chelsea. Since then Mr. Jozsa's residential and commercial design work has come to include luxury lofts on Manhattan's Upper and Lower East Sides in addition to landmark brownstones in Harlem, high-end retail spaces and weekend residences in the tri-state area.
Anticipating the future development of Tribeca, in 1973 Mr. Jozsa moved into an abandoned warehouse there and renovated the loft space that was to become his home for more than twenty-five years. In 1981, he moved his architectural studio to Chelsea, converting one of the first buildings in that area into condominium live/work lofts.
In 1990, Mr. Jozsa designed the Angelika Film Center. Located in the heart of Soho, the Angelika is one of the highest grossing movie theaters in Manhattan. Its sumptuous lobby was the first to offer a gourmet catering facility and has been published in more than 50 publications around the world and copied numerous times.
In 1996, Mr. Jozsa moved his practice to the East Village and with his wife, Pamela Page, formed the design firm Jozsa/Page Design Associates. That year Jozsa and Page converted a 56,000 square foot, 19th century public school building in Lower Manhattan into 14 luxury condominium lofts while also completing Chez Es Saada, a Moroccan-themed restaurant the Zagat Survey ranked among the top 30 restaurants in Manhattan for its decor. Two years later, Mr. Jozsa converted one of the oldest taverns in Manhattan into a 10,000 square foot restaurant and bar. Located in Chelsea, Zagat called The Tonic's "beautiful" dining room and "handsome" tavern a "winner."
Other notable projects between 1998 and 2001 include Zao, the first high-end retail store on Orchard Street, for fashion designer Eli Tahari, Sarajo, a 3,500 square foot antique store in Soho, Planet Rose, a karoke bar on the Lower East Side, a residential apartment on Fifth Avenue and an award-winning barn renovation in Bethel, Connecticut.
During this time, the firm continued to work outside of Manhattan on residential projects in upstate New York, southern Connecticut and on Long Island as well as in Italy. Over the past seven years, Jozsa and Page have completed over a dozen brownstone renovations in Harlem, several high-end renovations in Manhattan and the design for a luxury condominium project in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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