Design Architect Craig Dykers of Snøhetta introduces 550 Madison

Team Overview

Adapting 550 Madison Avenue to support today’s global businesses and reintegrating it into the life of New York City is an incredibly complex undertaking. Every aspect of the building’s exciting transformation—investment, development, real estate services, architecture, and interior design—is shaped by expert hands and minds.


For nearly 30 years, Snøhetta has designed some of the world’s most notable public and cultural projects. Snøhetta kick-started its career in 1989 with the competition-winning entry for the new library of Alexandria, Egypt. This was later followed by the commission for the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo, the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion at the World Trade Center in New York City, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Expansion in California, among many others. Since its inception, the practice has maintained its original trans-disciplinary approach, integrating architectural, landscape, interior and brand design in all of its projects.

Among its many recognitions, Snøhetta received the World Architecture Award for the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, and the Aga Kahn Prize for Architecture for the Alexandria Library. Since its completion in 2008, the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet has also garnered the Mies van der Rohe European Union Prize for Architecture and the EDRA (Environmental Design Research Association) Great Places Award, as well as the European Prize for Urban Public Space, The International Architecture Award and The Global Award for Sustainable Architecture in 2010. In 2016, Snøhetta was named the Wall Street Journal’s Architecture Innovator of the Year.


Gensler is a global architecture, design, and planning firm with 48 locations and more than 6,000 professionals networked across Asia, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, and the Americas. Founded in 1965, the firm serves more than 3,500 active clients in virtually every industry. Gensler designers strive to make the places people live, work, and play more inspiring, more resilient, and more impactful.

AECOM Tishman

AECOM Tishman is one of the world’s leading builders, spanning over 100 years and responsible for managing construction of more than 600 million square feet, including iconic projects such as the World Trade Center, One Vanderbilt and Hudson Yards. As part of AECOM (NYSE:ACM), a fully integrated global infrastructure firm with offices in more than 150 countries, we connect knowledge and experience across a global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM had revenue of approximately $18.2 billion during fiscal year 2017. See how we deliver what others can only imagine at and @AECOM.

The Olayan Group

Founded in 1947, The Olayan Group is a private, multinational enterprise with an actively managed portfolio of international investments and diverse commercial and industrial operations in the Middle East. The Group’s main offices are in Athens, London, Riyadh and New York, where the Group has had a continuous presence for more than 45 years. Investing both directly and in partnership with leading developers, the Group has a diverse real estate portfolio that includes commercial, residential, and mixed-use properties. Among them are a number of well-known trophy assets: the Paris Portfolio of historic buildings in that city’s prestigious 8th Arrondissement, The Knightsbridge Estate in central London, and the historic Ritz Hotel of Madrid.

RXR Realty

Founded in 2007, RXR Realty is one of the largest private real estate operators and developers in the New York region, with expertise in a wide array of value creation activities including structured finance investments and real estate development. RXR’s core growth strategy is focused on New York City and the surrounding region, where they currently have over 23 million square feet of commercial operating properties with an aggregate gross asset value of over $17 billion. RXR brings unmatched experience in redeveloping iconic landmark buildings in the region; RXR’s portfolio currently includes the iconic Helmsley Building, 75 Rockefeller Plaza, Pier 57, and the Starrett-Lehigh Building, among many others.


As a leading visionary property developer, active investor and asset manager, we pride ourselves on our ability to unlock the outstanding potential behind each of our commercial, residential, hotel and leisure projects. Since we were established 30 years ago, we have strived to inspire some of the most influential development and investment projects in London and around the world, from Paris to New York and now Hong Kong to Tokyo.

With a strong strategic approach to new markets and opportunities and with $9.4bn of transactions since 2005, we continue to enhance our reputation for consistently delivering market-leading returns for our investors. We pride ourselves on building long term relationships with both our partners and investors and in partnering with the best in class for each project we are involved in.


CBRE is the world’s largest commercial real estate services firm serving owners, investors and occupiers. The firm’s more than 75,000 professionals provide exceptional outcomes for clients in 100+ countries by combining local market insight, broad services, specialized expertise and premier tools and resources. For more than a quarter century, CBRE has been the leader in commercial real estate across the metro New York marketplace.

The firm completes more top 50 commercial real estate transactions in Manhattan each year than any other firm.


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