Using design integration to create a fully functional 24 hour space and convert this space into a studio adding a second BR to this 1BR 1BATH apartment

Architecture and Interior Design Firm in New York 

We believe in the importance of designing from inside to outside. That is why we combine Architecture and Interiors to offer our clients a more holistic approach to your Design both Private and Public, large space projects to furniture design, from concept to construction we use our team approach to provide the services needed for each individual project whether residential, commercial or office spaces. We are certified as an MWBE in New York city agencies.

Meet the EXD Architects

Victoria Benatar

Victoria is a registered architect in both New York and Venezuela, and co-founder of EXD Architecture.

By combining a multicultural background, expertise in architecture, and interior design, her work focuses on creating multi-purposed customized designs for commercial, hospitality, and residential uses worldwide. For nearly 35 years, she has explored the role of design in our lives…



Michelle Cianfaglione

Michelle is a registered architect in New York and co-founder of EXD Architecture.

Her work in and around New York City focuses on smart, integrated living systems that layer program with an emphasis on studying the 1:1 scale and ergonomics.

Michelle has had her own practice and worked for award-winning architects in Philadelphia and New York City doing high-end residential and commercial work as well as international design competitions.



Our Process – One Space Many Activities

Our research on the growth of shared economies, paired with extensive design experience, has helped us to become “adaptive creative practitioners”. We understand the new idea of luxury, the changing needs of our customers, the standard spaces they live in, and how they can evolve.


We do this by formulating strategies for design flexibility and changeability, to allow for 24 hours of use, for living and working in the same space. Our mission is to help clients improve the way they live and work because life starts in your space and extends out to the world.

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Client Testimonials

5 renovations ! 

 We have worked with EXD on 5 renovations. We moved into an original condition apartment on the Upper West Side 23 years ago. My wife and I hired EXD to renovate our Kitchen and it still looks good now. As our family expanded we hired them again to convert a walk in closet into a nursery, and a few years later we bought our neighbor’s apartment and had them combine the apartments.  They had to take out the second Kitchen and create a walk in shower. They had to make the combination look like it always existed,  to deal with the building code, and the coop board in a prewar apartment to update the electrical and plumbing. The work was both beautiful and functional. EXD managed the contractors, the permits and supervised the process to completion. The work was published in a magazine. 

A few years later I bought a small coop across the street from my apartment to use as an office, which required a gut renovation and a change of the certificate of occupancy. The result was a stunning space that was an office, guest bedrooms and recreational space for my family, all on a budget.  We most recently hired EXD to supervise repairs on our apartment, changes to kitchen and the best walk in closet on the Upper West Side (in my opinion). Victoria and Michelle have expertise with planning, all building systems and managing contractors, expeditors and the Department of Buildings. Victoria and Michelle are practical and knowledgeable. They are consummate professionals and I highly recommend them. 

– Eric S.


Wonderful experience and value!

I worked with Victoria and Michelle on a space plan for a commercial building that I lease in Soho. EXD Architecture created a beautiful “plug and play” space for us, since most tenants need flexibility at this time. All of the furniture and partitions can be easily moved to accommodate many uses. Throughout the process, EXD was always professional, responsive and on-time. I highly recommend EXD Architecture for a wonderful experience and great value.

– Bonnie S.

I feel better already!

My name is Brian and I am one of the partners at beFIT Therapy. We are a one on one physical therapy and personal training studio located in the heart of Times Square. To simply put it, Design matters! EXD received the best compliment when one of our patients came in through the door for the first time and said “I feel better already!” We are in the business of helping individuals feel better. The bright, energetic, clean design of our studio has clearly contributed to the success of our practice for the past nine years. I would highly recommend the talents of EXD, who are looking to make a difference in the way that you live and work.

– Brian G.

EXD is very involved every step of the way!

The partners at EXD are consummate professionals, extremely knowledgeable on all areas involved in the renovation, and have an excellent eye for design. We met several times to discuss what I wanted to be done, what my budget would allow being done,  and what my needs were in terms of storage. They presented many options in a range of prices and will take as much time as needed to find the right products for you.  EXD is very involved in every step of the way, working hand in hand with the contractor. They provided me with updates on a regular basis. There were no hidden surprises in terms of extra costs. Any minor issues that came up, they took care of right away. Any questions I had, they got back to me immediately.  I would extend EXD Architecture my highest recommendation. They created a beautiful living space for me and was an absolute pleasure to work with.

– Li G.

Quick Gut Renovation

My wife and I bought an apartment in need of not only a full gut renovation, but we were also looking to take a 2 bedroom and make it into a 3. Michelle and Victoria helped us design a beautiful new space including layout and storage ideas we would have never considered before. On top of that, Michelle and Victoria helped us to quickly navigate the complex red tape of the NYC building bureaucracy, so we could get to work and finish on time. We wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone in need of the simplest or most complex jobs NYC has to offer!

– Ira C.

Certifications & Affiliations

American Institute of Architects logo
Colegio do Arquitectos de Venezuela logo
American Society of Interior Designers logo
BAP logo
U.S Green Building Council logo
Columbia GSAPP logo
Colegio de Ingenieros de Venezuela logo
International Well Building Institute logo
New York City MWBE logo
New York Institute of Technology logo
Parsons The New School for Design logo
RISD logo
New York State Communication Association logo
The Port Authority of NY & NJ logo
School of Constructed Environments logo
Weitzman School of Design logo
New York City Housing Authority logo

Partners & Vendors

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