We Believe

in designing from inside to outside

regardless of size, space should not be wasted

architecture should change as life changes

Meet the EXD Architects

Meet the EXD Architects

Our Process

 LEARN         Clients’ desires/challenges/dualities

DESIGN        24 hours of use/flexibility/optimization/kit of parts

INNOVATE    Healthy materials/study of neuroscience on wellbeing

IMPROVE     Life in your space/extends into the world

Design for Change

EXD Architecture 24 hour New York Artboard

At EXD, we are inspired by our home, New York City. The city that never sleeps, with its increasing density, layered program, high energy, multiple activities, and cultural diversity,  all combined to create a dynamic urban life.  Like the city, the space you inhabit should reflect your lifestyle. It should be flexible and versatile throughout 24 hours, maximizing the use and improving your experience.


Who is EXD?

Based in the ever-changing city of New York, Victoria Benatar and Michelle Cianfaglione founded EXD ARCHITECTURE to use design to analyze dualities in the city, which they translate into ‘layered’ spaces that allow for a dynamic lifestyle.   This allows EXD to find an intricate balance between aesthetics and functionality, while creating spaces that inspire and nurture the soul.

Watch our Feature in Bloomberg’s World’s Greatest:

Featuring MODI our wall system for small spaces in NYC

This is our strategy to address the NY city’s housing shortage.  We can repurpose office buildings as residential apartments, while giving our city a second life.

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. . .   

– 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. . . 

– 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. . .

– 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. . .

– 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. . .

– Ira C.

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