IDSR is a licensed architecture practice located in the Lower East side of New York City. This website is an overview of our work. A look back at what is there, work in progress, and anticipation of projects to come. As an overview, the projects show our interest in cultural spaces, installations, and private homes. Over time, a pattern of important issues has emerged from these designs that express a consistent set of values associated with our work:
- Working in urban settings requires a specific response to social context and the historical conditions of the built environment.
- Working in cultural or art related environments architectural design doesn’t need to call attention to itself.
- Working in natural settings, calls for building performance intertwined with natural elements and climate conditions, becomes the basis for dwelling.
- Working sustainably requires understanding where architectural design converges with the practical realities of intelligent construction. We want our design to be durable, efficient, and comfortable.
Our practice includes teaching drawing and design to students of architecture. Our approach to teaching, design, and building is driven by a process of discovery. Each project we take on has the potential to develop our knowledge of building practices, material strategies, and the live-ability of environments we create.
Established in 1999, IDSR architecture is led by Maria Ibañez de Sendadiano and Todd Rouhe. We are a full-service architectural and interior design studio. Our office works on projects of any scale, from master plans to interiors; from freestanding dwellings to furniture. Regardless of the scale, the office engages each project with a comprehensive approach to schematic design, design development, and construction administration. The work of Ibañez de Sendadiano and Rouhe has been featured in numerous publications, including Dwell Magazine, Enki, and the New York Times.
Maria Ibañez De Sendadiano
Maria Ibañez de Sendadiano is a Registered Architect in the State of New York who has been practicing architecture for more than 25 years. Maria brings a hands-on design approach along with technical expertise to our design projects. Her knowledge of Passive House systems — both material and mechanical — can be seen in several past and current projects. Our clients trust Maria to deliver well-crafted projects where aesthetic decisions are connected to building performance.
Maria is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Art History & Urban Design and Architecture Studies at NYU. She received her undergraduate Architecture degree from the University of Florida and her Graduate degree from Princeton University.
Todd Rouhe is a Registered Architect in the State of New York with more than 2 decades of experience in California and New York. Todd’s talent lies in transforming spatial concepts into built forms. He believes that each project is an opportunity to discover something new about architecture through collaboration with clients and consultants. Todd is often partner in charge of Cultural Projects and exhibition installations working with gallerists and curators to envision new spatial identities for arts organizations.
Todd is an Adjunct Professor of Architecture in the Columbia and Barnard Undergraduate Architecture Program and Unit Chair of the Barnard Contingent Faculty Union. Rouhe received his undergraduate degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture and his graduate degree in architecture from Columbia University.
August 16, 2023, IDSR partners and family traveled to Kenya to join @africamissionserivces for 10 days of volunteer construction work on a new women’s health clinic near the Oloololo Escarpment. Local means and methods called for true 2x4 cypress lumber and 20 penny nails. Can’t wait to see the project completed by subsequent teams of volunteers.
June 8, 2023, It is an honor to have the Mount Tobias house featured in the second edition of “Twenty Homes - One Kitchen” a collection of 20 case studies featuring the Vipp Kitchen www.vipp.com. Photos by Eric Petsheck.
April 19, 2023, We are proud that our Mount Tobias House is featured on vipp.com stories. Thanks Sophie Egelund. We love cooking in the Catskills in this kitchen! https://vipp.com/en/story/catskills-cottage
February 15, 2023, We are pleased to announce that our new website is live. Thank you Geoff Han for overseeing the redesign and coordination of this project. Thanks to Eric Li for programming a dynamic site and flexible platform for continued work and research.
December 14, 2022, The Mount Tobias house, photographed by Erik Petschek, is one of the Top 10 architecture posts @designmilk.com in 2022
October 4, 2022, New Art Dealers Alliance, NADA, moves into new offices designed by IDSR and common room, at 311 East Broadway, New York, NY. The new NADA headquarters includes workspaces on the 3rd floor and exhibition space on the second floor of this Lower East Side landmark building.
September 8, 2022, We are excited to announce ‘Notions’ the inaugural exhibition at Canada’s 61 Lispenard location, across the street from the main Tribeca gallery. The 61 Lispenard space will feature art exhibitions, screenings, and a bookshop offering volumes published by Canada and other imprints.
June 9, 2021, Claverack Builders breaks ground on our Hudson Valley House. A single family passive style residence designed with a western exposure and a view of the Catskill mountains’ skyline.