Michael Kostow is an architect, planner, and design strategist. He is recognized as a leader in the planning and design of media production facilities, performing arts venues, and workplace design for creative entrepreneurs. His extensive portfolio of work includes both new build and adaptive re-use projects.
As the founding principal of Kostow Greenwood Architects, an award-winning, New York based design firm, Kostow leads a team of architects and designers in concept design through construction for developers, corporations, and institutions. Most notably, his experience with strategic planning, programming and concept development promotes the integration of architectural design and strategic business objectives.
A licensed architect with over 30 years of professional experience, he provides overall design direction for the firm as well as team leadership on specific projects. Michael is involved in all project phases from initial site evaluation and programming through concept development, design, and construction.
Kostow Greenwood Architects grew out of our predecessor firm which Michael founded in 1987. His vision, leadership, and expertise have shaped our practice and given it national stature in entertainment, media and performing arts.
Kostow received his Master of Architecture degree from Yale University and a B.A. in Architecture from Lehigh University. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED Accredited Professional. Kostow speaks at industry events and contributes to architecture and design publications.
Abu Dhabi Media Company
CNN NY Broadcast Center
HBO Studio Productions
Mad River Post
Apollo Performing Arts Center
Centennial Memorial Temple
James Earl Jones (formerly Cort) Theatre
Loews Metropolitan Theatre
Fir Tree Partners NY and Miami
Sirius XM Radio
Smart Design Innovation Center NY and San Francisco
Tiger 21 Conference Center
VSP / Marchon Innovation Lab
Jane Greenwood’s collaborative leadership style, clear vision, and common sense informs every aspect of our practice. She has directed a large body of work focused on broadcast, media, cultural, and institutional clients over her 25-year career. Jane is actively involved from concept design through construction, and she sees each project as an opportunity to create extraordinary results by challenging conventional wisdom yet remain grounded in thoughtful solutions. This, along with a good dose of humor, is what makes Jane smile. Jane graduated with honors from Pratt Institute School of Architecture. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED Accredited Professional.
Since joining the firm in 2012, Lena has worked on numerous theater projects for Shubert Organization, Apollo Theater Foundation and Ambassador Theater Group. Lena deftly orchestrates the full team of professionals required for state of the art performing arts venues, master planning renovations and coordinating feasibility plans. She’s provided project requirements for Landmark, and Parks Recreational approvals and City Planning Boards to obtain city programming funding.
Gary Li has been a part of KGA since 2017 as a design team leader. His experiences have focused on space planning, new construction, historic preservation, and design development. Gary has been engaged in several theatre & commercial projects for The Shubert Organization, Smart Design, CreditSights, and Fir Tree Partners. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University. Gary is a Licensed Architect and LEED Green Associate.