Stephen Alton Joins S9 Architecture as Director of Interior Architecture

Stephen Alton, AIA, has been named to the newly created position of Director of Interior Architecture at New York design and planning firm S9 Architecture. The firm is known for its award-winning architecture work in New York, Atlanta, Boston, Nashville, Charlotte and other key U.S. markets.

John Clifford, S9 Architecture’s founding principal, said, “Having Stephen oversee interior architecture will enable S9 Architecture to expand our interior architecture portfolio. His design talent and business acumen will allow us to dramatically grow our significant existing portfolio of residential, commercial, and hospitality interiors in both New York City and our other national markets. On behalf of the S9 team, with whom he will be collaborating closely, I am extremely pleased to have him as a design leader in our studio.”

Alton boasts an impressive portfolio that encompasses commercial, hospitality, retail, multi-unit and single-family residential projects in New York, across the United States and in China. Creative and conceptual, Alton draws inspiration from a variety of sources and is passionate about process and materials. Recent efforts include a large, mixed-use hospitality and casino project and corporate office space for creative firms. Prior to joining S9, he maintained a thriving solo practice, Stephen Alton Architect, and worked at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, among other prominent firms.

Alton is committed to imparting his expertise to students, having served as a faculty member of the Interior Design Department of Parsons School of Design. Stephen received a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Rhode Island School of Design. He is a licensed architect in New York State and is a member of the AIA.

About S9 Architecture

S9 Architecture is a team of 70 designers dedicated to giving form to its clients’ pragmatic needs, with a unique design approach rooted in “modern contextualism” and inspired by urban narratives. Rejecting pre-conceived ideas and stylistic preoccupations, each design solution is informed by programmatic, physical, environmental, economic and contextual forces. The firm believes that its projects are part of a larger whole, acting as glue that helps bind and enhance their context for human experiences.

The firm works on projects of all sizes, programs and complexities. Each project is unique to its context and its environment. S9 Architecture collaborates with its clients to bring their vision and goals to life through buildings and places that strengthen and improve the urban and human experience. Recent high-profile S9 projects include: Dock 72, Empire Stores, Industry City, 205 Water Street, 111 Varick, Ponce City Market and Ponce 725, among others. For more information, visit: