At Slade Architecture, we believe in the power of design to improve the world.  We are passionate about our work and are always looking for opportunities to work with a client/partner to develop a solution that delivers the full expectation for the project, within the budget, but also goes beyond to offer some unexpected benefit.  Our work stretches a variety of programs, from homeless shelters to hospitality spaces to guidelines for retail space in public housing.  Because we work across so many different arenas at so many different scales, we bring a set of experiences and expertise that enable the most innovative solutions.  We are passionate about using our design abilities and dedication to improve the built environment where we have the opportunity to do so.

Slade Architecture is an award winning New York based MBE architectural firm.  Founded in 2002 by Hayes Slade and James Slade, our firm is seasoned with the experience of over 120 projects that span a tremendous range.  We take pride in working at every scale, to articulate the client's interests with simplicity and impact.  In collaboration with our clients, we design spaces that merge concept and functionality.  Our approach is at once structured and unique to the situation; creating the design paradigm for the specific context and need. 

Our work has been recognized extensively in publications and exhibits here and internationally.  We have several Progressive Architecture P/A Awards, NY AIA awards and Interior Design Magazine Best-of-the-Year awards as well as an Award for Design Excellence in Public Architecture from the NYC Design Commission.  In 2008, we were selected by the Pritzker Prize winning architects Herzog and DeMeuron for the Ordos 100: an international group of 100 young firms to each design and construct a 10,000 square foot villa in Inner Mongolia, China. 

Because of this exposure and critical acclaim, we attract the brightest young architects and designers and operate in a completely collaborative environment.  As a small firm we remain nimble and flexible, leveraging our skills by teaming up with other individuals or groups to bring the best skill set to each unique project.  We use technology to help us effectively develop our designs, communicate with our clients and collaborate with outside resources.

We believe that the success of our efforts can best be measured by the work itself.

Hayes Slade & James Slade


In 2002, Hayes co-founded Slade Architecture and is a licensed architect in NY.  In addition to the work at her practice, she teaches interior design at Parsons the New School for Design and serves as co-chair of the Interiors Committee of the NY chapter of the AIA. In 2010, Hayes was selected by the Architectural League of New York for the Emerging Voices program and she served as a juror for the program the following year. Hayes has also taught a design studio at Syracuse University School of Architecture and served on a variety of other design juries including AIA awards NJ Chapter and Electrolux Design Lab. 

Hayes brings an unusual, multi-faceted background to her design work. She has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees in civil/structural engineering from Cornell University as well as a Master of Business Administration degree from the Wharton School of Business. Prior to Slade Architecture, Hayes worked at Arup in London and NYC, and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in NYC as well as Boston Consulting Group. 

Hayes' design approach is informed by her experiences living and working in London and Rome as well as her time with other related endeavors: structural engineering, web-design/branding, jewelry design and strategy consulting. Hayes is also a dedicated mother of four. 


James has a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University and a Masters of Architecture from Columbia University where he was awarded an Honor Award for Excellence in Design upon graduation. In 2002, he co-founded Slade Architecture. James was recognized by the Architectural League of New York's Young Architects Forum in 2000 and served as a juror for the program the following year.  James was selected as a finalist in the 2003 MoMA /PS1 Young Architects Program. In 2010 he was selected for the Architecture League of NY's Emerging Voices program. James is a licensed architect in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Wyoming as well as a LEED-AP, NCARB and IIDA.

He has served on the Awards Committee for the 2013 and 2014  NY AIA Awards. He has served as a juror on Ohio and Iowa Chapter AIA Awards as well as the Electrolux Design Lab competition.

In addition to his work at Slade Architecture, James has taught design studios at Parsons School of Design, Syracuse University, Barnard/Columbia University, Pratt Institute, Florida International University and Philadelphia University.

Before Slade Architecture, James was a founding partner of Cho Slade Architecture.

James has an expansive design perspective colored in part by his Colombian heritage and significant periods living abroad in London, Bogota, and Rome. In addition to all of this, James is a devoted father of four.