Helfand, Margaret

Margaret Helfand

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Dates of Birth and Death



  • Swarthmore College, (1965-68)
  • B.A. University of California, Berkeley (1969)
  • Architectural Association School and International Institute of Design, London, UK, (1970)
  • M. Arch University of California, Berkeley (1973)

Years of practice



  • Backen Arrigoni & Ross
  • Hank Bruce Architects
  • Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
  • Marcel Breuer Associates (1975-81)
  • Helfand Myerberg Guggenheimer
  • Principal and founder, Helfand Architecture, founded in 1981. Now Tinmouth Chang Architects.
  • Joint firm with Tanner and Hecht (San Francisco, CA), began in 2005

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California, New York, commercial, institutional, interiors


Early life and Education

Margaret Helfand (1948-2007) was an architect and urban planner. Born in Pasadena, California, Helfand spent the bulk of her career practicing in San Francisco and New York. She died of colon cancer on June 20, 2007.

Major Buildings and Projects

  • Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
    1. Unified Science Center
    2. Kohlberg Hall
  • Time Out Magazine Office interiors
    1. NY, NY
    2. Chicago, IL
  • Automated Trading Desk office complex, Mount Pleasant, S.C.

Press and Awards

  • Became a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1998
  • Received the Rome Prize for Architecture in 1998
  • Co-Chair of New York Visions
  • Co-creator the Center for Architecture in New York
  • Past President of NY AIA Chapter (2001)


Book: Margaret Helfand Architects: Essential Architecture (1999) by Monacelli Press

Institutional Affiliations

  • AIA
  • Center for Architecture
  • New York Visions