'In his wide range of environmentally and socially sustainable projects spanning 26 years of practice, Jonathan has created meaningful, meticulously detailed and rigorous work that improves and strengthens communities and the lives of New York City. He's an architect's architect.'
- AIA NYC Chapter 2013 'Pioneer in Housing' Award
'The work of Kirschenfeld's office demonstrates the ancient Alberti dictum that a house is a small city and the city a big house... and provides a remarkably civilized public realm inside..., replicating his vision of the city in deceptively simple plans, generating complex sections and massing.'
- Grahame Shane, architect, educator, and author of Recombinant Urbanism
...Community is nourished by amenities which give rise to public health, dignity and respect. Kirschenfeld has deftly shown how such considerations can be drawn into the designer’s purview, resulting in better architecture - and a better quality of life for residents.
- 2017 Social Design Circle Honoree/ Curry Stone Prize
'...Through projects such as Bronx Park East, we have witnessed firsthand the transformative and catalytic power of great design. Most importantly, Jonathan’s work has taught us that nowhere is it more important to be mindful of the transformative power of great design, than in public benefit projects and initiatives...'
- Mathew Wambua, former HPD Commissioner
"Serious architecture is another way to describe Bronx Park East. The building has a handsomely proportioned facade, spacious public rooms and light-filled hallways, none of it standard…(It) lends dignity to what used to be a byword for urban pariah and a building type that often resembled a prison."
- Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, 2011