Only If—

is a New York City-based design practice for architecture and urbanism.



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Only If is a New York City-based design practice for architecture and urbanism founded in 2013 and led by Adam Snow Frampton, AIA and Karolina Czeczek, RA. Only If’s projects span a range of different types and scales, from commercial interiors and cafes, to a single-family townhouse in Brooklyn, to an 84-unit senior affordable residential project in Brooklyn, to larger-scale urban planning, research, and speculation.

Approaching any project, Only If seeks to focus on the fundamental questions and potentials. The ambition of this process is to create clarity and distill simplicity within often-complex circumstances and constraints. Rather than imposing additional regimes of complexity, we believe the role of the designer is to envision simple gestures and forms that impose structure, coherence, and identity. We believe in the potential of simple shapes and geometries—like circles and squares—framing and shaping underlying uncertainties and complexities.

Only If’s projects have been featured in the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Architectural Record, Architect Magazine, Interior Design, Wallpaper*, Frame, Azure, and the Architect’s Newspaper. In 2020, Only If was named as one of the 50 best emerging architecture firms in the world by Domus. In 2018 and 2019, Only If was included in the Architect’s Newspaper AN 50, “which recognizes the fifty most innovative and influential architects and designers working in interiors today.” Only If has been also recognized as Architect Magazine’s Next Progressives (2019), a winner of the 2018 AIANY New Practices New York, PIN-UP’s Magazine’s New Power Generation (2017), and the World Interior News’ 2016 Emerging Interior Practice of the Year.

Awards and Recognitions

2022 Architect’s Newspaper Best of Design Awards, Narrow House, Editors’ Pick, Residential–Single-unit

2022 THE PLAN Awards, Narrow House, Honorable Mention, House (completed)

2022 Architect’s Newspaper AN Interior 50

2022 Architectural Record, Design Vanguard

2022 Interior Design NYCxDESIGN, Narrow House, Winner, City House

2022 IIT Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize, Narrow House, Nominated Project

2020 Domus Magazine, 50 Best Architecture Firms

2019 Architect Magazine, Next Progressives

2019 Architect’s Newspaper AN Interior 50

2018 Architect’s Newspaper Best of Design Awards, Brooklyn Senior Affordable Housing, Winner, Unbuilt Residential

2018 Architect’s Newspaper Best of Design Awards, Triboro Corridor, Winner, Urban Design

2018 Architect’s Newspaper Best of Design Awards, City of Saints, Honorable Mention, Retail / Hospitality

2018 AIANY + ASLANY Transportation & Infrastructure Design Excellence, Triboro Corridor, Merit Award

2018 ICFF / Interior Design NYCxDESIGN Awards, Brooklyn Senior Affordable Housing, Honoree

2018 AIANY New Practices New York, Winner

2018 Architect’s Newspaper AN Interior 50

2016 Architect’s Newspaper Best of Design Awards, Voyager Espresso, Honorable Mention, Retail / Hospitality

2016 World Interior News, Emerging Interior Practice of the Year

2016 PIN-UP New Power Generation

2016 Azure Magazine AZ Awards, Voyager Espresso, Award of Merit, Commercial Interiors


Adam Snow Frampton
, AIA is an architect and a Principal at Only If. He has also taught as a Design Critic at Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), a Visiting Critic at Rice University School of Architecture, an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) and at the Parsons School of Design, Syracuse University, and the University of Kentucky. He is the co-author of Cities Without Ground (2012) which maps Hong Kong’s three-dimensional networks of pedestrian circulation and public space. His work and research have been exhibited in the 12th, 14th, 16th, and 17th Venice Biennale, the Museum of Modern Art, the M+ Hong Kong, Storefront for Art and Architecture, the Center for Architecture, and the Van Alen Institute, New York. Previously, he worked as an Associate at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam and Hong Kong from 2006-2013. He is a licensed Architect in multiple jurisdictions of the United States and the Netherlands, and holds an M.Arch from Princeton University.

Karolina Czeczek
is an architect, urban designer, and Principal at Only If. She is also currently a Critic at the Yale School of Architecture. She has also previously been a Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design, a Visiting Critic at the Syracuse University School of Architecture, an Assistant Professor University of Kentucky College of Design (CoD), and an Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP). She is a Fulbright Scholar who holds two Master’s degrees in architecture and urban design, from Yale University and the Cracow University of Technology. At Yale, she was nominated twice for the Feldman Prize and received the Winchester Travel Fellowship, the highest award given annually to a graduate across all programs in the School of Architecture. Karolina previously worked at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam and Hong Kong from 2010 through 2013. At OMA, she was involved in the design of buildings and urban plans in the Netherlands, Australia, China, Morocco, and Egypt. Karolina’s other planning experience includes a winning proposal for Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct Masterplan and University Campus Masterplan in Benguerir, Morocco. She is a registered architect in Poland and the Netherlands.

Past & Current Team

Ryan Peeters
Jon Siani
Joseph Kennedy
Aurelia Adam
Matthew Davis
James Schrader
Antariksh Tandon
Francesca Pagliaro
Midori Hasuike
Yue Zhang
Min Keun Park
Jedy Lau
Joey Liang
Aleeya Khan
Pierre de Brun
Kutay Biberoglu
Angelina Andriani Putri
Kig Veerasunthorn
Stephanie Hamilton
Joseph Parrella
Hector Song
Cynthia Wang
Wo Wu
Florencia Yalale
Mark-Henry Decrausaz
Pearl Cao

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