Founded in 1996, SHoP Architects is a world-renowned firm best known for Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and Manhattan’s Steinway Tower. Through years of experience and dedicated research, the firm amassed a wealth of data related to New York City records. In 2016, executives made the decision to form a subsidiary to develop a platform powered by their database, which could transform the industry by obviating the need for time–consuming and expensive appraisal studies. In need of a combination of data visualization design and software engineering expertise, founders contacted Accurat to build the software that would comprise Envelope City's core product.
Working closely with leadership and stakeholders, we embarked on a preliminary phase of discovery and analysis to familiarize ourselves with our client's data—not to mention the labyrinthine world of NYC real estate. We proceeded to define requirements based on our collective and thorough understanding of user needs and product-market fit. We organized work within the framework of agile methodology, meeting on a weekly basis to collaborate on conceptualizing, prototyping and developing the front and back–end technology of software. Simultaneously, we assisted Envelope City in building out a team to manage the product internally, post–launch.