We were honored to receive a 2018 Julia Morgan Award for Architecture from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s Northern California Chapter, along with our collaborators Chambers + Chambers Architects, for our Mill Valley project. The Award Ceremony was a festive evening held on May 21 in San Francisco. [Photos by Eric Piasecki]
The New York School of Interior Design, one of the top interior design programs in the United States, awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts to Gil at their 2018 commencement ceremony, held on May 24 at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performance Arts.
[Libby Cameron, NYSID trustee, introduced Gil, and NYSID President, David Sprouls, awarded the hood and diploma. Photo by Jason Gardner.]
After a busy start to the year with events from Palm Beach to Nashville, Charleston to Los Angeles, Gil’s book tour for A Place to Call Home continues into the summer and fall with stops in Nantucket, Maine and Grosse Point, Michigan. Please visit the full tour schedule for more information here > Gil spoke at Flower magazine’s “Houston Design Center in Bloom” event on April 10.
[Pictured here from left to right, all of the event’s speakers: Remco van Vliet, India Hicks, Charlotte Moss, Gil Schafer, and Flower magazine editor in chief Margot Shaw.]
The launch of our new website showcases a number of new, recently completed and in-progress projects, including a personal home tour and inside look at the design of Gil’s own Maine house, shot with Gil on location by Eric Piasecki.
At the Horticultural Society of New York’s annual Flower Show Dinner Dance, held this year on April 24 at The Pierre, Gil was honored with The Award of Excellence and praised for the way his work achieves a balance of looking outward into the landscape and bringing nature indoors. The evening is a beautiful celebration of floral arts and benefits supports important horticultural programs around the city.
Winner of a 2018 Shutze Award
On March 3, a few of our staff members traveled to Atlanta, where we were honored to receive the Southeast Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s Shutze Award for Mercer Mill, a new house we designed set on a 6,000 acres of woodland property, inspired by Georgia’s historic 1920s and 1930s hunting plantations. [Photos by Eric Piasecki]
GPSA was thrilled to win a 2018 Bulfinch Award in the Interior Design category for the interiors of Gil’s house renovation in Brooklin, Maine. Bestowed by the New England Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, this year’s Bulfinch Awards ceremony gala was held on April 27 at the Harvard Club of Boston.
[ Left: photo by Simon Upton | Right: photo by Eric Piasecki]
[Gil Schafer accepting the Bulfinch Award on April 28, 2018]
Winner of a 2018 Palladio Award
The new corporate offices of a venture capital firm in the Hudson Valley that we designed in collaboration with Voith & MacTavish Architects, received a 2018 Palladio Award for New Design and Construction an honor that recognizes outstanding traditional design. To take a visual tour and learn more about the property, which was also the winner of a Stanford White Award, click here >
[Photos by Jeffrey Totaro]
Many thanks to some of our favorite publications for featuring GPSA’s work in recent issues, including the March/April 2018 issue of Veranda, the April issue of Town & Country, and the March issue of Country Living. To see these and other stories, please visit our Press section >
GPSA is pleased to welcome four talented new staff members to the firm. Parker Hansen, Matt Hayes, Rachel Staud are working as draftspersons, and Matthew Leonard joined the team in the role of accounting and administrative coordinator. It’s also been a pleasure to have a wonderful group of summer interns this year, including Cecilia McCammon, MaryGrace Lewis and Nicholas Meury, who joined us for his 2nd consecutive summer.
[Left: L to R: Parker Hansen, Matt Hayes, Rachel Staud, Matthew Leonard | Right: L to R: Cecilia McCammon, Nicholas Meury, MaryGrace Lewis]
Winner of a Stanford White Award
We were honored to receive a 2017 Stanford White Award from the New York Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art for this River Front Residence, a new, Dutch colonial-inspired house overlooking the Navesink River. [Left: photo by Eric Piasecki | Right: The 2018 Stanford White Award winners from all categories; photo Sylvain Gaboury / Patrick McMullan.]
Gil’s book tour for A Place To Call Home continues through the summer with upcoming stops in Palm Beach, Lyford Cay, Nashville, Charleston, Houston, Nantucket, Winston-Salem and New York, among others. Please visit the full tour schedule for more details.
It’s always an honor to have our work featured in the media. To see the most recent coverage, including this cover story in UK House & Garden and feature in the New York Times, both on Gil’s own house in Maine, please visit our Press & Online Media section.
It was a whirlwind fall for Gil’s A Place to Call Home book tour, with events in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Seattle, and Delaware. The book is now in multiple printings and we are so grateful to all of our clients, friends, colleagues, and collaborators who have supported us. Thank you!
[Gil speaking and signing books at the San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show]
GPSA’s annual summer field trip, a favorite for staffers to visit projects and sites together, was in late July this year and took the team to a number of houses in the Hudson Valley and Connecticut, where we were also fortunate to enjoy the company of some beloved clients.
In August, GPSA hosted the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s emerging professionals group for a “Drink & Draw” event at our new office. Attendees had a chance to draw a still life while enjoying drinks and the good company of colleagues.
[Drawing from the event by Elaine Rose]
AFTER 15 WONDERFUL YEARS IN SOHO, we moved into our new office, located on a lovely, tree-lined street on Union Square, on May 26th. Our new address is: 19 Union Square West, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10003.
GIL WAS HONORED TO SERVE AS CO-CHAIR of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s prestigious Arthur Ross Awards, along with friends and colleagues Suzanne Tucker and Bunny Williams (pictured here together at the Awards Ceremony in May).
WHEN CITY HARVEST SENT OUT the call for food donations for their annual “Feed Our Kids” food drive, our staff rose to challenge and collected food and money to help this incredible organization in their effort to feed our City’s children over the summer when access to school meals is limited.
PLEASE JOIN US IN WELCOMING several new staff members to the firm. Amanda Holenstein, a 2017 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, and Tyler Many, a 2017 graduate of the University of Miami, recently started at GPSA in the role of draftsperson. We’ve also enjoyed having Olivia Kramer, Matthew Leonard, Nicholas Meury and Rachel Staud, be part of the team during our summer internship program.
[Left image: L to R, Amanda Holenstein, Tyler Many; Right image: L to R, Rachel Staud, Nicholas Meury, Olivia Kramer, Matt Leonard]
WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THAT RIZZOLI WILL PUBLISH GIL’S NEW BOOK, A Place To Call Home: Tradition, Style and Memory in the New American House on September 26, 2017. A follow-up to his bestseller The Great American House, A Place to Call Home pulls back the curtain on the firm’s distinctive approach, sharing our process (complete with unexpected, accessible ideas readers can work into their own projects) and taking readers on a detailed tour of 7 beautifully realized houses in a range of styles located around the country—each in a unique place, and each with a character all its own. 250 lush, full color photographs of these houses and other never-before-seen projects, including exterior, interior, and landscape details, invite readers into our world of comfortable classicism. And the book is more than just a collection of beautiful homes. The first part, aptly titled “The Essentials,” outlines Gil’s architectural “toolkit”—both the concrete techniques he and the firm use for every project, and the more emotional and intuitive elements they take into consideration, the so called “lighting in a bottle” that fills their work with soul. To preorder a copy of this book click here >
We were honored to receive a 2016 Stanford White Award from the New York Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Arts, along with our collaborators Voith & MacTavish Architects, for new corporate offices we designed for a venture capital and investment business located in the center of a charming rural community in the Hudson Valley. The Awards Ceremony was held on a festive December evening at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Club—an especially fitting location for the occasion, as Stanford White designed the original Metropolitan Club in the late 1800s. [Photo courtesy of New York Social Diary]
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GIL WAS HONORED TO CONTRIBUTE THE FOREWORD for architecture and design writer Marc Kristal’s new book, The New Old House: Historic & Modern Architecture Combined, which traces the ingenious ways architects have revitalized and re-envisioned 18 historic homes throughout North America and Europe for a new generation. In the foreword, Gil writes “Marc has a particular gift for ‘reading’ buildings and uncovering what it is they are trying to say…Roaming both sides of the Atlantic, he has sought out—and now shares with us—a delightfully diverse collection of examples of the intriguing dialogue that can happen between history and modernity, when the two are brought together in a skillful architectural intervention.” To learn more about the book, click here > or order a copy here >
Last fall, at an event hosted by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, Gil sat down with esteemed architects and ICAA board members, Mark Ferguson and Russell Windham, to moderate a conversation about the trajectory of their careers in architecture, from their initial steps into the profession to their biggest influences. The event, officially titled, “Curiosity, Education and Influence: Two Careers in Architecture,” was held at the University Club in Manhattan. To see the entire conversation, view the video here >
THE FALL USHERS IN A SLEW OF MUST-HAVE BOOKS FOR THE DESIGN-OBSESSED AND GIL IS THRILLED TO BE INCLUDED IN TWO OF THEM.
Bunny Williams’s A House by the Sea, is a tribute to La Colina, the designer’s lush Caribbean retreat and features chapters on every facet of the property, including one written by Gil on the villa’s exquisite architecture.
For her new book The Perfect Bath, Waterworks co-founder Barbara Sallick interviewed Gil and a number of other top designers and architects about their work, and showcases photos of chic, polished baths to help homeowners create luxurious but practical dream bathrooms. In an interview she did in the October issue of Modern Luxury magazine, Barbara graciously mentions Gil as one of her inspirations and the piece features one of GPSA’s iconic baths.
To learn more about these books and others that feature GPSA, click here >
WE ARE HONORED TO AGAIN BE INCLUDED IN ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST’S AD100 list of the world’s top architects, interior designers and landscape architects. To see the entire 2017 AD100 list and to read Gil’s profile in the “Classicists” section, pick up a copy of the January issue or visit Architectural Digest’s website here >
This Spring, Gil chaired the jury for the Northern California Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s Julia Morgan Awards.
Interior designer Suzanne Rheinstein and architect Andrew Cogar served as the jury members. Established in 2014 and named for nationally renowned Bay Area architect and classicist, Julia Morgan, these Awards are given biennially to architects, designers, artists and artisans who have made major contributions to the classical tradition in architecture, interior design and decoration, landscape and garden design, and the allied arts. Gil and the jury selected winners in nine categories, all of whom were honored at a dinner and ceremony in mid-June. For the complete list of the winners and to learn more about the Awards, click here >
FOR THIS YEAR’S SUMMER FIELD TRIP, the GPSA team spent a gorgeous July day visiting three of our projects in the Hamptons. Our first stop was to tour a recently completed, fully restored turn-of-the-century 5,000 square foot main house and historic carriage house, which GPSA had reconfigured as a double-height studio and library for our clients. From there, we went to the site of our restoration of a landmarked 18th century timber frame residence, also in East Hampton. We stopped there for lunch, taking in the new garden and pool area that compliments the guest barn, before moving on to our third and final project—a large property in Southampton where we are designing a main house and several outbuildings for a cosmopolitan couple and their young children.
Gil is honored to serve as Honorary Chair for The Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville’s
upcoming 2017 Show
The longest running antiques and garden show in the country, now in it’s 27th year, The Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville brings together more than 150 fine antiques and horticultural dealers and presents an array of talented architects and designers from around the country for a weekend of lectures, exhibits, panels, and celebration. Gil will be honored at the Show’s Preview Party, the evening of February 2nd, and the Show runs February 3rd through 5th. This year’s beneficiaries are Cheekwood, Nashville’s beloved Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, and the Economic Club of Nashville (ECON), a nonprofit dedicated to raising funds for more than 20 family-focused charities in the area. To see the full schedule of events, purchase tickets, or to learn more about the show, click here >
WE ALWAYS APPRECIATE THE CHANCE TO SHARE OUR WORK AND DESIGN ADVICE in the media and have had several opportunities to do so in the last few months. The June issue of Architectural Digest features Gil’s thoughts on what it means to be a traditionalist, and includes some recommendations for key pieces any traditionalist would love. To celebrate summer weather—and the gorgeous light that comes with—1st Dibs featured their favorite sun-drenched living rooms and included Boxwood’s loggia, with it’s restored 1915 French doors and cocoa-lacquered walls. Gil was also delighted to share a favorite decorating tip for transforming a desk into a dining table in the October issue of Redbook.
To see these stories and other recent press coverage, click here >
CONGRATULATIONS TO GPSA JUNIOR DESIGNER CHRISTOPHER WHELAN, who was awarded the inaugural Trumbauer Awards “Student Project Prize” by the Philadelphia chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. Christopher won the Prize for his graduate thesis project, “America’s Most Historic Square Mile,” a master plan that re-envisions Independence Mall in Philadelphia and proposes a new museum, as well as other appropriately-scaled buildings, to suit the historic architectural fabric of the neighborhood. Christopher completed his thesis while at the University of Notre Dame, and graduated with his Master of Architecture in 2013. The Awards Ceremony, which honored a number of other contemporary architects for their innovation and dedication to the classical tradition, was held on November 9th at the Union League of Philadelphia. Learn more about the Trumbauer Awards here >
WE ARE DELIGHTED TO WELCOME FIVE NEW STAFF MEMBERS TO OUR TEAM.
Ryan White joined the staff last fall as a Project Manager after working, most recently, in a similar role at Robert A. M. Stern Architects. His past projects range from One World Trade Center to traditional residences in New York, Chicago and Charleston. Matt Enquist, also a new Project Manager, came to GPSA in February and has worked for over ten years at several prestigious, Manhattan-based residential firms on projects around the country. Alison Buersmeyer joined the firm as a Junior Designer in July after receiving her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame and internships with several of architecture and design firms. Michael Callaway is also a new Junior Designer as of July, having recently graduated from Auburn University where he received his Bachelor of Architecture and spent 7 semesters on the School of Architecture’s “Dean’s List.” Additionally, Manuel Ramirez, an economics student at New York University, is spending his second semester as a finance intern in our Administration Department.
THIS SUMMER TOOK GIL AND CELEBRATED ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIORS PHOTOGRAPHER, ERIC PIASECKI, around the country shooting projects for Gil’s upcoming book, which will be published by Rizzoli next fall. It’s always a pleasure to return to projects that have been recently completed, and especially fun when you are documenting details for a book. Now that most of the photography is complete, Gil and his book team are hard at work to finish this follow-up to The Great American House in time for a fall 2017 release. Stay tuned, we’ll have more information about the book — including the title and cover — in the coming months.
Elle Decor April 2016
We were thrilled to have our recently completed Mill Valley, California, project featured on the cover of Elle Décor’s April issue. A true passion project for us and for our clients, a young family relocating to the Bay Area from New York, we completely rebuilt and expanded a 19th century cottage to make it a comfortable, character-filled family home. Eric Piasecki’s luminous photographs capture the home’s quirky charm and Celia Barbour’s text offers detailed insight into the transformation, which was a close collaboration with London-based interior decorator Rita Konig, landscape designer Frederika Moller, and local architect Barbara Chambers of Chambers + Chambers in Mill Valley. Read article here >
GIL WAS FEATURED IN THE GARDEN CONSERVANCY’S APRIL “SOCIETY OF FELLOWS” NEWSLETTER as part of their “Fellow Focus” series, talking about the planning and evolution of his garden at Middlefield. He was also recently interviewed by Curbed for a story on reconfiguring historic homes, offering tips on how to honor a home’s past while still making it comfortable and functional for modern living. To read the stories, please visit The Garden Conservancy’s website here > and Curbed here >
THE NEW BOOK PEDAGOGY AND PLACE: 100 YEARS OF ARCHITECTURE EDUCATION AT YALE by Robert A. M. Stern and Jimmy Stamp marks the centennial of the establishment of Yale’s School of Architecture and examines the impact of those who have taught and studied there. The tome also extends beyond Yale, exploring the history of the architectural profession in the 20th century. Gil, featured in “Chapter 8: Rappel à l’Ordre, 1985-1992,” was interviewed about his path to classicism and shares firsthand anecdotes about the nature of his architectural education and his involvement in the program during the mid-to-late 1980s. Photos and renderings from his work at Yale illustrate the chapter.
RECENTLY, THE LEADERS OF DESIGN COUNCIL HELD AN ALL-DAY WORKSHOP for architects, interior decorators and other design professionals looking to strengthen the leadership of their firms. Louis Taylor, GPSA’s Director of Finance & Administration, was one of three speakers and presented a talk on developing and growing staff talent. GPSA is proud of its dedication to ongoing education and training within the firm, and staff members are encouraged to learn and develop new skills that ultimately bring more value to each of our projects.
GPSA SELECTED FOR THE 2016 AD100
We are thrilled to once again be included in Architectural Digest’s prestigious AD100 list of the world’s top architects and designers for 2016. Pick up a copy of the January issue or visit archdigest.com for more details and to see the complete list.
OUR ANNUAL SUMMER FIELD TRIP WAS AN ALL-TIME FAVORITE FOR THE STAFF THIS YEAR. Taking advantage of the mild August weather, we took a day trip to New York’s Hudson Valley to tour some of the firm’s more significant completed and in-progress projects in the area. The morning started with a visit to Willow Grace Farm, an equestrian property with magnificent views of the valley and surrounding mountains, followed by a visit to West View, a new Greek Revival house situated on a dramatic hillside with western views toward the Catskills. We enjoyed a lunch break at Middlefield, Gil’s Greek Revival house in Amenia, before going on to see Longfield Farm, a new Colonial Revival stone farmhouse and outbuildings that won the 2012 Stanford White Award for New Residential Construction. Our final stop of the day was at a new stone country house and garden, a 4,500 square foot fieldstone-clad residence set in a rural landscape with lovely views, currently under construction and on schedule for completion in the Spring of 2016.
WE WERE DELIGHTED TO SEE THE THESIS PROJECT OF OUR JUNIOR DESIGNER DANNY SACCO, who joined the firm in 2014 after graduating from University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, published in The Classicist No. 12. A respected journal published annually by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, The Classicist, is dedicated to a discussion of contemporary ideas and practices related to classical architecture and arts. Sacco’s thesis centers on the idea that adapting traditional building principles for a local scale—in this case a market center in a historic section of Panama City—can create organic, timeless environments suited for culture, socialization and economic growth. To learn more about The Classicist, click here >
IN SEPTEMBER, GPSA VENTURED TO CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA, FOR OUR 2015 ANNUAL STAFF RETREAT. We kicked off the weekend with the UVA vs. Notre Dame football game, where some of the most boisterous cheering in the stadium came from the Notre Dame alumni on our staff. We spent the following day in workshops and team discussions about the office and coming goals for the year, followed by dinner at C & O in downtown Charlottesville. On Monday, we had the opportunity to tour Monticello, where Gil is on the Board of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, and enjoyed lunch at Montalto before heading to Montpelier, James Madison’s residence, for another educational tour. That evening was spent with some special friends of the firm who invited us to enjoy cocktails and a candlelit barbecue on the lawn of their beautiful home, Whilton Farm. Our final morning, we were treated to an in-depth tour of Jefferson’s Lawn on the UVA campus by the ever-erudite Calder Loth, the former Senior Architectural Historian of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
IN JULY, THE INSTITUTE OF CLASSICAL ARCHITECTURE & ART’S SUMMER STUDIO PROGRAM IN CLASSICAL ARCHITECTURE VISITED GPSA to learn about the continuing relevance of classical and traditional design and architecture in contemporary settings. ICAA instructor and architect Michael Mesko brought 18 student to the office for a tour and to meet with Studio Directors Mickey Benson and Mark Pledger along with in-house Interior Decorator Lyndsey Morris, who answered questions about the firm’s work and design processes. To learn more about the ICAA Summer Studio Program and to read about the visit to GPSA click here >
GPSA (FINALLY!) JOINS INSTAGRAM
GIL AND THE STAFF AT GPSA ARE CONSTANTLY PHOTOGRAPHING THINGS—whether we are documenting the progress of a historic renovation or capturing a gorgeous sunset from the porch of a new property at the end of a day on site, photography is a big part of our process. So it made perfect sense for us to join Instagram as a way to share at least a few of the many pictures we take every week. Please join us there to see photos of places, people and beautiful things that inspire us, as well as scenes from site visits and snapshots of current projects underway. Click here to see our latest posts >
THE WINTER ISSUE OF MILIEU MAGAZINE FEATURES A 10-PAGE STORY ON A GREENWICH VILLAGE GREEK REVIVAL TOWNHOUSE that GPSA decorated for a young, newly-married couple eager to merge their love of traditional design and contemporary art. Architectural Digest Middle East included GPSA in their September/October issue. The magazine did a feature on style authority Lauren Santo Domingo, the co-founder and creative director of Mode Operandi and Contributing Editor at Vogue, and Gil is honored to be mentioned as a favorite architect of hers. We are also pleased to have the firm’s work included in architect Phillip J. Dodd’s new book An Ideal Collaboration: The Art of Classical Details II. The book focuses on the design process between architects, interior decorators, landscape designers, and artisans as seen through 25 timeless residences.
GPSA IS CURRENTLY WORKING ON
a number of new construction and renovation projects including the renovation of a historic 18th century house in East Hampton with new additions and the construction of an elegant new hunting lodge in the South. For updated photos of these projects and others under construction, please visit our recently updated Portfolio section >