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.
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.
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).
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.
As he did with The Great American House, Gil will be going on a national book tour when the book comes out this fall. Dates and cities will be announced on the site soon.
To preorder a copy of book, please click 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 >
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]
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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.
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 >
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.
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 >
Elle Décor 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.
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.
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.
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 >
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 >
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.
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 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 >
GPSA’s Leeward Lodge project is featured in the August issue of Architectural Digest. A new, 11,000 square foot house on the shore of Lake Placid, Leeward Lodge was built for an active family whose lives revolve around the sporting pastimes of the region. The traditional, Adirondack-style architecture of the house is balanced by a refined sophistication in the interior, and its deep porches on the lakeside are designed for gracious entertaining and outdoor living. The magazine story features photos by Eric Piasecki that reveal a house that is flooded with natural light, allowing for stunning views of the water and nearby Whiteface Mountain. To see more photos and read the entire story, see the August 2015 issue of Architectural Digest or click on the slideshow on their website >
The launch of our new website a few months ago garnered some wonderful press, including a write-up and interview with Gil in Quintessence about the newest Featured Project on the site, Middlefield Garden and a piece titled “The Great American Architect” on Mark D. Sikes’s eponymous style and design blog. Additionally, Gil’s contributions to the book House Beautiful: Colors for Your Home were featured in a story by the New Jersey Star Ledger and he was also featured in an online story about statement-making door handles on Architectural Digest’s website. To see these and other recent media hits, please visit our Press section >
Elle Décor recently photographed our project in Mill Valley, California, designed in collaboration with English decorator Rita Konig, to run in a future issue of the magazine. Pictured here are Interiors Editor Robert Rufino (on the left) and photographer Eric Piasecki during the shoot, enjoying the gorgeous California weather and the fantastic light it brought with it.
In June, as part of our ongoing education program, the entire GPSA staff took a field trip to the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library at Columbia University. The largest architecture library in the world, the collection includes more than one and a half million architectural drawings, photographs, manuscripts and other significant materials and was designed by Charles Follen McKim of the architecture firm McKim, Mead, and White. As part of our excursion, we had the opportunity to take a private tour and view selected archival collections of drawings and records from the Charles Platt archives as well as handpicked selections from the Classical Collections of books and the McKim, Mead and White archives. To learn more about the library click here >
We are delighted to welcome eight new staff members to the firm since early spring. Carl Carfi joined our team as a Project Manager in April. He has his Master of Architecture from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and worked most recently at a prestigious Connecticut firm where he oversaw a historic renovation in Newport, Rhode Island, and a number of new construction projects. Joseph Peterson also joined the firm in April, having relocated from Los Angeles where he had worked in the office of William Hefner. Joe will be working as a Junior Designer. Paige Melinis and Elaine Rose, both summer interns at GPSA last year, are now working as Junior Designers after graduating from the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture in June. Benjamin Moore, also a member of the Notre Dame Class of 2015, joined the firm as a Junior Designer in June as well.
Daniela Danau, who interned with our decorating department for the last year, is now a full-time Junior Designer after her graduation from the New York School of Interior Design in May. We are also happy to have two new interns in the office this summer: Rachel Edelstein, a student at the New York School of Interior Design, and Eduardo Oronia, a fourth year student at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture.
[left image: L to R, Joseph Peterson, Paige Melinis, Elaine Rose, Benjamin Moore, and Carl Carfi; right image: L to R, Eduardo Oronia and Rachel Edelstein]
You can find our work in two beautiful new books on design. On Garden Style by Bunny Williams is a newly revised edition of her 1998 bestseller and includes Gil’s garden at Middlefield, as well as other inspiring outdoor spaces, accompanied by Bunny’s exceptional style and gardening advice. The Comfort of the Past: Building in Oxford and Beyond 1815-2015 by Steven Parissien examines two centuries of work by the legendary Oxford restoration and construction firm Symm & Company. The new book looks at how private architectural patronage shaped Britain and classical architecture during the 19th and 20th centuries. GPSA’s work is featured along with that of a handful of modern-day American architects whose practices embody the continuity of the classical tradition. Read more about both books here >
GPSA was honored to be awarded the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s prestigious Stanford White Award for the second year in a row, this time for “Commercial, Civic & Institutional Interior Design & Decoration” for our redesign of the bookcase cabinetry in the New York Historical Society Library, done in collaboration with Bunny Williams, Inc. The Stanford White Awards honor excellence in classical and traditional design in New York, New Jersey, and Fairfield County, Connecticut. The 2014 award recipients were celebrated at a reception held in New York City in early December. To learn more about our project for the New York Historical Society, please visit our Portfolio section here > and to learn more about the Stanford White Awards, please visit the ICAA website here > (Photo credits: Jonathan Wallen)
In the November 2014 issue of Architectural Digest, Gil offered some insight into what gives an old home that “perfect imperfection” alongside an image of GPSA’s Longfield Farm project. He was also happy to have his bedroom at Middlefield featured in the October 2014 issue of Elle Décor in their “Great Ideas” section. To read these stories and see other media highlights, visit our Press Section >
Gil was delighted to contribute the foreword to the new book Thomasville: History, Homes and Southern Hospitality, a celebration of the architectural heritage of Thomasville, Georgia, published in late fall by the Thomas County Historical Society and Thomasville Landmarks. A place with many personal family memories for Gil, Thomasville is rich in culture and history, and the book includes more than 250 color photographs and features 51 homes and plantations with photos of an additional 100 homes in the area. To order a copy or learn more, click here >
GPSA is excited to welcome two new employees to the firm. Eero Schultz started as a Project Manager and Senior Designer in mid-December, coming to us most recently from a commercial and residential firm in China. Over the last 20 years, he has worked on high-end residential projects around the world as a designer and project architect with a number of prestigious architecture firms. His portfolio includes projects in Shanghai, Manhattan, Connecticut, Southampton, Dallas, Colorado, Japan and Finland, among other places. Brina Stachecki joined the team in early January as a Job Captain. She has worked in several New York City architecture firms since graduating from the University of Notre Dame with her Bachelor of Architecture in 2011.
Gil was honored to be one of the judges for the 2014 A-List Awards, atHome magazine’s 5th annual competition for leading design, architecture and landscape firms. Gil was one of ten architecture and design professionals who made up the judging panel, which also included Gary Brewer, Alexa Hampton, Richard Hartlage, Celerie Kemble, Mario Nievera, Edward Siegel, Windsor Smith, Nathan Turner, and Keith Williams. The award winners were announced at a gala in September. To learn more about the A-List winners or the competition in general, visit the atHome magazine site >(Photo by Melani Lust)
An in-depth look at GPSA’s Stanford White Award-winning Longfield Farm project—a new, 10,000 square foot colonial revival residence situated on a picturesque 400-acre piece of farmland in Dutchess County, New York—has been added as our latest Featured Project. Additionally, GPSA always has multiple projects underway and we’ve recently added new photos to our online Portfolio. To experience Longfield Farm, please visit our Featured Project section here > and to see photos of new and ongoing projects, please visit our Portfolio section here >
In September, Gil participated in one of the Architecture Roundtable Discussions at the 2014 American Institute of Architects’ CRAN Symposium in Charleston, South Carolina. CRAN, the Custom Residential Architects Network of the AIA, focused this year’s 3-day event on the theme of “The Architecture of Influence,” which gave architects from around the country the opportunity to explore the importance of history and context in the design of new and infill houses. Gil’s presentation, which focused on two “New-Old houses,” examined the continued relevance of traditional design for a contemporary way of living. (Photos by Jim Somerset Photography)
GPSA is delighted to have our New Classical House project included in Michael Boodro’s new book Elle Decor: The Height of Style: Inspiring Ideas from the World’s Chicest Rooms. Written by the magazine’s editor in chief, with senior editor Ingrid Abramovitch, the book showcases more than 220 rooms with tips from the magazine’s editors on how to achieve the looks at home. For more information or to order the book, click here > and to see the New Classical House click here >
As part of GPSA’s ongoing continuing education program, in August the staff went on a site visit to the firm’s project on the shores of New Jersey’s Navesink River and then enjoyed a field trip to the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden on Staten Island. Originally built in 1833 for the country’s retired merchant seamen, Snug Harbor is home to some beautiful and important Greek Revival Buildings, including one designed by pattern book author Minard Lafever. Read more about Snug Harbor here >
A potting shed built by GPSA with landscape designer Deborah Nevins out of antique building materials was featured in Conde Nast Living magazine’s special Summer issue, along with tips for creating a beautiful, edible garden. Additionally, Gil’s own screened porch in Millbrook was included in two summer design stories. It was part of a 1stDibs “Rooms We Love” piece about sleeping porches and also on Gilt Home’s blog “The Fifth Floor.” For these and other recent media highlights, visit our Press Section > and Online Media section >
This summer, GPSA welcomes five new staff members to the office. Keaton Bloom and Daniel Sacco, both graduates of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, have joined the firm as Junior Architectural Designers. Paige Melinis and Elaine Rose, undergraduates at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, are with us for the next few months as interns, as is Daniela Danau, a student at the New York School of Interior Design, who is interning in our decorating department. See a full list of our staff here >
GPSA has been covered by a number of major media outlets in the past few months. The March/April issue of Veranda featured a photo of Gil’s home studio in their story, “The World of Floor Lamps.” Architectural Digest quoted Gil’s thoughts about Mount Vernon, in a story about inspiring places, for their April issue. GPSA’s Gatewood House kitchen renovation was featured in a 4-page spread in the February issue of Southern Living. And Gil was delighted to be featured on Mark. D. Sikes’s prestigious lifestyle blog as part of his “MDS Interviews” series. To see these and other recent media highlights, please visit our Press Section >
Please join GPSA in welcoming three new full-time employees to the firm. In January, Jessica Rausch joined us as a Junior Architectural Designer, moving to New York City from Baltimore, where she worked for Vincent Greene Architects. Chris Moran started as a Project Manager in February, after working for a number of New York and Connecticut firms over the past 14 years, including most-recently Eric J. Smith Architect. John Hanlon, our new Executive Assistant and Marketing Coordinator, started in May after working for a number of years at a New York City-based private equity firm. See a full list of our staff here >
GPSA is included in Elizabeth Dowling’s beautiful new book, Classical Interiors. This comprehensive architectural survey features three of our projects. Preview the book here >
American pop and R&B singer Daryl Hall, of Hall & Oates, filmed the latest episode of his show “Live From Daryl’s House” at the GPSA-restored Gatewood House in Charleston, South Carolina. Grammy Award-winning musician Darius Rucker joined Hall at Gatewood House for a jam session and some Southern hospitality. “Live From Daryl’s House” airs on VH1’s Palladia network. The full episode can also be viewed on Hall’s website here >
Continuing Education is an important part of the culture at GPSA, and we have regular, seasonal field trips organized by the staff. In February, we visited Donald Judd’s home and studio at 101 Spring Street in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood. Judd’s Loft Building is one of the founding sites in the program of Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and it is considered a hallmark of contemporary art. (Photo of the GPSA staff outside of 101 Spring Street.) Read more about 101 Spring Street here >
In Buenos Aires this past April, Gil was delighted to share a brief talk about the origins of his passion for design. He spoke as part of the Leaders of Design Conference, an annual event that brings together the nation’s top architects, interior designers, vendors, and media to discuss issues in the professional design community. Read more about the Leaders of Design here >
As always, GPSA has a number of projects underway, including the ongoing restoration of an 1880’s Queen Anne Victorian in Maine and the start of construction of a new main house on a sporting plantation in southern Georgia. For photos of new and ongoing projects under construction, please visit our recently updated Portfolio section >
Gil concluded 19 months of traveling and speaking in support of his book, The Great American House, with the final lecture of his tour at the Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach in late March. See the complete tour schedule >
We are honored to have won two Stanford White Awards for Excellence in Classical and Traditional Design for 2013. Each year, the New York Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art recognizes achievements in architecture, interiors, landscape, urbanism, and building craftsmanship and artisanship throughout New York, New Jersey and Southern Connecticut. GPSA’s Hudson Valley Farm won for “New Construction Over 5,000 Feet” and our Fifth Avenue Apartment project won for “Townhouse and Apartment Renovations.” The awards were presented at a ceremony in New York City on December 6th. View the Hudson Valley Farm here >.
Studio Director Mickey Benson, Director of Finance and Administration Louis Taylor, and Studio Director Mark Pledger are an integral part of GPSA’s leadership team. Take a moment to learn more about them in the Firm section of our website. (Photo by Carter Berg. From L to R: Mickey Benson, Louis Taylor, Mark Pledger.) Full bios here >
Gil Schafer’s garden at Middlefield is featured on the cover of the new book “Private Gardens of the Hudson”, highlighting the majestic landscape and unique gardens in the area that borders New York’s Hudson River. Written by Jane Garmey and photographed by John Hall, the book focuses an entire chapter on Middlefield. More information on the book >
We are delighted to be included once again in Architectural Digest’s 2014 AD100 list. See the January 2014 issue of the magazine for full coverage of the AD100.
This Fall sees GPSA breaking ground on a new stone house in Millbrook, New York, and beginning design on a number of new projects, including the restoration of a large 1907 house in Presidio Heights in San Francisco and a new family compound on Lake Champlain in Vermont. For photos of new projects under construction, please visit our newly updated Portfolio section >
Gil continues traveling around the country lecturing on his bestselling book “The Great American House”. In September, he spoke at Winterthur’s Chic it Up! Conference; in October he spoke at a private event hosted by Cleveland’s 21st Century Club; and in November he spoke at Boscobel House and Gardens. Events resume in the New Year with an appearance at The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach on March 20, 2014, which will wrap up 18 months of touring in support of the book. (Photo courtesy of Boscobel.) See Gil’s complete tour schedule >Read article >
Please look for Gil Schafer’s first person essay on his memories of a childhood home in southern Georgia, featured in the August issue of Veranda magazine.
(Image courtesy of Veranda) Read article >
Gil was honored to join the Board of Trustees of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, the private, nonprofit organization that owns and operates Monticello and sustains Jefferson’s intellectual legacy, in January of this year. Gil will serve on the Board’s Buildings & Grounds and Collections committees during his tenure, and will also serve on the jury for the Jefferson Medal in Architecture. (Image courtesy of Monticello.)
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“The Great American House” continues to be a runaway bestseller, already in it’s 4th printing since initial publication last fall. Gil has lectured on the book all around the country at events in New York, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Denver, Atlanta, Charleston, Nashville, Houston, and many other cities. He continues his book tour with upcoming events in Nantucket and East Hampton this summer, and at Winterthur’s Chic It Up! Conference in September. (Photo from the event at the Boston Atheneaum.) Please see tour schedule for event details or to order the book >
New Old House and The Georgetowner, recently featured Gil and GPSA in gorgeously illustrated cover stories. In June, The Georgetowner ran a charming, lengthy profile of Gil, calling his work “sumptuously beautiful” and adding, “With Schafer’s designs, you never feel as though you are stepping into a museum. You can sense that people live here, come up the driveway through the gate, stride through the rooms, open an elongated, white-framed window and look out at an American landscape.” New Old House’s Spring/Summer 2013 issue focused on Classic American Design and was anchored by a beautiful 12-page spread showcasing a book excerpt on the firm’s project, Longfield Farm. Read The Georgetowner and New Old House stories >
Gil was honored to be the keynote speaker at the 2013 Georgetown House Tour in May. The event, held at historic St. John’s Episcopal Church, was sponsored by Doyle New York and was the kickoff for what is American’s oldest continuing house tour. The blogger behind ArchitectDesign wrote an enthusiastic post about the evening, calling it “an inspiring lecture.” (Image courtesy of “The Georgetowner”. From L to R: Stephanie Bothwell, Co-Chair, Georgetown House Tour; Reid Dunavant, Senior Vice President, Doyle New York; Kathy Doyle, Chairman/CEO, Doyle New York; Gil Schafer; Frank Babb Randolph.) Read the blog post >
GPSA was thrilled to see their Willow Grace Farm project, located in Millbrook, New York, appear in “Town & Country’s” April issue. The perfect setting for a family wedding, it was featured in the magazine’s Social Network pages. (Image courtesy of “Town & Country.”) Read article >
Two stunning new books feature work by the firm. Philip James Dodd’s beautifully illustrated sourcebook of classically inspired architectural detail, “The Art of Classical Details”, includes an elegant, GPSA-designed Greek Revival House located in New York’s Hudson Valley. Barbara and René Stoeltie’s “New York Interiors”, is a lavish, stylistic exploration of some of the most exclusive interiors in the city and includes work by GPSA. The French edition of New York Interiors, “La Magie de New York”, features a GPSA project on the book jacket. Read about both books >
GPSA has a number of new projects underway including sites in California, Maine, South Georgia, New Jersey, the Adirondacks, and Charleston. View photos and read more about the latest updates on new projects >
GPSA welcomes two talented new Junior Designers to the firm. Michael Geller (left), from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is a 2012 graduate of Notre Dame’s graduate program in architecture. A Fagan Grant recipient, Michael received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Miami. Christopher Whelan (right) also joins us from Notre Dame, having also received his Master’s in Architecture this spring and was the winner of a Special Jury Prize in the Ed Bacon Student Design Competition in 2011. A Haddonfield, New Jersey, native, he earned his Bachelor of the Arts in Economics from Johns Hopkins University.
GPSA’s new classical house in Millbrook, New York is featured in the November 2010 issue of Elle Décor. Inspired by Hudson Valley Greek Revival and American Palladian precedent, the project is the result of a collaboration with Miles Redd as decorator and Warren Byrd as landscape architect. (See article.)
Gil Schafer will speak at the Annual Meeting of the Tennessee Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America on Friday, November 5, 2010.
GPSA is pleased to be included in Sam White’s new book, “Nice House”, published by Monacelli Press. The book features the work of a number of residential architecture firms and focuses on smaller houses from all around the country.
Gil Schafer received Veranda Magazine’s Art of Design Award in Architecture at a special awards gala at the Hearst Building on September 29th. Robert A. M. Stern presented the award, which had been chosen by a jury which included Rose Tarlow, Oscar de la Renta, Carolyn Roehm, Holly Hunt and David McFadden. (For more information on the other winners, go to www.verandaartofdesign.com.)
Gil Schafer was the featured speaker on September 22, 2010 for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of ICA&CA. The evening lecture was given at the National Trust building and was co-sponsored by the National Trust and the Royal Oak Society.
The firm’s restoration of the William C. Gatewood House is featured in the May 2010 issue of Town & Country magazine.
The Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America’s Roundtable Discussion event highlighting the design and construction process of GPSA’s award-winning restoration of the William C. Gatewood House in Charleston, South Carolina, will now take place on Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at the New York School of Interior Design. Please contact the Institute for more information and reservations at www.classicist.org.
GPSA was the recipient in December of a Citation Award in Residential Design from the Westchester/Mid-Hudson Chapter of the AIA for Willow Grace Farm. The recently-completed project was also awarded the 2009 Palladio Award in New Residential Design and Construction last spring.
Gil Schafer will give a talk for the Texas chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America in Houston, Texas, on Wednesday, May 5, 2010. For more information and reservations, please contact Chapter Coordinator, Carolyn Foug, at (713) 942-7251.
Gil will also speak at the Spring Launch Party of the Rocky Mountain chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America in Denver, Colorado, on Wednesday, May 19, 2010. For more information and reservations, please contact Chapter Coordinator, Gail Breece, at (303) 355-2460, extension 201.
The Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America will host a Roundtable Discussion highlighting the design and construction process of GPSA’s award-winning restoration of the 1843 William C. Gatewood House in Charleston, South Carolina. The special event, entitled “Adventures in Restoration: The Rebirth of a Classic Charleston House” will feature a presentation of the project by Gil Schafer followed by a discussion between Gil, the project’s client Sarah Horton, and its builder Richard “Moby” Marks, moderated by Eve M. Kahn from the New York Times. Seating is limited and advance reservations are required. Please contact the Institute for more information and reservations at www.classicist.org.
Gil Schafer will speak at a special lecture event at Hollyhock in Los Angeles on the evening of January 28, 2010. The talk, “A Classical House is Still a Great Place to Live,” will focus on the work of the firm and it’s emphasis on making livable houses rooted in tradition. Please contact Hollyhock for more information and reservations, (310) 777-0100.
Gil Schafer will be the featured speaker at the Thomasville Antiques Show in Thomasville, Georgia, on Saturday, February 27, 2010. His talk, “Pink Clapboards and Honey Locust: How a Thomasville House Shaped a Career in Design,” will focus on the influences of a Thomasville family home, Melrose Plantation, on Gil’s development and work as an architect. More information and tickets are available through the Thomasville Antiques Show.
Gil Schafer will be the featured speaker at the 2009 Annual Sponsors event of the Northern California Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America on Friday, October 30th from 6 – 8pm. The event will be held at an historic Italian Renaissance Palazzo-style residence designed by Henry Clay Smith in 1927. Contact the chapter directly for more information at 415-445-6700 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
GPSA’s restoration of the historic William C. Gatewood House in Charleston, South Carolina was recently presented with a 2009 Award of Merit in Historic Preservation by the New York State Chapter of the AIA.
The William C. Gatewood House restoration is also featured in Ingrid Abromovitch’s new book, Restoring a House in City, published in October 2009. The book can be ordered via www.classicist.org, through it’s Amazon portal.
Upcoming talks by Gil Schafer in 2010 include one planned for Thursday, January 28th at Hollyhock in Los Angeles as well as a talk at the Thomasville, Georgia, Antiques Show on Saturday, February 28th.
The firm’s work is featured in three other new books this year including Weekend Retreats by Susaanna Salk highlighting its renovation of a lakeside cottage in Connecticut; House Beautiful’s Colors for Your Home; and Elle Décor’s 20th Anniversary book, Style & Substance: The Best of Elle Décor.
The mudroom for a new residence in Millbrook, New York, by GPSA was the featured project in Town & Country magazine’s “In the Country” section in its April 2009 issue. The firm’s work was also featured in the cover story of the Spring 2009 issue of New Old House Magazine, in an article on the built-in cabinetry in the firm’s recently-completed project in the Hudson Valley. Read the story >
GPSA was the recipient of its third Palladio Award in March for Willow Grace Farm, a new residence in Upstate New York. The project was also profiled in the July 2009 issue of Period Homes magazine.