New Promotions at SBA in 2024
Please join us in congratulating the following staffers on their new promotions: Jahlay Rae, Studio Director of our Interiors Department; Michael Geller, Associate; Christopher Whelan, Design Associate; Rachel Reilly, Project Manager; Erin Burke, Interiors Project Designer; Amanda Arrizabalaga, Job Captain; Benjamin Shelton, Job Captain; Austin Proehl, Job Captain; Amanda Buehler, Senior Draftsman; and Thomas Assad, Senior Draftsman.
WHAT A THRILL to be included, once again, in Architectural Digest’s AD100 list for 2024. We are incredibly grateful to the editors for this recognition and to our visionary clients, brilliant collaborators and dedicated team, who make it all possible. Thank you!
Design in Mind:
Unlocking the Mysteries of Place with Gil Schafer
A New Documentary Airing on PBS Stations Nationwide in December
Gil is honored to be the subject of a new documentary airing on PBS Stations nationwide beginning on December 1, 2023. Unlocking the Mysteries of Place with Gil Schafer is the newest installment of Design in Mind, a documentary series produced by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art that takes viewers into the individual worlds of acclaimed architects, designers, and artists. In the film, Gil leads a behind-the-scenes tour of some iconic projects while offering insight into his design process, discussing the importance of classical American architecture and how it’s best adapted for contemporary life, and sharing how the power of memory is crucial in creating an unforgettable place. To view the documentary, please click here >
Gil’s new book, Home At Last:
Enduring Design for the New American House,
coming in Spring 2024
Gil’s long-awaited third book, HOME AT LAST: Enduring Design for the New American House, is being published by Rizzoli in the Spring of 2024! Featuring eight residences located across the country—from Florida to Maine, Vermont to the Hudson Valley—Home At Last is a celebration of modern life seen through the lens of tradition to reflect the distinct stories, tastes and style of our wonderful clients. To learn more, pre-order a copy, and find out where you can see Gil on book tour, visit the book page here >
Annual Staff Field Trip
Our annual staff field trip took our team to the Hamptons this year, where we started the day in Sag Harbor at a waterfront house we are renovating for a stylish young family. From there, we traveled to Southampton to visit the site for a new Shingle style house we are designing in collaboration with Rita Konig for interior design and Ed Hollander for landscape design. We stopped for a fun lunch at the Union Burger Bar before heading to the last project, a new family compound on the water for longtime clients in collaboration with David Netto for interior design and Miranda Brooks for landscape design.
WE WERE DELIGHTED to have Architectural Digest feature our recent Montecito renovation — to which we brought a light touch, adding back some character and charm that had been lost over the years — done in collaboration with interior designer Michelle Holland in August. In September, Galerie interviewed Gil about some of his favorite finds at the San Francisco Fall Show, one of his must-visit shows of the year. The 20th edition of The Classicist, which came out in late Fall, includes our new guest cottage in coastal Maine, and we are honored to be named as one of Ocean Home’s “Top Coastal Architects,” as featured in their October/November issue. New Old House explores the New Stone Country House we designed in the Hudson Valley in their Winter issue, with a lengthy feature of the property and interiors.
Last but certainly not least,Traditional Building interviewed Gil, Aimee, Kevin, and Lou for a feature in their December issue about the joining of our teams to create Schafer Buccellato Architects and also offered a sneak peek into Gil’s forthcoming book, Home At Last. To see these pieces and see other recent media stories, visit our Press and Online Media Sections >
ICAA National Conference
WE WERE PROUD to be one of the sponsors of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s first national conference, which was held in Charleston during the first weekend of November. As part of the conference, Gil led a tour of our award-winning restoration and renovation project, The William C. Gatewood House, which seemed especially well-suited to the conference’s theme, “Enduring Places.” [Photos courtesy of the ICAA]
2023 Bullfinch Awards
WE ARE HONORED to receive two 2023 Bulfinch Awards from the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.
Our New Guest House in Maine won for Residential New Construction Under 5,000 SF. This charming new cottage, part of an expansive family compound on the coast of Maine, was designed to look as if it were a converted carriage house or chauffeur’s cottage that had long been standing on a historic estate. The interiors were created in collaboration with interior designer Tom Scheerer, who has worked with the clients for many years, and the landscape was designed by Cecilia de Grelle.
Our New Family Compound on Block Island was the winner in the Residential New Construction Over 5,000 SF category. Located on the site of a former dairy farm that had been a scenic icon of the island for generations, we took our aesthetic cues from the shingle-style architecture of early 1900s New England to reimagine the property into a contemporary family compound. We collaborated with Miles Redd for interior design and Deborah Nevins for landscape and were lucky to work with such inspiring clients whose devotion to the land and preservation was a key part of this project.
SBA Studio Director Carl Carfi accepted the award on behalf of the firm at the awards ceremony on October 28, 2023, at the Harvard Club in Boston. [Award Acceptance Photo Courtesy of the New England Chapter of the ICAA]
2023 Palladio Awards
On July 11, 2023, SBA Studio Director Laura Welsh attended the Palladio Awards ceremony, held at The Mansion at Oyster Bay, to accept the 2023 Palladio Award for Interior Architectural Design, which we were honored to receive for our New Stone Country House. To read more about the Awards, please click here > [Project photos by Eric Piasecki]
In November, Gil joined Peter Miller, host of Traditional Building’s “Building Tradition” podcast for a conversation about his forthcoming book, Home At Last, the role that studying precedent has played in his work and personal design philosophy, and the exciting evolution of the firm into Schafer Buccellato Architects. Listen to the interview wherever you get your podcasts, or click here to learn more >
Gil was honored to be recognized by the French Heritage Society, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect the French architectural and cultural legacy in France and the United States, at their annual Gala Dinner Dance, held on November 16, 2023, at the University Club inManhattan.To learn more about the French Heritage Society’s mission and their annual gala, please visit their website here > [Photo by Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images]
Notre Dame Thesis Presentation
In November, our South Bend office hosted a group of Notre Dame students for a workshop on what makes a great thesis. Three of our talented architects — Associate Julian Murphy, Job Captain Rachel Reilly, and Draftsman Thomas Assad — presented their own thesis projects and offered career advice as the attendees look toward their next steps. Education and mentorship are important parts of the SBA culture and we were thrilled to invite these students into the studio.
We’ve had some special guests visit the office in the past few months as part of our “bring your children to work” days. If we were the betting type, we’d put our money on these kids as the next rising stars in the architecture field!
CONGRATULATIONS to SBA staffers Jack Calvert, who ran the Chicago marathon this fall, and Matt Leonard, who ran a half marathon in Zion National Park in the spring!
2023 Palladio Award
WHAT AN HONOR to have our New Stone Country House receive a 2023 Palladio Award for Interior Architectural Design. We collaborated with Thomas Jayne for interiors and Deborah Nevins for landscape on this new house in the Hudson Valley, which was designed to echo the classical formality of England’s grand 18th and 19th-century Palladian country houses through its highly articulated detailing and Grecian-infused moldings, fireplace mantels, and plaster ceiling rosettes. To read more about the Awards, please click here >
As is evident in the photo-covered walls of the GPSA conference room, seen here, Gil has been hard at work on his new book, Home At Last: Enduring Design for the New American House, which is being published by Rizzoli in Spring 2024. Stay tuned for the book cover reveal, sneak peeks, and more information on events.
WE ARE THRILLED to have our work featured in some recent magazine and newspaper stories, including a Wall Street Journal piece on lacquered outdoor furniture, which includes a new residence we designed in Southern Georgia; a library we designed in a family apartment on Fifth Avenue, which was featured in the winter issue of Galerie; and an expansive feature on Gil and his houses in the Hudson Valley and Maine in Kinfolk magazine’s summer issue, which explores his personal evolution as an architect and how he lives at home. Additionally, the July/August issue of Veranda magazine features a newly completed Newport Beach project that we worked on in collaboration with design legend Suzanne Rheinstein on interiors and the talented Kathryn Herman on landscape design. To read these pieces and see other recent media clips, visit our Press and Online Media Sections >
A Farewell to Mickey Benson
This past spring, we said goodbye to our longtime Principal and Studio Director, Mickey Benson, who made the decision to leave the practice to relocate to New Hampshire. It has long been a dream of Mickey’s to live and work in rural New England, and we are happy for him that he is finally realizing this long-held goal. In his seventeen years with GPSA, Mickey has been integral to our work, having been involved in over 120 of our projects. His deft leadership in both design and project management, as well as working closely with clients and with GPSA partners Gil and Lou in making critical firm decisions over the years, has been key to our growth and evolution as a company. It’s no surprise that Mickey has been beloved by both staff and clients alike. We wish him well in this next chapter of his life and career and remain profoundly grateful for all that he brought to our work and the culture of the firm.
WE ARE HAPPY TO welcome a talented group of summer interns to our office for the season. (Left to Right) Vladimir Reed, a student at Bowdoin College; Emily Fuchs, a student at the University of Notre Dame; and Kayla Rembold and Isabella Zayas, from the University of Miami, are all joining the Architecture team as interns. Anika Sanchez-Piotrowski (far left), from the University of Virginia, is interning with our Decorating department.
Our annual staff trip out to the ballpark, crackerjacks included, was on June 1st and we had a great time at Citifield watching the Mets take on the Phillies for a win! Go Mets!
Two gorgeous, newly-published books feature our work: Making a House a Home by Susanna Salk, which was published by Rizzoli in March, and Charm School: The Schumacher Guide to Traditional Decorating for Today, which was published by Monacelli, also in March. To see more of these books and others that include our projects, please visit our Additional Books page >
New Promotions at GPSA in 2023
Please join us in congratulating the following GPSA staff members on their new promotions: Michael Callaway has been promoted to Project Manager; Paige Melinis and Rachel Reilly are now Senior Job Captains; Sarah Gumenick and Jack Calvert have been promoted to Job Captain; and Austin Prohl and Benjamin Shelton have been each promoted to Senior Draftsman. [Photo credit: Sarah MacWright]
G.P. Schafer Architect 20th Anniversary
2022 marks the 20th anniversary of GPSA, and we celebrated the occasion with a cocktail reception on November 16th on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Over 250 people attended the festive evening including current staff and their spouses, clients, collaborators-including decorators, landscape designers, contractors, vendors, and craftspeople-as well as members of the design press and alums from the firm’s staff over the last 20 years. At his toast of thanks to those gathered at the event, Gil remarked, “20 years ago when I opened my office out of a tiny one-room shoebox of a space on Spring and Lafayette Streets, I don’t know that I would have believed I would get the opportunity to work with so many amazing collaborators over the next two decades. But here we are all these years later, and it is truly thanks to all of you for being part of that incredible creative adventure together that we have been able to do the work we have. I raise my glass to each of you!”
Top Row, Left to Right: Candice Bergen, Gil, landscape designer Debby Nevins; GPSA Staff; Bottom Right: GPSA staffers Matt Enquist, James Reilly, Rachel Reilly, Chris Taylor, principal Mickey Benson. Third Row, Left to Right: Gil, journalist Pilar Vilades, editor and podcast host Michael Boodro; Town & Country editor-in-chief Stellene Volandes, Bunny Williams; Erin Burke, Ariana Whelan, Chris Whelan, Austin Proehl, Sarah Gumenick. Fourth Row, Left to Right: GPSA staffer John Hanlon, interior designer Courtnay Daniels, Lisette Taylor, GPSA partner Lou Taylor, videographer Daniel Cohen; Jack Calvert, Philip Spence, Matt Leonard, Samuel Methvin; former GPSA staffers Tessa Gearity, Daniela Cascio, Holly Johnson; architect Mark Ferguson, Studio Designer CEO Keith Granet, Gil, Wright & Co. Construction founder Ken Wright. Fifth Row, Left to Right: Aimee and Kevin Buccellato, GPSA’s earliest employees and founders of Buccellato Design; architect and former GPSA staffer Whitley Esteban, Gil, Tessa Gearity; AD Global Interiors & Garden editor Alison Levasseur, RH Media chief editorial officer Margaret Russell, interior designer Markham Roberts.
2022 McKim, Mead & White Awards
We are incredibly honored to receive a McKim, Mead, and White Award from the New York chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art for this new stone country house, set on a dramatic, sloping 60-acre piece of property in New York’s northern Dutchess County. Designed in collaboration with Deborah Nevins for landscape and Thomas Jayne for interior decoration, the house was inspired by the Georgian and early Regency houses of the English countryside while creating an intentional interplay between architecture and landscape. [Photo by Eric Piasecki]
What an honor to be once again included on Architectural Digest’s AD100 list for 2023. Our work wouldn’t be possible without our inspiring clients, talented collaborators, and hardworking team at GPSA, and we are thrilled to share this recognition with them. [Photos by Eric Piasecki]
We’re thrilled to have a few of our projects included in Waterworks’ new book, The Ultimate Bath, which was published by Rizzoli in late October. To see more, please visit our Additional Books page >
It’s always a pleasure to see our work featured in the media and over the last few months, we’ve had our work included in Frederic magazine and have been named to Ocean Home’s Top 50 Coastal Architects and Traditional Building’s list of Who’s Who in Contemporary Classical Architecture. To see these and other recent media clips visit our Press Section > and Online Media Section >.
Taken on location in Maine while shooting with our longtime collaborator Eric Piasecki this summer, this photo is just one moment from many recent photoshoots that we’ll be sharing in our next book, coming from Rizzoli in the Spring of 2024! Stay tuned for more book news soon.