Winter 2024

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.

AD100 2024

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.

New Press

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.

Special Guests

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!