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At GLUCK+, design matters and building matters. Better buildings result when architects take on the construction process. Our approach to Architect Led Design Build ensures that the built solution is done right.
The evolution of our firm name from Peter Gluck and Partners Architects to GLUCK+ recognizes that our practice has always been inclusive. From designer to builder to owner to developer, we do what it takes and care how it’s done. “Outside our scope” is not in our vocabulary.
Our work is diverse and recognized worldwide through national and international design awards and publications. Our range of projects–from houses, schools, religious buildings, community centers to hotels, university buildings, recreation centers, and historic restorations—are all unique because each project is specific. We are dedicated to advocating for the wants and needs of our clients.
It is their stories we want to tell.
Architect Led Design Build is single-source responsibility for the design, construction and commissioning of buildings. Typically, an owner hires an architect to draw a building and a contractor to oversee the subcontractors that will build the building. This separation is adverse for the quality and cost of building. Project stakeholders lose out.
Architect Led Design Build is an agile process in which the same people are responsible for an entire building project. Our architects are also construction managers, meaning feedback between method of construction and design is fluid and responsive. Priorities between design, cost and schedule are clear. Creativity is responsible.
Typically an owner makes decisions about their project before an architect is involved. What is the program? Where is the site? How will it affect my budget?
As architects and builders, we have tools that are critical for navigating early unknowns, such as assessing the feasibility of a project and vetting real estate opportunities. We are in a position to help clients strategically plan their project, to determine how much space they actually need, and to test-fit their project on potential sites. We also consider construction options that affect the economic viability of the project.
Ultimately these early decisions are up to project owners, but we can serve as a valuable resource to clarify options.
Expanding our role allows us to initiate projects that otherwise could not afford to exist.
We consider sites that developers typically shy away from because our experience as architects and builders allows us to find the feasible opportunity. We can consider building uses that are generally deemed non-profitable, such as middle-income housing, because we are also in a position to pair them with less typical, more economic methods of building, such as offsite construction.
Having the wherewithal to find and make projects is not just an opportunity to build better buildings, but to contribute to building a better urban fabric.
We believe coming from the private realm, we have the responsibility to do our part in enriching the lives of people and communities. The integration of our approach to architecture allows us to do that.
Peter Gluck received a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and a Master of Architecture from the Yale School of Art and Architecture in 1965. After designing a series of houses from New York to Newfoundland, he went to Tokyo to design large projects for a leading Japanese construction consortium. This experience influenced Gluck’s later work both in his knowledge of Japan’s traditional aesthetics and of its efficient modern methods of integrated construction and design. His firm, Peter Gluck and Partners in New York, has been designing and building throughout the country since 1972, joined in 1992 by ARCS, a construction-management firm, established to build the firm’s designs, and in 1997 by Aspen GK, Inc., a development partnership, founded to produce well-designed, high-quality speculative housing.
Exhibitions of Gluck’s award-winning work have been held in the U.S. and Japan, and he is widely published in architectural journals around the world. He has taught at Columbia and Yale schools of architecture, and curated exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art and the Milan Triennale.
Thomas Gluck joined GLUCK+ as Associate Principal in 2005.
Mr. Gluck has overseen the design and construction of numerous projects in New York City and around the country. Among other projects, he is currently managing a 500,000 SF mixed-use urban development in Harlem. Prior to joining GLUCK+, Mr. Gluck worked with Herzog and de Meuron as the onsite project manager for the design and construction of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.
Mr. Gluck has published articles in the Architectural Research Quarterly and Retrospecta. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Harvard College and a Master of Architecture from Yale University.
Charlie Kaplan joined ARCS Construction Services in 1996 as Construction Manager and Peter Gluck and Partners as a designer in 1997. He became Associate Principal in 1999.
As the lead housing architect in our office, Mr. Kaplan, AIA LEED certified, has been involved in the design of sustainable housing projects throughout the U.S. He was a partner with Peter Gluck in the purchase, development, design and construction of award winning affordable housing in Aspen, Colorado, built as a turn-key project for the City of Aspen.
Mr. Kaplan was a lecturer at the 2007 Annual Colorado Preservation Conference, a collaboration between the Aspen and Telluride Historic Preservation departments and a former trustee and longtime member of the campus building committee for Burke Mountain Academy in Vermont.
Mr. Kaplan earned a BA from Williams College, a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Colorado, and spent time studying at the Architectural Association in London.
Stacie Wong joined Peter Gluck and Partners in 2001 as Associate Principal.
As the lead architect for school design in our office, Ms. Wong has been involved in many school projects in New York City. Most recently she acted as project manager and on-site construction supervisor for the AIA award winning East Harlem School. Among other projects, she has extensive experience with school feasibility studies at both the grade school and university level.
Ms. Wong received her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Architecture from Yale University. She was a member of the Yale Building Project and was a research assistant in the Yale Urban Design Workshop participating in an Urban Density and Neighborhood Revitalization study.
Marc Gee joined Peter Gluck and Partners in 1998 as a construction manager for ARCS Construction Services, the construction management arm of Peter Gluck and Partners. He became Associate Principal in 2000.
Mr. Gee is our most experienced construction expert having built most of our projects in New York City totaling over $35M. Most recently Mr. Gee was the on-site constructability and technical detail expert for the East Harlem School. The project was completed on time with a guaranteed maximum price for its construction of $330/SF, about half of what the New York City schools are costing. In addition we returned $500,000 of unused contingencies to the school. The school was awarded an award for design excellence from the Boston Society of Architects (AIA Boston).
Mr. Gee is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic University and State University with a Bachelor of Architecture.
Bethia Liu received her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Barnard College and her Master of Architecture from Princeton University. Bethia has worked as a professional modelmaker, graphic designer, and architect. After designing and managing an outdoor citywide interactive arts exhibition for ATHENS 2004, Bethia joined the firm in 2005. Her architectural work in the office includes designing and managing construction for the Little Ajax Affordable Housing in Aspen, The East Harlem School and Lakeside Retreat in New York. Since 2009, Bethia has managed the firm's public relations/press and marketing. She is involved with the firm's business development, and is Director of Strategic Planning. She art directs, writes, and manages the creative team to produce multimedia stories about GLUCK+.
Birgit Garland received her education at the Städtische Berufsschule für Bürokaufleute in Munich. Prior to joining the firm in 2002, Birgit worked in administrative services for the publishing industry and international financial services sector for 15 years. Birgit is Chief Financial Officer of the company.
Charles Gosrisirikul received his undergraduate degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and his Master of Architecture from Yale University. Charles has over 9 years of previous design experience on international metropolitan projects from China to Spain to the United Arab Emirates; including high-rise mixed-use development, institutional, and residential projects.
Charlie Able received his Bachelor of Science from Kent State University and his Master of Architecture from Columbia University. He is currently also an adjunct professor teaching intermediate computation and fabrication at City University of New York. Charlie has previous design experience for institutional interiors, residential ground-up projects and digital fabrication for custom millwork.
Cory Collman received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and his Master of Architecture from Yale University. While at Yale, Cory was a teaching and construction assistant for the Yale Building Project. He currently also teaches environmental design at Parsons School of Design. Cory's previous design experience includes residential and commercial projects in New York City and Chicago. Cory was on the project team for the House in the Mountains in Colorado.
Damian Thibeault received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Albany, State University of New York. Damian has five years of administrative experience and oversees the office facilities management, including information technology systems.
Elena Francisco received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Humboldt State University and her Master of Science in Public Accounting from Strayer University. Elena has over 6 years of administrative management and accounting for recreation club and resort facilities in California. Her experience also involved coordinating design review and construction as an owner's representative. Elena is responsible for administrative and accounting support at GLUCK+ Construction.
Elliot Kwon received his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Mathematics from Columbia University. Elliot's previous experience includes a large-scale hotel complex in Qatar, as well as residential projects in New York City.
Eric Schaefer received both his undergraduate degree in environmental design and his Master of Architecture from Montana State University. Eric joined the firm in 2006, following 7 years of leading construction teams for William Massie Architects. Eric has since led the construction management teams full-time onsite for numerous New York projects including the Pool Pavilion, Lakeside Retreat, and In Haven Residence.
Fiona Booth received her Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the University of Texas at Austin, and her Master of Architecture from Columbia University. Fiona's previous experience includes corporate, healthcare, and institutional projects in Lesotho, Mexico City, and the greater Seattle area.
Haitao Zhou received his Bachelor of Architecture from Zhejiang University of Technology and his Master of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis. Haitao's previous experience includes large-scale commercial, hospitality, healthcare, and mixed-use projects in China.
Jennifer Dempsey received her Bachelor of Architecture from the Pratt Institute and her Master of Architecture from Yale University. Jennifer's previous design experience includes residential projects in New York City.
Jim True received his Bachelor of Architecture from Iowa State University. Jim joined the firm in 2004, with 6 years of residential experience in the Chicago area. Jim led the construction management team full-time onsite, from construction through commissioning, for the Cascade House in Chicago.
Joanna Stephens received her Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Joanna has 6 years of previous experience in medium to large scale mixed-use educational and retail projects, as well as core and shell commercial projects, in New York City, India and Korea.
Wazir Kahn received his education and training in Guyana, and has over 15 years of construction experience on residential, commercial and institutional projects in New York City and Guyana. Kahn has worked on numerous projects for the office, most recently the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning.
Kathy Chang received her undergraduate degree in architecture from Yale College and her Master of Architecture from Columbia University. Kathy was a 2003 winner of Common Ground and The Architectural League of New York's "First Step Housing" Competition. Kathy joined the firm in 2005 and contributed to Bronx Charter Preparatory School, followed by The East Harlem School. Kathy recently managed the project team from design through construction for the Lakeside Retreat in New York.
Kelly Barlow received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia, and her Master of Architecture from Rice University. Kelly was involved with the design/build project, the ecoMOD preHAB house at the University of Virginia. She also received a Rice Design Alliance Initiatives for Houston grant for Emergency Core, a project that explores an affordable and easily transportable alternative for disaster relief. Kelly has previous design experience in institutional, commercial and residential projects in New York State.
Marc Pittsley received his Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University. Marc's previous work experience includes Boston transit and infrastructure projects, and 12 years in New York City on small to large scale residential, institutional, commercial, and retail projects. Marc has considerable experience with Landmarks Review, the Public Design Commission Review and ULURP in New York City. Marc has also taught in the Columbia University Master of Science Real Estate Development program.
Matt Harmon received his Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Masters of Science in Physics from Idaho State University. He later received his Master of Architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture. Previously, Matt worked for 10 years as a research scientist, engineer and project manager in the physics and aerospace industry. Matt's architectural experience includes design build work for single family residential and cultural projects in Los Angeles, and urban planning projects for Los Angeles and China.
Richard Unterthiner received his Bachelor of Environmental Design from The Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto) and a Master of Architecture from the University of Toronto. Richard has 7 years of design work experience on small, mid to large scale institutional and residential projects in the Toronto area, including the tallest social housing project in Toronto.
Rikako Wakabayashi received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan and her Master of Architecture from Harvard University. Her previous design experience includes residential projects in Japan. Rikako was a First Prize winner in the Envisioning Gateway International Competition co-sponsored by the Van Alen Institute, National Parks Conservation and Columbia University. She was on the design team for a residence in Maui and the Orange Beach Arts Center Master Plan.
Robert received an undergraduate degree in Applied Science from University of Waterloo and undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture from McGill University. Prior to joining the firm in 2007, Robert's design experience was primarily in mid to large scale institutional projects in New York City, and also design/build collaborations with various artists on site specific installations and performances; most recently Mary Mattingly's 2011/2012 'Flockhouse' project. Robert has since designed and managed construction on site at the Pool Pavilion and Rado Redux in New York, and the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning in the Bronx.
Ross Galloway received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Maryland, College Park, and his Master of Architecture from University of Texas at Austin. Ross' previous experience includes large scale commercial projects in the Washington, D.C. area. After an internship during his graduate studies, Ross returned to join the firm the following year.
Sam Currie received his Bachelors in Architecture from Auburn University and is a 2005 alumni of the Rural Studio. Sam joined the firm in 2008 and was onsite full-time managing construction for the Blue Ridge House. Since returning to the New York office, he has contributed to the Orange Beach Arts Center Master Plan, Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning, and the Central Queens Academy Charter School. Sam managed construction full-time onsite for the Lady Liberty Academy Charter School in Newark, New Jersey and the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning in the Bronx.
Scott Scales received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arkansas. Prior to joining the firm, Scott had 9 years of previous work experience on residential, institutional and commercial projects in Arizona and Arkansas. Scott has since contributed to the Urban Townhouse in New York, House in the Mountains in Colorado, and the urban redevelopment project in Harlem.
Shannon Bambenek received her Bachelor of Architecture from University of Texas at Austin. After interning for a summer in 2006, Shannon returned to join the firm the following year, and has since contributed on numerous projects, including The East Harlem School, Pool Pavilion, Legal Outreach, and Rado Redux.
Stephane Derveaux received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Architecture and Urban Planning from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Nancy in France. Previously, Stephane had 7 years international architectural design experience on large-scale mixed-use commercial, institutional and residential projects in France, Germany, the Netherlands, China and Singapore; he was also senior designer and project architect for a large-scale museum plaza project in Kentucky. Stephane joined the firm in 2007, and has been project architect on numerous residential projects in Florida and East Hampton, New York, and later, the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning in the Bronx.
Steve Preston received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Structural Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, followed by a Masters in Architecture from MIT. Steve has previous engineering design experience for kinetic architecture and architectural design experience on institutional projects.