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. Formerly Peter Gluck and Partners, the New York City based firm 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. In 2013, the firm's identity evolved into GLUCK+ to reflect the nature of the practice: architects involved in all aspects of the design, construction and development of a project.
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 the firm 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 the firm in 1996. He became Associate Principal in 1999.
Mr. Kaplan, LEED certified, has been heavily involved in both the design and construction of sustainable single-family and multi-family 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 turnkey project for the City of Aspen.
Mr. Kaplan also 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 the firm in 2001 as Associate Principal.
Ms. Wong brings considerable design and construction experience in both educational and residential projects. Notable educational projects include the award-winning Pilkey Lab groundup science research building for Duke University Marine Laboratory on their coastal campus and the award-winning East Harlem School, both utilizing Architect Led Design Build. Among other projects, she has extensive experience with school feasibility and programming studies at both K-12 and university levels.
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 the firm in 1998. 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. Recent projects include on-site construction supervision for the $26 million Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning, a public-private project for New York Junior Tennis & Learning and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, and The Stack, recipient of a 2015 AIANY/BSA Housing Award and the first prefabricated steel and concrete multifamily development completed in New York City. He was also on-site construction supervisor for the AIA award winning East Harlem School.
Mr. Gee is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic University and State University with a Bachelor of Architecture.
Adie Mitchell studied architecture at Williams College, and received his Bachelor of Arts in Biology. Adie's previous experience includes designing and building a pocket park for the City of Montpellier in Vermont, and large tensile fabric structures for outdoor workspaces for Yestermorrow Design/Build School.
Alexander Cutrona received his Bachelor of Architecture with a Minor in Business from New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia for two years prior to his architecture studies. Alex has previous design experience on single-family residential projects in the greater New York area.
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.
Chris Tomasetti received his undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Pittsburgh and both a Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University. His previous design experience includes large-scale commercial and residential projects in Colombia, and residential projects in the US. Chris has previously worked as a residential carpenter/contractor and recently led a design/build workshop for a single family house in rural Ghana.
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 Baden received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University at Albany, State University of New York. Damian has five years of administrative experience and oversees the office facilities management, including information technology systems.
David Kagawa received his Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Washington and his Master of Architecture from Columbia University. David has previous design experience for institutional and commercial projects in South Korea, China and The Netherlands. Prior to working in architecture, David worked as a production engineer for the 777 airplane at Boeing.
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.
Emily Sperber received both her Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture from Tulane University. Emily's previous experience includes ground-up multifamily residential and higher education projects in New York City. Emily was involved in Tulane's URBANbuild program with the Make It Right Foundation in New Orlean's Lower 9th Ward after Hurricane Katrina.
Hanson Liu received his Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry from Columbia University and his Master of Architecture from Yale University. Hanson has over 14 years previous experience on large scale resdiential, institutional and university projects in New York City, Dallas, and Syracuse.
James Barclay received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of New South Wales with a semester exchange at University of California, Berkeley, and his Master of Architecture from Harvard University. James has over 7 years of design experience, as well as acting as Site Supervisor, managing construction onsite, for single-family residential projects in Sydney, Australia and the surrounding region. James has also designed and built temporary structures for installations at the annual Sydney Architecture Festival.
James Petty received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Houston with a semester exchange at the Architectural Association in London, and his Master of Architecture from Yale University. James has over 6 years of previous design experience on medium to large scale institutional (K-12 and university) and commercial projects in New York City, London, Munich, Brussels, and Tokyo. He also currently serves on the AIA New York Oculus Committee/Advisory Board.
Jenny Chang received her Bachelor of Architecture with a Minor in Urban Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Her previous design experience includes luxury residential development in Miami and large-scale mixed-use projects in China.
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 both the Cascade House and House to the Beach projects in Chicago's North Shore.
John Doria received his Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute with a Minor in Construction Management, and his Master of Science in Construction Management from Stevens Institute of Technology. John’s previous experience includes construction management on medium scale cultural and institutional projects in New York City, and architectural work on single family residences in Long Island, New York. At Pratt, John worked on a collaborative studio project with NASA to design a Transit Habitat to transport five astronauts to Mars.
Jorge Aguirre received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Architecture from Universidad Europea in Madrid, Spain. Jorge has over 10 years of previous work experience on single-family and multi-family residential, and commercial projects in New York City and Madrid, Spain. Jorge also brings experience acting as Site Supervisor, managing construction onsite, for multi-family residential work in Jersey City.
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 and House to the Beach on Chicago's North Shore.
Keisuke Okamoto is currently pursuing a Master of Architecture in the University of Tokyo where he received his Bachelor of Architecture. Keisuke's previous design experience includes commercial and residential projects in Tokyo and an urban planning project in China.
Wazir Khan 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. Khan has worked on numerous projects for the office, most recently the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning.
Leia Price received her Bachelor of Architecture from Auburn University. While at the Rural Studio, she designed and built the Newbern Volunteer Fire Station. Since 2006, Leia has managed construction onsite for the Cascade House in Chicago's North Shore, and then in North Carolina, leading the construction management team fulltime onsite for the Blue Ridge House, from construction through commissioning. Leia was also on the design team for the Orange Beach Arts Center Master Plan.
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.
Marisa Kolodny received her undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Dartmouth College and her Master of Architecture from Harvard University. Prior to joining the firm in 2007, Marisa worked in the internet industry for over 5 years. At GLUCK+, she contributed to single-family residential projects in North Carolina, Upstate New York, and Chicago Northshore, as well as a large scale commercial redevelopment project in West Harlem until 2014. After gaining additional experience in infrastructure, institutional and healthcare projects in New York City, Marisa returned to the firm in 2016.
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.
Natalie Wong received her Bachelor of Architecture from Hong Kong University and her Master of Architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Natalie has over 6 years of experience in single family residential projects in Massachusetts and small-scale mixed use residential developments in New York City.
Noy Ramon received her Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University with a Minor in Chinese Studies. Noy's previous experience includes single family and multifamily residential and large scale institutional projects in New York City, and mixed-use residential projects in Miami and the Cayman Islands.
Olga Reeder received her undergraduate degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of Applied Sciences in Karlsruhe, Germany, and her Master of Urban Design from City College of New York. Olga’s previous design experience includes LEED certified equivalent single-family residential and multi-family residential projects in Germany.
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.
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 Bachelor of 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, Rado Redux, and Artist Retreat.
Sookwan Ahn received his Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Hongik University in Korea, with a double major in Architecture and Urban Planning & Design, and his Master of Science in Design with a concentration in Advanced Architectural Design from the University of Pennsylvania. Sookwan's previous design experience includes educational and residential projects in Korea, commercial interiors work in New York, and a mixed-use high rise development in Angola.
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 Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Steve has previous engineering design experience for kinetic architecture and architectural design experience on institutional projects.
Tiakum Ao received his Bachelor of Architecture with a Minor in Sustainability from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Tia's previous design experience includes medium to large scale mixed-use developments and institutional projects in New Jersey. He also is involved with design-build institutional projects in India.
Will Ehrman received his Master of Architecture from the University of Kansas, including a semester abroad at DIS Copenhagen. Will's previous work experience includes a design-build LEED Platinum house with guest house, as part of University of Kansas' Studio 804, and small-scale residential and commercial projects in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Yeon Soo Kim received her Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute. Yeon's previous experience includes high-rise residential, mixed-use developments in New York City, and institutional and cultural projects in Korea.
Yoonjin Kim received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, and her Master of Architecture from Harvard University. Yoonjin's previous design experience includes mixed-use residential and institutional projects in London, England, and Cambridge, Massachusetts.
It is their stories we want to tell.
Expanding our role allows us to initiate projects that otherwise could not afford to exist.