Elizabeth Gray, FAIA
Elizabeth P. Gray is the founding principal and a partner at Gray Organschi Architecture in New Haven, a firm recognized nationally for its residential, institutional and landscape infrastructure design. Ms. Gray is committed to fusing design excellence with community engagement. Gray Organschi purposefully seeks a wide range of project types, believing that the firm’s architectural solutions are enriched by the variety of projects it tackles. Gray Organschi’s work includes private houses, adaptive re-use and reclamation of existing structures, educational buildings, devotional spaces, timber bridge design and park structures.
In addition to her architectural work, Ms. Gray is the founder and principal designer of Gray Design, an interior design and furnishings firm with projects ranging from private homes to public institutions. This practice weaves furnishings specification and fabrication with an expertise in contemporary and historical material design culture, providing innovative, warm and livable spaces for homes and institutions.
Ms. Gray received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Architecture from Yale College and a Master of Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of New Haven Reads, a local institution devoted to helping New Haven’s children master reading. In May 2012, Ms. Gray was advanced to Fellowship for design excellence by the Jury of Fellows of the Architectural Institute of America. This spring, Ms. Gray and her partner Alan Organschi were honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters with an Arts and Letters Award in Architecture for work characterized by a strong personal direction.
Alan Organschi is the design principal and a partner at Gray Organschi Architecture, in New Haven, Connecticut, a firm recognized at the local, regional, and national level for its innovative conception and careful crafting of architectural projects that range from the adaptive re-use of damaged buildings and neighborhoods to the development and implementation of low-impact component assembly systems for ecologically delicate sites. In buildings for both private clients and emergent community institutions, Gray Organschi Architecture has explored the intersection of environmental constraint, social need and available resources to produce architecture that is environmentally sensitive and culturally and physically durable.
A trained cabinet-maker and builder as well as a teacher, Mr. Organschi has developed a practice and a pedagogy that seeks to link broad based conceptions of architectural space, form, and program to the physical means and methods of producing them. He is the founding principal of the fabrication and construction company JIG Design Build, an offshoot of his work at Gray Organschi Architecture in the prototyping, fabrication, and installation of specialized furniture and building components and systems. As a member of the faculty of the Yale School of Architecture, he coordinates Yale's first-year graduate housing studio which culminates each spring with the student design and construction of an affordable house in New Haven. Mr. Organschi has lectured widely on architecture, technology, and sustainable urban renewal. As a consulting expert and an active member of the Advisory Board for The Seedlings Teacher Collaborative, Mr. Organschi works closely with New Haven private and public school teachers to bring project-based education to the city’s schools.
In 2009, he received a grant from The Hines Research Fund for Advanced Sustainability in Architectural Design for his work on high density, high performance wood housing in the United States. In that same year, with his partner, Elizabeth Gray, Mr. Organschi was recognized as an Emerging Voice by the Architectural League of New York and received an American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum for the design of a net-zero energy material storage building in Washington, Connecticut.
In 2012, Mr. Organschi was honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters with an Arts and Letters Award in Architecture.