11 July 2018

GOA at the United Nations

Gray Organschi Architecture recently collaborated with the Yale Center for Ecosystems in Architecture to design, fabricate, and install the Ecological Living Module (ELM) for the United Nations Environment. The 22-square meter home is fully powered by renewable energy and constructed from renewable bio-based building materials. The first demonstration unit, located in the UN Plaza in New York City, from July 9-18, contains features relevant to the local climate and context of New York. Future iterations of the module – including one in Kenya, the home of UN Environment – will respond specifically to local climatic and cultural contexts.

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10 October 2017

GOA in the news

We are honored to have been featured in a number of publications over the past several weeks:

Old Quarry House was the cover feature in the fall issue of Residential Design. Article here

Chilmark House was among a handful of projects featured in an article on the Japanese cedar-charring technique of yakisugi, or shou sugi ban, by T: The New York Times Style Magazine. Article here

Common Ground High School was featured in the September issue of legendary Italian design magazine Casabella. The article is not available online. Issue summary here

Firehouse 12 was featured in the September/October issue of Dwell. Article here

07 April 2017

Common Ground honored with two awards by the Chicago Athenaeum

Gray Organschi Architecture has received a 2017 Green Good Design Award and a 2017 American Architecture Award for Common Ground High School. Both are awarded by the The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, together with the European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. Read about it here:

Green Good Design Award

American Architecture Award

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30 March 2017

GOA in the Wood Design Awards

Two of Gray Organschi Architecture's projects have received recognition in the 2017 Woordworks Wood Design Awards. Common Ground High School was given the award for Wood School Design, and Firehouse 12 received one of seven Regional Excellence awards.

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06 January 2017

Common Ground High School featured in Architectural Record

Common Ground High School was featured in Architectural Record's January issue, "Schools of the 21st Century." The project, completed last April, is a 15,000 square-foot addition to the nation's longest-running environmental charter school. 

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09 November 2016

Cottage featured in CNN Style

The Cottage, a guest house designed by Gray Organschi for two clients, was featured in the article "Great escapes: The world's most beautiful contemporary cottages" in CNN Style. 

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14 October 2016

Timber City exhibit featuring contributions from Gray Organschi written up in Architectural Record

Timber City, the exhibit at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC was written up in Architectural Record. Gray Organschi Architecture’s Mill River Carousel Pavilion (pictured) and Common Ground High School are featured.


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17 September 2016

“Timber City” Exhibition Opens at the National Building Museum

The National Building Museum's exhibition on mass timber buildings in the United States features two projects by Gray Organschi Architecture: Common Ground High School and the Mill River Carousel Pavilion. Alan Organschi served as an advisor to the exhibition during its inaugural debut at the Boston Society of Architects in 2014. 

Photograph taken by Brett Rogers.

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12 August 2016

Timber City at the 2016 World Conference on Timber Engineering

Alan Organschi and Andrew Ruff will be presenting "Timber City: Growing and Urban Carbon Sink with Glue, Screws, and Cellulose Fiber" at the 2016 World Conference on Timber Engineering in Vienna, Austria.  The paper also features contributions by Chadwick Dearing Oliver, Christopher Carbone, and Erik Herrmann.

12 August 2016

Timber City

Timber City is an ongoing multi-year research project that explores the environmental efficacy and the industrial, structural, and architectural potential of urban “mass” timber construction technologies.  A research initiative of Gray Organschi Architecture, and supported in part by the Hines Research Fund for Advanced Sustainability at Yale University, Timber City is developing a comprehensive approach for incorporating timber construction into cities,  an approach which simultaneously addresses regional material flows, economies of carbon generation and sequestration, the development of new industrial processes, and the complex spatial, architectural, legal, and logistical challenges of constructing timber buildings in dense urban centers.

02 June 2016

Common Ground High School Official Opening

Common Ground High School held its official public and press opening on June 2nd, 2016. Design principal Alan Organschi joined CGHS chief administrator Melissa Spear and New Haven mayor Toni Harp at the podium in discussing the new building on the high school's campus.

See local press coverage below:

New Haven Register

New Haven Independent

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18 April 2016

Adirondacks House featured in Dwell Magazine

The Adirondacks House, designed by Gray Organschi for two large extended families, was featured in the May 2016 issue of Dwell Magazine.

Read the full article here.


12 January 2016

Henry David Thoreau Footbridge is now open

The Henry David Thoreau Footbridge, in the Steep Rock Nature Preserve in Washington, Connecticut has finished construction and is now open to the public. The Thoreau footbridge is a cable stayed, mass timber suspension bridge spanning 134 feet across the Shepaug River. Commissioned by the Board of the Steep Rock Preserve, a land trust encompassing over 3500 acres of wildlife habitat, and funded by the Gould Family Foundation and the State of Connecticut, this new bridge provides disabled visitors access to the preserve’s previously inaccessible trail systems along the river’s northern bank. 

03 August 2015

Common Ground High School featured on NBC News; WNPR; New Haven Register

Common Ground High School and its ongoing construction were recently featured in several news publications, including NBC CT and WNPR. Alan Organschi, pictured above, spoke about the building's sustainable design at the construction event.


More information below.


New Haven Register


New Haven Independent

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13 July 2015

Common Ground High School Under Construction

Assembly of the timber superstructure and pre-fabricated envelope system is underway at Bensonwood's facility in New Hampshire. 

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23 April 2015

Timber in the City: Design and Construction in Mass Timber

Alan Organschi was published in the book Timber in the City edited by Andrew Bernheimer and released this month. His essay "Timber City: Architectural Speculations in a Black Market" is featured in the book, as well as the Common Ground High School, a mass timber project designed by Gray Organschi Architecture. 

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15 April 2015

Sachem’s Head House featured in Dwell

The Sachem's Head House, designed by Gray Organschi for Catherine Greenman and Richard D'Albert, is featured in the May 2015 issue of Dwell. 

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30 March 2015

Yale School of Architecture, Louis I. Kahn Assistant Visiting Professors

Lisa Gray and Alan Organschi were the Louis I. Kahn Assistant Visiting Professors at the Yale School of Architecture in the fall semester of 2014.

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29 January 2014

Seaside House featured in Dwell

The Seaside House, designed by Gray Organschi for Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan, is featured in the March 2014 issue of Dwell.

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06 May 2013

Financial Times “Independence stay”

The Financial Times magazine "How To Spend It" highlighted the Cottage in a recent article on "forward-looking guest lodges". 

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17 April 2012

American Academy Arts and Letters Award in Architecture

On March 20, 2012, the American Academy of Arts and Letters announced that firm principals Elizabeth Gray and Alan Organschi have been awarded an Arts and Letters Award in Architecture. This award honors American architects whose work is characterized by a strong personal direction. The winners were chosen from a group of 40 individuals and practices nominated by the members of the Academy. The members of this year’s selection committee were: Henry N. Cobb, Michael Graves, Hugh Hardy, Steven Holl, Ada Louise Huxtable, Richard Meier (chairman), James Polshek, Billie Tsien, and Tod Williams. “Simple structures like a contractor's storage shed or a footbridge,” said Tod Williams, “are gently re-imagined and then realized as elegant, exactingly detailed buildings that are as spare and as astonishingly rich as a poem.” The awards will be presented in New York City in May at the Academy’s annual Ceremonial. Work by the winners will be featured in the upcoming exhibition on view in the Academy’s galleries on Audubon Terrace.

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17 April 2012

Elizabeth Gray Elevated to AIA Fellowship

In February, the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows elevated Elizabeth Gray to Fellowship,  recognizing her for her “significant contribution to the profession” and “to architecture and society on a national level.”  She and other 2012 Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony on May 17 at the 2012 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in Washington, DC.

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17 April 2012

Alan Organschi to speak at Alvar Aalto Symposium

Alan Organschi has been invited to speak on the firm’s work at the 12th International Alvar Aalto Symposium “Crafted – the Ingredients of Architecture” to be held at the Jyvaskyla University Campus in Jyvaskyla, Finland in August.   His talk, entitled “Mistaken for Craft,” addresses the way in which procedural error, the willful disregard of codified craft technique and construction practice, and the overturning of basic assumptions about material value and utility, can—as in the most forceful work of Alvar Aalto—radicalize the built environment and reconfigure our cultural relationship to the materials and methods that produce it.

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17 April 2012

Dwell Magazine “Outdoor” Special Issue

In April, the Footbridge in Madison, Connecticut was included in Dwell Magazine’s “Outdoor” Special Issue.   “Bridge Works” described the structural conception and precise execution that produced minimal impact to an ecologically sensitive site.  We thank our former colleague Adam Hopfner and the crew at Loco Construction for their skill and nerve.

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09 November 2011

Dwell Magazine “Best Homes in America” Special Issue

The Cottage in Guilford, Connecticut was featured in Dwell Magazine’s January Special Issue “Best Homes in America.”  The article entitled “Light Motif” by William Lamb described our very special collaboration with our wonderful clients, Brooks and Suzanne Kelley.  Special thanks to project Architect Kyle Bradley and Builder Andy Fowler for their excellent work and dedication to the project. 

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08 November 2011

Residential Architect Rising Star Award

In December, Gray Organschi Architecture was honored for its “outstanding contribution to residential work that advances the profession as a whole” by Residential Architect Magazine.  Firm principals Elizabeth Gray and Alan Organschi received the magazine’s Rising Star Award at the 2012 Reinvention Symposium at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix.

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15 April 2011

Teach, Pray, Live

A New York Times piece by writer Fred Bernstein about Gray Organschi’s Fairfield Jesuit Community Center examines the ways in which the new building embodies the Jesuit’s commitment to being good stewards of the earth by building sustainably and to supporting community through the creation of convivial public space.

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27 September 2010

Lecture: Scarce Means; Alternative Uses - Roger Williams University September 29th, 2010

Alan Organschi will present a lecture entitled Scarce Means; Alternative Uses at the D.F. Pray Foundation Lecture Theater (Arch 132) at 6PM on September 29, 2010. This lecture is part of the 2010 lecture series for the Roger Williams School of Architecture where Gray Organschi Architecture is the 2010 Architecture Teaching Firm in Residence.

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01 September 2010

Kelley Cottage featured in Dwell

The Kelley Cottage was featured in the September 2010 issue of Dwell. The issue’s feature theme, Bright Ideas, looked at creative lighting in modern dwellings. We are grateful to Suzanne and Brooks Kelley for sharing their story.

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01 January 2010

Gray Organschi is selected for New York City Design & Construction Excellence program

We were pleased to be selected as one of two firms outside of New York to take part in New York City’s Design and Construction Excellence (D+CE) program, a city-wide initiative of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the New York Department of Design and Construction “to aggressively pursue an innovative and ambitious public works program in partnership with the most creative and experienced design professionals in the world.”  Twenty-eight architecture firms will work over the next two years on the most architecturally challenging and important design and building projects that the City will undertake.