Elizabeth Gray is the founding partner and principal at Gray Organschi Architecture in New Haven, Connecticut, a firm recognized internationally for its innovative conception and careful crafting of architectural projects ranging 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. Ms. Gray believes that Gray Organschi’s wide range of project types – from single family homes to institutional projects and bridges, all based in principles of regenerative building – is the foundation for the creative and productive cross-pollination of design and construction knowledge within the practice.
As founder of an architectural practice in a vibrant downtown, Ms. Gray has demonstrated her commitment to fusing design excellence with community engagement, providing volunteer and pro-bono services to programs in need, and working with organizations and institutions to delineate clear and achievable project goals. Her management of the design and construction administration process focuses on the timely delivery of buildings of the highest quality. Careful project research, frank and open conversation, and the clear presentation of options and opportunities have been a defining ambition and hallmark of her professional work.
In 2009, Ms. Gray and her partner Alan Organschi were recognized as an Emerging Voice by the Architectural League of New York. In 2012, Ms. Gray and Mr. Organschi were honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters with an Arts and Letters Award in Architecture. The office’s design for an engineered timber little league baseball grandstand in Staten Island received the 2014 New York City Public Design Commission Award, and Ms. Gray’s leadership in that innovative project was recognized in the 2019 Women-Designed NYC program. Most recently, Lisa was honored by Architectural Record's 2020 Women in Architecture Awards. She has served as the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture at Yale, conducting graduate studios and seminars in timber technologies, and has also served as a visiting instructor at Yale teaching an advanced studio about the ways in which circular economic principles can influence design.