As founder of an architectural practice in the inner city, Lisa has demonstrated her commitment to fusing design excellence with community engagement, providing volunteer and pro-bono services to programs in need, working intensively with local organizations and institutions to delineate clear and achievable project goals and guide the design and construction process to ensure 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. Lisa’s deep interest in observing and understanding the cultural and social processes that produce architecture dates to her research and experience as a Fulbright Scholar in Sumatra, Indonesia from 1988-89, comparing gender roles in the design and construction of traditional housing.
She is also the founder and principal designer of Gray Design, an interior design and furnishings firm with projects ranging from private homes to public institutions. Since 2001, this practice has woven design fabrication with an expertise in contemporary and historical material culture, providing innovative and livable spaces for a variety of building types and uses.
Lisa is committed to community education, serving as Head of the Board of Directors at New Haven Reads, a literacy program serving the city’s children. She previously served on the Board of Directors at the Foote School in New Haven, where she chaired the search committee for a new Head of School and on the Board of the New Haven Town Green District, a consortium of downtown business owners and professionals working together to strengthen New Haven’s vibrant urban community.
In 2009 with her partner, Alan Organschi, Lisa was recognized as an Emerging Voice by the Architectural League of New York. In 2012, Lisa and Alan were honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters with an Arts and Letters Award in Architecture. Lisa has served as Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professor at Yale School of Architecture.