Steven Harris Architects LLP
50 Warren Street
New York, NY 10007
T 212 587 1108
F 212 385 2932
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Steven Harris, Partner
A native of Northern Florida, Steven Harris is the founding partner of Steven Harris Architects LLP in New York. He was educated at New College, the Rhode Island School of Design and Princeton University. He is currently Professor of Architecture at Yale, where he has taught for more than 25 years; he previously taught at Princeton and Harvard.
Since establishing Steven Harris Architects in 1985, he has led the design of an extensive range of residential, commercial and institutional projects, with a particular fondness and skill for exploring the architectural potential of residential life. Under his direction the firm has completed projects in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Florida, California and other areas of the United States, as well as in Mexico, South Africa, Costa Rica and Croatia. Diversity is a hallmark of his prolific and innovative work: AIA award-winning projects range from a Manhattan townhouse to a bowling alley and pool hall in Queens, NYC to the southernmost private residence on the Baja Peninsula. In 2008, Harris was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame.
Harris’s work is regularly featured in a variety of international publications and books. Steven Harris Architects has been included on the AD100, Luxe Gold List and Elle Decor A-list since 2012. Harris co-edited the book Architecture of the Everyday with Deborah Berke. His insights, experiences and works have contributed much to the landscape of contemporary architecture, and he continues to lecture worldwide from seminars at Yale to The Biennale in Santiago, Chile.
When he's not in the office, Harris can be found on vintage driving rallies around the world. In the last few years, he completed the Peking to Paris Endurance Rally and came in second in the Great South American Challenge.
John Woell, Partner
John joined Steven Harris Architects LLP after moving to New York in 1995. His keen interest in residential architecture and his deep knowledge of the city’s building and landmark regulations has assisted John in guiding the firm’s extensive work in New York. He has been highly successful in working with Cooperative Boards and Building Architects and is well-versed in the historical evolution of the New York City brownstone.
John completed his Master of Architecture at Yale University, where he studied with the literary scholar Harold Bloom, the artist Frank Stella, and the philosopher Karsten Harries. A native of Minnesota, John Woell received his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Minnesota, graduating with distinction – and with a coveted thesis prize as well. John received additional instruction in architectural history and theory at the Escuela Superior de Arquitectura in Barcelona; he also has lived in Paris and Los Angeles, where he worked with Richard Meier on the design and construction of the Getty Center.
John has taught and lectured on innovative design at Yale and other universities. His prolific and skilled work has been recognized with awards from UNESCO and the AIA; he also received a grant from the Graham Foundation for his research.
An avid reader on a wide range of topics and genres and a devoted museum-goer, John’s passions also include opera, theater and traveling.
Eliot Lee, Partner
A native of Northern California, Eliot received his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture with honors from Princeton University in 1995 and his Master of Architecture from Yale University in 1998. At these two institutions Eliot studied under Elizabeth Diller, Beatriz Colomina, and Thomas Beebe, as well as Steven Harris.
Prior to joining Steven Harris Architects LLP in 1998, he was employed by various firms on both the East and West Coasts—Interim Office of Architecture, Michael Graves & Associates, and Cesar Pelli & Associates. Currently a partner at SHA, Eliot has worked as lead designer on a range of projects including residences in Ojai, Palm Springs, Los Angeles, San Diego, Napa Valley, Water Mill, Southampton, Montauk and Taipei; the Beach Volleyball and Archery venues for the NYC2012 Olympic bid; a new 9 story condominium on Bond Street; and renovations of townhouses, apartments and lofts in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Eliot is a registered architect in the state of New York. He currently resides in Brooklyn with his wife and children, and in his free time he enjoys playing classical piano and shooting the occasional round of skeet.
Lucien Rees Roberts, Partner
Lucien Rees Roberts was born in England and educated in architecture and design at Cambridge University. In 1981 he moved to New York, where he currently is partner of Rees Roberts + Partners. He also was the founding head of the interiors department at Steven Harris Architects LLP, where his aesthetic vision has played an integral role in the development of the firm and the successful execution of its projects.
Well-known for his subtle use of color, texture and fabric, Rees Roberts’s designs capture the essence of modern living. Coming from the third generation of painters in his family, his love for art is a unique and important source for his inspiration and has left an indelible mark on his design tastes. His work achieves a functional elegance that is characterized by his deference to art, light and views provided by natural surroundings. Each project reflects the character of the client as well as the needs of everyday life, and his designs incorporate a combination of custom furniture and unusual antiques.
Rees Roberts has designed interiors for projects in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Florida, California and other areas of the United States, as well as in Mexico, South Africa, Costa Rica and Croatia. In December 2008, he received the honor of being inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame, and his design work is regularly featured in a wide range of international design books and publications.
Abir Ahmad, Senior Associate, LEED AP
Abir was born in Ghana and raised in Pakistan. She is fluent in both Hindi and Urdu. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College and a Master of Architecture from Yale University. While at Yale, Abir participated in studios led by Zaha Hadid and Peter Eisenman and was the recipient of the AIA Henry Adams Certificate.
Abir has been with Steven Harris Architects since 2004. While at SHA, Abir has worked on projects ranging from townhouse gut renovations to complex apartment combinations to the restoration of a 16th century Croatian Monastery.
Abir currently lives in Brooklyn. In her free time, she is an avid reader of Victorian era literature.
Patrick Plunkett, Senior Associate
Patrick has over twenty years of experience in the architecture and construction industries. He joined Steven Harris Architects in 2003. A former millwork detailer and furniture designer turned architectural designer, he has contributed his marked skill set to many successfully completed residential construction projects in Manhattan, Brooklyn and upstate New York.
Patrick studied design and architecture at Pratt Institute. He also studied painting as an undergraduate and received a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from The University of Connecticut.
Alejandro Fernandez de Mesa, Senior Associate
Alejandro was born in Miami to Spanish parents and is fluent in Spanish. He studied architecture at the University of Virginia after interning at the Miami office of Arquitectonica. He went on to earn his Master of Architecture at Yale University. During his time at Yale he completed studios led by Peter Eisenman and Deborah Berke and interned at Mangado & Asociados in Pamplona, Spain, where he formed part of the short listed design team for the Glasgow School of Art expansion. He joined SHA in 2010 and has overseen the design and construction of multiple townhouses and apartments in the New York area as well as houses in the Hamptons.
Leo Stevens, Associate
Leo was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and completed his undergraduate thesis at Yale College with Steven Harris, graduating with distinction. He resumed studies under Peter Eisenman and Robert A. M. Stern at the Yale School of Architecture, where he received his Master of Architecture degree and was awarded the Alpha Rho Chi Medal.
Prior to joining the firm, Leo was an associate at Robert A.M. Stern Architects in New York and worked with the Office for Metropolitan Architecture on projects in London and the United Arab Emirates. While at SHA, he has served as the project architect on the reconstruction of a Paul Rudolph townhouse in New York, along with the other residential projects in Peru and Croatia.
Leo is a registered architect in the State of New York and is an avid collector of rare books and journals on early modernism.
Kevin Blusewicz, Associate
Kevin Blusewicz holds degrees in architecture from the University of Maryland, College Park, and the Yale School of Architecture, where he studied under Thomas Beeby, Tod Williams, and Billie Tsien. Throughout his academic and professional career, he has developed a unique passion for the dynamic layering of history and social constructs on the built environment, having explored these issues in cities ranging from Phnom Penh to Rome. In his spare time, Kevin continues to expand on this interest through travels abroad and constant exploration at home in New York City.
Kevin joined Steven Harris Architects in 2011, and has worked on several townhouses in the West Village, Chelsea, and the Upper East Side, as well as apartments on Park Avenue and Central Park West. He is a licensed architect in the State of New York and lives in the West Village.