Our firm is led by Gil Schafer III, AIA who has focused his career on residential projects for the last 20 years. We bring to each of our projects a unique understanding of a variety of architectural traditions and building contexts-regional, stylistic, and climatic-as well as landscape and interior decoration in order to help our clients develop homes and properties that are best suited to their lifestyles and the settings in which their projects are located. Over the last two decades G. P. Schafer Architect has worked on projects in numerous and varied locations around the country including New York, California, Connecticut, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee-and in scales ranging from under 1,000 square feet to nearly 40,000 square feet

Our approach to the design and detailing of each project is rigorous, as is the professionalism with which we manage the construction process and the myriad of complex elements and personnel that are part of creating a a new home today.

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270 Lafayette Street, Suite 1302, New York City 10012
Telephone (212) 965-1355 ~ FACSIMILE (212) 965-1356 ~ info@gpschafer.com



Fall 2010

GPSA’s new classical house in Millbrook, New York is featured in the November 2010 issue of Elle Décor. Inspired by Hudson Valley Greek Revival and American Palladian precedent, the project is the result of a collaboration with Miles Redd as decorator and Warren Byrd as landscape architect. (See article.)


Gil Schafer received Veranda Magazine’s Art of Design Award in Architecture at a special awards gala at the Hearst Building on September 29th. Robert A. M. Stern presented the award, which had been chosen by a jury which included Rose Tarlow, Oscar de la Renta, Carolyn Roehm, Holly Hunt and David McFadden. (For more information on the other winners, go to www.verandaartofdesign.com.)


GPSA is pleased to be included in Sam White’s new book, Nice House, published by Monacelli Press. The book features the work of a number of residential architecture firm and focuses on smaller houses from all around the country.


Gil Schafer will speak at the Annual Meeting of the Tennessee Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America on Friday, November 5, 2010. (For more information, contact the Institute at www.classicist.org.)


Gil Schafer was the featured speaker on September 22, 2010 for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of ICA&CA. The evening lecture was given at the National Trust building and was co-sponsored by the National Trust and the Royal Oak Society.


Spring/Summer 2010

The firm’s restoration of the William C. Gatewood House is featured in the May 2010 issue of Town & Country magazine.


Gil Schafer will give a talk for the Texas chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America in Houston, Texas, on Wednesday, May 5, 2010. For more information and reservations, please contact Chapter Coordinator, Carolyn Foug, at (713) 942-7251.


Gil will also speak at the Spring Launch Party of the Rocky Mountain chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America in Denver, Colorado, on Wednesday, May 19, 2010. For more information and reservations, please contact Chapter Coordinator, Gail Breece, at (303) 355-2460, extension 201.


The Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America’s Roundtable Discussion event highlighting the design and construction process of GPSA’s award-winning restoration of the William C. Gatewood House in Charleston, South Carolina, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at the New York School of Interior Design. Please contact the Institute for more information and reservations at (212) 730-9649 or at www.classicist.org.


Winter 2009

Gil Schafer will speak at a special lecture event at Hollyhock in Los Angeles on the evening of January 28, 2010. The talk, “A Classical House is Still a Great Place to Live,” will focus on the work of the firm and it’s emphasis on making livable houses rooted in tradition. Please contact Hollyhock for more information and reservations, (310) 777-0100.


GPSA was the recipient in December of a Citation Award in Residential Design from the Westchester/Mid-Hudson Chapter of the AIA for Willow Grace Farm. The recently-completed project was also awarded the 2009 Palladio Award in New Residential Design and Construction last spring.


The Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America will host a Roundtable Discussion highlighting the design and construction process of GPSA’s award-winning restoration of the 1843 William C. Gatewood House in Charleston, South Carolina. The special event, entitled “Adventures in Restoration: The Rebirth of a Classic Charleston House” will feature a presentation of the project by Gil Schafer followed by a discussion between Gil, the project’s client Sarah Horton, and its builder Richard “Moby” Marks, moderated by Eve M. Kahn from the New York Times. Seating is limited and advance reservations are required. Please contact the Institute for more information and reservations at (212) 730-9649 or at www.classicist.org.


Gil Schafer will be the featured speaker at the Thomasville Antiques Show in Thomasville, Georgia on Saturday, February 27, 2010. His talk, “Pink Clapboards and Honey Locust: How a Thomasville House Shaped a Career in Design,” will focus on the influences of a Thomasville family home, Melrose Plantation, on Gil’s development and work as an architect. More information and tickets are available through the Thomasville Antiques Show office at (229) 225-9354.


Fall 2009

Gil Schafer will be the featured speaker at the 2009 Annual Sponsors event of Northern California Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America on Friday, October 30th from 6 – 8pm. The event will be held at an historic Italian Renaissance Palazzo-style residence designed by Henry Clay Smith in 1927. Contact the chapter directly for more information at 415-445-6700 or via email at info@classicist-nocal.org.


Upcoming talks by Gil Schafer in 2010 include one planned for Thursday, January 28th at Hollyhock in Los Angeles as well as a talk at the Thomasville, Georgia, Antiques Show on Saturday, February 28th.


GPSA’s restoration of the historic William C. Gatewood House in Charleston, South Carolina was recently presented with an Award of Merit in Historic Preservation by the New York State Chapter of the AIA.


The William C. Gatewood House restoration is also featured in Ingrid Abromovitch’s new book, Restoring a House in City, published in October 2009. The book can be ordered via www.classicist.com, through it’s Amazon portal.


The firm’s work is featured in three other new books this year including Weekend Retreats by Susaanna Salk highlighting its renovation of a lakeside cottage in Connecticut; House Beautiful’s Colors for Your Home; and Elle Décor’s 20th Anniversary book, Style & Substance: The Best of Elle Décor.


Spring/Summer 2009

The mudroom for a new residence in Millbrook, New York, by GPSA was the featured project in Town & Country magazine’s “In the Country” section in its April 2009 issue. The firm’s work was also featured in the cover story of the Spring 2009 issue of New Old House Magazine, an article on the built-in cabinetry in the firm’s recently-completed project in the Hudson Valley.


GPSA was the recipient of its third Palladio Award in March for Willow Grace Farm, a new residence in Upstate New York. The project was also profiled in the July 2009 issue of Period Homes magazine.


Fall 2008

G. P. Schafer Architect’s Willow Grace Farm is featured in the November 2008 issue of Elle Decor, in an article entitled “Scene Stealer”. The recently-completed house and outbuildings, built overlooking New York State’s bucolic Hudson Valley, was a collaboration between our office and Michael S. Smith as decorator and Deborah Nevins as landscape designer.

G. P. Schafer Architect was also featured in two other recent magazine articles: in House Beautiful’s “Send us a picture of...” column in its July 2008 issue and in the Design Details column: “Yesterday’s Kitchen Today” in the Fall 2008 issue of New Old House Magazine.


Spring/Summer 2008

Gil Schafer was a featured speaker at the Charleston Antiques Forum on Friday, March 14, 2008 in Charleston, South Carolina. Gil’s talk, entitled: “Yes, the Classical House is Still a Great Place to Live,” focused on the firm’s work, and showed for the first time the firm’s newly completed restoration of the William C. Gatewood House on Legare Street in Charleston. For more information about the Antiques Forum, go to www.charlestonantiquesforum.org