GF55 Architects is dedicated to the practice of architecture and the realization of concepts into reality. We have a genuine love of being architects and bring a joyfulness that is fundamental to the creative process. We seek excellence through a collaborative search amongst ourselves, our clients and expert consultants. Embracing modern technology and work practices, GF55 is hands-on and results-oriented without prejudice to project type or scale.
Recognizing that each project is unique, GF55 Architects allows context and program to inspire our creativity. Projects are individually led by firm partners David E. Gross AIA, Leonard Fusco AIA, or Shay Alster AIA and supported by diverse teams of project managers, architects, and designers. Our dedication to the craft of architecture is based upon the understanding that design solutions are influenced from all sectors of society, that we must consider the realistic parameters of timelines, budgets, constructability, historic context, local impacts, and the environment at large.
Areas of Practice
- Multi-Family Residential: Urban/Suburban
- Private Residential
- Interior Design: Residential, Corporate, Retail
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Architect-US J1 Visa Participants
Josipa started his career graduating from the University of Zagreb in his home country of Croatia. Very soon after graduating, he started his own design studio, and worked on his firm and craft for two years before making his way over to the USA. He studied Sustainable Design and Architecture at Pratt Institute in New York City. After finishing his Masters, he applied to work at GF55 Architects via the JOB+J1 Visa Program, and was able to work with Leonard for half a year before moving on to his next venture called Superhands.
Since graduating from CEU Madrid for Architecture in 2014, he has been focused on making the hop over the pond to work in New York City. After gaining more experience with construction at Ghesa Engineering in Madrid, he made it over to GF55 Architects in early 2019 and has been working there ever since. Juan was able to work with Leonard and the GF55 team via the JOB+J1 Visa Program from January 2019 to July 2020.
Alicia worked with Leonard from May 2019 to November 2020. She defines her time there as the following: Working as architectural designer at NYC headquarters in housing developments. The work involves every single design phase, from schematic to construction administration. Her labor is adapted to the project and client’s needs, including 3D modelling, creating documentation sets for every project’s phases, presentation layout design, coordination with consultants, products and solutions research and site visits.
Now she is still working at GF55 Architects and hopes to stay in the USA for longer, so she can continue to progress in her career and make a bigger impact in the community.
Alejandro started his own firm in 2007 called Caicoya Arquitectura, and has been working with GF55 Architects since January 2019 after working with Architect-US via our JOB+J1 Visa Program. He continues working with them and is looking to stay in the USA for a longer period of time.
Sofia is a dynamic Project Architect with a fluid and seamless artistic vision. Notable design projects have included residential, educational, retail and corporate interior construction and remodeling projects. She has enjoyed her experience of working at GF55 Architects so far, and has been there for a year and a half now since joining them in June 2019 via our JOB+J1 Visa Program.
Ingo Nicolaas Aelbers
Ingo, a Dutch architect, has been working with GF55 Architects for around a year now, and was able to go from graduating from Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands to working in New York City for a top-rated firm. Follow his career trajectory to learn more about how you can make your way over.
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As you scroll through the following two projects they have created, consider all of these design techniques and ideas they have implemented.
Laundry by Shelli Segal
The challenge for GF55 was to update the showroom’s 6,500 square feet industrial bones to create a more feminine and versatile space for Laundry by Shelli Segal. Located at 530 7th Avenue in the heart of New York City’s Fashion District, Laundry is updating its portfolio and creating a new space to reinforce its California west coast chic aesthetic. GF55’s goal was to maintain the brand’s image while keeping the design flexible to adapt to the clients’ changing needs.
Photos by GF55
Located in New York’s West Chelsea neighborhood, +Art is situated half a block from the 28th Street entrance to The High Line park. The design of the 13-story mixed-use building reflects the area’s industrial edge while referencing the artistic narrative of Chelsea’s acclaimed art gallery scene.
+Art has 90 luxury units at 125,000 square feet, ranging from studios to two bedrooms. The building facade details add to the artistic vibe of the neighborhood, showcasing the handcrafted nature of the metalwork and rounded bricks.
Photos by GF55
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