Firm profile

Stephen Moser Architect, a firm for architecture, design, and planning, practices a thoughtful architecture that is responsive to place, sensitive to how people live and work, and values craftsmanship and technological innovation.

We believe that each project should be shaped by an elemental idea about its essence and purpose. That idea evolves from the intersection of place, program, material, and detail, and is always in dialogue with the client. It translates into making projects that have clarity of vision: the exterior has a sense of order and refinement, the interior conveys a sense of calm and spaciousness. Additionally, every designed object for the interior—from furniture and cabinetry to light fixture and hardware—must be a synthesis of idea, material, and utility. On an urban scale, we believe that the design framework must also be coherent and legible but, at the same time, should reflect diversity and multiple points of view if a richness of space is to be achieved.

Our work begins with place. We examine the setting of a project (from wooded park to urban neighborhood) to help us uncover its character or essence. Clues might be found in the topography of a building site, the orientation of an apartment, the direction of sunlight, as well as in found-artifacts and sensory experiences. We always have in mind that architecture is a social art. Buildings are vessels for people, their things, and activities: spaces have to be easily navigated, furniture has to fit, art has to be seen, and equipment must work. Design excellence requires quality craftsmanship, and we believe in a collaborative and supportive relationship between architect and craftsman. We also value the intelligent use of technological innovation, including sustainable design.

Stephen Moser profile

Stephen Moser is principal of Stephen Moser Architect. He has more than thirty years of experience in architecture, design, and urban design. His firm’s recent projects include a range of private residences in the New York metro area, the award-winning, restoration of the mid-century modern William Landsberg house in Port Washington, N.Y., and a proposal for SummerStage in Central Park in Manhattan.

Prior to forming his firm, he practiced for more than 17 years with Peter Marino Architect in New York City, designing and/or managing a diverse portfolio of contemporary luxury projects, including a hotel and spa in Beirut, Lebanon; private residences in Aspen, Colo., Kent, Conn., Milbrook, N.Y., Sagaponack, N.Y., London, and Milan; and fashion boutiques for Chanel and Armani in New York City, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.

At Weiss/Manfredi Architects, where he worked from 1992 to 1995, Stephen Moser was the project architect for the 20-acre Olympia Fields Park outside Chicago and a design architect for the Women’s Memorial and Visitors Center at Arlington National Cemetery. Earlier work for Peterson/Littenberg Architects focused on urban design and planning projects, including an urban renewal master plan for the Clinton neighborhood in Manhattan and a master plan for Irvington, N.Y. He also worked for O.M. Ungers in Cologne, Germany, winning a competition for the redesign of the cathedral plaza in the city of Speyer.

From 1989 to 1992, as Stephen Moser Architect, he completed residential projects in Katonah, N.Y., Scarsdale, N.Y., Larchmont, N.Y., Greenwich, Conn., and New York City, and designed master plans for the UJA Federation’s Henry Kaufman campgrounds in Pearl River, N.Y. and Wheatley Heights, N.Y.

He has a Bachelor of Architecture (Alpha Rho Chi medal) from Cornell University and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He is a registered architect in New York State, a member of the New York Chapter of the AIA, and an accredited GBCI LEED Green Associate.

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