Staff -- Interior Design, 8/1/2008 12:00:00 AM
High Life on the High Line
partner: Michael Gabellini.
honors: Interior Design Hall of Fame.
partner: Kimberly Sheppard.
managing partner: Daniel Garbowit.
completed projects: Top of the Rock in New York; boutiques for Giorgio Armani, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Ultimo worldwide; residences in New York and London.
current projects: Retail master plans for Rockefeller Center and the World Trade Center, David Yurman boutique, and Vera Wang boutique and showroom, all in New York; Jil Sander showrooms in New York, Hamburg, and Milan; a luxury retail development in Las Vegas; residences in the U.S. and Asia.
venice: Gabellini created a posthumous Felix Gonzalez-Torres sculpture at 2007's Biennale di Venezia.
amsterdam: Sheppard plans to see the Richard Serra show at Amsterdam's Stedelijk Museum.
london: A car collector, Garbowit traveled to the U.K. to acquire a 1970 Citroën DS.
665 Broadway, Suite 706, New York, NY 10012; 212-388-1700; gabelliniassociates.com.
Frame of Reference
principal: Birgit Hansen.
completed projects: Nettwerk Music Group office, DXC and Cantaloop shops, and residences, all in Los Angeles.
current projects: David Kordansky Gallery and residences in L.A.
roots: A Danish citizen, Hansen is a native of Basel, Switzerland.
leaves: She moved to L.A. to pursue her passion for gardening while studying architecture at SCI-Arc and the University of California, Los Angeles.
344 Indiana Avenue, Suite B, Venice, CA 90291; 310-314-3828; hansendesignla.com.
Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects
founding partner: Marianne McKenna.
completed projects: McGill University and Génome Québec Innovation Centre and the Engineering Computer Science/Visual Arts Integrated Complex at Concordia University in Montreal; Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.
current projects: Royal Conservatory of Music and executive offices at CTV Global Media in Toronto.
honors: Royal Architectural Institute of Canada awards; Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Achievement Award.
english: McKenna is in Toronto most of summer, a season that's typically busy with projects and competitions.
french: She retreats with her family to their summer house in Georgeville, Quebec.
322 King Street West, 3rd Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1J2, Canada; 416-977-5104; kpmbarchitects.com.
Steven Learner Studio
Blue-Chip White Box
principal: Steven Learner.
completed projects: The café in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Sean Kelly Gallery, Art in General, and residences, all in New York.
current projects: Residences in New York. Houses in Beacon, New York; Litchfield County, Connecticut; and Los Angeles.
modern: Learner's favorite is Joseph Beuys.
contemporary: Anish Kapoor.
307 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001; 212-741-8583; stevenlearnerstudio.com.
The Big Picture
partner: Rysia Suchecka.
completed projects: InterContinental Hotel in Beijing; Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver.
current projects: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle; Palo Alto Medical Foundation in California; Little Nell Resort in Jackson, Wyoming.
honors: Interior Design Hall of Fame; IIDA Lifetime Achievement Award.
on the water: Suchecka owns Bysi, a 19-foot Necky Kayaks sea kayak.
principal: Anne M. Cunningham.
completed projects: Vulcan Northwest in Seattle; Boeing Company 737 assembly plant in Renton, Washington.
current projects: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Boeing Company office in Seattle.
on the water: Cunningham owns Prytania II, a 35-foot sloop built by Cheoy Lee Shipyards.
223 Yale Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109; 206-223-5555; nbbj.com.
Drive, She Said
principal: Jim Poteet.
completed projects: Mission Restaurant Supply, King William Lofts, and apartments, all in San Antonio.
current projects: Houses, a speculative housing complex, and two mixed-use warehouse conversions, all in San Antonio.
honors: AIA San Antonio Design Awards.
time: Poteet's studio was an appliance store in the 1940's, the same era as the Linda Pace Foundation building.
place: He passes the foundation daily on his 7-mile running route.
1114 South St. Mary's Street, San Antonio, TX 78210; 210-281-9818; poteetarchitects.com.
principal: Sally Rigg.
completed projects: An apartment in New York; a condominium development and Sette Cucina e Inoteca restaurant in Brooklyn, New York; a house in Bellport, New York.
current projects: A town house and a loft in New York.
starting out: After earning her master's in architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design, Rigg got a job designing TV sets for CNN.
hanging out: Her favorite show these days is House.
300 West 23rd Street, 2E, New York, NY 10011; 917-714-1870; riggnyc.com.