Michael Gabellini, IIDA, FAIA
Working with space and light as sculptural materials, Michael Gabellini constructs architectural settings that are at once elemental in form and dramatic in their purity of means. As an innovator in spatial branding, Gabellini and his firm, Gabellini Sheppard Associates, have designed distinct boutiques, showroom facilities, restaurants, and corporate headquarters for Jil Sander, Giorgio Armani, Salvatore Ferragamo, Vera Wang, Nicole Farhi, Gianfranco Ferre, Bergdorf Goodman, and Saks Fifth Avenue, among others. In designing residential and hotel interiors, Gabellini creates individual spatial portraits reflecting the lifestyles and programmatic needs of his clients which include Ian Schrager, Marriot International, Highgate, FelCor, Tishman Speyer Properties, Related Group among others. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the Marian Goodman Gallery, and Grant Selwyn Fine Art. Additionally, his respect for and knowledge of architectural history is manifest in the restoration of important architectural landmarks such as the Top of the Rock project at Rockefeller Center, the Fifth Avenue facades of Rockefeller Center, London’s Royal Bank of Scotland building, and the former AT&T Building in Lower Manhattan. The American Institute of Architects, he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design. He also studied at the Architectural Association in London and conducted extensive architectural research in Rome. Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates in New York for six years, where he contributed to international high-rise projects. During this period, he also collaborated with interior designer Jay Smith on a number of residential and fashion-related projects.