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Team Leaders: Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, David J. Lewis
Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis (LTL Architects)
Site: Liberty State Park

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Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis (LTL Architects) is a design intensive architecture firm founded in 1997 by Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki and David J. Lewis, located in New York City. LTL Architects engages a diverse range of work, from large scale academic and cultural buildings to interiors and speculative research projects. LTL Architects realizes inventive solutions that turn the very constraints of each project into the design trajectory, exploring opportunistic overlaps between space, program, form, budget and materials.

LTL Architects is the recipient of the 2007 National Design Award for Interior Design from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and was selected as one of six American architectural firms featured in the U.S. Pavilion at the 2004 Venice Architecture Biennale. LTL Architects was included in the inaugural National Design Triennial at the Cooper-Hewitt in 2000. Their work is in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Heinz Architectural Center at the Carnegie Museum of Art. The principals are co-authors of two books, the monograph Opportunistic Architecture (Princeton Architectural Press, 2008) and Situation Normal….Pamphlet Architecture #21 (Princeton Architectural Press, 1998).

In 2009, LTL Architects was selected by the New York City Department of Design and Construction to participate in the Design and Construction Excellence Program. LTL Architects is currently completing work on Arthouse at the Jones Center in Austin, Texas and the Administrative Center for the Claremont University Consortium in California. Notable past projects include Bornhuetter Hall at the College of Wooster, the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University, Villa 93 in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, and Xing Restaurant (recipient of the 2007 James Beard Award for restaurant design). LTL Architects’ principals teach at Princeton University, Columbia University, and Parsons The New School for Design.

Team Bios

Paul Lewis (Team Leader, LTL Architects)
Paul Lewis holds a Master of Architecture from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University. Paul is an Assistant Professor at Princeton University School of Architecture and has taught at Ohio State University, Barnard and Columbia Colleges, Parsons The New School for Design, and the Cooper Union. He is the recipient of the Mercedes T. Bass Rome Prize in Architecture from the American Academy in Rome and is on the Board of Directors of the Architectural League of New York.

Marc Tsurumaki (Team Leader, LTL Architects)
Marc Tsurumaki holds a Master of Architecture from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia. Marc is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University and has taught at Yale University as the Louis Kahn Visiting Assistant Professor, Parsons The New School for Design and Syracuse University. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Van Alen Institute since 2002.

David J. Lewis (Team Leader, LTL Architects)
David J. Lewis holds a Master of Architecture from Princeton University, a Master of Arts in the History of Architecture and Urbanism from Cornell University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton College. David is an Associate Professor at Parsons The New School for Design, where he directs the Design Workshop program, and has also taught at Cornell University, the University of Pennsylvania, University of Limerick, and Ohio State University. He serves as a founding member of the Advisory Board of the School of Architecture at the University of Limerick, Ireland.

Aaron Forrest (Team Member, LTL Architects)
Aaron Forrest holds both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University, where he was awarded the Butler Traveling Fellowship and the Architecture Thesis Prize for his work on The Los Angeles Aqueduct: A Landscape Atlas. Having worked in the offices of Abalos & Herreros and Guy Nordenson and Associates, most recently Aaron has been working with LTL Architects on a project for Claremont University Consortium. Aaron participated directly in the Palisade Bay: On the Water project, assembling research on the water’s edge of the upper bay and producing a video on the New York City waterfront for the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Megan Griscom (Team Member, OPEN Landscape Architecture)
Megan Griscom holds Masters degrees in both Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. After several years in the office of Reed Hilderbrand Associates managing and designing cultural, institutional and residential landscape projects, Megan has recently formed her own practice, OPEN Landscape Architecture, and represents an emerging generation of landscape professionals for whom issues of performance and environmental intelligence are critical drivers of form.

Perla Dis Kristinsdottir (Team Member, LTL Architects)
Perla Dis Kristinsdottir is a native of Iceland who has trained in both Spain and the U.S., where she received her Master of Architecture from Parsons The New School for Design. At Parsons, she was awarded both the Henry Adams Certificate and the Eileen Grey Thesis Prize and has since worked in the office of LTL Architects where she has served as Project Manager for several institutional and academic projects.

Yasmin Vobis (Team Member, Architect)
Yasmin Vobis received her Master of Architecture from Princeton University and her Bachelor of Architecture from UC Berkeley. At Princeton, she was awarded the Suzanne Kolarik Underwood Prize for outstanding thesis for her work on public space in Berlin and the Butler Travel¬ing Fellowship in Architecture. Yasmin has worked in the offices of Ogryzdiak / Prillinger Architects in San Francisco and Work AC in New York. Yasmin acted as an Assistant Instructor with Paul Lewis at Princeton University.