A native of Northern Florida, Steven Harris is the founding partner of Steven Harris Architects LLP in New York. He was educated at New College, the Rhode Island School of Design and Princeton University. He is currently Professor of Architecture at Yale, where he has taught for more than 25 years; he previously taught at Princeton and Harvard.
Since establishing Steven Harris Architects in 1985, he has led the design of an extensive range of residential, commercial and institutional projects, with a particular fondness and skill for exploring the architectural potential of residential life. Under his direction the firm has completed projects in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Florida, California and other areas of the United States, as well as in Mexico, South Africa, Costa Rica and Croatia. Diversity is a hallmark of his prolific and innovative work: AIA award-winning projects range from a Manhattan townhouse to a bowling alley and pool hall in Queens, NYC to the southernmost private residence on the Baja Peninsula. In 2008, he was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame.
Harris's work is regularly featured in international publications, and his firm’s first monograph, True Life, (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010) showcases twenty-five years of acclaimed residential work. He also co-edited the book Architecture of the Everyday with Deborah Berke. His insights and works have contributed much to the landscape of contemporary architecture, and he continues to lecture worldwide, from Yale seminars to The Biennale in Santiago, Chile.
When not in the office, Harris can be found on vintage driving rallies around the world. He recently completed the Peking to Paris Endurance Rally in a 1964 Porsche.
An Architect at Studio Kiss, as well as Chief Designer & President at ASAP-house Inc., Laszlo Kiss, focuses on green buildings. Leading a full service architectural practice with emphasis on sustainable and green architecture, Mr. Kiss provides an array of strategic consulting for energy efficient buildings.
In the past, Mr. Kiss has taught at several school including, Columbia University, Parsons School of Design, NY Institute of Tech., and others. Between years of practice at SOM Kiss+ Zwigard Architects, Studio Kiss and ASAP-house Inc. Mr. Kiss has designed on various scales from single rooms to urban scale design creating both green buildings, Net-Zero buildings, or even ergonomic furniture that is environmentally friendly. Cited for innovative use of materials, progressive design concepts, and exquisite yet simple detailing, his work leads the field of design with the integration of green elements, energy efficient systems and distinguished design into an affordable house package.
As founding principal, Warren Byrd has led Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects in a wide range of public and private landscape projects throughout the United States and overseas. Recent and current work includes Stage III of the National Mall Competition with Paul Murdoch Architects; the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, PA, also with Paul Murdoch Architects, a two-block urban sculpture garden on the Gateway Mall in St. Louis, MO and master landscape plans for Cal Tech, St. John’s College in Annapolis MD, and the University of Miami. The work of the firm has garnered over 70 national and regional design awards within the past ten years.
In addition to his 30+ years of practice, Warren taught for 26 years at the University of Virginia, serving as Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture for seven years. Now a Professor Emeritus, Warren’s particular focus, in both his teaching and his practice, has been on the understanding and adaptation of natural systems and plant communities as they might best influence sustainable strategies of design.
Warren has served on numerous awards juries over the years. They include the National ASLA Professional Awards jury in 2007 and 2008 (jury chair) and the National ASLA Awards & Honors Committee in 2010-11, which he also chaired.