Over a thirty-five-year tenure at RAMSA, Roger H. Seifter has designed houses across the United States and overseas. He has completed a significant number of residential apartments, including several in the firm’s own buildings such as 15 Central Park West.
In Designs for Living* (The Monacelli Press), Roger H. Seifter, Randy L. Correll, Grant F. Marani, and Gary L. Brewer, who lead the residential practice at Robert A.M. Stern Architects, present fifteen houses the firm has completed over the past ten years.
I continue to be inspired by Sir Edwin Lutyens, Mies van der Rohe, and Sir John Soane (…) “there are always wonderful new challenges”, says Stern
From contemporary interpretations of the shingle style to robust Mediterranean designs, the houses are stylistically diverse reflecting RAMSA’s deep knowledge of history and precedent. Each partner provides insight into the design process and his individual approach to working with clients.
Houses are located in dramatic settings from Napa and Sonoma to the spectacular coastline of the Hamptons and New England. Whether overlooking the ocean or nestled into the mountainside, these remarkable houses reveal the architects’ emphasis on the importance of context and their dedication to exploring the nature of place and environment. Each house invokes the vernacular architectural heritage particular to its region while gracefully reflecting its natural surroundings.
Connecting contemporary lifestyles to traditional American aesthetics, these residences are exceptional both for their timelessness and their ability to evoke a conversation with the past -a dialogue the RAMSA partners believe lies at the heart of architecture.
“While many architecture firms curtail the residential side of their practices to take on more commercial and institutional commissions, AD100 stalwart Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA) has maintained an enduring commitment to houses. The new book Designs for Living affirms that dedication with striking images of 15 distinctive homes created over the past decade by RAMSA talents Gary Brewer, Randy Correll, Grant Marani, and Roger Seifter. From a Malibu compound modeled on a Mediterranean hill town to a Shingle Style manse in the Hamptons, their work displays not only a mastery of historical styles but also real dexterity in marshaling traditional idioms to the beat of the contemporary world.” in Architectural Digest
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