David H. Abelow, AIA
David graduated from Cooper Union’s Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture with Honors in 1980, when he received the Alfred E. Kazan Fund Prize for urban design. He is licensed in New York and New Jersey. Mr. Abelow joined I.M. Pei and Partners where he was Senior Designer and Project Architect. He departed to form Abelow Connors Architects in 1986, which became Abelow Connors Sherman in 1993, then reached its current form in 2004. He was the principal-in-charge of the ‘Musician’s Residence and Studio’ project that received the AIA/ New Jersey Chapter Excellence in Architecture Award in 1994, which has been published here and abroad in several periodicals and books. He has been responsible for many residential projects including the Princeton Estate Residence which won an award for Recognition for Outstanding Contributions to Historic Preservation in Princeton (NJ) in 2000. He has been an occasional visiting critic at Columbia University and the Parsons School of Design, and has also served on the Board of Directors for the Jersey City Historical Commission. Mr. Abelow lives with his wife Lorraine in Westport, Connecticut, and is sometimes surpised to find that his three children are all grown.
David H. Sherman, AIA, LEED Green Associate
David graduated from the University of Virginia School of Architecture in 1981. Prior to that, his final year studies took place in Venice, Italy. He is licensed in New York State. Mr. Sherman worked at Polshek and Partners (now Ennead) for eight years, helping them to earn the national AIA Firm Award in 1992 after functioning as Senior Designer and Project Architect for such projects as the NYU Medical Center Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine and the Inventor’s Hall of Fame. His own theoretical project for a Nite Club and his Affordable Housing project received Design Awards from the AIA New York Chapter in 1992 and 1994. In 1992, he was appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture at Columbia University, where he coordinated and taught the foundation studio called Abstraction. He joined forces with David Abelow in 1993, when his initial projects included lofts, apartments and restaurants. Since then, an expertise in NYC townhouses has become a source of pride over the last decade. His design for the Siegel Swansea has been published widely. Mr. Sherman lives with his wife Benita Welch and two children in Brooklyn, New York.
Mara Ayuso, AIA
Mara graduated from the University of Virginia in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree, and continued at McGill University to obtain a Master of Architecture in 2003. Her experience has taken her to Denmark’s International Study Center in Copenhagen, and work with Dean Maltz + Shigeru Ban in New York. Ms. Ayuso joined Abelow Sherman Architects in 2004 and initially assisted with the design and management of a number of residences and restaurants, most notably the Art Collector’s Loft. Her responsibilities have increased over the years and Ms. Ayuso now leads projects. Her capacity to manage numerous responsibilities at once makes her a valuable architect who is always accurate, and capable of juggling multiple assignments simultaneously. Ms. Ayuso is the firm’s resident expert in computer-aided design software utilization, and one of a number of architects on staff with outstanding knowledge of New York’s unique pre-war apartment buildings.
Rafael Herrin-Ferri, AIA
Rafael graduated from the Cornell University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, after studying in Rome and traveling throughout Europe. He worked in San Francisco and in Barcelona, Spain, before settling in New York in 2003. He then was employed by Lynne Breslin Architects, Peter Gluck & Partners, and McKean Architecture before joining Abelow Sherman Architects as a senior project architect in 2013. Mr. Herrin-Ferri has extensive experience in New York townhouses, in addition to other single-and multi-family residential building types. Since joining the firm, Mr. Herrin-Ferri has been focused on the construction of a new construction townhouse; located on the Upper East Side, and a multi-use music building incorporating a recording studio and live performance venue in Brooklyn. Mr. Herrin-Ferri has related experience in the fields of fabrication, construction, and design-build.
Stephen joined the firm in 2014. His experience, after graduating from Philadelphia College of Art, has been consistently focused on residential architecture, adaptive reuse of historic structures and interior architecture. Having spent time in several offices that are known for their traditional and classical architecture, he has since continued to specialize in the design of traditional architectural interiors, from the programmatic and planning phases of design to the detailed finishes and forms, as well as the interface of building systems with the interior architectural ‘skin’. He is currently working on a substantial apartment combination and renovation on Park Avenue, in a transitional/traditional style. He continues to sketch when he can and is considered a quality draftsman – pencil on paper.
Robert B. Price
Robert graduated from the University of Washington in 1975 as a magna cum laude in painting and sculpture. He went on to independently study art and architecture in London, and then graduated in 1979 from Columbia University with a Masters of Fine Arts in Sculpture. For several years he was a founding member of an experimental design studio specializing in engineering prototypes for several notable New York artists, and had many group and solo exhibitions of his own work. Mr. Price became a fabrication engineer for woodworking concerns and general contractors, and ultimately met the members of Abelow Sherman while working as a coordinated fabrication drawing artisan for Silver Rail Construction. His career path has led him back into architecture, as he joined the firm in 1998 as a highly specialized design detailer and now project architect, where he led the firm’s efforts on the Bedford Lake House and the Mt. Kisco Pool Pavilion projects. Mr. Price contributes mightily to almost all of the firm’s projects where customized integration of materials or complex structural integration are involved.
Bennett Reed, AIA
Bennet is a graduate of Syracuse University, with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from 1987 after studying in Rome with Colin Rowe. He holds diverse experience from a variety of notable architectural firms in Boston and New York, including Koetter, Kim; Graham Gund; Perkins & Will; and James D’Auria; and was also a principal of his own firm. He has received awards for his adaptive re-use and preservation work, and leads the firm’s efforts in 3-dimensional computer-aided design. Mr. Reed has contributed to the development of a luxury townhouse interior and to an Upper West Side penthouse construction projects, since joining the firm in 2012.
Steven L. Soleo, RA, LEED-AP
Steven joined the firm in 2010, after holding significant responsibilities at Beyer Blinder Belle Architects, Alexander Antonelli Architect; and Bogdanow Partners. He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, receiving a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Architecture in 1995, along with their Senior Design Award. He has been an accredited professional with USGBC LEED certification since 2006. Mr. Soleo has been the project manager for an ambitious Upper East Side mansion with an extraordinary underground excavation program and other complexities.
Hali Weiss, AIA
Hali graduated from Columbia University in 1987 with a Masters of Architecture degree, after receiving a Bachelors degree from Barnard College at Columbia University. She is a licensed architect in New York State. Ms. Weiss worked for Richard Gluckman Architects for several years, where work for artists, collectors and galleries were the specialty. She joined Abelow Sherman in 2007 after operating her own practice since 1993, and has contributed to many high-end residential commissions as project manager and project architect and designer. Ms. Weiss excels at leading teams from project inception through design, detailing and construction, while balancing the needs of excellent design and other project requirements.
David M. Younglove
David graduated in 1987 from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree. As the longest-term staff member associated with Abelow Sherman, (over twenty two years) David embodies the principles practiced every day at ASA integrating ….he has served as project architect and lead designer for the Fifth Avenue Triplex Penthouse, as well as the Princeton Estate Residence; the Meatpacking Loft; and a new construction residence in Greenwich. Mr. Younglove has applied his unique skills to both the architecture and to custom interior design elements on these and many other projects. Contributes both to the architecture and the integration of interior design elements, lighting and furnishing on the highest level.
Robin has been the Financial Chief Cook-and-Bottle-Washer with Abelow Sherman for over 20 years. Breezing in and out of the office after dealing with the books, she bops around the city attending to over 15 architectural offices. When she’s not busy cooking the books, she’s a photographer, avid traveler, and Chair of the Green Outlook Steering Committee which is trying to build the first NYC public building that meets the rigorous standards of the International Living Building Challenge.