skolnick team

We are explorers and storytellers.

 

Through design, we create meaningful places and experiences that enrich the lives and communities of our clients.

 

skolnick office

Skolnick is an award-winning, integrated design firm specializing in architecture, exhibit design, interpretation, master planning, and graphic design. Since 1980, our New York City based studio has provided these services to museums, visitor centers, corporate offices, residences, and educational institutions.

 

Our intensely collaborative process ensures a sensitive, holistic approach to all of our work. Starting with the beliefs and visions of each client, we unearth the “story worth telling” which becomes the guiding principle for every aspect of the project.

 

Over the years, we have helped hundreds of clients achieve their goals and support their unique visions. Through powerful, collaborative design, we’ll find the best way to tell your story.

Principals

  • Lee H. Skolnick, FAIA
    Principal
    Lee Skolnick

    Lee H. Skolnick, FAIA
    Principal

    Music and literature. Philosophy and physics. History and math. As a student, Lee equally prized and devoured these subjects. This passion for knowledge across disciplines led him to architecture, where they all converge.

     

    This interdisciplinary view informs Lee’s approach to every project. He creates narratives that unfold as people move through his designs, all senses engaged. His work can educate and entertain. Convey meaning and emotion. Provoke thought and imagination.

     

    Lee achieves this through a keen understanding of how humans make sense of the world and themselves, which is to say, storytelling. He generates a fully integrated architectural experience to transcend a space’s purpose.

     

    Throughout history and at its core, architecture creates meaningful experiences that connect people with their culture and community. In his work and with his firm, Lee evolves this rich tradition.

     

    EDUCATION

    – Bachelor of Architecture, George Ledlie Prize Recipient

    Cooper Union

    – Boston Architectural Center

     

    HONORS + AWARDS

    – Honorary Visiting Fellow

    University of Leicester

    Great Britain

    – 2006 The Cooper Union Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement

    – 2004 Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD) Distinguished Member Award

    – 1991 Architectural Digest, The AD 100 Architects

    New York, NY

     

    ACTIVITIES

    – Advisory and Grant Panelist NEA Design Education New York State Council on the Arts

     

    AUTHOR

    What is Exhibition Design?

     

    SPEAKER

    – Association of Youth Museums

    – American Association of Museums

    – Association of Science and Technology Centers

    – Society for Environmental Design

     

  • Paul Alter, AIA
    Principal
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    Paul Alter, AIA
    Principal

    Paul has been an integral part of LHSA+DP since 1986 serving as a Design Principal, Managing Partner and Project Administrator. Paul constantly explores the art, design and craft of building, bringing expertise to the process from his former involvement in the worlds of boat building, woodworking, and fabrication. His expertise in varying construction methods, knowledge of environmentally sound technology and renewable resources continuously spark new ideas and solutions. This background, combined with his leadership, attention to detail and management skills, enables LHSA+DP to bring projects to fruition in a timely, well-crafted and meticulous manner. An ideal liaison with clients and the other key members of design and construction teams, Paul brings unity and focus to the most complex projects. Through his patient and engaging nature, he engenders client trust and confidence. Combined with his collaborative approach to problem solving, these qualities have earned him high regard and respect in all levels of the construction industry.

     

    EDUCATION

    – Bachelor of Architecture

    Cooper Union

    New York, NY

    – Certified Instructor/Construction Carpentry

    State University of New York

    New York, NY

    – Solar Energy Workshop

    Stony Brook University

    Stony Brook, NY

  • Jo Ann Secor
    Principal,
    Director of Interpretive Services
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    Jo Ann Secor
    Principal,
    Director of Interpretive Services

    Since joining LHSA+DP in 1987, Jo Ann Secor has led the efforts of LHSA+DP’s museum and interpretive staff in guiding museums through the process of creating memorable and enlightening experiences for their audiences. She brings a wealth of experience in the cultural education field developing innovative exhibits and programs for science centers, children’s museums, history museums and art galleries. Jo Ann’s extensive experience as both a museum client and as an educator has influenced her strong advocacy for the voice and needs of museum audiences and project-specific user groups. She is regularly invited to speak on museum–related topics and to serve on discussion panels regarding issues of museum design and interpretation for diverse audiences.

     

    EDUCATION

    – Master of Science in Supervision & Administration in Museum Leadership

    Bank Street College of Education

    New York, NY

    – Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting & Teacher Education

    Rhode Island School of Design

    Providence, RI

     

    ACTIVITIES

    – American Association of Museums

    – AAM’s Committee on Audience Research and Evaluation

    – AAM’s Museum Education Committee

    – Former Adjunct Professor in Museum Studies at Bank Street College and New York University

Senior Staff

  • Scott Briggs, AIA
    Senior Associate Museum Services

    Scott Briggs, AIA
    Senior Associate Museum Services

    Scott Briggs has served as both Lead Designer and Project Manager on several of the firm’s notable museum and exhibition design projects since joining LHSA+DP in 1999. With extensive experience leading conceptualization, design and implementation efforts on projects, Scott’s management skills ensure clients that their projects are completed on time and on budget. The recipient of several design awards, Scott represents the firm at national conferences and frequently writes about the firm’s projects for publications. He holds B.Arch and Fine Arts degrees from Rhode Island School of Design.

  • Robert Gross, AIA, LEED AP
    Associate

    Robert Gross, AIA, LEED AP
    Associate

    Robert Gross brings considerable hands-on experience to his role as Project Manager and Senior Designer at LHSA+DP. Since joining the firm in 2006, he has worked closely with clients during all phases of a project, from initial design conception to final completion of construction, leading the architectural design team as well as coordinating and directing sub-consultants. In his role as Project Manager, Robert is responsible for managing the design schedule and budget, and closely monitors the progress and quality of the design development, to produce clear and thorough design and construction documents. During the construction phase, Robert is the primary liaison to the contractors, and advocates on behalf of the client to ensure accurate translation of design intent into constructed buildings. His design experience and knowledge of construction technology and sustainable practice have been integral to the successful realization of many projects during his tenure at LHSA+DP.  He holds a B. Arch from Columbia University and an M. Arch from Harvard Graduate School of Design.

     

  • Joern Truemper, AIA, LEED AP
    Associate

    Joern Truemper, AIA, LEED AP
    Associate

    Joern Truemper has provided design and management services at all phases of architectural and exhibit design projects since joining LHSA+DP in 1996. As one of the senior architectural designers in the firm, Joern works on all aspects of conceptualization, planning, design and implementation of projects. He received a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University and a Master’s Degree from Technische Universitaet Braunschweig, Germany.

  • Indira C. Sekar
    Controller, Financial Manager

    Indira C. Sekar
    Controller, Financial Manager

    As LHSA+DP’s controller, Indira C. Sekar is responsible for the management of the firm’s finances and expenditures. Since joining in 1996, Indira has implemented a comprehensive computer technology infrastructure, project management structure, and integrated project management and accounting systems. Her successful management of these endeavors has played a key role in LHSA+DP’s growth to its present size. Indira received a Bachelor of Engineering from PSG College of Technology in Coimbatore, India and a MS in Management from the Howe School of Technology Management, Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey.

     

Staff