In 1980, Lee H. Skolnick started in a second floor walk-up on University Place in Greenwich Village. With increasing residential projects, as well as museum and exhibition projects, his modest firm began to grow.
Paul Alter joined the firm in 1986, and soon after the burgeoning team of 12 moved to a loft on West 21st Street in Chelsea. The next year, museum educator Jo Ann Secor joined to head up the Museum Services division. Our current home is at 75 Broad Street in lower Manhattan.
During this period, the firmʼs projects grew in scope, and Leeʼs design philosophy had increasing opportunities to flourish. Lee first pursued architecture because of its multidisciplinary, convergent nature. In previous projects, LHSA+DP was often hired to edit a narrow piece of a larger whole. Now the firm could take a sweeping view of a given situation, then zero in on the story worth telling.
Today, LHSA+DP is comprised of over 30 employees. This size means that we are small enough to maintain our studio culture – to stay responsive, collaborative and design driven. But it also allows us to take on large, complex projects with the necessary depth and breadth. The partners remain actively and intimately involved in every project while the full spectrum of management is effectively deployed.
We are explorers and storytellers. Through design we create meaningful experiences that connect people with their culture and community. Itʼs what great design has done throughout history. LHSA+DP continues in this rich tradition, and looking to the future, we add new chapters every day.