"Mark Foster Gage is a farouche outsider, the most decoratively radical architect at work today; he has revived the lavish tradition of Burges, Gaudi and Coppede..."
- The Spectator Magazine, London, 2019
Our office combines the assets of a fully licensed architecture firm with pioneering expertise in emerging technologies and interdisciplinary collaborations. This two-decade expertise arms the practice with the ability to produce a much wider range of design ideas for clients than are afforded by typical architecture and design practices. In short, we will show you not only what you may have imagined for your project, but first-in-kind, innovative and beautiful ideas that will make your project unique in the world.
We have worked with clients ranging from developers and luxury brands, to technology innovators, cultural institutions, governments, and celebrities. Our client list includes recognizable names such as Intel Corporation, Google, Samsung, Vice Media, W Hotels, The Coachella Music Festival, H&M, Diesel, Bard College, Nicola Formichetti, The New York Times, JDS/Property Markets Group, and Lady Gaga. We do a limited number of residential projects for private clients annually and are currently or have recently worked on projects in the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, China, Mexico, Japan, France, and Singapore.
Each project is an investigation into how the expectations for a project can be exceeded- functionally and aesthetically. While we value efficiency, sustainability, and respect budgetary constraints on all our projects, we also hold beauty, originality, and projects that are unique-in-the-world in very high regard, and seek clients who similarly value such ambitions.
Mark Foster Gage Architects only accepts projects that seek to be truly innovative and groundbreaking in their design ambitions. As our work is extremely detailed and work-intensive we are selective regarding the clients we can collaborate with, and are only able to accept a limited number of projects on an annual basis. To be innovative in the 21st century demands that we often not only design the projects at-hand, but also frequently need to develop the software, design techniques, and fabrication methods that allow such projects to be produced. As such our work, by definition, is neither immediate- through the repeated rehearsal of specific project types, nor is it “lowest bid” architecture.
Mark Foster Gage brings unique architectural experience to the table- as a protégée of Robert A.M. Stern and former studio assistant to Frank Gehry, the firm’s project design and delivery methods are based on those of the world’s most successful and diverse practices. With twenty years of experience in New York City our office has contacts and collaborators who are the best in their respective fields, allowing us to form customized teams on a project by project basis. We do not believe in one-size-fits-all architectural strategies, styles, or ways of working-- and instead customize each project effort to best address the opportunities and problems as they are presented. As Mark Foster Gage is closely affiliated with Yale University, we often collaborate with experts in a wide range of disciplines in academia to help inform our work in historical, philosophical and strategic registers. We are also rather fun to work with. Really. It's quite true.
Much of our work since 2001 has been extremely experimental in nature-- imagining what the new technologies of the 21st century could bring to architecture in a variety of different scales and scenarios. Experimental architecture tends to lend itself to smaller projects such as private residences, retail environments, art installations and interiors-- all of which we have done, in spades. As we begin our third decade of practice we are now focusing primarily on projects that have a very good chance of being physically realized - particularly building projects. While Mark Foster Gage will continue to explore technologies, write, lecture and speculate—the firms’ goal in the upcoming decade is on actual physical production - from products to buildings and all scales in between. In order to accomplish this goal we have developed new relationships with collaborators who have the expertise to ensure our design ideas are built to the highest building standards in their various localities. Recent collaborators include the 20,000-person architecture and engineering firm Stantec, Arup Engineering, Transolar / Klimaengineering, Balmori Associates, Via Domani, Focus Lighting, Front Facade Consultants, and many others. While we have not built much in the past we have a team of collaborators that is capable of delivering any project in any country, and for nearly any reasonable budget. We look forward to speaking with you about your project. Please contact us below or at firstname.lastname@example.org.