The New York City-based firm of Philip Tusa Architect is a full-service architecture and interior design practice, distinguished by the diversity of its work and the constancy of its vision. Founded in 1974 (as Philip Tusa Design), Philip Tusa Architect has been responsible for projects ranging from residences to restaurants and retail spaces, offices, and artists' studios, as well as a variety of parks and related environmental designs. Though the firm's clients are equally varied, all share a deep appreciation for bold and imaginative design, often realized with limited means. In response to the challenges of the clients' aesthetic and practical objectives -- not least a demanding program at apparent odds with the available space and existing conditions -- Philip Tusa Architects frequently employs simple materials, transformed by the thoughtful use of color, detailing, and light, to reshape interiors and create a sequence of spatial experiences. The success of that approach is especially evident in those projects where multiple functions -- home and office, design studio and art gallery, showroom and workspace -- are comfortably accommodated in a limited space. The firm begins all its assignments with a rigorous analysis of the client's needs, wishes, and identity, combined with an assessment of the architectural potential of the interior. Pragmatic and programmatic considerations are subjected to the scrutiny of an artistic sensibility, and while working drawings are completed in CAD, the use of drawings, sketches, and models during schematic design enables designer and client alike to better envision the emerging aesthetic and practical results. The work of Philip Tusa Architect has been represented in such publications as Interior Design, Interiors, New York Magazine, and New York Construction News, and was selected for inclusion in the books High Tech and The Apartment Book.
Philip M. Tusa Biography:
In more than 25 years of practice as an interior designer and architect, Philip Tusa has created a body of work noteworthy for the undiminished freshness of its vision and vigor of its expression. His equal commitment to the aesthetic and pragmatic, to the art and the craft of his profession, consistently results in projects that fully realize the designer's intent and the client's objectives. As much a lifelong student as a practitioner of his profession, Tusa routinely seeks assignments whose premises are challenging both artistically and practically: from the transformation of gritty industrial spaces into studios, to the creation of athletic facilities under the Grand Central Terminal roof; and from the renovation of apartments and homes, to the design of a Calder-inspired skateboard park, to a turn-of-the-century re-imagining of Times Square Tower. His designs are characterized by their use of urban scale as an analogy to interior proportions, of simple materials to create bold forms, and of color and light as devices for shaping space. In addition to directing his own practice, Tusa has worked as an interior designer at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, ISD, and Gensler & Associates, contributing to projects for clients including Houghton Mifflin, Spartan Mills, AT&T, Simon & Schuster, and Value Line. Broadly trained in several disciplines (he is also a designer of furniture and built-in furnishings), Tusa holds 3 Pratt degrees: in environmental and interior design and architecture, including a master's in the latter. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, a former Associate Director of the New York Chapter/AIA, and has served as a Visiting Critic at Pratt.