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is an award-winning practice in architecture and fine art in the classical tradition. We believe that art and architecture are meant to manifest beauty in the private and public lives of all people at various scales appropriate to each - from the private apartment to the civic square. The firm is rooted in five generations of artists and designers dating back to the prominent New York City architect, J. William Schickel, builder of what is now the exclusive Nomad Hotel and the landmark Saint Ignatius Loyola Church.


Gifted with the knowledge and skill received from our past, we pursue the ideals inherent in well-designed, traditional works—their lasting durability, their elegant proportions and details—fully aware how they can be achieved in a new building today.


Whether focusing on new construction or historic renovations and restorations, our award-winning firm continues the highest traditions of architecture with unique, new spaces meant to delight and instruct for generations to come.


Managing Partner & Principal

Zeke Balan is an award-winning artist, practicing architect, teacher, and public servant. He has focused his career on bringing beauty and meaning into the lives of others.

With advanced degrees in fine arts and a Masters in Classical Architecture from the University of Notre Dame, Zeke is an old-world craftsman whose distinctive contribution is rooted in the intellectual tradition of Europe while reflecting the spirit of restless reinvention of the American idiom.

Prior to establishing the firm, Zeke worked in several distinguished traditional and contextual practices including Robert AM Stern and Tiffany & Co., where he remained for over a decade working all over the world at scales as large as 500,000 sq. ft. for Villanova University and as small as the perfect showcase aperture for viewing the famous Tifanny Diamond in Shanghai. He is also a veteran of the war in Afghanistan.

Zeke has received awards for art and architecture from juries such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the International Property Awards Commission. In association with such firms as Robert A.M. Stern Architects and Tifanny & Co., he has worked with renowned clients on significant projects for Harvard University, Villanova University, the Archdiocese of New York, and the Barkli Corporation in Moscow - as well as several renovation, art, and design projects for shrines, monuments, and chapels across the United States.

When not in the office, Zeke is active serving his hometown as chair of the historical preservation commission and as an elected member of his local town council.

On a personal level, Zeke is most at home outdoors in the regions iconic highlands where he enjoys painting, hunting, and fly fishing the beautiful streams and rivers of the tri-state area. He resides in the New Jersey highlands with his wife and children.

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Margo comes from five generations of artists, designers, and architects originating in the German architecture and stained glass traditions of the late nineteenth century. She brings over twenty years of experience in management and education and is the firm's Director of Practice.

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