Architect Richard Garber has been named one of 32 new faces of design in the December issue of Dwell magazine http://www.dwell.com/articles/garden-statement.html. Garber, assistant professor in the College of Architecture and Design at NJIT, shares the honor with Nicole Robertson, his partner in GRO Architects, New York City.
Under the heading “bright young things” the magazine writes, “Take this as a roadmap to the stars of the future, not just in this particular issue of Dwell, but in your design perambulations of the next 20-odd years.” The article opens using the house as the lead article in the spread. The feature is Dwell’s version of the typical “40 under 40” feature which often appears on newsstands in December featuring up-and-coming people in industries ranging from business to architecture.
Garber, who was thrilled, said: “We were told they were going to write something but had no idea it would be in this format. We ended up with more press than most of the others, which is cool as Dwell is probably the best known of the design magazines to the general public – someone told me they even sell it at Wal-Mart…”
The accolade stems from Garber’s body of work, but especially features his newest chef d’oeuvre, “PREttyFAB” house, a one-family sustainable home in the Greenville section of Jersey City. Designing the 1600-square-foot, pre-fabricated, super-sustainable concrete, single-family house was not easy. “We were asked to set it on a 22-foot-wide by 54-foot-deep, undersized lot, a vacant, derelict piece of land, overcome with weeds,” said Garber. The budget was small and the client wanted the home to resemble none other on a block of undistinguishable, two-story, once wood-frame, now aluminum-sided, structures. “It’s always a challenge when you come in with plans for a house that looks like nothing else on the street,” he added.
This is not the first time this house has received kudos. This past May, it received Jersey City’s Project of the Year Award. The New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), of which both Garber and Robertson are members, also honored it earlier this year.
The award comes upon the heels of yet more confirmation of Garber’s work.
In July 2009, Metropolis Magazine named GRO Architects a “Next Gen Notable” by for its docking station proposal. The scheme envisioned a series of publicly accessible floating extensions from Manhattan into the Hudson and East rivers to power city street lamps by harnessing river currents. Also that year, Garber was guest-editor of Closing the Gap: Information Models in Contemporary Design Practice, an edition of Architectural Design (AD) by John Wiley & Sons.
In 2007, GRO Architects won re:Construction, a design competition sponsored by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Fabricated at the FABLAB, the resulting work, “Best Pedestrian Route,” was installed at the corner of Broadway and John Street in Lower Manhattan. In 2008, the same project won an AIA Merit Award and a NY Designs Award from the Architectural League of New York. His writing and design work has been published in the New York Times, the Star Ledger, Architectural Record, the Architect’s Newspaper, Art News, Azure, and Metropolis. Garber was the Emerging Architect Visiting Assistant Professor at Barnard College in 2007 with Robertson. He holds architecture degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Columbia University.