PrincipalStephan Jaklitsch received his BS in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology and M-Arch from Princeton University. As Principal of his firm since 1998, he has taken his practice from a studio focused on residential and commercial projects in the New York region to an award-winning architectural firm with a diverse, international portfolio of work. Today, with several hundred completed projects around the world, Jaklitsch has seen his work exhibited in New York, Chicago, and London, and featured in prominent international publications. Through his work, Jaklitsch seeks to explore the poetry of architecture – using the manipulation of space and light to create rigorously detailed spaces that convey a sense of meaning and purpose to their respective contexts.
In addition to running his practice, Jaklitsch serves as Vice President of openhousenewyork and is actively involved in The Design Trust for Public Space, Design Trust Council; The Architectural League of New York, Process Committee; the Van Alen Institute for Architecture and Design, Van Alen Circle; and Friends of the High Line.
PrincipalMark Gardner was named Senior Associate at Stephan Jaklitsch Architects in 2005 and became a principal of Jaklitsch|Gardner Architects in 2011. He received his training at the Georgia Institute of Technology and at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, where he now teaches.
Gardner takes a serious interest in the nexus of architecture and art, one of longstanding importance to both his professional practice and to his writings. A contributor to both Pamphlet Architecture 23 MOVE/Sites of Trauma (Princeton Architectural Press, 2003) by Johanna Dickson and the firm’s monograph: Habits, Patterns, Algorithms (ORO, 2009) with Stephan Jaklitsch.
Gardner serves as Business Development Chair on the Board of SUPERFRONT, an organization located in New York & LA that fosters the exchange between architecture and other disciplines by sponsoring exhibitions, panels, and publications. Gardner is Vice President of NYCOBA, the New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), and serves as Co-Chair of the AIANY Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
He is committed to practicing architecture as a socially beneficial art form.