Stephan Jaklitsch


Stephan 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 Open House New York; is Co-Chair of the Van Alen Institute Program Leadership Council; is actively involved in The Design Trust for Public Space, Design Trust Council; The Architectural League of New York; a Fellow of the Institute for Urban Design and a Coro graduate of LNY26. He is an urban beekeeper and runs an apiary in Brooklyn, NY.

Mark L. Gardner


Mark L. Gardner is a principal at Jaklitsch / Gardner Architects. Mr. Gardner has led many of the firm's design initiatives, and works to best understand the role of design as a social practice. He previously taught Professional Practice at PennDesign from 2007-2012. Mr. Gardner is on the Board of Overseers for the University Of Pennsylvania- School Of Design. He also currently serves on the Advisory Board of MathMinds, 21st Century Schools Partnership, an afterschool program created to expose high school students of color to college coursework in engineering, computer science, and tech entrepreneurship. Mr. Gardner is a Past President and currently serves as Advocacy Chair for nycobaNOMA, the New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects. He is a Past Co-Chair and current member of the AIANY Diversity & Inclusion Committee, which he helped to restart with Venesa Alicea. He is a member the Van Alen Institute Board of Trustees and a Fellow of the Urban Design Forum.