Dear Clients and Friends,
First, the major news: Larson and Paul will be separating into two different offices. Doug Larson has decided to focus on retail and upstate New York, and I will continue to focus on residential work in and around New York City. This coming week you will begin seeing our new name, Rodman Paul Architects, and new email addresses. Our new website will be live shortly thereafter. The firm’s office will continue to be located at 118 Chambers Street, 4th Floor, in New York, with the same telephone number, and emails sent to a Larson and Paul address will still come through to our new accounts.
One understandable reaction to this news might be, what an odd career stage in which to launch a new firm. I must admit that I also considered retirement, but I’m still a trifle young for that as architects go, and my schedule is hardly grueling. I looked at what I enjoy the most, and it was clear to me that interacting with you, our clients, and designing superb houses and apartments for you is what gives me the greatest pleasure. One of the primary reasons people retire is so they can do the things they enjoy, I am fortunate enough to be able to do that every day without retiring.
It has always been my desire to encourage a next generation of leadership at the firm, and to that end I have an exceptional group of architects who are also part of this transition. Michael Fasulo will continue to be the organized and even-tempered center around which the rest of us orbit, and he will be ably supported by Andrew Klein, Mitch Hartig, Antonio Rivera, and Siobhan Fennessy.
I am proud of the trust that you have placed in me and in our staff as we have developed plans for you, and that in turn is what drives us to produce the layered and detailed work that you all appreciate. Whether on Park Avenue, a farm, or a sand spit, we have always tried to arrive at stylish designs appropriate to your lifestyles as well as appropriate to the locale. This might mean the complex moldings that I love so much or it might mean the simplest of cedar surrounds, but each has been a pleasure to develop with you.
We will continue to be in touch over the next few months with various announcements, but I wanted to get this initial news out to all our clients and friends.