SPG Architects is a mid-sized architectural firm based in New York City. Headed by two partners, SPG is a strong design practice that also provides a comprehensive range of architectural and interior services. The firm has served a wide variety of clients with a range of regional, national, and international projects that include numerous co-op and condominium apartments, urban townhouses, second homes, free-standing houses and residential compounds, corporate offices and retail establishments. Corporate clients include Polo Ralph Lauren, Time Warner, Calvin Klein, COTY beauty, Comeliani, Catherine Malandrino, Hartmann Luggage, Andrew Martin LTD, Bill Blass New York, Palm Pictures, and American Online. Although the clients are diverse, they are united in their desire for architecture that is well conceived and well executed by a team of professionals.
SPG Architects' modernist approach to design allows for the various functions of a space to be organized and expressed, while eliminating the cacophony of the untended environment. Architectural ideas are drawn from the project site and the client's needs and desires. These then are expressed through manipulations of form and light. An interest in up-to-date building technologies and construction materials, both natural and man-made, further informs the design. SPG's work clearly presents a visual consistency based on human proportions, the exploration of light, and the judicious use of materials that provide singular tactile, visual, spatial and temporal experiences.
Coty has been practicing architecture as a principal in her own firm since 1980. With a practice that was at first characterized exclusively by residential work, it has expanded to include a full range of project types. Her interest in conservation and health-related issues has led the firm to undertake a number of both paid and pro bono architectural projects in these areas and has guided her extracurricular activities. She is a trustee of the W ildlife Conservation Society, co-chair of the Global Health Sciences subcommittee, a trustee of the Mayday Fund (a medical foundation), and a longtime supporter of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Coty did her undergraduate studies at Kenyon College and Sarah Lawrence College and received her architecture degree from The Cooper Union in New York City. Her current projects include a dramatic new house on the Fire Island seashore, the relocation and complete renovation of a house on Cape Cod, and a downtown Manhattan Penthouse renovation. Coty is a registered architect in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Idaho, Colorado, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and certified with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.
A partner at SPG Architects since 1993, Eric first began working with the firm in 1989. Since that time Eric has produced an impressive body of work; initially with residential, retail, and commercial interiors; and more recently with a series of free standing houses in the US and abroad. He received both his BS in architecture and his MArch degrees from the University of Virginia. Over the course of his professional career, he has served as a visiting critic at numerous schools of architecture. His on-going interest in the benefits of environmental and social sustainability has led to a series of projects that explore the benefits of sustainable design. Eric is on the Board of Advisors of E3NYC, an organization establishing an environmentally sustainable economic development plan for New York City, and continues working as a design consultant for Kageno Worldwide Community development project in Banda, Rwanda. Eric is a registered architect in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, North Carolina, Washington, and is a LEED Accredited Professional +.
""We want to thank you for all the work you did on our apartment. The result, we think, is really stunning and also very functional. The extraordinary staircase, the gorgeous tiles on the fireplace, so many other great design choices we could have never imagined without you. The have made the place very special. We also want to say you were wonderful to work with. You were attentive at the right moments, assertive at the right moments, and it truly felt like you were a partner in the process. We feel lucky to have worked with you.""- From Architectural Digest, April 2010: "They made the dream real."