Specht Harpman was founded in 1995 by partners Scott Specht and Louise Harpman, who began working together while classmates at the Yale School of Architecture. A small company with rigorous standards for modern design, the firm's award-winning work includes commercial, institutional and residential projects, as well as custom furniture. The firm maintains offices in New York City and Austin, Texas.
Specht Harpman was recognized in Wallpaper* magazine's Architects' Directory as one of the "top 50 up and coming architectural practices from around the world." The firm recently received an Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects (Austin) for Doyle Hall at St. Edward's University. Specht Harpman has been listed among the "Emerging Voices" by the Architectural League of New York, "Tastemakers" by House and Garden magazine, and as one of New York City's "Top 100" architects by New York Magazine.
The firm has been honored with a number of design awards, including those from the Texas Society of Architects, New York AIA (American Institute of Architects), Austin AIA, and two Design Distinction awards from I.D. Magazine. The work of Specht Harpman has been published in many national and international publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Dwell, Metropolis, Architectural Record, Architecture, AD, Architectural Digest, Residential Architect, Interior Design, Texas Architect, Interiors, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Wired, New York Magazine, and W magazine, as well as on HGTV.
Scott Specht is a partner at Specht Harpman with over 20 years of experience designing and managing institutional, commercial, and residential projects. Before founding Specht Harpman, he worked as a senior designer for Daniel Libeskind Architect and collaborated with that office on its winning New York World Trade Center master planning proposal. He also worked for several years with Kohn Pedersen Fox and Associates Architects in New York, and was the Designer on a number of tall building projects around the world, including the Chifley Square project in Sydney, Australia, and the Niaga Bank headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia. He is a licensed architect in Texas and New York, is NCARB certified, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects.
Scott received his Bachelor of Design degree from the University of Florida and his Master of Architecture degree from Yale University, where he received the George Nelson Scholarship and the Franklin W. Gregory Scholarship.
In addition to his work for Specht Harpman, Scott's independent design work has been exhibited in two SoHo gallery shows and at MakerFaire. His Governor's Island planning proposal and Coney Island Visitor's Center proposal have been featured at the Van Alen Institute, the Municipal Art Society, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
Louise Harpman is a partner at Specht Harpman. With 19 years of experience, Louise has led teams in programming, project development, and design for public, institutional, and private residential projects. Before founding Specht Harpman, she worked as a designer at Eisenman Architects and Buttrick White & Burtis Architects. She also worked as a project manager for the City of New York in its Department of Housing, Preservation, and Development.
Louise maintains a commitment to teaching as well as practice. As an award-winning architectural educator, Louise has a national and international reputation as a passionate advocate for design excellence and sustainability. She is Associate Professor of Practice in the areas of Architectural Design, Urban Design and Sustainability at NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She previously taught at the University of Texas at Austin, where she was the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, Director of the Professional Residency Program, Director of the DesignBuildTexas project, and Fellow of the Harwell Hamilton Harris Regents Professorship in Architecture. Before joining the faculty at the University of Texas, she taught for eight years at the Yale School of Architecture and five years at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Architecture and Planning. Throughout her teaching career, she has led many community-based public design projects, including work with the Brooklyn Public Library, the Alley Flat Initiative, the Blanco Library, the Austin Children's Museum, the Downtown Austin Alliance, and the Austin Fire Department.
Louise received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University. She holds a Master of Philosophy degree from Cambridge University and received her Master of Architecture degree from Yale University, where she was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Certificate and the Janet Cain Sielaff Prize.
Louise is the author of the Brooklyn Public Library Design Guidelines. She is the co-editor of Perspecta 30: Settlement Patterns. She is an Associate of the American Institute of Architects, a Senior Fellow of the Design Trust for Public Space, Inc., a member of the Architectural League of New York, and a member of the New York Academy of Sciences.