At Mergal Architecture & Design we design new traditional architecture for the 21st century that celebrates the purpose and spirit of our clients. We help you figure out how you want to live or work by listening to your dreams or problems and dovetailing the solution to your existing building or community. Our clients are individuals or institutions who want their houses, places of work or places of worship to fit in a historical neighborhood or want the authentic “look-feel” of a classic, but with today’s amenities. Why? Because “trendy is the last stage before tacky” and our clients want something that will transcend today’s trends. They want to conserve and increase the value of their properties with designs that are detailed well and built for the long term. We are fortunate to have extraordinary clients such as institutions, corporations, and individuals from New York City and East Hampton to the Caribbean. 

Good design is not a solo pursuit, but the result of an effective collaboration with you (the client) and other consultants. We lead the process and organize all the interrelated disciplines (engineers and other consultants) with vision derived from your goals. You place your trust in us to integrate your requirements to the project’s urban, rural, or oceanfront context, to its functional and decorative program, and to its economic parameters. 

Our goal is to design harmonious places with deep connections to your sense of “well-being” and “belonging”; places which are full of your best childhood memories and where you discover moments of joy, reflection or inspiration. ​​​​​​​
Building Types
Single Family Houses -Townhouses and Brownstones - Apartments - Churches - Restaurants - Theaters - Adaptive Reuse.

Services
Planning - Site Selection - Programming - Space Utilization - Feasibility Studies - Architecture (Full Services)- Historic Restorations - Interior Renovations - Value Engineering
About me

I grew up in San Juan, a traditional city in PR. Its narrow streets protect from the intense sun, change occurs slowly and always refers to the local building tradition. Buildings are built for the ages, of durable and functional materials that perform well in the local climate.  One can reach virtually any destination on foot. Today, we call this sustainability, but in San Juan this way of building and living has been around for over four centuries. 

Prior to establishing my own office, I worked for 14 years with Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer, designing many building types such as: restaurants (the Rainbow Room and Windows on the World - both in New York City), and theaters (The Wilma in Philadelphia and The Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg). I honed my skills in Classical Architecture working 4 years with Ferguson Shamamian, and 10 years with Cooper Robertson & Partners (7 as a partner) on various houses and small traditional buildings. My projects have been published in Architectural Record, Period Homes and Traditional Building. I have contributed articles for various publications including: The Classicist, Stone World, and Construction News

"I have had many great mentors during my development as an architect. If I had to choose only 2,
I would have to mention Hugh Hardy and Jaque Robertson. Hugh’s joy was contagious and he always inspired us to celebrate the clients’ wishes by designing buildings and interiors with exuberant joy and an expressive use of materials and forms. Jaque approached any commission, whether large or small, by lovingly focusing on every detail from the point of view of the end user and never his own ego".

I have taught in the Interior Design Department at FIT and been a guest critic at CUNY's Architecture School and a guest lecturer at NYU's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. I also lectured at several Traditional Building Conferences and taught a professional seminar at the Institute for Classical Architecture & Art.  I am the recipient of the first prize for the first Hispanic Architectural Talent Search Competition. I am also on the Smithsonian Institution's Latino, Hispanic, and Latin American Art Collection and a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Congress for New Urbanism and a Fellow Emeritus of the Institute for Classical Architecture & Art. I am licensed in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut and a member of the NCARB. I graduated with a first Master's in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a second Master's in Urban Design from Columbia University.
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