Wright & Robinson offers architectural prowess.
If you are looking for architectural assistance, look no further than Wright & Robinson Architects. Wright & Robinson offers full architectural and interior design services, specializing in residential architecture, interiors and historic preservation. Some services they provide include additions, renovations, interiors, kitchens, bathrooms and color consulting. Wright & Robinson is known for their custom cabinetry designs.
“Whether we are designing a new house or improving an old one, our work is grounded in scholarship, craft traditions and sound contemporary construction practice,” said the legendary Mark Wright, licensed architect. “We make fine old houses serve the evolving needs of families while enhancing the architectural unity of house, landscape and neighborhood.”
He works alongside Karin Robinson, and the Wright & Robinson team is trained in the cutting edge, sustainable Passive House methodology and always seek opportunities to implement it. They accept civic and commercial projects of special interest, and both do the work for the company, from design through construction documents and site visits during construction.
According to Wright, they enjoy working in the regional towns: Montclair, Glen Ridge, South Orange, Short Hills, Summit and Ridgewood. However, some of their favorite projects are as far south as the Plainfield/Princeton area, to the east in Rye and Scarsdale, N.Y. and up the Hudson River valley as far north as Hudson, N.Y. They work in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and are licensed in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.
Their architectural experience is deep and varied: “Karin was a design architect with The Hillier Group in the 1980s, and designed houses and interiors with Kevin Lichten in the early ’90s,” said Wright. “Her independent work since ’97 was very well received, and published in the NY Times. In the 1980s, I apprenticed with my beloved mentors Robert Kliment and Frances Halsband, and over the course of ten years with them became a specialist in meticulously crafted vacation houses. In the ’90s I worked at a more expansive scale for Robert Lamb Hart. My first project in his office was a new slate-roofed Tudor house of some 13,000 SF.”
He has worked on many projects, making it difficult for him to select just one as his favorite. “Every project is our favorite,” said Wright. “I’m going to reach back into prehistory to offer a building I designed with my previous firm, a then-new Shingle Style golf clubhouse for The Tuxedo Club in Tuxedo Park, N.Y.”
This past summer, Wright & Robinson completed the build-out of their 2005 master plan for the Glen Ridge Community Pool complex on lower Clark Street behind Starbucks — three sweet little shingled buildings make the club feel like a park, rather than a parking lot.
Although Wright has experience working on more business-oriented projects, he and Robinson love working closely with their private clients on residential work, large and small. “Houses and domestic interiors are our passion,” said Wright.
Wright & Robinson make sure to maintain a positive relationship with their clients, ensuring a great experience. “We want to congratulate our clients Selma and Goran Avdicevic, and their contractor Classics Reborn,” said Wright. “Last week they were recognized by the Montclair Historic Preservation Commission with the Bricks & Mortar Preservation Award for our work together on the porch restoration at the historic Harry Fenn house (208 N. Mountain in Montclair).”
This coming March, Wright will be speaking to the Victorian Society at an event with the working title: “The Shingle Style: Montclair, Glen Ridge and the Watchung Range.” The event will take place at 8 p.m. on March 21 at the Montclair Women’s Club. For more information about Wright & Robinson, visit their website at wright-robinson-architects.com.