Liesl Geiger-Kincade began her career studying architecture's most intangible quality, light. After earning her Masters of Architecture from Yale, where she received the Anne C.K.Garland Award, Geiger explored the subject with architectural glass designer James Carpenter, working on notable public buildings around the world. After, she undertook a Fulbright Fellowship in Helsinki, Finland, where she spent a year studying glass and light in architecture at the University of Industrial Arts, as well as in the buildings of architect Alvar Aalto.

Before forming her own studio in 2003, she apprenticed with New York architecture firms including Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Peter Marino Architect and Peter Gluck and Partners, where she designed everything from modern Madison Avenue boutiques and Brooklyn townhouses to classical regional farmhouses and stone grottos in Napa Valley. Along the way, she was assembling the building blocks that would not only inform her practice, but also her book, The Essence of Home: Timeless Elements of Design, which was published by The Monacelli Press in November, 2007.

Geiger received a BA summa cum laude from Yale and afterwards studied architecture in France.

Geiger first fell in love with design in grade school. As a student in a Frank Furness structure (the former Bryn Mawr Hotel, outside of Philadelphia), she spent 12 years experiencing and sketching the building's stone, glass, and metal handcraft. The Furness spaces, such as the voluminous main residence hall capped with a red slate roof and their details remain engraved in her mind.

Geiger is a licensed Architect and a member of the AIA.


P 212 620 0050


253 West 28th Street, Floor 4

New York, NY 10001


880 Lawrenceville Road

Princeton, NJ 08540

West Village Apartment


This 2,150 sq. ft. apartment in the mid-century Butterfield House complex has views of a courtyard garden on the south side and West 12th Street on the other. We made minimal but high-impact architectural moves to emphasize the spatial strengths of this apartment with open, flowing spaces and large, billowing glass and steel windows. Rooms that had been closed off were opened up to one another and unneeded construction was removed. Every surface is orchestrated, from paint and wall paper, to details of cased openings, backpainted glass, poured concrete countertops, walnut flooring, marble slab walls, teak, and metallic lacquer surfaces on cabinetry, to the crafted walnut slab sliding door and heating enclosure, as well as architectural and decorative lighting and a custom armoire. The clients desired what they termed a "happy" environment, and they are pleased. Photographer: Mikiko Kikuyama

  1. Entry
  2. Dining Room
  3. Kitchen
  4. Study
  5. Study Bath
  6. Living Room
  7. Library
  8. Terrace
  9. Guest Bedroom
  10. Hall
  11. Guest Bath
  12. Powder Room
  13. Dressing Room
  14. Master Bath
  15. Master Bedroom