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

Berkeley Hills House - Nearing completion


4,700 sq.ft. Main House, with 400 sq.ft. Garage

Upon finding this immensely beautiful three story redwood house which had not been updated since the turn of last century, this family simultaneously planned a renovation and a move across country to the Bay area with their two young girls. After decades of living in New York, what they valued most would be a strong connection to nature. The bond with nature became a guiding design principle. When the Structural Engineer advised re-building the foundation to better withstand future earthquakes, it was an invitation to open the entire floor to the landscape - a Garden Room, Wine Cellar, Library, and crafts Studio. The focus on nature would also include modernizing for environmental efficiency - a living roof on the Garage, on-demand hot water and solar hot water systems, a zinc roof which allows pure rainwater run off into the gardens, and sustainable materials such as wood, stone, ceramic, steel and natural rubber.

Wherever possible, Studio Geiger chose artisan-made or handmade items in keeping with a reinvented modern spirit of the Arts and Crafts movement - an idea which translated into hand painted tiles in the Kitchen, handmade Heath tiles in the Bathrooms, hand-blocked wallpapers, and all cabinetry made by a local cabinetmaker or manufacturers whose products embody an attention to craft. The deep redwood tones inside and out provided a rich backdrop against which all other color and material choices followed. Landscape: Elysian Landscapes

The design received an Honor from the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association in 2012.

  1. Main House
  2. Garage
  3. Fire Pit
  4. Driveway
  5. Lawn/Meadow Area
  6. Raised Vegetable Beds
  1. Garden Room
  2. Library
  3. Wine Storage
  4. Foyer
  5. Water Closet
  6. Mechanical Room
  7. Storage
  8. Crawl Space
  9. StudioGarage
  10. Stair Hall
  11. Living Room
  12. Dining Room
  13. Kitchen
  14. Pantry
  15. Breakfast Room
  16. Terrace
  17. Mud Room
  18. Bedroom
  19. Powder Room
  1. Upstairs Hall
  2. Master Bedroom
  3. Sleeping Porch
  4. Master Bathroom
  5. Laundry
  6. Foyer
  7. Bedroom
  8. Bath