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 Townhouse


What the clients liked most about this 3,000 square foot townhouse when they purchased it was its history and potential as a home. At the time, the house itself was in complete disrepair, and any original details had been stripped away. We undertook a complete renovation from structural stabilization and digging out the Basement, to installing a full new mechanical system, electrical and plumbing, reconfiguration of rooms on the floors, new wood floors, and stairway, to the numerous custom wood and stone details throughout. The clients asked that the construction techniques be as true as possible to building methods of the time of original construction, including using solid wood and wood joinery with as little steel as possible. Simple Greek Revival detailing typical to late 19th Century New York townhouses is woven together with inspiration from colonial homes and Paris, France and integrated into a whole.

  1. Entry
  2. Parlor
  3. Living Room
  4. Study
  1. Entry
  2. Kitchen
  3. Dining Room
  4. Powder Room
  5. Garden