Greg Elison

Greg Elison

New York, NY, US



I am an architect, designer, and artist.  I have been working in high-end residential design for almost ten years.  I have a wide range of experience, from classical hand drafting of finely detailed traditional country estates, to CAD CDs of sleek and modern urban apartments, to more commercial work in residential buildings.  I have worked in both architecture and interior design firms exposing myself to all areas of project design and management.  I am now familiar with the design and decorator showrooms and interior design landscape as well as architectural design and detailing.  
From the start of my career, I have been exposed to the collaboration of designers and architects to create finely detailed homes and estates for the elite.
At Fairfax and Sammons Architects, I spent three years of practice hand drafting fine traditional homes.  I learned the language, skills, and practice of classicism and traditional design including scale, proportion, and detail, often lost arts in these times of clean, modern design.  I worked on exquisitely detailed homes with complicated millwork, both ground up and renovations, including Manhattan apartments, estates in Manhattan, Greenwich, Charlottesville, and other exclusive areas. 
From there, I moved on to Freyer Collaborative Architects and spent a year learning AutoCAD, working on several apartment building complex updates (for Related) including common spaces and amenities such as lobbies, community rooms, entertainment centers, mailrooms, and hallways.  I also updated many apartments with standard new kitchens and baths, modified updated plans, and restructured combination apartments.  I prepared building department drawings on a mass scale, and worked in the field, surveying, and attending site meetings with the client and contractors. 
During this same year, I designed an apartment in Chelsea.  It was a small job, but was immensely gratifying, my first solo freelance project.  I collaborated on all aspects of the project directly with the client, including decoration.  It was published in last year’s Time Out Magazine design issue. Please see for this article.
I then moved to a high-end interior design firm, Randall A. Ridless LLC, working with their in-house architect.  I worked on beautiful projects with wonderful people and learned how to put together a proper AutoCAD set of detailed construction documents for many complex interior design projects.  Working in direct proximity with the interior designers exposed me to the intense collaboration of the fields as well as elaborate furniture design and materials selection.   I worked on traditional homes as well as modern in Manhattan, Greenwich, and Palm Beach, the last of which was a 4000sf. home in 15 Central Park West, the exclusive new building designed by Robert A.M. Stern and Associates.
This past year, I freelance designed and managed the gut renovation of a 2500 square foot Upper West Side residence for a high profile client.  I collaborated exclusively with the interior designer to create a stunning bachelor pad.  From inception to completion, (survey, schematic design, inspiration and materials boards, client meetings, bid, DOB, and pricing sets, all construction documents, custom furniture designs and details, schedules, project management, site meetings with contractors and subs, furniture, fixtures, and equipment research and sourcing…), I was responsible for all drawings and correspondence- with the interior designers’ instruction and input of course.  This was done in a richly appointed contemporary aesthetic and turned out exquisitely for a highly satisfied client.
I intend to continue to develop my career in the architecture and design industry, starting architectural registration exams this year.   While most of my experience is in the high-end residential sector, I am eager to branch out into other fields of design as well, including interiors, hospitality, retail, commercial, green design, etc.  I have a passion for architecture and interior design, detail- both traditional and modern, a love of color, pattern, form, and texture, and love to put it together to create beautiful spaces for people to enjoy.  I am professional, hard-working, responsible, creative, industrious, inspired, and enthusiastic.  I am also incredibly friendly, well-educated, well- travelled, and well-versed in a variety of things.  I work well by myself, and love to collaborate with others as well.  I have made 70K at last two positions, but am negotiable.  I am available for interview and can provide references as requested. 



AVRO KO, New York, NY, US, Freelance Architect

Drafted Design Development drawings for new residential building amenities spaces
Plan changes, interior elevations, and details for Work Center, Lounge, Screening Room, Elevator Lobby, Computer Stations, Copy Room, and Kitchen

Mar 2012 - Mar 2012

Criterion Design, New York, NY, US, Freelance Architect, Asst. Interior Designer, Project Manager

Prepared entire set of construction documents for gut renovation of 2500sf Upper West Side apartment
Developed schematic design with material boards, inspiration boards, plans, and client presentations
Assisted interior designer in sourcing furnishings, upholstery, finishes, case goods
Sourced architectural specifications including plumbing, lighting, and finishes with coordinated schedules
Managed project working directly with designer, contractor, subs, consultants, and client
Designed and detailed custom furniture and cabinetry
Performed initial site survey, analysis, and documentation
Took project from conception to completion

Jan 2010 - Apr 2011

BGSI Studio International, New York, NY, US, Freelance Architect

Drafted Design Development drawings for renovation of residential building common spaces
Plan changes, interior elevations, and details for Lobby, hallways, management office, fitness center

Jul 2009 - Aug 2009

Steven Menendez Inc., New York, NY, US, Freelance Architect/ Interior Designer/ Project Manager

Designed, managed, and oversaw construction of Chelsea apartment renovation
Drafted detailed all construction documents, millwork details, furniture plans, determined all finishes, fittings, and furnishings
Worked directly with client in all areas of design from conception to completion
Published in design issue of Time Out Magazine, October 2010

Aug 2008 - May 2009

Randall A. Ridless LLC, New York, NY, US, Intermediate Architectural Designer

Designed, developed, and detailed construction documents for high-end residential interior renovations
Assisted in project management, site meetings, correspondence with contractors and consultants
Worked with in house interior designers and principal architect on specifications, materials selections, custom millwork and furniture
Performed site survey, analysis, and documentation

Aug 2008 - Apr 2009

Freyer Collaborative Architects, New York, NY, US, Intermediate Architect

Designed and specified residential tower updates in AutoCAD
Designed lobbies, hallways, entertainment center, community room, shopping arcade, and patio
Mass apartment renovations including new kitchens and bathrooms, and combination apartments
Prepared construction documents, Building Department and DOT sets, bid sets
Documented site conditions and created surveys

Jul 2007 - Aug 2008

Fairfax & Sammons Architecture, New York, NY, US, Junior Architect

Hand-drafted classical interior and exterior plans, sections, elevations, and details at all scales
Worked on renovations and additions to residential estates in Manhattan, Greenwich, Charlottesville, Katonah, Jupiter, McLean,...
Detailed traditional custom millwork including kitchens, baths, libraries, vanities, mantles, and paneling
Assisted with project management, survey and analysis, research, specifications
Office management duties, librarian, researcher, material closet organization, lighting
Inked drawings for publication in firm’s Rizzoli monograph, American Houses.
Projects’ interior designers include Alex Papachristidis, David Milnaric, Brian McCarthy, William Hodgins
Central Park West Project published in Elle Décor magazine Above the Fray, January/February 2009

Sep 2003 - Jan 2007

Hampshire Hotels and Resorts/ Forde Construction Co., New York, NY, US, Summer Intern/ Draftsman/ Model Buildier

Worked with renowned designer Al Lanigan renovating chic midtown Manhattan hotels
Built detailed model of midtown hotel renovation and addition for funding proposal
Drafted plans and interior/ exterior elevations

Jun 2002 - Sep 2002

Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA), New York, NY, US, Summer Intern

Explored design options through small and large scale model-building and rendering
Assisted in project renderings
Photographed various architectural elements throughout Manhattan as precedent research
Worked on projects of all types including residential, retail (Zubiarte), commercial (Comcast Center)

Jun 2001 - Aug 2001


Lorenzo de' Medici, Florence, IT, BArch, Art History/ Studio

Printmaking including etching, aquatint, woodcut, linoleum
Renaissance and Baroque Art History

Jan 2012 - current

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, US, Bachelors, Art Studio

Liberal Arts
Art Studio Major with focus in Sculpture
Media include drawing, painting, wood, found objects, cast iron, aluminum, bronze, plaster, wire

Sep 1996 - May 2002

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, US, MArch, Architecture

TSA Study Abroad Program in Barcelona, Spain Summer 2000

Aug 1996 - May 2002

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