Sheryl Jordan

Sheryl Jordan

Upper Saddle River, NJ, US

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Having built a refined modern design sensibility onto a fine arts foundation, I bring an intuitive but detail-savvy craft to my practice of architecture. My experience ranges from progressive green design, to refined high-end residential, to publicly funded civic projects. Attentive to every detail in design, constructibility, and clear documentation, I thrive on building a collaborative relationship with every client.



SHELTER, Architect

Sustainable hospitality, retreat & farm-stay projects in upstate New York.

Jul 2019 - current

Sheryl Jordan Architect, New York, NY, US, sole practitioner

Sole practitioner and freelance consultant working on residential renovations and community-centered projects.
St. Lydia’s Dinner Church
, Brooklyn, NY
Park Avenue Condo Renovation New York, NY (in collaboration with Sara Bengur Interiors)
E 47th St. Condo Renovation, New York, NY (in collaboration with Sara Bengur Interiors)
E 77th St. Co-Op Home Office built-in furniture design, New York, NY (in collaboration with Sara Bengur Interiors)
Park Slope Residence renovation and built-in furniture design, Brooklyn, NY
Windsor Terrace Apartment Renovation, Brooklyn, NY
OXO International Office, Starrett-Lehigh Building, NY (in collaboration with Ampersand Architecture)
All Saints' Church, Education and Youth Spaces, Park Slope Brooklyn, NY

Jan 2014 - current

Lynn Gaffney Architect, PLLC, Brooklyn, NY, US, Project Architect

Managed Construction Documentation and assisted with Design and Construction Administration phases on residential and restaurant projects.
Striver's Row Townhouse (gut renovation, landmarked area), New York, NY
Dock's Oyster House, Atlantic City, NJ
Sterling Place Bath renovation, Brooklyn, NY
Prospect Park West Co-Op renovation, Brooklyn, NY

Sep 2015 - May 2016

Garrison Architects, Brooklyn, NY, US, Project Architect

Chiefly responsible for construction documentation on a variety of city, government and developer projects in an active ten-person office.
Completed an in-depth feasibility study for the renovation of an historical Land Port of Entry for the GSA.
Produced construction documents for several projects under the City of New York's Department of Design and Construction, including a public plaza, an award-winning animal shelter and a non-profit theatre renovation. Completed LEED design phase documentation on City projects.
Prepared a furniture package for an engineering office fit-out, including custom furniture and a unique installation piece.
Managed construction documentation in collaboration with a modular builder for a 300 unit factory-built housing development.
Managed two residential renovations in Red Hook, Brooklyn necessitated by post-Sandy inundation.
Oversaw the firm's marketing efforts, primarily assembling proposal responses to city, state and national RFP's.

Oct 2010 - Nov 2013

Specht Novak, New York, NY, US, Project Manager & Designer

Responsible for design, construction documentation and construction administration for several high-end modern residential projects, including gut renovations of a carriage house, a duplex apartment in Manhattan and a new 3 bedroom house in Austin, Texas. Assisted with documentation and construction administration for a high-profile client's renovation in Martha's Vineyard and two new modern houses in Connecticut. Designed and documented custom millwork ranging from kitchens to custom beds. Assisted with documentation for a new building on the campus of St. Edward's University. Managed the firm's web marketing and social media. Project and office management duties ranged from DOB filing to client relations to invoicing.

Aug 2006 - Sep 2010

Page, Austin, TX, US, Project Designer

Assisted with design, 3-D modeling, site documentation and drafting for a 30,000 sf office renovation for the USAA Bank in San Antonio.

May 2006 - Jul 2006

Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, Austin, TX, US, Design Intern

Contributed to a wide variety of restaurant, bar, residential and cultural projects. Provided input on schematic design, prepared presentations, and assisted with site documentation and construction documents.

Jan 2005 - May 2006

Smith Studios, Fort Worth, TX, US, Designer and Fabricator

Designed, fabricated, restored and hand-painted traditional leaded-glass and dalle de verre stained glass windows. Designed architectural details for historical restorations.
First Christian Church, Gainesville, TX / design of 14 dalle de verre sanctuary windows
Cooks Children's Hospital, Fort Worth, TX / painting and fabrication of a 9'x12' stained glass window
Greenwood Mausoleum, Fort Worth, TX / painting, fabrication and installation of 6'x14' etched and stained glass window
Federal Courthouse, Austin, TX / historic restoration of entry facade
Santa Fe Rail Station, Fort Worth, TX / historic restoration of stained glass window
I also cataloged the firm's 50-year design production history and organized their collection of hand-painted design renderings by owner, Gordon Smith.

May 2000 - Aug 2002


The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, US, MArch, Master of Architecture

Excellence in Design Award for Advanced Studio: ArtHouse Texas

Full Scholarship, Study in Italy six-week program at Castiglion Fiorentino in Tuscany

Founding Member/ editor, ISSUE student design journal

Solar Decathlon Team Member, University of Texas at Austin. Participated in construction of off-grid solar house for biannual competition in Washington, D.C.

BASIC Initiative Design/Build Participant, Sonora, Mexico

Graduate Student Instructor Teaching assistant for 2 first-year visual communications courses, 3 summer visual communication/studio courses, construction IV (strength of materials), and a watercolor course in Italy. Responsible for lectures, demonstrations, desk critiques, class critiques, lab instruction, scoring.

NAAB Accreditation Review Coordinator, University of Texas at Austin. Responsible for collecting, organizing and displaying student projects and faculty course materials for the school’s re-accreditation process.

Faculty Search Committee Student Member, University of Texas at Austin. Participated in faculty committee meetings to select architecture faculty member.

Aug 2002 - May 2006

Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX, US, Bachelors, Painting, Music

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, Music minor with concentration in violin performance.

Studied Life Drawing with Frigyes Koenig at the Magyar Képzõmûvészeti Egyetem in Budapest, Hungary during a 6 week summer program.

Installed exhibits in the school's gallery, including regional arts award group exhibits.

Graduated Summa cum Laude with departmental honors.

Participated in group art exhibits and juried shows.

Participated in chamber music and solo performances.

Aug 1998 - May 2001

Kenyon College, Gambier, OH, US, Fine Arts / Music Double Major

Liberal arts program with a double major in music and fine arts. Participated in regional orchestra, arts volunteer in local schools.

Aug 1996 - May 1998


InterFaith Design Awards / Faith & Form Magazine, Award

Liturgical / Interior Design award for St. Lydia's Dinner Church Brooklyn, NY


Music in Architecture: Architecture in Music - Center for American Architecture and Design, 2nd Place

Selected to participate in a 4 day symposium exploring the interconnected nature of musical and architectural practice. Collaborated with composer and multi-instrumentalist Liam Singer to design and produce a unique musical instrument which replicated the resonant, aleatoric and experiential properties of the Brooklyn Bridge, and developed a performance piece based on these qualities. The performance featured the original "bridge harp", violin and ukelin, set to a video and sound collage composition.


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