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Gwathmey-Siegel & Associates

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Charles Gwathmey, part of a generation of architects who put their own aesthetic stamp on the "high Modernist" style, died in 2009. He was known both for residential work -- he built living spaces for Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jerry Seinfeld -- and sometimes controversial public buildings.

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While in his 20s Mr. Gwathmey became a sensation by building a house for his parents on the East End of Long Island. The house, completed in 1966, was consistently described as one of the most influential buildings of the modern era. Two years later he and Robert Siegel founded Gwathmey Siegel & Associates.

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Perhaps the firm's best known work was its addition to Frank Lloyd Wright's design of the Guggenheim Museum on the Upper East Side, the rectangular tower beside the building's famous spiral.

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Mr. Gwathmey's Astor Place condominium tower drew criticism from those who said it was insufficiently deferential to its surroundings.

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Mr. Gwathmey in 1976, outside of Whig Hall at Princeton University. His renovation of the building was known as one of his more daring projects.

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The Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens.

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Mr. Gwathmey created a proposal for the World Trade Center site, along with Richard Meier, Peter Eisenman and Steven Holl.

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Mr. Gwathmey in his apartment in Manhattan.

Founded in 1968, Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects is a New York-based firm offering master planning, architectural, interior and product design services.

Gwathmey Siegel has completed over four hundred projects for educational, healthcare, corporate, cultural, government and private clients throughout the United States and abroad.

The 45-person firm has an international reputation for architectural excellence, confirmed by more than 100 design awards, continuing recognition in the professional and general press, and inclusion in exhibitions and histories of contemporary architecture.

Gwathmey Siegel & Associates received the American Institute of Architects' highest honor-the Firm Award-for "approaching every project with a fresh eye, a meticulous attention to detail, a keen appreciation for environmental and economic concerns and a strong belief in collaborative effort."

Charles Gwathmey passed away on August 3, 2009 after battling cancer for several years. The firm leadership continues to be provided by Principal and Founding Partner Robert Siegel; Associate Partners Dirk Kramer; Senior Associates Steven Forman, Gregory Karn and Elizabeth Skowronek; and Associates Thomas Florkewicz.