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Chris Fogarty

Chris has always sought to make the urban environment a richer place through his architecture and interiors practice. 


Chris studied at University College’s Bartlett in London. From there he received a Master’s in Architecture from the University of Edinburgh and went on to work for Skidmore Owings and Merrill Architects, better known as SOM, in the London, Washington DC, and New York offices. Chris soon set his sights on opening his own practice, Fogarty Finger, in 2003 with just two employees.


In the nearly 20 years since, Chris’s firm has flourished, playing a pioneering role in the multifamily housing realm, joining forces with the Interiors Division to create top-to-bottom residential and commercial transformations, and recently expanding into the Boston and Atlanta markets, while counting a total of 127 diverse employees among its ranks.


Two of the firm’s major projects—141 Willoughby, an office tower in downtown Brooklyn, and Astoria West, the largest residential development ever built along Astoria’s burgeoning waterfront, both topped out in recent months. While construction is underway on The Nova, a striking residential tower in Long Island City completing in September. Meanwhile, The Lively, which adds 180 luxury residential units to Jersey City’s growing downtown district, as well as ground-level commercial space and a new performing arts center, nabbed an AIA NJ award for its impressive design. 


Earlier in 2021, The Dime, a live-work-play building in Williamsburg, Brooklyn opened its doors. And on the boards, in the borough’s Gowanus neighborhood, are projects, including the 600,000-square-foot building at 300 Nevins, that reflect the new zoning legislation that recently occurred in the city. Collectively, these projects capture Fogarty Finger’s dominance in the outer-boroughs of New York City as an architecture and interior design firm shaping the cityscape. 

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Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Ray Calabro

Ray Calabro’s work emphasizes the relationship of a building to its surrounding landscape; he believes that architecture is a thoughtful response to the culture and spirit of each place. His buildings embody the common principles of site-responsive architecture, robust forms and innovative use of material. Yet each responds differently to the special nature of client, program and place, qualities that elevate buildings to the realm of sensitive and lastingarchitecture.Educated at Virginia Tech (B. Arch 1994), Ray began his career there as a Lecturer in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Since joining Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in 1995, Ray’s project experience spans academic, cultural commercial and residential projects in the continental US and Canada. In 2009, he was named a Principal/Owner in the firm.As Principal of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson’s Seattle studio, Ray leads a collaborative design process on a diverse range of projects. Some of the projects discussed in this podcast include the award-winning Grand Teton Discovery and Visitor Center in Jackson, Wyoming, the Nu Skin Innovation Center and corporate headquarters in Provo, Utah, Everlane’s Abbot Kinney retail store in Venice, California and extraordinary private residences in Jackson, Wyoming; Canmore, Alberta; West Kootenay, British Columbia, and the San Juan Islands in Washington state. His work has been recognized with numerous national and international awards for design, and has been published in Dwell, Architectural Record, ArchDaily, The PLAN and Architectural Digest. He is a curatorial leader within BCJ and has been instrumental in the creation of its celebrated monographs, including its most recent publication Gathering.In 2014, he was elevated to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows.