Larson Architecture Works designs projects that are contemporary and historic, timeless and timely so that they are appreciated today and relevant tomorrow. Our projects acknowledge that good design can be executed in any style, always factors in human behavior and strives to improve our daily lives.
At Larson Architecture Works, we start our planning and design process with consideration for your needs and function, then we look for an organizing principal. The organization of space and the unfolding of experiences in the environment should enhance our understanding of our surroundings. We structure dwellings, businesses and institutions so there is clarity in circulation and a hierarchy of public and private spaces.
We aim to create meaningful architecture that acknowledges its surroundings, is cognizant of constraints, mindful of function, executed thoughtfully, and arrives at an appropriate visual expression. A final overlay of an element of surprise, drama, or some unusual feature, transcends the mundane and makes a project truly memorable.
Director of Architecture and Design
Senior Project Designer
Larson Retail Studio Manager
Senior Project Architect
Museum of the City of New York
Tim Street Porter
Douglas E. Larson
Doug Larson has been in private practice in New York since 1997. He apprenticed with Peter Marino where he worked on residential projects in Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, London, Portofino, the English countryside, and even on a yacht. He was also involved with retail projects for Barney’s New York. Since being out on his own, his work has been spread across residential, retail, corporate interiors, and institutional work.
Doug believes that architecture should respond to the needs and desires of the client, but that design should also rise above basic needs to make memorable places for human activity thru quality and inventive use of form, space, and materials. He is comfortable in many idioms, from modernism to classicism, and everything in between as he feels is appropriate for the task at hand. The tenets common to all his projects is well thought out spaces, appropriateness and understatement. He has a particular soft spot for Swedish Grace, 1930’s classicism, Scandinavian Modernism and anything Josef Frank.
Doug grew up in the Midwest and rural Pennsylvania, attended the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated with dual degrees in design and structural engineering. After working for a year in Philadelphia, he attended the University of Michigan. He received the Raoul Wallenberg scholarship, taught architectural history for Leonard Eaton, edited the student publication “Dimensions,” and graduated with a Master’s of Architecture.
Doug is active in many not for profits including serving on the boards of the West Side YMCA, the Saint-Gaudens Memorial, Pine Plains Memorial Hall, and other New York City based arts groups. He has been active in the Blue Hill Troupe designing and painting sets and has even painted a full scale mural on the side of a building in Dutchess County NY. He lives on the Upper West Side with his family.
Ernesto joined the Larson team in 2016 with over 18 years of experience in residential design, and has primarily focuses on overseeing residential projects at Larson Architecture Works. He has worked for notable firms such as The Office of Thierry W. Despontm, where he worked on schematic design and overseeing the construction phase of notable projects such the “Cartier 5th Ave” flag ship store in NYC which earned the “Lucy G. Moses Preservations” award , the Ritz Hotel in Paris, and varies residential projects. Ernesto received a Bachelor’s of Architecture Degree from The New York Institute of Technology with a minor in Construction Management. During his spare time he enjoys gardening and landscape design, and is an avid backpacker and outdoorsman.
Alexandra W. Brock
Alexandra started working with Doug Larson in 2005 with Larson and Paul Architects prior to the foundation of Larson Architecture Works in 2017. She continues in her role as Larson Retail Studio Manager overseeing retail services for longstanding client of the firm, clothier J. Mclaughlin. Alexandra brings to the firm extensive experience in retail store development having previously worked for Ralph Lauren as Architectural Design Manager culminating in the opening of the flagship Ralph Lauren Baby store on Madison Avenue. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from the University of Virginia where she completed her studies in Venice, Italy with a grant awarded by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Alex also has extensive experience in residential work with a focus on classical detailing having previously worked on numerous NYC apartment renovations and new home construction in the metropolitan area, all in the classicist tradition.
Her interests include spending time with her family, community gardening and organizing educational events at the garden she helped found, along with furthering her education in plant science through coursework at the Bronx Botanical Gardens in NYC.
After 10 years running his own Architectural practice, Kevin took a full time position with Larson Architecture Works pllc, in the fall of 2017. While on his own he focused primarily on residential projects in New York City and Eastern Long Island. Much of the work he did grew out of the reputation he established while working as head of the Armani Casa Interior Design Studio where he lead a small team of very gifted designers on both Commercial and Private Residential Interiors projects. In 2008, just prior to leaving Armani Casa to launch his own firm, Kevin witnessed the opening of 20 Pine in lower Manhattan, the only Armani branded residential property in the US.
Earlier in his career, Kevin worked at Calvin Klein, Inc. doing store design throughout North America and Asia. It was here at CKI that Kevin developed an appreciation for a reduced architectural vocabulary enriched by a careful arrangement of light and monumentality. Kevin received his Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University in New York City and an MA in Philosophy from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA.
Aura joined Larson Architecture Works pllc in January 2018. She holds a Bachelors of Architecture degree from New York City College of Technology where she had the opportunity to participate in an Urban Planning study abroad program in Paris, France. While there, she also participated in the intensive U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition where she was an architecture project manager and oversaw the construction of a full-size solar-powered house. Prior to LAW, she was an Assistant Project Manager, where she focused on developing full design scope for residential work in the metropolitan area and few retail stores. In her free time, Aura loves to maintain a healthy lifestyle by working out and reading about nutrition. She also enjoys traveling and exploring different cities and cultures.
Susan joined Larson Architecture Works pllc in January 2018. She earned her Bachelors of Architecture degree from The Macaulay Honors College at The City College of New York where she graduated with the AIA Certificate of Merit award. Mentored by William Garrison McNeil, Susan believes architecture is the manifestation of social, environmental and urban components and takes a comprehensive interdisciplinary approach to design. Prior to joining LAW, she was a project manager and architectural designer with experience in retail design for clients such as Tiffany & Co. and Harry Winston Inc. It was there where she developed a deep interest in fine detailing and in the technical aspects of architecture.
A Brooklyn native and a natural humorist, Susan’s meticulous attention to detail is a driving force in her lifestyle and in her passion for education and design. In her free time, she likes to learn musical instruments, travel and integrate with different cultures.
Megan Mroz joined Larson Architecture Works pllc in November 2017. At LAW, she provides support in all aspects of day to day function. Prior to her joining the team, she worked at a post-production house in Michigan. Growing up as the daughter of two architects herself, she has a passion for design and thrives working in a creative environment. Megan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Michigan State University. In her free time, she enjoys reading, exploring the city, and spending time with her friends and maltipoo pup, Luna.
Since 2013, Victoria Larson has run her own communications company representing the state of Saxony and the state of Baden-Württemberg in the USA as well as media work for various cultural projects. She is delighted also to be working with Larson Architecture Works pllc. Prior to this, Victoria was Head of Public Relations for the German National Tourist Office North America for nine years, an economics and business book editor at Texere and worked for six years at Institutional Investor creating and programming conferences and roundtables on business, finance and infrastructure topics. Victoria received her B.A. from Trinity College in Hartford and her M.A. in International Affairs and Economics from the School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins. She earned a second M.A. in Publishing from the School for Continuing Education at New York University. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). In her free time, Victoria enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing tennis, photography and travel.
Conor began working with Doug Larson after a fortunate chance encounter in Pine Plains, in May of 2014, and has since spent four summers with the firm. He is currently studies architecture at the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture in New York. Prior to joining LAW, Conor worked for numerous residential architects in upstate New York, where he developed a keen understanding of local vernaculars and design practices. As an intern, he works closely with the drafting and administration of residential and commercial projects alike. Conor’s work at LAW is driven by a constant desire to learn more from the practice, and to better understand the process of creating unique and inspired design. When he’s not studying or working, Conor spends his free time on woodworking, and home improvement projects. He is also an avid skier and tennis player.