About

Introduction

Wright & Robinson Architects offer full architectural and interior design services, specializing in residential architecture, historic preservation, and sustainable Passive House design.

We integrate landscape, architecture, and interior design into a rich and satisfying whole, attuned to its place, its people, and our time. We enjoy working with fine old buildings and in historic contexts. Whether we are designing an entirely new structure or are improving an old one, our work is grounded in scholarship, craft traditions, and sound contemporary construction practice. We work closely with our clients to produce thoughtful architecture appropriate to the physical, cultural and economic context of each commission.

Our current work (as of 2014) includes houses in Glen Ridge, Ridgewood, Florham Park, and Montclair NJ, in Brooklyn, and in Fort Montgomery NY. We practice in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut, and maintain NCARB certification to expedite licensure in other states. The partners have worked on a variety of building types and at a range of scales throughout the eastern United States and abroad.

Awards and Publications

Honors for the firm

2011

Gothic House in Glen Ridge NJ — The Vintage House: A Guide to Successful Renovations and Additions, by Mark Alan Hewitt and Gordon Bock (New York: Norton 2011). Our work featured as a case study.

2010

Osborne Street Residence in Glen Ridge NJ — Glen Ridge Historical Society design award

2007

Chapman Place Residence in Glen Ridge NJ — Glen Ridge Historical Society design award

2001

Roadside Obelisk in Seaside FL — Finalists in open international competition

Honors for Karin Robinson

2002

Highland Road Residence, Rye NY — New York Times, 24 Nov 2002 “Habitats” feature

1993

Women In Architecture exhibition — NYIT Old Westbury and Pratt Institute. Juried exhibition featuring university libraries designed by Karin Robinson for The Hillier Group.

1992

Salem Witch Trials Memorial — Essex Institute, Salem MA. Exhibited Finalist in open international competition.

Honors for Mark Wright

2010

MacDowell Colony Fellow — residency at the artistʼs colony

2009

H. H. Richardsonʼs House for Reverend Browne, Rediscovered, by Mark Wright, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (JSAH), March 2009, p.75-99. Reconstruction of an important historic house, based on extensive archival and field research, published in peer-reviewed academic journal.

2007

Featured in: The Things Theyʼve Done: A Book About the Careers of Selected Graduates of the Rice University School of Architecture, by William T. Cannady (Architecture at Rice 43, 2007). Featured biography and work.

1997

Rural House in Metamora, MI — Academy of Architecture Arts & Sciences XXXIX Award

1996

Two Small Houses in Ohio City, Cleveland, OH — Academy of Architecture Arts & Sciences XXXIX Award

1995

Two Small Houses in Ohio City, Cleveland, OH — American Institute of Architects New York Chapter Project Award

Vitae — Mark Wright

Licensed Architect:  New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.  NCARB certification expedites reciprocity in other states and Canada.

Sustainability:  Passive House training

Education:  Rice University, Houston, TX — BA 1980, B Arch 1982

Academic Honors:
Teaching assistant to Professor Casbarian
Served on the faculty committee for the School of Archtecture building by James Stirling
Texas Architectural Foundation Jesse H. Jones Merit Scholarship
Mary Alice Elliot Travel Award
Alpha Rho Chi Medal
American Institute of Architects School Medal

Professional:
1979:  Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (Houston office)
1980—1981:  R.M. Kliment & Frances Halsband Architects
1982—1992:  R.M. Kliment & Frances Halsband Architects
1992—2002:  Robert Lamb Hart Planners and Architects
2002—present:  Wright & Robinson Architects

For ten years Mr. Wright was central to the development of Kliment & Halsbandʼs work, collaborating with them on buildings that were published widely and won numerous design awards. He was named an Associate in 1986. In 1992 he joined Robert Lamb Hart Planners & Architects (now Hart/Howerton) as a senior design architect and later as Associate, assuming generative and management responsibilities on projects for private clients, clubs, and developers. While with these firms he collaborated on the new Town Hall for Salisbury CT, on apartments and corporate interiors, on houses at every scale in suburban, rural and resort environments, and on clubhouses for new and existing country clubs including a new golf clubhouse for The Tuxedo Club in Tuxedo Park NY. Mr. Wright began collaborating with Karin Robinson on independent projects of special interest in 1986. They continue to collaborate on all of the work of their firm, Wright & Robinson Architects.

Service:
1988—2008:  Design Awards Committee, AIA New York Chapter
1993—1994:  Chair of DAC AIA/NYC
2002—present:  Glen Ridge Historic District Preservation Commission

Teaching:
Guest design critic at Pratt Institute; New Jersey Institute of Technology; New York School of Interior Design; Morgan State University; assistant to Frances Halsband at Columbia University

Mr. Wrightʼs article H. H. Richardsonʼs House for Reverend Browne, Rediscovered was published in the peer-reviewed Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (JSAH) March 2009 issue.

He is featured in the 2007 book The Things Theyʼve Done: A Book About the Careers of Selected Graduates of the Rice University School of Architecture by William T. Cannady.

Mr. Wright was awarded a residential fellowship at The MacDowell Colony in the fall of 2010.

Vitae — Karin Robinson

Licensed Architect:  New York and New Jersey

Education:  Princeton University, BA, Summa Cum Laude 1982, M Arch 1984

Academic Honors:
Teaching assistant to Professors Chimacoff and Plattus
Served on the President’s Advisory Committee on Architecture
University Merit Fellowship
Delaware Valley Masonry Institute Thesis Prize
Alpha Rho Chi Medal

Professional:
Her early professional work included assisting professor Bernard Tschumi with his winning competition entry for the Parc de la Villette in Paris.

1985—1987:  R.M. Kliment & Frances Halsband Architects
1987—1992:  The Hillier Group
1993—1996:  Kevin Lichten Architects (now Lichten Craig Architects)
1997—2002:  Karin Robinson Architect
2002—present:  Wright & Robinson Architects

At K&H, Ms. Robinson collaborated on the design of the Computer Science Building at Princeton University. In 1987 she joined The Hillier Group as a senior architect, where she designed new library buildings for Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) and Hood College, in addition to buildings for Union Carbide and Rutgers University. In 1993 she joined Kevin Lichten Architects as a senior architect, where she was primarily responsible for the restoration and extension of several 19th century houses at the Onteora Club, an historic Arts & Crafts enclave in Tannersville NY. In addition to her work on houses in suburban and rural resort locations she renovated and restored a number of Manhattan apartments. Since 1986 she has collaborated with Mark Wright on independent projects of special interest. She founded her firm Karin Robinson Architect in 1997, continuing her work at the Onteora Club and building an active independent professional practice in New York and New Jersey. In December of 2002 she expanded her practice to become Wright & Robinson Architects.

Service:
2010—present: President of the Glen Ridge Historical Society; Chair of the Preservation Award Program
2008—present: Trustee of the Glen Ridge Free Public Library; Chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee

Ms. Robinsonʼs library building for Western Maryland College was published widely, recognized with an Excellence in Architecture Award by the New Jersey Society of Architects / AIA, and exhibited at Pratt Institute in 1993.

Her entry in the Salem Witch Trials Memorial competition of 1992 was featured in an exhibition at the Essex Institute in Salem MA.

Her house in the Indian Village neighborhood of Rye NY was featured in an article in the New York Times “Habitats” column, 24 Nov 2002.