Newman Architects, PC is a collaborative design firm led by Joseph Schiffer, Richard Munday, Peter Newman, José A. Hernández, Steven Orlansky, and A. Brooks Fischer. Newman Architects is based in New Haven, Connecticut in the heart of the Yale University Campus. Newman’s Washington, DC branch office is located in Georgetown, and supports our ability to serve our clients in the Mid-Atlantic region.
The quality of our work has been recognized through publication and awards. We have received more than 125 design excellence awards, including awards from the American Institute of Architects, the Boston Society of Architects, and the Interior Design Institute.
As architects, we believe that what we make can improve the lives of people. We want to realize the idea of a better, richer place, made palpable through the shaping of space, place, form, and climate.
The places we make reflect our affection for ordinary human interchange and commerce, and for what lies beneath. People need to belong to something larger, to make connections with others and the world, and to make order out of chaos. So the architecture they inhabit needs to represent something larger than either the individual or the group, yet provide places where they can both be themselves and recognize the social and cultural structures that surround them.
The principals of Newman Architects direct all the work of the practice. Every project is led by a design principal, and clients have direct access to the project principals at all times. All are responsible for managing the practice and for ensuring that our technical and technological capabilities are maintained and upgraded on a continuing basis.
Joseph Schiffer received his Bachelor of Architecture from the Cooper Union School of Architecture in 1967. He joined Newman Architects in 1974 and became a Partner in 1990. Joe has been a collaborating principal in the planning and design of many of the firm's award-winning projects including Duracell World Headquarters; the Pocantico Conference Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; Yale University Art Gallery, Center for American Art; the Performing Arts Center at Greenwich Academy; Yale University School of Organization and Management, Donaldson Commons; and Wesleyan University's Freeman Athletic Center. He has been lead principal for the firm’s work with the Stamford Housing Authority.
Formerly an Assistant Professor in architectural design at the Paier College of Art, Joe is a frequent architectural jury critic at Columbia University, Yale University, and Cooper Union. His lectures and published works cover topics ranging from planning community and student centers to implementing sustainable design and construction techniques in new buildings.
Joe has NCARB certification and is a registered architect in Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania and Florida. He is also a member of the American Institute of Architects.
Richard Munday graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Adelaide after studying at both the University of Adelaide and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Australia. In Melbourne, he began publication of the architecture journal, 'Transition,' for which, as co‐publisher and editor for over four years, he received a 'Young Architects' Award from the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. While publishing 'Transition', Richard also taught in the school of architecture at RMIT, and was in private practice.
Richard came to the United States to attend Yale University, where he studied architectural theory and criticism. After graduating with a Master of Environmental Design degree, Richard stayed in New Haven as an editor of the Yale architecture journal, 'Perspecta.' After joining Newman Architects, he also taught at the Rhode Island School of Design. A principal in the firm since 1999, his focus is on a content‐driven approach to practice, with an interest in architecture for education, the arts, and the public realm. He is a principal‐in‐charge through all phases of projects for new buildings, adaptive re‐use, renovation and restoration, and for campus, school and urban planning. Additionally, he is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Adelaide.
Richard has NCARB certification and is a registered architect in Connecticut, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, New York and Victoria, Australia. Richard is a member of the American Institute of Architects.
Peter Newman received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Boston College in 1983. Prior to architectural school, Peter had his own set design practice, specializing in television commercials, music videos and industrial films. He received a Master of Architecture at Yale University in 1990, and a certificate in Architectural History from the University of Florence, Italy. He served as Project Architect at Yale University until 1993. He joined Newman Architects in 1993, and was named a Partner in 2000.
His work with the firm ranges from design and master planning for projects including the new Residence Hall at Yale University, and the Lynn University Library in Boca Raton, Florida. His work on institutional projects includes the Pocantico Conference Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. He shares responsibilities for business development and marketing with senior leadership in the firm.
Peter has served as an Advisory Board member of the ACE Mentoring Program, serving on the State Board of ACE Mentoring Program. He has also served as a facilitator and instructor for the Architectural Resource Center, educating elementary school children in cognitive development and problem solving through design.
Peter is currently a Board Member of the Connecticut Architecture Foundation. He is a Fellow of Jonathan Edwards College at Yale University and is also a Fellow of the Eder Leadership Institute. Peter is a recent past Chairman of the Board at Tower One Tower East Elderly Housing in New Haven, CT and he is formerly a member of the Advisory Board of Habitat for Humanity. Most recently, Peter retired as a member of the Board of Directors of the Arts Council of Greater New Haven. He is currently a sitting Board Member of a Fortune 1000 Company.
A graduate of the University of Texas’s School of Fine Arts, José joined Newman Architects in 1998 and became a Principal in 2014. José has acted as Senior Project Manager on a range of project types with a focus on public and private higher education facilities and municipal projects across the region. He has worked on the campuses of the University of Connecticut, Keene State College, Wesleyan University, Yale University, Western Connecticut State University, and St. Mary's College of Maryland, among others.
His recent work includes the Next-Gen Residence Hall at the University of Connecticut, New Village Apartment Residences and the Recreational Complex at Fairfield University, renovations and additions to the University of Maryland - Baltimore County's Patapsco Hall, the new Sooner Center Residence Hall at the University of Oklahoma, and the Design/Build Camp Niantic Regional Training Institute. José is a registered architect in Connecticut, Texas, Maryland and Virginia.
A graduate of Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture, Steven began his career with Newman Architects in 2000, and was named a Principal of the firm in 2016. Steven’s professional focus is on architecture for education, with a portfolio of work made up of significant projects at Princeton University, Rutgers, UMBC and Yale University, and projects for public school districts in Connecticut, Maryland, and Washington, DC.
An advocate for the adoption of evidence-based design and Building Information Modeling (BIM), Steven is active with industry organizations promoting the adoption of BIM best practices for the design of educational buildings. In support of this goal, Steven recently participated with the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) of MD/DC as a member of the committee that produced the BIM Resource Guide, a guide for implementing Building Information Modeling in State of Maryland and Washington DC public school construction projects.
Since 2011, Steven has served as the director of Newman’s mid-Atlantic regional office in Washington, DC. In this capacity, he has extended the geographical reach of Newman’s diversified practice, serving educational, governmental, religious, and diplomatic clients in and around the mid-Atlantic region. Steven is LEED Accredited and NCARB Certified, is a registered architect in Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects.
A graduate of Roger Williams University, Brooks Fischer joined Newman Architects in 2004 and was named Principal in 2016. He is responsible for the firm's financial management and accountability and is continuously enhancing the internal financial controls. He also leads the development and advancement of the firm's project management procedures.
His professional focus is on architecture for education, having served as Project Manager for many of the firms recent school projects, including Morgan School in Clinton, East Rock School in New Haven, Black Rock School in Bridgeport, and the Hotchkiss School in Interlaken. Brooks also manages a number of the firm’s mixed-use development projects including Noroton Heights Development in Darien, Trumbull Development and the New Haven Coliseum Site Redevelopment. He also leads the Small Projects Division where the firm provides architectural services to a wide variety of project types.
Brooks is a registered architect in Connecticut and a member of the American Institute of Architects.
Founder of Newman Architects, Herbert Newman has guided a collaborative process of innovative enquiry and design in master planning, urban design, and architecture for education, housing, civic institutions and commerce for over 50 years.
Born in New York City, Herb received a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Civilization from Brown University in 1955. He attended the Yale University School of Architecture, where, upon receiving a Master of Architecture degree, he was awarded the Eero Saarinen Traveling Fellowship for Academic Excellence.
Herb began his career as an architectural designer with I.M. Pei and Partners in New York, working on international projects including Place Ville Marie in Montreal, Canada. He established the firm in New Haven in 1964, and at that time began teaching at the Yale School of Architecture as a design critic. With Charles Moore and Kent Bloomer, he initiated the Yale School of Architecture Building Project, still a cornerstone of the graduate architecture program at the School. Herb continues to serve as design critic and coordinator of the Building Project at Yale.
Throughout his years in New Haven, Herb’s contributions to the fabric of the city helped redefine the city in a post-industrial era. In 1981 he was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and in 1995 received the Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture. This is a lifetime achievement award bestowed by the American Institute of Architects honoring his career and many contributions to the planning and design of public spaces. His design accomplishments have been acknowledged in five National AIA awards and over 20 Connecticut AIA awards. In 2007, Herb received the Arts Council of Greater New Haven's Newton Schenk III Award for Lifetime Achievement in and Contribution to the Arts, recognizing his broad achievements in architecture.
Herb has authored numerous articles and has served as a Visiting Critic, Juror, and Lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard University, Columbia University, and the University of Tennessee.
He has NCARB certification and is a registered architect in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Florida, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington DC, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma and Virginia.
Our teams utilize 3-D Building Information Modeling (BIM) for all architectural projects. From the inception of the work, we construct in 3-D virtual space, creating content-rich design information that connects our work to product data, material and systems behaviors, quantities and cost data. Our ability to describe buildings in this medium and to predict building behavior, including energy performance, builds trust and confidence, improves communication, reduces coordination conflicts, and increases savings in construction cost.
We build teams to match the needs of each project. Led by a project principal, a project manager, a project architect, and an interior designer, each team stays together from project inception to conclusion. We employ an integrated, quality-based design methodology in our work process, and, as an architecture-based design practice, we engage independent engineers and specialized technical consultants to support our in‐house teams. Our model-making, graphic design, and IT staff support the work of the teams.
Much of our work is provided in a Design-Build environment. Because a single source project delivery approach is often the most logical way to integrate process and design, budget and schedule, we ally with major construction companies from concept through pre-design, design, construction, and post-occupancy. Our experience in a wide range of project types adds value in establishing and meeting program, design, and quality goals.
A member of the U.S. Green Building Council, Newman Architects has completed numerous LEED®-certified buildings and has the in-house capability to provide full certification services for architectural projects.
Understanding and trust is a key to the multi-constituency projects that our firm often undertakes. Workshops and design charrettes are two common tools we use with institutions, communities, and towns, to give voice to constituencies and to develop and communicate concepts that meet real needs and win support.
We employ powerful visualization software and other media to communicate and test design concepts. These formats include physical and virtual modeling, photo-realistic synthetic imaging, and fly-over and tour-though animation.