The apartments and houses my office has done over the last twenty-two years tend to be understated - most of our clients want the final product to look as though the work was part of the original architecture of that particular setting. There isn't a predominant signature style but a major influence on my work are the paintings of my favorite artist, the Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershøi.
Penny Fallmann May established May Architects in 1992. After graduating from the Columbia University School of Architecture, she worked at I.M. Pei and Partners and Alan Wanzenberg Architect. At Wanzenberg’s office she discovered the kind of project that she loves: restrained, quietly luxurious apartments and houses. Penny established her own firm in the Carnegie Hill Neighborhood, where her firm continues to work on projects in this way.
May Architects is currently working on a number of residential projects in New York City and has completed more than 80 residential projects over the past 22 years. Projects range in scale from individual houses/townhouse and apartment renovations to larger scale projects for institutional clients.
One recent project included large scale renovations of faculty apartments at NYU. The project included establishing renovation standards to attract and retain top professors.
May Architects's work has been featured in a number of publications including Martha Stewart Living Magazine and Martha Stewart's Interior design book: "How to Decorate".
The firm is also highly rated in The Franklin Report, a rating guide of architects, decorators, contractors and suppliers in New York City.