Design Vault Ep. 5 Park + Elton with David Gross


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David E. Gross, AIA is the Co-Founder and Executive Partner of GF55 Architects, a national firm with offices in New York City and Miami. GF55 has a specific expertise in Multi Family, Retail, Educational, Hospitality, and Industrial Architecture. Since 1984, GF55 has designed and built over 12 million square feet of housing nationally. David’s projects have received two Urban Land Institute Models of Excellence Awards and was the recipient of the Andrew J. Thomas “Pioneer in Housing” Award in 2010 from the NYC AIA Chapter. David received an AIA Award of Merit for the renovation and addition of a historic and significant Mid Century Modern house in Rye NY. His work has also been featured in Architectural Digest and The New York Times. David has established the David E. Gross Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design for the study of Housing.

David is a board member at the University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design advisory board to the School of Architecture, the New York State Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH); Citizens Housing and Planning Council (CHPC) as well as the NY Housing Conference. He has been a visiting design juror at Yale College, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Pratt Institute. From 2004 to 2016 he taught an annual session on the relationship of the Architect to the Development Process at the NYU Graduate School of Real Estate MBA Program. The continued progress and intelligent development of Architecture through future generations was fundamental to David’s decision in establishing this fellowship. David graduated Cum Laude with Distinction from the University of Pennsylvania. He also earned his Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania where he was a Thesis Prize Finalist and a Stewardson Memorial Competition Representative.



Park and Elton, a development with 38 residential units consisting of two 5-story buildings, correspond to the Melrose Commons Urban Renewal Plan providing a range of affordable housing choices to support diversity. The sister buildings exemplify the goal of New York City’s affordable housing mission; providing quality housing through high design input and cost effective measures. The use of simple materials in a creative way resulted in these modest buildings. The subtle volume and height of Park and Elton maintain the human-scale of the public realm. The simple modern cornice and the differentiation of the window header detail with the application of the soldier brick pattern references the historical brick clad buildings found throughout the district.

Construction of the buildings included sustainable design elements and incorporated NYC Green Building Standards. Features include Energy Star appliances and lighting, high efficiency plumbing fixtures and high‐quality durable concrete plank and masonry bearing wall construction. Park and Elton are considered equivalent to LEED certified buildings.

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