Gans & Company, led by Principal and Founder, Deborah Gans, is an architecture and design firm with a focus on social and cultural impact. We bring this commitment to all of our work, from large- and small-scale architecture to master planning and industrial design. We use the creative potential of design to address contemporary, social and environmental realities, collaborating among disciplines in search of holistic and beautiful design. Whether working with community advocates, cultural organizations or climate scientists, their contributions are a core part of our design thinking.


2018 Brooklyn AIA Firm Award

2016 Design Excellence Firm City of New York

2014 State AIA Design Citation for Shechet Studio

2010 National AIA Faith and Form award for Museum at Eldridge street

1992 Tau Sigma Delta Medal Catholic University 

Design Competitions

2016 Van Alen Institute, Future Ground

2006 Architectural Record, High Density for High Ground

2001 Van Alen Institute, Under the Gowanus

1999 Architecture for Humanity, Transitional Housing for Kosovo

1984 Poetry of Confinement


2006 HUD Plum Orchard New Orleans

2002 Johny Walker Keep on Walking: Refugee Emergency Housing

1996 NEA: Housing the Spectacle 

1990 NYSCA: Pedestrian Connections in New York 

Exhibits and Permanent Collections

2014 Museum of the City of New York, Making Room

2010 Guggenheim Museum, Permanent Collection,  Contemplating the Void

2009 Rotterdam Biennial, How to Squat on Your Own Land

2008 US Pavilion Venice Biennial, Positioning Practice 

2007 Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles, After the Flood

2005 Rosenbach Museum, Philadelphia, Cities without Citizens

2003  Slought Gallery, Philadelphia, Cities without Citizens I

2004 New York Historical Society, Permanent Collection, WorkBox 

2001 Van Alen Institute, First Step Housing

1991 RIBA London and IFA Paris, Transitional Housing 

1988 Parsons, Bearings

1989 The Architectural League of New York, New Schools for New York

1987 The Architectural League of New York, Vacant Lots