Our goal is simple: to create beautiful, comfortable, well-crafted designs that improve with time.
Formed in 1991, Lichten Craig is an award-winning architecture and interior design firm with offices in New York and Chicago. With wide and varied experience, we have completed both private and public commissions worldwide. Our work has been featured in the New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, Traditional Home and numerous books and blogs.
The success of Lichten Craig's projects can best be attributed to the strength of the firm's design vision, a collaborative approach and responsiveness to both client and place.
We are known for an integrated, seamless and coordinated approach to our projects. Beyond design, we manage the complex process of building and furnishing a project: from analyzing codes to navigating cooperative boards and public agencies; from coordinating with capital campaign consultants to delivering well-documented plans; from sketching custom furniture to inspecting it at the workroom — a continuum from the first conversation to moving day.
Thirty five years after graduating from the Yale School of Architecture and almost forty years out of Brown, founding partner Kevin Lichten has combined his love of nature, design, architectural history and service in a practice that includes clients in all shapes and forms; individuals, couples, families, clubs, churches, synagogues, and national organizations.
Kevin is involved in all residential projects undertaken by the New York office and works alongside Barry Donaldson on historic preservation projects through Lichten Craig Donaldson Architects, an entity created by Kevin, Barry and Joan Craig in 2012. His work in preservation also takes place through the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation where he is vice chairman. Likewise, in design, he teaches at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation where he is an adjunct assistant professor.
Kevin began his professional career in London at Shepheard, Epstein and Hunter and continued at Edward Larrabee Barnes FAIA and Fox & Fowle Architects in New York, prior to starting this practice in 1991.
Joan Craig joined forces with Kevin Lichten to establish Lichten Craig in 1996. Joan brought to the practice a particular interest in exploring the intersection of architecture and interiors. Having studied art history and worked at Sotheby's for years prior to architecture school, her focus on art and the decorative arts informs and inspires her work.
A graduate of Wesleyan University, Joan received her Masters in Architecture from Princeton University. Prior to forming Lichten Craig, Joan worked in the architectural offices of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Buttrick, White and Burtis. After years of working in Lichten Craig's New York office, she opened the firm's Chicago office in 2002 and enjoys traveling between the firm's two offices. Joan's recent projects range from the master plan for a private club's aquatic center to a family compound for three generations. Regardless of scale, Joan takes great pleasure in working collaboratively, researching the issues, and developing designs tailored to the client and the place. Her work is regularly featured in design publications and blogs.
Margaretta Alfonso joined Lichten Craig in 1997 and leads the firm's residential architectural work in New York. Versatile in the language of style, Marita develops an identity and character for each project that is appropriate, inventive and unique. Her work ranges from the award-winning restoration of a modern townhouse to a palazzo-style duplex to a rustic beachfront cottage. Marita's hallmark is discovering new materials and details as she develops her projects.
Prior to joining the firm, Marita was a project architect at Abelow Connors Sherman Architects, where she worked on residential and commercial projects such as the Balysmeyer & Everett film editing studios and the British Airways Offices at Dulles Airport. Subsequent to this, Marita developed commercial and retail designs for the Isaac Mizrahi Showroom and the New York Magazine offices at Anderson Schwartz Architects. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University and her Master of Architecture degree from Parsons School of Design.
Having completed custom homes throughout the country and abroad, Andrew came to Lichten Craig in 2010 with over 30 years of experience in well-crafted, high quality residential design and project management.
Andrew received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Andrew is particularly interested in bringing his study of classical design and detailing to his work. Prior to founding the Studio for Civil Architecture in 2002, Andrew worked for two decades on many architecturally significant buildings while at The Office of Thierry Despont, Eric Smith Architects in collaboration with David Easton, and Ferguson Shamamian & Rattner.
Andrew is a recipient of Progressive Architecture's Young Architects Award. His work has been featured in The Education of an Architect and the magazines M, Progressive Architecture, L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui, Town & Country, W, Robb Report Luxury Home, and the New York Times.