PRESENT Architecture is a New York City based architecture office, founded in 2012 by Andre Guimond and Evan Erlebacher. In a few short years, we have designed a diverse portfolio of projects that include the adaptive reuse of a landmarked building in Portland, Maine, playground equipment in collaboration with Better Shelter and the IKEA Foundation to aid refugee communities, a collection of private residences, and a winning proposal for the new LaGuardia Airport in New York City. We engage in projects of all scales from furniture to masterplans, in an open-ended exploration of program, context, form, and material.
We are continually inspired by the overlapping currents of culture, by our clients, and the environment both natural and built. Our thinking is guided by empathy and a sensitivity to perception and experience, paired with careful analysis and close attention to detail. We care about the quiet and practical concerns of designing things for people. We are motivated by the simple desire to improve the places where we live, work and play, through thoughtful and innovative design.
66 West Broadway, Suite 306
New York, NY 10007
photo: Robb Mcrae
Andre Guimond is a founding partner of PRESENT. He has a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and a Master of Architecture from The University of Tokyo where he completed two years of research sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Education and Science. In Tokyo he joined Toyo Ito and Associates, Architects, where he worked as a lead designer on a variety of architecture projects located in America, Europe and Asia. Andre is a Registered Architect in New York State and Maine.
Evan Erlebacher is a founding partner of PRESENT. He has a degree in history from Cornell University and a Masters of Architecture from Columbia University. Prior to establishing PRESENT, Evan worked for Zaha Hadid Architects in London where he was involved in projects large and small, from furniture to concert halls and towers in Asia, the Middle East, America, and Europe. Evan has taught at Columbia University, and has led student workshops in the USA, UK and Europe. He is a Registered Architect in New York State.
TEAM (Past & Present)
Harry Lam, Wenzhao Zhang, Ruosen Du, Caleb White, Emily Gruendel, Gabriela Ortiz, Peter Wildfeuer, Chang Su, Austin Crowley, Jingxian Xu, Dan Hoch, Christian Schwarzwimmer
2016 Master Plan Design Competition for New York’s LaGuardia Airport, Winning Proposal
2016 AIA New England Design Award, Citation
2016 Greater Portland Landmarks Preservation Award
2016 Maine Preservation Honor Award
City Lights Design Competition, Honorable Mention