Gans studio's projects include architecture, industrial design, and community-based urban planning. Led by principal architect Deborah Gans FAIA, the studio re-thinks how architecture and technology participate in the emergence of new social forms, sometimes by focusing on extreme situations that yield insights for everyday life. As an example, their continuing work on alternative forms of housing ranges from disaster relief dwellings for Kosovo and a transitional sheltering system for Common Ground Community, to a master plan and housing for the post-Katrina reconstruction of Plum Orchard, New Orleans. They are currently engaged in a holistic and sustainable master plan for Sheepshead Bay, a neighborhood severely effected by Superstorm Sandy.
Their award winning work has been widely published in Architectural Record and The New York Times, among other venues, and exhibited at IFA Paris, RIBA London, The Rosenbach Museum Philadelphia, The Van Alen Institute, The Guggenheim Museum, The Architectural League of New York, The United States Pavilion of the Venice Biennial 2008 and, most recently, in Making Room, at the Museum of The City of New York. Gans studio is a NYC Department of Design and Construction "Design Excellence" firm, chosen to work with the city to promote equity, sustainability, resilience, and healthy living through the design of public buildings. The studio's portfolio also includes a series of single family residences built in Maine, Connecticut and New York State, and a variety of institutional and commercial projects. Commissioned by the School Construction Authority of New York, their patented WORKBOX "next generation school desk" is included in the permanent collection of the New York Historical Society. Recent projects include a monumental window for the Museum at Eldridge Street with Kiki Smith and the master plan for the Graham School in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY including new dormitories and a cafeteria.