Architects Peter Shelton and Lee F. Mindel have long had a passion for building unified environments.”We make the whole greater than the sum of its parts,” says Shelton.
Shelton, Mindel & Associates is an architectural firm, established in 1978, providing complete architectural, interiors and product design services for corporate, cultural, academic, retail, recreational, hospitality and residential clients.
Since they opened their firm in 1978, they have applied this philosophy to their portfolio of projects, always mindful of the basics. “To paraphrase Louis Kahn, ‘Materials tell you what they want to be,’ ” says Mindel. “Kahn had an ability to reduce space to its primal elements.”
The pair also like to add the unexpected. “It’s important to make the familiar seem unfamiliar,” he says. Whether they’re designing a New York loft, residence, ocean liner, product or a Gulf Stream jet, their vision is clear. “We distill ideas to their most pure and meaningful state,” explains Mindel. “Simplicity is the most complicated thing to pursue, but when all elements synthesize, they transcend mere enclosure and become an art form.”
The firm is the recipient of twenty-eight AIA awards for interior architecture, seven Interior Design magazine Best of Year awards for residential and commercial interiors; fourteen design awards from the Society of American Registered Architects, a Progressive Architecture citation, three Roscoe awards for product design, as well as three Good Design Awards and two American Architecture Awards from The Chicago Athenaeum. The American Institute of Architecture, San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts, National Academy of Design and Houston Museum of Fine Arts have exhibited the firm’s work in both traveling and permanent exhibitions. Product design lines include collections for Knoll, Waterworks, Jack Lenor Larsen, V’Soske and Nessen Lighting.Architectural Digest has recognized SMA as one of the top 100 design firms of the last century and Peter L. Shelton and Lee F. Mindel, FAIA were recognized as the Deans of American Design in 2005. Both Peter L. Shelton and Lee F. Mindel, FAIA, have been inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame.