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Firm Overview

GLA was founded in 2013 by Principals Steven Gambino and Thomas J LaPorta who both offer 35 years of Professional Architectural Experience between them. The two partners met collaborating on the successful completion of various projects several years before their partnership. They both have earned a solid reputation for exceptional service characterized by award-winning designs, technical expertise, and sound project management. As a natural evolution of their collaboration they formed Gambino + LaPorta Architecture, D.P.C.; combining their unique individual skills and expanding the quality of service and expertise they have brought to their clients.

GLA was founded on the notion of straight-forward  architecture and highly integrated client service. They take a very hands-on and practical approach to everything they do. The main objective of GLA is to provide their clients with personalized care and service by thoroughly understanding their project needs, desires, and goals. By utilizing their experience and professional expertise, they provide design services and generate appropriate design solutions that respond realistically to their client's needs, and the parameters of current market conditions.GLA is a truly unique architectural practice with a very diverse client base. They have provided professional architectural services for clients in need of small residential alterations to High-Rise buildings and everything else in between. Their clients are often long-term relationships and include developers, building and business owners that have entrusted the care of their projects to their firm.

The staff at GLA is comprised of hard working, talented, and team-oriented individuals who truly enjoy the ever-changing balance between art and architecture within the context of an evolving economy and society. They intimately understand the need to be thoughtful, pragmatic, and accommodating with their design solutions and services.

GLA employs state of the art computer software for designing, production of construction documents and specifications. All of their software is Windows based and they can communicate in virtually any format. In addition to their state of the art office equipment; they also communicate with their clients and colleagues via virtual meetings and a cloud-based file sharing and storage service. The “ShareFile Login” can be found at the upper right hand corner of each web page that allows their clients a secure area for uploading, downloading and sending large files regarding each specific project.

GLA's office is conveniently located in Staten Island, New York with satellite offices in Midtown and Downtown Manhattan; this affords their staff the ability to service projects located in all five boroughs of New York as well as New Jersey. However, they have also serviced projects in Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., and as distant as Jamaica in the West Indies.

GLA has registered architectural licenses in the states of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. However, if your project is not located in one of these states GLA is able to acquire licensure per your project location. They are members of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and International Code Council (ICC).

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Meet the Partners

Steven Gambino,Principal Partner
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Thomas J LaPorta,Principal Partner
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Thomas J LaPorta: founder and Managing Partner at Gambino+LaPorta Architecture D.P.C. Thomas has more than fifteen years of experience in all phases of architecture and construction. Thomas started his career in the construction industry where he was a construction manager as well as partake in all phases of construction. After gaining valuable hands on experience in construction Thomas moved on to investing in the redevelopment of distressed and abandoned residential properties. With this strong foundation of construction skills Thomas then decided to begin his journey into Architecture. Since then Thomas has worked as a Project Architect for over the last ten years.

 

Thomas has been the Project Architect for a multitude of project types including commercial, industrial, institutional, tenant fit-outs, single and multi-family residential.From conception to completion, Thomas has exceptional experience with all phases of a project, including the city and state approval process. Besides sharing day tp day operations of the Firm Thomas is currently leading the design of numerous buildings in Manhattan exceeding half a million square feet and over a quarter of a billion dollars in construction costs. In addition to his project related responsibilities, his efforts are directed to promoting an integrated practice of design excellence supported by technical innovation and a collaborative team-based project management environment. Thomas also has an extensive knowledge of building codes in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

 

Thomas is a graduate from Drexel University with a Bachelors of Architecture that was recognized with the status of Magna Cum Laude. During Thomas's academic career he had received numerous accolades for design competitions through his entire duration in the Architecture Program. Thomas also received an award for his Thesis which was also recognized by the State and was displayed in the Philadelphia Center for Architecture.

 

Professional Affiliations:

American Institute of Architects

International Code Council

National Council of Architectural Registration Boards

MasterSpec

 

  

Steven Gambino: founder and Managing Partner at Gambino+LaPorta Architecture D.P.C. Steven entered the architectural profession in 1987 and founded Steven Gambino Architect, pc in 1992. For over 20 years Steven has provided comprehensive professional architectural services to a diverse clientele in need of small residential alterations to multi-million dollar commercial developments and everything else in between. His unique brand of architectural design and service is rooted in his commitment to "listen to the needs of his client". A natural evolution of this principal included an expansion of his services in partnership with Thomas J. LaPorta and the formation of Gambino+LaPorta Architecture D.P.C.

 

As a managing partner Steven affords the firm years of experience in all phases of architectural service, design,  code analysis, and construction administration. Throughout the years Steven's brand of architecture has been time tested in countless successful projects. He has always maintained a "state of the art" approach to his craft and method of work. Humility is integral to his approach of every project and level of service so that the end result serves the needs of his clients and their success.  It is for this reason that his clients are often long term relationships that seek his broad expertise and level of attention to detail.

 

Steven is a graduate from New York Institute of Technology with a Bachelors of Architecture and was the recipient of the Dean's Award of Excellence. His academic career included induction into the NYIT honor society, recipient of various AIA design scholarships, appointment to the National Dean's List, a program of study in Architectural Design and History at the School of Architecture in Venice Italy, and president of the local Student AIA chapter.

 

In 1991 Steven obtained his New York State Architectural license and also holds licenses in the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania

 

Professional Affiliations:

American Institute of Architects

International Code Council

National Council of Architectural Registration Boards

MasterSpec