Schissel Montgomery Architects is a New York City based design practice. The office was established in 2019 by Michael Schissel and Talene Montgomery, who have over 25 years of combined experience working with civic, institutional and private clients. Together they have a wide range of design expertise—from buildings to interiors to objects—and a special interest in and knowledge of working with existing buildings, including historic preservation, adaptive reuse and refurbishment. The practice negotiates specific project requirements with sensitivity and emphasizes a high level of attunement to context. Our goal is to create adaptable, dynamic and healthy physical environments that enrich the human experience. Schissel Montgomery Architects is a signatory of US Architects Declare.
Michael Schissel is a licensed architect in New York. Before starting the office, Michael worked as an Associate at Lewis Tsurumaki Lewis in New York, and previously trained at Antoine Predock’s office in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He holds a Master of Architecture from Columbia University GSAPP, where he was awarded an Honor Award for Excellence in Design, and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, with Honors, from the University of New Mexico. He has a Healthier Materials and Sustainable Building Certificate from Parsons School of Design. Michael has taught with Marc Tsurumaki at Columbia GSAPP and currently teaches design studios at Barnard College.
Talene Montgomery is a licensed architect in New York. Before starting the office, Talene trained at architecture offices in New York, Los Angeles and Istanbul. She holds a Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Columbia University GSAPP, where she was awarded a Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Prize, William Kinne Fellows Traveling Prize and Avery 6 Award. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, with Honors, from the University of California, Berkeley. Talene has taught with Galia Solomonoff at Columbia GSAPP and is currently teaching design studios at Pratt.