Schissel Montgomery Architects




Schissel Montgomery Architects is a New York City based design practice. The office was established in 2019 by Talene Montgomery and Michael Schissel, who have 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 and dynamic physical environments that enrich the human experience.

Schissel Montgomery Architects D.P.C.
d/b/a MSTMA
New York
347 406 8749
office@mstma.com
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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 and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, with Honors, from the University of New Mexico. Michael has taught Design I Studio at Barnard College and has taught with Marc Tsurumaki in the advanced architecture studio sequence at Columbia GSAPP.
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 both a Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Columbia University GSAPP, and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, with Honors, from the University of California, Berkeley. Talene has taught with Galia Solomonoff in the advanced architecture studio sequence at Columbia GSAPP.

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Project
Architect/Institution
Role
Details

Poster House Museum
LTL Architects
Michael Schissel, as Project Architect
2019, Completed; New York, NY, USA; Cultural; image ©Michael Moran/OTTO

Bronx Council on the Arts Headquarters
LTL Architects
Michael Schissel, as Project Manager, Construction Phase
2019, Completed; Bronx, NY, USA; Civic, Cultural

Carnegie Mellon Dormitory
LTL Architects
Michael Schissel, as Project Manager, Concept & Schematic Design Phases
2018–2019, Concept Phase; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Educational, Housing

First Buffalo River Marina
nARCHITECTS
Talene Montgomery, as Design Team Lead, Concept Design Phase
2018–2019, Concept Phase; Buffalo, NY, USA; Preservation, Cultural, Landscape

Astin Jacobo Community Center
SAS/Solomonoff Architecture Studio
Talene Montgomery, as Senior Designer
2017, Feasibility Study; Bronx, NY, USA; Civic

Vassar College Students' Building
LTL Architects
Michael Schissel, as Project Manager
2017, Completed; Poughkeepsie, NY, USA; Educational, Food Service

Joseph D. Jamail Lecture Hall at Columbia University
LTL Architects
Michael Schissel, as Project Architect
2017, Completed; New York, NY, USA; Educational; image ©Michael Moran/OTTO

Modigliani Drawings Exhibition
SAS/Solomonoff Architecture Studio
Talene Montgomery, as Senior Designer
2017, Completed; New York, NY, USA; Cultural, Exhibitions

Isaac Mizrahi Survey Exhibition
SAS/Solomonoff Architecture Studio
Talene Montgomery, as Senior Designer
2016, Completed; New York, NY, USA; Cultural, Exhibitions

Russ & Daughters at The Jewish Museum
SAS/Solomonoff Architecture Studio
Talene Montgomery, as Senior Designer
2016, Completed; New York, NY, USA; Commercial, Food Service

The Contemporary Austin, Jones Center
LTL Architects
Michael Schissel, as Project Manager
2016, Completed; Austin, TX, USA; Cultural

Private Apartment Renovations
SAS/Solomonoff Architecture Studio
Talene Montgomery, as Senior Designer
2015–2017, Completed; New York, NY, USA; Residential

A Buffer Zone for Rio das Pedras
GSAPP
Talene Montgomery, Final Semester Graduate Project, Lowenfish Memorial Prize
2014; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Research, Housing, Urban Design, Planning

The Shape of Water: Typological Corrections in Historic Bombay
GSAPP
Michael Schissel, Final Semester Graduate Project
2014; Mumbai, India; Research, Housing, Urban Design, Planning

A Retrofit to Rehabilitate the Long Beach Civic Center
GSAPP
Talene Montgomery, Graduate Preservation Thesis
2014; Long Beach, CA, USA; Preservation, Research, Urbanism

Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Antoine Predock Architect
Michael Schissel, as Designer, DD & CD Design Phases
2014, Completed; Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Cultural

Art Foundation Substation Transformation — Competition
Studio Cicetti Architects
Michael Schissel, as Designer
2014, Competition; New York, NY, USA; Preservation, Cultural

Beard Street House
Studio Cicetti Architects
Michael Schissel, as Designer
2013, Completed; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Residential

PARK Istanbul: Audi Urban Future Initiative
SUPERPOOL
Talene Montgomery, as a Designer
2012, Competition; Istanbul, Turkey; Urban Design, Planning, Exhibition

Future Anterior Journal Issues VII, VIII & IX
GSAPP
Talene Montgomery, as a Student Editor
2011; New York, NY, USA; Research, Editing

The Four Seasons Restaurant Restorations
Belmont Freeman Architects
Talene Montgomery, as a Designer
2011; New York, NY, USA; Preservation, Commercial, Food Service

Soft Opening at the 2010 Whitney Biennial
Inaba Williams
Talene Montgomery, as a Designer & Project Manager
2010, Completed; New York, NY, USA; Cultural, Commercial, Food Service

Volume Magazine Issue 20: Storytelling
C-LAB
Talene Montgomery, as a Researcher
2009; New York, NY, USA; Research, Writing

World of Giving Book
C-LAB
Talene Montgomery, as a Researcher
2009; New York, NY, USA; Research, Writing

National Museum of African American History and Culture — Competition
Antoine Predock Architect
Michael Schissel, as a Designer
2009, Competition; Washington, D.C., USA; Cultural

NUQ Center for Journalism and Communication
Antoine Predock Architect
Michael Schissel, as Designer
2009-2010, Completed 2017; Education City, Doha, Qatar; Educational

Marlborough House
COLAB Architecture + Urban Design
Michael Schissel, as Designer
2008, Completed; Portland, OR, USA; Residential

Smith’s Block Historic Renovation
Emmons Architects
Michael Schissel, as Designer
2007, completed; Portland, OR, USA; Preservation, Commercial, Office

Madinat Jumeirah Master Plan
COLAB Architecture + Urban Design
Michael Schissel, as a Designer
2007–2009, Master Plan; Dubai, UAE; Urban Design, Planning

Dubai Creek Master Plan
COLAB Architecture + Urban Design
Michael Schissel, as a Designer
2007–2009, Master Plan; Dubai, UAE; Urban Design, Planning