Philip M. Tusa, AIA
In more than 25 years of practice as an interior designer and architect, Philip Tusa has created a body of work noteworthy for the undiminished freshness of its vision and vigor of its expression. His equal commitment to the aesthetic and pragmatic, to the art and the craft of his profession, consistently results in projects that fully realize the designer's intent and the client's objectives.
As much a lifelong student as a practitioner of his profession, Tusa routinely seeks assignments whose premises are challenging both artistically and practically: from the transformation of gritty industrial spaces into studios, to the creation of athletic facilities under the Grand Central Terminal roof; and from the renovation of apartments and homes, to the design of a Calder-inspired skateboard park, to a turn-of-the-century re-imagining of Times Square Tower. His designs are characterized by their use of urban scale as an analogy to interior proportions, of simple materials to create bold forms, and of color and light as devices for shaping space.
In addition to directing his own practice, Tusa has worked as an interior designer at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, ISD, and Gensler & Associates, contributing to projects for clients including Houghton Mifflin, Spartan Mills, AT&T, Simon & Schuster, and Value Line.
Broadly trained in several disciplines (he is also a designer of furniture and built-in furnishings), Tusa holds degrees in environmental and interior design and architecture, including a master's in the latter. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, a former Associate Director of the New York Chapter/AIA, and has served as a Visiting Critic at Pratt.