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Faith Rose

Partner and Principal Architect
O’Neill Rose Architects

Faith Rose recently resumed her position as partner at O’Neill Rose Architect after an eleven year stint in public service, first at the New York City Department of Design and Construction, and most recently in the Mayor’s Office.

O’Neill Rose Architects was founded by Faith and her husband, Devin O’Neill, a decade after they graduated from Yale School of Architecture. The firm has a versatile approach to architecture, seeking to create spaces that reflect and frame the aspirations of their clients. O’Neill and Rose’s work balances between the everyday and the unexpected, by exploring materials and methods of construction. Their work has been recognized through publications and awards both in the U.S. and internationally, including the 2015 Asia Pacific Architecture and Design Award for Best International Architecture, and most recently the 2016 AIANY Design Award.

While at the Department of Design and Construction, Faith directed the city’s Design and Construction Excellence Program. In this capacity she led the procurement of architects for the Design Excellence program, and oversaw the design of nearly 200 projects ranging from museums and libraries to parking garages and fire stations.

In 2014 Mayor de Blasio appointed Faith Executive Director of New York City’s Public Design Commission. As Executive Director, she led an eleven member Commission that reviews capital projects on city owned property, including architecture, landscape architecture, and urban an industrial design projects. During her tenure, Faith built on the Public Design Commission’s history of prioritizing the quality and excellence of the public realm, and enhanced and streamlined the Commission’s review process, and worked to foster accessibility, diversity and inclusion in the City’s public buildings and spaces.

Faith has taught at design institutions including the Rhode Island School of Design and Temple University. She is an AIA NY Board Member, and was recently awarded both the 2015 AIANY’s Pubic Architect Award and the2015 AIANYS President’s Award.

Faith received her Masters of Architecture from Yale University and her Bachelor of Arts, Summa cum Laude from Amherst College. A student at the Waldorf School of Garden City from nursery through 12th grade, Ms. Rose graduated in 1986.

“Waldorf education resonates throughout my work; of course crafts and shop class translate directly into an ease and familiarity with the making of things, but it is as much the fairytales, the languages, and the awareness that everything has cultural and historical meaning that bring a richness and diversity to our work.”

Upon stepping down from the Mayor’s Office this February, Faith stated:

“It was a privilege to work with amazing, talented, and dedicated people in both the public and private sectors, and I am proud of how our collective effort has transformed the city’s public spaces as we work towards greater equity, physical and mental health, and quality of life for everyone. Together we have proven that design excellence has multiple, long term benefits on the public buildings and spaces we use every day. It was an honor to be able to support and promote good city design, first at the Department of Design and Construction, and most recently at the Public Design Commission. I am thrilled that O’Neill Rose Architects is thriving, and excited to get back to designing after eleven years of public service.”

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Faith Rose

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Partner and Principal Architect
O’Neill Rose Architects

Faith Rose recently resumed her position as partner at O’Neill Rose Architect after an eleven year stint in public service, first at the New York City Department of Design and Construction, and most recently in the Mayor’s Office.

O’Neill Rose Architects was founded by Faith and her husband, Devin O’Neill, a decade after they graduated from Yale School of Architecture. The firm has a versatile approach to architecture, seeking to create spaces that reflect and frame the aspirations of their clients. O’Neill and Rose’s work balances between the everyday and the unexpected, by exploring materials and methods of construction. Their work has been recognized through publications and awards both in the U.S. and internationally, including the 2015 Asia Pacific Architecture and Design Award for Best International Architecture, and most recently the 2016 AIANY Design Award.

While at the Department of Design and Construction, Faith directed the city’s Design and Construction Excellence Program. In this capacity she led the procurement of architects for the Design Excellence program, and oversaw the design of nearly 200 projects ranging from museums and libraries to parking garages and fire stations.

In 2014 Mayor de Blasio appointed Faith Executive Director of New York City’s Public Design Commission. As Executive Director, she led an eleven member Commission that reviews capital projects on city owned property, including architecture, landscape architecture, and urban an industrial design projects. During her tenure, Faith built on the Public Design Commission’s history of prioritizing the quality and excellence of the public realm, and enhanced and streamlined the Commission’s review process, and worked to foster accessibility, diversity and inclusion in the City’s public buildings and spaces.

Faith has taught at design institutions including the Rhode Island School of Design and Temple University. She is an AIA NY Board Member, and was recently awarded both the 2015 AIANY’s Pubic Architect Award and the2015 AIANYS President’s Award.

Faith received her Masters of Architecture from Yale University and her Bachelor of Arts, Summa cum Laude from Amherst College. A student at the Waldorf School of Garden City from nursery through 12th grade, Ms. Rose graduated in 1986.

“Waldorf education resonates throughout my work; of course crafts and shop class translate directly into an ease and familiarity with the making of things, but it is as much the fairytales, the languages, and the awareness that everything has cultural and historical meaning that bring a richness and diversity to our work.”

Upon stepping down from the Mayor’s Office this February, Faith stated:

“It was a privilege to work with amazing, talented, and dedicated people in both the public and private sectors, and I am proud of how our collective effort has transformed the city’s public spaces as we work towards greater equity, physical and mental health, and quality of life for everyone. Together we have proven that design excellence has multiple, long term benefits on the public buildings and spaces we use every day. It was an honor to be able to support and promote good city design, first at the Department of Design and Construction, and most recently at the Public Design Commission. I am thrilled that O’Neill Rose Architects is thriving, and excited to get back to designing after eleven years of public service.”