Stonehill & Taylor is an architecture and interior design firm with focuses in hospitality, health/sciences, and education, established in 1986. The firm of today is an evolution of the firm that started in 1963 with Lundquist & Stonehill. The partners, Oliver Lundquist and John Jay Stonehill, were two visionaries who approached architecture and design from two different points of view that united into a unique firm.
A timeline of important firm events is given below:
Oliver Lundquist and John Jay Stonehill formed Lundquist & Stonehill in New York City. Lundquist, an early collaborator of Eero Saarinen, was well-known for a diverse portfolio of iconic designs such as the UN logo and the Q-tip box. John Jay Stonehill, a promising young graduate of Yale Architecture School and a Rome Prize winner, was a thoughtful rising star in the architecture world, having taken part in the influential 40 under 40 architects exhibition at MoMA.
1960’s - EARLY 1980’s
Lundquist & Stonehill’s practice thrived with major commissions to design private residences, hospitals, schools, and public buildings, as well as corporate projects like: the offices of investment firms Bache & Company, and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette; the pharmaceutical company Hoffmann-La Roche; and the renovation of the art auctioneers Sotheby Parke Bernet in the former Kodak Building in Manhattan. On the product innovation side, Lundquist’s previous experience in theatrical design led him to the invention of the track lighting concept, and numerous designs and patents for light fixtures.
Following Oliver Lundquist’s retirement after a fruitful career, young principal Paul D. Taylor became co-owner of the firm with John Jay Stonehill, and the firm’s name changed to Stonehill & Taylor. As Stonehill & Taylor, the firm was able to leverage a rich history of high-end residential design to develop a hospitality design practice.
Henry L. Meltzer joined the firm, bringing with him a unique expertise in understanding complex equipment and space planning needs of healthcare facilities. He started Stonehill & Taylor’s Health/Sciences Group, with a unique position to leverage the hospitality experience of the firm toward healthcare design.
The firm left behind its sole-proprietorship model. The new corporation appointed three new equity principals: Neill Parker, Michael Suomi, and Christina Zimmer. A new collaborative management system was put in place with each principal leading distinct projects in their areas of expertise.
Steve Oakley was appointed to equity principal, strengthening the firm’s commitment to healthcare design.
With a mid-sized firm of over 50 employees, Stonehill & Taylor is one of the nation’s top hospitality design firms, and is involved with the planning and design of some of the country’s most important medical and research institutions.