Ford Gillen Architects, Inc., is a service oriented design firm with a long history of successful architectural, historic renovation and interior design experience.
Originally founded as The Gillen Partnership in 1974, the firm's Amherst office is run by two principals, William V. Gillen and Kathleen E. Ford. William Gillen has provided a full range of architectural services to institutional, commercial and residential clients. In addition to participating in numerous historic restoration rehabilitation projects, he has 25 years of experience in repair/renovation projects including renovations to Seelye Hall at Smith College; the office building/bus depot known as "One Round House Plaza" in Northampton, the Holstein Association Headquarters in Vermont, the Tucker Taft Building in Amherst, and handicap access modifications for Great Barrington, Northampton and the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
Kathleen Ford brings her significant experience with adaptive re-use projects to the firm. In addition to establishing her own firm in New York City, she has worked with the office of Beyer Blinder Belle Architects, a nationally recognized firm specializing in architectural preservation and design, and was responsible for projects with prominent New York City historic buildings such as 280 Broadway (the "Marble Palace"), and the design for the new Luce Center for the Study of American Culture at The New York Historical Society. She designed the new home for Chelsea Day School, a 20 year old pre-school that relocated to a vacant warehouse building in New York and doubled in size; a new addition and renovation to the Fashion Institute of Technology's main administration building in New York; and was the managing architect for conversion of an existing coffee warehouse to the Tribeca Film Center and Tribeca Grill in New York. Her experience also includes numerous commercial and residential renovations.