History of IBI Group – Gruzen Samton

In the beginning...

June 14

Illustration by a young Barney Gruzen for a Competition

January 1

The Beginning: Kelly & Gruzen

In 1936 L’Ecole des Beaux Arts trained Barnett Sumner Gruzen and US Army Corp of Engineers trained Colonel Hugh A. Kelly joined efforts and established the office of Kelly & Gruzen in Jersey City, NJ and focused their work on restaurants, retail, and government projects. During wartime, the firm designed Army and Army Air Corp base structures, and Navy engine-testing facilities.
February 1

Firm’s New Jersey & NYC Growth

The Firm’s New Jersey & New York City Growth Shortly thereafter, the firm’s NYC office expanded to a location on 14th Street while the New Jersey office relocated to Newark. Several Design awards were given to Kelly & Gruzen for precedent-setting projects for New Jersey and New York public school systems. Master Planning and urban renewal projects that combined Colonel Kelly retired from the firm and Barnett Gruzen continued as sole owner with architects such as George Shimamoto, Lloyd Fleischman, and Admiral John Manning.
June 14

In The Architectural Record

Architectural Record is an American monthly magazine that is dedicated to architecture and interior design. Throughout its 125 years in print, Architectural Record has fostered readership among architecture, engineering, and design professionals by featuring articles that showcase noteworthy architectural works throughout the global landscape.
January 1

Office Grand Opening

(Left to Right) Max Drill, Sam Klein, Barney Gruzen, Koel Gross at office opening in 1950.
March 15

Meeting Albert Einstein

"Dr. Einstein congratulating Mr. Gruzen on the design of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Princeton, NJ on March 15th 1953."
June 14

Kelly and Gruzen in 1962

June 14

The Era of Expansion & Specialization

In 1967, Kelly & Gruzen reorganized itself to become Gruzen & Partners, which reflected the addition of new designers, including Jordan Gruzen and Peter Samton. It also expanded with a Washington, DC, office and began specializing in new town planning, facilities for the elderly and judicial architecture. These areas of expertise helped Gruzen & Partners garner nationwide recognition.

June 14

Iconic Projects of the 1970’s

In the 1970’s, Gruzen & Partners realized major developments for public and private clients. Located near the Brooklyn Bridge the firm designed the iconic New York City Police Headquarters, Chatham Green Apartments, Chatham Towers, The Galaxy, New Jersey’s tallest residential complex at the time. The Solow Residential Tower was New York City’s first high rise residential tower designed with a glass façade; it featured a smoky gray curtain wall.

June 14

Iconic Projects of the 1990’s

During the 1990s Michael Kazan and Scott Keller became partners with Jordan Gruzen and Peter Samton. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) commissioned the firm to design its new Headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue. In conjunction with the Croxton Collaborative, Gruzen Samton wrote the EPA’s sustainable design guidelines.

June 14

The Millennium

During the early 2000’s a new generation of partners joined the firm, including Susan Wright. The new partners brought an expanded range expertise to the firm with the design of educational facilities, residential projects, cultural institutions and transportation complexes. The firm completed award winning projects that include among others the Staten Island Zoo Reptile Wing, El Museo del Barrio, Port Imperial Ferry Terminal, the Jersey City Public Schools Frank Conwell Campus and the 100 Jay Street Condominiums.

June 14

Joining Forces: IBI Group – Gruzen Samton Architects, Engineers, & Landscape Architects

In 2009 Gruzen Samton entered into a strategic partnership with global A/E firm IBI Group based in Toronto. This partnership has enables our New York City office to be involved in projects all across the globe such as the subsurface train stations for the Red Line in Tel Aviv Israel and the Crosstown Eglington Light Rail Stations in design now in Toronto, Canada.

July 27

The move from the Meatpacking District to Wall Street

In 2015, we moved our office from the Meatpacking District to the heart of Wall Street.