Schissel Montgomery Architects is a New York City based design practice. The office was established by Talene Montgomery and Michael Schissel, who have 25 years of combined experience working with civic, institutional and private clients. Together they have a wide range of design expertise—from buildings to interiors to objects—and a special interest in and knowledge of working with existing buildings.The practice negotiates specific project requirements with sensitivity, and emphasizes a high level of attunement to context. Our goal is to create adaptable and dynamic physical environments that enrich the human experience.

Michael Schissel

is a licensed architect in New York. Before starting the office, Michael worked as an Associate at Lewis Tsurumaki Lewis in New York, and previously trained at Antoine Predock’s office in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He holds a Master of Architecture from Columbia University GSAPP and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, with Honors, from the University of New Mexico. Michael currently teaches Design I Studio at Barnard College and has taught with Marc Tsurumaki in the advanced architecture studio sequence at Columbia GSAPP.

Talene Montgomery

is a licensed architect in New York. Before starting the office, Talene trained at architecture offices in New York, Los Angeles and Istanbul. She previously worked as a researcher at C-LAB / Volume Magazine and as a student editor at Future Anterior journal. She holds both a Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Columbia University GSAPP, and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, with Honors, from the University of California, Berkeley. Talene has taught with Galia Solomonoff in the advanced architecture studio sequence at Columbia GSAPP.