Looking for a place to store those priceless paintings in your attic? Gluckman is the art world's go-to architect and a leading designer of galleries and museums.
Gluckman founded his architecture firm Richard Gluckman Architects in 1977, six years after earning his masters degree at Syracuse. (It was renamed Gluckman Mayner Architects in the mid-'90s after David Mayner made partner.) Gluckman quickly zeroed in on the art market and earned critical praise in the 1980s with his redesign of the Dia Art Center. He's since wrangled commissions for a raft of galleries, gallery-like retail concepts, and museums.
Known for a serene, gallery-appropriate look—spare spaces often backlit by light boxes—Gluckman's created venues for Larry Gagosian, Andrea Rosen, Paula Cooper, Mary Boone, and Roland Augustine as well as assisted numerous artists like Jenny Holzer, Richard Serra, Dan Flavin, and Robert Wilson on their installations. Gluckman's museum commissions have included noted renovations of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, the Georgia O'Keefe Museum in Santa Fe, and the Whitney in New York. His design aesthetic has also been applied to posh retail venues (Helmut Lang, Gianni Versace, Yves Saint Laurent). Even those who tap him for residential commissions tend to have art-world ties, such as gallerist Marianne Boesky and French billionaire François Pinault.
In 2005 Gluckman wrapped up his first major condo project, One Kenmare Square, Andre Balazs's curvy condo building in SoHo. The architect is currently putting the finishing touches on the Perelman Building, a new annex of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (It's funded by Raymond Perelman, Ron Perelman's dad.) He's also at work on a $21.5 million renovation of the Cooper Hewitt on Fifth Avenue and a proposal for the Contemporary Art Museum in San Francisco, funded by Gap founder Don Fisher.
In addition to a Fifth Avenue aerie, Gluckman owns a self-designed weekend home in Orient, NY that he's dubbed the "Matchbox House." His neighbors in town include painters Elizabeth Peyton and Richard Serra.