Karla Rothstein is an architect and an educator, practicing in these intertwined disciplines for eighteen years. Through Latent Productions, where Rothstein is Design Director, she and Salvatore Perry are employing the lever of real estate development to re-constitute the nature and potential of architectural practice. In 1992, she founded the multidisciplinary architecture practice of SR+T with Joel Towers. From 1993 to 1996 she was a member of the design faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Since 1997 Rothstein has taught both core and advanced design studios in the Graduate School of Architecture at Columbia University, where she is an Associate Professor. Her areas of research span the intimate spaces of urban domestic life, death and memory, to intersections of social justice and the built environment.
Rothstein was a Jacob Javits Fellow in Fine Arts from 1988–1992, a William Kinne Traveling Fellow in 1992, and a NYFA recipient in 2000. Her almae matres include the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Columbia University’s GSAPP, the Moscow Institute of Architecture, and the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Switzerland. She is a registered architect in Berlin, Germany.
Salvatore Perry is cofounder and Development Director of Latent Productions. As a registered architect, builder, and developer he has over 20 years of experience in the design and construction industries, working directly in virtually every trade involved in realizing mid-rise buildings.
In 1999, Latent Productions was launched to leverage the potential of architecture to catalyze projects of increased integrity and longevity. Perry leads the successful development of multifamily and commercial development projects, including new construction, adaptive re-use, and gut rehabilitation. He orchestrates the on-site and off-site flow of work with a unique ability to cross boundaries of expertise and collaborate with professionals and builders of any discipline.
He holds dual bachelor degrees for Science and Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.