Creative Mind: Elizabeth Roberts
The Brooklyn-based architect’s mastery of craft has made her namesake firm the go-to for brownstone renovations and a favorite in fashionable circles
Architect Elizabeth Roberts knows the difference between melody and harmony—and her thoughtful work shows how she applies that to her designs. She understands what elements need to stay in the background for a space to truly work. For example, to transform an existing restaurant in New York into flower-forward Il Fiorista, she gave center stage to a mural she commissioned by artist Leanne Shapton while allowing the marble bar to play a supporting role. “That’s a big part of my practice—how to put something in focus, how to highlight things,” says Roberts.
“That’s a big part of my practice—how to put something in focus, how to highlight things”Elizabeth Roberts
The mastery of that craft has made her namesake, Brooklyn-based firm the go-to for brownstone renovations and a favorite in fashionable circles, including Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard, Rachel Comey, and Ulla Johnson. Recently, she reimagined the Brooklyn Museum’s sculpture garden and back entrance with landscape designer Brook Klausing. “I’m excited to see it in the spring with all the plantings blooming and growing.”
A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2022 Spring Issue under the headline “Creative Minds.” Subscribe to the magazine.