Working at the crossroads of architecture, urban design, and landscape, Sargent C. Gardiner designs mixed-use projects, apartment towers, and master plans with a sensitivity to local context and the natural environment.
Sargent, known as Sarge, pairs bold design vision with effective management strategies. He takes a comprehensive approach to each project, considering the connection between the interior and exterior environments, as well as the impact on the surrounding community. As a partner with an interdisciplinary background in landscape, urban design, and architecture, Sarge's work and leadership exemplifies the firm's well-rounded capabilities. His commitment to optimized contextual designs and efficient organization helps RAMSA successfully navigate the most complex approval processes and site requirements.
Sarge’s projects include the 55-acre mixed-use master plan for The Yards, a riverfront neighborhood on the grounds of the former Washington Navy Yard Annex, and the Arris, a LEED-Gold project at The Yards that takes its cues from nearby industrial buildings. In Philadelphia, he was inspired by the city’s fine residential grain to design The Alexander, a large-scale urban infill project comprising a residential tower, low-rise townhouses, a religious meetinghouse, and well-considered streets and plazas. His understanding of local context is also evident in the rejuvenation of the historic Belnord apartment house in New York City and the design of 100 Claremont Avenue, a mixed-use tower that draws on the Gothic Revival campus of the Union Theological Seminary. In Brookline, Massachusetts, Sarge is working on one of the firm's first assisted living facilities, a highly sustainable and contextual building that he is guiding through a rigorous approvals process.
Sarge contributes to architectural research, education, and preservation efforts in his community. He is involved with the Regional Plan Association, contributing to their New Jersey committee, serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Building Museum, and participates in professional forums organized by the Urban Land Institute.