From left: William Mandara Jr, Bolanle Williams-Olley, Larry Wente, Jeffrey Gertler, Christian Giordano and Scott Harrell recently marked design firm Mancini Duffy’s acquisition of Gertler & Wente Architects. — Courtesy: Mancini
By Joshua Burd
Design firm Mancini Duffy has announced its acquisition of Gertler & Wente Architects, in a move aimed at further growing its footprint in health care, multifamily and other sectors.
According to the practices, which are both based in New York City, Gertler & Wente was founded in 1985 and has worked on projects for clients such as LVMH, Oracle Corp., Trinity Church, New York University and other institutions. The addition of the team will also allow Mancini to expand its work in the restoration, institutional and religious sectors.
“For the past decade, part of our long-term growth plan has been to expand and diversify into new market sectors like hospitality, aviation, media and industrial,” said Christian Giordano, Mancini’s president and co-owner. “There’s great synergy between Mancini and Gertler & Wente Architects, and we see a great opportunity to develop and grow together as a united team.
“Gertler & Wente excels at highly designed architecture and they bring a discipline to their design process that will enhance what we’re doing at Mancini.”
The deal comes amid Mancini’s move to a new headquarters in Midtown, at 520 Eighth Ave., where it says it has created an office with a post-COVID world in mind. That includes a space centered on design and technology with a fully agile workflow and various seating and workplace types for its team.
In addition, the firm has a design lab and immersive virtual reality platform that will triple in size from its previous office, focusing on newer technologies.
“We want our staff to be in a family environment and become part of a larger organization that shares our values,” Gertler & Wente Partner Jeffrey Gertler said. “This is a great opportunity for our team to work on larger projects in a healthy, synergistic firm. I am excited to multiply our knowledge base to collectively fuel growth in the future.”