Mark Ferguson received a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1978 and Master of Architecture from Princeton University in 1982. He apprenticed at firms in Pittsburgh, Boston and Princeton before moving to New York City in 1982. His early work on renovations to houses in Tuxedo Park and Croton-on-Hudson introduced him to traditional architecture. The experience led him to a position at Parish-Hadley Associates where he collaborated with interior decorators and artisans in the creation of new residences guided by traditional design principles. While at Parish-Hadley, he joined forces with Oscar Shamamian, and in 1988, they established the firm known today as Ferguson & Shamamian Architects, LLP.
Oscar Shamamian received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College in 1981 and subsequently completed his Masters of Architecture from Columbia Graduate School of Architecture and Planning in 1985. He began his career in the office of Robert A.M. Stern, where he designed projects ranging from Manhattan apartments to vacation residences in the Hamptons and a large farm estate in Kentucky. While at Stern’s office he also served as research assistant for two books, New York 1900 and New York 1930, about the historic architecture of New York City.
In 1985, Oscar joined the decorating firm of Parish-Hadley where he furthered his interest in traditional residential design. He gained understanding of the essential fusion of interiors and exteriors, and of architecture and interior design, an important sensitivity which guides his career today. While at Parish-Hadley, he joined forces with Mark Ferguson, and in 1988, established the firm known today as Ferguson & Shamamian Architects, LLP.