Russell Groves was born in a remote town on the coast of Nova Scotia and raised in the New York metropolitan area. Exposure to both rugged landscape and city skyline alike firmly established his singular design vision: a reverence for nature and materiality balanced by a highly sophisticated sensibility.
Russell received his Architecture degree from the Rhode Island School of Design, an education which encompassed a rigorous and broad range of illustrative subjects including: fashion design, filmmaking, cultural history and classical literature. The multi-faceted curriculum provided a remarkable insight into an array of design disciplines and the ability to synthesize a multitude of creative methods.
Dedicated to his profession, Russell began his career at Richard Meier Architects, followed by tenure at Kohn Pederson Fox. Soon after, he joined Peter Marino Architects, where he created and managed commissions for an array of important clients, including Giorgio Armani, Donna Karan and Barneys New York.
His eponymous firm was launched with the incredible success of his first project, The Tea Box at Takashimaya. This innovative design led to a prestigious American Institute of Architects award, among many others.
A long standing resident of Manhattan, Russell’s philanthropic efforts focus on the rehabilitation of New York and its inhabitants—for people and animals alike, supporting New Yorkers for Children, God’s Love We Deliver, Empire State Pride Agenda Foundation and numerous animal rescue and shelter programs.
When taking the rare break from his busy schedule, Russell finds time to collect rare and eclectic early-modernist art, photography, furniture and decorative items for his New York, Los Angeles and East Hampton homes.
MANAGING PARTNER & DIRECTOR OF ARCHITECTURE
After receiving a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Texas, Ruso Panduro has garnered over twelve years of domestic and international experience in architecture, design, and construction.
Ruso began his career at Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Paris, and later worked for several prestigious New York firms such as Gluckman Mayner Architects, where he handled the renowned Picasso Museum Project in Malaga, Spain. Prior to joining the studio of Groves & Co, Ruso was an Associate at Tsao & McKown Architects, spearheading large scale developments for “star” hoteliers Ian Schrager and Andre Balazs.
Ruso has led multiple residential and retail commissions for Groves & Co. and oversees New Business Development, Marketing Strategy, and Client Relations.