For GRADE, design is more than the arrangement of formal elements—it’s the realization of a uniquely articulated experience.
Founded in 2001 by Thomas Hickey with Edward Yedid, the full service, New York-based architecture and interior design firm defines itself through a high standard of quality and the delivery of a final product characterized by clarity and luxurious style.
Partners Hickey and Yedid bring extensive experience and a fresh eye to every project, marrying a traditional approach with a modern sensibility. Their practice is informed not just by complementary skills but a deep appreciation and knowledge of art, history, and world culture. Specializing in residential, retail, hospitality, and commercial work, GRADE’s diverse portfolio includes an array of project types, from a historic Manhattan building transformed into a family-friendly loft, to a ground-up weekend home steeped in comfort and simplicity, to boutiques for Tiffany & Co. that sparkle with sumptuous surfaces and textures.
An agile studio of fifteen designers, GRADE often develops the individual client vision beyond expectations, refining and materializing ideas with sharp, tasteful interpretations of context, light, and materials. This high bar for achievement is made possible by drawing upon a strong network of suppliers to render custom furnishings or achieve the perfect finish—ultimately pushing a design concept to precise, exquisite execution.
The firm approaches each project as a journey to be embarked upon with clients, driven by a commitment to delivering projects on time and on budget, prioritizing transparency and operating with clear communication throughout the process of program development, cost analysis, design and documentation, and contract administration.
Working shoulder-to-shoulder with clients to create the most authentic expression of an idea through design, GRADE has over the years built a reputation based on mutual understanding and trust.