Gregory Okshteyn founded Studios GO in New York City in 2003, an award winning design firm implementing innovative fabrication techniques in the service of a contemporary design aesthetic with close attention to function and social interaction.
Most recently, Okshteyn developed and implemented the Starbucks Reserve Roastery concept in Shanghai, China and Tokyo, Japan as Global Design Director of Concept and Innovation at the Starbucks Coffee Company.
Born in Chernovitz, Ukraine, Gregory Okshteyn received a Bachelors of Architecture Degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn (1998) and a Masters of Science Degree in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University (2003). At Columbia, he studied with Sulan Kolatan, Gregg Pasquarelli, and Hani Rashid, among other top architectural practitioners of today. As class president in 2002, Okshteyn acted as the student representative during Columbia’s transition from Dean Bernard Tchumi to Mark Wigley.
Since graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, & Preservation, Gregory has taught at Columbia, the University of Pennsylvania, and Pratt Institute. Okshteyn's most notable built projects have included the Chelsea nightclub BED, DASH NYC with Kim & Kourtney Kardashian, Rita Hazan Salon at 720 5th Avenue, JAY-Z’s SC Enterprises HQ, JAY-Z's Ace of Spades Showroom, Restaurant 42 Ritz-Carlton, Top Chef winner Harold Dieterle’s restaurants Perilla & Kin Shop, the Duggal Greenhouse at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Harvey Keitel's Residence, Irina Shayk's Residence, and most recently The Chester, the Gansevoort Meatpacking hot spot.
Prior to receiving his master’s degree, Okshteyn worked at various architecture firms including Gensler, HLW, and Peter Eisenman Architects.