Summer Lecture & Luncheon

Gil Schafer. Photo by Rebecca Greenfield.

Gil Schafer

Creating Places to Call Home: How Tradition, Style, and Memory Can Inspire Ways of Living

July 19, 2018
Great Harbor Yacht Club

Award-winning architect and author of the new book A Place to Call Home, Gil Schafer believes the most successful houses are the ones that celebrate living—houses with timeless charm that are imbued with memory and a distinct sense of place. It’s this dialogue between past and present that enables him to interpret traditional principles for a multiplicity of architectural styles within contemporary ways of living. Join Schafer as he opens the doors to his world of comfortable classicism, sharing some of the firm’s most recent, and exciting, projects from around the country and walking through the inner workings of his distinctive approach—from concrete techniques to the more emotional and intuitive aspects of his process—showing how he brings his projects to life and fills them with soul.

Award-winning architect Gil Schafer III is one of the world’s leading experts on contemporary classical architecture. A member of Architectural Digest’s AD 100 and a winner of Veranda’s “Art of Design Award,” Schafer is a member of the Yale School of Architecture Dean’s Council, a trustee of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, and served as president and then chairman of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art for over a decade. He holds a Masters of Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture and is the author of the bestselling book The Great American House and the newly released A Place to Call Home. Schafer’s work has been featured in numerous national and international publications, including Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, Veranda, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. When he’s not traveling for work, Schafer divides his time between New York City, upstate New York, and Maine.


The NPT annual meeting slowly evolved into a larger event: The Summer Lecture & Luncheon. Each year attendees have had the opportunity to enjoy a fascinating speaker, whether it be an architectural historian or a renowned author.

Past lecturers Include:

  •  2007   Paul Goldberger
  •  2008   Howard Mansfield
  •  2009   Brian Pfeiffer
  •  2010   Myrick Howard
  •  2011   Sharon N. Lorenzo
  •  2012   Marty Hylton
  •  2013   Gil Schafer
  •  2014   Peter Pennoyer and Ann Walker
  • 2015    Dr. Ann Johnson
  • 2016    Flynn Kuhnert and Hutton Wilkinson
  • 2017    Brent Hull

Past Summer Lecture and Luncheon Photos