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Sensitivity Wins Local Architect Hospice Project

Rockland Firm Awarded Design Bid over National Competitors


New City   -  Michael Shilale, founder and managing partner of Michael Shilale Architects, LLP  has announced that his firm has recently been awarded the design bid for a Hospice Home, for the United Hospice of Rockland. The bid was won over a national search that comprised seven other firms.

The Hospice Home (the sixth of its kind in New York state) will serve needy patients who are seriously ill in Rockland and lower Orange Counties in a home-like environment; providing services that will include pain and symptom management, nursing care, spiritual and bereavement counseling, and support groups for surviving family members.

 “We went through a very thorough process in selecting the architect, and Michael was heads above everyone else we interviewed,” said Amy Stern, executive director of United Hospice of Rockland. “Not only did he have experience (Shilale’s firm was retained to design United Hospice’s new headquarters in New City), but he also understood our mission and what we are trying to accomplish, so that made him the superior candidate.” 

Locally Michael Shilale AIA, LEED along with his partner John Cirilli AIA, have a solid history of project design for area non-profits serving developmentally and physically challenged clients and patients, including; Jawonio, for the Paul J. Tendler Independent Living Center in New Hempstead; and Camp Venture Inc., for the Kathleen Lukens Living Center in Sparkill and the Alzheimer’s Wing at Venture Inn, in Nanuet. 

“Life is a precious thing. We understand the challenges that people have, whether they are in wheelchairs, or dealing with various illnesses or other disabilities. We tailor our approach, are sensitive to their situations, and design the environment with a focus on our client’s goals,” said Michael Shilale.

 Shilale sits on the board of various area organizations, as President of the Board of Directors of the Rockland Housing Action Coalition, Inc. and in 2006 as President of the Westchester/Mid-Hudson chapter of AIA (American Institute of Architects). He also is a member of Art in Public Places Committee for Rockland County (former Chairman) and the Long Island University Board of Overseers.

Michael Shilale Architects, LLP, an eight person architectural engineering firm founded in 1991, serves a municipal, commercial, residential and educational client base, covering Manhattan, and Monticello, Sullivan, Orange, Rockland and Nassau counties, in New York, as well as Bergen County, New Jersey. For more information, please call 845-708-9200, or visit their website at,