David Boronkay, Principal
For as long as I can remember I have been completely obsessed with houses. As a kid, I would make my mom drive me around Scarsdale (my home town) to survey the progress of the new homes being built. My parents were supportive of my obsession, taking me to estate sales and open-houses at homes I wanted to see up-close and supplying me with pads of paper and pencils to design my own masterpieces. My bedroom desk and the kitchen table were forever covered in a layer of eraser shavings, much to the dismay of my fastidious mother. The loose-leaf binder containing all the houses I designed in my youth still sits on the shelf above my office desk and serves as a reminder that I am truly living my dream.
My obsession with thoughtfully designed homes has continued into adulthood; I love the process of working with clients to realize their dreams. An individual’s home is his or her most personal possession, and being trusted with the task of creating a unique space that speaks to his or her aesthetic and functional requirements is incredibly rewarding. I feel very fortunate to have a profession I feel so passionately about.
You’ll notice as you peruse Slocum Hall’s portfolio that every project has its own unique style – that is our intention. Architecture and design is contextual, a house should fit the people, place and function it is serving. So, we listen and interpret our clients’ goals, then custom-tailor their homes and additions to how they envision themselves living in their new space. Whether designing a new home or seamlessly integrating a new addition into the fabric of an older home, this is the philosophy on which Slocum Hall Design Group was founded, and one we continue to practice.
Jane Grover, Partner
I’ve been working as a Registered Architect for more than 20 years, designing and detailing homes on both the West and East coasts. Most recently I was working closely with contractors and the building materials industry, learning the “best practice” of putting buildings together. It is this experience which contributed to my current role at SHDG. I consider myself a “hands-on” architect, and I enjoy combining my design training and construction experience, working as a team to make designs a reality. I also try to weave into each project my unwavering commitment to make each home a delightful place to live.
I received my professional degree at the University of Minnesota, and have undergraduate degrees in economics and journalism. I moved to Massachusetts in 1994 from San Francisco and raised my two children with my husband, who is also an architect. At home I pursue my enthusiasm for gardening and cooking, and my travels have given me inspiration in both my professional career and my hobbies.
Peter Grover, Partner
I’ve come to SHDG from a diverse background in residential architecture, design-build, project management and construction administration. I especially enjoy the direct interaction between clients and general contractors, translating design to construction. Even after 25 years in the business, every job is an exciting “new start” in improving someone’s surroundings.
With a keen interest in period structures, I enjoy the process of rethinking how each home will serve its owner well into the future. Every home has hidden potential and opportunities that just need to be discovered. In many cases the most exciting changes can be connecting inside to outside, not only bringing in additional view and daylight, but also connecting spaces in the landscape that can be developed into the total living experience.
When not at work I’m either working on my house, kayaking, biking, sketching, or traveling.
MA Architect #11105
March, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
BA, Fine Art, Wesleyan University
MA Architect #11105
Jaime Moragues, Sr. Associate
My passion for architecture, sustainability, and contemporary design has brought me from my native Spain to The Netherlands, then to Portugal, and finally to the United States. The broad exposure I gained through practicing internationally has helped me hone my focus on residential design, the most professionally fulfilling part of my work.
My approach to design and construction is to collaborate on the entirety of the architectural process, from design development and detailing all the way through to timeline management and project completion. It is this kind of diligent attention to detail in each phase of the project that contributes most to its success.
I hold an Architectural degree from the ETSALS in Barcelona. My professional goal is to bring my international experience and influence into every one of my projects, creating innovative and sustainable residential designs.
I came to Boston in 2015 from my native Barcelona, Spain. I like to spend my time outside of the office with my wife and my daughter, exploring everything that the Boston area has to offer, from the local cuisine, to outdoor activities. I also enjoy spending time cooking for my family, which is one of my hobbies.
Leana Taft, Director of Interior Design
“Design is design; it’s the ability to solve a problem. That’s what I love most about what I do.” –Leana Taft
More than 20 years in design and construction management has given me a unique perspective on the art and science of residential design. It’s about providing the best possible creative solutions to making a room, a home, a landscape work for the way my client wants to live. Whatever the challenge, I get great satisfaction from pulling together the space, the materials and the budget available to create a home that works. And along the way, I make sure the entire project is a positive experience for everyone involved. It drives what I do every day.
When I’m not designing homes, I am caring for my two beloved dogs and my flower gardens. Best Buddies is my charity of choice; I run and fundraise for the organization. Best Buddies is extraordinary. Take a look at their jobs program; it’s outstanding!