Institutional Commissions

Laurie Gross Studios designs and produces highly specialized, site-specific commission work and ritual objects for synagogues, chapels, and other spiritual spaces. The commission process involves collaborating with project architects, clergy, and lay committees. The studio’s role is to interpret the client’s needs, develop design schemes, and potentially produce spiritual elements for architectural settings. The work has included, but is not limited to, arks, ner tamids, reading podiums, torah tables, stained glass and fine art glass windows, memorial gardens, and memorial and dedicatory systems. The studio offers services in all areas concerning interior and exterior design, art, and project management.

Recently completed projects

Temple Ohabai Shalom, Nashville, TN
Temple Beth Sholom, Miami Beach, FL
Temple Beth Am, Pinecrest. FL
Washington Hebrew Congregation,
Washington, DC
Temple Solel, Cardiff -by-the-Sea, CA and Central Synagogue, New York, NY 2004

Current projects

Temple Emanu-El, San Diego, CA
Temple Solel, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA
Stephen S. Wise, Los Angeles, CA
Temple Beth Sholom, Miami, FL
Temple Beth Am, Kendall, FL
Temple Adat Shalom, Poway, CA

Past Projects

Temple Beth Israel, San Diego, CA 2004
(Ark curtain, Torah covers)
Temple Emanuel, Newton, MA
Torah Curtain, Memphis, TN
Community Shul, Santa Barbara, CA 2002
University of California Santa Barbara Hillel,
Santa Barbara, CA 2000
Beth Israel, Pomona, CA
Jewish Federation, Los Angeles, CA
Irmas Campus, Los Angeles, CA 1999
Temple Emanuel, Newton, MA 2000
Stephen Wise, Los Angeles, CA 1998
Westchester Reform, Scarsdale, NY 1998
Beth Shalom, Sioux City, IO 1997 and 1999
Agudas Achim, San Antonio, TX 1997
Beth Torah, Overland Park, KS 1996
Adath Jeshurun, Minnetonka, MN 1995
Temple Albert, Albuquerque, NM 1990
Temple Emanu El, Houston, TX 1988
University of Southern California Hillel,
Los Angeles, CA 1986


• 2004 Religious Art and Architecture Design Award (IFRAA) Holocaust Sculpture: ”Kriah,” Congregation Beth Israel, San Diego, CA

• 2001 Religious Art Award (IFRAA) - Ark Curtain, Temple Emanuel, Newton, Massachusetts

• 2001 Religious Art Award (IFRAA) - Ark Doors, Curtain, Torah Cover, and Glass Sculpture, Westchester Reform Temple, Scarsdale, New York

• 1999 Religious Art Award (IFRAA)- Ceremonial Objects, Agudas Achim, San Antonio, Texas

• 1997 AIA Religious Art Award - Chapel Ark, Adath Jeshurun, Minnetonka, Minnesota

• 1997 AIA Religious Art Award - Sanctuary Ark, Adath Jeshurun, Minnetonka, Minnesota

• 1996 AIA Religious Art Award - Holocaust Memorial, Houston, Texas


We offer high end, high quality custom work. All custom textile work is done in the Santa Barbara studio and involves great skill and attention to detail. Our torah covers begin at $3500 a piece (based on a minimum set of three). Our ark curtains begin at $25,000. All objects in glass, metal, stone, or wood are produced by outside fabricators with the design and management handled by the studio; pricing is determined on a project by project basis.

Design and Consulting Services

Design and consulting services are billed out at an hourly rate of $225.00, or a day rate of $1500. A retainer is generally requested at the outset of large projects. Please contact the studio for specific information.