Professor Anna Gitelman’s self-designed home was featured in a recent issue of Design New England, a bimonthly magazine that profiles local design talent.
Anna Gitelman is an associate professor in Suffolk’s School of Art & Design. Her Marblehead home was featured in an article titled “Rethinking the Ranch” in the September/October issue of the magazine.
Gitelman moved to Boston from Russia to study modern architecture at Harvard University. “Moving to Boston was the best way for me to advance my architectural background to include the most modern methods that just weren’t being taught in Russia,” she told Design New England.
After years of studying the modern aesthetic, Gitelman wanted to incorporate it into her own home, but she quickly realized that her options for modern homes in family-friendly neighborhoods were limited. So she decided to create her ideal home, redesigning and renovating a 1957 ranch-style house into what the magazine deemed a “sleek and efficient home for her family.”
The magazine includes “before” and “after” floor plans, as well as photos of the home’s transformation.
At Suffolk, Gitelman empowers her interior architecture students to think outside the box, as she did when designing her home. “I favor classroom dynamics that permit dialogue and foster students’ input in the learning process,” she said. “I encourage students…not only to share their design ideas but also learn to evaluate their own work and the work of their peers.”