Launched 25 years ago by Rome Prize winner Alexander Gorlin, who counts Frank Lloyd Wright and the movies of Stanley Kubrick among his influences, this Manhattan firm generates not only contemporary private residences of considerable splendor but also impressive affordable housing, such as the Nehemiah Spring Creek prefab-townhouse development in Brooklyn. The latter’s structures are sheathed in fiber-cement panels whose organic colors – white, brown, gray, and a multitude of greens– give the modern exteriors a serene appearance. A quintet of innovative synagogues is part of AGA’s portolio, too. In addition to being an architect, curator, critic, and urban planner, Gorlin is one of his profession’s most assiduous scholars. He has written several books, the latest being Tomorrow’s Houses: New England Modernism (Rizzoli, 2011).