Miles Jaffe

Miles Jaffe

Raised in his father's architectural office from an early age, Miles Jaffe worked both drafting tables and construction sites as a youth.

After studying industrial design at RISD he returned to Bridgehampton to work with his father, architect Norman Jaffe. By the mid 1980’s Miles was designing and building his own architectural and furniture projects while continuing to consult with his father on projects ranging from homes and high-rises to the award-winning Gates of the Grove Synagogue in East Hampton, New York, a pilgrimage for connoisseurs and students alike.

Master Jokan Ohama

Master Jokan Ohama

After his father´s death, Miles spent several years as an apprentice in traditional Japanese construction under Master Builder Jokan Ohama.

Miles has been fortunate to have a variety of renowned mentors including Jokan, Ken Hunnibell (Professor of Industrial Design and master of the RISD Machine Research Lab), renaissance man and artist Warren Padula, and of course his father - a demanding master if ever there was one.

He also studied under the legendary Tage Frid (Professor of Woodworking and Furniture Design) and sculptor Arnold Prince (Professor of Sculpture), both at RISD.

Arnold Prince

Arnold Prince

Today Miles' firm specializes in the design and execution of a wide range of creative projects ranging from architecture and furniture to new media. His satirical book The Hamptons Dictionary has been featured in global media including BBC World News.



The American Institute of Architects
Gates of the Grove, East Hampton, NY

The New York State Association of Architects
Gates of the Grove, East Hampton, NY

The Architecture Society of Atlanta
Competition: Public Space in the New City



565 Fifth Avenue, New York NY
7 Hanover Square, New York NY
Edward Cohen Residence, Southampton NY
Peter Cohen Residence, East Hampton NY
Cross Highway Residence, East Hampton NY
Ferraro Residence, Westhampton Beach NY
Gates of the Grove Synagogue, East Hampton NY
Kroll Residence, Laurel Hollow NY
Pedone Residence, Southampton NY
The Laundry Restaurant, East Hampton NY
Leichter Residence II, Bridgehampton NY
Sea Farm North, Bridgehampton NY


Technical and Management Consultant
400 Unit Housing Development, Mt. Ebo Associates
Brewster NY

Research Consultant, Industrialized Housing Technology
Swig, Weiler and Arnow, New York NY


  • Lifestyles of the HAMPTONS RICH and (IN)FAMOUS
    BBC World News, 16 July 2008
  • Jitney Can't Take A Joke Page Six
    NY Post, 2 July 2008
  • Everything To Be 'Hample' in The Hamptons This Summer
    NY Observer, 23 May 2008
  • Hangin' In The Hamptons
    Newsday, 20 May 2008
  • Deeds & Don’ts
    Hamptons Cottage and Gardens, 15 July 2007
  • Hamptons Redefined
    Newsday, 2 August 2007
  • Slam Hamptons
    New York Post, 1 July 2007
  • Explosive Hamptons
    Magazine, 29 June 2007
  • Do You Speak Hamptonese Dan’s
    Papers, 4 July 2007
  • New Lexicon Skewers The Hamptons Lifestyle
    The Southampton Press, 7 June 2007
  • The Hamptons Dictionary
    East Hampton Star, 6 June 2007
  • A Devil's Dictionary for the Hamptons
    Sag Harbor Express, 31 May 2007
  • The End of the Hamptons
    Corey Dolgon, New York University Press, 2005
  • Guilty Pleasures
    New York Magazine, 2001
  • Bomb the Base
    Financial Times (London), 23 June 2001
  • Hot Summer
    W Magazine, June 2001
  • Rebel in Paradise
    New York Observer, 28 May 2001
  • Hamptons Road Warriors Get a War
    Game Newsday, 16 June 2001