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Calvert Wright Architecture

645 Broadway, nr. Bleecker St., fifth fl.; 212-475-3531;

Making optimal use of such elements as skylights, glass walls, and minimalist staircases, Wright and his team create abundant light and openness by re-envisioning structures from the ground up. They have an affinity for white walls and raw woods.

Christoff:Finio Architecture

250 W. Broadway, nr. Walker St., fourth fl.; 212-219-1026;

This firm focuses on sustainability, adding features harmonious with environmental and cultural contexts (e.g., solar power and skylights that stream natural light). Recent projects include a net-zero-energy home on Long Island. (ecofriendly)

Cooper, Robertson & Partners

311 W. 43rd St., nr. Eighth Ave.; 212-247-1717;

Veteran architects Jaquelin T. Robertson and Alexander Cooper excel at large-scale urban-planning commissions (Battery Park City among them), but are also admired for their meticulous residential properties, like an Adirondack-style barn complex upstate and a shingle-style estate in the Hamptons.

Daniel Romualdez Architects

119 W. 23rd St., nr. Sixth Ave., Ste. 909; 212-989-8429

Romualdez wields his architectural knowledge gracefully and shrewdly. His interiors might pair his own designs with 18th-century French pieces, setting a scene that is timeless, refined, and unpretentious.

D’Apostrophe Design

392 Broadway, nr. Walker St., second fl.; 212-965-1077;

Belgium-born designer Francis D’Haene creates luminous, gallerylike interiors for art-world notables such as Dominique Lévy and Stellan Holm.

D’Aquino Monaco

214 W. 29th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Ste. 1202; 212-929-9787;

Architects and interior designers Francine Monaco and Carl D’Aquino transform spaces with a wide range of 18th- to 20th-century influences. They might use black and white Fornasetti wallpaper or repurpose Art Deco screens for the entry to a master suite.

David Bers Architecture

470 Union Ave., at Conselyea Ave., Williamsburg; 718-218-8101;

Bers creates clean, modern spaces for design-savvy clients like Cathy Horyn, Isaac Mizrahi, and Lena Dunham. He eschews the extraneous, cutting quickly to the essence of each idea. Whether designing an upstate country house or a city loft, Bers has a talent for bringing out the natural beauty of raw materials—stone, unstained wood, and the like.

David Ling Architect

225 E. 21 St., nr. Second Ave.; 212-982-7089;

Ling worked for I. M. Pei before opening his own firm, and his interiors reflect Pei’s refined sense of materials and bold use of sculptural forms and water in space. For example, he might cut a pond into a concrete floor or cantilever a bed over an indoor waterfall.

Deborah Berke Partners

220 Fifth Ave., at 26th St.; 212-229-9211;

Berke’s ethos is “simple, elegant, and understated.” Her rooms often include rich woods, luminous plaster, and the simplest of stones, such as pale Indiana limestone, dark-gray slate, and white marble.

Delson or Sherman Architects PC

45 Main St., nr. Front St., Ste. 708, Dumbo; 718-789-2919;

Modern architecture meets historic environs: That’s the M.O. for the properties renovated by this 15-year-old Brooklyn partnership.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro

601 W. 26th St., nr. 12ve., Ste. 1815; 212-260-7971;

Arguably New York’s most famous architecture studio, DS+R is responsible for the design of the High Line and Lincoln Center. The firm, which offers design and artistic services, also handles residential projects for those who want something the whole neighborhood will buzz about.


137 Clinton St., at Livingston St., Brooklyn Heights; 718-624-0244;

Helmed by Susannah Drake, this multidisciplinary design firm includes architects, landscape architects, urban designers, sculptors, and scientists. The firm specializes in high-end residential gardens, storm-water management, and green infrastructure. (ecofriendly)

Douglas Fanning Architecture

152 Centre St., nr. Clinton St., Red Hook; 718-797-2030;

Modern, elemental, and minimal are the themes at this small architecture and furniture-design studio. Fanning has a fully equipped on-site metal shop, DYAD, Inc., where he creates furniture and lighting designs influenced by the work of artists, writers, and architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and Eero Saarinen.

Ensemble Architecture, D.P.C.

99 Gates Ave., nr. St. James Pl., Clinton Hill; 212-334-3456;

Nothing superfluous is safe from designer Elizabeth Roberts. Dropped ceilings are removed, and interior walls are artfully knocked down to create lofty, light-filled living spaces that once felt cramped and dark.

EOA/Elmslie Osler Architect

526 W. 26th St., nr. 11th Ave., Ste. 514; 212-989-0652;

The bright mix of cheap-chic Ikea and blue-chip Knoll in Robin Elmslie Osler’s own home is a small taste of the calm, colorful, wide-open spaces she prefers. She designs for low maintenance and high visual impact.

Fairfax & Sammons Architecture

67 Gansevoort St., nr. Washington St.; 212-255-0704;

Fairfax & Sammons designs residences with a grand, classical feel. Incredibly detailed touches—like a birdwatching perch in an apartment that overlooks Central Park—bring out the particular qualities of each property.

Ferguson & Shamamian Architects

270 Lafayette St., nr. Prince St., Ste. 300; 212-941-8088;

Homes are at their most opulent in the hands of Ferguson & Shamamian Architects, which takes a page from the iconic Parish-Hadley style. The firm’s forte is infusing traditional design with clients’ sensibilities to produce calm, cosmopolitan interiors.

Gabellini Sheppard Associates

665 Broadway, at Bond St., Ste. 706; 212-388-1700;

Michael Gabellini’s pale, refined interiors provide elegant blank canvases. Often working within historic structures, like a '20s Emery Roth building, he creates minimalist havens using a white palette, recessed lighting, and suspended walls and ceilings.

Ghiora Aharoni Design Studio

276 Fifth Ave., nr. 30th St., Ste. 1100; 212-255-1511;

Reconfiguring existing structures is the specialty here. Aharoni transforms closed, awkward New York interiors into contemporary open environments, creating volume, expanding city vistas, and adding outdoor spaces.


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