Calvert Wright Architecture645 Broadway, nr. Bleecker St., fifth fl.; 212-475-3531; spatialdiscipline.com
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 Architecture250 W. Broadway, nr. Walker St., fourth fl.; 212-219-1026; christofffinio.com
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 & Partners311 W. 43rd St., nr. Eighth Ave.; 212-247-1717; cooperrobertson.com
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. The firm is currently collaborating with Renzo Piano on the new Whitney Museum of American Art, slated to open in 2015
Daniel Romualdez Architects119 W. 23rd St., nr. Sixth Ave., Ste. 909; 212-989-8429
Romualdez wields his architectural knowledge gracefully and shrewdly. For example, his interiors might pair his own designs with eighteenth-century French pieces, setting a scene that is timeless, refined, and unpretentious.
D’Apostrophe Design392 Broadway, nr. Walker St., second fl.; 212-965-1077; dapostrophe.com
Belgium-born designer Francis D’Haene creates luminous, gallerylike interiors for art-world notables such as Dominique Lévy and Stellan Holm.
D’Aquino Monaco214 W. 29th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Ste. 1202; 212-929-9787; daquinomonaco.com
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 Architecture470 Union Ave., at Conselyea Ave., Williamsburg; 718-218-8101; davidbers.com
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 Architect225 E. 21 St., nr. Second Ave.; 212-982-7089; davidlingarchitect.com
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 Partners220 Fifth Ave., at 26th St.; 212-229-9211; dberke.com
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 PC45 Main St., nr. Front St., Ste. 708, Dumbo; 718-789-2919; delsonsherman.com
Modern architecture meets historic environs: That’s the M.O. for the properties renovated by this 15-year-old Brooklyn partnership.
Diller Scofidio + Renfro601 W. 26th St., nr. 12ve., Ste. 1815; 212-260-7971; dsrny.com
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.
Dlandstudio137 Clinton St., at Livingston St., Brooklyn Heights; 718-624-0244; dlandstudio.com?
Helmed by Susannah Drake, this multidisciplinary design firm includes architects, landscape architects, urban designers, sculptors, and scientists. Here, research and design go hand in hand: The firm specializes in high-end residential gardens, storm-water management, and green infrastructure. (ecofriendly)
Douglas Fanning Architecture152 Centre St., nr. Clinton St., Red Hook; 718-797-2030; dyadny.com
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; elizabethroberts.com
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 Architect526 W. 26th St., nr. 11th Ave., Ste. 514; 212-989-0652; eoarch.com
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 Architecture67 Gansevoort St., nr. Washington St.; 212-255-0704; fairfaxandsammons.com
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 Architects270 Lafayette St., nr. Prince St., Ste. 300; 212-941-8088; fergusonshamamian.com
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 Associates665 Broadway, at Bond St., Ste. 706; 212-388-1700; gabellinisheppard.com
Michael Gabellini’s pale, refined interiors provide elegant blank canvases. Often working within historic structures, like a twenties Emery Roth building, he creates minimalist havens using a white palette, recessed lighting, and suspended walls and ceilings.
Ghiora Aharoni Design Studio276 Fifth Ave., nr. 28th St., Ste. 1100; 212-255-1511; ghiora-aharoni.com
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.