Gluckman Tang Architects250 Hudson St., nr. Dominick St.; 212-929-0100; gluckmantang.com
Richard Gluckman practically invented the Chelsea aesthetic: cleaned-up industrial spaces that are bathed in natural light and make great showcases for contemporary art. He adds tactile materials, striking staircases, and the occasional outdoor shower.
Groves & Co.210 11th Ave., nr. 25th St., Ste. 502; 212-929-5221; grovesandco.com
Russell Groves’s graceful, thoughtful style makes for oases of calm in the busy city. This architect and interior designer works with ecru-colored paint, ebony-stained wood, and natural, sustainable materials. He crafts interiors with a place for everything and not a rough edge in sight.
GRT Architects928 Pacific St., nr. Grand Ave., second fl., Prospect Heights 646-509-9052; grtarchitects.com
In 2015, childhood friends Rustam Mehta and Tal Schori joined up after separate careers to start their own firm. It’s been a productive first year, including one particularly challenging job: the renovation of an 11-foot-wide townhouse that somehow managed to leave it feeling open and airy.
Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman & Associates Architects525 Broadway, nr. Spring St., seventh fl.; 212-947-1240; gwathmey-siegel.com
The designs of this well-known firm’s apartments are based on a series of simple shapes—walls curve out for a breakfast nook or in for a fireplace. Materials could include Venetian plaster, stainless steel, or warm rosewood.
Hariri & Hariri39 W. 29th St., nr. Sixth Ave., 12th fl.; 212-727-0338; haririandhariri.com
A new interior by sisters Gisue and Mojgan Hariri tends to feel like an excavation, however high the floor. They install sculptural fireplaces, cantilevered steps, and floating shelves, keeping work close to the walls to leave clean, quiet spaces for clients to enjoy.
Haute Architecture D.P.C.134 W. 29th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Ste. 806; 212-695-9638; haute-architecture.com
German architect Torsten Schlauersbach, a protégé of Norman Foster, has worked all over the world. He’s as versatile as he is imaginative, having masterminded beach houses, farm residences, and a West Village townhouse. His firm offers a full range of services from schematic design through construction administration, plus interior design.
I-Beam Architecture and Design138 Spring St., nr. Wooster St., second fl.; 212-244-7596; i-beamdesign.com
Azin Valy and Suzan Wines design and construct residential, landscape, and commercial projects, blending an unerring eye for functionality with a streamlined sensibility. They once created a staircase that floated above a kitchen and connected to a rolling stepladder with built-in cabinets.
Ingrao, Inc.17 E. 64th St., nr. Madison Ave.; 212-472-5400
Designer and architect Tony Ingrao enjoys juxtaposing contemporary furnishings with antiques for maximum impact, as in TV presenter Donny Deutsch’s living room, where velvet-upholstered bergères flank a mounted medicine cabinet by Damien Hirst.
Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects115 W. 27th St., nr. Sixth Ave., ninth fl.; 212-620-9166; jaklitschgardner.com
This studio of seven architects and designers has won numerous accolades, including the Award of Excellence from the AIA in 2010 and 2011. The firm is keen to highlight the specific qualities of each site, with an eye toward sustainable practices. (ecofriendly)
Joel Sanders Architect89 Fifth Ave., nr. 16th St., Ste. 301.; 212-431-8751; joelsandersarchitect.com
Using one continuous surface to create fully functioning homes, Sanders’s designs push the capabilities of computers and challenge clients to think creatively. A concrete floor may dip to form a padded conversation pit—then rise up to turn into a countertop.
Julian King Architect304 Hudson St., nr. Vandam St., sixth fl.; 917-288-9849; juliankingarchitect.com
The firm provides full architectural service: site planning, construction oversight, landscaping, and interior design. For the renovation of a formerly dark Brooklyn townhouse, these architects created a skylit slot that bathes every floor in natural light. (ecofriendly)
Leone Design Studio540 President St., nr. Third Ave., Ste. 2J, Gowanus; 718-243-9088; leonedesignstudio.com
This architecture and design-build firm takes an integrated, detail-oriented approach to projects: The architects and craftsmen collaborate from design through completion to ensure that the client’s vision is never lost along the way.
Leroy Street Studio113 Hester Street, nr. Eldridge St.; 212-431-6780; leroystreetstudio.com
Led by Yale Architecture grads Morgan Hare, Marc Turkel, and Shawn Watts, this practice provides construction management, design architecture, and interior design. One project involved combining three adjacent landmarked townhouses and reorganizing the interior around a dramatic atrium.
Made141 Beard St., at Van Brunt St., Bldg. 12B, Red Hook; 718-834-0171; made-nyc.com
With full design, fabrication, and contracting crews in-house, this studio is a one-stop shop for home remodeling. The majority of the firm’s clients enlist it for gut renovations, though Made also does top-notch interior transformations and reconfigurations.