Check out the architects who made the grade this year in our annual round up of Top 50 Coastal Architects in the country and beyond. From Maine to Oregon to Nantucket to the Caribbean—we feature the best firms and highlight their top projects and what is on the horizon for these talented designers, creators, and dream makers. 


Christopher Architecture & Interiors

Known for: Luxury, high-end design, specializing in custom residential and boutique commercial projects, as well as estate and land planning. The firm specializes in one-of a-kind, “snowflake”-like projects, influenced by topography and contextual vernacular. Highlight: A Luxe magazine regional award for a Birmingham kitchen design. In the works: Projects in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Tuxedo Park, New York, Lexington, Kentucky, and Alys Beach, Florida, Based in Birmingham.


KAA Design

Known for: Advancing the California lifestyle through contemporary architecture for more than 30 years. Highlight: Luxe RED and AIA Merit Awards. Highlight: Grant Kirkpatrick inducted as AIA Fellow. Highlight: Coverage in Traditional Home, Interiors, Luxe, and AD France. In the works: Residential projects in Barbuda, Hawaii, Washington, D.C., and Dubai, with coastal residences in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Manhattan Beach, and Malibu. Based in Los Angeles.

Landry Design Group

Known for: A balance of classical and modern projects. Highlight: Three Gold Nugget Awards, one Gold and one Silver Award from NAHB’s The Nationals. Highlight: Four Platinum BALA (Best in American Living) Awards, a WOW special award for the Contrasting Guest House, and one RED Award from Luxe magazine for a “wow-factor” room. In the works: Four projects in Malibu, a remodel in the Tampa Bay area, and a new beachfront home in Naples, Florida. Based in Los Angeles.

McClean Design

Known for: Warm, contemporary residences that focus on a direct connection to nature and the environment by eliminating barriers between indoors and out. Highlight: Majority of new 2021 projects are out-of-state and abroad. Highlight: Luxe RED and AIA Awards. In the works: New projects in Florida, Colorado, Nevada, and the Turks and Caicos, with continuing progress on others in California, Canada, and Thailand. Based in Orange County.

Marmol Radziner

Known for: A warm, modern style of design that emphasizes the relationship between architecture and nature. Highlight: New homes completed in Malibu and on Kauai. Highlight: Architect of the Four Seasons Resort in Cayo Largo, Puerto Rico. In the works: Homes in Montecito, Dana Point, Santa Cruz, Lake Tahoe, Westport, and Cabo San Lucas. Offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York. 

Burdge Architects

Known for: A diverse series of architectural styles. Highlight: California’s first carbon neutral home at Marisol Estates in Malibu. Highlight: With Sunset magazine, created the 2021 & 2022 Idea House. Highlight: Doug Burdge and partner Nate Garnero took the prestigious California Home + Design Award for “2021 Best Home Office Design” for Buhaus, a 160-square-foot space designed from a shipping container. In the works: Three boutique hotels between Malibu and Palm Springs. Based in Malibu.


Austin Patterson Disston Architecture & Design

Known for: Bespoke projects with an intimate scale and tailored interiors, whether in the Hamptons, on the Connecticut shore, or in the country. Highlight: A majority of projects in the Agrarian Modern and Shingle styles, incorporating traditional and modern elements. Highlight: Winners of a Residential Architect Design Award from Architect magazine. In the works: New projects in the Hamptons, Connecticut, and Florida. Based in Southport.

Cardello Architects

Known for: Shingle-style homes with transitional, open-plan interiors, and a growing portfolio of more modern architectural projects. Highlight: New projects for the exodus of people moving out of New York, many of their homes on the waterfront. 

Highlight: A 2020 A-List Award for Best Architecture in the “Under 7,000-square-foot” category. In the works: New projects in Westport, Darien, and Greenwich. Offices in Westport and Greenwich. 

Charles Hilton Architects

Known for: Fine waterfront homes and country estates in the Georgian, Colonial, English/Tudor, Mediterranean, and Shingle styles. Highlight: An influx of new work as clients flock to the suburbs. Highlight: A 2021 Palladio Award and two 2021 AIA-CT Alice Washburn Design Awards. In the works: A new waterfront Shingle style home in Greenwich, renovation and expansion of a historic Greenwich estate, and a penthouse in New York. Based in Greenwich.

Shope Reno Wharton

Known for: Artfully blending classical and traditional stylistic languages with expansive fenestration and open floor plans—in well-proportioned, Shingle Style homes. Diverse projects like coastal properties, family compounds, mountain retreats, townhomes and suburban estates. Highlight: Listed in the Architectural Digest AD100 and the Luxe Gold List. In the works: Projects on Cape Cod, in the Hamptons, in Rhode Island, and the Carolinas. Based in Norwalk.

Douglas VanderHorn Architects

Known for: A variety of styles, efficient planning, and thorough research in an extensive office library. Highlight: 2021 Alice Washburn Award. Highlight: With the growing popularity of the suburbs, an influx of a diverse clientele that continues to elevate its business. In the works: New and significant homes spanning from the Connecticut eastern shore to New Jersey, with a number of waterfront homes in Greenwich, Connecticut, and neighboring towns. Based in Greenwich.

Wadia Associates

Known for: A wide range of home styles that suit its clients’ needs—from the Shingle style to Jacobean, from French Country to Spanish Colonial. Highlight: The firm is very active right now in both the New Canaan and Palm Beach offices. Highlight: The firm has added more architects to its team to meet demand. In the works: Projects in Connecticut, Colorado, New York, and Florida, with new designs and renovations in each area. Offices in New Canaan, Palm Beach, and Greenwich.


Brillhart Architecture

Known for: Exploring spatial and atmospheric qualities in architecture that move or affect people emotionally. Highlight: Featured in Netflix series “The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes.” Highlight: Featured on cover of Dwell magazine. In the works: Recently completed: A 7,000-square-foot residence on Harbour Island; the 600-square-foot “Brillhut” cabin on Eleuthera; and a 5,000-square-foot, elevated waterfront home in Miami designed for storms and sea level rise. Based in Miami.

Choeff Levy Fischman

Known for: Leadership in the Tropical Modern Style—and changing the sensibility and appearance of Miami’s prominent residential enclaves like North Bay Road and Venetian Islands, as well as nationally and throughout the Caribbean. Highlight: 2020 Luxury Pools + Outdoor Living Pinnacle Award. Highlight: 2021 Luxe RED, Structures, and International Property Awards. In the works: Projects in Boca Raton and on Miami Beach’s North Bay Road and Di Lido Island. Based in Miami.

Cronk Duch Architecture & Planning

Known for: Well-designed structures that integrate site features and spatial hierarchy, with an architecture reflecting a design vernacular true to Contemporary Traditionalism and/or Contemporary Modernism. Highlight: Caribbean Homes in Bakers Bay, Elbow Cay & Abaco Club. Highlight: Addison Mizner Awards, ICAA; Merit Awards, AIA. In the works: Projects in Florida, Caribbean, Great Lakes, South Carolina, Montana, and California. Offices in Jacksonville, Palm Beach, St. Augustine, and Charleston.

Konstant Architecture Planning

Known for: Traditional architectural planning and interior design services, with 35 years of custom, regionally appropriate designs that work—and a design philosophy centered on honest architectural interpretation. Highlight: An emphasis on excellent design and attentive client service. Highlight: Inclusion on Luxe magazine’s Gold List, 2020. In the works: New projects in Utah, California, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, and Florida. Offices in Boca Grande and Illinois. 

Khoury Vogt Architects

Known for: Enduring building types and forms developed over time, most notably in planning and architecture for Alys Beach, Florida. Highlight: Kaiya Beach Club and 12 duplex villas, part of a promenade leading to the clubhouse. Highlight: A 2020 New Urban Guild Merit Award in the Design Excellence category for Caliza Court Rowhouses. In the works: Two lake houses on Lake Martin in Alabama, a penthouse in Nashville, and a town hall for Wellen, Florida. Based in Seacrest.

Guy Peterson/Office for Architecture

Known for: Use of color, indigenous materials, light and shadow for a softened Bauhaus aesthetic, plus a clear, sustainable architecture. Highlight: The firm’s work is archived in the USModernist Archive, and Peterson is featured in one of its national podcasts on USModernist Radio—about its work as it relates to the Sarasota School of Architecture. Highlight: Work featured in book by Beth Buckley called New View. In the works: Commissions for four waterfront homes on Florida’s West Coast. Based in Sarasota.

Hughes Umbanhowar Architects

Known for: Work that’s a reflection of the firm’s preoccupation with form, craft, and building technology. Highlight: 2020 American Architecture Award from The Chicago Athenaeum and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. Highlight: Three 2020 Design Excellence Awards from the AIA Treasure Coast Chapter, In the works: Projects in Jupiter Island and Hobe Sound, Florida, Bristol, Rhode Island, and Pacific Palisades, California. Offices in Hobe Sound and Venice. 

SDH Studio Architecture + Design

Known for: Warm, contemporary, and tropical architecture, with a strong emphasis on function, form, natural light, and a connection with the landscape. Highlight: Inclusion on the Luxe Gold List. Highlight: Named Best Architects in Miami by Expertise 2017-2021. Highlight: For five consecutive years, Houzz gave SDH the Best Design and Service Award. In the works: New oceanfront residences in Golden Beach and several oceanfront homes over 15,000 square feet. Based in Miami.

Silberstein Architecture

Known for: Original works of art, where each home is timeless and distinctive in design as it relates to its program. 
Highlight: The firm has decided to limit its client roster to those who want to live in exceptional homes. Highlight:  20 AIA awards to date, with two in 2020 for residences in Delray Beach and Longboat Key. In the works: 222 N. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach. Based in Delray Beach.

Strang Design

Known for: Environmental stewardship and respect for the evolution of modernism in scores of residences across Florida, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean. Coastal experts in sea level rise, designing with hurricanes in mind. Highlight: First Net-Zero waterfront residence in Miami Beach. Highlight: 2021 AIA Florida Award of Excellence: New Work. In the works: Ongoing involvement with the Panther Golf Community in Palm Beach County. Based in Miami.

Studio Khora

(formerly Rex Nichols Architects)
Known for: Contemporary architectural and interior design for luxury waterfront homes in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Palm Beach, New York, Palm Springs, Los Angeles, Cape Cod, Bahamas, and Dubai. Highlight:  Rex Nichols is currently a vice president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Highlight: 11 American Institute of Architects awards. In the works: Island development in the Bahamas; The House for Retreat; The Z House. Offices in Miami and Fort Lauderdale.


Harrison Design

Known for: Approaching projects as artisans and craftspeople, ensuring that the quality of design is matched by the caliber of material and workmanship. Highlight: More than 155 active projects worldwide. Highlight: Winner of Mizner Award for Residential Single Family over 10,000 square feet. In the works: Oceanfront projects in Naples, Palm Beach, Siesta Key, Florida Panhandle, Malibu, and the Golden Isles. Based in Atlanta.


de Reus Architects

Known for: Contextual architecture that connects with setting and land, emphasizing collaboration and livability over pretension and architectural ego. Highlight: Three new residences in Maui and on The Big Island, Highlight: New residence in Sun Valley. Highlight: New remodel on Kohala Mountain—a Hawaii up-country rustic home with Japanese garden–inspired grounds. In the works: New residence and multi-family in Maui; new resort in Cabo. 


Winkelman Architecture

Known for: Creating a synergistic link between the environment and a structure through stylistically diverse, fresh, and creative designs distinguished by a highly collaborative, craft-driven, and open-minded approach. Highlight: 2021 Maine AIA Design Award, Honor Recipient. In the works: Quahog Farm, a contemporary, highly energy-efficient oceanfront home that nests into the topography and is covered with planted roofs. Portland


Patrick Ahearn

Known for: Classic American architecture for contemporary living, balancing the romance of traditional design with modern ideals. Highlight: Renovation of a historic Massachusetts coastal resort now used as a private residence, plus a modernist-inspired property on Martha’s Vineyard. Highlight: Bulfinch Award from the ICAA New England Chapter. In the works: Projects on Martha’s Vineyard, and in Canada, California, Massachusetts, and Scotland. Boston and Edgartown

Hutker Architects

Known for: Building once, and well. Distilling essential qualities to create healthy, energy-efficient home environments that embody our clients’ values, ideals, and aesthetics. Highlight: 2021 Builders Choice Design Awards Project of the Year. Highlight: 2021 Residential Design Architecture Award. Highlight: 2021 Luxe RED Contemporary Home. In the works: Ski house in Vermont and writer’s retreat in Maine. Martha’s Vineyard

Morehouse MacDonald and Associates

Known for: Working in many vernaculars, though Shingle style and Arts and Crafts played a role in many recent projects. Highlight: PRISM Awards for Best New Home over 8,000 square feet, and Best Historic Restoration. Highlight: Nominated to the New England Home Hall of Fame. In the works: A renovation/addition on the New Jersey shore, a renovation to a coastal home in Gloucester, Massachusetts, two new villas on St. Kitts, and a house on Amelia Island. Lexington

Nicholaeff Architecture + Design

Known for: Combining aspects of modern and classical architecture, while currently designing to a more modern aesthetic. 
Highlight: Completion of a modern pool building and tree house in Cotuit. Highlight: Named Top Coastal Architect by Ocean Home magazine, 2018-2021. Highlight: Past awards include Prism, BRICC, and AIA New England. In the works:  Presently working on new construction, renovations, and additions throughout New England. Osterville

Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects + Builders

Known for: Fully integrating architecture and construction through a highly collaborative process to create custom Shingle-style homes that weave together vernacular, traditional, and modern themes. Highlight: A 2021 Bulfinch Award from the ICAA, New England. Highlight: Completion of waterfront homes in Chatham, Osterville, and Cotuit, and on Nantucket. In the works: A net-zero home in Truro, and design-build projects in Cape Cod and the South Shore of Massachusetts. Cape Cod


Barnes Coy Architects

Known for: A disciplined approach to architecture as a response to context—of site, client, and nearby built environment—and for modern designs in form and intent. 
Highlight: Completion of a major oceanfront house on Long Island. Highlight: A commission for family and guest residences in the lagoon surrounding Bora Bora in French Polynesia. In the works: Waterfront houses in Southampton, East Hampton, and Florida. Bridgehampton

Bates Masi + Architects

Known for: Responding to projects with research in related architectural fields, material, craft, and environment for unique solutions as varied as the individuals or groups for whom they’re designed. Highlight: The firm’s first monograph, Bespoke Home, is now in bookstores; a second is on the way. Highlight: A 2021 Record House in Architectural Record and a 2021 AIA Peconic Honor Award. In the works: Waterfront residences throughout the Hamptons. East Hampton

Alexander Gorlin Architects

Known for: Dramatic homes characterized by memorable spaces that enhance the view in harmony with the landscape. Highlight: Multiple SARA Design Awards. Highlight: AIA NYS Excelsior Award of Honor. Highlight: Miami Design Preservation League’s Barbara Baer Capitman Award. In the works: Two homes on opposite ends of the Atlantic—one in Amagansett, Long Island, the other in Morocco for a Sheikh from Abu Dhabi. New York 

BMA Architects

Known for: Sophisticated, luxury residential architecture in the most sought-after locations in the world. Highlight: AIA Long Island’s Award for Excellence in Architecture. Highlight: Editorial coverage in Architectural Digest, The New York Times, and Architect magazine. In the works: The firm’s recently opened Miami office is currently working on multiple commissions in South Florida as well as five mountainside homes in Monterrey, Mexico. Bridgehampton

Deborah Berke Partners

Known for: Deeply rooted, place-specific modern houses that enrich and elevate everyday life. Timeless design with warm, natural materials and elegant detailing. Highlight: Winner of the National Design Award from the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. Highlight: Deborah Berke is the dean of the Yale School of Architecture. Highlight: Light & Shadow collection of carpets for Warp & Weft. New York

Fairfax & Sammons

Known for: Specializing in residential architectural design and urban design, where classicism in the domestic realm offers creative solutions both timeless and beautiful. Highlight: Three 2020 Addison Mizner Medals, a 2020 Stanford White Award, and a 2020 Palladio Award. Highlight: Renovation of a Palm Beach home by Marion Sims Wyeth, architect of Mar-a-Lago. In the works: Projects in Palm Beach and Lake Worth. New York and Palm Beach

G.P. Schafer Architect

Known for: Applying traditional residential architectural practices to create majestic homes that seamlessly blend into their surroundings. Highlight: G.P. Schafer is the recipient of a 2020 Stanford White Award, a 2020 Bulfinch Award, and a 2021 Palladio Award. Highlight: Schafer contributed to the book Thomas Jefferson at Monticello, published in September. In the works: Oceanfront projects in Hobe Sound, Florida, Southampton, New York, Block Island, and Rhode Island. New York 

Ike Kligerman Barkley 

Known for: Warm, comfortable and inviting houses that reflect the personalized approach to the living environment. Highlight: At work on Book III of the firm’s latest projects, due out next year. Highlight: Moving to new offices in an Art Deco building on Fifth Avenue. Highlight: New houses
completed in Bridgehampton and Mecox Bay. In the works: A wide range of new houses and renovations that span the country—from one coast to the other. New York and Oakland

Martin Architects

Known for: Organic, modern residential, commercial, and institutional work—and engaging the modern world. Highlight: Two AIA Long Island Archi Awards for Residential Design. Highlight: Two AIA Peconic Awards for Residential Design and Historical Preservation. In the works: Renovation of Gwathmey Siegel’s residence and studio; the Tolan House of the same era; several ocean-facing, cliffside and harbor-facing projects; and a Manhattan penthouse. Sagaponack

Peter Pennoyer Architects

Known for: Sophisticated projects ranging from historic renovations of landmark structures to newly built residences characterized by expert craftsmanship and attention to detail. Highlight: Design of the lauded Art Deco clock in New York’s new Moynihan Train Hall, unveiled in January. Highlight: New book out in October titled Rowdy Meadow: House – Land – Art. Highlight: Design of a new, 19-story condo on the Upper East Side called The Benson. New York and Miami

Reddymade Architecture and Design

Known for: Combining formal experimentation, imaginative use of color, and passion for innovative materials to create spaces that influence well-being, creativity, and productivity. Highlight: In 2021, Reddymade completed the first-ever physical store for Google, earning LEED Platinum certification. Highlight: AIA Film Challenge Finalist for “Creating X.” In the works: A sculpture called “me+you” for the rotunda of the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building, in November. New York

Robert A. M. Stern Architects

Known for:  Designing sophisticated residential, commercial, and institutional projects ranging from the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, to Gap, Inc.’s corporate headquarters in San Francisco. Highlight: Houses: Robert A. M. Stern Architects, published in January. Highlight: 2021 Luxe RED Regional Award in Classic/Traditional Architecture. Highlight: Two 2021 Bulfinch Awards, from The New England Chapter of the ICAA. New York

Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects

Known for: Casual, warm modernism exemplified through the use of rich natural materials and a strong dialogue with natural surroundings. Highlight: Completion of Field House on Long Island, a contemporary steel-frame and mahogany-clad home with ocean views on one side and pond views on the other. In the works: A fitness center in a stunning setting in the West Indies and a bay-front residence in East Hampton that is more art gallery than house. Bridgehampton

Steven Harris Architects

Known for: Work that is deceptively modest, focusing on the character and location of the site and the ways in which the owners will use the house. Highlight: Best of the Year Awards from Interior Design magazine. Highlight: Work featured in Architectural Digest magazine. In the works: Projects overlooking the ocean in Kennebunkport, on the ocean in Southampton, and overlooking the Pacific in Santa Cruz. New York


Known for: Contextually relevant, site-specific, modern designs. The firm embraces technology and celebrates craft, bringing materiality and contrast to luxurious modern spaces. Highlight: In 2021, the firm was honored by Interior Design, Hospitality Design, and the Createurs Design Awards. In the works: A courtyard compound in Nantucket, an AutoCamp on Cape Cod, a modernist waterfront home in Stuart, Florida, and an art-filled duplex in Manhattan. New York

Leroy Street Studio

Known for: Houses anchored in the essential qualities of place, exploring connections to nature through structural and material expression. Architectural studio with design firm and construction business. Highlight: National AIA/ALA Library Building Award for Brooklyn’s Sunset Park Library. Highlight: SARA/NY Design Award of Excellence for Dune House. In the works: Waterfront projects on Sag Harbor and Bridgehampton. New York

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Known for: Designing to the nature of unique circumstances, resulting in architecture that feels simultaneously grounded and transcendent, crafted to embody resiliency and adapt to an ever-changing world. Highlight: Associate Principal Patricia Culley is a 2021 recipient of the AIA Young Architect Award. Highlight: 10 National Honor Awards from the AIA and over 675 awards for design excellence. New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Seattle, and Wilkes-Barre


Kersting Architecture

Known for: Designing detailed, site-specific, custom homes that emphasize the outdoor landscape while fulfilling the personal and functional needs of the homeowners and inhabitants. Highlight: First Place in the People’s Choice category of NC Modernist’s 2021 George Matsumoto Prize for the Mobius House on Pine Knoll Shores. In the works: Several custom waterfront homes, a floating private restaurant club, and a private beach club. Wilmington


Andreozzi Architecture

Known for: Historic, traditional, and Shingle-style residential architecture, respectful of historic canons but also modern and reinventive in their design. Highlight: Named one of the Institute of Traditional Architecture’s Top 50 Traditional Architecture Firms in the World. Highlight: David Andreozzi is president of the New England Chapter of the ICAA. In the works: David Andreozzi recently helped create the website Architectural Delight Barrington


Michael G. Imber, Architects 

Known for: Designs rooted in history, with an understanding of the principles of beauty yet seeking to create houses for modern lifestyles. Highlight: Two 2021 Palladio Awards from Traditional Building magazine. Highlight: A recently completed residence in Alys Beach. Highlight: A Mexican villa on the beach in San Jose Cabo San Lucas. In the works: Projects in Maine, the Carolinas, Maryland, and Delaware—and continuing work in Florida, Texas, and California. San Antonio


Cutler Anderson Architects

Known for: Creating an emotional connection to the unique combination of place and institution present in each project. Highlight: A newly redesigned website. Highlight: One project on the Oregon Coast was named a Record House of the Year by Architectural Record magazine. The house used a commercial curtain wall system, which provides stunning views of the ocean while keeping harsh weather at bay. Bainbridge Island

Olson Kundig Architects

Known for: A design approach grounded in the belief that buildings can act as bridges between culture, nature, and people, and that inspiring surroundings can positively affect every aspect of our daily lives. Highlight: AIA National Honor Award for Architecture. Highlight: Inclusion on Architectural Digest’s AD100 List. In the works: Projects in West Hollywood and Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, and a high-rise development along the BeltLine in Atlanta. Seattle


RA Shaw Fine Architecture

Known for: Creating modern luxury villas for residential and rental markets, an extensive use of sustainable materials and alternative power generation, and natural materials that soften the modern style and make the project visually interesting, friendly, warm and inviting. Highlight: In 2021, a 6,000-square-foot villa called Wind Chime. In the works: A number of new homes in the design phase, and fall groundbreaking for a villa called Sandy Tales. Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos

John Doak Architecture

Known for: Beach residences in the Caribbean, most being carried out in the Cayman Islands—“at home” there and “of that place.” Highlight: Governors Award for Design Excellence for rejuvenating a 1904 wattle-and-daub cottage called “Pinkie,” and for a newly designed and built beach cottage called “Driftwood,” both for the same Balinese client. In the works: Designs for a boutique resort nestled on Little Cayman, including overwater bungalows. George Town, Cayman Islands