Building a house is a commitment that demands time, effort, and finances. To make sure that design will go smoothly, construction professionals are needed. Architects take the lead in design, ensuring that a residential project will be up-to-standards and adhere to local building codes. 

This list features the best residential architects in Great Neck, New York. To come up with this list, our editorial team has put together this excellent list of local architectural firms and assessed each based on a set of criteria that takes into account each firm’s work history, capabilities, and overall quality of work.

Barbara Dziorney Architect

1 Linden Plaza, Ste. #210, Great Neck, NY 11021

Backed by over 20 years of industry experience, an education from Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania, and mentorship from legendary New York-based architect Robert A.M. Stern, Barbara Dziorney established her namesake firm. Barbara Dziorney Architect is a full-service architectural firm specializing in residential and commercial architecture, interior design, and zoning. 

The Great Neck Estates Home featured here is a great example of the firm’s creativity and skill. This French Colonial home was built on an irregularly-shaped hilltop lot and designed to maximize its “street presence.” The home has strong features of symmetry and balance achieved through the classical façade and traditional detailing. 

Ed Kopel, Architect

120 Hoyt St., Brooklyn, NY 11217

Ed Kopel, AIA, LEED AP grew up in Great Neck. After graduating from Great Neck North, Ed attended Columbia University where he received a B.A. in Architecture. Immediately after college he attended Yale School of Architecture and with honors receiving Master of Architecture degree in 1992. Ed Kopel has been a licensed architect for 25 years. Kopel’s academic background sets the highest standards for formal design techniques and established practices. Kopel and his team have emphasized meticulous attention to detail and strict quality control in every project. This crafty operation has birthed projects such as the Dumbo Residence—a prime example of a contemporary home style.

This 3,200-square-foot full-floor unit houses a family of four with a compelling art collection. With that collection in mind, Ed Kopel designed the home to have a U-shaped layout and neutral tones in order to highlight the collection as well as the elegance of everyday living.

Frank Petruso Architect

107 Northern Blvd., Ste. #411, Great Neck, NY 11021

Over the past 25 years, Frank Petruso Architect has become a name synonymous with reliable service and easy customer service. Petruso and his team of talented architects and design professionals have taken a strong interest in providing the best quality of residential design regardless of style across New York.

The Frank Petruso portfolio includes projects such as the Transitional home with the clean exterior color. The home has a strong structural design and a timeless silhouette, channeling a look that will never go out of style.

Laura Heim Architect

45-14 Skillman Ave., Sunnyside, NY 11104

Laura Heim Architect is a full-service design firm capable of the full range of architectural services with particular emphasis on historic preservation and adaptive reuse and renovation. Despite the eye for the past, Laura Heim, FAIA always keeps tabs on innovative design practices and the latest in design standards. Laura and her team of designers are decorated with high honors and awards from relevant design organizations including the coveted Elevated College of Fellows status in the AIA.

The firm’s high level of design sensibility and understanding of function became central to the way Laura Heim operates. That understanding took the firm around the world, crafting the best context-specific homes including the La Casa De Fuego Y Agua in Nicaragua and numerous homes in New York. In the Nicaraguan estate, Laura Heim put eco-friendly design elements at the forefront and chose sustainable materials and a layout that optimizes the home’s rural environment. 

Morpurgo Architects

1500, 18 Sycamore Ave., Ste. # 3, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 07423

Purveyors of unique residential home designs, Morpurgo Architects is a well-regarded design firm capable of designing, planning, and restoring residential properties all over New Jersey and New York. The firm’s comprehensive range of design services put Morpugo in a good position to craft projects that go beyond design norms and more in line with the firm’s imaginative nature. Homes such as the Woodcliff Lake Residence III indicate Morpugo’s openness to eccentric design and innovative architecture.

The project is a contemporary home distinguished by its curved shape and inclusion of soft lines in the details. The curved shape of the home dictates the interiors and the way homeowners interact with each other. Morpugo notes that “the sculptural quality of this house casts the artful living spaces inside and out.”

Narofsky Architecture

3718 Northern Blvd., Ste. #317, Long Island City, NY, NY 11101

For four decades, Narofsky Architecture has provided superlative architectural services to New York residents, establishments, and civic institutions. The firm has been celebrated by industry organizations, including during the 2020 Pinnacle Awards. Stuart Narofsky, FAIA is the AIA Long Island Lifetime Achievement Award winner due to his contributions to the development of the city. He is also an affiliate of leading architectural schools, including the New York Institute of Technology, Pratt Institute, and Drexel University.

Looking at Narofsky’s portfolio is a visual delight: one amazing Modern and Contemporary home after another, project after project, photo after photo. One of the homes that reflects Narofsky’s masterful design is the house dubbed as On The Hill. The home, featured below, has a stacked structure with sharp, untamed edges and detailed nooks and crannies. This home combines aesthetic appreciation and functionality at its core. The project won the AIA Long Island Award in 2020.

Paul Russo Architect

114 Birch Hill Rd., Locust Valley, NY 11560

Established in 2001, Paul Russo Architect is an AIA Design Award-winning residential and commercial design firm operating all over New York. Paul Russo was trained in the halls of Syracuse University in Florence, Italy, and the New York Institute of Technology.

Russo and his roster of talented architects provide great projects including the Great Neck estate shown here. The home is a French Mid Century Modern with Cape elements. The residential design has an understated elegance achieved by using a soft palate and a refined assortment of furniture. 

Sung Ho Shin Architect

194-02 Northern Blvd., Ste. #216, Flushing, NY 11358

In over 20 years of operations, Sung Ho Shin Architect has built a name in residential architecture as well as the niche markets of interior design, planning, and consulting. Namesake architect Sung Ho Shin graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Design, Pratt Institute, and Yonsei University in Seoul. The firm is experienced in various market segments but its residential portfolio is especially worth noting.


Projects such as the Great Neck Manor home found in the photo are evidence of the firm’s impressive capabilities.  The massive home is a gem in the middle of suburban New York. The elegant home’s muted tones and simple design elements give the homeowners an understated sophistication without compromising privacy.

The Architectural Team

50 Commandant’s Way at Admiral’s Hill, Chelsea, MA 02150

The Architectural Team, Inc. (TAT) is a master planning, architecture, and interior design firm with a national reputation as a leader in historic preservation and adaptive reuse, along with the new construction of large-scale urban mixed-use developments, multifamily, commercial, waterfront and hospitality developments, assisted and senior living facilities, and community centers. TAT has received more than 200 design awards in its 50 years of client service, including a National Historic Preservation Award from President Ronald Reagan. Founder Robert Verrier, FAIA, is joined by six principals and a staff of more than 90 professionals engaged in creative residential, commercial, and institutional works.

The Avalon Great Neck community is a large-scale contemporary residential property in the heart of Long Island, and one of TAT’s award-winning interior design projects. The 191-unit property was designed with the modern professional and family in mind, and caters to an exciting contemporary lifestyle. It has facilities for physical activities, relaxation, and everything in between. Reflecting its position at the top of the Long Island residential market, Avalon Great Neck also features compelling design details including custom millwork, Italian-quarry sourced stone, and porcelain tile finishes. Intended as a refined retreat for residents, the design also takes full advantage of the development’s coastal location by optimizing expansive views of the water.