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The 16 Best Residential Architects in Stamford, Connecticut

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Stamford, Connecticut, is located just 30 miles outside of New York City. Many of the homes in this area were built to enjoy the calming views of the water and the relaxing atmosphere of this beautiful, small city. Stamford is also home to several Fortune 500 companies and large corporations, making it a financial hub and a place buzzing with opportunities.

If you’re looking to build or renovate your home in the area, our team  compiled a list of the 16 best residential architects in Stamford, Connecticut. This list was curated based on the firms’ process, the projects they have worked on, and their reputation in the business. On the other hand, if you want to learn more about the cost of building a custom home in Stamford, check out our cost guide article.


Charles Hilton Architects

170 Mason St, Greenwich, CT 06830

Based in Greenwich, CT, Charles Hilton Architects is a residential architecture firm that specializes in designing high quality and sustainable waterfront projects. Their work includes traditionally-inspired designs, grand landscape features, and detailed architectural interiors. These finished spaces are beautiful, practical, and are in harmony with the surrounding environment. 

Charles Hilton Architects is an award-winning firm founded by Charles Hilton. His professional career began 37 years ago when he worked as an architectural apprentice in highschool. Hilton is an award-winning architect and a 2016 Inductee into the New England Home Design Hall of Fame. He has also made the Top 50 Coastal Architects List in Ocean Home’s Magazine for the past three years and won the national Palladio Award in 2011 for ‘Restoration and Renovation.’ 

The French Normandy Residence is a sample of Charles Hilton Architects’ work. The design was inspired by Marie Antoinette’s Petit Hamlet, located on the grounds of Versailles. This grand home mimics aspects of the French Norman Farmhouse and is tucked away in the estate’s lush green landscape. It features a steeply pitched, graduated slate roof and walls made with randomly laid terracotta brick tiles. These details give the home a unique profile that looks like it is directly out of a fairytale. The focal point of the house’s composition is the corner tower that is finished with a whimsical cat and mouse finial. This project was recognized as the HOBI Award 2013 winner, Project of the Year HOBI Award 2013, and was the winner of the Best Custom Home in the 6,000 to 7,000 SF HOBI Award 2013. It also won the Best Remodeled Home in the $2 Million to $3 Million category.


Joeb Moore & Partners

20 Bruce Park Ave, Greenwich, CT 06830

Joeb Moore & Partners believe that architecture is a material and social art. They explore this connection between the social and the physical by designing spaces that deepen the human experience and engage people with their surroundings. The firm is known for their inventive use of formal and spatial systems in their designs and details. Their portfolio is riddled with stunning, contemporary homes that are precise and creative. They couple these spaces with landscaping and furnishings that compliment the environment.

The firm was responsible for the work on the Noyes Transformation project. The team took the existing Eliot Noyes residence, built in the early 1950s, and preserved the experimental nature of the original home as well as extended the space. They exhibited elements of abstract formalism in their design. This project ended up winning the 2007 Custom Home DA Merit Award, the 2006 AIA CT Drawing Award, the 2004 AIA NE Merit Award, the 2003 AIA CT Honor Award, and the 2002 AIA CT Honor Award.


Beinfield Architecture

11 Chestnut St #102, South Norwalk, CT 06854

For 38 years, Beinfield Architecture has been practicing an idea-driven style of architecture that is inspired by place, culture, and history. They are an innovative firm that constantly creates environmentally sustainable solutions to satisfy the needs of their clients. Based in Connecticut, the firm’s projects are heavily informed by the timeless aesthetics of the region, with many of their designs boasting the stark, simple, and patterned forms of early New England architecture.

A sample in Beinfield Architecture’s portfolio includes the Cottage Darien project. This is a gorgeous beach-style cottage remodel that uses some classic design notes found in traditional homes in New England, while maintaining a charming contemporary atmosphere inside. There is a spacious open floor plan, bright walls, and many windows to enjoy the waterfront.


Austin Patterson Disston Architects

376 Pequot Ave, PO Box 61, Southport, CT 06890

With 39 years of experience under their belt, Austin Patterson Disston Architects (APD Architecture and Design), is an experienced, full-service, award-winning architectural and planning firm that services residents of Southport, Connecticut, and Quogue, New York. While their work experience is broad, their focus is on residential, hospitality, and private club projects. The team is skilled in designing renovations, restorations, additions, apartments, and new residences.

One example of APD Architecture and Design’s expertise is their Shore Colonial on the Sound project. The original, 20th century, waterfront property has a direct view of the New York skyline. Earlier remodels of this beautiful, 4,588 square foot home stripped much of the historic character of the house. To rectify this loss, the team added appropriate details such as paneled walls, pilasters, moldings, built-ins, and coffered ceilings to align the home to its original spirit. The interior was redesigned to comfortably hold family gatherings, offer spaces for active teens, and provide great views of the water beyond the home.


Robert A. Cardello Architects

60 Post Road W, Westport CT 06880

With extensive experience in all aspects of design, Robert A. Cardello Architects has amassed several awards throughout their 22 years in business. The team works on new construction residential homes, renovations, commercial venues, and high-end custom homes. They have won awards in the Traditional Architecture in the less than 7,000 sq ft category from athome Magazine and in bathroom design from the Innovation in Design Awards from Connecticut Cottages and Gardens. The firm was even named one of the Top Coastal Architects by Ocean Home Magazine in 2018.

The Shippan Point Beach Cottage provides a glimpse into Robert A. Cardello Architects’ work in designing beautiful waterfront homes. This 3,500 square foot new home is nestled comfortably along the Stamford coastline. The team designed an open floor plan with lots of room to entertain guests. The end result is a beautiful, modern home with charming views of the water.


Robert A.M. Stern Architects

One Park Ave, New York, NY 10016

For 52 years, Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA) has provided architecture and interior design services throughout the country, as well as locations in Europe, Asia, and South America. They have extensive experience designing for residential, commercial, and institutional projects of all sizes. Despite being a large firm, they maintain a staunch level of attention to detail and commitment to quality.

The House at Blue Water Hill is a sample from RAMSA’s single-family residential portfolio. This Shingle-style house on Compo Beach was once an undistinguished 1960s-house, until RAMSA transformed it into a gorgeous home with a gambrel roof, picturesque gables, and dormers. It’s an extraordinary property with breathtaking views from the principal rooms of Long Island South and Sherwood Island. With its sky-blue stained shingles, leaded hand-blown glass, and white-painted shutters and window boxes, this residence is reminiscent of early 20th-century beach houses. Classical detailing, hand-scraped oak floors, beadboard paneling, and cork ceilings bring the entire look together to form a beautiful, inspiring home.


Trillium Architects

16 Bailey Ave, 2nd Fl, Ridgefield, CT  06877  

Trillium Architects was founded with the objective of creating green, beautiful homes. They design homes built to the standards of Passive House, Net Zero, LEED, LBC, and ‘Pretty Good’ Homes. Apart from their dedication to protecting the well-being of the planet, the firm also takes good care of their clients through thoughtful design choices. 

The Scandinavia in Stamford project, built for a retired couple, was created by Trillium Architects with the intention of making life a bit easier and more relaxing for the residents. It was designed for single-floor living with easy access to house amenities on the first floor, while the upstairs rooms accommodate visiting family members. There are also plenty of bright open spaces throughout the property to enjoy the lovely sea breezes.


CAH Architecture and Design

267 Sport Hill Rd., Easton, CT 06612

CAH Architecture and Design is a full-service firm that specializes in designing high-end single and multi-family residential architecture. They are dedicated to creating spaces that are both practical and environmentally sensitive. Not only does the firm focus on producing quality design, but the team takes the necessary time to get to know their clients. Building relationships ensures that the client’s vision is understood at every step of the design and construction process. 

The 4 Main Street project pictured is a sample of CAH Architecture and Design’s work. A winner of four HOBI Awards, this gorgeous traditional home takes elements of traditional design and merges them with modern finishes. The result is a beautiful cross between the old and the new. This expansive house, with large windows and skylights, boasts an abundance of natural light that illuminates its airy interior. The shared areas throughout the house are spacious, allow for great family time, and are ideal for entertaining guests.


Jones Byrne Margeotes Partners

1786 Bedford St, Stamford, CT 06905

Jones Byrne Margeotes Partners (JBMP) is a full-service architectural firm with a seasoned team of classically trained yet innovative architects and designers. Their team believes that good design happens when all elements are balanced and seamlessly integrated. With 14 years in the business, JBMP has established a great reputation in designing homes using various architectural styles and methods of construction, particularly in the Victorian, Georgian, Contemporary, and Ranch styles. All of their projects are designed with care, for even the tiniest of details, to ensure that the final product creates the perfect atmosphere and satisfies the needs for the location.

A beautiful example of JBMP’s thoughtful design process would be the Waterfront Shingle Style Home in Stamford.  This lovely, large home has sweeping vistas of the ocean from the large windows that line the house. Not only does it boast million-dollar views, but the house itself is a sight to behold with its lovely classical design, breathtaking large windows, and expansive interiors.


Studio Dumitru Architects

25 Sylvan Rd South, Suite I, Westport, Connecticut, 06880

Studio Dumitru Architects is an experienced, boutique-style firm that provides a full range of architectural services. The team offers a highly personalized form of residential design to ensure that their work is truly tailored to the client. They also guarantee that their final product will meet all specific requirements while also complimenting the surroundings.

With every project, the Studio Dumitru Architects’ team strives to master the art of space whether it’s a Georgian or English manor, Tudor, Dutch Colonial, Classic New England Colonial, Shingle, or Modern home. The shingle-style house is a sample of the firm’s work. The charming facade on this residential property is welcoming. Inside is a large family home with a spacious, beautiful kitchen. There is plenty of outdoor space for entertaining. The study is lined with dark wooden details that complement the rest of the home’s down-to-earth detailing.


Neil Hauck Architects

859 Post Rd, Darien, CT 06820

Boasting a diverse body of work, Neil Hauck Architects is a well-established, full-service, architectural design firm. Their portfolio is filled with a mix of new homes, home renovations, community buildings and commercial projects of varying styles. The firm’s work is characterized by having clean architectural lines, a rich palette of natural materials, sensitivity to scale and proportion, and keen attention to detail. They put a great deal of energy into creating floor plan layouts that function efficiently and provide ease of circulation throughout.

The team begins each project by listening carefully to the needs and desires of the client and then designs without any preconceived notions of a solution. Each design evolves as a response to the particular site conditions and to the client’s lifestyle and tastes.

A stunning example of Neil Hauck Architects’ timeless design is House KP2 (shown here), which incorporates nested gables, twin stone chimneys, and a wrap-around porch with barrel vaulted portico.


Andrew Nuzzi Architects

76 Ridgecrest Rd, Stamford, CT 06903

Andrew Nuzzi Architects is a boutique-style architecture firm with two decades of experience specializing in residential architecture. Based in Stamford, CT, this firm knows the ins and outs of design trends as well as the culture and style of the area. Their portfolio is a lovely display of the firm’s admiration of traditional style and their appreciation for a modernized design. They often take classic details and integrate them with modern-day floor plans to create a timeless home for the modern family.

The firm’s work ranges from charming cottages to grand castles and estates. Andrew Nuzzi Architects was responsible for the Shingle-Style Gambrel project, a beautiful home that is a combination of styles. It was the winner of the 2014 HOBI for best In-Town custom home and was awarded the winner for best new construction technology. This lovely, charming home has a warm and welcoming exterior that complements the comfortable, spacious interiors.


CPG Architects

1 Dock St, Stamford, CT 06902

Throughout their 41 years working in architecture, CPG Architects has successfully managed to make their name synonymous with innovative design. The firm is made up of a dynamic, 45+ person team that works on regional architecture, interiors, and planning. They operate from their Stamford office as well as their satellite office in Scottsdale, AZ. Although a bulk of their clients are from the corporate market, they also design for retail, educational, healthcare, and residential projects.

An example of CPG Architects’ work includes the interior of the Van Dijk Residence in Stamford. This 5,000 square foot contemporary home was designed to modern European standards but the styling embraces the locale. The vaulted living room ceiling gives way to the beautiful water outside and unites the interior and exterior spaces. The location’s views can be enjoyed through the oversized, full glass sliding doors, skylights, and from a bump-out window area in the kitchen. 


Cugno Architecture

113 Westport Rd, Wilton, CT 06897

Throughout their 32 years in the business, Cugno Architecture has completed over 400 architectural projects from high-end residential to medium-sized commercial projects. With a hands-on approach, they specialize in custom home design, historic restoration, remodeling, and residential renovation. They provide thoughtful attention to detail that produces high quality results.

Included in Cugno Architecture’s portfolio is the shingle-style, new residence in Darien. This large, ornate, three-story home is a staunch example of the team’s focus on details. Standing at approximately 6,800 square feet, this home has charming Victorian elements on the outside with a matching gable roof. The interior boasts unique features including a well-built wine cellar, a fully outfitted basement entertainment area, a charming kid’s room, and custom-built detailing throughout the home that give the house character.


Contadino Architects

436 E Putnam Ave, Cos Cob, CT 06807  

Founded in 1989, Contadino Architecture is an established architecture and planning firm. They are known for their commitment of satisfying a project’s design requirements and client’s enjoy their clear and open communication. The team’s passion and depth of experience in architecture bleed into every design they create with a deep understanding of each project, site, context, program, and budget.

The beautiful Stamford Waterfront residence is a sample of Contadino Architecture’s work. The unique views are highlighted with large paneled windows that line every side of this powder blue, beach-style home. It also has a comfortable sunroom, spacious balconies, and a porch that takes in the waterfront views. 


Colangelo Associates Architects

1273 East Putnam Ave, PO Box 911, Riverside, CT 06878

Founded in 1980, Colangelo Associate Architects is a well-known architectural firm in Riverside, CT. They design for modest house additions and renovations as well as large-scale estates and multi-family housing. Regardless of the size of the project, their clients can enjoy a design that takes into account their stylistic and functional needs. The final product will be cohesive, unique, and tailor-made for them.

One lovely example of Colangelo Associate Architects’ work is this modern. This minimalist home has a timeless and distinguished exterior design that perfectly with its serene neighborhood. The interior has a light and airy feel with light-colored walls and finishes that flows seamlessly into its interior structure. This home perfectly captures the team’s expertise in creating a wide range of concepts from traditional to contemporary. 

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  • Shahe Demirdjian

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