Building or renovating a home may seem like a simple proposition, but it’s easy to get in over your head. Though your personal tastes will influence many of the decisions you’ll make—the location of the property, the size and style of windows, the landscaping, and more—when it comes to the effects of those decisions, a trained eye and a team of experts can provide satisfaction, aesthetic beauty, and safety for decades to come.

Whether you’ve got your eye on building or renovating in the Hudson Valley, Catskills, or Berkshires, there is a wealth of design expertise for you to choose from. Depending on your project, a skilled architecture, engineering, or landscaping firm can provide the know-how and vision to create a home that finally feels like it was made just for you. After all, a space designed for your needs that works well for your family and your particular environment is what good design is all about.

Though architects and designers of decades’ past may have earned a reputation for enacting their own visions above all else, the work of contemporary design firms is more client-focused than ever before. As a result, the buildings and landscapes you’ll find in this section reflect the complex synthesis of many variables: artistic vision, technological advances, site consideration, budget constraints, ecological needs, and client lifestyle.

However, every firm will still have their individual style, so it’s important to make sure you find a team whose vision matches your dreams. When choosing an expert for your project, consider the firm’s aesthetic point of view through examples of projects past and good old fashioned getting to know them. Whatever your ambitions, there is a solution from the field of professional architecture and design to match.

In the pages that follow, you’ll see profiles and work from seven architecture firms, one landscape architecture firm, and one structural engineering firm. The creative teams behind these pages work, live, and play in our region. Their work is increasingly reflected in the small towns and rural landscapes Upstate, from approachable cabins in the Catskills to historic estates near the Hudson River. The projects span everything from the forefront of conceptual design to historic renovations that allow for our contemporary day-to-day, and everything comfortable, sustainable, and beautiful in between.