Principals

Because fully realizing a home from start to finish can be a complex — and at times, daunting — process, we have found that clients truly appreciate being able speak directly with one of our principals at any time during their project.

Principals

Because fully realizing a home from start to finish can be a complex — and at times, daunting — process, we have found that clients truly appreciate being able speak directly with one of our principals at any time during their project.

“We are not a large firm, and that’s by choice; instead, we prefer to work directly with each client, and be personally involved in every aspect of the process. Clients truly appreciate that they can always speak directly with a principal of the firm.”

– Mark Schwartz, AIA

PRINCIPAL ARCHITECT

Mark Schwartz, AIA

“To be honest, I think that people know pretty much what they want, and that’s what I try and give them,” says Mark Schwartz. “But a lot of times they have more of a sense of it, rather than something perfectly concrete, in architectural terms, that is. When that happens, I really enjoy working with them to crystallize this idea, and sometimes give them alternatives – either way, at the end of the day, I’m just looking to make them a home that they’ll be truly happy with over the long term.”

An avid outdoorsman and boater who makes a point of taking advantage of all that the North Fork has to offer, Mark is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and a member of the Southold Town Architectural Review Committee. He worked for a number of fine architectural firms throughout the Northeast before opening his own firm in 1998 and hasn’t looked back.

“I was fortunate to learn quite a bit from everyone when I was starting out,” says Mark. “And even though my style has become more refined and recognizable, I still learn new design approaches that I can apply with every new project. It really is terrific.”

PRINCIPAL DRAFTSMAN

Michael Hand

By the time Michael Hand came to Architectural Design, he already had over twenty years of deep experience in all aspects of the construction industry. This very same experience – from materials and costing to project workflow and alternative solutions – continues to serve him, along with the clients of Mark Schwartz & Associates, today.

A longtime resident of the East End, Mike has lived on the North Fork for nearly twenty years. He is an avid martial artist who holds an advanced belt in Aikido as well as a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. In addition, he has a broad range of talents and hobbies ranging from travel and racing sports to technical programming and a love of fine cigars.

“Mike’s an integral part of our team,” says Mark. “To be honest, there are a lot of talented CAD designers out there, but Mike brings so much more depth and insight to the table – he truly is invaluable to both our process and our clients, and a great friend.”

“Y’know, Frank Lloyd Wright once said, ‘I never design a building before I’ve seen the site and met the people who will be using it.’ I agree, and would humbly add that the success of any project hinges upon the people involved – they are the single most important factor in the equation.”

– Mark Schwartz, AIA

Building Homes – and Relationships

When people work with Mark Schwartz & Associates, after a while they begin to realize that all of the project threads and pieces, the many aspects of bringing an idea to life, the meetings and sketches and plans, the necessary paperwork and practical matters of working with the Town and meeting myriad requirements, and all of the revisions and surprises that crop up in the process — everything, really — can be traced back to our primary directive, which is ultimately to give our clients exactly what they want, even if that means helping them figure out what that is along the way.

“We respect and appreciate that clients usually have a very definite sense of what they want, and what they’re comfortable with,” says Mark Schwartz. “It’s our responsibility to draw from our experience to provide guidance and, sometimes, alternative approaches that will still get our clients where they really want to go. Sometimes we open their eyes to new possibilities that they hadn’t considered, and either way, in the final product, we make sure to realize not only the right look, but also the feeling our clients are trying to achieve for their home.”

In the end we gauge our success not by way of a spreadsheet, but instead by the new relationships we’ve made with our clients, and the look on their faces when they walk through and move into their new spaces. That’s why we do what we do.

Selected Projects

Nassau Point Waterfront

Located at the very end of Nassau Point, this shingle-style home was built on a comparatively narrow waterfront lot. Given both the desired square footage and traditionalist style of the structure, as well as the desire to maximize…

Secluded Creekfront

While not technically a new-construction project, this creekfront home required considerable renovation and a complete new design that challenged us to create a grand yet cozy family home that in no way negatively impacted the sensitive…

Orient Enclave

As is often the case on the North Fork, this home was essentially a complete renovation of an older bayfront more akin to the simple beach cottage style of the 40’s and 50’s than to today’s typically grandiose waterfronts. In this case…

Nassau Point Estate

Sited on an exposed point of land at the intersection of a series of natural creeks and open bay beachfront, our goal was to design a grand waterfront that worked equally well for large-scale entertaining yet also allowed for cozy…

North Fork Retreat

This forward-thinking yet traditionally styled home located in the private Laurel Links Country Club was created with peace and tranquility as the primary directive in every design decision. Designed to take…

Mark Schwartz & Associates

Phone: (631) 734-4185

Mailing Address:
PO Box 933
Cutchogue, NY 11935

Street Address:
28495 Main Road
Cutchogue, NY 11935

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