Harper Design Build is a Brooklyn based cooperative of architects and contractors that are committed to serving our clients by creating innovative design through custom built projects.  The company formed in 2004 by Ryan Harper whose goal was to provide a full service firm that could work with clients through architectural planning, construction, and interior design.

Our combined approach as a design / build company provides our clients with the information they need at the early stages of design to determine the feasibility and cost of their projects.  Throughout the project we work alongside our clients in a collaborative effort to develop the vision for the property. Incorporating the functional needs for every day living is just as relevant as integrating details and finishes into the high-quality designs.

Our services vary depending on the project – we can serve as architect, interior designer, contractor or all 3, but no matter what our role we incorporate years of experience and a client driven approach to our work.

In 2015 Harper Design Build completed their first development project by converting & enlarging a small house into a gracious townhouse for modern living.

Christine Harper

Principal, Architect

Christine Harper is a licensed architect in New York who has specialized in high-end residential architecture for over 20 years. Ms. Harper brings a high level of professionalism to all her projects as both designer and manager. Her attention to detail is evident in the execution of her design concepts, as well as her ability to be a forward thinker in the building process. She has always been a team leader as is evident in the timely execution of projects with aggressive timelines that she has undertaken throughout her career. Here experience as an architect working with the Department of Buildings and Management Companies brings great value to our projects.

Previous to forming Harper Design Build, Ms. Harper worked at 1100: Architect as a Senior Associate for 9 years. While there she worked on a variety of projects including a new Children’s Library for the Central Branch in Jamaica Queens, a master plan for the Dalton School, public school libraries for The Robin Hood Foundation, condo development projects, and numerous residential gut renovation projects for celebrity and high profile clients

Ms. Harper received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia, and her Masters in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania where she received the Arthur Spayd Memorial Medal as top designer in her graduating class. While in school she studied abroad in Vincenza, Italy and throughout Japan, learning the techniques and details of the different cultures.

Ryan Harper

Principal, Architect and General Contractor

Ryan Harper leads the company through his combined experiences as an architect and an experienced contractor. This unique approach offers quality results, and an expertly managed project. Ryan has over 20 years of experience in the industry focusing on high-end residential construction and understands the challenges that go into delivering a project on time while executing a thoughtfully detailed and intricately designed project.

Previous to forming Harper Architecture, Ryan worked at Gensler Associates and Saladino Group as a project manager. At John Saladino’s office he received training in the classic details of architecture and designed and managed various projects, including a 15,000 SF high-end residence in Kuwait and a 10,000 SF residence in Santa Barbara.

Ryan received his Bachelor of Architecture from University of Cincinnati, where he participated in a Co-Op program that fostered hands-on experiences while receiving formal training. He is a licensed General Contractor in New York City.