Claus F. Rademacher, Architects specializes in high-end residential design including apartments, townhouses, lofts, and country homes. This residential design sensitivity is also applied to a select number of offices, galleries, or shops. Design services range from site design and spatial planning and interiors to custom designed cabinetry and furniture design.

Claus F. Rademacher, Architects is a small shop, providing the utmost attention to each client. Every project is given the individual attention and level of detail it requires through a direct dialogue with the client in order to understand their needs and desires. Every project is a collaborative effort between owner, architect, and ultimately the contractor to arrive at a beautiful and functional finished environment.

The design emphasis is always on quality, not quantity. Design aesthetics ranges from elegant traditional to subtle, sleek, and modern, all a reflection of the owner’s taste, the site, and the appropriate design direction for the project as a whole. As a result of this approach, no two projects are ever the same.



Our Process


When working with Claus F. Rademacher Architects, a clear, concise, step by step process, begins from the first meeting to the move-in-date.


The site is evaluated for its potential of expansion, renovation, and eventual construction. A site survey and analysis as well as design questionnaire is the starting point for a successful design.


A number of schemes are presented enabling the architect to “open your mind” as to the many possibilities that exist. A scheme (or combination) is arrived at through floor plan and 3D presentations, becoming the starting point for the development of the design.


The process of board and building engineer reviews, and Landmark Preservation Commissions with building departments having jurisdiction, is an important component of the architect’s service. Claus F. Rademacher, Architects prides on persisting to get their designs, layouts, and many times “wet over dry” issues cleared with and through the scrutiny of such strict building regulation, so common in high-end residential buildings in New York City.


The selection of materials, finishes, and fixtures (the fun part) takes place during the review and approval process, making the best use of what could be an extensive time frame. During this phase the design becomes a completed vision and all the components (finishes, structural, mechanical, and lighting) come together and the project is “born” on a set of construction documents from which an accurate estimate can be established.


Claus F. Rademacher, Architects has a short list of exceptional contractors, some with whom have worked with the firm for over twenty years. The selection of the appropriate contractors for the project is paramount in establishing the right “chemistry”.

In what becomes the construction phase, a marriage of the owner, architect, and builder can be a joyful and exciting process towards the reality of the architectural vision and the client’s dreams.


Claus F. Rademacher, Architects offers Interior Design services on many projects to complete the entire “vision” of the space.  This includes furnishings, upholstery, accessories, floor, window, and wall treatments.  The consolidation of architectural and interiors is key to a successful, holistic design outcome and finished space. 


After the job site becomes a home the service continues with the occasional follow-up issues and ongoing maintenance, something more common with the contractors we work with. After all, one can only hope that one good project always leads to the next.


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