Firm Profile / Bio

Richard Bubnowski has been involved in the architectural design of commercial and residential projects in the New York metropolitan area for over thirty years. Originally engaged in the practice of New Urban style residential and mixed use projects, Richard spent several years working with the nationally renowned architectural firm of Looney Ricks Kiss in Princeton as well as other firms, before opening his own multi-disciplined eponymous design studio in 2005. Today his award-winning design studio focuses on creating highly-crafted houses, along with timeless furniture inspired by traditional and contemporary architectural styles. The firm's ability to redefine traditional styles with a clean, modern approach, but with a classic and timeless sensibility has developed into the signature of the practice.

Richard received his academic training at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and Pratt Institute in New York City. He has also continued post graduate studies through professional seminars at Harvard's Graduate School of Design.

Over the years, his firm has been widely published in various home and design journals including, Luxury Home Quarterly, Coastal Living, Style 1900, Home, Design NJ, Arts & Crafts Homes, Old House Interiors, Qualified Remodeler, Design Bureau, Builder, Custom Home, and The New York Times. Richard's personal drawings, designs, and furniture have been exhibited at Pratt Institute, Fashion Institute of Technology, The Van Alen Institute, and The Michael Ingbar Gallery of Architectural Art in New York City.

Since opening his studio nearly fifteen years ago, the firm has designed residences primarily along the coast of New Jersey, but for a clientele that stretches throughout the United States. He is continually developing new ideas for his Surfers End Furniture Collection, as well as new houses along the coast and inland.  During the past several years the firm has received numerous prominent design awards including the Watermark Awards, Design Excellence Awards from Residential Design + Build Magazine, Master Design Awards from Qualified Remodeler Magazine and Best of Houzz Awards for the past seven consecutive years. Richard has also had the honor of being a guest juror for both the Master Design Awards in Chicago and the Builder's Choice Awards in Washington, DC. He has also been a contributing writer for both Builder and Qualified Remodeler magazines.

A Word About Sustainability and Resilience

RBD maintains a holistic approach to design, together with the owner's individual goals on sustainability and resilience. We integrate both passive and active systems to achieve the optimal solution for each project. While we encourage the use of active systems such as photo-voltaic, hydroelectric, and geothermal, we strongly believe that a passive and logical approach such as proper house orientation, massing, window placement, shading, and natural ventilation are equally as important to the overall success of the project with sustainability, comfort, and resilience in mind.

Design Awards and Honors

2018  Best of Houzz 2018 - Client Satisfaction

2017  Best of Houzz 2017 - Client Satisfaction

2017  Best of Houzz 2017 - Design

2016  Best of Houzz 2016 - Design

2015  Best of Houzz 2015 - Design

2014  Qualified Remodeler Master Design Awards, Gold Award, “Room Addition < $250,000”, Marvel Residence

2014  Qualified Remodeler Master Design Awards, Silver Award, “Exterior Facelift”, Slomin Residence

2014  Best of Houzz 2014 - Client Satisfaction

2014  Best of Houzz 2014 - Design

2013  35th Annual Qualified Remodeler Master Design Awards (guest juror)

2013  Best of Houzz 2013 - Client Satisfaction

2013  Best of Houzz 2013 -  Design

2012  Residential Design + Build, Design Excellence Award, “Vacation Home”, South Surf Road Residence

2012  Residential Design + Build, Design Excellence Award, “Custom Home < 3000 sq. ft.”, New Moon Cottage

2012  34th Annual Qualified Remodeler Master Design Awards (guest juror)

2012  32nd Annual Builder's Choice Design & Planning Awards (guest juror)

2012  Best of Houzz 2012 Award - Design

2011  33rd Annual Qualified Remodeler Master Design Awards (guest juror)

2011  Watermark Awards, Grand Award, “Kitchen in a Custom Home < 3000 sq. ft.”, New Moon Cottage

2010  Watermark Awards, Merit Award, “Best Master Bath in a Remodeled Home” Conlin Bath

2010  Qualified Remodeler Master Design Awards, Gold Award, “Bathrooms $30,000 - $50,000”, Conlin Bath

2008  Qualified Remodeler Master Design Awards, Gold Award, “Exterior Facelift”, Jerakis Residence

2008  Qualified Remodeler Master Design Awards, Best of Show, “Under $200,000”, Jerakis Residence

2008  Smart Growth Awards, New Town Center Category, "Plainsboro Village Center", * While employed at Looney Ricks Kiss, Architects

2002  Metropolitan Home Awards, Honorable Mention, Outbuilding at Surfers End 

Photography Credits

Sam Oberter Photography

Paul S. Bartholomew Photography / Style 1900 Magazine

Sara Gray Photography / Coastal Living

In the Light Studios

Alexandra Rowley / Home Magazine

Osprey Perspectives

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