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In 2022, Weston & Sampson acquired Rhinebeck Architecture to expand our existing Architecture practice. With this enhanced capacity, we can continue to deliver innovative architectural designs and planning to an expanded footprint of clients.

Established in 1994, Rhinebeck Architecture and Planning PC is located in the Hudson Valley within the historic village of Rhinebeck, New York. Rhinebeck Architecture’s experienced, professional staff offers the following services to help clients plan, design, and improve their building and site assets.

Master Planning

  • Existing Building Evaluations
  • Project Planning
  • Zoning and Building Code Planning
  • Feasibility Studies
  • High Performance and Sustainable Building Design
  • Budget Control
  • Construction Contract Administration
  • Interior Design

For educational clients, we specialize in Capital Project Planning, Building Condition Surveys, Educational Program Analysis, Five Year Master Plans, Design and Construction Phase Services and expediting New York State Education Department (NYSED) reviews and approvals. We use swing space and after hours construction, and take advantage of the summer months to complete school construction projects and deliver renovated space with minimal or no disruption to educational programs. We aggressively manage project budgets and changes to ensure public school projects are completed within budget and often find savings in our Capital Projects available for developing additional projects or other improvements.


We offer Master Planning services, Feasibility Studies, and Preliminary Design to develop ideas into buildable concepts. We review available information, prepare alternate studies, and examine existing buildings and sites to help clients choose the best available location and orientation for their buildings. Using a client’s budget as a guide, we develop scenarios to show various ways to realize their ideas. Planning a project involves asking: What is the Need? and developing the most effective and economical solution to that need.

Facilities Master Plan


When designing new structures and additions, we work hard to develop a design that fits into the context of the neighborhood, the campus, or the countryside. We choose colors and shapes that harmonize with their surroundings or, when necessary, make bold design choices to highlight an entrance or major feature of a building. We are experienced with renovating and adding to historic structures, using modern materials and construction techniques that complement without overpowering the original design, and we design interiors that provide color and texture to enhance a building’s appearance.

Facility Improvements

Energy costs, hazardous materials remediation, and changing building and occupancy codes require buildings to be updated frequently. We use our knowledge of building systems and new technology to assist clients in maintaining buildings, sites, and campuses. We review existing assets, determine conditions, and develop a long- and short-term plans to maintain and improve facilities on an ongoing basis. Combined with our Master Plan services, we can provide clients with the information needed to make logical and economical decisions about developing and maintaining properties.


Our professionals are LEED accredited designers and strive to incorporate sustainable elements in the design of every project. During the design process, we review building and site infrastructure to recommend opportunities for improved sustainability including analysis of payback timelines. We use LEED standards and Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) guidelines to design buildings that provide a healthy and safe environment, cost less to operate, and help protect the environment.

Greening existing buildings [GEB] strategies


  • Wappingers CSD Capital Project Phase 4 Site improvements
  • Wappingers CSD Building Condition Survey 2021
  • Capital Region BOCES Education Building
  • Washington County Building Improvements
  • Village of Ardsley Department of Public Works Facility
  • Hunter-Tannersville CSD Capital Improvements and Building Condition Survey
  • Dutchess Community College Roof Replacements
  • Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk CSD Building Condition Survey and Project Planning

John Sharkey

John brings to the firm more than 30 years of experience in architectural management and the coordination of various project types, including educational, health care, and corporate facilities. His responsibilities include client management, technical coordination of all disciplines, regulatory review, and preparation and review of all contract documents, as well as field administration during construction. A New York Registered Architect and LEED Accredited Professional, he has expertise in the adaptive re-use of existing buildings. John is accredited by the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Brian GottschalkBrian Gottschalk

Brian Gottschalk is an Architect Project Manager with over 20 years of experience. A New York Registered Architect, Brian has responsibilities spanning programming and design, document preparation, and construction phase administration. He has provided architectural design and programming services at numerous K-12 school buildings and facilities, college campuses, and municipal facilities.

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