Architectural Studio

S&S Architectural, offers the complete "Design-Build" service headed by Frank Gocaj and a team consisting of interior designers and architects, all under one roof. We can design it; build it, so you can enjoy living in it

Meet The Team:

Shawn Stiles - Architect

Ingrid Raincier - Project Manager

Sharmiette Murphy - Project Manager

Shawn Stiles is the principle of S & S Architectural Design LLC. His eclectic body of work includes experience in commercial, residential, and educational projects. A graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, Shawn has been a registered architect since 2009, practicing in New York and New Jersey and is a member of the American Institute of Architects. He was the project architect on an Upper East Side full townhouse renovation for Lichten Craig Architects, and has also designed custom homes ranging from 4500 sf to 7000 sf. Other work includes facade repairs, school additions and gut renovations for a development company in Brooklyn of over 75 apartment units.

Ingrid Rancier is an Associate of S & S Architectural Design LLC and an AIA Associate member. She received her BA in Architecture from The City College of New York and then went on to work at Garrison McNeil and Associates. Her focus was in residential, commercial and community facility projects. Ingrid then worked at Archetype LLC for four years as a project manager specializing in high end residential projects. Her work has been featured in such industry publications as Trends Kitchen and Trends Bath.

Sharmiette Murphy is an Associate of S & S Architectural Design LLC. She received her BA in Architectural Technology from New York City College of Technology and worked at DASNY for two summers as an assistant construction manager. She then went on to work at Terjesen Associates Architects working on design for health care facilities and senior housing. She later worked at Archetype LLC as a project architect for several years with a focus on high end residential projects such as townhouses, apartment combinations, and office renovations. With S & S Architectural Design she is now involved with a very eclectic body of work covering residential, new construction, and alterations. Her work has been featured in industry publications as Trends Kitchen, Trends Bath, and The New York Times.

Hi Construction:

Frank Gocaj - Contractor

Greta Mjeku - Project Manager

Anki King - Office Manager

With a family history of over 60 years in construction, Frank Gocaj founded his own firm, HI Construction in New York City in 2001. Beginning in commercial construction, his company has grown into servicing the high- end residential construction market. A key to Frank’s success is an approach that starts with clear communication among client, designer and crew. From there, his ability to maintain a view of the overall scope of a project while tending to the smallest of details produces results that include the highest quality workmanship, and, most important, a satisfied client.

Originally from Pristina, Kosovo. Greta Mjeku earned a degree in economics and business at the University of Tetovo and currently studies construction management law at New York University. Before joining HI Construction, she worked as assistant project manager for Foundations Group team, a high-end residential and commercial firm. She has worked on various high-profile projects including The Spring Studio and Soori High Line luxury condominium development with architects such as Victoria Blau, MADGI, SCDA and AA Studio.

Anki King grew up in a small town in Norway. After receiving her degree at NYBU in Lillehammer, Anki moved to NYC in 1995 and embarked on an 18-year career as the model coordinator, office and administrative manager at the Art Students League of NY. While lecturing to art students, she started and ran the highly successful workshop program at the League for four years. She continues to exercise her exceptional managerial skills while balancing her art career exhibiting her artwork both in Europe and US.

Interior Design:

John Kristovich - Principal Designer/J Studio

Sarah Baker - Designer/J Studio

Yamir Perez - Principal Designer/Yamir +

John's talent lies in building a comfortable rapport with his clients so that he can uncover who they truly are and then design a space that reflects their passions as well as their practical needs. A graduate of Parsons School of Design, John has over 15 years of experience as an interior designer in New York City. He has worked at Fox & Fowle Architects, Bilhuber & Associates, Archetype LLC where he was Director of Interiors, and Duo Studio, a design/build firm that he co-created. John's work has been featured in industry publications such as Trends Kitchens, Trends Bath, Women's Day Home and The New York Times.

Through 25+ years of experiences originating in architecture, his range has enabled him to bridge many disciplines by also being intuitive and resourceful in the development of products, environments or special projects. With directorial experience in two design-build companies he co-founded initiated 15 years ago. Yamir has now created YAMIR+, a company that offers totally design-integrated environments. Designing the environment straight through to the brand or just the individuality of a space for a client. Featured in national and international publications for projects in Central America, the Caribbean, Miami, DC and New York City, which includes design awards and industry recognition for his custom furniture line. Notably, awarded for his extensive community involvement and fundraising while supporting local artist and personally showcasing their art. With a deep belief that through exposure will communities thrive for better understanding of the arts, for two years he served as a board member for DIFFA and designed rooms for such great organizations as the American Red Cross's designer Showhouse in Palm Beach and others. Understandably, he has been a guest speaker on The New York Times "Times Talk" series discussing art, architecture and design.

Sarah is passionate about design in all forms, from photography to architecture to graphic design. With 15 years of experience in design, drafting, sales, and project management, she can approach a project from a variety of angles. She has worked at architectural firm BKV Group, SieMatic Kitchens, and Waterworks, where she spent seven years as a bathroom designer and two years as that company's NYC commercial project manager for hospitality and condominium projects. Her design aesthetic, knowledge of construction and installations, attention to detail, and the ability to think outside the box are invaluable assets she brings to the table for any project.