DSK Architect is a full-service architectural firm specializing in residential design, small-scale commercial work, and boutique spa/ wellness retreats. Each project’s style is unique to its client, context and program.
Debbie S. Kropf, Owner and Principal Architect, has over 30 years of experience. She offers a wide range of architectural and design services including site planning, furniture design and lighting layout. She provides personal attention to each project, working closely with clients, guiding them through the process from site selection through construction completion, collaborating with consultants specific to each clients’ needs.
Debbie has spent the past four years immersed in the field of hospitality and wellness as the Architect for Shou Sugi Ban House, a destination spa and wellness retreat in Water Mill, New York. She worked closely with the Owner on all aspects of the project; from the conceptual site plan through post construction assistance and custom furniture design.
Prior to designing Shou Sugi Ban House, she transformed single story cottages and ranches into large two-story homes, developed single family residences and worked on small-scale commercial spaces.
Debbie began her career abroad in 1978, where, after a post graduate semester in Germany, she connected with and worked for a planning and architecture firm in Frankfurt am Main. In 1980, she returned to the states, where she spent the next 15 years in San Francisco working on resort housing projects, hotels, commercial office renovations, loft conversions and multi-family housing. Her California career included the co-design of the winning competition entry for Portside Plaza, a condominium project spanning beneath the San Francisco Bay Bridge. Phase 1 of portside Plaza opened in 1994, a month before her departure to the east coast.
She has lived and worked on the East End of Long Island for over twenty-five years. In 1999, Debbie formed DSK Construction, to design and build homes both on spec and for clients. In 2009, she incorporated as DSK Architect and dissolved DSK Construction. Two years later she became a licensed real estate agent with Brown Harris Stevens of the Hamptons to offer a full range of services to her clients.
The combination of her knowledge of design, construction and real estate, she can assist clients in finding their perfect property to renovate, tear down or expand or understanding the unique housing and maximize the value of their current property.
When not at work, Debbie enjoys the natural beauty of the East End, traveling and spending time with her three daughters.
Master of Architecture, 1986 -University of California at Berkeley
Bachelor of Environmental Design, 1978 - University of Colorado at Boulder
American Institute of Architects (AIA) since 1998
2020 President of AIA Peconic
Former Chairperson of AIA Peconic scholarship Committee
National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB) since 1994
New York State Architect License 1994 - present
California State Architect License since 1989 - present
New York State Real Estate Sales License with Brown Harris Stevens of the Hamptons 2011 - present