Design Process

Founded by Maria Berman and Brad Horn in 2006, Berman Horn Studio is a full service, multidisciplinary firm that spans architecture, interiors, furniture and lighting design in order to create exciting residential, hospitality and commercial spaces. We are inspired by a close collaboration with our clients to create highly personalized spaces rich in narrative, history, authenticity and with a profound sense of context. We believe that great design isn’t just defined by walls, surfaces, furniture and lighting, but rather finds fullest expression through the incorporation of narrative to create spaces full of emotion, memory and potential. Whether a home, a restaurant or an office, our spaces thrive when filled with people, and alive to the stories yet to be told.

Our work has been recognized in numerous publications including Architectural Digest, the New York Times, Architectural Record, Interior Design, The Architects Newspaper and many others.



Concept Development
Construction Documents
Bidding Negotiation
Project Management


Concept Development and Vision
Material and Furniture Sourcing
Coordinate Project Installation
Custom Furniture and Lighting


Product & Material Specifications
Contractor Recommendations
Permitting & Filing
Construction Site Observation


Site Assessment & Selection
Budget Planning
Branding & Graphic Design



Maria Berman, RA


A registered architect in the state of New York, Maria comes to architecture and design with a background in fine art, art history and art conservation. Always drawn to the stories that lie within spaces and things, Maria completed undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Chicago and New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts before spending several years working in NYC museums where she took care of the artifacts within their collections. Inspired by history, and in order to participate in the creation of the built environment, Maria completed her Master of Architecture Degree at Columbia University GSAPP. She focuses on the intersection of the past and the present and the ways in which spaces are created through the layering of design, objects and experience.


Brad Horn, AIA, NCARB


Brad was inspired to study architecture by his grandfather, whose architectural drafting tools still have pride of place in Berman Horn Studio’s office. Brad received his Bachelor of Architecture from The Cooper Union, his Master of Architecture from Columbia University GSAPP and is a registered architect in New York, New Jersey and Louisiana. He brings a limitless imagination to the creation of spaces that feel both unique and timeless, unbound by convention but instantly inviting. Brad is also the director of the Master of Architecture Program at The City College of New York, Bernard & Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, and has contributed writing to several books and journals on the subjects of architectural education & design theory.