Our Team

Our concentration is in high quality projects in all fields of residential, hospitality, institutional and commercial work with services that include design for renovation, restoration, and new structures, as well as site planning, master planning, interior architecture, and hard landscape design.

Our design approach respects the integrity of both the built and natural contexts that make every building site unique. The partnership brings to each project not only a thorough knowledge and understanding of architectural precedent, but fresh and inventive design solutions that are both appropriate to a project’s context and responsive to the individual clients’ needs and aspirations in all its details.

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Principals

Mr. Disston, who joined the partnership in 1994, manages the firm, overseeing projects of all types: residential, clubs, hospitality and commercial. Mr. Disston received his Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University’s School of Architecture in 1982. He attended the Syracuse Program of Architecture in Florence and the Wave Hill Center for Environmental Studies in New York. He holds architectural registration licenses in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and Florida and is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and the USGBC.  

Hobbies: Artist, Adventurer 

Joshua, a lifelong Resident of Long Island, became a principal of Austin Patterson Disston Architects in 2020. His entire professional career has been spent with Austin Patterson Disston Architects under the direct tutelage of Stuart L. Disston after earning his undergraduate degree from the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning in 2003. Growing up in the Hamptons gave Joshua a look into a world of the Shingle Style and Agrarian Architectural design. His love affair of Mid-Century Modern architecture, art and furniture allowed him to adapt traditional sensibilities through a multitude of design aesthetics. Joshua’s design philosophy stems from the notion that a building should never disregard its environment. Joshua is an Artist, Musician and most importantly a loving Father and Husband. 

“We shape our buildings; thereafter, they shape us.” – Winston Churchill 

Mr. Austin is a founding partner of the firm where he oversees residential and institutional projects. He received his Masters of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1960; he also received his undergraduate degree from Harvard. He is licensed to practice architecture in Connecticut and has NCARB certification. Mr. Austin is a past Director of the AIA/CT, a founder and past President of the Bridgeport Architecture Conservancy, a Fellow of the Morgan Library and a Trustee of the Discovery Museum. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.

Mr. Patterson, one of the firm’s founding partners, oversees projects of all types: residential, hospitality, clubs and commercial. Mr. Patterson received his Masters of Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture in 1977 where he was awarded the prestigious Parsons Medal of Design. He received his undergraduate degree from Goddard College in 1974 and also completed the school’s innovative Design Construction Program. He is licensed to practice architecture in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maine and Florida and has NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards) certification. Mr. Patterson has served on Connecticut’s Antiquarian and Landmarks Society board and is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.

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Guy joined Austin Patterson Disston Architects in 1997 serving as a Project Architect on residential, hospitality and commercial projects. In 1981, he received his Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design where he also received his Bachelor of Fine Arts. He is the Chair of the City of Bridgeport Historic District Commission, has Connecticut certification and is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. 

A native of Hungary, Gabriella Albini joined the firm in 1999 and has worked as a Project Architect on various residential, institutional and commercial projects. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree and focused on historical architecture from Szent Istva’n University, Ybl Miklo’s Faculty of Architecture in Budapest, Hungary. She worked on the renovation of the Buda Castle District in Budapest, which today is a World Heritage Site. Gabriella enjoys applying this experience in creative ways to meet the needs of our clients. She is an Associate member of the American Institute of Architects as well as the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. 

In her free time Gabriella enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and ballroom dancing. 

“I am as much interested in the smallest details as in the whole structure.” – Marcel Breuer 

Theresa joined the firm in 2010 after receiving her Bachelor of Architecture with a concentration in furniture design from the University of Notre Dame. Interested in architecture for as long as she can remember, Theresa’s portfolio is highlighted by homes that all possess their own unique style. Her keen attention to detail shines through as she develops floor plans as one might solve a puzzle.   

Theresa enjoys spending as much time as she can outside, whether it be exploring a new city on foot, hiking through nature, or running her favorite routes. 

A native of Eastern Long Island, Tim earned his Master of Architecture degree from Roger Williams University a bit longer ago than he would care to admit. With over 15 years of experience in the field, Tim’s design philosophy strives to balance inspirations from the natural environment and the rich architectural heritage of the local area with a strong desire to meet the needs of our clients in creative ways.  

When not in the office, Tim can usually be found out in his garden or walking on the beach.   

“Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness” – Frank Gehry 

A childhood spent using job sites as jungle gyms and an adulthood with over a decade of experience has left Chris willing and able to execute anything you want. From start to finish of the design/build process, Chris provides the handson involvement to ensure the project meets your needs.  

Tiffany is a residential designer specializing in traditional architecture. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 2002, she combined her passion for academia and architecture, teaching classes and coordinating academic programs for the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. In 2009, she went to Belgium to be a part of the international team at Axel Vervoordt. Tiffany has based her career in New York City & Philadelphia and more recently ran her own firm in California, assisting interior designers and architects with residential drafting and design.  

In her free time, Tiffany enjoys running with friends and cycling on her Peloton. She lives in Hamden, CT with her fiancé, Chris, and their two dogs. 

Chris joined the firm in 2021 after nearly a decade of experience in the practice of both institutional and commercial architecture. A lifelong resident of Long Island, Chris is a graduate of the NYIT School of Architecture and a NYS Registered Architect. His passion for architecture comes from exploring how well-designed buildings and environments can do more than just meet a client’s needs but also enrich the experience and lives of its users. Outside of work, Chris can be found enjoying the great outdoors, practicing photography or in his yard tending the vegetable garden.  

An early interest in Fine Arts and later carpentry eventually led Peter to study Architecture at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn where he received the Alpha Rho Chi Medal for leadership, service and merit.   

Peter is experienced in designing, managing and building projects for residential, hospitality, corporate and public institutions. He has a strong interest in working collaboratively to develop spaces that will connect the end user to the site in a meaningful way.  

Claire grew up in Silver Lake, Ohio and moved to Connecticut after graduating from the University of Notre Dame, where she earned a Bachelor of Architecture with a concentration in furniture design. Claire has been interested in art from a young age and hopes to contribute an artistic eye to help  bring our clients’ visions to life. In her free time, Claire enjoys dancing, painting and exploring new places. 

Originally from Central Connecticut, Chris earned his Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Master of Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA. Prior to joining APD, he worked with firms in the New Haven area, focusing primarily on single family residential, high density residential and public housing projects. 

Melissa grew up on Long Island and graduated from Parsons School of Design and Eugene Lang College at the New School with two degrees in architectural design and environmental studies. Her aspirations include honing her skills as a designer and finding her creative voice. 

In her spare time, she enjoys sailing her sunfish, modeling digital art in 3D and tending to her many succulents, herbs and aroids. 

Having grown up in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, Adam has an immense admiration for natural beauty and a desire to design in harmony with it. He is also an avid snowboarder. Adam earned his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University at Buffalo in 2019 and has 3 years’ working experience in Fairfield County, CT. 

“We require from buildings two kinds of goodness: first, the doing their practical duty well: then that they be graceful and pleasing in doing it.” – John Ruskin 

Kate grew up in Connecticut and started her professional career working in finance for a large corporation. She then moved on to the finance, HR and office management responsibilities for a small publishing company before joining Austin Patterson Disston Architects in 2012. In addition to managing the day-to-day finances for APD, Kate balances many hats including human resources, contract preparation, in-house IT support as well as general office management.  

Outside of the office, when not fixing up a house with her husband, Kate enjoys spending time in Maine, biking, kayaking and spending time with her family.   

“Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway” Mary Kay Ash.