We create spaces functional in ways you didn’t know you needed, more beautiful than you ever imagined.

There are no cookie-cutter solutions here. Our design process starts with a thorough understanding of your project’s history, the constraints and opportunities presented by the setting, and, most important, your objectives and aesthetic preferences.

Working with a small firm like ours mean your project gets the individual attention it deserves. As a client, you work directly with the firm’s principal and project architect, collaborating as much (or as little) as you like every step of the way. Our goal is to anticipate your needs and exceed your expectations.

Our firm is small, but our expertise covers a lot of territory. Our specialties include:

  • Custom houses
  • Adaptive reuse of historic structures
  • Barn conversions
  • New construction
  • Seamless additions and renovations
  • Estate design


A small firm with big skills—professional, approachable, dedicated to your project’s success


Christopher Pickell, AIA

Principal Architect

Christopher Pickell, AIA earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1985 as well as a Bachelor of Science in 1984. Chris is a Registered Architect in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, and a member of the American Institute of Architects.

Mr. Pickell’s experience includes custom residential design; adaptive reuse — upgrading antique buildings to meet modern use; historic design; timber and stone barns; commercial work, including banks, restaurants, and manufacturing facilities; and projects for local non-profit organizations and governments. He has been the Principal Architect of Pickell Architecture since 1998, moving the business in 2003 from his home to an office in a Victorian house on Main Street in downtown Flemington.

When not at work, Chris especially enjoys traveling to new places. He and his family spend lots of time in the outdoors, hiking and cycling, preferably in places with mountains and water.


Oliveiros Ferreira, Jr. RA NCARB

Senior Architect

Oliver received his Bachelor of Architecture from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and is a registered architect in the state of New Jersey.

Prior to joining Pickell Architecture, Oliver worked on numerous high-end residential projects throughout the state. Oliver is interested in how vernacular and indigenous architecture continues to be relevant in modern design.

In his spare time, Oliver enjoys spending time with his family.


Keith J. Muldowney

Designer / Draftsman

After spending nearly half his life with a corporate engineering firm working on various drafting and design tasks, Keith is pursuing his first ambition of historic preservation through architecture. Keith’s interests include the preservation of railroad and steam locomotive technology. He has worked on a variety of railroad equipment including maintenance of a steam locomotive; he enjoyed traveling with a private train for almost five months through all 48 continental states serving as Mechanical Supervisor. In his free time, Keith restores and builds miniature operating steam locomotives.