The Firm


Meryl Kramer

Prior to establishing her eponymous firm in 1999, Meryl practiced architecture in Washington, DC. Through her involvement in a myriad of projects — from designing several thoroughbred horse breeding facilities, to being a Project Team member for the Washington, DC Field Office of the FBI –- she found her way to a niche in residential design.

Meryl’s design expertise and diligence is enhanced by her collaborative nature and the close relationships she forges with clients. She is a creative problem solver with an inherent interest in listening to and understanding others.

Meryl has called the North Fork home since 1993 and currently lives in Mattituck with her husband, John, and their two sons. She has taken an active role in the community and served on the Village of Greenport’s Historic Preservation Commission for over a decade (1999-2010). Currently, she is a member of the Mattituck Laurel Civic Association.

If Meryl isn’t busy making people’s dream homes a reality, she enjoys practicing yoga, walking on the beach with her dog, Karma, cooking and knitting.


Chris Powers

Chris moved to New York from his native home of Salt Lake City to study architecture at New York Institute of Technology. While in school he spent a summer studying abroad in Italy before graduating Summa Cum Laude with his Bachelor of Architecture. Soon after, he began teaching computer aided drafting and modeling courses at his alma mater.

Before joining Meryl Kramer Architect, Chris worked at small firms in Brooklyn and East Hampton. At Meryl Kramer Architect, Chris aids Meryl in the day to day activities and handles the majority of visual production including construction documents, renderings, and interactive 3d models.

Chris is currently undertaking the path to architectural licensure, and enjoys rock climbing, snowboarding and bike riding. He also likes to find time to draw, paint and assist his father in creating multi-media furniture and sculpture.

Keep an eye out while driving on the North Fork, you’ll most likely catch a glimpse of him riding his bike from his home in Jamesport where he lives with his wife Ashley.

Ruth Metcalf

Ruth Metcalf, a Long Island native, earned a Mechanical Engineering degree from Virginia Tech and worked for many years with GE.

After residing in many different locations around the US and abroad, Ruth embarked on a new career when she moved to Portland, Oregon. While there, she earned a degree in Architectural Drafting and Design and worked for Earth Advantage, a non-profit that promotes the creation and certification of sustainable buildings.

Upon returning to Long Island’s North Fork in 2013, Ruth worked for a local residential contractor. Drafting, material purchasing, bid development, project management, effective contactor/client communication and permit acquisition were all in her scope of responsibilities.

Ruth enjoys traveling in the US and internationally and exploring new designs and architecture whenever she has the chance.