Let Highland's Skilled Team of Architects Bring your Architectural Design to Life


If you need an architect for an upcoming construction project, the place to turn is Highland Architectural Design, LLC. As an established architecture firm in Highland Lakes, NJ, we take great pride in our craft, and we'd be thrilled to add you to our growing list of satisfied clients.

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At Highland Architectural Design, LLC, we value the reputation we've built as a premier architect. When you work with us, you'll get access to an expert in design and construction who will take the time to listen to your needs and offer up a viable, effective solution in return.


At Highland Architectural Design, LLC, we welcome a challenge. We enjoy solving problems and coming up with creative tactics to tackle initiatives large and small.To learn more about the firm or to set up a consultation, call Highland Architectural Design, LLC today.


Highland Architectural Design, LLC is a small New Jersey architectural practice focusing on unique spatial designs based on practical construction techniques.Many criterion, in addition to the project program, impact the final solution: zoning, health and building codes; configuration of the existing structure: building style; views; location of wells; septic fields; etc. Solutions must: meet the needs and budget of the owner;incorporate elements not initially envisioned by the user; and ultimately exceed the client's expectations.

Jim Schriner, principal architect, Highland Architectural

James A. Schriner, Principal, has more than 30 years experience as an architect and builder. While Jim's focus is residential, he has designed commercial and industrial facilities. Jim has a Bachelor of Architecture with distinction and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Nebraska, and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He is a licensed architect in New Jersey, New York, and Illinois, a licensed structural engineer in Illinois and a licensed professional engineer in Wisconsin. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects.

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Architectural Design

Residential Renovations

Custom Floor Plans

Home Additions

Interior Architect

New Home Design

Imaginative, yet practical advice with a specialty in the unique style of lakeside homes.

Jim Schriner, principal at Highland Architectural Design was asked to work with us as we envisioned and remodeled our '70s era kitchen. We have a 1930's lake style log cabin that has been expanded over the years. We wanted to take the galley style kitchen to a new level with a clean contemporary look to contrast, yet complement our cozy log style home and to satisfy our design backgrounds. We also wanted to make the best use of a very small cramped space. Jim helped us with our vision, offering options on what we could do, and how we could achieve it on a reasonable budget. As with most old houses (especially log homes) it became even more of a challenge as we opened the ceiling, walls and floor and found some not entirely unexpected issues. Jim worked with us throughout the process teaming up with our contractors to ensure a successful realization of our vision. He even provided hands-on help in installing our IKEA kitchen and restoring a much loved antique copper vent hood adding additional character and warmth to our otherwise high gloss white kitchen.

Gene & Patty D.

Professional and Friendly Service

We wanted to add a garage addition to our home and had no idea how it would look and where to start. We called Highland Architectural Design and met with Jim, he assured us that it could be done and gave us the confidence to get started. He took the lead on this project and we couldn't be happier with the result. Jim was very easy to work with, he was always available for questions and he worked well with the contractor.

Susan & Joe S.

About as Wonderful as One Could Imagine

The challenge: create an addition almost twice the size of the original small cabin, make the totality a unified structure, do so with the owners largely absent, and work with a very tight budget. The result: success on each and every count. The background: our extended family owned a vacation house in Highland Lakes NJ for about 25 years. As the family grew from 4 adults with 9 kids (total) to 18 adults and 10 kids, the need to expand was clear. We found Jim Schriner's Highland Architectural Design firm simply by walking around the area and seeing his designs. We saw in his work a unique ability to merge the new with the existing. He began by asking what our needs were - how we used the house, how often we were there, what the priorities were. He delivered some preliminary ideas for the owners (who are spread all over the US) to consider. He refined the initial ideas and after careful consideration as to the site conditions and potentials, came up with a proposal that was 180 degrees away from what we had thought we wanted, but which turned out to be a much better and effective idea than any we had considered among ourselves. Once the final plans were agreed upon, Jim helped us find a contractor to do the work. When estimates came in, we were delighted to find out that his design was affordable and within our budget. Jim also knew how to get our plans approved expeditiously by the Vernon authorities. Since none of us live really close to the house, we were not available to be present to oversee the work, except upon occasion. Jim visited the site frequently, and in effect acted as site manager for us. Doing construction is always difficult, but doing it long-distance is even more difficult. Jim was our salvation. The outcome: 5 years later, we remain thrilled with the work. As the family continues to grow, we can be assured that our vacation house will remain a gathering place for family get-togethers and reunions for years to come. And since some of the original owners are retired, we're spending more time than ever there. We would recommend him to anyone!

Gary S

Multiple Projects, Great Advice and Design

I've used Jim and Highland Architectural a number of times over the last few years. Jim is great to work with. He listens, asks smart questions and has a point of view on what's practical to do and what will make the space look great. Then, all that gets translated into Design. He goes out of his way to make sure things are done right and is super-responsive. Really can't say enough good things about the experience and final product. Would not hesitate to call Highland again!

Mike C.

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