Team

Architects Rule is an architecture firm dedicated to bringing creative design and high-quality construction together to produce architecture that makes our clients happy. Paul Athineos, Architects Rule’s principal architect, founded the firm on the principle that good architecture combines craft, detail, materials, and form for the purpose of giving our clients what they want. To do that, we listen and we work. We enjoy doing both. Our clients’ needs, wants and desires give shape to all our designs.

Paul Athineos

Founder Paul Athineos has 25-plus years’ experience in the field of architecture and is both NCARB certified and a registered architect in New York and Florida. He earned his architectural degrees from New York Institute of Technology and Florida International University. Paul is also a Certified Code Enforcement Officer for New York State and currently chairs the Head-of-the-Harbor Architectural Review Board. He is also a member of the Building Officials Association of Suffolk County (BOASC).

A seasoned pro, Paul has 25 years of broad experience in design, construction management and code compliance. Whether designing a client’s dream home or commercial spaces (restaurants, medical offices, retail stores), Paul delivers on schedule and within budget. The emphasis is always on realizing the client’s vision, not his own signature style. For instance, one client asked for an “extreme high-techy home” featured on HGTV, while other clients prefer more traditional designs.

What you don’t learn from Paul’s curriculum vitae is that he fulfilled his childhood dream to become a registered architect. His hands-on approach to design and construction comes from observing Greek and Italian craftsmen bringing wood to life in a workshop owned by his cabinetmaker father. (In fact, the cabinetmaking gene goes back three generations to Athens, Greece.) It was in this mahogany-scented workshop that the future architect began to appreciate artistic craftsmanship which he later explored in his travels abroad. But Paul learned to focus on craft and detail as an apprentice on the shop floor stripping and sanding furniture in preparation for the finisher. While in college and afterward, Paul worked for various architectural firms both in south Florida and New York where he drafted by hand, though now he prefers designing on a computer.

The best design, however, requires a thorough understanding of the building code and, as a code enforcer, Paul has a unique understanding of design possibilities. He often finds solutions to design problems created by others who misunderstood local building codes. “You better know the local code or you’ll find yourself in hot water before you know it,” he says. “I’m never in the dark about what can or can’t be done.”

MEET THE REST OF THE TEAM
DORIS
Art + Antiques Specialist / Writer
SAM
Construction Consultant/ Contractor
MING
Architect in Training
MJ
Architect in Training
DOREEN
Interior Design Graduate
Cathanina
Architect in Training
  • The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.

    - Frank Lloyd Wright
  • An idea is salvation by imagination.

    - Frank Lloyd Wright
  • No architecture can be truly noble which is not imperfect.

    - John Ruskin
  • Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light.

    - Le Corbusier
  • Action expresses priorities.

    - Mahatma Gandhi
  • If I’d observed all the rules I’d never have got anywhere.

    - Marilyn Monroe
  • In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.

    - Abraham Lincoln
  • Do one thing every day that scares you.

    - Eleanor Roosevelt
  • One who makes no mistakes makes nothing.

    - Giacomo Casanova
  • I never worry about the future. It comes soon enough.

    - Albert Einstein
  • You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.

    - Mae West
  • Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.

    - Helen Keller
  • I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free

    - Michelangelo
  • Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

    - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Poet
  • Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes; work never begun.

    - Christina Rossetti
  • It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.

    - Henry David Thoreau
  • Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep

    - Scott Adams
  • “Architecture is frozen music”

    - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • “The shortest distance between two points is under construction.”

    - Noelie Altito
  • “Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.”

    - Frank Zappa
  • “Engineering is controlling the forces and materials of nature for the benefit of the human race.”

    - Henry G. Scott
  • “Clothes make the man, naked people have no influence in society.”

    - Mark Twain
  • “Greek architecture is the flowering of geometry.”

    - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “The Key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.”

    - Bruce Lee
  • “Architecture is basically a container of something. I hope they will enjoy not so much the teacup, but the tea.”

    - Yoshio Taniguchi
  • “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way-things I had no words for.”

    - Georgia O’Keeffe
  • “You can’t make an architect. But you can open the doors and windows toward the light as you see it.”

    - Frank Lloyd Wright
  • “Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves—to break our own records, to outstrip our yesterday by our today.”

    - Steward B. Johnson
  • “Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.”

    - Bil Keane
  • “A line is a dot that went for a walk.”

    - Paul Klee
  • “Art is an effort to create, beside the real world, a more human world.”

    - Andre Maurois
  • “No amount of skilful invention can replace the essential element of imagination.”

    - Edward Hopper
  • “Art? You just do it.”

    - Martin Ritt
  • “As practice makes perfect, I cannot but make progress; each drawing one makes, each study one paints, is a step forward.”

    - Vincent van Gogh
  • “Design is like gravity – the force that holds it all together.”

    - E A Whitney
  • “To draw is to make a shape and movement in time.”

    - Stuart Davis
  • “Colour is fun,colour is just plain gorgeous, a gourmet meal for the eye, the window of the soul.”

    - Rachel Wolf.
  • “Creativity has more to do with the elimination of the inessential than with inventing something new. “

    - Helmut Jahn
  • “Design is not making beauty, beauty emerges from selection, affinities, integration, love. “

    - Louis Kahn
  • “A building is hard to judge. It takes many years to find out whether it works. It’s not as simple as asking the people in the office whether they like it.”

    - Helmut Jahn
  • “I don’t see that any buildings should be excluded from the term architecture, as long as they are done properly. “

    - Arne Jacobsen
  • “Architecture begins where engineering ends. “

    - Walter Gropius
  • “The home should be the treasure chest of living.”

    - Le Corbusier
  • “I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster, and leaves less room for lies.”

    - Le Corbusier
  • “Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities.”

    - Frank Lloyd Wright
  • “The architect should strive continually to simplify; the ensemble of the rooms should then be carefully considered that comfort and utility may go hand in hand with beauty.”

    - Frank Lloyd Wright
  • “The architect must be a prophet… a prophet in the true sense of the term… if he can’t see at least ten years ahead don’t call him an architect.”

    - Frank Lloyd Wright
  • “Organic architecture seeks superior sense of use and a finer sense of comfort, expressed in organic simplicity.”

    - Frank Lloyd Wright
  • “No architecture is so haughty as that which is simple.”

    - John Ruskin
  • “All architects want to live beyond their deaths.”

    - Philip Johnson
  • “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.”

    - Winston Churchill
  • “Genius is personal, decided by fate, but it expresses itself by means of system. There is no work of art without system.”

    - Le Corbusier
  • “A doctor can bury his mistakes, but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines. – so they should go as far as possible from home to build their first buildings”

    - Frank Lloyd Wright
  • “Good architecture lets nature in.”

    - Mario Pei
  • “Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context – a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan.”

    - Eero Saarinen
  • “Architecture should be dedicated to keeping the outside out and the inside in.”

    - Leonard Baskin
  • “Society needs a good image of itself. That is the job of the architect.”

    - Walter Gropius
  • “If a building becomes architecture, then it is art.”

    - Arne Jacobsen
  • “Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There it begins.”

    - Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
  • “I know the price of success: dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.”

    - Frank Lloyd Wright
  • “All architecture is great architecture after sunset; perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks.”

    - Gilbert K. Chesterton
  • “The dialogue between client and architect is about as intimate as any conversation you can have, because when you’re talking about building a house, you’re talking about dreams.”

    - Robert A.M. Stern
  • “The great thing about being an architect is you can walk into your dreams.”

    - Harold E. Wagoner
  • “To create architecture is to put in order. Put what in order? Function and objects.”

    - Le Corbusier
  • “Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves.”

    - Julia Morgan
  • “Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.”

    - Frank Gehry
  • “All architecture is shelter, all great architecture is the design of space that contains, cuddles, exalts, or stimulates the persons in that space.”

    - Philip Johnson
  • “I have found among my papers a sheet… in which I call architecture frozen music.”

    - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • “There are three forms of visual art: Painting is art to look at, sculpture is art you can walk around, and architecture is art you can walk through”

    - Dan Rice
  • “Form follows function – that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.”

    - Frank Lloyd Wright
  • “The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.”

    - Frank Lloyd Wright
  • “Less is more.”

    - Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
  • “God is in the details”

    - LudwigMies van der Rohe
  • “A harmonious design requires that nothing be added or taken away.”

    - Marcus Vitruvius Pollio
  • “When we build, let us think that we build forever”

    - John Ruskin
  • “God is in the details”

    - Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
  • “I don’t believe in morality in architecture”

    - Michael Graves
  • “The house itself is of minor importance. Its relation to the community is the thing that really counts”

    - Clarence Stein
  • “An architect’s most useful tools are an eraser at the drafting board, and a wrecking bar at the site”

    - Frank Lloyd Wright
  • “Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness”

    - Frank Gehry
  • “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.

    - Michelangelo
  • “There are three classes of people: those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see.”

    - Leonardo da Vinci
  • An artist never really finishes his work; he merely abandons it.

    - Paul Valéry
  • I don’t paint things. I only paint the difference between things.

    - Henri Matisse
  • Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.

    - Pablo Picasso
  • Everything is designed. Few things are designed well.

    - Brian Reed
  • In nature, light creates the colour. In the picture, colour creates the light.

    - Hans Hofmann
  • Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.

    - Twyla Tharp
  • A design isn’t finished until somebody is using it.

    - Brenda Laurel
  • The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.

    - Aristotle
  • Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.

    - Robert L. Peters