Andrew Chary Architect PLLC creates “Heirloom Architecture;”  a living, loving legacy for our clients and their progeny; an enduring gift of sanctuary and replenishment.  Our Heirloom Architecture is crafted to seem timeless, wrought by ancestors 100 years in the past, and imbued with thoughtfulness, value, and quality to endure for hundreds of years to come.

Our design style is intensely unique to each client, drawing on their inner poetry to discover what excites and motivates them.  It is our skill at fully engaging our client in the design process that distinguishes us. Our best projects are those in which the client knows why every decision is made, has put their heart into the decision making, and strongly identifies with the final product.


Our Staff

Andrew Chary – Principal Architect

Education: B.Arch, Tulane University, 1986; M.Arch, Tulane University, 2004

Andrew Chary has 27 years of experience in architecture. After working for a number of different firms, Andrew established his own practice in 1990. “Designing together with clients enables me to live in the moment like no other experience in my life; I am nurtured by the connection with my clients and the satisfaction of having explored design options deeply and liberally.”

Contact him at: ac@chary.com

Jessica McCloskey-Warner – Designer, Drafter, 3D Renderer

Education: AAS CAD; SUNY Delhi; AAS computer graphics & design; (SUNY) North Country Community College

Jessica left Central New York in 2000 for the Catskills to attend college at SUNY Delhi.  After graduating with an AAS in CAD she then headed to the North Country for life in the Adirondacks with her husband. She attended North Country Community College in 2003 and graduated in 2005 with another AAS, this time in Computer Graphics. Jessica stumbled upon Andrew Chary’s firm while still attending NCCC and became his first employee in his upstate office, now having worked with him for the past seven years.

Jessica enjoys boating as well as paddling, camping and training with her border collie. Jessica is the proud mother of two boys.

Contact her at jess@chary.com

Michael Laramee – Project Manager

Education: State University of New York at Delhi, North Country Community College

Michael has worked in the field of architecture since 1985. He had previously worked for the firm of Wareham – DeLair – Architects, one of the oldest firms in New York State, prior to its closing at the end of 2006. He has attended many seminars for continuing education in the field of architecture. Prior to starting his career in architecture he worked in the construction field on several projects in the local area. This has given him a stronger understanding of how architectural drawings and construction create the Architect’s vision of a unique finished project.

Michael also enjoys spending time with his family, boating, golfing, bowling and enjoying the wonderful beauty of the Adirondacks. He is also involved with the Veterans Memorial Association of Saranac Lake, supporting our local veterans.

Contact him at mlaramee@chary.com

Christina Domser – Drafter, Designer

Education: BS, SUNY Potsdam, 2007; MLandscapeArch, SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, 2013

Christina has a Bachelors of Science in Ecology from SUNY Potsdam where she learned about systems and the ever-changing environment. She then received her Masters of Landscape Architecture from SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry where her main capstone topic dealt with revitalizing rustbelt cities and their surrounding ecological communities, specifically Utica, NY. Christina is interested in the systems, functionality and harmony of the built world and believes that a harmonious building should link the earth to the sky. Christina has worked for Andrew Chary Architect, P.L.L.C. Since 2013 and is enjoying problem solving and the exciting challenges that the design world presents.

Contact her at christina@chary.com

Ken Okamoto  Adjunct Architect

Education: MArch, Yale School of Architecture, 1988

Ken has worked with ACA for 15 years now, having worked with Andrew on over 50 extraordinary architectural projects. His previous experience includes working with the following architects and firms: Woollen, Molzan, and Partners, Indianapolis, IN;  James Rush Jarrett AIA, Rockport, ME;  E. M. Brierley, Naval Architecture, Camden, ME;  Chuck Payne Yacht Design, Camden, ME;  Carrington Macrae-Gibson Architects, New York, NY; ; Tadao Ando, Architect, Osaka, Japan; Tsoi, Kobus, and Associates, Boston, MA; Leers, Weinazpfel Associates, Boston, MA. His professional affiliations and collaborations are numerous as well, including AIA , NCARB, LEEDS Accredited Professional, Board Member Pound Ridge Land Conservancy, Allen Ransome, The Walker Wright Partnership, Michael Love FASID, Ingrao Associates, David Easton Interiors, and most recently Katie Ridder Interiors.

Contact him at ko@chary.com

Rion Philbin – Adjunct, Subcontractor, Graphic Designer

Education: BS Arch, Wentworth Institute of Technology, 2010; M.Arch, Wentworth Institute of Technology,  2011

Coming from a strong design/build background, Rion is proud to have developed a healthy working relationship with the ACA Team in the past three years.

Rion’s interests include installation artwork, typographic design, videography, and bookmaking.

Contact him at rion@ryanphilbin.com