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At Rice and Brown Architects, we blend classic exterior designs with modern living interiors. For one-of-a-kind homes that realize your vision and fit your lifestyle.

From Rumson to Mantoloking, and many towns in between, we’ve built a reputation as a creative and quality-driven architectural firm known for developing great working relationships with our clients. We’re committed to delivering the personal attention you deserve and achieving the extraordinary results you demand.

We invite you to preview our Gallery of Homes and discover why our work is known to speak for itself.

Whether you’re looking to design and build a new custom home or renovate, the talented team at Rice and Brown Architects looks forward to helping you make your house at the beach, the home of your dreams.


Meet the dedicated team at Rice and Brown Architects.

Chris Rice, Partner

Christopher Rice


Christopher Rice founded the firm with the belief that if you love what you do, you will do it well. With over 35 years of experience in shore area custom residential architecture, Chris is always striving for perfection and looking for new ways to create great architecture along our many waterways. Other than spending time with his wife and four children, Chris enjoys golf and travel. After graduating from Clemson University, Chris worked for small local firms in an effort to gather as much experience as possible before establishing his own firm in 1998. “My standards are very high…I expect only the best from my staff and of our work.” Chris is an active member of many organizations, including the AIA, Sea Girt Chamber of Commerce, former Trustee of Manasquan River Golf Club, Habitat for Humanity, Advisory Board at High Tech HS., and the Surfrider Foundation. Chris’ passion for his work is evident in every home he designs.

Dustin Brown, Partner

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown is an integral part of the firms success. His knowledge of construction drawings and autocad make him a leader in the firm. After graduating from Lafayette, Dustin shifted his efforts from civil engineering to architecture, once he realized how much he loved contributing positively to our built environment. He enjoys family time with his wife and 2 daughters, as well as surfing and skiing in Vermont. Dustin is a very bright and talented architect who manages the firm’s workload at all phases.


Steve Dembinski

Steve comes to us with 17 years of experience managing Commercial and Residential Projects. After graduating with degrees in both Architecture and Building Construction Technology, he started his career in Commercial Construction Administration. Several years later, he made a transition focusing on distinctive Residential projects along the Jersey Shore.

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