RISE Architecture is an experienced team of problem-solvers through
the use of dynamic design.

RISE Architecture is made up of individuals committed to design that brings a fresh perspective to complex ideas and embraces dynamic problem-solving.

Representing a distinctive range of architects serving clients in New York and New Jersey, RISE Architecture fosters a professional environment which promotes the open exchange of ideas.

Our Experience



We offer assistance in all stages of the design process - pre-schematic design, schematic design, design development, construction document, permitting and bidding and construction administration.


Architectural Design

We believe that good quality design can be achieved within reasonable financial estimate, regardless of the space limitations and in a timely manner. As real estate developments continue to expand, we are proud to have the opportunity to contribute to the city's skyline and architecture.


Zoning/Code Consulting

We pride ourselves on the in-depth analysis we provide during this critical phase: analyzing project feasibility, site suitability, site's specific needs and the depth of analysis of the required programmatic relationships for the unique needs of individual project.

Jeff Akerman

Jeff Akerman, R.A., graduated from New York Institute of Technology with B.Arch. Shortly after, Jeff joined an expediting office, which motivated Jeff of the empirical perspective of Architecture in NYC. RISE Architecture, formerly known as BIZdesigns, was founded in 2010 by Jeff and started at his basement in Midwood, Brooklyn.

As a licensed Architect in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida and with continued efforts and growth from a team of 6, the office relocated to Industry City in April 2013 and became the main Architect for the Industrial Complex. Within the following year, with a wide range of projects from single family residential buildings, multi family residential buildings to commercial, mixed-use, industrial and institutional facilities, the firm grew into several departments including the Architectural Department, Permits Department and the Interior Design Department and in 2018, the firm officially was re-branded to RISE Architecture. In 2019, Jeff corroborated in more than 1500 filings with the NYC DOB with his extensive zoning code knowledge.

He has partnered with Jack Jaffa & Associates for the permit services division, which has completed over 3,000 projects over the 5 boroughs. He has partnered with a Special Inspections Agency, SIA, to extend the variety of services provided to our Clients. RISE Architecture NJ was recently established in January, 2020 to servicing an array of Clients in New Jersey, further expanding into other states including Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Shimon Greenebaum

Shimon Greenebaum, as a licensed Architect in New York, New Jersey, Ohio, and Delaware co-founded RISE Architecture, NJ in 2020, that services to service the NY/ NJ area outside of the 5 boroughs of NYC. The company has rapidly grown outside of our original boundaries and now services multiple states throughout the USA.

Prior to joining Jeff Akerman at in founding RISE Architecture NJ, Shimon has rapidly rose the ranks in the Architecture field at a mid-large size Architecture firm in NJ. In his previous roles, Shimon was instrumental in building a division of the firm that specialized in private schools, and communal buildings specifically for the Orthodox Jewish Community.

Shimon also served as a Project Manager and Project Architect at a mid to large size Architectural firm, helping to build and lead a team in community-based projects.  Shimon also served as lead designer on many keystone projects in many other building typologies, including daycare, office, light industrial, retail, education (k-12 and university) and communal buildings. In this role, Shimon has experience in managing  managed all different sized projects of all sizes from minor rehabs and fit-outs to full ground up multi story buildings and was involved in all aspects of the construction and design and construction process, from minor rehabs and fit-outs to full ground up construction, from master planning through project occupancy.