Who We Are

Paul David Rugarber, is the Architect and owner of PDRdesigns, an architectural firm specializing in residential design along the Jersey Shore since 2008. Paul is a registered architect in NJ and NY and a member of the AIA (American Institute of Architects).
His architectural design concepts are visualized and implemented through an upbringing in construction and construction processes. This background has given Paul the knowledge needed to educate his clients about the process of Architecture to Construction.
Paul is an active member in the community and enjoys coaching soccer and ice hockey, coaching people and businesses and motivational speaking. He has volunteered his time giving presentations to schools, colleges, and clubs about respect, confidence, sportsmanship, and life lessons as he believes those things will help lead people to success!

He has served as President of Jersey Shore Toastmasters, President of the Jackson Liberty HS Ice Hockey Board, has been on the Jackson Township Planning Board, Board of Directors of the Jackson Chamber of Commerce, the Jackson Township Environmental Commission, and the Jackson Rent Leveling Board. Paul enjoys volunteering his time, energy, and enthusiasm in the community and his other involvement has included running the Dublin Marathon for the Arthritis Foundation and competing in the Point Pleasant sprint Triathlon for the Point Pleasant Education Foundation.

Paul has donated his time working with students and faculty at Long Branch HS for Project Lead the Way, which provides students the chance to learn valuable real-world knowledge and skills. He continues his work with Habitat for Humanity, offering architectural design services pro bono. PDRdesigns has also been providing volunteer design work for the Jackson Township Veterans Memorial project, and has also designed the Long Branch Lifeguard Headquarters.

As a facilitator with Entre Architect, he leads his  group of 11 architects, holding weekly Mastermind sessions discussing new ideas, platforms, processes, and marketing aimed at helping those architects grow their business.

In addition to Entre Acrhitect, Paul has started a local builders group that is essentially a group discussion with local builders to help them learn about best business practices.

Working with his 2 interns at the office, Paul holds bimonthly meetings in the evenings to educate and teach them in an informal setting where they are free to discuss anything architectural.

Going out on a limb a few years ago, Paul started producing short motivational videos that are posted on various social media sites. These videos are aimed at uplifting and enriching other’s lives which has been the essence of his life. Even his clients enjoy the videos!

Paul's first book, Architecture to Construction (and everything in between) has just been published and can be purchased on Amazon now! This book was designed and written to answer questions about what to expect during the residential design and construction process. Whether it’s an alteration, addition, or a new home build, this book takes you step by step from planning to completion. Paul’s passion for helping others is what inspired him to write this book. His knowledge and understanding in both architecture and construction will soon be available to all those who are interested in taking on a new home, addition, or renovation project.

In his free time, Paul enjoys spending time with his 4 children outdoors playing sports and hanging out at the beach.

When you contact our office, for any reason, someone from our staff will be sure to help you in a positive and professional manner.

The PDRdesigns Team:

James Peck, Architectural Associate, Jim is a graduate of Temple University and a United States Marine Corps Veteran. He's married and has one daughter. When Jim is not working, he enjoys " do it" yourself projects, recreational shooting, freshwater fishing, and a good cigar!   



Anthony Sclafani, Architectural Draftsman, In addition to working for PDRdesigns, Anthony is currently attending Brookdale University where he is pursuing a degree in Architecture. When he's not in school or working, Anthony spends his free time playing his guitar, photographing nature, or embarking on some sort of an adventure with friends.




Jennifer Nagy, Executive Assistant, Jennifer is a graduate of Rowan University where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Marketing. With many years experience as an executive assistant, Jennifer will greet you in person or on the phone with her friendly and upbeat personality. and is willing to help in any way she can. She's married and has 2 very active boys.  In her free time, Jennifer enjoys working out, reading, and spending time with her family at the beach.



Pat Adams, Office Administrator,  As PDRdesigns first employee, Pat has worked with Paul as he proudly developed his dream into a successful practice. She has had a lifelong career in office management within the construction industry. Pat and her husband Craig have 2 children and 6 grand children, and spending quality time with family is a priority.  Pat is activity involved in community organizations, including the Jackson Township Scholarship Fund and Harbor House.



Paige Rigney, Intern,  Paige is also a student at Brookdale University where she too is pursuing a degree in Architecture. In her free time, Paige enjoys camping and hiking and while she was born and raised locally, she hopes to travel to new places where she will fulfill her interest in different cultures.



Reeces, PDRdesigns Mascot, Reeces is happy to greet our clients when they come into the office.  When not greeting clients, Reeces enjoys long walks on the beach and naps.