A multidisciplinary design firm, APD provides solutions to the private and public sectors. We work across sectors, applying our distinctive approach to projects in retail, restaurant, public infrastructure and facilities, recreation, education, and residential. APD has extensive experience in civil, environmental, structural, mechanical, electrical, transportation, traffic, safety, materials, and adaptive reuse engineering and architecture. We take a comprehensive approach to design, working from inception to completion to turn a conceptual vision into reality.

Our team of highly skilled architects, engineers, and designers takes pride in consistently providing our clients with industry-leading expertise in our respective disciplines. APD maintains a reputation of providing responsive, high-quality, cost effective and innovative design services, resulting in lasting customer relationships.

APD continues to provide services to the clients that started with the firm in 1996.

We owe our success to our outstanding team and the tremendous clients we’ve served. We are extremely proud to have collaborated with some of the world’s most forward-thinking and iconic brands.

Providing services nationally, APD's headquarters are located in Upstate New York, in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region—not far from Rochester.



A National Firm who empowers our team to provide innovative solutions resulting in enduring relationships.



APD manifests family values. APD is focused on personal growth for all employees while encouraging them to provide a more personalized experience for our clients. The company is dedicated to providing a great work experience for its employees by investing in their growth and careers; by not making them choose between work and family. APD wants employees who want to work here!

APD is dedicated to efficiency. APD invests in and utilizes technology to their clients’ advantage. Through constant self-evaluation and critique APD seeks to steadily improve the efficiency of their services and the quality of the experience/product they provide to clients. This self-evaluation leads to more streamlined and precise processes, making APD a leader in prototype development for commercial, retail and QSR industries.

APD invests in its future. APD purposefully invests in staff, technology and services offered. They have consistently expanded benefit offerings and training programs; invested in new software and hardware; and expanded service offerings to clients.

Core Values


We do efficiency like nobody’s business, utilizing customized software to work smarter for our clients – always maintaining fundamental quality.


From Day One APD has put family first, recognizing that no one gives their best until their family is taken care of.


APD is dedicated in every way: dedicated to improving processes, dedicated to serving our clients and dedicated to the creation of a thriving staff.


APD has been investing in client relationships since 1996…by investing in our staff’s growth and education, by investing in technology, by investing in communication.

EST. 1996


APD Engineering & Architecture was founded in 1996, in Rochester, NY, by Steve Cleason, PE. Initially, the firm provided civil engineering services, developing partnerships with National retail clients.

As the company grew, services were added to meet client requests that APD expand their offerings to provide the same high level of responsiveness and low cost that their civil services provided. This included adding architectural services in 2003; which quickly grew to become a major component of the firm. These services are now provided to a broad range of national clients, such as ALDI, Inc. and Monro Muffler Brake, where APD is the National Prototype Architect.

Inevitable expansion led to the relocation of the office in 2007 and the opening of a West Coast (California) office in late 2015. This west-ward expansion enabled APD to grow alongside their West Coast clients and to effectively provide them with the services they require. MEP services were added in 2017. With offices on both coasts, and Architects and Engineers licensed in roughly 75% of the United States, APD became well equipped to provide clients with personalized, local assistance, and onsite support for projects.

Steve Cleason retired in 2015 and left the company in the hands of the remaining owners to manage. Thanks to the foundation that Steve laid for the building of stable, trusting relationships with our clients, APD continues to provide design services to the clients that started with the firm in 1996. 

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