About Us

Edward M. Weinstein Architecture and Planning, PC (EMWPC)

provides comprehensive architectural, planning and urban design services on a diverse portfolio of projects. Our work includes commercial, residential, industrial, recreational and waterfront projects for private and public sector clients. Our technical expertise and creative design combine to translate our clients’ needs and tastes into exciting, creative and practical design solutions.

With extensive experience both in the private and public sectors, our planning and design team is particularly effective at navigating the complex zoning, regulatory and permitting approval processes that can otherwise derail even the best projects.

Our primary mission is the realization of our clients’ goals and objectives through a collaborative process that includes creative design and effective project management while always being mindful of scheduling and budgetary constraints.


our team


Ed Weinstein, AIA President of EMWPC, has been a principal of his own design firm since 1987, following a career with The City of New York. As former Director of Waterfront Development and Assistant Commissioner for Port and Aviation Development, Mr. Weinstein played a key role establishing and implementing strategies for the revitalization of the City’s waterfront. Currently, he manages a broad portfolio of architectural and planning projects and consults extensively on zoning and real estate development. He is considered to be one of the region’s leading experts on waterfront development and is listed in Who’s Who in America. Edward@emweinsteinpc.com

Vivian Ditisheim, AIA, is the firm’s Director of Design. She has over twenty years’ experience as a practicing architect and has managed millions of dollars in design projects including a 70 unit apartment building in Yonkers, a gut-renovation of a dilapidated industrial building into a new home for Rockland Community College’s satellite campus, a new 4,500 sf, high end residence in Dobbs Ferry, new corporate offices for Red Bull Energy Drink, retail spaces for Jenny Jon Fine Footwear and Denny’s Children’s Clothes, new Fairway Markets throughout the Tri-State region, and a 196,000 SF bus depot & offices for Coach USA. Vivian@emweinsteinpc.com

Fryda Villars, LEED AP BD+C, A passionate advocate for the value of design and sustainability, Fryda brings her diverse background and experience to coordinate architectural and urban design projects, from schematic design concepts through construction documentation. She is highly skilled at navigating through community and regulatory approval processes.  One of her many strengths is creating analytical and graphical material working closely with our clients to translate their vision into built reality and enabling regulatory agencies to understand the design intent of our projects. frydav@emweinsteinpc.com

Robert Keeler, NCARB, A enthusiastic Intern Architect who works with our team developing & coordinating drawings for all phases of the construction process. Robert also works closely with clients, project managers and contractors throughout the construction process. His eagerness to grow and learn as a young architect along with his tireless work ethic and organizational skills help contribute to our many projects success. He has contributed to the development of our projects in the Tri-State area, including office spaces, supermarkets and restaurants. Robert has a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from the New York Institution of Technology. Robert@emweinsteinpc.com

Melanie Weinstein, Psy.D. is the firm’s chief financial officer. Dr. Weinstein’s background in psychology and expertise in organizational theory, leadership training and business coaching is readily apparent in the management of the firm. In addition to being the chief financial officer, she helps coordinate complex projects and works with staff, clients and outside agencies to insure that each project is handled efficiently and expeditiously. Melanie@emweinsteinpc.com