Since 1999, Deep River Partners has been helping people flourish in homes designed to meet their specific needs and enhance their unique lifestyles—residential design inspired by the way people live.

The firm was founded by Richard Sherer to provide a more holistic approach to custom home design. After years of experience working within a design/build model, he wanted to provide clients with a more comprehensive service offering. By following a traditional architect led delivery method of design/bid/build, clients feel confident knowing Deep River Partners is working in their best interest.

The Deep River Team serves as owner advocates, providing design expertise in all aspects of residential work while guiding clients on an engaging, creative journey and carefully considered project framework—Our Pathway. From Architecture and Interior Design to all areas of residential design, including landscape and site design, pools, accessory structures, mechanical, lighting, structural as well as audio/video, and control systems, every detail is considered. Our Pathway produces creative solutions and thorough and complete construction documentation in a comprehensive manner. The results are less stress, less risk and a more enjoyable design and construction experience.

Deep River Partners was founded to inspire people to flourish—not only our clients but also our employees. We created a company that is Creative, Honest, Artistic, Progressive and Spirited. As such, we work in a learning and academic atmosphere that promotes personal and professional growth.

“Deep River is very professional, and every step of the way was very organized. I felt I was in very good hands from start to finish. They were the A team – comprehensive cradle to grave.”



Founder / CEO

A passion for residential architecture and interiors has guided Richard’s career for over 40 years. This passion has resulted in inspiring homes recognized locally, regionally and nationally for excellence in design.

Expressing creativity through design starts with a deep understanding of the client. Richard’s ability to accurately interpret a client’s dream, assess site possibilities and restrictions thoroughly, and assemble a cohesive team of artisans are the byproducts of his lifelong commitment to excellence in residential architecture and interiors.

 A deep commitment to customer service is why Richard founded Deep River Partners. He provides clients with a design experience unlike any other. He encourages every team member to embrace this commitment and every client to feel like a partner along the pathway. This partnership is the legacy he shapes for the firm.

 Richard is a visionary. He perceives architecture and interiors holistically—immersing clients in the creation process so they have a fulfilling design experience. He believes when the client and team participate in an invigorating and uplifting experience, the resulting home will beautifully fit its people and its environment.


Partner / Senior Project Architect

A passion for residential design was demonstrated by Nicholas from the moment he began working at Deep River Partners. His fresh approach, commitment to the profession, collaboration with his clients, and dedication to the firm quickly made him an irreplaceable asset and valued firm leader.

Expressing creativity and knowledge through design has been part of Nicholas’ valuable contribution to the collaborative pathway over his 20 plus year career. His advanced skill sets range from sketching, hand rendering and computer modeling, to reviewing detailed construction documents, integrating consultants’ and artisans’ work, and reviewing and negotiating contractor bids. Nicholas is often called on as an expert witness due to his extensive knowledge of the residential architecture profession. His creativity has been instrumental in numerous award-winning projects at a local and national level.  Nicholas is published throughout the country for his expertise in design, professional trends, detailing, integrating audio/video systems, and pool design.

 A commitment to our clients has made Nicholas a valued team leader who participates in all steps of the residential design pathway. From discovery to vision, design to plan, bid to manage, move-in to years later, clients know he is invested in their home for a lifetime.

An enthusiastic collaborator and mentor, clients and peers appreciate Nicholas’ creative energy, candor, construction knowledge, and ability to utilize his relationships. He leads and supports Deep River Partners and its teams every day and prides himself on satisfying clients by consistently exceeding their expectations. 

Extending leadership and mentorship to his profession, Nicholas served as past president and as a current board member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Milwaukee chapter. In these roles, he has coordinated speaker engagements by several international architects and helped shape legislation for architects both at a state and national level. His passion for community goes further by organizing events to help Multiple Sclerosis, which is a dear cause to his family, along with serving on the Homeowners Association Architecture Review board in his Port Washington community.



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