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SimpleTwig ™ architecture.llc is committed to creating the best Architecture in the world, doing so by seemlessly combining our clients' budget, the program, the project's context, and the design theme into one integrated whole. This isn't always an easy task for some Architects who sometimes get caught up in only pleasing a particular client no matter how unfounded a request may be rather than looking at what is the best solution for the client and the public as a whole based on their decades of experience.

You could say that our motto 'every nest starts with a simple twig' embodies our attitude towards every aspect of a project, in that we work in a linear fashion from beginning to end, and doing each phase to the best level possible. Why? Dare Architecture ever accept anything less than striving for perfection? Given that our effort, time and money will represent who we are for many future generations, let us let them know that we were a people of vision, of a positive attitude and those who respected others in our society, in effect, that we were enlightened and willing to take the sort of risks that was behind the spirit of the quest to explore space itself.

We hope that you as our client embody that spirit as well if you are considering calling SimpleTwig ™ architecture.llc for your project, because without that spirit, that is a client who accepts their role as a leader in promoting inspiration in our time, there can only be a resulting compromise and potential failure. That's something SimpleTwig ™ architecture.llc is not interested in being a part of.

As one can see by our design and rendering examples, we are a visually orientated Architecture Firm. As such we take great care in understanding how each aspect of your project will be experienced and what feeling will be evoked as a result. In all cases we seek to produce designs that have a positive, even inspirational spirit, one that connects to the great outdoors, but also creates a prosession of experiences within. Light, color, texture, form, shape, scale, juxtaposition all play a role in developing a design, crafting it towards a perfect solution that optimizes all aspects of the project.

While this page is devoted to the background of Mr. Buccalo, please see our Contact page for information on those who have helped SimpleTwig become so successful.

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Nicholas Joel Buccalo, Architect

Registered Architect in the State of New York; NCARB; AIA (past); NYSR, ASAI

Brief: Principal of SimpleTwig Architecture (originally known as NJBArchitects) and SimpleTwig Rendering (originally known as The Drawing Studio) since 1993; Mr. Buccalo worked for several high profile architectural firms; was the past president of the New York Society of Renderers; received his Masters Degree in Architecture from Harvard University;

For all large scale projects requiring a larger staff, SimpleTwig Architecture.llc is associated with the international firms of Philip Johnson Alan Ritchie Architects, or, Sydness Architects, PC. This allows developers to enlist the design expertise of Mr. Buccalo while relying on the professional staff of the larger firms to see the project through to completion.

Mr. Buccalo has worked on many significant regional and international projects including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, New Victory Theater, American's Exposition Pavilion, Check Point Charlie, South Bend Regional Art Museum and many others.

A few of Mr. Buccalo's more well known clients include the following:

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Left to Right: Kurt Masur (Conductor for the New York Philharmonic and client for the Lincoln Center Stage Redesign), actor Harvey Keitel, Edward Schlossberg and Woody Hayes.

Mr. Buccalo's (pronounced ˈbuk-ka-lōw ) depth of experience as a lead designer and project architect for many national and international firms reflects the credibility of his abilities. Chief Designer at Philip Johnson John Burgee Architects, Masters of Architecture recipient from Harvard University, project architect for Studio Einauldi in Rome, Mr. Buccalo never fails to deliver the right solution, on budget, well planned and executed quickly every time, for Owners and many other architects and developers.

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Think about it, architects turn to him for answers, like Gwathmey Siegel Associates and Robert A.M. Stern to name a couple.

Charles Gwathmey stated regarding Mr. Buccalo's work on the Carnegie Hall Restoration:

  • "Mr. Buccalo delivered such well executed and accurate drawings of Carnegie Hall that we were able to hand them directly to the manufacturer for production, which resulted in a significant savings of time, money and effort."

Philip Johnson said of Mr. Buccalo's work:

  • "Mr. Buccalo has a beautiful command of the medium of architecture."

And actor Harvey Keitel stated regarding the design of his penthouse in TriBecca:

  • "You've done a fine job considering the situation I found myself in. We couldn't of made it through the tangled legal mess without you and yet end up with something so beautiful for me and my daughter. Thanks for all your help."


As a child of 9, Mr. Buccalo knew he wanted to become an architect . As his first true adventure in architecture, he set out to discover those hidden rooms of his 3rd grade elementary school by drawing plans of the building showing the spaces he knew, in order to determine the size and configuration of the rooms he couldn't see, like the teacher's lounge, the principals office, etc. Along with the influence his grandfather Nicholas Joel Yoder, an Amish master carpenter and home builder had on him, his other grandparents also played and influencial part in his drive to succeed. His grandmother, Althea Jones Buccalo was an early female professional doctor, his other grandfather was the first certified accountant in the State of Ohio, and his parents, James Norman Buccalo founded Buccalo Catering and Carolee Yoder a warm and loving home maker like her mother, Emma Yahn Yoder, all influenced him with their kindness, williness to do the right thing, compassion and drive.

In 1993, Mr. Buccalo, founded NJBAarchitecture and The Drawing Studio, renaming them to SimpleTwig Architecture and SimpleTwig Rendering in 2010 to reflect a new spirit and drive. His new companies specialized in Architecture, Architectural Design and Rendering. Licensed as an Architect in 1989 while working for Philip Johnson & John Burgee Architects, he worked as their principal designer for new national and international projects coming into the office. Past experiences here and at other offices include Lincoln Center, Wexner Center, Carnegie Hall, Victory Theatre, Brisbane Tower, MacArthur Center, Prague Center, and many others. Recent projects under the flagship of NJBAarchitecture includes the South Bend Regional Art Museum, Shamasan Citedel in Saudi Arabia and many mixed use and academic buildings in Shanghai and Beijing, China.

NCARB Certified: www.ncarb.com
Licensed in the State of New York
Masters of Architecture, Harvard University


For his Architectural Renderering division, The Drawing Studio, its purpose is to provide beautiful renderings that will help get great projects built. In this respect, Mr. Buccalo has always had a positive relationships with Developers, other Architects and project Owners.

Currently, NJBAarchitecture has an association with Philip Johnson Alan Ritchie Architects for international and large scale projects and will provide the umbrella for NJBArchitects and The Drawing Studio.


SimpleTwig Architecture.llc
(Architecture & Planning industry)
June 1993 — Present (22+ years)
SimpleTwig Architecture provides full Architectural services for Residential, Retail, Commercial, Office and Mixed-Use Projects around the world. Currently STA is wrapping up several renovations and additions in New York City.

  • Mr. Buccalo's expertise is in design and has applied this to a variety of projects ranging from small renovations to multi-billion dollar mixed use urban developments. He understands people, design and architecture and applies only the best principals to every project.
  • Recent noteworthy projects: South Bend Regional Art Museum design, Dongyin Economical Residential Community, Zhongguncun R & D Center, Harvey Keitel Penthouse, Ji-Lin Condominium Tower
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  • Left to right: Alan Ritchie, AIA, ARIBA; Duane Schrempp, AIA; Roth Rothermel, RIBA; John Manley , RA, all associated with Philip Johnson Alan Ritchie Architects
  • Update: John Manley passed away late in 2013 and will be dearly missed. I personally don't know of another individual with so much talent. John was Philip Johnson's drawing hand as Mr. Johnson rarely drew anything. This fact can not be a missed point, as it was Mr. Manley who gave form to Mr. Johnson's ideas.

SimpleTwig Rendering, (aka The Drawing Studio)
(Architecture & Planning industry)
May 1993 — Present (17 years 2 months)
Established in 1993, SimpleTwig Rendering (formly called The Drawing Studio) is devoted to making beautiful Architectural Illustrations. Mr. Buccalo understands Architecture and Art (with a minor in Art History) and applies the best positive attitude to each rendering to produce the finest results. Making people's dreams a reality gives him the most satisfaction, whether it is for a Developer, Owner or Architect.

SimpleTwig Rendering strives to create beautiful, clear, clean and honest renderings, in order to get building built.

WhatCountsNow is the umbrella organization for several programs. Please visit website for more information on this Not-For-Profit). Part of this program is to design better road, signal and vehicle systems to ultimately make roads around the world safer for everyone.


Brooklyn Youth Association
May 2005 — Present (6 years)
Beyond introducing children to the joys of softball and basketball, the Brooklyn Youth Association's prime directive is to build self-esteem and confidence in our young population, to encourage them to stay with school and improve their future. It is a positive program, founded by Fredrick Fulford, a native Brooklynite, he set out to change kids lives for the better, some 25 years ago. Today Fred is still very active and recently his son, a star basketball player has started coaching, bringing along with him some of his teammates. SimpleTwig (Nicholas Buccalo) is the creator and sponsor of their website until they can obtain their own domain: http://www.simpletwig.com/bya.html

HunterBean Youth Organization
May 2008 — Present (2 years 2 months)
Primary objective is to provide underprivileged youths and young adults with alternative activities centered around computer technology to give them the tools they'll need to succeed in todays world. Eventually this program will provide community centers situated in low income neighborhoods, thus bridging the gap to technology for more people.

New York Society of Renderers, Inc.
(Architectural Illustration industry)
1999 — 2003 (4 years )
As President of the New York Society of Renderers, Inc., a society of Architectural Illustrators, Mr. Buccalo accomplished many new initiatives including: emphasizing the society as part of a professional organization, highlighting many individual members, helping those members who needed help, production of the NYSR Portfolio, public out-reach programs, database of information for illustrators, publication of the NYSR Newsletter, Incorporation as a Not-for-Profit organization, development and coordination of 2 society websites and much more. Website: http://www.nysr.com


Project Designer
Hardy Holtzman Pfeiffer Associates
(Architecture & Planning industry)
December 1992 — May 1993 (6 months)
Designer and consultant coordinator for the 42nd Street New Victory Theater in Times Square, NYC.

Website: Pfeiffer Associates; Website: h3hc

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Architect Hugh Hardy, FAIA


Designer with Partner Jeff Sydness
Swanke Hayden Connell Architects
(Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Architecture & Planning industry)
April 1992 — December 1992 (9 months)
Working under partner Jeff Sydness with SHCA before seeking other opportunities. Jeff Sydness later started his own firm Sydness Architects, PC which I periodically consult with on a variety of projects.

Website: Sydness Architects. Website: Swanke Hayden Connell Architects.


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Architect K. Jeffries Sydness, AIA


Principal Project Designer & Architect
Philip Johnson and John Burgee Architects
(Architecture & Planning industry)
October 1988 — April 1992 (3 years 7 months)

As the principal Project Designer for the firm, Mr. Buccalo was given the opportunity to design for many projects around the world including Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall (NYC), America's Exposition Pavilion (NYC), Brisbane Tower (Australia), Check Point Charlie Business Center (Berlin), Prague Center Master Plan, Boyd Medical Center (Houston), Figeroa Office Tower (Los Angeles), Capitol Mall Office & Hotel Tower Complex (Sacramento), Takashimaya on 5th Avenue (NYC) and others including private collaborations with both Philip Johnson and John Burgee. In the case of the Americans Exposition Pavilion and Avery Fisher Hall, Mr. Buccalo was also the Project Manager and Project Architect.

Website: Philip Johnson Alan Ritchie Architects

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Architect John Burgee

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Architect Philip Johnson


Project Architect & Designer
Studio Einauldi
(Architecture & Planning industry)
May 1988 — October 1988 (6 months)
Studio Einauldi is a well known firm in Rome, Italy, known for restoration and re-use projects in many historic sites and buildings in the Mediterranean Sea area. Worked as Project Architect for Shamasan Citadel Cultural Center in Saudi Arabia and over-sight of Abha Cultural Center project.

Bio: Robert Einaudi at Cornell University


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Architect Roberto Einaudi

Studio Einaudi S.r.l.
Studio Architettura
V. Margutta, 33
00187 Roma, Italy; Tel.: (+39) 063201445


Project Architect & Designer
Huygens DiMella Schaffer Architects
(Architecture & Planning industry)
1987 — 1988 (1 year )
Co-Designer for Northwoods Office Tower and Project Manager and Administration experience on many other projects including Digital Equipment Corp., Thirwood Place Elderly Housing Complex and the Ipswich Country Club & Golf Resort.

Website: DiMella Schaffer Associates


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Architect Frank DiMella

Project Designer
Goody Clancy Associates
(Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Architecture & Planning industry)
1986 — 1987 (1 year )
Designer during the schematic and preliminary phases for Tent City Residential Complex in Boston, Massachusetts. A unique opprotunity to stongly influence the development of this major and controvercial residential project, Mr. Buccalo's design creates a soft curve on the monumental side of the site, while offering lower townhouse like buildings on the residential side of the site. Laying out the massing, units, parking, and general character including placements of windows, unit layouts, circulation, inner court and drive, suggesting the community center and retail aspects of the project, it perfectly integrates itself within the transitional area near Copley Square and is now called home to hundreds of tenants.

Website: Goody Clancy Associates


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Architect Joan Goody


Project Designer
Cory Associates
(Architecture & Planning industry)
1985 — 1986 (1 year )
Architect Susan Cory had just established her firm and selected Mr. Buccalo to help her develop the design of a large Mixed Use project in New Jersey. The project was so large it included a mono-rail system. Being Ms. Cory's first major project, it helped launch her architectural career.

Website: Cory Associates


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Architect Susan Cory

Project Designer
Trott and Bean Architects
(Architecture & Planning industry)
1980 — 1984 (4 years )
Worked on a variety of projects including some residential design, shopping centers, church additions, office buildings. Also was part of team who collaborated with Peter Eisenman Architects on the Wexner Center for the Arts at OSU.

Trott & Bean Architects was the first architectural office Mr. Buccalo found employment at, just 1 year into architectural school at Ohio State University. Already they recognized Mr. Buccalo's talent and set him loose on illustrations and many small design projects, including several house designs for one of their on going clients at the Jack Nicholas Golf Course.

Mr. Buccalo enjoyed many assignements from the 4 partners, but especially enjoyed the spirit of the principal design partner Richard Trott who encouraged Mr. Buccalo to experiment with a variety of design concepts just so he could take a look. That was a reflection of his openness to new ideas and a willingness to adapt to them. Always encouraging, he readily offered extra work to help Mr. Buccalo pay his way through his years at Harvard University. In fact, while Mr. Buccalo was working for Ms. Cory, Mr. Trott had stopped by the GSD at Harvard with his daughter and they had a moment to catch up on their past association.

A unique office, Mr. Buccalo was to learn later, Trott & Bean Architects had a very well organized firm, where it was essentially divided into 2 main sections, design and production. Centered between these two divisions was the spec department which Trott & Bean took very serious, well, they took all aspects of their firm serious without acting like they were serious. What they were was effecient, producing the best architecture one could hope for and doing so effectively. There's was no mistake on my part that I had landed myself into a perfect firm to set off my career and base of knowledge..


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Architect Richard W. Trott, FAIA


Antonio's Gourmet Restaurant and, Inn on the Lane Restaurant
(Restaurant industry)
1978 — 1980 (2 years )
Helping Mr. Buccalo finance his college education, these two restaurants, Antonio's Gourmet Italian Restaurant and Inn on the Lane, allowed him to fully appreciate the food service business. The most famous meal he prepared was for OSU Coach 'Woody' Hayes who graciously sent his compliments 'to the chef'. Both restaurants offered high end, high quality dining experience.


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OSU Football Coach Woody Hayes


Buccalo Catering, Inc.
(Restaurant industry)
1969 — 1978 (9 years )
A family catering business, Mr. Buccalo grew up learning in this fast passed business where delivery on time, high quality and attitude made all the difference. This experience, starting when he was 9 years old, gave Mr. Buccalo his diligent work ethic and coolness under pressure.

Certainly the variety of events also had an influence on Mr. Buccalo, as he prepared food for banquets, luncheons, dinners, Hawaiian Luau's, breakfasts, picnics, meetings, events and all sorts of social gatherings. Most events numbering in the hundreds of people, it was common to have at least one event a week in the thousands, and of course there were 30+ parties each week continuous throughout the year. This type of business, run by just 12 main people, with extras for serving, meant that Mr. Buccalo's role in the success of the business was relevant. That attitude, that each employee can impact the success of a business, has carried with him his entire career.

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Caterer and Father James N. Buccalo, Jr.


Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Masters of Architecture , 1983 — 1986

Part of the Graduate School of Design's (GSD) Advance Placement Program, I received my Master's of Architecture in 1986, was awarded a research grant from the Graham Foundation, won an inter-school competition, was published 2 of a possible 5 times in the GSD News, Proctor of the GSD summer program, and had a private exhibition of my work.

Activities and Societies:
Graham Foundation Recipient, Photography, Oil Painting, Wood Working

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The Ohio State University
BS Arch , Architecture , 1979 — 1983

Received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the OSU School of Engineering and a Minor in Art History. Participated briefly in OSU's Cross Country program and the OSU Marching Band.

Activities and Societies:
Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Minor of Art History
Sinclair Community College
NA , Core Classes , 1979 — 1979

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Cumberland College
NA , Core Classes , 1978 — 1979

Set in the mountains of Cumberland, I had a wonderful experience at Cumberland as part of the CC Cross-Country team and as 1st Trombone in the CC Orchestra. During the Turkey Day race in Williamsburg, I placed 2nd and won a Turkey!

Activities and Societies:
Cumberland College Orchestra, CC Cross Country Team.

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Other Activities

Invited to participate in the United States Symphony Orchestra;

NCR Symphony Orchestra, Dayton, OH;

Bellbrook High School Marching, Concert, Pep and Jazz Bands; Bellbrook, OH.

'Last Fair Deal' rock band;

Varsity Cross-Country and Varsity Track.

Additional Information

Nicholas Buccalo other Interests include:
Music Composition, Art, Theory, Architectural History and Theory, Technology, Innovation, Youth Initiatives, Pro-Bono work for an international Orphans Program and other worthy causes.

NCARB, Harvard NYC, NYSR. ASAI, Wide World Design, Post.Harvard, MyarchN Org., Sustainable Urban Development Org., NY Historical Society, HarvardGSD, Bellbrook Alumni Community, Additions, Set In Stone Egyptian Studies and WikiVersity Project.
Past Memberships: MOMA, Asia Society, The Met.

Several Awards of Excellence for Architecture In Perspective from the ASAI, Cabrini Green Competition Honors, Honors in many other smaller competitions. Many publications including Archeology Magazine and Nest Magazine. Graham Foundation Recipient, Harvard University Design Competition Winner, twice featured Architect in GSD News. Projects featured on The McNeil-Leher Newshour and others. Who's who in Music.


Some of the highlights of Mr. Buccalo's career include the following:

IBM: Worked directly with IBM's software developemnt team to incorporate their new Virtual Reality technology with our work to produce a walk through of their new corporate headquarters.

Carrnegie Hall: Working with Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects, and Cardinal Conservation to produce the drawings of Carnegie Hall's impressive facade.

Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center: Designed and was Project Architect for the acoustical upgrading of the performance stage for Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

AirRail: Produced the drawings that secured the contract for AirRail Link, New York's new light rail system that connected JFK Airport and LaGuardia Airport.

West Point: Did the drawings that secured the commission for the new Jefferson Hall Library for the USMA at West Point Military Academy, meeting deadlines before the Generals who reviewed the project, would be shipping out to Afganistan for duty.

New Victory Theater and 42nd Street Redevelopment: Proposed and did the reconstruction of the stoop, which was torn down decades earlier, for the New Victory Theater, helping initiate the revitalization of 42nd Street and Times Square into the wonderful place it is today.

Gowanas Canal: Proposed to the city a system to help clean the Gowanas Canal which help them initiate an investigation, leading to the now Super Fund for the area to clean up years of neglect and polution. The impetus was that it could be a valuable economic asset to the city.



AIP 19, 2004, Award of Excellence; 200 West 19th Street Condominium; Architect: CKArchitects.

AIP 18, 2003, Award of Excellence; West Point Library, Architect: STV, Inc.;

Life Magazine's 2000 Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Magazine Imagery, January 2000.

AIP 14, 1999, Award of Excellence; The Hohokem Compound at Pueblo Grande, Archaeology.

AIP 13, 1998, Award of Excellence; Villa Capri in Landscape, Capri, Italy, Self-commissioned.

AIP 12, 1997, Award of Excellence; Lujiazui-Itochu Tower, Shanghai, China, Architect: Sydness Architects.

AIP 11, 1996, Acknowledgement; American Business Ctr, Shanghai, China, Ritchie & Fiore Architects.

Chicago Tribune's Cabrini Green Housing International Competition, Honorable Mention, 1991.

Washington Street Facade Competition, Winner, Harvard University, 1983.



JARA Exhibition 2000 in Tokyo, Japan.

AIP-19, 18, 14, 13, and 12 National traveling exhibition for American Society of Architectural Illustrators.

Nation Archives at the Library of Congress record of one of the first computer delineation illustrations archived.

Harvard University, Grahm Gund Hall: Graphite Sketches of Cambridge & Boston, 1985.


Lectures / Guest Critic / Other

Massachusetts Bay Community College, Guest Lecturer: Topics: Architectural History, 3 series.

Harvard University, Faculty Research Assistant for Dr. Edward Sekler on Architectural & Structural Technology.

Columbia University, Guest Critic 4th year Design Studio final. Tufts University, Guest Critic 2nd year Design Studio final.

Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Architectural drawing (8 wks), developed and taught drawing class.

Articles/Papers: ASAI Survey of Illustrators;

"Baroque Rome" 1982;

"Virtual Reality", Graham Foundation Fellowhip;

"Berkeley School of Music", GSD News, April 1986;

"Boston World Trade Tower", GSD News, April 1985


Recommendations from clients and collegues

"This is the kind of project I had hoped and expected to see today during my visit to Harvard University. What an outstanding job"

Stanley Tigerman, Architect

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“I recommend working with Mr. Buccalo, who is a very practical and fantastic architect. He’s extremely professional and has worked on many projects around the country. He has a wonderful ability to listen and understand the needs and desires of the client. His imagination and flexibility added greatly to the overall success of the exterior and interior architecture of a recently completed project. His precise specifications and management added significant value to the bidding process and allowed the client to do the project at a reasonable cost with competent contractors. All in all, Mr. Buccalo’s ability to provide not only an aesthetically pleasing product, but also a very functional one, added to the ease in which our team was able to deliver a well-managed and stellar finished product to the client”.” November 16, 2008

Keita Turner, President, KT Design Solutions, LLC
was with another company when working with Nicholas at NJBAarchitecture (aka SimpleTwig™ architecture.llc)

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“Nicholas and I have been colleagues for many years and while I've always admired his work; my admiration has only grown over time. His professionalism and skill are at a very high level. As president of the New York Society of Renderers, Nic managed the organization with extreme deftness, while simultaneously continuing to produce his beautiful artwork and successfully run his own business; not an easy thing to do.” October 23, 2008

Thomas W. Schaller, Owner, Schaller Architectural Illustration - New York City
was with another company when working with Nicholas at New York Society of Renderers, Inc.

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"It was the story of Chicken Little and the sky was truly falling. Papers to get the job going had not been filed by the people who told me" not to worry", and we had to sign a surrender agreement to vacate our current rental. Clearly this job was going nowhere and "end time" was not in the forecast. And then came Nick Buccalo and NJBArchitects (aka SimpleTwig™ architecture.llc). He should have been the first person we hired, instead of the last, but that is my caveat to all of you out there considering a renovation. Do not pass go until Nick has seen project."

"It is a pleasure to work with Nick. To me it is like buying insurance which allows me to sleep at night. From the beginning when he came on board, he "got the job done". Plans were drawn up, submitted, and building permits obtained within ten days. He knows what he is doing and he is good at it. Nick has a very calming manner. He doesn't get ruffled. His low-keyed approach helped turn the volume down on my own distress. I was able to call him with questions, and he would calmly solve each problem. He was there. I can't stress how important this is. The ultimate proof of how I felt about Nick was that I hired him to oversee the rest of the job."

"So, if you see an apartment, penthouse or house you like , but it needs work, bring Nick before you even bid. It will be the best decision in the entire process. As you can tell, it is my pleasure to recommend him, without reservation."

Lynn & Michael Lawrence; 320 East 57th Street, Penthouse; New York, NY

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"Kindness is very hard to find but I was lucky to find a very kind Architect who knows how to make you live nightmare free. Nick Buccalo showed me step by step how to legalize my one family house into a two family house which was completed by a previous contractor. I was living with nightmares until I talked with Gamill Engineering who recommended me to a very kind Architect, Nicholas J. Buccalo. Nick guided me through the process of getting a new certificate of occupancy by drawing up plans, compiling a simple list of corrections, getting a work permit, reviewing construction progress and answering questions from the New York City Building Inspector which help secured our approval. I feel that Nick was more of a partner to me than an Architect. I recommend Nick to anyone who wants to sleep at night."

Hassan Alfaoieh, 106 Pioneer Street, Brooklyn, NY.

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"You've done a fine job considering the situation I found myself in. We couldn't of made it through the tangled legal mess without you and yet end up with something so beautiful for me and my daughter. Thanks for all your help."

Harvey Keitel, Actor, Tribecca, New York City

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"Mr. Buccalo delivered such well executed and accurate drawings of Carnegie Hall that we were able to hand them directly to the manufacturer for production, which resulted in a significant savings of time, money and effort."

Charles Gwathmey stated regarding Mr. Buccalo's work on the Carnegie Hall Restoration:

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"Mr. Buccalo has a beautiful command of the medium of architecture."

Philip Johnson, world famous architect

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"Nicholas Buccalo capitalized on modeling and rendering power of ArchiCAD for a presentation of Lujazui-Shanghai Office."

Architecture Magazine

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I am writing this letter to commend you on the quality of your product and service...you were kind enough to furnish additional versions of our site rendering which allowed us the latitude to utilize this drawing in many ways...It has been a pleasure.

Gilbert Retrey, RA ASID, Campus Facilities Officer. Kingsboro Community College.

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"it is really something else to see a company who can create such stunning visuals from the results of these models. Amazing quality, i am sure there are a few rendering engines working overtime under your roof, but they don't run by themselves. Impressed. "

Nick Bowmast, www.bowmast.com

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"I am writing to say that I was very impressed by the quality of work in your portfolio. I have your website bookmarked so that I can visit it from time to time for inspiration. "

Dan Oyakawa, project designer: Bauer and Wiley Architects, doyakawa@bauerandwiley.com

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Original music by Nicholas Buccalo



Original music by Nicholas Buccalo.


SimpleTwig™ architecture.llc
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Publications & News

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1   The McNeil-Leher Newshour: Cabrini Green Housing Proposal Honorable Mention for design submitted by Nick Buccalo, Chicago, Illinois, 1992. The broadcast descussed the various schemes including Mr. Buccalo's proposal.

MSNBC News: Discussion on the JFK to Laguardia Airport rail connection with AirRail Illustrations Featured. STV, Inc. & Bombadare. March 1999 and June 1999.

1   NBC Nightly News: Discussion on the JFK to Laguardia Airport rail connection with AirRail Illustrations Featured. STV, Inc. & Bombadare. March 1999 and June 1999.
1   Crosswalks, New York City Today: NYC Council Committee on Land Use featured several AirRail Illustrations done for STV, Inc. & Bombadare. Febuary 1999.
1   Every Room Tells a Story, Tales from the pages of Nest Magazine, 2001, by Joseph Holtzman, Distributed Art Publishers, Inc., NYC.
1   AIP-12> Architecture in Perspective 12, ASAP, 1997,Award of Excellence.Rockport Publishers

AIP-13> Architecture in Perspective 13, ASAP, 1998Award of Excellence. Rockport Publisher Detail.

1   AIP-14> Architecture in Perspective 14, ASAI, 1999Award of Excellence. Pueblo Grande. Rockport Publisher
1   Architectural Record; News Brief/Digital Perspective/Article; "Former Johnson Burgee partner wins Shanghai project" 06/1997, Page 44. Lujazui - Shanghai Office. Sydness Architects
1   Architectural Record; Ad/3 Digital Perspectives Featured; Graphisoft, 07/1997, Page 21. Sydness/Gruzen/Roche.
1   Architectural Record; Record News Section; "STV Named Designer for JFK Airport's Long-Awaited Rail Link" 11/1999, Page 43: TWA Terminal Platform. STV/Silver Ziskind Architects.
1   Every Room Tells a Story, Tales from the pages of Nest Magazine, 2001, by Joseph Holtzman, Distributed Art Publishers, Inc., NYC.
1   Architecture Magazine: Housing Reforms; Article: Computers: Software, Simple to Slick. See quote above. August 1997, Vol. 86, No. 8, Page 51. Pub. by BPI Communications 1997.
1   Archaeology Magazine: 50th Anniversary Series; Issue: Celebrating The Human Past,. See Magazines sub- link for more info.
1   Archaeology Magazine; Issue: Ancient Games: The World of the Olympic Athlete. Reconstruction of Pueblo Grande. See Magazines sub- link for more info.
1   The Art of Architectural Illustration III by GordonGrice. Pub. by Rockport Publishers. Digital Illustrations, Pages 38 to 43. SBN:1.56496.591.0. Gloucester, MA. Jan. 2000. Rockport Publishers
1   Burridge Index; Vol. 5, Burridge Index Corp., 1995. Detail. NJBArchitects, Brooklyn, NY.
1   Calliope: The Doges of Venice; Reconstruction of Venetian Foundation System By Cobblestone Pub.; 03/97, Vol. 7, No. 4
1   Columbus Citizen Journal 8> Business First Section, March 12, 1999, Page 9. OSU Gateway Comp. for Madison Marquette and Towne Properties, Schuster Assoc. & Gruzen Samton.
1   Columbia College Today; Art Hum in the 21st Century; 1997, Vol, 23, No. 1, Pg. 8.; Pub. by Columbia Univ.
1   Architecture Magazine: Housing Reforms; Ad; 3 Digital Perspectives Featured August 1997; Vol. 86, No. 8, Page 51; Pub. by BPI Communications 1997.
1   Graphisoft Supplement; Ad / 3 Digital Perspectives Featured, 02/1997; Lujazui-Shanghai Office; 52 W. 54th Street Lobby; Brklyn Heights Montessori School .
1   Architects in the Illustration Age: Graphisoft, A Special Ad Supplement to Architecture Magazine; Graphisoft, 1996
1   La Casa Concorso Piu' Bella Di Architettura Del Mondo; Ideal Villa in Landscape; Pub. by Edilstampa, 1992

Nest Magazine; Issue 2, Fall 1998, Dance With Buatta, pages 130-133. 2 illustrations featuring an interior designed by Mario Buatta. Detail-1; Detail-2; Detail-3.

1   Nest Magazine; Issue 5, Summer 1999,Philip Johnson Redressed, Pages 110-113.
1   Nest Magazine: Reconstruction of the c 1870 Blue Room at the White House. See Magazines sub- link for more info.
1   Nest Magazine: Summer 2000, Issue 9-Hotel Eden. Page 190-191.
1   NYSR 'Portfolio of Architectural & Interior Rendering'; Digital Perspectives, NYSR. Jan. 2000, No. 4.
1   New York Society of Renderers, Inc. Newsletter, Spring 2003. Written by Nick Buccalo. Compiled & Contributions by Scott Baumberger.
1   Convergence (Go to Help > Survey I, II, III for Article) Article: Survey of Illustrators, Part I; Pub. by American Society of Architectural Perspectivists, August, 1995
1   Convergence (Go to Help > Survey I, II, III for Article) Article: Survey of Illustrators, Part II; Pub. by American Society of Architectural Perspectivists, December, 1995
1   GSD Harvard University News, Article: Design of Boston World Trade Tower. Complete interview with Mr. Buccalo regarding this project.
1   GSD Harvard University News, Article: Design of Berkely School of Music. Complete interview with Mr. Buccalo regarding this project.
1   New York Times 4> Real Estate Section 9; Sun., 12.01.96. Illustration Only-Detail. Eastbridge Landing Condo. SLiCE Architects.
1   New York Times 3> NYT Real Estate Sec. 11, page 7; Sun., 11.02.97. Illustration Only. 8th & 54th Condominium.
1   New York Times 5> Real Estate Section 9; Sun., 6.20.99. Feature: Kraft Center, Columbia Univ.
1   New York Times 6> Real Estate Section 11, Sun., 4.7.02. Cover Feature: Launching a Flotilla of Ferry Terminals. Illustration Only.
1   New York Times 7> NYT Real Estate Section 11, Sun., 6.30.02: Feature: 2 Residences Planned for Roosevelt Island.
1   New York Times 1> Real Estate Section; Sunday, 06.27.99. Article on the Hudson River Studios. (unavailable at this time).
1   New York Times 2> Real Estate Section; Thursday, 07.11.98. Article on the Hudson River Studios. (unavailable at this time).
1   Oculus: Cover of AIA's, New York Chapter Oculus: December Issue, 1998;
1   Oculus: AIA's, New York Chapter Oculus: April Issue, 2000; Philadelphia National Bank Illustration.
1   NYSR 'Portfolio of Architectural & Interior Rendering'; Digital Perspectives, NYSR. 1996, No. 3.
1   A+U Magazine; Feature: Philip Johnson; Guest Quarters for Lewis House; Volume No. 259, 04.92.


great wall Nic enjoying the views from the Great Wall outside of Beijing, China.
duomo Standing on top of the Duomo in, Italy, Nic captures this wonderful view of Florence below.
  Rome, Florence, Venice, Naples and other hill towns throughout Italy.
  Thailand, Japan, China.
  Parts of Europe including France, Austria, Switzerland.

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1   Harvard University Alumni
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1   Registered Professional Architects
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1   Computer Graphics Architects
1   Harvard China Group
1   CAA: Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology
1   New York Society of Renderers, Inc.



Nicholas Joel Buccalo and grandfather Nicholas Joel Yoder, serving up a soda in Kansas.


Nothing better than cross country to teach an individual self reliance, motivation, determination and the importance of health.


During a relaxing family BBQ.


Along the Brooklyn Waterfront, the Promenade.


Walking to school, at the Gowanas Canal.


Our newest family member, Olive.


Green Architecture and Sustainable Design


Sustainablilty of a building has to do with a buildings ability to maintain itself. Mr. Buccalo has incorporated this aspect into his architecture since 1982 and is happy to see it embrased by the public at large.

It also has to do with selection of local materials. This aspect is also fundamental to Mr. Buccalo's design, the use of sustainable materials like bamboo and other renewable resources but also the natural materials native to the area of a project. Each project Mr. Buccalo approaches seeks to determine the best local materials and their impact on local architecture for clues into the character of a particular region, whether it is in Ohio, or in a villiage outside of Beijing.

Part of what impressed Mr. Buccalo was the many Italian hill towns he visited in his travels, and how each village had a particular flavor based on the natural colors of stone and sand. Those materials imparted a special and unique quality special to that particular place in the world, making that place worthy of visitation and admiration.



An interview with Nicholas Buccalo

By WhoHUB: http://www.whohub.com/njbaarchitecture

Nicholas Buccalo, Architect SimpleTwig Architecture, llc. [aka: NJBAarchitecture]


What is your specialization in architecture?
SimpleTwig Architecture, llc. provides Architectural Design, Construction Documents, and Administration for Residential, Retail, Commercial, Office and Mixed-Use Projects regionally and around the world. Mr. Buccalo's expertise is Architectural design and has applied this to great effect for a variety of projects ranging from very small renovations to multi-billion dollar mixed use urban developments. He understands people, design and architecture and applies only the best principals to every project.

Recent noteworthy projects: Carnegie Hall Landmarks Renovation, South Bend Regional Art Museum, Dongyin Economical Residential Community, Zhongguncun R & D Center, Harvey Keitel Penthouse, Ji-Lin Condominium Tower. Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, Victory Theatre Times Square, Brisbane Tower, MacArthur Center, Prague Center, and many others.

What is it for you a good architectural design?
There are many aspects which define quality Architectural Design. First, an Architect must take into account one's budget. We pride ourselves in this respect, delivering built projects that are on budget. Then, one must account for the 'image' of the project which reflects the client and context in regards to the building's longevity. It must be designed in a way that allows it to fulfill the needs of the client into the future meaning it must be sustainable both in terms of function and image. We pride ourselves in the fact that our projects are forward thinking and inspiring. They become iconic not only for our clients but also for the communities in which they reside.

What era of architecture most fascinates you?
The period between about 5000 b.c. and 2010 a.d. Yes this is very broad, no doubt, but I've found insight into how human's respond to differrent types of Architecture and how Architecture reflects on it's civilization. My study of ImHoTep's Stepped Pyramid on WikiVersity is one example on how I've done indepth research into the world of Architectural History and it's very relevant impact on today's built structures..

List the name of a famous building which you don't care for.
Hard question as each building ever built is an expression of humanity. I'd say if there are any buildings that I don't like it's those which don't fulfill their potential, which in those cases they aren't famous to begin with.

What hardware and software do you use that you deem as indispensable?
Fast and furious, over-clocked and stuffed with ram to generate as fast as I can think. We use all types of software but currently experimenting with the natural effects of Sandbox 3.

In which city do you live or work and why?
SimpleTwig is centered in New York City. This gives us access to the best consultants in the world including associations with other architectural firms if there is a need. For instance, NJBA has an established relationship with the world renowned firm of Philip Johnson Alan Ritchie Architects for international projects. We have already completed several independent and collaborative efforts in China and this association will ensure that the product we deliver will be of the highest quality.

Do you work with other architects? How is the team set up?
For large scale and international projects, we collaborate with Philip Johnson Alan Ritchie Architects. This allows us to deliver the design quality expertise of NJBA and the technical and design oversight expertise of PJAR. It is a collaborative effort to ensure the highest quality for our clients. No time or effort is spared. Contact Alan Ritchie: http://www.pjar.com/

We also associate with other architectural firms in the regions where a project will ultimately get built. I would say that not doing this would be irresponsible.

What do you think of competitions? What types of competitions do you normally compete in?
Competitions which hope to attract professionals, should always have financial prizes to help cover the costs associated with production. Architects should, on the other hand, have enough common sense to not enter competitions that don't have a stipend. Those that don't have stipends are abusing individuals who don't have common sense and therefore shouldn't be considered for the project in the first place.

Mantaining the signature of a building, how is the identity of the surroundings respected?
Some projects must be signature buildings while others should focus on enhancing the context in a way that allows them to be signature buildings for the area. Both types respond to the context but in different ways. A high-rise, which can be seen for miles, respects and enhances the context of the skyline. In either case, buildings should always enhance the context as in doing so increases the spirit of those who frequent the area. This doesn't imply that a building should be a copy of surrounding buildings, quite the contrary. What buildings need to do is 'respect their elders' while at the same time express themselves as independent and noteworthy based on their own accomplishments.

Which architects, past or present, do you admire?
I must admit that I admire those who push the limits of creativity, past or present, who are able to understand their own contemporary setting yet see into the future.

In your professional philosophy, what comes first, function or form?
Form and function are integral. Like the human form and spirit itself, there are countless variations, expressions and stages of life among each individual. But also like the human, function is utmost important for life itself, yet within one's life there is ample opportunity for self expression, so hence the two can be considered balanced in an harmonious whole.

Do you view suburban sprawl as an ecological threat and a waste of resources? Do you advocate for more vertical and denser town planning?
You might say I recognize every square meter of ground as being precious. Architecture is placed within nature always, even in NYC where one can watch the sunrise graze down the sides of the towers of 42nd Street. I do believe that in general there is a lack of quality and efficiency in building in America which leads to short life-span structures that during their whole life cycle do not enhance the environment nor the quality of life for those who inhabit them. If I had the powers to decide and build, I would build higher density communities of quality construction which would support the ideas of neighborhood while at the same time preserve natural environments for our enjoyment. The needs of the automobile also should be tempered by reducing road surface area and increasing automobile free pedestrian zones, thus reinforcing the notion of neighborhood and quality of life. In many ways the old European village with its enclosing walls provides a solution worth consideration in the way it creates a boundary between 'outside' and residential 'inside'.

What will the single-family home of 2050 be like?
I am quite excited by what the future holds. We are beginning to move homes to a more self-sustaining level, in terms of energy, maintenance and technology. These aspects are already starting to make their way into our thinking now, but, by 2050, they will be standard fare. This means Architects will be able to design 'flexible housing', one in which the form and spatial relationships can be manipulated to achieve a desired aesthetic effect.

For instance, the quality of interior lighting will be the manipulation of where the sun is at any given time. Building envelopes will be multi-layered, providing a variety of dynamic effects which will help maintain the quality of the interior environment. Buildings will be designed with products that will help them become more maintenance free and thus more sustainable.

For you, which new materials provoke the most interest?
Carbon based products that are flexible, durable and strong. They offer the opportunity for free expression. Coupled with flexible solar cell sheets, Architecture is fast becoming a new world of possibilities.

In the development of a project, do you feel closer to the client or to the public as a whole who will use the final product?
During the development of a project, if one has their feet on the ground, will be able to lead both the client and public to the best solution given the site, context and budget. Architects need to be leaders of design, not the other way around which apparently has been adopted by so many Architects who are obviously confused about their role. For the leaders in Architecture, that do exist, their work speaks volumes regarding their attitudes as leaders of design.

The pharahons built pyramids, and bankers skyscrapers: will architecture always be a symbol of power?
I see Architecture as a symbol of the human spirit.

Imagine your ideal house. Where would it be? What would it be like?
I have many prototype 'ideal houses' set in a variety of locations. While a rural setting is quite romantic and exciting to ponder, it is the challenge of creating an ideal house set within an urban environment that most excites me, perhaps because it is the most difficult to do. The urban house provides the opportunity for a vertical journey through space, up to a height where one can take in the surroundings and reflect on life itself. Still in my heart of hearts, I have several ideal rural sites I would love to build on in order to express certain spiritual qualities.

Can one copy and still be original?
One could argue that Philip Johnson was a copier, but what sets Mr. Johnson apart was his ability to synthesis an idea as expressed by others and then create an ultimate expression of that idea. This is Architecture or any other form of human expression at its essence. Was Mr. Johnson successful as an Architect of Architecture? In some ways yes, perhaps in other ways no. But as an individual who could understand trends and turn around and become a leader of that trend certainly takes a special talent. Blatant coping is robbery and for those who practice the duplication of historic buildings is doing a dis-service to every generation that their buildings exist. Historic architecture is an expression of 'that time'... not of 'this time'.

Where is the balance between deeply-rooted architecture and that which responds to its particular era?
For those who's 'new' designs reflect a past era, they have missed a great opportunity to express human optimism and have left their society with the impression of an uncreative period in human history. It is one thing to renovate existing structures to their fullest, it is another to start from scratch and end up with something that is forgettable. For me, that is a waste of time, money and effort and will result in an architecture that is not sustainable in terms of use.

Spectacular architecture: do you believe that buildings are becoming more and more media phenomena?
No. Does one not think that the Duomo Sienna didn't raise a stir when it was completed, or the, what I like to call, Djoser's 'Wave' Pyramid do the same. Media is but a form of conversing and spreading the word which us humans have done for tens of thousands of years. Not much has changed from my point of view.

What motto would you like to see inscribed at the entrance of the university's department of architecture?
"Make your Architecture as great as the human itself".

What would be your dream project at this moment?
Whether a residence situated in a beautiful place or a modest mid-rise in an urban setting, all projects offer the possibility of greater forms of expression and it's those I always dream of.

Who is your favourite artist?
Too many great artist to just pick one... Rubens is probably my favorite, but one can't forget Caravaggio, Bernini, Monet, Vermeer, Manet, Picaso, Sargent, Warhol, Bruegel, David, Homer, Van Gogh, and that's just western art. Many fine works come from Asia and India regions. And to forget Egyptian, Greek and Roman art is to ignore our human history... there is much to appreciate, which is why I have Minor in Art History and studied Architectural History so much. In fact I have an ongoing research on Egyptian Architecture with Anneke Bart. We've started a WikiVersity project together on the topic.



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