[theory] Miscellaneous recommendations for SimpleTwig

RECOMMENDATION 1: SimpleTwig Architecture

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 SimpleTwig (aka NJBArchitects). 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

RECOMMENDATION 2: SimpleTwig Architecture

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; 3/15/03.


Hi, I am a New Zealander who has been using archiCAD for the last few years, purely as an architectural tool. I am certainly a subscriber to the virtual model concept, but 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.


Nick Bowmast; www.bowmast.com; 


I am writing to say that I was very impressed by the quality of work in your portfolio.

As I am new to ArchiCAD (my background is in AUTOCAD) it is very inspiring to see the program used at such a high level. The image that is on the web page is very good. I would like to know if other 3D programs were used to generate the models…or if ArchiCAD was used exclusively. I have your website bookmarked so that I can visit it from time to time for inspiration.

Thank you for your time.


Dan O, (name removed to respect Google search results for fellow Architect)

RECOMMENDATION 5: SimpleTwig Architecture

““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

1st Keita TurnerPresident, KT Design Solutions, LLC
was with another company when working with Nicholas at SimpleTwig Architecture


New York Society of Renderers, Inc.

“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

1st Thomas W. SchallerOwner, Schaller Architectural Illustration – New York City
was with another company when working with Nicholas at New York Society of Renderers, Inc.

RECOMMENDATION 7: SimpleTwig Architecture

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.”

RECOMMENDATION 8: While working at Philip Johnson John Burgee Architects

Philip Johnson said of Mr. Buccalo’s work:

“Mr. Buccalo has a beautiful command of the medium of architecture.”

RECOMMENDATION 9: SimpleTwig 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.”


RECOMMENDATION 10: SimpleTwig Architecture

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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