Devoted to providing the best design solution given any budget, Architect Nick Buccalo is Harvard trained in Advanced Studies, working with famous Architects like Philip Johnson, on famous projects like Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, AirTrain, West Point and many others.
Used this architect, He was very helpful in solving my problems. Drawings were professional and reflected my needs
Fast service and city approvals are a great combination.
I wish there were more than 5 stars! An absolute class act. A gem in dealing with the buildings dept. Mr. D'Alessandro is a professional, kind, honest, generous and caring individual who became a friend by the time our project was complete. Always met our deadlines. Very creative and intelligent in finding ways to maximize our space in our 10 unit condo conversion in Williamsburg. No headaches. Over delivered on all of his promises. A dedicated architect who is passionate about his profession. We found him via the Brownstoner forum and have since recommended him to countless friends in the area who could not have been happier with his work! Thank you Sebastian!
He did a project for my neighbor right next door, so, i hired him to do re-planning of my apartment (moving bathroom/kitchen and making bedroom area into a living room area, and living into bedroom), completely trusting him. We agreed on the price, but he never gave me any contract. I started paying, he started working. When another project came up and he charged me quiet a lot all (while messing it up), I started questioning what was happening, and found out that the first project was not even possible to do due to the "wet-over-dry" rules in the building. He, having worked on a very large project for the neighbor, obviously knew that, that's why he did not give me a contract and just started charging me, knowing very well that the project will never come to life, but he was still collecting $ from me. The last payment was for the future work (80% of it), but when I confronted him, he lied and said that he did work for those hours. Also, his rate was changing, depending on his mood. When the time came for me to start asking him questions, we became very hard to reach.Basically, he tried to scam me and he partially succeeded. He refused to refund me, so, i am taking him to court.
We hired contractors for a six-month renovation, a conversion of a single family townhouse to two-family residence. They brought their own architect on the job Mark McCarthy, who works for Salvati. Eight months into the job the contractors were fired for numerous reasons, but the Mr. McCarthy assured us it would not affect his work. He was different, he said.Yet eight months after the contractors were fired, we still had no gas meter for the 2nd apartment, and there was no end in sight for getting the permits approved. We were losing money every month in loss of rental income. We hired an expediter to find out what problems there were with the buildings dept. and resolve them, and the architect texted me saying “Please don’t have anyone looking at my work.” The expediter reported there were wrong permits, permits not filled out properly, required inspections that were not conducted, inaccurate architectural plans and, much to our shock, my forged signature on many permit applications, which is a felony offense. Salvati was sent a certified letter regarding the forgeries, and asked about a refund. He never responded. Salvati was terminated. We then reported them to NY State Board of Professions, and filed in Small Claims court to recover our deposit on account. A second architect reviewed the drawings, the permits, and compared our house to the drawings, and declined the job saying it was too much of a mess for him to take on. We have now hired a third architect to re-file all permits, create new and accurate drawings, and start over. This, almost a year after the original deadline has passed.In September 2012 we appeared in Brooklyn Small Claims Court. Mr. Anthony Salvati introduced Mark McCarthy, who had been the only person in his office involved with my job, as his “chief architect.” Mr. McCarthy identified himself as a “practicing architect.” We later discovered that Mr. McCarthy was not licensed, and has never been licensed, as an architect in New York State. They are currently under investigation by the NY State Board of Professions.