New York Design Architects, LLP was founded in 1996 and has grown to become the industry leader in retail and food service Architecture in NYC.


Practicing nationally, NYDA is most renown, for their NYC presence. Based in Tribeca, their office is positioned centrally to Manhattan’s municipal offices as well as all outer borough offices. This helps facilitate the “one stop shopping” approach that NYDA has become known for.


In NYC, everyone’s a specialist, particularly when it comes to the construction industry. An inexperienced owner or novice developer can easily be caught up in a maze of consultants, designers, branding experts, engineers, expeditors, city agencies, and project managers, causing the project to run amuck, each taking no leadership role and blaming the other for the project’s shortcomings.


New York Design Architects, LLP takes a different approach. Taking a leadership role, NYDA seamlessly assembles and manages the project team consisting of project managers, designers, architects, engineers, and filing representatives, and delivers a single point of contact to the client.  It’s called  “one - stop shopping”.  NYDA makes this possible due to the multi-disciplined, talented and experienced team of professionals that are kept on staff. 


The NYDA Partners, Architects Joseph J. Smerina, AIA and Giuseppe R. Anzalone, AIA, are personally involved in the day-to-day performance of their talented team of designers, consulting engineers and filing representatives.   They lend their expertise and support to the work every step of the way, helping to navigate the job through every complexity from stage one to completion.


AECOM / Tishman construction

Alicart Restaurant Group
Alpha Romeo

Amalgamated Bank

Annie Sez

Apple Bank
Aroma Cafe

Au Bon Pain
Aunt Butchie's Deserts
Auntie Ann's Pretzels
Bagle Boy

Bare Burger

Bed Bath & Beyond Cafe

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream

Bergoff Goodman

Better Burger
B & H Photo

Blake & Todd

Blink Fitness
Blockbuster Video
BMW, Life Quality

Boston Market

Bowlmor AMF
Bread Factory Cafe

Bronx Brewery

Brookfield Properties

Brooklyn Brewery
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn Public Library
Brooklyn Vetinary Group
Burger King
Cafe Metro

Carmine’s Restaurant

Capitol Grille

Capitol One Bank
Charolette Russe
Ckick Chuck

China Grill
Chrysler, Giuffre

Clean Rite Centers
Cosi, Inc
Crossroads Trading
CVS Pharmacy

David Barton Gym
Dee Daa

Déjá Vu Clubs
Dependable Electric
Dollar Tree

Douglan Elliman

Dr Smood

Duane Reade
Dynamic Changes Hypnosis


Elizabeth's Neighborhood Table Restaurant
Empire Transit Mix

Euro Pan
Federated Department Stores

Ferguson Plumbing Supplies


Financier Patisserie


Five Guys Burgers

Flavors Cafe



Food Exchange

For Eyes Optical
Four Seasons Hotel
Fresh & Co.


Gabriella's Restaurant
Gateway News

Go Health

Gotham Green

Hale & Hearty Soup
Harbor Fitness


Haven Spa

Haven's Kitchen

Honda, Bay Ridge

Hubb Properties

Hyundai, Giufree

The Huntington Learning Center


Jamba Juice

Japan Airlines
J. C. Penny
Jet Blue

Jewish Theological Seminary

Jones the Grocer
Joe’s of Avenue U



Just Salad
Keller Williams

Kenneth Cole


Kia, Guiffre
Kiki Di Montparnasse Store


Lifetime Brands

Little Beet
Larry Flint's Hustler Club
LT Burger
Lutheran Medical Center
Macy's Bed Express
Maggie Moo's

Maison Kayser

Manchu Wok
Marine Park Golf Course

McDonald's Corporation
McManus Funeral Parlor
Melt Shop

Modell's Sporting Goods

Muss Development

My Gym


Northwell Health

NY Mets Clubhouse
NY Yankees Clubhouse
Olive Garden

Omni Fitness

Oren's Daily Roast Coffee Company
Organic Avenue


Pan Brothers
Panera Bread
Patty & Co.

Pep Boys


Pollo Campero
Pot Belly

Power Plant

Pronto Pizza
Pump It Up
Quick Test
Radio Shack
Ralph Aievoli & Son Funeral Parlor
Rapid Delivery
Red Square
Related Companies

Retro Fitness
Rienzi Food Corp.


River Bay Corporation
Rockefeller Center

Rose Associates

Sakae Sushi
Saturday Matinee
Schnipper’s Quality Kitchen
Score Educational Center
Seven Eleven
Singapore Airlines

Sol Goldman Estate

Soul Cycle


Sprint PCS
Starbucks Coffee Company

Staten Island University Hospital
St. Mary’s Church

St. Nicolas Church

Subaru, Bay Ridge
Super Dry


Taco Bell

Tasty Delight
TD Bank

TD Cornerstone


TMPL David Barton Gym

T Mobile
Tracey Real Estate
Tri-Star Entertainment

Tony Tantillo

Vintry Wine and Whiskey Bar
Vitamin World
VIP Cruises

Waldorf Astoria


Wahoo Fresh Fish Tac

Winick Realty




A Brooklyn, NY native, Joseph J Smerina, AIA, has had a love for the Architecture and for the City of New York since childhood. Attending Brooklyn Technical High School and Pratt institute, he expanded his local Education by studying abroad in Europe.


Mr. Smerina, is a skilled Artist and Designer who trained with renowned architectural illustrator and children’s book author, Al Lorenz, during the creation of the book, “Illustrating Architecture”, before becoming the Principal Designer of New York Design Architects, LLP.


In addition to the day to day management of New York Design’s  marketing and finances, Mr. Smerina acts as Lead Designer and project principal for several ongoing projects.


He is known for his problem solving capabilities, which he developed during his 20 years of work experience, in various roles including, Architect, Owner, Developer, and Contractor, on hundreds of projects of all sizes and complexities.  He has worked on all sides of the table and understands that the needs of each team member must be met for a project to be successful.


Mr. Smerina is a member of the American Institute of Architects and possesses multiple licenses to practice Architectural in several States.   



Born in a town outside Palermo, Sicily, Mr. Anzalone came to this country as a young boy. Raised in Brooklyn, NY, he attended Pratt Institute and later returned to Italy to complete his education in Rome.


In addition to Mr. Anzalone’s formal architectural training, his technical skills are on par with, and seamlessly mesh with that of the engineers that he coordinates with, making the process exceptionally fluid.


His past 20 years architectural experience in the aviation sector, and consulting on large scaled projects, has solidified his demanding standards in meeting time and cost constraints. A seasoned project manager, Mr. Anzalone currently acts as project principal on multiple active projects on a day to day basis in addition to the management of New York Design’s sizable staff.


Being the president of the American Institute Of Architects, Brooklyn Chapter, Mr. Anzalone, regularly interacts with city and state officials on a variety of issues concerning public policy and political issues. Mr. Anzalone sits on various committees, which, interacting with municipal agencies help shape the operating landscape of the NYC real estate market.  


Joseph J Smerina,  AIA     &     Giuseppe R Anzalone,  AIA


175 West Broadway

New York, NY 10013

Tel: 212  680  0140

Email: info@newyorkdesign.com




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A SIGNED CONTRACT and retainer is required prior to commencement of any work. All other work will be billed at the completion of each phase and payable within 30 days of invoice.  NYDA reserves the right to stop work due to open balance of greater than 45 days.  Payments overdue will be subject to an 18% late fee.  Approvals will be issued upon receipt of payments. The provisions of the American Institute of Architects Standard Form of Agreement between Architect & Owner, (latest edition) shall strictly apply to this agreement.  These fees are valid for 30 days from the date of this proposal.  The owner agrees to hold harmless and indemnify, NEW YORK DESIGN ARCHITECTS, LLP, partners and consultants for and against all claims, damages, awards and costs of defense arising out of delays in performance resulting from events beyond their control. Whereas job-site safety conditions are the sole responsibility of the contractor, the client agrees to hold harmless and indemnify NYDA, partners and consultants for and against all claims, damages awards and costs of defense arising out of claims related to job-site safety. The client agrees to stipulate within his / her contract that the contractor (or client) shall purchase builders risk insurance which names the contractor, the clients agents, and designer as additional insured. In recognition of the relative risks, rewards and benefits of the project to both the client and the firm, the risks have been allocated such that the client agrees that, to the fullest extent permitted by law, the firms total liability to the client for any and all injuries, claims, losses, expenses damages or claim expenses arising out of this agreement from any cause or causes, shall not exceed our fee or 5%, whichever is less.  Such shall include, but are not limited to, the firm’s negligence, errors, omissions, strict liability, breech of contract or breech of warranty.  All drawings and electronic files will remain the property of NYDA. NYC law prohibits engaging in construction related activities without first securing a work permit.  Work performed without proper permits and approvals are done at the owner’s own risk.  Civil penalties must be paid at both ECB and DOB levels.  Client is responsible for these fines.  This proposal is valid for 12 months from acceptance date.  If project is not completed within this 12 month period, NYDA will bill the client hourly for all work beyond the 12 month period in addition to the fee.  In addition NYDA will charge a maintenance fee of $50 / month/ application to client to maintain the file current, tracking of the applications with the Dept. of Bldgs unless NYDA is superseded by another Architect of Record or withdraw responsibility from project.


There is a 20% mark up on reimbursable expenses such as city fees, overnight packages, printing, etc…  If a credit card is provided at beginning of project for these reimbursable expenses client will be charged a 10% markup instead of 20%. By providing a credit card, the client hereby agrees to authorize NYDA o make these charges so as not to delay the project work. NYDA will notify the client by email prior to making charges to the clients account.

Directive 14 Review

A Directive 14 filing may be done by this office, which will allow for final inspection of the work by an Architect instead of the Building Dept. Under new DOB policy effective 07/01/08 the Architect responsible for the final inspection must ensure that the work is signed off and that permits remain active during the duration of the project.  The inspecting Architect is subject to fines & revocation of filing privileges with the City of NY, if the project is not signed off or the application withdrawn within one year.  By requesting NYDA to file D-14, the owner agrees to maintain an active permit during the duration of construction and to promptly obtain required plumbing & related signoffs.  The client further acknowledges that if the project exceeds 1 year or if permits become inactive, NYDA reserves the right with no further notification to the client to withdraw from his role as Architect responsible this project.  This action may result in violations or fines from the Dept. of Bldgs and a Stop Work Order being place on the project. 


Note:  Client has the right to retain a registered Special Inspection Agency to perform these required inspections.  If this option is selected, the above paragraph will not apply.


The City of NY allows Architects to self-certify projects & by pass a formal plan review in order to expedite a project.  This process is subject to audit by the Dept. of Bldgs. “Technical Compliance Unit”.  In the event this project is audited, additional work and fees will be required to remedy this situation.  The client will be responsible for these fees and hereby agrees to pay these expenses.  The client agrees to indemnify and hold harmless NYDA for additional project costs & delays to a project incurred because of the deferral of a plan examination.