• Architectural Design
  • Construction Administration
  • Zoning Analysis
  • Code Consulting
  • Expediting
  • Master Planning
  • Interior Design
  • Board of Standards
  • Appeals (BSA)
  • City Planning
  • Budget Management


Our concept designs focus on the components or elements of a structure or system and unifies them into a coherent and functional whole. This along with the given constraints or limitations allow us to determine the maximum output that the project can produce in its given site. Once this is complete we apply our philosophy to produce something that is truly unique. Environmental efficiency is of prime importance to us, and we make sure to designing buildings with efficiency and sustainability in mind. At our firm, we pay attention to both an exterior level of aesthetic refinement, as well as practical and utilitarian design principles that allow for a more pleasant, efficient, and comfortable environment.

Our custom tailored designs help give a solid form to your concepts, providing unique solutions to both residential and commercial locations. The firm of Gerald J. Caliendo dives deep into your concepts, in order to craft settings that not only consistently match, but surpass, the expectations of our clients. We are dedicated to providing a level of innovation to all architectural programming, unmatched throughout New York City. From concept to inception, we provide close attention-to-detail to ensure that we always deliver quality projects, and superior performance in an efficient manner with zero hassles or roadblocks. Nothing makes us prouder than seeing the look on a satisfied client’s face when they see their dream structure made real.


We provide comprehensive services to public and private clients seeking construction administration and inspection services, including acting as the Owner’s Representative for construction projects throughout New York and New Jersey. Our firm delivers unique capabilities and an unmatched level of expertise to all of our projects, providing close supervision to ensure that all proper construction techniques, materials, personnel, and equipment are set up throughout the project’s duration. We work with our clients to provide with overall planning, coordination, and control of a project from beginning to completion, our task is to produce a functionally and financially viable project. This may include researching types of equipment, materials, contractors, and possibly locations. Our firm additionally provides a close-up review of contractor’s sequence of operations and scheduling to ensure an efficient and timely completion of the project.

We provide Construction Administration Services including, but not limited to:

  • Establishing a tracking system for all Project records
  • Reviewing all Contractor schedules
  • Visit site to observe quality and progress of work
  • Keep Owner informed as to progress and quality of work
  • Make recommendations in order to correct any defects
  • Review Constructions Materials
  • Submit written reports of site visits and meetings
  • Prepare agenda, conduct, and minutes for all job conferences
  • Review all guarantees and warranties
  • Clarify all construction documents
  • Provide milestone schedules


The zoning of a property determines what kinds of structures may be built, remodeled, specifies land use, property use, parking, and much more. Each design is evaluated and analyzed to reach the maximum potential of the proposed project. This is based on extensive investigation and research to support our process of decision making. We aim to objectively and rationally uncover the strengths and weaknesses of the site. This reveals opportunities and threats in the environment, as well as the resources and bulk required to carry the design through to final completion successfully.​

Time and budget management is the key for any successful project. RHA will works with client’s requirement to create a workable project schedule as well as provide budget analysis for client’s review. Our team of architects work together to resolve the myriad number of code issues that often affect building owners; we take pride in our ability to provide satisfying solutions to any number of difficult approval cases. We can solve even your toughest code challenges.


For years, contractors, home builders, engineers, architects, and property managers have turned to the firm of Gerald J. Caliendo for their permit expediting needs. We are professional planners, with vast experience in all manners of regulatory processes. We maintain established rapport and strong working relationships with official authorities – guaranteeing our clients a timely approval for their projects. Why not avoid all the trouble of dealing with municipal authorities by letting us use our established relationships to painlessly receive your building permit. We will work closely with all our clients to develop custom strategies that adapt to your requirements, timeline, and budget. By working with us, you streamline the process of receiving residential and commercial permits.

We specialize in the following expediting services:

  • Building Permits
  • Work Permits
  • Sign Off’s
  • Certificates of Occupancy
  • ARAS’s
  • DOB Violation Removals


The firm of Gerald J. Caliendo draws on years of experience in order to maintain a participatory design process that includes comprehensive planning and oversight. We carefully study all areas of potential growth, expansion plans, cost/benefit analysis, and construction phasing in order to provide an expert analysis of master plans, on a macro and micro level. We closely follow a place-based approach to inform all of our master plans and urban design strategies; our goal is to find economically practical, and environmentally responsible strategies for success, from design to construction.


We provide full service, interior design to residential and commercial clients. First we start by asking you questions, determining your wants, aesthetic preferences, and practical needs. Then we develop initial schematics to help you visualize where the project can go. Once we have more of an idea cemented, we will create official construction documents, and design your color and material palette. After we finalize all the layouts, drawings, and details, we move towards purchasing materials, and construction. We provide oversight and coordination to the entire process, from construction, electrical, and lighting installation, to AV, plumbing, and any other aspect of the design that you can think of. Once all the installation is complete, you’ll find complete satisfaction in our ability to make your interior design dreams a reality.


We have over 20 years of experience in dealing with municipal architectural/building authorities, and provide a thorough level of advocacy to our clients currently working towards appeals or applications to the Board of Standards & Appeals. Our close familiarity with bureaucratic and legal municipal principals makes us an invaluable asset to those attempting to traverse the tricky legal procedures involved in zoning; our client’s, by taking us on as advocates, can enjoy peace of mind in knowing that their case will be brought to authorities by expert hands, with established rapport with zoning officials. Not only will we complete all aspects of any applications or appeals process, but we will utilize our full arsenal of connections in order to expedite any proceedings to our client’s benefit.


The firm of Gerald J. Caliendo has vast experience in City planning, specializing in realizing urban design projects. We believe that with challenge comes innovation, and are skilled at balancing boundary pushing design with a practical element of pragmatism. We are focused on fostering innovative approaches to public space, urban structures, and municipal community, utilizing both multi-scale planning and site specific design. Our commissions bridge the gap between public authority, and community / private based clients, and are always custom tailored to location, budget, and purpose.


Time and budget management is the key for any successful project. RHA will works with client’s requirement to create a workable project schedule as well as provide budget analysis for our client’s review. Long lead materials orders will be tracked to ensure a timely delivery, and preliminary conceptual budgets will be updated and monitored as the project progresses, in order to provide an accurate and reliable projection of the final cost. We believe in a transparent policy that keeps our client’s constantly and consistently informed of both cost savings and any over-runs; our firm is dedicated to staying firmly within our client’s budgetary and fiduciary limitations. Our combination of transparent advanced planning and consistent, close-management allows our clients to gain the best value in construction services.