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Franklin Report Report Card for Vail Associates Architects in New York City

Vail Associates Architects

59 West 94th Street, Suite GF
New York, NY 10025
(212) 877-0094
www.vailassociatesarchitects.com
tvail@vailassociatesarchitects.com
Main Contact: Thomas Vail
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Classic, user-friendly, high-end residential architecture

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This "superb" designer has clients calling him their "architect for life." Thomas Vail tenders his design services to a primarily uptown residential clientele, who find him to be creative, helpful and responsive. Projects are mostly gut renovations of apartments and townhouses, as well as new construction in the city, Westchester, and as far afield as Cape Cod and Palm Beach. When not overwhelmed with clients wanting to conscript him for life, we hear Vail's small firm will do small projects for anyone.

Before striking out on his own in 1990, Vail worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Clients compliment the affable Vail for his thoughtful attention to detail and the amount of time he dedicates to addressing all their ideas and issues. He respects and encourages a client's taste, finding it critical to the realization of the project, which more often than not can be framed as traditional. While Vail's style changes with the customer climate, his service is as solid as Manhattan's bedrock. Designers and contractors are as quick to recommend Vail Associates to clients in search of an architect.

The firm generally charges a percentage of construction, which falls within standard industry rates, depending on the scope of the project.

Representative Client Comments:
"Excellent design, extremely professional, and totally committed to service and follow-up to the very end." "As the decorator, I feel that Tom made the project seamless and delighted the client with the results." "Listens to the client, none of the usual architect 'if I didn't think of it, it must be bad' stuff." "Honest, direct and classically trained." "He is quite in demand and needs to hire a bigger administrative staff now." "So incredibly personable, but not quite as efficient." "Great creativity, smart work, terrific value, nice people, and a pleasure to work with." "Comprehensive construction documents--as a repeat client, I feel confident using and recommending him again and again."

 
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