Tommaso Briatico, RA
1975 Bachelor’s of Science, Architecture, University at Tennessee
Tommaso Briatico has over 47 years of professional experience in architectural planning and design. He has demonstrated award winning adeptness with the challenges involved in projects ranging from industrial plants and parks to office buildings, corporate complexes, religious facilities, health care facilities, residential cluster's, retail, and private homes. Located in downtown Buffalo, the architectural firm of Tommaso Briatico Architects has a longstanding commitment to maintaining and improving the quality of not only the wider Niagara regions rich architectural heritage, but its unique urban fabrics as well. An integral part of Tommaso Briatico's design process is his use of three-dimensional models in response to questions of site and context. By methodically visualizing solutions, he strives to capitalize on existing building characteristics to yield the most dramatic use of space and to create an inspiring environment that engenders productivity for users. This implementation of modern tools for the craft of architecture along with a commitment to his client's agenda has been the focus of Tommaso Briatico's professional efforts. Being equally comfortable with new designs and historic renovation of existing structures, Tommaso Briatico has been recognized by his colleagues for his excellence in design earning awards from groups including The American Institute of Architects, The American Planning Association, and The American Institute of Justice.
1990 Bachelor of Science, Architecture, University at Buffalo
1994 Master’s Degree in Architecture, University at Buffalo
As an architectural designer and draftsman with a strong background in building construction, Caesar grew up on Buffalo’s Lower West Side. As a laborer for over 25 years he worked in many large- and small-scale projects including Buffalo’s Rapid Transit, Ralph Wilson Stadium, several State and County Prison renovations and additions, as well as Buffalo General Hospital to name a few of the building jobs. Caesar was also involved with many road and bridge projects in the area including 8 years of work on Buffalo’s prominent expressways. He started his construction career as a laborer shoveling in the trenches, pouring hundreds of yards of concrete in walls, floors and foundations, demolishing walls and building better ones, burning cuts through old bridge beams and girders to make way for new state of the art bridges. Eventually taking on more responsibilities as job foreman and ultimately spent the last four years as project superintendent. After a short break following his retirement from The Buffalo Laborers, Mr. Tronolone joined Tommaso Briatico Architects in 2007. Many of the projects done for Mr. Briatico involve renovations and adaptive re-use of existing buildings. He also aided in the design and preparation of construction documents for many of the firm’s other projects such as Bethesda World Harvest Church’s proposed renovation of their Main and Utica development, and the Kaufman Firehouse Project
V. Simon F. Braun-Kolbe
2002 Master of Arts in Philosophy, Physics/Astronomy, and History of Religion, University of Würzburg, Germany
2007 Master of Architecture, University at Buffalo
Simon Braun-Kolbe has worked in the field of architecture in different capacities and has design experience in large K-12 projects as well as small residential work. Mr. Braun-Kolbe started his career with a Master Degree in 2007 from the University at Buffalo where he received The AIA School Medal and The Certificate of Merit for his outstanding academic success. That same year, he published his work in design theory, Ontic Space. During his time with Cannon Design, Mr. Braun-Kolbe was involved primarily in various school projects, ranging from smaller renovations in the Clarence School District to large-scale projects like the new campus of the Ave Maria University in Florida. After getting licensed as an architect in Massachusetts in 2009, he worked independently as a design consultant, focusing on small residential projects, helping clients find unique and modern solutions to common renovation and remodeling challenges. Working now at Tommaso Briatico Architects, Simon Braun-Kolbe is bringing his design expertise as well as sense for high-quality solutions to the team.
2017 Associates of Interior Design, Fashion Institute of Technology
2020 Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design, University at Buffalo
2020- Present Masters of Architecture, University at Buffalo
Originally from his native borough of Queens, New York City, Brandon joined the team in the summer of 2021 with the ambition to contribute to what some call a renaissance of the city of Buffalo. Currently, he is attending school at the University at Buffalo and projected to complete his M. Arch in 2023. At the University at Buffalo, Brandon is experimenting with using 3d printing, laser cutting, and other mediums to portray design concepts. His lamp design, Fuse, was featured in the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Interior design Spring Gallery 2017’ and has featured work at Hayes Hall at UB. With a strong passion for design and the built environment, Brandon has completed numerous interiors, urban planning, and architectural projects through his academic journey. His ability to interpret the firm’s vision through unique 3d renderings and familiarity with various programs such as Revit, AutoCAD, and Rhino to produce construction drawings has allowed the firm to strongly communicate its architectural ideas and concepts. Brandon has worked as a draftsman on a variety of commercial, residential, and public projects at Tommaso Briatico Architects. He has emersed himself in understanding the architectural language of the city of Buffalo through drawings, photographs, and 3d models.