ABOUT

Jerry A. Bruno Jr., AIA, located in West Caldwell, New Jersey, is recognized for custom high end residences and historic house additions designed in the traditional style. Jerry A. Bruno Jr., AIA is a registered architect in the State of New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Florida with over 25 years of experience in the field. He has served residential, preservation, institutional, commercial, corporate, and retail clients in the New York and New Jersey metropolitan area since 1996.

 

A graduate of the New Jersey Institute of Technology School of Architecture, Jerry has been trained and published with one of the leading architectural historians and lecturers in the United States, Mark Alan Hewitt, AIA. Publications in books and magazines include Old House Journal (Restore Media, publisher), Period Homes (Restore Media, Publisher), and A Decade of Art & Architecture 1992-2002 (The Institute of Classical Architecture, publisher).

Jerry A. Bruno Jr., AIA specializes in designing, restoring, refurbishing, rehabilitating, and remodeling period homes and interiors by utilizing traditional design methods and creative solutions to accommodate modern project programs and amenities. Projects are designed with affection for detail, materials, and craftsmanship by applying modern technology and techniques. Project drawings are extremely detailed and thorough which saves the client time and costs on their project. Jerry A. Bruno Jr., AIA collaborates on projects with the finest interior decorators, landscape architects, engineers, artisans, craftsman, and general contractors to produce a high quality finished project with attention to detail, service, and budget.

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Jerry Anthony Bruno Jr., AIA

Registered Architect in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Florida

MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)

  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)

 

PUBLICATIONS

  • Old House Journal

  • Period Homes

  • A Decade of Art & Architecture 1992-2002
     

  • LinkedIn - Grey Circle
  • Facebook - Grey Circle

From Our Clients

 

“Jerry exceed expectations throughout our project. He balanced his feedback and expectation setting with our GC and interior designer maintaining high morale. His balanced approach and commitment to our shared vision was important to navigate the difficulty of a large project during the pandemic. Most importantly, Jerry’s vision incorporated his perspective with ours. As a result, the finished product respected the history of our house, (built in 1890) while adding enough of our own style and preferences to make it feel like our home. I recommend Jerry highly and look forward to continue working with him on new projects.”

  - Joe & Carrie Essenfeld, Short Hills, New Jersey

 "I first worked with Jerry in 2006 to renovate our 1890 Victorian from the studs up. I was impressed by his technical knowledge (his drawings leave nothing for contractor interpretation) but mostly by his ability to listen and then produce stunning architectural design. A transitional open plan kitchen in a Victorian? No problem.  I have since had Jerry draw up plans to add a garage to our home, to renovate a 3 bed investment property, and to add a first floor bedroom to my parents’ home. On additions, his designs are sympathetic to what’s already there—I often hear “you’d never know.” I have recommended Jerry to many friends, and all speak highly of his work. Can’t recommend more highly."

   - Stacey & Tim Smollen, Madison, New Jersey

   "Jerry is a terrific architect and a wonderful person to work with.  Easy to communicate with about design matters large and small, he's sensitive to cost concerns if they arise and always finds an elegant solution to any problem.  We have worked with him on three different houses and wouldn't think of using anyone else.”

   - Margot Dockrell & Phil Turner, Essex Fells, New Jersey

 

   “Jerry Bruno not only posses the highest level of architectural expertise, but is also a problem solver, quick thinker and responder, professional and dedicated to his clients. We have worked with Jerry to re-design the outside of our home, had him come up with solutions for our indoor hallway project that are highly functional and simultaneously beautiful, and most recently had him assist us with a very quick turn around project for an outdoor swim spa in our yard. His attention to detail, honesty, reliability and superior work ethic make him our first choice architect for any project at our home. Most importantly, Jerry is a pleasure to work with and truly one of the kindest human beings we have ever had the pleasure of working with. “

    - Michael & Carrie Guarino, Madison, New Jersey

   

   “We loved working with Jerry. He did our mudroom/porch addition. He did a wonderful job. Our house is 120 years old and Jerry made it all look seamless. He is a joy to work with and we highly recommend him. I would use him again.”

   - Gerry & Phyllis Watson, Madison, New Jersey

  "My wife and I cannot say enough good things about Jerry and his work. We needed an addition to our split level home. We were concerned about a balance of aesthetics and function. Jerry listened to all of our wants and our concerns. His ideas and final plans exceeded our expectations. Jerry maximized the space and actually improved the overall look of our home by giving it a balanced and seamless look. Too often an addition looks like a box stuck to the back or side. Jerry’s design made it look like it was part of the original plan. As a bonus, Jerry is a really kind and caring person. He listened to us, talked us through many options, and was there from ideation through finished product. His passion for what he does if obvious. His ability to deliver what the customer wants is paramount. Too many architects have one idea and repeat it over and over. Jerry’s portfolio is a wide range of amazing designs with attention to detail."

  - Kara Felton & Vincent Grazano, West Caldell, New Jersey

  "Jerry is wonderful! I reached out to him from many states away regarding my front porch. I came across a beautiful home on his website and wanted to know about the exterior mouldings. Jerry and I spoke and emailed a few times, and he came up with a beautiful sketch of what my home could look like as well as which materials to use. I am thrilled and can't wait to get moving on this project".

  - Joani Jenkins, Fortville, Indiana

   "Jerry is a true artist who takes great pride in his work. He helped us with a small addition of a master bath and closet and brought really nice design options, extending beyond our addition to add character to our home. He helped us navigate securing a variance and was very interested in how our project was going. He genuinely cares about your vision and his work! We would hire him again in a heartbeat!"

   - Tracy & David Blackwell, Madison, New Jersey

   "We hired Jerry Bruno to design a full redevelopment of the interior and exterior of our house. We chose Jerry for his attention to details, his passion for design and his vision. We could not have been more pleased with our choice. Jerry designed a beautiful house, produced extremely detailed drawings allowing us to get comprehensive bids, helping us to ultimately come in on budget, and was a problem solver as the inevitable construction issues came up. Based on our experience and his portfolio, Jerry takes into account the existing character of the home and looks to come up with a design that matches the home. We would highly recommend Jerry for anyone looking for a creative and fitting design delivered with the highest standards of professionalism."

   - Dan & Jaimee McKeever, Madison, New Jersey

 “We knew we had the right architect during our first meeting with Jerry Bruno.  Almost immediately, Jerry understood our vision for a substantial renovation and addition to our 60-year old Cape Cod style home.  Our goal was to modernize and enlarge our home, but most importantly we wanted the final result to appear as if it was the   original house design, and not just look like a large box was tacked on to the rear of the house.  Jerry’s insight, skill, and experience were instrumental in accomplishing all of our objectives.  Through the creative use of flying gabels, a unique dormer concept, innovative window trim and other features, Jerry’s design and comprehensive construction plans turned our vision into reality.  In what could have been a very difficult process, Jerry’s focus on detail, guidance on construction issues, and overall dedication to our project was invaluable.  We highly  recommend Jerry Bruno.”

    -Steven and Francesca Gooby, Madison, New Jersey

 

Jerry was a godsend to us. Unhappy with the first architect's plans we obtained, Jerry designed our dream kitchen. A skilled and passionate professional with a keen sense for both aesthetics and functionality, Jerry, after meeting with us and listening to our thoughts, prepared detailed architectural plans that addressed our needs and desires and far exceeded our expectations. He also worked seamlessly with our contractor throughout the construction process. Highly recommend.

    -Paul and Tina Vincenti, Montclair, New Jersey

   “I would like to thank you for the inspiration that you provided during our house renovation.  We love the finished project!  It would not have been possible without your guidance and direction.  During the renovation, our contractors raved about your attention to detail and responsiveness. Your professionalism was unmatched. My husband and I are so pleased with the way our house turned out.  We constantly say you made our project happen the right way and we are so happy with it.  Many, many thanks.”

   - Nick & Myriam Racioppi, Convent Station, New Jersey

    "Jerry is exceptional from start to finish . His attention to detail, his mindfulness with respect to older homes and preserving their architectural detail is excellent. He is calm, focused and worked beautifully with our general contractor. We will only use Jerry for future jobs. I highly recommend him!"

   - Scott & Chrissy Shannon, Essex Fells, New Jersey

    "One of the most thorough, mindful and communicative people we've ever had the privilege of working with on ANY project. A consummate professional and gentlemen. We would HIGHLY recommend."

   - Michael & Valerie Skikus, West Caldwell, New Jersey