Our History

APPEL DESIGN GROUP, P.A., ARCHITECTS (ADG) was originally founded in 1961 by Burton Appel as a sole proprietorship architectural firm. Under the leadership of Laurance Appel since 1993, the firm has continued to grow in size and has the ability to take on larger and more challenging design projects.

The success of the firm is directly attributable to an emphasis on professional service and expertise in creative problem solving. The principals and staff encourage an interactive design process with the client, ensuring a design solution clearly addressing each project’s requirements. ADG is recognized for implementing projects which are both creatively and effectively designed as well as logically constructed. This strength is continually proven by the large number of clients who return to us with repeat commissions as well as recognition with numerous design awards.

ADG has developed varied experience with a wide range of project types including:

  • Residential
    • Single & Multi-Family Development
      • (Distinctive Stock Plans & Customization Services)
    • Redevelopment, Mixed Use, & Multi-Family
    • Custom Homes & Additions
    • Fire, Flood, & Storm Reconstruction
    • Group Homes
    • Accessibility, HC Compliance, & Occupant Safety
      • (Evaluation, Alterations & Modifications)
  • Commercial
    • Office Buildings
    • Interior Design and Tenant Improvements / Fitouts
    • Landlord/Broker Marketing Studies and Brochures
    • Warehouses & Industrial
    • Retail, Restaurants, & Mixed Use
    • Institutional: Religious, Daycare, & Medical

Many of our projects have also incorporated “green” (sustainable) design and planning technologies. We are committed to incorporating these energy saving principles and “green” initiatives into many of our projects; both new construction and renovation/alteration projects as well. We are proud to have designed one of the first solar and LEEDS (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified single family homes registered in the State of New Jersey. Mr. Appel has received the NAHB CGP designation (Certified Green Professional).

Our experience with these diverse projects and building types throughout the tri-state area has afforded us the opportunity to develop familiarity and expertise with code and regulatory issues on all levels from local/municipal to state and federal agencies having jurisdiction. In addition to maintaining active registration in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, Mr. Appel has received certification from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) for reciprocal architectural license in any other state. The firm maintains membership with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the National Association of Home Builders, Metropolitan Builders and Remodelers Association of New Jersey and with the International Code Council (ICC). Membership in ICC allows us to closely monitor changes and interpretations of the building code. Mr. Appel has also participated as a member of a code evaluation committee at the NJ Department of Community Affairs (DCA).

Appel Design Group, P.A. Architects is a full service architectural firm. Professional services include:

  • Comprehensive Architectural Design Services
    • Space Planning
    • Construction Documents
    • Specifications
    • Interior Architecture and Design
    • Interior Tenant Fitouts
  • Site Planning
  • Zoning Analysis
  • Master Planning and Feasibility Studies
  • Barrier-Free Accessibility Compliance
  • Cost Estimating and Take-Offs
  • Construction Cost Consultation
  • Bid Evaluations
  • Construction Administration
  • Field Inspections and Reports
  • Expert Testimony

Appel Design Group, P.A. Architects has developed long term working relationships with qualified consultants to provide expanded engineering, site, traffic, environmental, expediting, and other disciplines which may be required for a project but would not be provided in-house. Consultants are selected for the project team based on the particular expertise required for a given project.Appel Design Group would be the primary interface with the client, and, as team leader, would be responsible for review and coordination of work of all project team members.

Recent Awards

2017 Awards of Excellence
Best Architectural Design
New Multi-Family Residential Construction
Riverside Harbors at Haverstraw, NY

2017 Awards of Excellence
Best Architectural Design
Single Family Home Renovation
New Vernon, NJ

2016 Awards of Excellence
Best Architectural Design
New Commercial Construction
River & Rail Cantina – Cranford

2016 Awards of Excellence
Best Architectural Design
Multi-Family Residential New Construction
Residences at Fair Lawn Promenade – Fair Lawn

2016 Awards of Excellence
Best Custom Single Family Home
$1,000,000 – $2,000,000
Hanover, NJ

2016 Awards of Excellence
Best Single Family Home
$500,000 – $2,000,000
Hanover, NJ

2016 Awards of Excellence
Best Adult Community
Dawson Brook
Randolph, NJ

2015 Awards of Excellence
Best Custom Single Family Home
Over $2,000,000
Millennium Custom Homes, LLC
Livingston Township Residence

2014 Awards of Excellence
Best Single Family Home
$750,000 – $1,000,000
John Caruso Builders

2014 Awards of Excellence
Best Architectural Design
Multi-Family Residential New Construction
Cherrywood-Garden Homes at Rivervale

2013 Awards of Excellence
Best Single Family Home
$1,000,000 – $2,000,000
Hertz Home, Inc.
Waterfall Estates – Richmond

2013 Awards of Excellence
Best Residential Addition or Alteration
$50,000 – $150,000
HH&M Development
14 Scott Avenue, Berkeley Heights

2013 Awards of Excellence
Best Custom Single Family Home
$1,000,000 – $2,000,000
Barba Builders, Inc.
Morris Township Residence

2013 Awards of Excellence
Best Architectural Design
Residential – Single Family Home Renovation
Deerfield Tree Farm, Boonton

2011 Awards of Excellence
Best Architectural Design
Single Family Renovation

2010 Awards of Excellence
Best Single Family Home
$1,000,000 – $1,500,000
Hertz Homes, Inc.
Waterfall Estates

[see expanded listing of awards]

Firm Associates and Staff

Laurance Appel, AIA – Principal
Chris Szymczak, RA – Associate
Joseph Cestaro, RA – Project Architect
Maciek Marek, RA – Project Architect
Sandra Pagan, RA – Project Architect
Anthony Moya, Assoc. AIA – Project Architect
Jillian DeLuca – Project Architect
Candice DeStefano – Project Architect
Matthew Martinique – Project Architect
Judy Appel – Office Manager

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