Founding Principal Hector Muñoz-Baras, AIA, NCARB, LEEDap, is committed to the idea that experience, knowledge and expertise is to be placed at the client’s disposal. With nearly 30 years of design and construction expertise, v.baras ARCHITECTS provides that rare combination of creativity and a thorough understanding of how to build. Towards this end the firm is emphasizing the architectural design / build process as the primary method of “project delivery”. This is a team driven system, as owner, architect and builder, work in tandem to provide an integrated and cost effective project for the client.

Joseph Kandoth, Partner, AIA, has 19 years of experience working on a variety of projects in the tri-state area and beyond. His diverse body of work includes luxury homes and apartments, churches, synagogues, high end shopping centers, and schools.

Joseph has a B.ARCH degree from New York Institute of Technology and is a member of the American Institute of Architects. He has a wealth of experience in every step of the architectural process, from design concept to construction documents to construction administration. He has a strong background working with clients from affluent towns in the tri-state area, notably Saddle River, Scarsdale, Alpine, and Franklin Lakes, and has acquired an abundance of knowledge concerning high end products and design.

In addition to his dedication to architecture, Joseph also has a passion for world travel and has visited over 30 countries. He incorporates his worldly experience into his everyday design work and brings to the table a wealth of knowledge about design from all over the world. His international work includes being an architectural consultant for luxury homes in Kerala, India. His vast experience, both personal and professional, comes with a considerable cultural understanding, which is an important factor in any design.

v. baras ARCHITECTS has assembled a team of professionals with diverse, yet complimentary backgrounds in order to provide our clients with the very best in design, contract documents, project management and client service. Our greatest strength is to creatively articulate the aesthetic vision while ensuring the practical success of our client’s valuable asset from start to finish.

Hector Muñoz-Baras, has a B.FA degree in Interior Design from New York Institute of Technology and a M. Arch from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to his educational background, he has over two decades of residential and commercial design experience. Hector’s larger work includes boutique hotels, dormitories, condominium/apartment buildings, restaurants, offices, warehouses and environmental projects. He is recognized by the modular building community as a design expert in the commercial and high-end residential markets.

vbA has become the region’s solar green, energy efficient, leaders, with the design of a home which is completely “off the grid”. The home includes photo-voltaic arrays for electrical production and a solar hot water array linked into a massive thermal heat sink below the house slab.

Another home has recently received a LEED silver certification and several more have received Energy Star Gold and Silver certifications, reaching energy efficiency levels of 45% better than code.

Several of these projects have been architectural design / build projects with builder associate Ed Nikles Custom Builder of Milford, PA.

Hector has travelled extensively in Finland and is an expert in that countries’ greatest architect, Alvar Aalto. As an adherent to the “other tradition” of architectural Modernism, Hector’s other architectural influences include Reima Pietila,(also from Finland), the German Hans Scharoun and the theoretical work of Hugo Haring.

Hector’s true architectural vision is best exemplified by the “figurative modern” designs of projects such as the Neversink Valley Museum, the Milford Library, and the private residences – “Oaknell”, “The Cube House” and “Jarobs’ Crossing” among others.

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