West 92nd Street Townhouse:  Ground-up new 5 story townhouse, including excavating down 6′ into bedrock.

Chelsea Townhouse:  Gut renovation of an existing townhouse including new facade.

Wolf Residence: 3 story rear yard addition and renovations to an existing brick townhouse.

149 Clinton Street: Gut renovation of a townhouse in a Landmark District, converting from 5 family to single family.

Gelfond Residence: New rooftop addition on an existing West Village Landmark District Townhouse.

Wooster Street Residence: Gut renovation of a 5 story building and conversion from manufacturing to an 11,000sf single family townhouse. Located in a landmark district, the project includes a new swimming pool in the cellar, rooftop addition with rooftop swimming pool, new elevator, dumbwaiter to rooftop pool and finely finished interiors.

218 Guernsey:  New facade on a wood frame townhouse in the Greenpoint Landmark District.  Faithfully replicated the original 1880’s clapboard facade, cornice and details from 1938 tax lot photos.

Roberts Residence: Renovation of a 5,000sf apartment originally designed by McKim Mead and White on 5th Avenue.

Tamara Trust Residence: Renovation of a 3 story brick townhouse in Chelsea as a single family residence.

Klot-Deasy Residence:  Gut renovation of a 2-story brick “back house” townhouse in the East Village.

Carle/Toro Residence: Gut renovation of a 3 story brick townhouse in a Landmark District for single family use, restoring the facade and facade details to original condition.

Vance-Hancock Residence: Renovation of a 2,400sf free-standing wood frame home built in 1866. An exercise in “peeling away layers of time” and balancing the original historic character with modern insertions.

Roush Residence: Gut renovation of a 3,400sf duplex loft in Soho.

Waters Residence: Renovation of an upper east side townhouse.

Brooklyn Heights Residence: Gut renovation of a 8,000 square foot Brooklyn Heights Brownstone and reversion from multi-family to a single family residence. Includes a new elevator, extensive historic preservation work on the facade and alteration of the roof to accommodate a new terrace overlooking lower Manhattan and the East River.

Augusta Residence: Gut renovation of a 5,000 square foot brownstone and reversion from 5-family to a two family residence.

Solomon Residence: Gut renovation of a 4,500 square foot pre-war apartment in the San Remo.

Krakoff Residence: 5 story upper east side brownstone gut renovation and reversion from 5-family to 1 family – including new rear yard extension and new facade.

Heinz Residence: 4,000sf custom loft residence with outdoor courtyard space in Tribeca.

941 Park Avenue: Renovation of a 5,000sf pre-war Park Avenue apartment.

Hofheimer Residence: 1- story addition to a 3-story brownstone in Park Slope.

Posner Residence: 3,600 square foot residence in Tribeca with 15’ ceilings.

Robbins-Sarandon Residence: Misc. renovations of main house and guest houses in Pound Ridge, New York.

Waksal Residence: Renovation of 6,000sf loft apartment in Soho.

Roberts Apartment: Duplex penthouse apartment renovation.

Robbins-Sarandon Loft: 6,500 square foot loft renovation. Performed architectural services from design development through construction administration. In association with William McDonough Architects.

Varous Residence: Renovation of a 4 story brownstone overlooking Prospect Park. Project included renovation of all floors, new masonry fireplace, new gourmet kitchen, rooftop deck and garden.

Falk Residence: 3,500 square foot pre-war apartment renovation on 79th street off Park Avenue.

Rosenberg Residence: 4,500 square foot loft renovation in Soho


Leonard Street Project: We are consultants working with the developer on a project converting an existing 4 story parking garage to a 9 story building with luxury condominiums above and automated parking in the cellar.

St. Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation Projects: We worked with this local affordable housing non-profit to develop 20,000sf of new affordable housing units on (4) sites utilizing the Inclusionary Housing Bonus program set forth in the Greenpoint/ Williamsburg rezoning of 2005.  While the budgets were a fraction of those of our townhouse renovations, we applied many of the same principles.  The floor plans are arranged to enhance the feeling of light, even in stairwells and the buildings are well proportioned and modernist while fitting into the brick townhouses of the neighborhood.

Wythe Avenue Project: This 130,000sf development begins with a private rezoning action our office filed and carried through the complete ULURP process including hearings before Brooklyn Community Board 1, The Brooklyn Borough Presidents Office, The City Planning Commission and the New York City Council. The project will result in 120 market rate residential condo units and 26,000sf of off-site affordable housing in Community Board 1.- The Rezoning has been approved.

60 Warren Street: 30,000sf renovation including a 15,000sf 4 story addition to an existing 5 story 1890‘s italianate brick manufacturing building and conversion to luxury lofts. This project is included in the Robert A.M. Stern book, “New York 2000”.

169 Hudson Street: 70,000sf conversion of an existing 7 story landmark district warehouse to luxury lofts. Project included the creation of a 30’ x 40‘ light court through the building and the addition of an 8th floor. Full landmarks Commission hearings and approvals for Special Permit to allow floor plates in excess of those restricted by the Zoning Resolution in exchange for a full restoration including replication of original lost facade details.

29 Howard Street: 14,000sf renovation including a penthouse addition to an existing 5 story manufacturing building and conversion to loft dwellings.

27 Howard Street: 14,000sf renovation including a penthouse addition to an existing 5 story manufacturing building and conversion to loft dwellings.

16 Wooster Street: 27,000 renovation and conversion of 7 story building from manufacturing of residential condominiums. Full Landmarks Commission hearings for approval of Special Permit to allow Use Group 6 retail on ground floor in an MI-5B district in exchange for full exterior restoration including the replication of the original wood storefront.



Antoine Verglas Studio, New York, New York: 4,000sf photographer’s studio, containing a main studio area plus a kitchen, bedroom and 2 bathrooms uniquely designed to serve as sets as well as their traditional function.

Disney Studios: YMA Office Renovation, New York, New York: Commercial office space renovation.

St. EliasChurch, Brooklyn, New York: Pro bono Restoration of an 1870 brick church.

Congregation Ahavas Israel, Brooklyn, New York: Pro bono Restoration of a 1920 synagogue.


The following projects were executed while Senior Associate at William McDonough Architects; New York City

Environmental Defense Fund, New York City: Expansion of National Headquarters.

Greenpeace National Headquarters, Washington, DC: Programming for new 80,000sf office building.

Terra Verde Trading Corp., New York City: Environmental Retail Store.

Private Estate, North Carolina: New 8,000sf clubhouse on 13,000 acre estate


Principal, Joseph Vance Architects since 1991

Registered Architect, State of New York 1988

NCARB Certificate Holder since 1989



Member: American Institute of Architects – since 1991

Board of Directors: Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn – since 2005

Board of Directors: Brooklyn Greenway Initiative – 2004-2014

Co-Chair: Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks and Planning – 2001-2005

Brooklyn Community Board I Rezoning Task Force – 2002 – 2005



Lecturer, Center for Architecture, New York February 7, 2018, “Virtual Reality from Concept to Job Site”

Lecturer, 2016 National Convention of the American Institute of Architects, “The Next Generation Design Experience”

Lecturer, Dwell on Design, October 2015.

Panelist, Urban Salon discussion on “Pools and the Public Imagination”, July 9th, 2015.

Panelist, at the Brooklyn Historical Society in conjunction with the book DESIGN BROOKLYN, March 6, 2014

Lecturer, Newman Real Estate Institute Seminar, March 2005:  Lectured on the pending rezoning of Greenpoint/Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Lecturer, NYU Real Estate School of Continuing Education,  lectured on issues regarding real estate agents and their representations on the sale of new and existing units and on managing agents and issues of the review of tenant improvements, 10/3/03.

Panelist, April 24, 1998.  American Institute of Architects/New York Chapter- Committee on Marketing and Public Relations, discussion on the use of computers and software to manage marketing and PR efforts.

Lecturer, 1996 National Convention of the American Institute of Architects, on the use of computers in the architectural office.



Honoree, Brooklyn Greenway Initiative at 2015 Benefit. Honored for 8 years of service on the board, and for co-founding the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn which maintains over 100 city park properties in North Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Heights House Tour, 2011 : The Brooklyn Heights Townhouse was 1 of 4 homes on the 2011 Tour.

Carmine DeChiara Community Award, 2001 and 2004. Community Service Award from the Seneca Democratic Club of Kings County.

DIFFA Furniture Benefit, 1995. Design of two furniture pieces in conjunction with Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, and Todd Oldham, auctioned during the 1995 International Contemporary Furniture Fair with the proceeds going to DIFFA ( Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS).

New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission Certificate of Merit: For the Restoration of St. Elias Church. 1992