N·B·F Architects, P.C. was founded in downtown Rutland by Ralph Nimtz and has been in business for over forty years. Starting as a one-man show, the firm was focused on the revitalization of downtown Rutland before adding John Berryhill (1980) and Alvin Figiel (1983) as partners of the firm. N·B·F Architects remained focused on community based projects and work that would improve downtown Rutland and other areas of Vermont. In 2009, Edward Clark was promoted to partner, and Casey Gecha became partner in 2020. John and Alvin have since retired. Besides the three partners, there are three staff members in the office- one registered architect, an intern architect working on licensure, and an experienced draftsman. The members of the office work well in a collaborative effort to meet the deadlines and requirements of a project.
Meet Our Staff
Ralph W. Nimtz, Principal
Ralph founded the firm in 1975 with basically no more than “… a drawing table and an avocado plant.” Through the years, he merged with additional reputable partners and they transformed the one-person business into the well-known company it is today. Ralph has been the lead architect on a variety of projects and is particularly proud of his connections and involvement with many of the historic buildings located around downtown Rutland. Ralph has made strong connections with his community, clients, suppliers, and contractors and has been privileged to have repeat clients on numerous occasions.
Ralph was raised in southwestern, Michigan where he enjoyed spending time outdoors, especially on the lake. Nowadays he is a proud resident of Wallingford and he still loves being outdoors- whether it’s restoring or paddling in a wooden canoe, sitting by his trout pond, or searching for birds in their natural habitat.
Edward J. Clark, Principal
Ed joined the firm in 2003, working to become partner in 2009. He works on a diverse range of projects from new construction to the renovation of historic properties for adaptive reuse. He attended Vermont Technical College and Penn State University, and became registered in 2000. Ed currently sits on the Vermont Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, is the longest standing member of the Board of Directors of the Paramount Theatre, downtown Rutland’s crown jewel and historic landmark, he serves as a Commissioner on the Rutland Redevelopment Authority, Rutland Architectural Review Committee, and is a Past Grand Knight of the Rutland Council of the Knights of Columbus. Ed worked for 19 years to restore an historic home in Rutland and is currently renovating a 1966 home. He also likes to work on old BMWs and his old Ford truck.
Casey L. Gecha, Principal
Casey has been working with the firm since December 2012 and became a partner in 2020. Throughout the years, she has been involved with every stage of various projects from early conceptual design sketches through construction documents and construction administration. She enjoys working in a collaborative method within the office as well as with clients and builders in order to achieve a successful outcome at the end of a project. Casey enjoys working on a wide range of projects, but particularly enjoys work that has an impact on the community and can be appreciated by and benefits a wide range of people.
Casey is originally from Pennsylvania and came to Vermont in 2007 to study architecture at Norwich University where she earned her Master of Architecture degree. While attending college, she appreciated the calming, natural beauty of Vermont and decided to make it her home after graduation. Casey enjoys gardening, kayaking, competitive games, and spending time with her husband Kevin.
J. Gordon White III, Staff Architect
Jay has been an integral member of the firm since 1992 when he joined the company as a staff architect. He has numerous years of experience, a vast knowledge of various details and requirements for a given project, and has even become known as the “in-house code expert” among his co-workers. Jay has been involved with an assortment of projects and enjoys work that requires community involvement. He particularly enjoys working with school boards on educational facilities- whether it is a new construction project or simply small renovations to an existing building.
Jay was raised in Pennsylvania, but spent every summer with his extended family in Wallingford, Vermont where multiple generations of his family have lived. Jay attended the University of Pennsylvania where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental design as well as a Master of Architecture. Shortly after college, Jay and his wife decided to move to Vermont to raise their family and would ultimately become residents of the town as well. He is very involved with his community and volunteers his time with multiple local organizations. In his spare time, Jay enjoys spending the day in his vegetable garden, woodworking in his shop, or listening to opera.
Dan Martens, Senior Draftsperson
Dan began working with the firm in 2005 as a draftsman. He had gained experience in the industry from working with a local engineering company as well as an engineering company in New York. Dan is a fundamental part of multiple projects that pass through the office. He starts numerous jobs in the field verifying and measuring existing conditions before transferring the information into the computer in order to prepare for the next phases of design. Dan’s understanding of the computer program in conjunction with drawing requirements allows him to work efficiently to convert initial conceptual drawings into final documents that are suitable for construction.
Dan is originally from Long Island, New York where he enjoyed fishing and attending concerts with his friends. He recalls traveling to Vermont on multiple occasions when he was younger and being fascinated by the beauty of the state. Years later, Dan decided to move to Vermont and now enjoys life in a quiet, private residence nestled in the woods
Brittanie L. Bradley, Intern Architect
Brittanie started working with the firm in the summer of 2016. Although Brittanie is new to the office, she has blended well into the company and is collaborating with her co-workers gaining experience in the day-to-day aspects of an architectural firm while making use of her skills and education from Rensselar Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Brittanie has been working with the partners in various stages of feasibility, initial design, and design development as well as being involved with construction documents. She enjoys participating in residential projects that allow her to work directly with the clients and design in a way that meets their requirements while also resolving any obstacles that may exist.
Brittanie is a Vermont native and was raised in the town of Proctor. After high school, she attended college at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York where she received a Professional Bachelor of Architecture degree. Brittanie decided to return home to Vermont after graduation in order to be close to her family and enjoy the peaceful lifestyle the area has to offer. In her free time, she enjoys being with her family, reading, snowboarding, painting, and writing.