Simple Design Studio-Architects, P.C. (SDS) is an architectural firm specializing in the preservation, adaptive reuse, repair and rehabilitation of existing buildings and sites.
The mission of SDS is to design and preserve the built environment with innovative methods that engage all narratives for project-specific approaches.
SDS consistently advocates for a more inclusive and diverse profession. We are involved in local and world-wide communities and organizations to donate our time, energy and resources where needed.




Tiffani Simple specializes in historic preservation and forensic architecture. Her education and experience in both architecture and historic preservation guide her with a unique and mindful approach to each project. Tiffani has a passion for solving problems within the built environment and has managed a variety of projects ranging from historic structure reports and condition surveys to the design and implementation of repairs.
Tiffani is an active member in several professional organizations including the Association of Preservation Technology (APTI), the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), and the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). As a minority female architect in preservation, she is dedicated to advocating towards a more inclusive industry. She is a co-chair of APT’s Inclusion Advocacy Committee and is part of several advocacy organizations within the design industry.


Bachelor of Architecture | Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Master of Science in Historic Preservation | University of Pennsylvania.

Professional Registrations

Registered Architect in the State of New York.


Joseph Torres specializes in documentation and historic research, condition assessments and exterior envelope investigations and repair. Joseph has experience working with historic cultural properties including conservation work of ancestral Puebloan architecture, documentation and restorative work on local, state and federal designated properties, and exterior envelope repair and rehabilitation on prewar structures.
Joseph has previously worked at the Independence National Historic Park, the University of Pennsylvania Architectural Conservation Laboratory, Howard Zimmerman Architects, and Two4Design Architecture. In 2014, Joseph was part of a preservation team that received the Vernacular Architecture Forum Paul E. Buchanan Award for HABS documentation and recording of the National Registered Western Clay Manufacturing Co.


Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Urban Planning | University of Buffalo
Master of Science in Historic Preservation | University of Pennsylvania.

Professional Certifications

ITC Infrared Thermography Certification