Faculty

If there is one thing that makes NYSID shine, it’s the faculty. Throughout the years, many of the world’s top designers, architects,  art historians, and authorities on the decorative arts have taught and lectured at the College. Because New York City is a world-class design center, NYSID has access to the best design professionals and experts to serve as instructors and guest lecturers in their areas of specialization. People like Patricia Barbis, associate at Rockwell Group; Kate Hannenberg, senior associate at Perkins Eastman; and Breeze Glazer, senior associate at Perkins+Will, are committed and beloved faculty members (see the full list below). Read profiles of select faculty members.

Another great thing about NYSID is that the class sizes are small (often no more than 12 people per class), so the students and faculty get to know each other well. As faculty member William Engel says, “The students want to know what you have to say; they respect you. There is definitely a sense of mutual respect. You don’t see that at a lot of other schools.”

Current Faculty

Jacqueline P. Abel
MS, New York University
BArch, New York Institute of Technology
Jacqueline Abel is a designer and a design project manager at NYC Dept. of Design and Construction with 10 years of experience. She has a M.S. in Construction Management from NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate and a B.Arch from New York Institute of Technology. http://www1.nyc.gov/site/ddc/index.page

Stefan Abel
BArch, New York Institute of Technology
Stefan Abel, LEED AP, is a designer and project architect at Ennead Architects, LLP with 10 years of experience. He is currently an adjunct professor in the graduate program teaching Construction Documents with a focus on BIM. He holds a BArch from New York Institute of Technology. http://www.ennead.com/

Leyla Aghayeva
MArch, Azerbaijan University of Architecture & Construction
BArch, Azerbaijan University of Architecture & Construction

Maryann Sorenson Allacci
PhD, MPhil, Graduate School and University Center CUNY
MA, Hunter College

Warren Ashworth
MA, Hunter College
BArch, Washington University
Warren Ashworth is a registered architect with more than 30 years professional experience, particularly in hospitality design. In 2015 he was appointed editor-in-chief of the scholarly journal Nineteenth Century. He writes and researches on the subject of wood framed American houses. He holds an Masters Degree in Art History from Hunter College. http://www.warrenashwortharchitect.com/

Amath T. Ba
MS, New York Institute of Technology
BS, New York Institute of Technology
AAS, Northern Virginia Community College

Luca Baraldo
MArch, Istituto Universitario d'Architettura di Venezia

Patricia Barbis
MFA, New York School of Interior Design
BFA, Escuela Superior de Diseno Interior de Miraflores, Lima, Peru

Katie R. Barons
MFA, New York School of Interior Design
BFA, Cazenovia College

Ann Barton
BArch, Cooper Union

Elizabeth Battin
Elizabeth Battin is an interior designer with 10 years of professional experience in residential and commercial design. She holds a MFA in Interior Design from New York School of Interior Design and a BS in Architecture from The University of Michigan. http://archinect.com/elizbattin

Vanessa Betancourt
BPS, Pratt Institute

Reid Betz
Reid Betz, AIA, LEED AP, is working as a registered architect focusing on residential work in the New York City area. His career began in Atlanta where he started to put his interest in sustainability into practice. Before settling into the residential sector, he worked on sustainability initiatives for the design and construction of the 2nd Avenue Subway. He holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from Cooper Union and a Master of Architecture degree from Georgia Tech. http://www.ageloff.com/Bios

Melinda Bickers
MA, Parsons, the New School for Design/Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
BFA, New York School of Interior Design
BS, Northwestern University

Raymond Blackburn
MFA, City College of New York
BA, Hunter College

Daniel Bontrop
BFA in Interior Design, Parsons, the New School for Design

Mark Bradin
MArch, University of Bucharest, Romania, Graduate School of Architecture

Peter B. Brandt 
BArch, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Scott Braun
Scott Braun is a visual artist from New York, NY, currently pursuing a Masters degree in Fine Art at Queens College, CUNY, in the Social Practice Art program. He is also a furniture designer/maker with 20 years of professional experience. His teaching experience includes an appointment as lecturer in sculpture at Yale School of Art (2009-2012), faculty/critic at New York School of Interior Design (2012-present), and visiting artist/critic at Parsons School of Design, University of the Arts, Lehigh University, and Pratt Institute. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Synthesis from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. http://www.scottbraun.com/

Donald Brown
BA, St. Lawrence University

Debra L. Bryant
MFA, Syracuse University
BFA, State University of New York at Buffalo

Michael Buchanan
BA, Fashion Institute of Technology

David Burdett
MA, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
BA, Leicester Polytechnic School of Architecture, Leicester, UK
David Burdett, ARB (UK) registered architect, with 30 years of architectural, interior, and garden design work in both the UK and the US. He has experience in healthcare, affordable and special needs housing, residential new construction, and renovation and work on Listed Buildings. http://das-studio.us

Ruth Virginia Burt
MA, New York University
BA, Marymount Manhattan College
AAS, New York School of Interior Design

John Buscarello
BA, Adelphi University

Brenda Byrd
MArch, Texas A & M University
BS, Stephen F. Austin State University

Charles Cameron 
MFA, New York University
BA, Drew University

Lissette Carrera
Lissette Carrera is an interior designer with over 10 years of professional experience in hospitality and residential design. She teaches on the undergraduate and graduate level,  teaching Thesis, Interior Design Practice, and various studio courses and workshops.  Lissette holds a MFA in Interior Design from NYSID and a BFA in Interior Design from Ringling College of Art and Design.

Maria Chamberlin-Hellman
PhD, MPhil, MA, AB, Columbia University

Hannes M. Charen
MA, European Graduate School Saas-Fee, Switzerland
BA, University of North Carolina

Eric Chenault
Eric Chenault, LC, LEED AP, has over two decades of experience lighting everything from intimate residences to full city masterplans. His design practice focuses on light + health in applications and research. He is among the first designers to advocate for circadian balanced lighting and quality of the light spectrum in our environments. He received his BFA from the North Carolina School of the Arts. http://ericchenault.com/

Lucy R. Chudson
MA, Parsons/the New School for Design
MFA, Brandeis University; BA, Barnard College

Richard Todd Class 
 Assistant Dean, Academic Technologies
BS, New York Institute of Technology

Eric Cohen,
Eric Cohen, AIA, is a registered architect and NCIDQ certified interior designer with over 25 years of experience in specialized housing and residential/universal design. He is a senior associate principal with Ethelind Coblin Architect PC. He holds a BA in Psychology (Environmental/Social emphasis) from Kent State University and an MArch from the University of Minnesota. 

Adrienne Concra
Adrienne Concra, president of Adrienne Concra Design, is a textile design consultant with over 35 years experience developing textile collections for a global clientele.  She has taught at FIT and currently is an adjunct professor at NYSID.  She is a board member on the Architectural Review Board in Port Chester, NY. She holds a BFA from the University of Georgia.

Kati Curtis
BFA, Savannah College of Art & Design

Robert Dadras
BArch, New York Institute of Technology

Victor Dadras
MArch, Harvard University
BArch, New York Institute of Technology

Asli C. Daglioglu
MArch, University of Michigan
BArch, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey

Elaheh Dalton
MArch, North London University
BArch, North London University

Francisco A. De Leon
BArch, University of Houston

Pamela J. Durante
AAS, Parsons, the New School for Design
BA, Architectural Studies, Empire State College

Emily Eerdmans
MFA, Sotheby's Institute of Art, London
BA, Oberlin College

William Engel
BFA, New York School of Interior Design

Rene B. Estacio
BS, Architecture, University of St. Thomas
AAS, New York School of Interior Design

Michelle Everett
BFA, New York School of Interior Design

Charles Farruggio
Charles Farruggio has more than 10  years of experience working with Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, David Rockwell, and Phillipe Starck, before establishing his firm CHARLES FARRUGGIO LLC in 2009. Charles’ portfolio includes hospitality projects for Starwood Hotels, SLS, and Morgans Hotel Group as well as select high profile residential projects in New York City. He also co-owns and operates the retail and life-style shop FRED, a curated selection of modern, vintage, and new  furnishings in High Falls, New York. He is a graduate of the Parsons School of Design. http://www.charlesfarruggio.com/

Nathalie Faubert
MA, Parsons The New School for Design
BS, Philadelphia University

Shaun Fillion
MFA, California Institute of the Arts
BFA, New York University

Ellen Fisher
Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean
PhD, MS, University of Missouri
MA, Columbia University
BA, Ithaca College
AAS, Fashion Institute of Technology

Rachel Fletcher
MFA, Humboldt State University
MA, State University of New York at Albany
BA, Hofstra University

Angela Formica
MPS, New York School of Interior Design
Bachelor in Interior Architecture, Decorative Arts School, Madrid, Spain

Nathalie Fouyer
Ph.D, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
M.Phil, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
MA, Hunter College
BA, Hunter College

Suzanne Frasier
Master of Urban Planning and Urban Design, The City College of New York School of Architecture
BArch, The City College of New York School of Architecture

Daniel C. Friedman
MArch, New Jersey Institute of Technology
BA, Hobart College

Danielle L. Galland
MA, Parsons, the New School for Design/Cooper-Hewitt National Design
BFA, Parsons, the New School for Design

Patrick Gegen
MArch, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
BA, College of Charleston, NC

Joseph Gentile
BA, University of Houston
BS, University of Houston

Steve Gerber
BFA, Pratt Institute

Eric J. Gering
Eric Gering, AIA, is a registered architect and a past VP of Governmental and Regulatory Affairs for the IIDA as well as serving as a past residential forum director for the IIDA. He is a Manhattan Community Board 5 member, serving on the Land Use and Zoning Committee and as co-chair for the Landmarks Committee.  He is founder and principal of Eric Joseph Gering Architect, and has taught both undergraduate and graduate studios at NYSID for the past 15 years. He received his Master of Architecture from Yale University. http://ericgering.com/

Breeze Pascal Glazer
Interim Coordinator, MPS in Healthcare Interior Design 
MArch, Tulane University
BArch, Tulane University

Joseph Goldstein
BArch, Cooper Union
BA, Yale University

Donna J. Goodman
Donna Goodman, RA AIA, is a licensed practicing architect, who has taught for over 30 years. Her practice has focused on renovation. She has also created drawings of a sustainable future city that have appeared in exhibitions and publications, and has written the book, A History of the Future. She has a BA from Smith College and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University.

Judith B. Gura 
MA, Design History, Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts
AB, Cornell University

Randi Halpern
BFA, New York Institute of Technology

Kate Hanenberg
MArch, University of Virginia
BA, Sarah Lawrence College

Robert J. Harding
Robert J. Harding Jr. is a visual artist. He received his BA in Philosophy from Rutgers University and an MFA in Painting and Sculpture from Southern Illinois University. He has taught at NYSID for more than 40 years; teaching Visual Concepts, Applied Ethics, and Conceptual Sketching. http://hardingnyc.com/

Andreas Hausler
MA, Yale University
MA, University of North Dakota; BA, University of North Dakota

John Heida
BA, University of Montana
BArch, California College of the Arts
Certificate, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Sean R. Higgins
BArch, New York Institute of Technology

Janet Hild
MS, Philadelphia University
BFA, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Jeffrey J. Hoenig
Jeff Hoenig, IES, is an associate at Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design, and has 15 years of experience in lighting design. He teaches lighting courses in the BFA, MFA, and MPS-L programs at NYSID, and serves as co-chair of the Education Committee for the IESNYC. Jeff holds an MFA in Lighting Design from the Department of Theater at the University of Illinois, and a BA in Theater Arts from Susquehanna University. http://cbbld.com/

Matthew Hoey
BArch, Temple University

Janet Howard-Fatta
BFA, Pratt Institute

Eileen Imber
Masters in Urban Planning, Graduate Center, City University of New York
MS, Education, Brooklyn College
BS, City College, City University of New York
BS, Education, New York University

Brian A. Irwin
Ph.D, Philosophy, SUNY Stony Brook
MA, Philosophy, University of Houston
BA, Sarah Lawrence College

William M. Jenkins
BArch, Drexel University

Steven R. Kaplan
MArch, Columbia University
BA, Bowdoin College

John Katimaris
Program Director, MPS - Interior Lighting Design
Program Director, Institute for Continuing & Professional Studies
John Katimaris, AIA, IES, IIDA, is a registered architect and NCIDQ certified interior designer with more than 25 years of professional experience. He is the program director of NYSID’s MPS in Interior Lighting Design. He holds a MFA in Architectural Lighting Design from Parsons School of Design and a BS in Architectural Technology from NYIT. http://www.johnkatimaris.com/ - link to his profile

Josef Z. Kendsersky
Joe Kendsersky has over 10 years experience in the software and architecture industries. He is trained as an architect and joined Revit Technology Corporation in 2000, and subsequently Autodesk in 2002 where he supported and aided in the development of Revit software. Joe has broad experience in software development and implementation, he currently acts as a BIM (Building Information Modeling) consultant in NYC. Joe holds a Bachelor of Architecture & Bachelor of Science, Architecture Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology and an Associates in Building Construction from Hudson Valley Community College.

Robert Arthur King
Robert Arthur King, FAIA, CID, is a registered architect, certified interior designed and photographer. He has been on the faculty of NYSID since 1989 teaching Building Codes and other classes. In 2014 he was inducted into the College of Fellows with the American Institute of Architects. An architect specializing in row (brownstone) houses, he has completed historic restorations and preservation work on more than 200 buildings. He is a graduate of Columbia University School of Architecture and Architectural Association Graduate School (London). His photographs have been published in two books, Faces in Stone, and Animals in Stone. http://robertarthurkingarchitect.com/ - link to his profile

Terry Kleinberg
MArch, Princeton University
BA, Wesleyan University

Anne Korman
Design Diploma, New York School of Interior Design

Adam Kornelli
BArch, New York Institute of Technology

Don Kossar
BFA, New York School of Interior Design
BS, Brooklyn College

Ellen R. Krasik
MBA, Columbia University
MPH, Columbia University
AB, Barnard College

Chad Laird
MA, Stony Brook University
BA, Florida State University

Eric Lam
BA, City College of New York

Natalie Langone
BArch, New York Institute of Technology

Mark La Rosa
BA, Central Michigan University

Shannon M. Leddy
MA, Fashion Institute of Technology
BFA, Fashion Institute of Technology

Janet A. Lee
MArch, Syracuse University
BFA, New York School of Interior Design

Kunho Lee
BFA, New York School of Interior Design

Rocco Leonardis
MFA (Sculpture), MFA (Painting), New York Academy of Art
BArch, Pratt Institute

Kai X. Liang
Kai Liang, registered architect, founder and principal of KX-L. He holds a Master of Science degree in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Oregon.

Barbara Lowenthal
Associate Dean
MArch, Princeton University
BA, University of Michigan

Ethan Lu 
 Acting Director of Undergraduate Programs
Director, MPS in Sustainable Interior Environments

MS, Columbia University
MArch, Harvard University
BS, University of Michigan

Taruan R. Mabry
MFA, New York School of Interior Design
BFA, Georgia State University

Patricia McGillicuddy
MFA, Lighting Design for Theatre, New York University
BA, State University of New York at Oswego

Valerie Mead
BFA, New York School of Interior Design

Margaret Mintz,
Margaret Mintz has been President of Mintz & Partners, Inc. Interior Design from 1994 to the present. She has taught at NYSID since 2002 in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. She holds a B.A., B.Ed,  and M.A. from Canada, and has a B.F.A from NYSID. She worked as a Research Fellow in Nuclear Medicine for ten Years.

Ali Nematollahy,
MA, Graduate Center
City University of New York
BA, University of Maryland

Daniel Park
BFA, New York School of Interior Design
Associates, American Musical & Dramatic Academy

Anatole Plotkin
MArch, University of Pennsylvania
BArch, City College of New York

Matthew A. Postal
PhD, Graduate Center, City University of New York
MA, New York University, Institute of Fine Arts
BA, Vassar College
Matthew A. Postal is an architectural historian specializing in 19th and 20th century architecture and urbanism. He has been a member of the research staff of the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission since 1998. Matt holds a PhD from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the co-author of the Guide to New York City Landmarks (2003 and 2009) and Ten Architectural Walks in Manhattan (2009). http://www.matthewpostal.com/

Zhijian Qian
Ph.D, New York University
MA, New York University
MA, The Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
BA, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China

Antonio A. Rodriguez
MFA, New York School of Interior Design
BArch, School of Architecture, University of Puerto Rico

Daniel Rogers
BAE, Pennsylvania State University

Ethel Rompilla
BFA, New York School of Interior Design

Nestor Rouyet
MA, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain
BArch, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain

Teresa Ryan
MA, Parsons, the New School for Design
AAS, Parsons School of Design
BA, Seton Hall University

Roxanne Ryce-Paul
MS in Urban Planning, Columbia University
MS in Historic Preservation, Columbia University
BArch, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science
Roxanne Ryce-Paul is an architect and urban planner, an historic preservation and sustainability consultant, LEED AP, and a Certified Passive House Designer (CPHD). She is a graduate of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, and Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). She sits on the Municipal Art Society of New York's Preservation and Sustainability Committee and is a Board Member of the New York Passive House. ecoecous.com/

Cesar Salazar
MS, Pratt Institute
BArch, Universidad Central De Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela

Steven J. Schroeder
BS, State University of New York at Stony Brook
MArch, New School of Architecture and Design

Kelly M. Seeger
MS, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
BS, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Addie Sels
BFA, New York School of Interior Design
BS, Cornell University; Diplome d’Etudes de la Civilisation Francaise, Sorbonne

Mark T. Simpson
Mark Simpson has been a professional lighting designer in New York City for 17 years. He is the staff lighting designer for Celano Design Studio. Before turning full time to architectural lighting, Mark was a Broadway associate lighting designer for 10 years. He has been teaching lighting design at NYSID for six years. He hold an MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and is a member of the IES. http://www.mtspaceinc.com/

Marjorie Sobylak
BFA, Syracuse University
BA, Syracuse University

Steven G. South
BArch, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Christopher Spinelli
MFA, School of Visual Arts
BA, Oberlin College

Mark Squeo
Mark Squeo, AIA, LEED AP, has more than 25 years of experience in architecture and design. For the first part of his career, Mark worked for several well-known commercial NY firms and then went on to found his own firm. He now works for a consulting firm, where they guide & advise architecture-design firms on the design development of high-end commercial and residential projects. He holds an M-Arch from the University of Texas at Arlington and B-Arch from Syracuse University, and is a registered architect in NY state.

Stefan Steil
German native, Stefan Steil, is an award-winning master craftsman in tailoring and pattern making who earned his MFA in Interior Design from the New York School of Interior Design. Stefan began his career at S. Russell Groves in New York, and later worked for several prestigious firms such as Pierce Allen, Selldorf Architects and MR Architecture & Decor. He founded his own firm, Steilish Interiors & Architecture, in 2012. http://www.steilish.com/

Jean Sundin
BFA, Virginia Commonwealth University
Jean Sundin, CLD, IALD, MIES, is a certified lighting designer with over 25 years of professional experience. She is a founder of the award-winning lighting studio Office for Visual Interaction (OVI) with international works including the Canadian Parliament, Scottish Parliament, New York Times Building, United States Air Force Memorial and Chicago landmark, the Rookery. She received a BFA in Interior Design from Virginia Commonwealth University. http://www.oviinc.com/

Andrew Tedesco
BFA, University of Maryland

Richard S. Thomas
MBA, New York University; BArch, Pratt Institute

Robert Tilden
Bachelor of Professional Studies, Empire State University

Jack Travis
MArch, University of Illinois
BArch, Arizona State University

Peiheng Tsai
Peiheng Tsai is the principal of PHT Lighting Design Inc., an award winning lighting design firm based in New York City. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree, as well as the Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design degree from Columbia University. http://www.phtlighting.com/

Peter Tymus
MA, BS, New York University

Attila Uysal
MA, Pratt Institute
BArch, Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey

Freya Van Saun
MA, Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts
BFA, Fashion Institute of Technology
AS, Empire State College

Nicholas Watkins
PhD, BA, BS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Barbara Weinreich
Barbara Laskey Weinreich is an architect and a principal at MNA, an architecture firm which specializes in high-end retail and residential interiors.  She received a BA in Art History from Brown University and a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. At NYSID, she has been a professional mentor in the MFA II program for 5 years and has taught Contract Design in the undergraduate program and Retail Design in the MFA II program. www.mnarch.com

Erin Wells
BFA, New York School of Interior Design
BA, Oberlin College

Christopher Welsh
BArch, Pratt Institute

Doug West
BS, Cornell University

Cecilia Whittaker-Doe
MFA, Brooklyn College
BFA, State University of New York College at Buffalo

David Wilburn
MFA, New York University
BA, University of Pittsburgh

Jennifer R. Worth
MA, Hunter College
BA, Hunter College

Mark Wright
BArch, Rice University
BA, Rice University

Edwin J. Zawadzki
MArch, Yale University
BA, Harvard University

Lecturers

Ivy Berman
MBA, New York University
BA, Tufts University

Christopher J. Desler
BS, BA, University of Massachusetts

Dennis Lee
BS, State University of New York, Empire State College
AAS, Fashion Institute of Technology

Jody Xuereb
College of Aeronautics

Mary Paul Yates
AAS, Fashion Institute of Technology
BFA, Syracuse University

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