New York School of Interior Design is a great learning institution because of its faculty. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds and bring practical and theoretical experience from their professional lives.

We have more than 100 faculty members who are practicing designers at many of the top design firms in the country: Gensler, HOK, Perkins+Will, Rockwell Group, and Robert A.M. Stern Architects to name a few. Many are also principals of their own firms--for instance Kati Curtis of Kati Curtis Design, Stefan Steil of Steilish Interiors & Architecture, and Warren Ashworth of his self-titled architecture firm. 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

Jacqui AbelJacqueline P. Abel
Jacqueline is a designer and design project manager at NYC Department of Design & 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.

Stefan AbelStefan Abel
Stefan 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. 


Leyla AghayevaLeyla Aghayeva
Leyla is a designer at SLO.VIS.  She has experience in interior design with the emphasis on 3D visualization. She received her BArch and MArch from Azerbaijan University of Architecture & Construction and is currently teaching SketchUp / Advanced Graphics at NYSID.



MaryAnne AllacciMaryAnn Sorenson Allacci

MaryAnn earned her PhD in Environmental Psychology from the Graduate School and University Center at CUNY.  With a specific focus on environmental health concerns, affordable housing, and social equity, she has published work on neighborhood asthma triggers, community based research, and green buildings, among other topics. She is currently on staff at the Rutgers Center for Green Building, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University.  She received her MA from Hunter College.


Warren AshworthWarren Ashworth
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. 


Amath T. Ba
Amath is building systems consultant for Steven Winter Associates. He received his BS, MS from the New York Institute of Technology and an Associates from Northern Virginia Community College.



Luca Baraldo
Luca is an architectural designer at CookFox Architects. He received his MArch from the Istituto Universitario d'Architettura di Venezia.



Patricia Barbis
Patricia is the director of interior design at David Mexico Design Group. She received her MFA from New York School of Interior Design and her BFA from the Escuela Superior de Diseno Interior de Miraflores, Lima, Peru.


Katie Barons

Katie R. Barons
Katie is a designer at Gensler. She is a graduate of New York School of Interior Design's MFA-2 program, and holds a BFA in interior design from Cazenovia College. Katie teaches undergraduate courses at NYSID.

Alexis BarrAlexis Barr
Alexis holds an MA in Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture from the Bard Graduate Center, and a BA in Art History and Political Science from Williams College. She has contributed to projects for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Park Service, and the New-York Historical Society. She teaches design history and humanities classes at NYSID.

Ann Barton 
Ann is the owner of Ann Barton Architect. She recevied her BArch from Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

Elizabeth Battin

Elizabeth Battin
Elizabeth 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.


Vanessa Betancourt, RA, LEED AP
Vanessa is principal at Habjan Betancourt Architecture, LLP. Prior to joining Habjan Design, Vanessa worked at major firms including Swanke Hayden Connell, HLW, and Gardiner and Theobald. She received her BPS from Pratt Institute.




Reid Betz, AIA, LEED AP
Reid is a partner at Ageloff & Associates.  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. 



Melinda Bickers 
Melinda received a MA from Parsons, the New School for Design/Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum; a BFA from the New York School of Interior Design and a BS from Northwestern University.




Ray Blackburn

Raymond Blackburn 
Ray is a teacher and writer living in New York City.  He has taught various English courses at NYSID since 2004. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from City College and a BA in British Literature from Hunter College.  He also has a CELTA certification for the international instruction of ESL.  

Daniel Bontrop
Daniel is a project manager/senior designer at Kathleen Walsh Interiors. His expertise includes conceptual development, space planning, design development, drawings for construction, construction/design management, shop drawing review, furniture and finishes. He received a BFA in Interior Design from Parsons, the New School for Design.


Mark Bradin, AIA
Mark is a principal at Point Design Inc. Previously, Mark had been a senior vice president for Walker Group/CNI, directing the completion of specialty and department stores for major US and international retailers such as Federated Department Stores, Galeries Lafayette, Isetan, Iwataia, Uniqlo, Robinson, Shoemart, and Shinsegae. He is a registered architect in New York State and a member of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. He recieved his MArch from the University of Bucharest, Romania, Graduate School of Architecture.

Scott BraunScott Braun
Scott is a visual artist from New York, 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 serving as a 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. 

Donald Brown

BA, St. Lawrence University




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

Michael BuchananMichael Buchanan
Upon graduation from the Fashion Institute of Technology, Michael Buchanan founded the design firm of Goralnick Buchanan, before moving on to multiple creative and media undertakings. He designed a modular home that was featured on the Bob Vila “Home Again” series, and then authored a companion book, Pre-Fab Bungalow.  He went on to establish his own company, Michael Buchanan Style, and continued to produce regular features for such design publications as Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, House Beautiful and many others. His cover story for In Style magazine featured his design for pop singer Vanessa Carlton’s Manhattan loft, which was also presented on MTV’s “Cribs.” 

David BurdettDavid Burdett
David is a principal at Das Studio. He is a ARB (UK) registered architect with 30 years of architectural, interior, and garden design work in both the United Kingdom and the United States. He has experience in healthcare, affordable and special needs housing, residential new construction, and renovation and work on Listed Buildings. He recieved a MA from De Montfort University, Leicester, UK and a BA from Leicester Polytechnic School of Architecture.

Ruth Virginia Burt

Ruth is the founder and principal of Ruth Burt International. She has an extensive background in both commercial and residential interior design. Since 1979 she has worked with a variety of New York City-based firms including Edward Durell Stone Associates PC, Stuart Mager, Inc., Naomi Leff and Associates Inc., Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., Mancini Duffy Associates and Jack Lenor Larsen, Inc. She received an MA from New York University, and BA from Marymount Manhattan College, and a AAS from New York School of Interior Design.

John BuscarelloJohn Buscarello
John A. Buscarello, ASID, is a NYS Certified Interior Designer with more than 30 years of professional experience. He is president of John A. Buscarello, Inc. and his design work has been published internationally. He graduated from Adelphi University, summa cum laude with a BA in Art History and Studio Art and also studied design at FIT. Interior Design magazine name him a "Kitchen & Bath Design Leader." He was a awarded a Medalist citation for his outstanding dedication and work for ASID. Publications include: Interior Design, The New York Times, New York Spaces, House Beautiful, many books as well.


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



Charles Cameron

Charles Cameron
Charles is a controls specialist at Stan Deutsch Associates. His work has been exhibited at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. Widely regarded as an expert in energy-efficient lighting, he was the president of the New York City chapter of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and a director of the Green Light NY Lighting Resource Center. He received his MFA from New York University and a BA from Drew University.


Lissette CarreraLissette 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 
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. 


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
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 instructor 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

Kati is the founder and principal of Kati Curtis Design. She previously worked with international architecture and engineering firms. She is a Certified Interior Designer (CID), and a Leadership in Energy and Efficient Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). Kati’s expertise in energy efficient design allows her to express her passionate belief in sustainability. She received a BFA in Interior Design from Savannah College of Art and Design.


Robert Dadras
Robert is a founding partner of Dadras Architects, a Liberty, New York based architectural firm, with projects throughout New York State. He is an adjunct associate professor of architecture at New York Institute of Technology. He is a registered architect in the State of New York and he received a BArch from New York Institute of Technology.




Victor Dadras

Victor Dadras
Victor is a partner at Dadras Architects, an architecture, interior design, and urban design consulting firm that works on commercial, residential, and healthcare facilities. He received a BArch from the New York Institute of Technology and a  MArch from Harvard University.


Asli C. Daglioglu

MArch, University of Michigan
BArch, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey

Elaheh Dalton
BArch and MArch from North London University




Francisco De Leon
Francisco De Leon is a graphic designer and president of FAD Graphics. He has worked with The New York Times as a graphic designer and had a career as an architect in New York City. He received his BArch from the University of Houston.

Alphonse Diaz
MArch, University of Illinois
BS, University of Illinois


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




Bill Engel

William Engel
Bill is an alumnus of NYSID and a painter in the Chelsea/Highline District  in NYC - williamengel.net. His collaborative art/design work has been published in The New York Times, Interior Design, and Dwell magazines, to name a few. His works hangs in the corporate lobby of Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle. His new book, Portfolio Design for Interiors with co author Harold Linton is scheduled to come out in 2017.


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 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. 

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, VP for Academic Affairs and Dean
Ellen has been with NYSID since 1999, beginning her career at the College as a member of the faculty, and later becoming lower division area coordinator, associate vice president for academic affairs, and ultimately, vice president of academic affairs and dean in 2012. Fisher is a New York State certified interior designer with graduate degrees in teaching with technology and architectural studies. She earned a PhD in Architectural Studies/Human Environmental Sciences from the University of Missouri in 2011. For many years, she maintained an active design practice in the New York metropolitan area.  Her many areas of expertise include evidence-based design, design & literacy, and digital learning.
Rachel FletcherRachel Fletcher

Rachel Fletcher is a geometer and teacher of geometry and proportion to design practitioners. She holds an MFA in Theatre Design from Humboldt State University, an MA in Dramatic Literature from SUNY Albany, and a BS in Theatre from Hofstra University. Her latest book is Infinite Measure: Learning to Design in Geometric Harmony with Art, Architecture and Nature.



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 FriedmanDaniel C. Friedman, Dattner Architects
Daniel Friedman, AIA LEED AP, is a registered architect and designer in NYC. He has varied experience working on many different types of projects including: Museums/ Cultural, Healthcare, Higher-Education, Large-Scale Housing  & Mixed-use, Offices, Retail, Restaurants, and many more. He has taught in the BFA, MFA-1, MFA-2, & MPS-S programs in addition to teaching Building Technology at CityTech. He holds a Master of Architecture and Certificate in Sustainable Design from New Jersey Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hobart College (majoring in Architectural Design). He currently works at Dattner Architects focusing on Affordable Housing.


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 GentileJoseph Gentile
Joseph is a life safety consultant with a decade of professional experience on  projects throughout the United States as well as in the Middle East and Far East. He is the  author/illustrator of one book on the International Building Code. He has a BA/BS in Architecture from the University of Houston. 


Steve Gerber 
BFA, Pratt Institute

Eric GeringEric 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. 

Breeze GlazerBreeze Pascal Glazer, program director, MPS in Healthcare Interior Design 

Breeze, LEED AP BD+C, is senior associate, sustainable design leader, research knowledge manager, Perkins+Will.  He works on a broad variety of projects including acute care hospitals, academic medical centers and health clinics, to corporate office renovations and transitional homeless shelters, among others. His research into sustainability covers topics as diverse as alternative energy systems, climate change mitigation, the business case and material health and toxicity, often in collaboration with academic institutions and non-profit organizations.


Jennifer Goff
PhD, University College Dublin
Masters in History of Art, University College Dublin
International BA, University College Dublin


Joseph Goldstein, AIA, IDEC, NCARB
Joseph is the principal and founder of JGArchitects, a firm that specializes in architectural interiors. He has designed office spaces for consulates and permanent missions to the United Nations and corporations such as AIG, Kawasaki, Goldman Sachs, Nippon Telephone & Telegraph, and Siemens. He has also designed projects for the Chelsea Arts District Gallery, Cuban Art Space, Cakeshop, Laugh Lounge, and a number of private residences. Goldstein has taught design studio courses at NYSID since 2004.

Donna GoodmanDonna 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 GuraJudith B. Gura 

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

Randi HalpernRandi Halpern

Randi Halpern, CID, IDEC, is an NCIDQ certified interior designer with more than 25 years of professional experience.  She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Interior Design from New York Institute of Technology and studied Lighting Design at Parsons School of Design.  Prior to starting her own Interior Design practice in 2006, Randi was the Director of Interior Design with Bogdanow Partners Architects from 1990 to 2005.


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.




Seena A. Hassouna
Bachelor of Environmental Design, University of Colorado at Boulder




Holly Hayden
BFA, New York School of Interior Design




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



Jeff HoenigJeffrey J. Hoenig , CBBLD
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.

Matthew Hoey

BArch, Temple University




Brooke Horan
BFA, California College of the Arts
BA, University of California at Berkeley



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 Irwin

Brian A. Irwin
MA, Philosophy, University of Houston
BA, Sarah Lawrence College
Brian Irwin received a PhD in Philosophy from Stony Brook University in 2014. His research interests include 20th Century Continental Philosophy, Phenomenology, Aesthetics, and Philosophy of Place.

Amberlee Isabella
MA, Savannah College of Art and Design
BA, University of Kentucky



William M. Jenkins
BArch, Drexel University




Alana Jiwa
Master's Decorative Arts, Design History and Material Culture, BARD Graduate Center
Master's History of Decorative Arts and Design, Parsons The New School for Design
BFA, Savannah College of Art and Design

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.  


Josef KendserskyJosef 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 A. King 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.


Terry KleinbergTerry Kleinberg
MArch, Princeton University
BA, Wesleyan University



Anne Korman 
Design Diploma, New York School of Interior Design

Adam KornelliAdam Kornelli, Martin Brudnizki Design Studio
Adam Kornelli is an Interior Designer with more than 7 years of professional experience.  He is a professor at NYSID teaching Advanced Graphic Communications.  He holds a Bachelors of Architecture from NYIT and is currently working at Martin Brudnizki Design Studio.

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 LairdChad Laird
Chad Laird teaches art history, aesthetics, and design theory at NYSID. He holds an MA in Art History and Criticism from Stony Brook University and BA in Art History from Florida State University.

Eric Lam
BA, City College of New York




Dina Lamanna
BA, Savannah College of Art & Design




Natalie Langone

Natalie Langone, SMI Construction Management
Natalie Langone- Luciano is an architect and interior designer. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) from New York Institute of Technology and a Masters in Visual Art Education (M.A.) from Brooklyn College. She has worked on various projects across the world during her career as an architect at Skidmore Owings and Merrill, NYC. Natalie's passion for Construction Management has grown over the years. She is presently a project manager at SMI Construction Management, NY. She specializes in high end residential construction on the Upper East and West Side. She is in the process of taking her ARE exams as well starting her own interior design firm.


Mark La RosaMark La Rosa
BA, Central Michigan University
Mark La Rosa is a free lance photographer specializing in architectural and design photography. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Interior Design Magazine and Architectural Record. Mark has worked with a wide range of clients, including Barneys NY, Nintendo, Gensler, Cullman & Kravis, Baccarat, Frette, and many others. Mark studied at the International Center of Photography in New York, and has been teaching photography at NYSID since 2008. He recently shot the principal photography for an upcoming comprehensive book on residential interiors to be published by NYSID and Clarkson Potter in 2017.

Shannon LeddyShannon M. Leddy
Shannon M. Leddy, Allied ASID, IDEC is principal of her firm, Shannon M. Leddy Interior Design and has been working in the profession for over 20 years as an interior designer. Shannon achieved both her MA in Sustainable Interior Environments, as well as her BFA in Interior Design, from the Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY.  She is a past board member of the ASID NY Metro Chapter.

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





Leyden Lewis
BFA, Parsons the New School for Design




Kai Liang

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.



Jason Livingston
MFA, Theatre Lighting Design, New York University
BFA, Theatre Arts, University of Miami



Barbara Lowenthal

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



Ethan Lu

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

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


Pat McGillicuddyPatricia McGillicuddy, Illuminating Engineering Society
Pat McGillicuddy, LC, IES, LEED-AP, is the Manager of Lighting Technical Standards for the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. Pat has more than 30 years of professional experience in lighting design. Pat has been an adjunct lighting instructor at NYSID for over 10 years, and holds an MFA in Theatrical Lighting Design from NYU-TSOA and a BA from Oswego State University in Theatre Design.

Valerie MeadValerie Mead
BFA, New York School of Interior Design
Valerie Mead, Allied Member ASID, is a graduate of NYSID (BFA ’00) with more than 25 years of  professional experience owning a residential interior design firm both in Washington DC and Connecticut.  She is a member of the Decorators Club, was awarded the William Breger Faculty Achievement Award by NYSID in 2014 and was President of the NYSID Alumni Association for 4 years (2007-11).  Formerly with Gensler and member of the NYSID faculty teaching Residential Design I, II & III and Color for Interiors for 14 years.


Samuel Mikhail
BArch, The City College of The City University of New York 




Margaret MintzMargaret Mintz, Mintz & Partners, Inc.
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

Seema Lisa Pandya
BA, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design




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


Matthew Postal

Matthew A. Postal
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). 

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 Rodriguez

Antonio A. Rodriguez
Antonio A Rodríguez, LEED GA, is an interior designer with 3+ years of experience. A graduate of the School of Architecture, University of Puerto Rico (2010) and the New York School of Interior Design (2013), his experience includes working on corporate and healthcare interior projects. He currently teaches an introduction to Google Sketchup mini course at NYSID.

Daniel Rogers
BAE, Pennsylvania State University




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



Daniel J. Russell
MArch, Tulane University
BArch, Tulane University



Teresa Ryan

Teresa Ryan
Terry Ryan is  an interior designer and historian of the fine and decorative arts, who teaches Historical Styles, Design History and Theory, and other electives. Her academic and professional experience includes  the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris;  Christie's London and New York;   HO+K and  Gensler; as well as corporate and residential interior design projects completed by her firm, Ryan Art & Design, in the US and Europe.  In addition to undergraduate degrees in art history and interior design, she holds an MA in the history of design and decorative arts from Parsons School of Design. 


Roxanne ryce-PaulRoxanne Ryce-Paul , EcoEcoBuilding
MS in Urban Planning, 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. 

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



Ingrid I. Schneider
BFA, New York School of Interior Design
BA, Hamilton College



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



Chuck Siconolfi
BArch, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
BS, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute



Mark Simpson

 Mark T. Simpson , MTSpace Inc  
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. 


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 SteilStefan Steil , Steilish
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. 



Jean Sundin, OVI
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. 

Jessica Jie Soo Tchan
MFA, Lighting Design, Parsons The New School for Design
BA, Yonsei University

 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 TsangPeiheng Tsai, PHT Lighting Design, Inc
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. 



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


Thomas Walter
Prof Walter is a physical geography with 30+ years teaching environmental science, meteorology, climatology, remote sensing and GIS.

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



Barbara Weinrich

Barbara Weinreich, Home MNA
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. 


Erin Wells

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




Christopher Welsh
BArch, Pratt Institute

Stefanie WernerStefanie Werner
Stefanie Werner is an award winning Registered Architect and Certified Passive House Designer with over 20 years experience. She is owner of Design and Solutions Studio. Her work is published internationally and filmed for national television. She holds a Master degree for Architecture and Urban Design from the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany including two years at the ETSAB (Barcelona School of Architecture) on a Erasmus scholarship in Barcelona, Spain. She was the President of the Cape Cod Modern House Trust for 7 years. 


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 WorthJennifer R. Worth
Jennifer Robson Worth teaches English Composition I/ESL, English Composition II, and Intensive Italian at NYSID. She has also taught an elective course on Hispanic Design. She holds a B.A. in Art History and Italian, an M.A. in Art History and an M.A. in TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language).  Jennifer has many years experience teaching Italian and English as a Second Language both in the United States and in Italy to professional business people as well as to university students. With a certificate in national and international tour management, she also leads tour groups to Italy where she lectures on Roman and Italian Renaissance Art.


Mark WrightMark Wright
Mark Wright, AIA, is a registered architect with 35 years of professional experience and an active private practice. He holds a BA in Architecture, Art, and Art History, and B.Arch, both from Rice University. As an architectural historian he has focused on the American architect H. H. Richardson.


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





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