Alumni Events and News

Alumni Events


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Alumni Luncheon at Craft

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Join Alum, Susan Nagle and her husband Peter Bentel of Bentel and Bentel, as they take Alumni along for an engaging “talking tour” of the restaurant Craft -- a space they designed.  Find out the details of their designs and what went into the planning. A tour of the kitchen will also in be included.   Afterwards you will have the opportunity to gather and have lunch together at the restaurant. Date is TBA and price is TBD.


Alumni Party at Kravet   


Come toast the class of 2017 – the 100th NYSID graduating class – with a party hosted by NYSID Trustee, Ellen Kravet.  Come to the beautiful Kravet showroom in the D&D building and celebrate the newest graduates of NYSID and welcome them to the Alumni Association!  Date and Time: May, 2017  -- More details to come!!

Alumni Mentorship Program

Now in its fourth year, NYSID has implemented an Alumni Mentorship program which is available to all students.  The students received unique access to a designer and received valuable advice, encouragement and guidance, and the mentors learned a few things as well! Participation for alumni is by invitation, and for students by an application that includes a resume together with a 500 word essay explaining why they would benefit from the mentorship opportunity.  If you’d like to be a mentor please contact Samantha Fingleton, NYSID Alumni Relations Associate.  And please do not count yourself out if you do not live in or near NYC.  We have had mentorships that have worked using Skype, Facetime or other platforms. We just know that NYSID students could learn so much from you! Sign up now to be a mentor for the 2017-18 year!

Contact: Samantha Fingleton at

Alumni Panel Discussion
Wednesday, April 12, 6pm

As the NYSID’s centennial year comes to an end, we take the time to look at the past, present, and future of the interior design industry through the eyes of our alumni. With NYSID as their springboard, this panel will discuss their own experiences within the field and the roll that an education in interior design played. Susan Zises Green will moderate a discussion with David Kleinberg, Timothy Whealon, and Ann Pyne.




 On February 2nd and 3rd, Students participated in the PropNSpoon Project.  PropNSpoon a leading prop supplier to the entertainment and creative industries hosted the event, volunteering their inventory for an educational design for NYSID students.  Two competing teams of design students from NYSID, created fully conceived spaces, drawing on the vast inventory of more than a thousand pieces. Three New York City Designers Served as Judges in Competition: Arlene Angard (NYSID Alum), Douglas Clark, and Peter Valcarcel.  Team winners will have their work featured on PropNSpoon’s site.

Student Participants included BFA students, May Ghandanfar, Felix Guzman, Alexis Wachtel and MFA-1 students, Julie Tiseo, Dominique Law and David Hemphill.    I have spoken with the students and they really enjoyed the experience.   We have also had correspondence with Arlene who was very pleased with the outcome and with our students! 

Here are some pictures from the event and the Winning Team was  - BFA students, May Ghandanfar, Felix Guzman, Alexis Wachtel







Various events are planned throughout the year for alumni to connect with fellow graduates, to help start a networking base, and to pool resources. A large alumni gathering is planned for once in the fall and once in the spring, with other smaller events interspersed throughout the academic year.

You're Invited!

Come one, come all to the NYSID Alumni party at the Waterworks Kitchen Showroom.  We invite you to a fabulous evening in their new showroom to see the very latest in their kitchen designs. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served and the best of all is this event is FREE!


When:  November 10, 2015
Time: 6-8pm
Where: D&D building but the entrance is on 59th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues

RSVP: or 212-472-1500 x 431 

Submit Your Work

New York School of Interior Design is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016. We are planning a number of special events throughout the year to commemorate this milestone. One of the first events is an Alumni Exhibition, which will be on view in the NYSID Gallery from March 3 – April 29, 2016.

All NYSID alumni, whether currently practicing or not, are invited to submit their work for this juried exhibition and accompanying website. All work must be submitted by Friday, November 20.

Visit the 2016 Alumni Exhibition page to learn more.



2014-2015 Events

On the heels of commencement, the Spring Alumni party also serves as a welcome for the graduating class to officially become members of the NYSID alumni. Trustee, Ellen Kravet, generously threw the party at the Kravet showroom in the D&D building.  As Alumni and the Class of 2015 gathered they were welcomed not only by Ellen Kravet but Board Chairman, Dr. Patricia Sovern, and the President of the school, David Sprouls.

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On October 23rd, NYSID Alumni gathered at Resource Furniture showroom on Third Avenue.  Over 90 Alumni attended and re-connected with fellow classmates and faculty. A great evening was had by all as everyone sat, pulled, lay down, lifted, designed and interacted with Resource Furniture's hyper-functional, head turning, space saving furniture. 

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Past Events

Tuesday May 6 at 6pm at GROHE Live! Center

Spring NYSID Alumni Party and Welcome to the Class of 2014!

The Alumni Council invites all NYSID alumni to an evening of socializing and networking and most importantly to welcome the Class of 2014 into the Alumni Association. There will be wine, beer, and light hors d’Oeuvres.

Monday, May 13, 2013
Spring Alumni Party at Doris Leslie Blau Showroom

A special gathering for current alumni and a warm welcome to the class of 2013 at the showroom of Doris Leslie Blau, a gallery and store known for exceptional antique carpets and exclusive custom designed rugs. For more info contact Samantha Fingleton at or call (212) 472-1500 x 431.

Alumni Event at Newel
NYSID alumni gathered on October 25, 2012 for the fall alumni event at Newel – a decorative arts and fine arts showroom located in a six story building on East 53rd Street, NYC. Over 60 alumni came out to celebrate, enjoy food and drinks, and peruse the wonderful collections in the showroom. Newel’s hosts, Guy Regal, Nicole Kapit, and Jake Bauer generously opened the showroom for NYSID alumni.  Check out the photos here.

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