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.”
Jacqueline 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 Abel, LEED AP
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 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.
MaryAnn 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 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 is an architectural designer at CookFox Architects. He received his MArch from the Istituto Universitario d'Architettura di Venezia.
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 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 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 is the owner of Ann Barton Architect. She recevied her BArch from Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.
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 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 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 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, Uniqlo, Shoemart, and Shinsegae. He is a registered architect in New York State. He recieved his MArch from the University of Bucharest, Romania.
Scott is a visual artist from New York, currently pursuing a Masters 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 NYSID (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.
BA, St. Lawrence University
Debra L. Bryant
MFA, Syracuse University
BFA, State University of New York at Buffalo
Upon graduation from FIT, Michael 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 founded his own company, Michael Buchanan Style, and produced regular features for Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, and many others. He designed the pop singer Vanessa Carlton’s Manhattan loft, which was featured in In Style magazine and appeared on MTV’s “Cribs.”
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 Buscarello, ASID
John 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 named 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.
MArch, Texas A & M University
BS, Stephen F. Austin State University
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 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.
PhD, MPhil, MA, AB, Columbia University
Hannes M. Charen
MA, European Graduate School Saas-Fee, Switzerland
BA, University of North Carolina
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
Todd received an architectural degree from the New York Institute of Technology. He has worked at architecture firms and then started his own IT firm specializing in supporting the architecture, engineering, and construction industry. He has taught at NYSID since the late 1990s, teaching Contract Design and Interior Design Studio. Class is NYSID’s assistant dean for academic technologies, a role he has had since 2013.
Eric Cohen, AIA
Eric 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 is president of Adrienne Concra Design and 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 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 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 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
BArch and MArch from North London University
Francisco De Leon
Francisco 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.
MArch, University of Illinois
BS, University of Illinois
Pamela J. Durante
Pam Durante is the principal designer at Atelier Durante Interior Design, PLLC. and is a New York State Certified Interior Designer (NYS CID). Pam is a Parsons at The New School graduate with an AAS in Interior Design and a BA in Architectural Studies from Empire State College. She is a past President of The American Society of Interior Designer’s, NY Metro Chapter, current President of (Interior Designers for Legislation New York), IDLNY and a member of The Decorators Club. Pam has an extensive background in high end residential, hospitality and the restaurant industry. She worked for several years with Ian Schrager on projects that included Philippe Stark, Andre Putman, and Steven Sills. One of her restaurants received a ”10” rating for design from Zagat’s.
MFA, Sotheby's Institute of Art, London
BA, Oberlin College
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
Rene is an interior designer, architect, and graduate of NYSID, and has taught at the College since 1998. He teaches the popular Furniture Design courses as well as undergraduate Residential Design I, II, and III and graduate design studios. He has worked as a designer at John Saladino, Inc., Thierry Despont, Ltd, and was director of design at Baker Furniture and the McGuire Furniture Company. He currently serves as the faculty representative on NYSID’s Board of Trustees.
BFA, New York School of Interior Design
Charles has more than 10 years of experience working with Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, David Rockwell, and Phillipe Starck, before establishing CHARLES FARRUGGIO LLC in 2009. His portfolio includes projects for Starwood Hotels, SLS, and Morgans Hotel Group and high profile residential projects in NYC. He co-owns and operates the retail and lifestyle shop FRED in High Falls, NY. He is a graduate of Parsons School of Design.
MA, Parsons The New School for Design
BS, Philadelphia University
MFA, California Institute of the Arts
BFA, New York University
Ellen Fisher, VP for Academic Affairs and Dean
Ellen started at NYSID as faculty member in 1999, later becoming lower division area coordinator, associate vice president for academic affairs, and ultimately, VP for academic affairs and dean in 2012. Fisher is a NYS 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. Her areas of expertise include evidence-based design, design & literacy, and digital learning.
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.
MPS, New York School of Interior Design
Bachelor in Interior Architecture, Decorative Arts School, Madrid, Spain
Ph.D, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
M.Phil, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
BA, MA, Hunter College
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, AIA LEED AP
Daniel is a registered architect and designer at Dattner Architects. He has varied experience working on projects in museums/cultural, healthcare, higher education, large-scale housing, offices, retail, restaurants, and 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 M. Arch and Certificate in Sustainable Design from New Jersey Institute of Technology and a BA from Hobart College (majoring in Architectural Design).
Danielle L. Galland
MA, Parsons, the New School for Design/Cooper-Hewitt National Design
BFA, Parsons, the New School for Design
MArch, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
BA, College of Charleston, NC
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.
Steven Gerber, a graduate of Pratt Institute, has been an instructor of Visual Concepts and Elements of Rendering at NYSID for over 20 years. He is also a founding member and manager of City Lights Gallery, a non-profit arts center in Bridgeport, CT, as well as an artist specializing in architectural illustrations and multi-media art.
Eric J. Gering, AIA
Eric 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 Pascal Glazer, LEED AP BD+C, program director, MPS in Healthcare Interior Design
Breeze is senior associate, sustainable design leader, research knowledge manager at Perkins+Will. He works on acute care hospitals, academic medical centers and health clinics, as well as corporate office renovations and transitional homeless shelters. 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-profits.
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 J. Goodman, RA AIA
Donna 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
Judith teaches design history and theory at NYSID. She teaches Historical Styles, Design Theory, and a number of courses covering such topics as art deco, great women designers, and avant-garde design. Gura is the author of a number of books on interior design, including New York Interior Design, 1935-1985; Sourcebook of Scandinavian Furniture: Designs for the 21st Century; and most recently Design After Modernism: Furniture and Interiors, 1970-2010.
Randi Halpern, CID, IDEC
Randi 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.
MArch, University of Virginia
BA, Sarah Lawrence College
Robert J. Harding Jr.
Robert 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
BFA, New York School of Interior Design
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
MS, Philadelphia University
BFA, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Jeffrey J. Hoenig, IES
Jeff 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.
BArch, Temple University
BFA, California College of the Arts
BA, University of California at Berkeley
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
Brian received a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, an MA in Philosophy from University of Houston, and a PhD in Philosophy from Stony Brook University. His research interests include 20th Century Continental Philosophy, Phenomenology, Aesthetics, and Philosophy of Place.
MA, Savannah College of Art and Design
BA, University of Kentucky
William M. Jenkins
BArch, Drexel University
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, AIA, IES, IIDA, program director, MPS in Interior Lighting Design and Institute for Continuing & Professional Studies
John 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 Z. Kendsersky
Joe has more than 10 years experience in the software and architecture industries. He is trained as an architect and joined Revit Technology Corporation in 2000, and Autodesk in 2002 where he 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 B. Arch & BS, Architecture Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology and an AAS in Building Construction from Hudson Valley Community College.
Robert Arthur King, FAIA, CID
Robert is a registered architect, certified interior designer 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 AIA College of Fellows. 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 Faces in Stone and Animals in Stone.
Terry Kleinberg, RA
Terry is the principal of her eponymous firm, designs commercial and residential interiors, new houses and additions. She has taught design studio classes at NYSID for over 20 years and has most recently been teaching the Thesis Preparation and Thesis Studios in the MFA-1 program. She also was the faculty member of NYSID’s Board of Trustees for six years during the planning of the Graduate Center.
Following an early career as a modern dancer, Anne graduated from NYSID with a Design Diploma. She became a faculty member in 1976, teaching Residential Design in the undergraduate program and continues to teach at the College, specializing in design presentation skills and the creation of color and materials schemes. She has also served on the Board of Trustees for many years.
Adam is an interior designer at Martin Brudnizki Design Studio with more than seven years of professional experience. He teaches Advanced Graphic Communications at NYSID. He holds a Bachelors of Architecture from NYIT.
BFA, New York School of Interior Design
BS, Brooklyn College
Andrew Kozak P.E. CEM
Associate Principal, Director of Mechanical Engineering at BR+A Consulting Engineers. Andrew Kozak is an Associate Principal at BR+A with over 18 years of design and consulting engineering experience. Building upon an extensive background in Energy Management and sustainable design, Andrew specializes in projects that require thorough analysis and innovative solutions. He has successfully completed an impressive array of projects in the commercial, residential, higher education, healthcare, mission critical and industrial market sectors. Andrew brings to every project his exceptional leadership skills and entrepreneurial spirit.
Ellen R. Krasik
MBA, MPHColumbia University
AB, Barnard College
Chad 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.
BA, City College of New York
BA, Savannah College of Art & Design
Natalie, an architect and interior designer, is a project manager at SMI Construction Management. She holds a B. Arch from New York Institute of Technology and a MA in Visual Art Education from Brooklyn College. She has worked on various projects during her career as an architect at Skidmore Owings and Merrill. Natalie 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 Rosa
Mark is a freelance photographer specializing in architectural and design photography. His work has appeared in Interior Design and Architectural Record. Mark has worked with a wide range of clients, including Barneys NY, Nintendo, Gensler, Cullman & Kravis, Baccarat, Frette, and many others. He studied at the International Center of Photography and has been teaching photography at NYSID since 2008. He shot the principal photography for an upcoming book on residential interiors to be published by NYSID and Clarkson Potter in 2017. He received his BA from Central Michigan University.
Shannon M. Leddy, Allied ASID, IDEC
Shannon 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 an MA in Sustainable Interior Environments and BFA in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She is a past board member of the ASID NY Metro Chapter.
Janet A. Lee
Janet Lee, a graduate of NYSID (BFA) and Syracuse University (M.Arch), is an architect in the healthcare practice at NBBJ.
BFA, New York School of Interior Design
Rocco has been a faculty member since 1988, teaching Perspective Drawing and Materials and Methods. An architect, historian, and published design writer, he has authored two books: Systematic Guide to Perspective: A Step-By-Step Handbook for the Classroom and the Professional, and Foundation Drafting and Perspective Drawing.
BFA, Parsons the New School for Design
Kai X. Liang
Kai is a registered architect and 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.
MFA, Theatre Lighting Design, New York University
BFA, Theatre Arts, University of Miami
Barbara Lowenthal, associate dean
Barbara is the associate dean at NYSID and oversees the College's graduate programs. She teaches classes such as Contract Design I & II, BFA Thesis Preparation and BFA Thesis Studio in the BFA program; Interior Design Studios III, IV, V, and Thesis Preparation in the MFA-1 program; and Thesis Research and Thesis Studio in the MFA-2 program. An expert in interior design education, she serves as chair of the graduate programs network of the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC).
Ethan Lu, IIDA, AIA, NCIDQ, IDEC, LEED AP BD+C, program director of MPS in Sustainable Interior Environments program and acting director of undergraduate programs
Ethan is a licensed architect and a LEED-accredited professional specializing in interior architecture. He has worked at FXFOWLE and Cook+Fox and is currently the principal and cofounder of Metropolitan United Studio, an environmentally responsible design firm based in NYC and Seoul. Ethan teaches a number of classes including Introduction to Sustainability and the Built Environment, and Advanced Graphic Communication I.
Patricia McGillicuddy, LC, IES, LEED-AP
Patricia is the Manager of Lighting Technical Standards for the Illuminating Engineering Society. Pat has more than 30 years of professional experience in lighting design. She 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 Mead, Allied Member ASID
Valerie recieved a BFA from NYSID and has 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 four 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.
BArch, The City College of The City University of New York
Margaret has been president of Mintz & Partners, Inc. from 1994 to the present. She has taught at NYSID since 2002 in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. She holds a BA, B.Ed, and MA from Canada, and has a BFA from NYSID. She worked as a research fellow in Nuclear Medicine for 10 years.
MA, Graduate Center, City University of New York
BA, University of Maryland
Seema Lisa Pandya
BA, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design
Avani Parikh, RA
Avani is a healthcare architect who works with A/E/C Teams and Allied Professionals on design and health related projects requiring specialized problem solving, multidisciplinary team building, and effective collaboration. In her long career she has worked as a project manager at HOK, LSGS, New York Presbyterian Hospital, NYU Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medical College.
MArch, University of Pennsylvania
BArch, City College of New York
Matthew A. Postal
Matthew 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). He received a MA from New York University, Institute of Fine Arts and a BA from Vassar College. matthewpostal.com
Ray Prucha P.E. LEED AP
Raymond Prucha is an Associate Principal at BR+A and brings over 30 years of experience in the electrical industry to the table. His foundations as a licensed electrical contractor show through on every project that he is involved with. He brings a very practical approach to his designs. He has led his team to help make numerous prestigious projects in healthcare, higher education, commercial, and mission critical a success. Raymond helps keep his skills sharp through teaching courses on the National Electrical Code.
Ph.D, MA, New York University
MA, The Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
BA, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China
Antonio A. Rodriguez, LEED GA
Antonio 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.
BAE, Pennsylvania State University
MA, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain
BArch, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain
Daniel J. Russell
MArch, Tulane University
BArch, Tulane University
Teresa 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; HOK 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-Paul, LEED AP
Roxanne is an architect and urban planner, an historic preservation and sustainability consultant, and a Certified Passive House Designer (CPHD), and owner and director of EcoEcoBuilding. 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. She received a MS in Urban Planning from Columbia University and a BArch from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science.
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 AIA
Chuck Siconolfi is a registered architect specializing in healthcare design, medical master planning and programming. He is a member of the AIA, an Emeritus member of the America College of Healthcare Architects, and a LEED AP BD+C. For over twenty five years, Chuck directed the global healthcare design practice at a Top 10 healthcare architecture firm. During that time he was responsible for understanding the varied needs of clients around the world, developing programmatic and design strategies to meet both those needs and the evolving science behind care and information technology, and designing solutions based on those strategies. Chuck has been responsible for the design and management of approximately 70 Academic Medical Centers, Specialty Hospitals, Community Hospitals, and other health facilities. He has also lead the development of urban planning associated with these facilities.
Mark T. Simpson
Mark 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 is a senior project manager, Interiors, Office of Facilities Development at New York Presbyterian Hospital. She received her BA and BFA from Syracuse University.
Steven G. South
BArch, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Christopher is the art director in the External Relations department at the New York School of Interior Design. He received a MFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts and a BA in Art History from Oberlin College. Christopher also maintains a career as a practicing artist.
Mark Squeo, AIA, LEED AP
Mark 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.
A German native, Stefan 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.He 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, CLD, IALD, MIES
Jean 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
BFA, University of Maryland
Richard S. Thomas
MBA, New York University; BArch, Pratt Institute
Bachelor of Professional Studies, Empire State University
MArch, University of Illinois
BArch, Arizona State University
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.
MA, BS, New York University
MA, Pratt Institute
BArch, Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey
Freya Van Saun
Freya has been teaching design history at NYSID since 2007. She teaches Historical Styles I and II and Design Theory, and has taught elective courses on Great Women Designers, Technology in Design, and The Habsburg Empire. Van Saun received a BA in Restoration and Connoisseurship of the Decorative Arts from the Fashion Institute of Technology and an MA from Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts.
Thomas is a physical geography instructor with 30+ years teaching environmental science, meteorology, climatology, remote sensing and GIS.
PhD, BA, BS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Barbara 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.
BFA, New York School of Interior Design
BA, Oberlin College
Christopher has been on the faculty since 1990 and served as director of academic affairs from 1991 to 1994. Courses he has taught include Perspective Drawing and Construction Detailing. Welsh received his BArch from Pratt Institute in 1979 and worked at William Breger & Associates and Breger Terjesen Associates.
Stefanie 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 seven years.
BS, Cornell University
MFA, Brooklyn College
BFA, State University of New York College at Buffalo
MFA, New York University
BA, University of Pittsburgh
Jennifer Robson Worth
Jennifer teaches English Composition I/ESL, English Composition II, and Intensive Italian at NYSID. She holds a BA in Art History and Italian, an MA in Art History, and an MA in TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language). Jennifer has many years experience teaching Italian and English as a Second Language both in the US and in Italy to professionals and 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 Wright, AIA
Mark 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
Edwin is a founding partner of In Situ Design, a New York-based firm that designs a range of projects from homes to hotels, restaurants to offices. He teaches Design Studio II and Thesis Prep at NYSID. He received a BA from Harvard University and a March from Yale University.
MBA, New York University
BA, Tufts University
Christopher J. Desler
BS, BA, University of Massachusetts
BS, State University of New York, Empire State College
AAS, Fashion Institute of Technology
College of Aeronautics
Mary Paul Yates
AAS, Fashion Institute of Technology
BFA, Syracuse University