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, Savannah College of Art & Design
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 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.
Brian James Lee operates arx.construction, a design/contracting firm in New York City. He is also partner at the theory based design office FRYLEE. His collaborations include Eurostruct Inc., RAAD Studio, PARA-Project, SchaumShieh, and The Open Workshop, in addition to experience in the fields of art, print, and construction.
He has been invited as critic at City College in New York City and Pratt Institute, and has published projects featured in Architecture Record, Architectural Digest, TimeOut Magazine, and GQ.com, with written work in Bracket Architecture, MONU Magazine, and PLAT Journal. He was also selected as a participant for ArchiPrix Moscow 2013.
Brian earned an M. Arch from Rice University in Houston, TX, where he received the Dearden Award for Outstanding Thesis and participated in the RSAP (Rice School of Architecture Paris) Program
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.
Architectural lighting designer, Natalia Lesniak is a multidisciplinary practitioner with a background in the arts and sciences, from the Cooper Union School of Art and the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She has worked on experiments and research that focus on the impact of light on circadian rhythms, cognitive performance, and the development of research based light therapy and design strategies. As a designer, Natalia works on a range of residential, office, hospitality, retail, and other commercial projects. She advises on the application of circadian research in architectural lighting.
Director, Institute for Continuing & Professional Studies
BFA, Parsons the New School for Design
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.
Jason is the principal of Studio T+L, LLC. With over 20 years of experience as an architectural and theatrical lighting designer and theatre consultant, he has designed projects ranging from 99 seat black box theatres to 4,100 seat municipal theatres. His architectural lighting design encompasses high-end retail, university libraries, performing arts, and corporate facilities. He was awarded a 2012 Award of Merit by the IES for relighting the University Church at Fordham University and a 2003 Lumen Award by the New York Section of the IES for his work on Rewarding Lives for American Express in New York City. His work has been profiled in Lighting & Sound America, Lighting Design + Application, Design Bureau, and Architectural SSL.
MFA, Theatre Lighting Design, New York University
BFA, Theatre Arts, University of Miami
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).