Faculty

Jane Smith<br/>FAIA, IIDA, ASID<br/>(Chair) Jane Smith
FAIA, IIDA, ASID
(Chair)
Susan Aronoff Susan Aronoff Benjamin Bobkoff Benjamin Bobkoff Darrick Borowski Darrick Borowski Alice Chai Alice Chai Annie Coggan Annie Coggan Maureen Crilly Maureen Crilly Rik Ekstrom Rik Ekstrom Pawel Gurdak Pawel Gurdak Anthony Lee Anthony Lee Rocco Leonardis Rocco Leonardis Neville Lewis <br/>(Prof. Emeritus) Neville Lewis
(Prof. Emeritus)
Sean MacNintch Sean MacNintch Stuart Mager Stuart Mager Elisabeth Martin</br>FAIA Elisabeth Martin
FAIA
Gita Nandan Gita Nandan John Newman John Newman Anne Randazzo Anne Randazzo Richard Spokowski Richard Spokowski Jack Travis</br>FAIA, NOMAC Jack Travis
FAIA, NOMAC
Florencia Vetcher Florencia Vetcher Michael Zuckerman</br>RA, LEED AP BD&C Michael Zuckerman
RA, LEED AP BD&C
Jane Smith
FAIA, IIDA, ASID
(Chair)
Clients

Chair, BFA Interior Design Department, School of Visual Arts; Founding Principal, Spacesmith LLP, Architecture, Interior Design, Planning

  • BBDO
  • Brooklyn Navy Yard
  • Cartier
  • DKNY
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Liz Claiborne
  • Lowe & Partners
  • MTV Networks
  • Hermes
  • New York University
  • Polo Ralph Lauren
  • St. John's University
  • Wilkinson O'Grady
  • Nokia
  • United Nations Office of Project Services
  • Dualstar Entertainment
  • David Meister
Education
  • B. Arch, Cum Laude, Arizona State University
  • MBA, New York University
Publications
  • Architect's Newspaper
  • Contract
  • Development New York
  • Forbes
  • Gotham
  • Interior Design
  • Mann Report
  • Metropolitan Magazine
  • New York Post
  • Oculus
  • Real Estate Journal
  • Real Estate New York
  • Real Estate Weekly
  • Success Magazine
  • The New York Times
Susan Aronoff
Clients

Illustrator, Corporate Trainer

  • The New Yorker
  • Design Five Creative
  • Susan Miller Represents
  • Synthetic Imaging, Inc.
  • Morgan, Graff & Gold
Education
  • BFA, School of Visual Arts
  • MFA, School of Visual Arts
Publications
  • Confetti
  • Computer Graphics II
Benjamin Bobkoff
Clients

Designer

  • Brownstone Studio
  • Citibank
  • David Sirieix Advertising
  • KPMG Peat Marwick
  • Ernst & Young
  • Andersen Consulting
Education
  • BFA, Cornell University
  • MPS, School of Visual Arts
Darrick Borowski
Clients

Founder, Partner, Researcher, Edible Infrastructures;

Principal, designhurts

  • American Apparel
  • Harley-Davidson
  • Apple
  • Brooklyn Museum of Science and Art
  • The O2
Education
  • M. Arch, with honors, Architectural Association School of Architecture
  • BS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Publications
  • Dwell
  • Architectural Record
  • Paper
  • The New York Times
  • Village Voice
  • Apartment Therapy
  • Wallpaper
  • Financial Times
  • Architectural Digest
  • Core77
  • Inside
  • Interior Design
Awards
  • Fixture of the Year, Association for Retail Environments
  • AIA Small Projects Award

Professional Experience Includes:

  • Creative Director, Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture;
  • Senior Designer, Smash Design
Alice Chai
Clients

Architectural Designer, ArandaLasch

Education
  • M. Arch II, Harvard Graduate School of Design
  • B. Arch, Rice University
Awards
  • Alpha Ro Chi Award, Rice University
  • Mary Lovett Hale Travelling Fellowship, Rice University
Annie Coggan
Clients

Artist/Designer; Principal, Coggan + Crawford Architecture

Education
  • BA, Bennington College
  • M. Arch, Southern California Institute of Architecture
Publications
  • A Public Space
  • The Biography of Furniture
  • SAE 2009
  • A Paris Review
  • Interior Design Magazine
  • Residential Architect
Awards
  • IDEC Creative Scholarship Award
  • AIA Brooklyn Award of Merit
  • Brooklyn Building Award
Maureen Crilly
Clients

Interior Designer; Owner, CRILLY COMPANIES

  • April Asset Holdings Town House
  • Koch Estate
  • Nassimi Residence
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Citibank
Education
  • BS, Education, University of Kansas
  • BFA, California College of Art
  • CORO Leadership Fellowship
  • Victorian Society in America Summer Study Program-Newport
Publications
  • Architectural Digest
  • New York Times Magazine
  • Interior Design Magazine
  • Italian Vogue
  • New York Times
Awards
  • Lecturer, D & D Building Lecture Series
Rik Ekstrom
Clients

Architect, Consultant; Formerly Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP; Oculus Group, Ltd.

Education
  • B. Arch, University of Virginia
Publications
  • Who's Who Among American Builders and Designers
  • Elle Decor
  • Photo District News
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Wallpaper
  • The New York Times
Pawel Gurdak
Clients

Project Architect, Gensler

  • Boston Properties
  • Fore Research
  • Citic
  • Akerman
  • Creative Artistry Agency (CAA)
Education
  • M. Arch, Pratt Institute
  • B. Arch Technology, New York City College of Technology (CUNY)
Publications
  • Nowy Dziennik & Polska Gazeta, "Building Alike Humans" - June 2005
  • AIA (NY) - Ace Team 21 - MAY 2010
Awards
  • LEED AP BD+C Accredited
  • Baccalaureate Honor - Magna Cum Laude, New York City College of Technology (CUNY)
  • Tau Phi Sigma, New York City College of Technology (CUNY)
Anthony Lee
Clients

Project Designer, Gensler

  • Cowen and Company
  • Audemars Piguet
  • Breakaway Solutions
Education
  • BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Rocco Leonardis
Clients

Architect, Historian

Education
  • MFA, New York Academy of Art
  • BA, Pratt Institute
Publications
  • Arcitectura
  • Mid-Continent Railway Gazette
  • Systematic Perspective: A Handbook for the Classroom and the Professional
Awards
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
Neville Lewis
(Prof. Emeritus)
Clients

Planning and Design Consultant

  • IBM
  • Smith Barney
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Citicorp
  • Price Waterhouse
  • Citicorp
  • Chase
  • Burlington Northern Railroad
Education
  • BFA, Syracuse University
  • Certificate, Pratt Institute
Publications
  • Interior Design
  • Contract
  • Facilities Design
  • Interiors
Awards
  • Hall of Fame, Interior Design
  • Designer of the Year, Interiors
  • Gold Medal, National Arts Club
Sean MacNintch
Clients

Digital Artist; President, Pixel Plume LLC

  • Skidmore
  • Owings & Merrill LLP
  • Gensler
  • Hillier Architecture
  • Francois de Menil, Architect
  • Butler Rogers Baskett Architects
  • Atmosphere Pictures
Education
  • BLA, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Stuart Mager
Clients

President, Stuart Mager Incorporated Interior Designers

Education

BFA, Pratt Institute

Publications
  • House & Garden
  • House Beautiful
  • New York Magazine
  • New York Times
  • Modern Living (Japan)
Awards
  • Silver Medal, National Association of Home Builders
Elisabeth Martin
FAIA
Clients

Principal, MDA designgroup international

  • Court Square Branch Library
  • Goddard Riverside Community Center
  • Harlem Park Development
  • New Canaan Library, CT
  • Westport Public Library, CT
  • Darien Library, CT
  • John Jermain Memorial Library Planning Study, Sag Harbor
Education
  • BA, University of Pennsylvania
  • M. Arch, Yale University
Publications
  • Metropolitan Home
  • Planning the Modern Public Library Building
  • Library Journal
  • New Library World
  • The Brooklyn Public Library Design Guidelines (Editor)
Awards
  • Public Architect Award, American Institute of Architects, New York
Gita Nandan
Clients

Founding Partner, thread collective LLC

  • Manufacture NY
  • Added Value
  • Franny’s Restaurant
  • Bard Early College High School
  • Taschen
  • The New Republic
Education
  • M. Arch, University of California, Berkeley
  • BA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Publications
  • The Building Resiliency Task Force Report
  • Five Borough Farm
  • Design Bureau
  • I.D.
  • New York magazine
  • Wired
  • The Architect’s Newspaper
Awards
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Terraform One Prize
  • Building Brooklyn Award, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
John Newman
Clients

Founding Partner LOOP Lighting, Architectural Lighting, Lighting Technology Integration and Product Development

  • Harley Davidson Museum
  • New York University
  • Museum of the City of New York
  • Bloomberg LLP
  • Esquire Magazine
  • BASF
  • Ford Foundation
  • Gagosian Galleries
  • City of Miami
  • Infinity USA
  • MGM Design Group
  • USAA Insurance
  • Showtime Networks, Inc.
  • Fordham University
  • Hard Rock Hotels

 

Education
  • MA, Architectural Lighting Design, Parsons School of Design
  • BA, International Business University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Publications
  • Metropolis Magazine
  • Architectural Lighting and Design
  • New York Times
  • Esquire Magazine
  • Metropolitan Home.
Awards

Professional Experience includes:

  • Studio Newman, LLC
  • Kugler Ning Lighting Design
  • Brandston Partnership inc.
Anne Randazzo
Clients

Associate Interior Designer, Gensler

  • UBS
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, + Garrison LLP
  • Onex
  • Bank of New York Mellon
  • McGraw Hill
  • Nordea
  • Legg Mason
  • Cerberus Capital Management
  • WPP Group
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Omnicon
  • MetLife
Education
  • B.S. Interior Design, Virigina Polytechnic Institute and State University, College of Architecture
  • Minor, Art History, Virigina Polytechnic Institute and State University
Publications
  • Architectural Record
  • Interior Design Magazine
  • Office Insight
Awards
  • Co-Vice President, Professional Development, IIDA (NY)
Richard Spokowski
Clients

Architectural Illustrator

  • GGMC
  • Newmark
  • Posner Mitchell
  • Calvin Klein
  • Open Works, Inc.
Education
  • BFA, Concordia College
  • MFA, Pratt Institute
Publications
  • How to Create Your Own Painted Lady
Jack Travis
FAIA, NOMAC
Clients

Architect, interior designer, cultural design consultant

Education
  • M.Arch., University of Illinois
  • B.Arch., Arizona State University
Publications
  • The New York Times
  • Newsday
  • Architectural Record
  • Oculus
  • New York Daily News
  • Interior Design
  • InStyle
  • Ebony
  • Jet
  • Black Enterprise
  • House Beautiful
  • The Architect’s Newspaper
  • Connoisseur
  • Editor: African American Architects: In Current Practice

Awards
  • Passive Solar Society Residential Design Award
  • American Institute of Architects Fellowship
  • National Organization of Minority Architects
  • “40 Under 40,” Crain’s
  • “The City’s 100 Best Architects and Designers,” New York magazine

Professional Experience Includes:

  • HOK Architects
  • Frederick Schwartz, Architect
  • Eric Daniels, Architect
  • Skidmore Owings & Merrill
  • SGi Interior Design
  • Sydney Philip Gilbert Architects + Interiors
Florencia Vetcher
Education
  • M.Arch., Princeton University
  • B.Arch., University of Belgrano
Publications
  • Lincoln Center Inside Out: An Architectural Account
  • Building Futures: ReEnvisioning The Hyde At Rensselaer
  • Material Manifestations, Cultural and Material Affects of Shaker Artifacts
  • The SANAA Studios 2006-2008: Learning from Japan: Single Story Urbanism
  • Pidgin
  • The Good Life: New Public Spaces for Recreation
Awards

Exhibitions include:

  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver
  • Museum of Architecture and Design, Buenos Aires
  • The Hyde Collection, Glenn Falls, NY
  • St. Ann’s Warehouse
  • Reykjavik Art Museum
  • Venice Biennale

Professional Experience includes:

  • Project architect, Anik Pearson Architect
  • Junior architect, Diller Scofido+Renfro
  • Junior architect, Eisenman Architects
Michael Zuckerman
RA, LEED AP BD&C
Clients

Principal, G.V.Z. Architects

Education
  • B. Arch, CCNY
Publications
  • Interiors
  • Contract Design

Staff

Jane Smith Jane Smith Lucas Thorpe Lucas Thorpe Eduardo Lytton Eduardo Lytton Kathleen Hayes Kathleen Hayes
Jane Smith
Chair

Jane Smith, FAIA, IIDA, has chaired SVAID since 2006. She is the founding partner of Spacesmith LLP, an architecture, interior design, and planning firm. Jane has helped change the profession, especially for women, through her work at Spacesmith and SVA and with many professional groups from IIDA, Women Executives in Real Estate (WX), and the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation to the AIANY Chapter where she has served on the Board Executive Committee since 2013 and is currently the VP of Professional Development. Spacesmith's wide range of acclaimed building and interiors projects include the Brooklyn Tow Pound, the Brooklyn Bridge Park pop-up pool, the Staten Island Family Justice Center, the U.S. Mexico City Embassy, Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan headquarters. Jane is a frequent participant on professional panels and juries for the AIA and other industry related organizations. Jane received a Bachelors of Architecture, cum laude from Arizona State University, and a Masters of Business in Finance from New York University.
Lucas Thorpe
Director of Operations

Lucas received an MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts and a BFA in Studio Art from the University of New Mexico. He recently completed an MS in Nonprofit Leadership from Fordham University. A native of New York City, Lucas has shown his photographs in national and international exhibitions and in both print and online media.
Eduardo Lytton
Sr. Technical Manager

Eduardo received an MPS from ITP, an interactive art and technology program part of NYU. Eduardo received a Bachelor in Science in Communications from the University of Miami with a double major in Film and Creative Writing, and a minor in Photography. Before moving to New York more than 10 years ago, Eduardo lived in Miami and worked as a freelance professional in TV and film production. 
Kathleen Hayes
Academic Advisor

Kathleen received a MPS in Digital Photography and a BFA from the School of Visual Arts. An avid surfer and skateboarder, Kathleen documents those singular American subcultures in her photography. Her work has been exhibited in many galleries throughout the U.S. and Australia.