Faculty

Dr. Carol Bentel<br/><br/>(Chair) Dr. Carol Bentel

(Chair)
Susan Aronoff Susan Aronoff Benjamin Bobkoff Benjamin Bobkoff Darrick Borowski Darrick Borowski Alice Chai Alice Chai Der Sean Chou Der Sean Chou Andy Christoforou Andy Christoforou Jimmy Counts Jimmy Counts Maureen Crilly Maureen Crilly Rik Ekstrom Rik Ekstrom Rajiv Fernandez Rajiv Fernandez Pawel Gurdak Pawel Gurdak Annie Lee Annie Lee Anthony Lee Anthony Lee Neville Lewis <br/>(Prof. Emeritus) Neville Lewis
(Prof. Emeritus)
Stuart Mager Stuart Mager Elisabeth Martin</br>FAIA Elisabeth Martin
FAIA
Frank Mruk Frank Mruk Gita Nandan Gita Nandan John Newman John Newman Jane Smith, FAIA, IIDA (Chair Emeritus) Jane Smith, FAIA, IIDA (Chair Emeritus) Richard Spokowski Richard Spokowski Jack Travis</br>FAIA, NOMAC Jack Travis
FAIA, NOMAC
Michael Zuckerman</br>RA, LEED AP BD&C Michael Zuckerman
RA, LEED AP BD&C
Dr. Carol Bentel

(Chair)
Clients

Hyatt
Starwood
MoMA
The Whitney Museum of American Art
Le Bernadin
Gordon Ramsay
New York Botanical Gardens
Union Square Hospitality Group 
Blackstone
Houston's Restaraunt
Yale University

 

Education
PhD, History, Theory, and Criticism
Department of Architecture
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

M. Arch, North Carolina State 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
Awards
Fellow, American Academy in Rome
Fulbright Scholar
AIA Fellow
James Beard Design Awards
AIA & SARA National Design Awards
HD Platinum Circle
Wash U. Distinguished Alumna
 
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
Der Sean Chou
Clients
AB Stable
Former clients include:
Marriott Hotels & Resorts
Hilton Hotels & Resorts
Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises
Extell
Silverstein Properties
Club Quarters Hotels
WeWork
Education
B.B.A. Information Management, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan<br>
M.S. Information Systems, New York University
M.S. Interior Design, Pratt Institute
Andy Christoforou
Clients
Northwell Health
Pepsi
Gensler
 Nest Seekers International
 Urban ViewDevelopment Group
 MNS
The Design High
RTSPC Pinnacle

Former clients include:
Unilever
HOK
Empire Office
Keller Williams
West Elm
Hersheypark
Education
B.Arch.: New York Institute of Technology
Jimmy Counts
Clients
Staten Island Museum
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Local 580 Ornamental Ironworkers Union
Education
M.S., Columbia University
B. Arch, Kansas State University
Awards
Honor Award, AIA New York
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
Rajiv Fernandez
Clients
Princeton Architectural Press
powerHouse Books
Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
The Little Homie
Future Coalition

Former clients include: 
Forest City
Highline Development Group
Madison Equities
Property Markets Group
Brooklyn Nets
Education
B.S.: Iowa State University
M.Arch.: Columbia University
Awards
Le Cor(nudie)r Competition
Reality Cues
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)
Annie Lee
Clients

Van Heusen
Tommy Hilfiger
Durst Organization

Former clients include:
Doctors without Borders
Year Up
Corcoran Group

Education
MFA: The New School
Awards
Leadership Award Honoree: International Interior Design Association
Gold Award, Best of NeoCon, Contact magazine
Best of Year Award, Interior Design magazine
Anthony Lee
Clients

Project Designer, Gensler

  • Cowen and Company
  • Audemars Piguet
  • Breakaway Solutions
Education
  • BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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
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
Frank Mruk
Clients
Savoy-Arlington Hotels
NYC Developers
Munya Café & Restaurant

Former clients include:
St. Regis Hotels
Royalton Hotels
American International Group
United Guarantee
AFL-CIO Headquarters
Education
B.Arch.: Pratt Institute
MBA: Pace University
DipSI: University of Oxford
Awards
Fellow, American Institute of Architecture
President’s Award, New York Institute of Technology
Fellow, Strategic Planning Society
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.
Jane Smith, FAIA, IIDA (Chair Emeritus)
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
Michael Zuckerman
RA, LEED AP BD&C
Clients

Principal, G.V.Z. Architects

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

Staff

Dr. Carol Bentel Dr. Carol Bentel Erin Davis Erin Davis Kathleen Hayes Kathleen Hayes
Dr. Carol Bentel
Chair

Dr. Bentel comes to SVA at the height of a distinguished career as a partner in the nationally-renowned firm of Bentel & Bentel Architects/Planners, whose projects include nearly a half-century of award-winning designs for higher education, libraries, religious buildings, luxury hotels, and some of New York’s most heralded restaurants. Many of these projects have been interiors work.
 
Dr. Bentel is also an experienced educator, having most recently served on the faculty of New York Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture, as well as New York City College of Technology—CUNY, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Georgia Institute of Technology.  She is the author of dozens of articles and invited presentations, and a recent book.
 
Dr. Bentel received her Ph.D. in History, Theory and Criticism in the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; an M. Arch. from North Carolina State University; and an LA in Architecture from Washington University in Saint Louis.  Dr. Bentel is also a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, Samuel H. Kress Foundation Fellowship and a Fulbright Scholar. She was the chairperson of the national AIA Committee on Design.


 
Erin Davis
Technical Manager

Erin received an MFA in Photography, Video, & Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in 2016. Before moving to New York, he received a BFA in Photography and a BA in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Erin is an internationally exhibited artist, curator, and co-director of Re: Art Show, an alternative art space in Brooklyn.
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.