School of Architecture & Design News
Apr 15 2013
NYIT Professor Elected as First Architect President of MacDowell Colony Jason Van Nest

Congratulations to Jason Van Nest, assistant professor of architecture, who was elected on April 11 as president of the MacDowell Colony's Fellows Executive Committee. The MacDowell Colony is the leading artist colony in the United States. He is the first licensed architect to serve in this position.

Van Nest's connection to the MacDowell Colony began in fall 2008, when he was awarded an architectural research fellowship to write software for architects to use in parametric design. Since then, he's made significant presentations to the MacDowell board of directors and has served as committee secretary. He says his new position will help him to "make even more positive contributions to the fellowships afforded to architects and the larger community of creative artists."

Mar 29 2013
Visit the NYIT Interior Design Exhibition interior design

View outstanding work by NYIT interior design students on display through the spring 2013 semester at the Old Westbury campus. Details follow:

Hours: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday to Friday
Location: Education Hall, rooms 102 and 103
Contact: Stop by Education Hall, room 123, call 516.686.7659, or email to view the exhibition during operating hours.

If you're a member of the NYIT community interested in visiting the exhibition outside of viewing hours, call 516.686.7786 or email

PHOTOS: Preview the exhibition.
Mar 15 2013
NYIT Students Plan Design Competition to Help Coastal Communities - Update 3C Design Competition

Update 3/15/13: The handle, @NYITORLI, for Operation Resilient Long Island has been named a "One to Watch on Twitter" by Newsday.

Old Westbury, N.Y. (March 6, 2013) - NYIT students have announced the launch of a global design competition to help communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. The initiative, 3C: Comprehensive Coastal Communities, is part of Operation Resilient Long Island (ORLI), a grassroots committee led by architecture, interior design, and construction management students at NYIT. Their goal is to explore and develop long-term building and design solutions to aid communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Registration for the competition opens on March 25 and is free and open to the public. Professionals and students from around the world are invited to participate. Read more.

Mar 14 2013
Hospitality Industry Network to Honor NYIT Student at Awards Ceremony

Congratulations to Ashley Sarazen, an NYIT interior design student who will be honored by the Hospitality Industry Network (NEWH) at its upcoming ICON of Industry scholarship breakfast/power players awards ceremony in recognition of women's leadership. She was the recipient of a 2012 NEWH ICON Honorable Mention scholarship for her achievements in hospitality design. Read more.

Feb 22 2013
NYIT Architect Wins DesigNYC Competition for Healthy Communities Farzana Gandhi

Congrats to Farzana Gandhi, assistant professor of architecture, who is the winner of a 2013 "healthy communities" competition by desigNYC, an organization that pairs architects with nonprofits for pro-bono design services. She will serve as the architect for a project in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, N.Y., for El Puente, a nonprofit that promotes the arts, education, and wellness for the Latino community.

Gandhi's project was selected for one of desigNYC's three "built environment" categories (of a total of eight categories) in the competition. Her project will entail designing a "Botanica cart" with mobile capabilities for residents to provide services and gather information about alternative medicinal practices.

Read more about the desigNYC competition.

Feb 13 2013
Architect Judith DiMaio Elevated to AIA's College of Fellows Judith DiMaio

Congrats to Judith DiMaio, dean of the NYIT School of Architecture and Design, who was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), in the educator category. She was selected due to her notable contributions to the advancement of the profession of architecture.

Read an NYIT press release.

Feb 11 2013
NYIT Architect's Firm Is Finalist in Valentine Competition Valentine's Day Heart Design HOLLER architecture, a firm run by Tobias Holler, assistant professor of architecture at NYIT, was chosen as one of eight finalists for the 2013 Times Square Valentine Competition by the Times Square Alliance and Design Trust for Public Space. Pictured is a night rendering of his proposed 10-foot-tall lighting sculpture "Heart Warming." Read more.

Feb 08 2013
The Friends of NYIT School of Architecture and Design's 2013-14 Graduating Scholarship school of architecture

The Friends of NYIT School of Architecture and Design's 2013-14 Graduating Scholarship is now posted. Awards will be granted based on merit and will recognize well-rounded, hardworking students who perform well in their area of study. Students must be in good academic standing with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and receive a positive endorsement from their advisor and/or another faculty member.

This award is available to Bachelor of Architecture students entering their 5th year, Interior Design, Construction Administration, and Achitecture students entering their 4th year.

To qualify, applicants must be full-time students, submit a brief essay, and complete an application form.

For questions, please email

Feb 04 2013
NYIT Professor Contributes to Book on Urban Design Ecologies Urban Design Ecologies

A new book published by Wiley, Urban Design Ecologies, features work by Giovanni Santamaria, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of architecture. His translation from Italian of a selection of Vittorio Gregotti's 1968 tome, The Territory of Architecture, is among the essays in a section on "Megalopolis: The Nature of Sprawl," and was also part of his doctoral dissertation.

"This is an interesting chapter which, in an absolutely advanced way for its time, investigates the rule of urban design beyond the perimeter of the dense city, involving as urban matter and most of all as material for architecture, scale and specificity of landscape and geography, infrastructures and communication," Santamaria says. "Time and dimension of territory are intended as important references for understanding and designing the city in a new coherent way, considering it as complex and integrated overall system."

The book is edited by Brian McGrath and delineates a new way to look at urban structures and phenomena related to their landscapes and complex ecological values. Read more.

Feb 04 2013
Network with Industry Pros at Architecture and Design Event

A panel of professionals, including NYIT alumni from the fields of architecture, interior design and construction management, will discuss internship and career opportunities for students on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 6-8 p.m. in Education Hall, cafeteria, Old Westbury campus. Food will be served. Read more.

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Student Profiles
Asjad Mamoon Dongula
Asjad Mamoon Dongula Campus: Abu Dhabi
Major: Interior Design
Class Of: 2015
Arifa Uddin
Arifa Uddin Campus: Manhattan
Major: Interior Design, B.F.A.
Class Of: 2015