Success By Design

Ted Moudis (B.S. ’80) has designed several corporate offices, including the four-level, 150,000-square-foot headquarters for Knight Capital Group (top), a financial services firm in Jersey City, N.J., and the Park Avenue offices of Coty (bottom), the New York City-based beauty products manufacturer.

Ted Moudis (B.S. ’80) has much to celebrate as founder and senior principal of Ted Moudis Associates (TMA). For two decades, the NYIT graduate has watched his firm grow from a 20-person group to an 100-employee firm with offices in three cities. TMA is ranked as one of the top design firms in New York and a top 50 Design Giant by Interior Design magazine.

Moudis oversees the day-to-day operations of his company, designing spaces for multinational companies such as Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, Tiffany & Co., Rolex, Coty, Newsweek, the NFL and MLB, and Société Genéralé.

Born and raised in Queens, N.Y., Moudis got his first taste of architecture in a high school mechanical drawing class. When it came time to choose a college, NYIT’s architecture program appealed to him because of its emphasis on professional training. 

“Even though the classwork was grueling, the instructors were professionals, and what they taught us was related to real-life examples on the job,” he says. “The practicum was more facts than theory.”

Today, the facts are that Moudis has seen his firm grow steadily over the past two decades. Nine years ago, he opened a Chicago office to cover the firm’s projects on both coasts, and in 2009, Moudis Associates partnered with MCM Architecture, a London-based firm, to handle additional projects in Europe.

And when he’s not designing, Moudis remains actively involved with his alma mater. Over the years, he has hired several NYIT alumni, sits on the university’s architecture advisory board, and holds annual seminars for students at his office, where he shares career advice and other professional experiences.

One of the first lessons Moudis teaches them is patience. “For someone to become successful, you need to climb the ladder one rung at a time,” he says. And he stresses how important it is for graduates to enjoy what they do for a living.

For Moudis, it’s a lesson he puts into practice each day. “Every morning, I can’t wait to come to work and see what new challenges and opportunities lie ahead.”

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