Trudy Brens is interim director for the Interior Design department and a visiting professor in the School of Architecture and Design. She has been active in the realm of higher education since 2013. Meaningful contributions to academia include playing a leading role in the Interior Design 2019 CIDA Accreditation process that secured six additional years of accreditation for the program, contributing to recruiting efforts that lead to increased enrollment for the Interior Design program, serving as curriculum coordinator for Interior Design and Architecture courses, teaching in both Architecture and Interior Design programs, serving as chair of the Adjunct Faculty Affairs committee and as Faculty Advisor for NOMAS (Student- National Organization of Minority Architects) for the School of Architecture and Design's Long Island Chapter.

Brens holds a Bachelor of Architectural Technology from New York Tech's School of Architecture and Design and a Master of Architecture from Parsons School of Design-The New School for Social Research. Her professional journey includes working for world renown architecture office of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates to fulfill significant roles on projects such as the award-winning Gannett/USA Today headquarters, 5 Times Square, and the Museum of Modern Art 2002 expansion. Project contributions covered multiple design phases, from pre-design to construction administration.

Brens is a licensed architect since 2006 and founding principal of design and research studio Brens Petruccelli Architect. She leads projects on a range of scales and typologies. The studio's mission is to create inclusive environments that elevate human experiences while integrating natural and social context as drivers for impactful solutions.

Courses Taught at New York Tech

  • AAID 101 Design Fundamentals I
  • AAID 102 Design Fundamentals II
  • AAID 140 Visualization I
  • AAID 160 Intro to History, Theory, and Criticism in Architecture
  • ARCH 201 Architectural Design I
  • ARCH 202 Architectural Design II
  • DSGN 102 Interior Environments I
  • DSGN 383 ID Marketing and Branding
  • DSGN 483 ID Business and Management

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