Friends of NYIT School of Architecture and Design Reimagined


FRIENDS Reimagined Virtual Event

December 3, 2020
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Join our dean, faculty, students, and prominent alumni, who engage in meaningful discussions about how the current environment and new challenges have provided them with opportunities to be innovative, adaptive leaders and what our new normal means for the future. Learn how New York Institute of Technology is guiding the next generation of leaders—the doers, makers, and innovators who will reinvent a more sustainable future.

Sponsorship dollars will support the FRIENDS mission of promoting a working relationship between the architecture, construction, and interior design professions and NYIT School of Architecture & Design through the funding of student scholarships and academic support.

If you are interested in sponsoring this year’s event and providing your support to current and future New York Tech students or if you have any questions, please contact Carmen Marmo-Savinetti at 516.805.5074 or

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Maria R. Perbellini

Maria R. Perbellini

Dean, School of Architecture and Design

Maria R. Perbellini earned her Master of Architecture degree from the Pratt Institute. She also holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia in Italy.

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Prior to joining New York Institute of Technology, she served as associate dean for graduate programs in the College of Architecture at Texas Tech University (TTU), where she developed a Master of Architecture curriculum with four graduate certificates as well as a post-professional Master of Science in Architecture program with specializations in digital design and fabrication, urban and community design, and design and health. She also coordinated the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Land-Use Planning, Management, and Design.

Perbellini has taught multiple levels of architectural design studios and graduate advanced technology courses. At TTU, she co-founded the graduate digital design and fabrication program. For several summers, she directed the study abroad program in Verona, Italy. She also implemented an undergraduate digital media sequence and graduate digital workshops to support and supplement design studios and construction courses; the initiative significantly impacted the College of Architecture’s pedagogical direction. Previously, Perbellini taught at the University of Texas in Austin and at Yeungjin Jr. College in Taegu, South Korea.

Domenick Chieco

Domenick Chieco (B.S.A.T. ’89)

Chief Executive Officer, Milrose Consultants

As CEO, Domenick is responsible for providing the vision and leadership needed to continue Milrose Consultants’ exponential growth and entry into new markets. He is the chairman of the New York Coalition of Code Consultants (NYCCC). He holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology from New York Institute of Technology.

Spotlight on Alumni

Roger P. Smith

Roger P. Smith (B.Arch ’78)

BBS Architects, Landscape Architects & Engineers

The formation of the FRIENDS Group over a decade ago was the brainchild of a few truly thoughtful and dedicated New York Tech alumni of the Architectural Department.

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We formed this group, first as a representation that our opportunities to be successful were jettisoned by our experiences at New York Tech and that we had an opportunity now to share that success and broaden the lives of the students in the Architectural and Interior Design Departments. We wanted to be a force in the development of the departments and in the future careers of those who would join us in our profession. To do so, we had to forge our own path and then find the venues that would allow this momentum to be inserted. Giving life and subsistence to lectures, scholarships, capital improvements, and department improvements became the cornerstone of the FRIENDS gifts. Our continued support of student activities and educational trips has further enhanced the New York Tech experience.

I am grateful to be a part of such a wonderful and caring group that continues to see the future of NYIT Architectural and Interior Design students' success as our goal to further enhance our chosen professions as we all mold the face of the earth with our efforts together!

Thank you to the FRIENDS Group!

Previous Spotlight on Alumni
  • 2019 – Denise M. Berger (B.Arch. ’86)
  • 2019 – Joseph A. Chiarelli (B.S. ’92)
  • 2018 – Deborah Verderame, AIA, ASID, LEED (B.S.A.T. '83)
  • 2018 – Thomas Scerbo, AIA (B.Arch. '98)
  • 2017 – Philip M. Bottega, AIA (B.S.A.T. '84)
  • 2017 – Peter Ruggerio, AIA (B.Arch. '82)
  • 2016 – Ark Latt, (B.Arch. '89)
  • 2016 – Diana Allegretti, RA, LEED AP (B. Arch. '87)
  • 2015 – John Gering, FAIA (B.Arch. '83)
  • 2014 – Al Ronci, RA (B.S.A.T. "83)
  • 2013 – George Kaufmann, RA (B.Arch. '77)
  • 2012 – Vincent Melito, (B.S.A.T. '91)
  • 2011 – Aret Lerian, (B.Arch. '99)

2020 Sponsors:


BBS Architects, Landscape Architects, Engineers
Site Safety: Plan Today, Safe Tomorrow
Architectural Window
Roger (BArch '78) and Connie (BS '78) Smith

Legacy Sponsor

Milrose Consultants
AECOM. Imagine it. Delivered.
H2M architects + engineers
Ted Moudis Associates
Verderame | Cale architecture pllc

Tech Sponsor

JRS Architects
Skyline Engineering
Arrow Steel Window. Established 1967
Consigli Construction. Est, 1905
Renu Contracting and Restoration
J.P. Morgan
Nicholson & Galloway
Smiros and Smiros Architects
Alan Margolin & Associates

Initiatives Sponsor

Nicholas and Lence Communications
SL Green Realty Corp.
PEC: Park East Construction Corp
Enviroscience Consultants Inc.

Learn More about FRIENDS

View our 2019 Alumni & FRIENDS Reception