FRIENDS of NYIT School of Architecture and Design


14th Annual Alumni and FRIENDS Reception

October 26, 2022
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

IAC Building, 555 W. 18th St., New York, NY 10011

If you have any questions, please contact Carol Lane at or 516.686.4940.

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2022 Spotlights on Alumni

Robert A. McConnell

Distinguished Alumni Award

Robert A. McConnell, AIA (B.Arch. ’82)

President, EwingCole

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As president, Bob McConnell oversees EwingCole’s business and operational activities while developing its next generation of leaders. He establishes and implements national growth, culture, and innovation strategies that have transformed EwingCole into a leading national architecture, engineering, and interior design firm with nine offices and 450 employees. In the first six years of McConnell’s tenure as president, EwingCole has nearly doubled its revenue.

Before being elected president, McConnell was EwingCole’s director of architecture, focusing on project quality, design excellence, and staff development. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, he continues to work on many of the firm’s large-scale projects. McConnell directs early phases of design work, shaping and guiding projects through critical design decisions  based on program, site and owner input. He also enjoys collaborating with clients and other design professionals to find inventive solutions that address the complex needs of a project.

In his 31 years at EwingCole, McConnell has worked in all of EwingCole’s practices, but has an extensive portfolio within the sports market, for both professional and collegiate clients. His most notable projects include The Singapore Racetrack, Citizens Bank Park for the Philadelphia Phillies, The Quest Diagnostics Training Facility for the New York Giants, PNC Field for the AAA affiliate of the New York Yankees, the expansion at Clover Park in Port St Lucie for the New York Mets, and the Finneran Pavilion for Villanova University, among many others.  His most recent non- sports project is a new 1 million-square-foot hospital for Essentia Health in Duluth, Minn.  For project work, McConnell is primarily a designer and planner and also project manager and principal lead.

In addition to his B.Arch. from New York Institute of Technology, McConnell earned a Master of Architecture and a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. He has been married to Charlotte Thomas for 35 years, and together they have three adult children and one granddaughter.

Emerging Alumni Awards

Ariana Armelli

Arianna Armelli (B.Arch. ’12)

Founder and CEO, Dorothy

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Arianna Armelli is the founder and CEO of Dorothy, a data-driven tech company providing a simpler way for home and small business owners to prepare and recover from natural disasters and severe weather events.

Arianna started her architecture career after graduating from New York Tech in 2012, working on urban development projects around New York City. Arianna became interested in disaster planning and recovery after Hurricane Sandy devastated New York and New Jersey, where she learned of the growing problem of disaster response, insurance coverage gaps and the subsequent financial strain affecting homeowners first hand from the families she volunteered with.

In 2018, Arianna received her graduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she focused on building disaster risk prediction models using alternative data sets as a comparison to FEMA. Arianna founded Dorothy soon after. Dorothy is now venture backed, having raised more than $2 million from investment funds in the climate, real estate, and sustainable financial services industries. Arianna ’s personal work, as well as her work with Dorothy, has been published in several magazines, including TechCrunch, eVolo, New York Magazine, and Archdaily.

Daniel Horn

Daniel Horn, AIA, LEED GA (B.Arch. ’13)

Architect/Designer, ESKW/Architects
Co-Founder, ORLI+ LLC

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Daniel Horn, AIA, is a Queens, N.Y.-based architect and designer at ESKW/Architects who focuses on sustainability and long-term community resilience. Having lived through Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Horn confronts his work from a scientific and psychosocial perspective, committing himself to building resilience in communities most at-risk from natural hazards caused by climate change. He currently serves on the board of AIA Queens as a director. He is also a co-founder or ORLI+ LLC, a collective of design professionals focusing on community engagement and resilience.

Fred and Maria Bentel

Legacy Award

Bentel & Bentel Architects

honoring Fred and Maria Bentel’s family legacy

Accepting the award: Paul, Peter, and Carol Bentel.

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About Bentel & Bentel: The late Dr. Frederick R. Bentel, FAIA, and Maria A. Bentel, FAIA, were founding partners of Bentel & Bentel, Architects/Planners AIA and faculty members at New York Tech. They each left a profound impact on the School of Architecture & Design, and the professional lives of its graduates from the late 1970s to the early 2000s. Since its founding in 1957, the firm has acquired a reputation for superior contemporary design, with work that is consistently bold, modern, creative, and beautifully resolved. It spans a wide range of building types and scales, from urban environments to refined interiors and furnishings, and demonstrates a belief that great design manifests its virtues in both its practical and aesthetic qualities. Bentel & Bentel draws inspiration from the locale—local history, regional styles, prevailing building methods, environmental conditions, and the nearby landscape or urban context. In the end, what the firm seeks is unprecedented design that redefines rather than reproduces prevailing conventions. Its projects have garnered numerous international, national, and regional awards for design excellence. Its current three principal members are Paul Bentel, Ph.D., FAIA; Peter Bentel, AIA; and Carol Rusche Bentel, Ph.D., FAIA. The firm's studio is located in Locust Valley, N.Y., where it has practiced since its inception.

Peter, Paul, and Carol Bentel

Accepting the award (from left to right): Carol R. Bentel, Ph.D., FAIA, FIIDA, ASID, Partner; Peter Bentel, AIA, Partner; and Paul Bentel, Ph.D. FAIA, Partner

Paul Bentel, Ph.D. FAIA

Paul Bentel was born in New York City in 1957. He received his undergraduate degree in the visual arts at Harvard University. Prior to receiving his graduate degree in architecture at Harvard University, where he was co-editor of The Harvard Architecture Review IV, he was a sculptor in Pietrasanta, Italy. He received his Ph.D. in the history and theory of architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has taught at Harvard and MIT, and is a professor of Architecture and History at Columbia University. He has delivered lectures at Harvard, MIT, Yale, Rhode Island School of Design, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Federal Polytechnic University (Zurich, Switzerland). He is a partner in the studio of Bentel & Bentel, Architects/Planners AIA, and a licensed architect.

Peter Bentel, AIA

Peter Bentel was born in New York in 1960. Prior to receiving his undergraduate degree in the visual arts at Princeton University, he was a sculptor in Pietrasanta, Italy. He received his graduate degree in architecture at Harvard University, where he was co-editor of The Harvard Architecture Review VII, and his postgraduate education in the history and theory of modern architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has taught at Harvard and MIT, and has delivered lectures at the Rhode Island School of Design, National University (Mexico), Milan Polytechnic (Italy), Tokyo University (Japan), and Shanghai and Beijing Universities (China). He is a partner in the studio of Bentel & Bentel, Architects/Planners AIA, and is a licensed architect.

Carol R. Bentel, Ph.D., FAIA, FIIDA, ASID

Carol R. Bentel was born in St. Louis, Mo. She received her undergraduate degree in architecture at Washington University of St. Louis and her graduate degree in architecture at North Carolina State University. Prior to receiving her Ph.D. in the history and theory of modern architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Venice (Italy). She is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome, FAAR '94. She has taught at Harvard, MIT, Georgia Tech, and the Architectural Association in London, and is currently chair of the Interior Design Department at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Bentel has delivered lectures at Harvard, MIT, Yale, the Architectural Association in London, and the Centro Palladio in Vicenza (Italy). She has published numerous articles on Italian Modernism. She was the national chair of the AIA Committee on Design, which has more than 10,000 members. Bentel is a partner in the studio of Bentel & Bentel, Architects/Planners AIA, and is NCARB, NCIDQ and LEED AP certified.

About the Venue

The IAC HQ Building
555 W. 18th Street, New York, NY 10011
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The Frank Gehry-designed IAC Building, InterActiveCorp’s headquarters, is located at 555 W.18th Street on the northeast corner of Eleventh Avenue in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan and was completed in 2007. The building was Gehry’s first in New York and featured the world's largest high definition screen at the time in its lobby.

Gehry IAC and Nouvel 100 11th Ave

2022 sponsors

Event Host Sponsors

Milrose Consultants
Ewing Cole

Premier Sponsors

Bentel and Bentel: Architecture Planning Design.

Ambassador Sponsors

AECOM: Imagine It. Delivered.
Roger (BArch '78) and Connie (BS '78) Smith
STV 100 Years
Ted Moudis Associates
Philadelphia Phillies

Champion Sponsors

H2M: Architects + Engineers
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Willis Towers Watson
BBS: Architects, Landscape Architects, Engineers
Smiros & Smiros

Alumni & Friends Sponsors

EW Howell Consulting Group. Build Simply.
Cetra Ruddy
JRS Architect, P.C.
Gannett Fleming
Skyline Engineering
Peter Ruggiero
Margulies Hoelzli Architecture
ESKW Architects
Colliers Project Leaders
Elite Construction of NY
E&A Construction
di Domenico + Partners
Sweet Group
Special Inspection Services, a Milrose company
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