15th Anniversary of the FRIENDS of NYIT School of Architecture and Design


15th Annual Alumni and FRIENDS Reception

October 25, 2023
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Thank you to all of the alumni and friends who helped make the 15th Annual Alumni and FRIENDS Reception a record-breaking success!

If you have any questions, please contact Carol Lane at clane03@nyit.edu or 516.712.4911.

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2023 Spotlights on Alumni

Distinguished Alumni Awards

Ted Moudis

Ted Moudis, AIA (B.S.A.T. ’80)

Founder and Senior Principal, Ted Moudis Associates

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Ted Moudis, AIA (B.S.A.T. ’80), has been immersed in the world of architectural interiors since his college days. In 1990, he founded Ted Moudis Associates (TMA) to provide clients with industry-leading workplace design solutions. TMA provides architectural and interior design, workplace strategy, change management, branding, and furniture coordination services, and is currently ranked 37th in Interior Design’s Top 100 Giants. Headquartered in New York City, and with an office in Chicago, TMA has a formal affiliation with the Creative Alliance Group, an association of purpose-led architects, designers, and other creative organizations and individuals across the world.

Moudis ensures that the firm always places a strong emphasis on consistently elevating performance and striving to exceed expectations while maintaining the highest standards for every client. With his hands-on approach, Ted has forged bonds with his client base that span years and even decades, as they continue to call on TMA’s services. This formula has been the bedrock in sustaining success for 40+ years, garnering the respect and admiration of his industry colleagues. Among Moudis' many noteworthy clients are JPMorgan Chase, Paramount, Blackstone, AstraZeneca, Fiserv, and Mazars.

Moudis holds architectural licensing in 30 states and maintains many professional affiliations, including the American Institute of Architects (AIA), CoreNet Global Real Estate, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, and International Facilities Managers Association. Additionally, he is involved in numerous charitable endeavors including the Ace Mentor Program of Greater New York, United Way of New York City, and the Diabetes Research Institute Board of Governors.

Moudis has remained actively involved with his alma mater and currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees.

Christopher Savoglou

Christopher Savoglou, Assoc. AIA (B.S.A.T. ’78)

Senior Principal, Ted Moudis Associates

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Christopher Savoglou (B.S.A.T. ’78) has been with TMA since its inception in 1990, drawing on his extensive experience in architecture and interior design to help guide the firm – particularly in the areas of operations and project management. Serving as the firm’s head of operations, Savoglou plays an intricate role in the day-to-day functions of the business, working closely with studio leaders as well as specialists, in an effort to efficiently allocate the firm’s resources and strategically manage the firm’s studios. He implements a hands-on approach to overseeing the execution of projects while collaborating on marketing and business development initiatives.

In addition, Savoglou spearheads the firm’s recruitment and hiring process. He also manages the process of hiring and monitoring outside consultants and teaming partners. Through his industry knowledge and interpersonal approach, Savoglou cultivates client relationships, from the inception of a project through move-in day, as well as maintaining those relationships once the client has occupied their newly finished space, helping to forge enduring partnerships. Among these are clients such as the National Football League, Foot Locker, Fiserv, AIG, Vornado, Paramount, Rolex, Blackstone, AstraZeneca, and MetLife.

Savoglou's professional affiliations include the American Institute of Architects, CoreNet Global New York, and the International Facility Management Association. He is also involved with several charitable organizations, including James Lenox, Special Olympics, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Diabetes Research Institute, and Friends of St. Dominic's.

Emerging Alumni Award

Adele Rakower

Adele Rakower (B.Arch. ’11)

Principal, Adele Rakower Interiors

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Adele Rakower Interiors is a boutique design firm led by Adele Rakower (B.Arch. ’11), principal architect, and is based in Brooklyn, N.Y. After graduating with honors from New York Institute of Technology in New York City, and recognized for her astounding talent and vision, Rakower began her career working in the Brooklyn high-end residential market, and commercial school buildings and structures. Since starting her own firm, she has transformed a Times Square hotel in New York City, re-envisioned multiple commercial buildings/properties in Newark, N.J., and continues to create groundbreaking designs that are recognized by their innovation and daring yet functional aesthetic. She is widely recognized for her work in Newark, N.J., and downtown Brooklyn, but has also been commissioned to work on select high-end residences in Pomona, N.Y. and Nyack, N.Y.

The Adele Rakower brand is defined by operational expertise and the unique experience the firm creates. Combining personal, individualized, and unique spaces based on modern trends, and city-specific influences, her designs incorporate innovation and vision with practical application. Her groundbreaking concepts and detailed applications have made Adele Rakower Interiors a well-known, leading interior design firm in the N.Y. metro area.

Legacy Alumni Award

Peter Romano

Peter J. Romano (B.Arch. ’76)

President, Peter J. Romano & Company

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Graduating with the first class of students to receive the Bachelor of Architecture degree from New York Institute of Technology in 1976, Peter J. Romano (B.Arch. ’76) spent the first ten years of his career designing and overseeing the construction of health care facilities in the New York metropolitan area.

In 1986, he founded Peter J. Romano and Company to assist and guide the senior leadership of health care providers with the replacement or modernization of their facilities. Since the company’s inception, Romano and his colleagues have undertaken the development and management of well over 40 major projects in the health care sector with a combined total project value of $4.6 billion dollars. Some of these projects include: New York-Presbyterian Hospital’s David H. Koch Center, the White Plains Hospital New Inpatient Building, the NYH Major Modernization Program, and North Shore University Hospital’s Advanced Surgical Pavilion Consolidate Project.

In 1992, his firm was the recipient of the Build New York Award for its work at North General Hospital. Three years later, the firm earned the American Consulting Engineers Council’s Engineering Excellence Honor Award for its work on the New York Hospital Program. Romano and Company is also a three-time “Best of” honoree from New York Construction News, for its work on the New York Hospital Project (1997), New York Athletic Club Travers Island (2002), and Milstein Family Heart Center of New York-Presbyterian Hospital (2009).

Romano and his firm collaborate with owners, medical planners, architects, engineers, construction managers, lenders, finance agencies, and regulatory agencies from the conceptual and planning stages of a project, through design and construction, commissioning and occupancy, all within the framework of budget and schedule management.

Romano is currently the chairman of the Board of Trustees for New York Tech.

About the Venue

Gotham Hall
1356 Broadway, New York, NY 10018
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Gotham Hall Photo Gallery »

Located in a landmark building that once housed Greenwich Savings Bank, Gotham Hall is an iconic Midtown event space. Gotham Hall features a 9,000-square-foot Ballroom with a 70-foot ceiling and an ornate stained-glass skylight. Constructed in 1922-24 as The Greenwich Savings Bank building, the imposing new headquarters was to mark this institution’s progress from its modest Greenwich Village origins to a prominent midtown location, is one of the refined examples in the impressive corpus of bank buildings from the firm of York and Sawyer, both architects, initially employed by McKim, Mead, & White. Greenwich Savings Bank remained in the building until 1980, at which time it became several other banks as it changed owners. The building was bought in 2000 by Haier American for his corporate headquarters. They subsequently leased space to the venue now known as Gotham Hall. Gotham Hall management team is made up of seasoned professionals with many years in hotel, restaurant, and venue management.

Nearby Parking Garages:
City Parking, 990 6th Avenue, Entrance: 36th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, (646) 380-4490, Open 24 hrs daily

Meyers Park, 9 W. 35th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, Entrance: on 35th Street or 36th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, (212) 268-8572 or (212) 490-3460, Open 24 hrs daily

ICON Parking, 161-163 W 36th St., Moxy NYC Times Square, (877) 727-5464, iconparkingsystems.com, Open 24 hrs daily

Gotham Hall, 1356 Broadway

2023 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

PJR & Co
Ted Moudis Associates Design, Planning, Strategy
Ted Moudis (B.S.A.T. '80)

VIP Reception Sponsor

The Chieco Family Foundation
Lane Office Miller Knoll
Linear Technologies Since 1994
Paladin Technologies

Scholarship Sponsor

H2M architects + engineers
Roger and Connie Smith

Ambassador Sponsor

Dr and Mrs Daniel Ferrara
Icon 25 years of Excellence
JF Est. 1970
Milrose Consultants
Monte N. Redman B.S. '81)
Napache Design Group architecture and interiors
Structure Tone
The Cabrera Family
Tri-Star, General Contractor and Construction Manager
VVA Project and Cost Managers
WB Wood

Champion Sponsor

AFD Contract Furniture Inc
AFR Architectural Flooring Resource, Inc.
Archigrafika, Graphics for Architecture
ASM Mechanical Systems
Benchmark Builders
Clune Construction
Hoffman & Associates, 30 years
International Lights
L&K Partners, Inc.
Lowy & Donnath, Inc.: Certified Woman-Owned Business Enterprise - Est 1919
Metropolis Group Inc
PJ Mechanical
RDA: Roder Derector Associates Consulting Engineers
Smiros & Smiros
Striano Electric
Verderame Cale Architecture PLLC

Supporter Sponsor

AR Interiors Group Interiors
Benhar Office Interiors
Cauldwall Wingate
Centra Ruddy
Cougar Capital
Cushman & Wakefield
ELA Electric Lighting Agencies
Empire Office
EW Howell Construction Group. Build Simply.
Frank G. Relf, Architect, P.C.
IAP Faram
JVM Associates LLC Celebrating 30 Years
JRS Architect, P.C.
MG Engineering D.P.C.
Prudential LTG
Syska Hennessy Group
The Donaldson Organization
Zubatkin Owner Representation