Sebastian D’Alessandro

Kim Vauss

Mark Kaplan

John Scheschareg

Michael Macaluso​

Michael Zenreich

Gaetano Ragusa

Steven Calvanico

Gaetano Ragusa

Laurence Werfel​

Steven Calvanico

Arndrew Antoniades

Frank Lo Presto

James G. Howie

Ira. M. Sherman

William Sachs

Roger L. McCarthy

Louis Liberman

Millard Bresin

M. Milton Glass

Philip Agusta

Don Weston

Herbert Epstein

Guerino Salerni

H.I. Feldman

Richard Roth, Sr.

Charles M. Spindler

Harry A. Yarish

Kenneth W. Milnes

M.W. Del Gaudio

Gaetano Ragusa - Treasurer

Gaetano Ragusa has been successfully offering architectural services that include drafting, architectural, structural and mechanical design since 1976.


He exemplifies the philosophy that for a project to be a success, communication, cooperation and trust is required. Through emphasizing this philosophy, Gaetano has built a firm on a proven formula that utilizes innovative design, professional manner, and technical competence.


Attention to detail, hard work, and keeping an open mind to new ideas are qualities that Gaetano embodies. These values have served him well in his business and personal life and have also contributed to the success in the leadership positions he has held at several professional organizations, including SARA, Architects Council of New York and AIA Brooklyn.


Gaetano has been married to his wife Ruth for over 30 years. He is the proud father of two children and loving grandfather to his new grandson.


Victor Han - AIA, Vice President

Currently the President-Elect of AIA Queens and is the Queens Director for AIA NYS, is a registered architect and member of The American Institute of Architects, since 2001, with Civil Engineering and Architectural background from New Jersey Institute of Technology, Polytechnic Institute of New York University and the Institute of Design and Construction.


Founder and principal of Victor K. Han Architect PC, a multi-discipline architectural and engineering firm. Designed and managed over 2,000,000 square feet of retail and office buildings as well as over 500 new homes, from custom homes to planned unit developments. NYC Code Consulting for Architects and Engineers throughout the country and provides professional services on behalf of clients before the Buildings Department, Board of Standards and Appeals, City Planning Commission and the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Robert Strong - R.A.- ARA, President

Robert Strong received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from The Cooper Union. He founded his namesake firm in 1983. With 35 years of experience, designing and supervising the construction of townhouses, restaurants, offices, event venues and houses of worship, Robert is well versed in the NYC Zoning laws and codes and encourages input from his peers on proposed changes to them. Robert’s firm stresses the importance in design of environmental issues, sustainable resources, the living architectural cycle and integrated green elements. He is a licensed architect in the States of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and California.


Robert has been a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) since 1985, was a Director of the New York Society of Architects and is currently a member of the Society of American Registered Architects (SARA). He was elected president of the Architects Council of New York (ACNY) in 2017. 


For over 35 years Robert has been an artist member of the historic Salmagundi Club. He is also member of the Artist Fellowship that gives monetary gifts to needy artists. Currently, Robert is collaborating with his son, Robinson Strong, an award-winning graduate from Pratt University School of Architecture in 2016, on the empowered space sculpture series.

Raymond T. Peebles - Secretary

Raymond T. Peebles has been a registered architect since 1970. His firm was established in 1972, professionally serving the various communities of New York City. 

Raymond has worked at all levels, from a Draftsman, Project Manager, and Director of Architectural Design, before obtaining his license as a Registered Architect. His firm has worked with private organizations as well as several community organizations in the design of new low, medium and high-rise housing developments. Over the years, the firm has expanded its expertise to include Houses of Worship and Day Care Centers including both new and retro designs.

Raymond is presently active in professional organizations, such as the American Institute of Architects where he is a Corporate Board Member, and The Architect’s Council of New York, as a Board Member.


One of the professional goals is to help establish the political framework for Architects to have more input in creating better architectural and environmental policies for self-development of communities.


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Raymond T. Mellon, Esq. - Legal Counsel

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AIA Bronx Chapter

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Antonio Freda - Director

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Giuliano Penna - Director

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AIA Brooklyn Chapter

Dmitriy Shenker - Director

Dmitriy Shenker completed his Architectural studies at the State Academy of Architecture and Engineering in Voronezh, Russia, and practiced in Russia and the Ukraine for several years. Among many residential and public buildings projects. Dmitriy designed a Concert Hall for the city of Chernihiv, Ukraine, with a capacity of 1,500 seats.  As an independent Architect, Dmitriy won prizes in several design competitions, including Second Prize in the all-Soviet-Union residential design contest in 1988.

After moving to the United States, Dmitriy became a Registered Architect in the State of New York in 1994. He worked as Project Architect and Consultant for several years before he began his own Architectural practice in 1996, which in 2003 was incorporated as “Shenker Architect, P.C.“.

His firm is providing Architectural design services from project inception to construction completion for various building types with an emphasize on luxury residential.


Dmitriy joined the Brooklyn Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 1993 and served in various positions throughout the years including president in 2006-07 and 2017.  In addition, he was president of the AIA Brooklyn Scholarship Foundation from 2012-2013. Currently, Dmitriy is the representative of AIA Brooklyn at the Architects Council of New York (ACNY).

Giuseppe Anzalone - Director


AIA Queens Chapter

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Patrick Hammond - Director


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Adedosu Joshua - Director

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AIA Staten Island Chapter

Jeffrey Geary - Director


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Frank Martarella - Director

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SARA | NY Council

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John Scheschareg - Director

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Mark Kaplan - Director

Mark Kaplan is an architect registered to practice in the states of NY, NJ & Pa. He is President of Space and Place Associates Ltd., and has been providing consulting services to Real Estate and Building Professionals on matters of NYC Building Code, NYC Zoning Regulations and governmental agency procedures for over 25 years.


Following a successful first year as a director on the board of SARA NY, Mark hopes to continue to contribute to SARA NY membership through his representation of SARA NY on the board of the Architect’s Council of New York (ACNY), his leadership of the Government Affairs Committee, and his joint initiatives with the Continuing Education and Membership Committees.



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