2020 Officers and Board of Directors 



Gary Hansen, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

2020-2021 President Elect

Gary Hansen AIA LEED AP BD+C is a registered architect and LEED professional.  Gary graduated from New York Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1992 and began his architectural career soon after graduation.  Mr. Hansen joined the AIA in 1998 and has served as a Board member from 2006 to 2012 and 2013 to present.  He has served as Secretary for one year and Treasurer for the last 2 years for the chapter.


Gary has over 27 years of experience working as a project manager and project architect on a wide spectrum of projects, ranging from high rise buildings and core and shell to commercial interiors and high-end residential. Mr. Hansen has worked on projects in NYC, Long Island, Bahrain, Maryland, and Ghana.  Gary is a Senior Associate and works at the New York City office for Spector Group as a project manager.  At Spector Group, he manages teams of designers and technical staff in the process of design for interior fit outs, base building modifications and high end residential projects.


Gary received an AIA President’s Citation in May 2012 at the 2012 AIA National Convention for his work on the project team at SOM for One World Trade Center.  In 2018, he received the AIA Membership Award from the Long Island Chapter of the AIA in recognition of his service to the chapter.

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Kenneth R. Gehringer, AIA, CSI, CCCA

2020-2021 Treasurer

Kenneth R. Gehringer, AIA, CSI, CCCA, has 30 years of experience, 23 years with H2M architects & engineers, where he currently serves as Assistant Studio Manager and Senior Associate. He has completed projects in New York, Florida and South Carolina. His varied experience includes commercial and residential real estate, automotive, fire & emergency services, municipal, United States Postal Service, historic restoration, NY Air National Guard projects, water and wastewater treatment buildings, hospitality, religious, equestrian, and school district work.

Mr. Gehringer studied architecture at Clemson University and New York Institute of Technology where he graduated Summa Cum Laude, earning the Gold Medal for Achievement in Architecture.  He has been a member of the American Institute of Architects since 1993 and has served on the Long Island Chapter Board of Directors for the past three years, the last two as Chapter Secretary. He is also a member of Construction Specifications Institute where he serves as Long Island Chapter Vice President, and the International Code Council. Mr. Gehringer is a New York State Code Enforcement Official and has assisted various local municipalities with plan reviews and construction inspections.

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Renee Marcus, AIA, CID, LEED AP

2020-2021 Secretary

Renee Marcus, AIA, is a registered architect, certified interior designer and LEED AP.  She holds a BS in Architecture as well as a Master’s in Business from NYIT.   Ms. Marcus currently holds the position as Superintendent of Buildings for the Village of Floral Park where she supervises the Building Department as well as the maintenance of the Village owned buildings.  Previously she had concentrated most of her career working within the public market focusing on schools and the municipal market as a Studio Director and Assistant Vice President at H2M architects + engineers.  Ms. Marcus also has experience on the design and project management side of the profession acting as an owner’s representative for the global offices at Bloomberg LP and then later AIG Realty.  Projects were comprised of corporate interior design, lease negotiations, radio and tv studio design and integration, and office relocations, which included all aspects of bidding and construction administration.  Ms. Marcus currently serves on the committee for Women in Architecture for the LI AIA, is the Immediate Past President of the LI Chapter of the Construction Specification Institute and has served as an adjunct professor for SUNY Farmingdale within the Architecture and Construction Management program for the last 11 years. 

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Thomas Scotto Jr., AIA, NCARB

2020-2022 Director

In 1998, Mr. Scotto was hired to work at Spector Group as an intern while he was attending The New York Institute of Technology for architecture. With a perfect combination of mentoring received from senior level architects and Mr. Scotto’s willingness to learn and grow, he is viewed as one of the most respected and talented architects in the firm.


He served as construction administration/field superintendent, on site full time, for the DASNY NYS OMH Bronx Mental Health Residential Village where he observed and ensured the contractor was adhering to the construction documents. He attended daily meetings and fielded any questions/concerns that may have arisen during construction. This tremendous additional value of extensive expertise in construction is paramount in managing, at both a strategic and operational level – Spector Group’s key front-line functions. 


As the Director of Operations, Mr. Scotto provides leadership and direction to meet client demands, improve staff performance and maintain firm compliance. His 20 years of experience as a project manager and project architect, combined with his extensive expertise in construction, has yielded an expert understanding of the operational complexities of a global architecture and design practice. 


Thomas is a licensed architect in New York and New Jersey and has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the New York Institute of Technology. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and is the recipient of several construction certifications. Mr. Scotto has been an active member of the AIA Long Island Chapter, participating in most of the Chapter activities over the past years.

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Ryan Rosenberg, AIA, NCARB, CSI-EP

2020-2022 Director

Ryan graduated from the State University at Buffalo (SUNY) in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture with a Minor in Urban Design and Regional Planning. In 2010 he received his Master of Architecture degree from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute where he served as a manager of the Materials and Method Laboratory, specializing in LaserCAMM fabrication. He was licensed as a registered Architect in 2015 in the State of New York before turning 30 years old after passing the ARE exams in under 10 months. 


Upon Graduating, Ryan returned to New York to begin his professional career at a boutique architecture firm in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, where he had interned during his collegiate studies. Ryan gained experience in residential home and high-end apartment renovations, commercial high-rises, restaurant and public assembly design. He was the project manager for the first ever brewery / restaurant located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. In 2015 Ryan began offering consulting services for storm recovery rebuilding and coastal resiliency after Super Storm Sandy. He was involved in more than 150 home elevation projects and garnered over $40 Million in FEMA and NY Rising grants for storm ravaged home owners. In 2018 Ryan incorporated R Squared Architecture D.P.C. His company provides comprehensive architectural services, consulting and architectural photography; his first project, a major renovation in East Hampton. His photography work has been featured in a number of online and printed publications. He continues to offer consultation services to other architects, while also completing his own residential and commercial projects. 


Ryan joined the AIA Long Island Chapter, Emerging Professionals committee in 2018 where he currently serves as Co-Chair. He also coordinates social media and graphic design for the AIA Long Island chapter. 


Outside of Architecture, Ryan is an avid mountain and road cyclist. He is also a proud and enthusiastic owner to his Corgi Jillian, whom is his resident expert on dog-house dormers and roofing.


Martin Hero, AIA, LEED AP

New York State Director

Licensed Architect in New York State and the State of New Jersey.
LEED Accredited Professional
Member of American Institute of Architecture.
Board of Directors the American Institute of Architecture Long Island Chapter. Currently serving as the NY State Director 2018-2019 term for the AIA LI Chapter.
Past President Long Island Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
Principal founder of Hero Architects, PLLC focused on commercial, hospitality, and residential development.
Adjunct Professor at New York University and New York Institute of Technology.