2022-2023 Officers and Board of Directors
Kenneth R. Gehringer, AIA, CSI, CCCA
2022-2023 President Elect
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.
Renee Marcus, AIA, CID, LEED AP
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.
Thomas Scotto Jr., AIA, NCARB
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.
Maria Di Natale, AIA, NCARB, LEED Green Associate, NYSCEO
Maria attended NYIT School of Architecture and Design in Old Westbury, where she received her Bachelor of Architecture Degree. She attended the 5-year program on scholarship and graduated magna cum laude, receiving the Gold Medal for Architectural Design, as well as the AIA Long Island Chapter Commendation. Maria attended the Ecoles des Beaux Arts in the summer of her 4th year and studied the work of Le Corbusier with many of his compatriots and toured France. She won the Prix Le Corbusier in recognition of her excellent design work in all disciplines, sculpture, graphic design, mosaic, landscape, and architectural design.
Maria is currently the Studio Director for Private Sector Architecture in the NYC Regional Office at H2M architects + engineers, where she is responsible for the success of the group dealing with diverse types of clients and projects within the real estate market sector of H2M. She organizes in-house design competitions that are submitted to local, national and international juries. As part of the H2M Women’s Leadership Resource Group, Maria acted as a steering committee member establishing the mission vision and values of the group.
Maria has been a member of the American Institute of Architects for almost 30 years since obtaining her license in 1992. She continues to be an Associate Adjunct Professor at NYIT School of Architecture and Design (NYIT SoAD) where since 1991, she has taught all levels of design studio from first to fifth year. Maria’s greatest pleasure is to encounter former students out in the workplace exerting their passion and skills in the design and construction industry.
Paul Cataldo, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C
Paul Cataldo is a graduate of New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, NY and attended the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, where he studied under Aldo Rossi. Paul is one of the founding members of the US Green Building Council on Long Island and is a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction, and has been involved in the design of many LEED Certified buildings throughout the state. Green building has been incorporated into Mr. Cataldo's work before it had the label as "Green". Paul has chaired the Advocacy Committees and continues to chair the Green Schools for the USGBC LI chapter. Paul's work experience includes disaster recovery at the World Trade Center site where he was involved with the half billion dollar renovation of the heavily damaged, landmarked Barkly Vesey Verizon building. Also, while working for a central New York firm that specialized in schools, Paul worked on new school buildings, school additions, school building renovation and restoration, and helped bring several LEED for Schools into being. While working in New York City Paul constructed many new commercial interior spaces for large corporations and on Long Island built several new homes and many residential additions.
Mr. Cataldo is now the principal at Paul Cataldo Architecture & Planning, a Long Island North shore boutique architectural firm specializing on sustainability and net-zero energy buildings.
Jacob Rivalsi, AIA
2022-2023 State Director
Jacob Rivalsi, AIA is a registered architect in NYS. Jake graduated from New York Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2002 and began his architectural career soon after graduation. Jake has served as a Board member from 2012 to 2015. He has served as Secretary, Treasurer , and President from 2018 to 2019. For the past two years he has served a s the Past President of the Chapter. Jake works as an architect for RMB Development Consultants, Inc.