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.
Katty Brath, Associate AIA
Guilor Architects, P.C.
Katty originally from Ecuador, holds a B.A. in Architecture from NYIT. Currently working as Project Architect for Guilor Architects in Long Island and has 12 years of experience in high end residential in NYC and summer homes in Fire Island.
Within the AIA, Katty is the Chapter's Associate Director and the programs coordinator for AIA LI Women in Architecture Committee. In the Emerging Professionals Committee, Katty the leader for the ARE Study Group.
Katty loves making playdoh and slime with her daughters and enjoys knitting, crocheting, needle point. After Architecture, Yarn is her passion!
Social Media & Programs Coordinator
Maureen Chavez, Associate AIA
Mojo Stumer Associates
Maureen began her academic career in 1992 with an A.A.S in Interior Design and followed with BSAT in Architecture in 1998. With so many years of experience, Maureen has a vast knowledge of materials and building systems under her belt. She has designed and documented a variety of spaces from high end residential, retail, hospitality and institutional buildings all along marrying architecture and interior design passionately. Currently she is pursuing licensure. She believes in integrating and giving back to her community and became a committee member of the Women in Architecture and the Emerging Professionals AIA Long Island Chapter. She loves travel and photography as well as drawing and sketching in any medium.
Gloria Baca, AIA, LEEP AP BD+C
Gloria originally from Peru, holds a Bachelor of Architecture from NYIT. She currently is a Project Architect at WFC Architects in Setauket. Gloria has worked on diverse projects, including: medical, data centers, executive offices, but her area of expertise is in the Baking and Credit Union Sector, which includes numerous interior alterations as well as ground up construction. Gloria has over 18 years of Architectural experience. In her spare time, Gloria teaches cake and cookie decorating, and enjoys making elaborate cakes and cookies for family and friends.
Lukas Argyros, AIA, NCARB
West-Rac Contracting Corp.
Lukas graduated with his Bachelor of Architecture from the New York Institute of Technology in 2009, after which he went on to receive his Masters in Construction Management at Philadelphia University in 2011.
He became a Registered Architect in New York State in 2018 and presently works in the field of Construction Management as an Assistant Project Manager specializing in the Commercial, Industrial and Hospitality markets.
Lukas believes that his education and work experience in both Architecture and Construction Management has been invaluable to the development of his professional career and ability to collaborate, relate to and communicate with all members of a project more efficiently.
He also has a passion for the education of young aspiring architect or builders. Lukas has taught various Architectural Design courses at the New York Institute of Technology and continues to participate on jury reviews critiquing students’ projects. He hopes to expand his teaching to Construction Management.
In his spare time Lukas enjoys trailing running, listening to some sweet jams and spending quality time with his family.
AIAS Chapter President - School of Architecture and Design at the New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury
Alexander D’Amato is the current Chapter President for the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) in the School of Architecture and Design at the New York Institute of Technology at Old Westbury.
He is a Senior in the Bachelors of Science in Architectural Technology concentration in Construction Management program. He also holds an Associates in Occupational Studies from the Culinary Institute of America.
His involvement in the AIA Emerging Professionals is focused on the advancement and education of his peers with a focus on sustainability, and more importantly the Equity and Diversity of our Industry and our built spaces.
AIAS Chapter President Elect - School of Architecture and Design at the New York Institute of Technology
Bartholomew Ostrowski is currently the president-elect for AIAS-Long Island, and will be going into his fourth year of studies at New York Institute of Technology-Old Westbury. He will be pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Architecture. He is involved with student leadership for the purpose of elevating his peers and assisting them in finding their own successful paths in the professional realm of architecture and life, as well as developing his own skills and abilities with which to find his own personal success. Forming and cultivating a close relationship with AIA Long Island, and specifically its Emerging Professionals committee, is an important component in realizing his goals, and hopes to pass down this responsibility to the succeeding president and their board of officers.
In his spare time, Bartholomew enjoys playing/writing music on a plethora of instruments, reading books, tennis, playing Dungeons & Dragons, and engaging in thought-provoking conversations.
AIAS Member- School of Architecture and Design at the New York Institute of Technology
Peter Thompson is a senior the NYIT School of Architecture and Design. He is pursuing his Bachelors of Architecture Degree. He is a member of the AIAS and the USGBC Long Island Chapter. He participates frequently in extra curricular design competitions and is an active member in the AIA. He has garnered significant experience at BLD Architecture in Patchogue, New York.
Advisor & Chapter's President
Graciela Carrillo, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Cashin Associates, P.C.
Originally from Colombia, Graciela Carrillo, AIA, immigrated to the United States in 2003. While in Colombia, Graciela worked as an Architect at the Bogota’s Institute of Urban Development (IDU), a Government owned institution in charge of city planning and infrastructure construction for Bogotá. Currently she works as a NYS registered Architect for Cashin Associates, P.C an Engineering Consulting firm based in Long Island, NY. At Cashin, she has worked on and lead all scales of urban design, planning and architectural projects, including leading municipalities to integrate sustainability features within their projects and LEED project administration and commissioning services.
Graciela has committed almost a decade of volunteer leadership service to the American Institute of Architects (AIA). She has been involved with the AIA at the local, state and national level, currently serving as the President 2020-2021 as well as the WIA Founder and Co-Chair of the AIA Long Island Chapter. On a National and State level Graciela was the past 2017-2018 NY Regional Director (YARD) for the Young Architects Forum (YAF). Graciela is also the Co-Founder of the Immigrant Architects Coalition, a group committed to helping and providing resources for immigrant architects to achieve a prosperous career in the U.S. Graciela obtained her B. Arch in Bogota, Colombia, and a Masters in Environmental Planning from Pratt Institute, is a LEED Accredited Professional and a NYS Code Enforcement Official. In 2019, Graciela was the recipient of the AIA NYS Young Architect Award.
Through her volunteering to the AIA, Graciela has had an abundance of career enrichment and professional development. Of particular interest is providing a voice for immigrant professionals established in the U.S., and encouraging and supporting them in their path towards licensure and professional development, since she experienced, first hand, the challenges of being educated in a foreign country while ultimately acquiring a professional license in NYS.
Advisor & Chapter's Past President
Jacob Rivalsi, AIA
RMB Development Consultants
In 2015, Jacob Co-Founded the AIA LI EP Committee.