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January 3, 2009

Orla Smyth-LoPiccolo Joins Farmingdale State

Architecture and Construction Management Department Welcomes New Assistant Professor

Orla Smyth-LoPiccolo
Orla Smyth-LoPiccolo

Orla Smyth-LoPiccolo has received an appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture and Construction Management. Professor LoPiccolo is a registered architect in New York State.  Her areas of research include the architectural design, site planning, building contracts, community development, the architectural preservation of the Town of Islip and the proposed redevelopment of the Pilgrim State Psychiatric Hospital in Brentwood, NY. During the fall 2008 term, she taught courses in Site Planning and Design, Materials and Methods of Construction, and Graphics.

Professor LoPiccolo's extensive professional experience includes Architect and Community Development Project Supervisor for the Town of Islip for more than 10 years. Prior to that, she was Director of Project Management at Robert Doscher Associates in New York and a Junior Architect at McCullough Mulvin Architects in Ireland. As an instructor at the Westbury and Islip campus of the New York Institute of Technology, she taught classes in Design Fundamentals and Architectural Design.

LoPiccolo is a member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, the American Society for Engineering Education, Epsilon Pi Tau – The International Honorary for Professions in Technology, the Building Performance Contractor's Association of New York State and the U.S. Green Building Council. In addition, she is a member of the Islip Hamlet Historical Society, and the Suffolk County Building Code Officials. She has written on the historical preservation of the Town of Islip, and has authored proposed changes to the Town's zoning codes.

LoPiccolo received a Master of Architecture in Urban Regional Design from New York Institute of Technology in 1999. She also holds a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland. She received a Diploma of Architecture from the Dublin Institute of Technology in 1993. In 2003, she became certified in the Building Codes of New York State and she has a Diploma in Construction Management from New York University.