Barbara Smith Mishara
» Voorhees Hall 207 (V-207)
» B.S. Architectural Technology, New York Institute of Technologyr
» B.A. Notre Dame College of Staten Islandr
» M.S. Historic Preservation, Columbia Universityr
» M.S. Social Work, Columbia Universityr
» Member of the American Institute of Architectsr
» Registered Architect in the State of New York
My path to the practice of architecture has been circuitous. I've studied biology, psychology and social work, enjoying each, but never feeling challenged. My experiences as a native New Yorker, traveler, wife, mother and home renovator (three times!) also lead me to architecture.
I attended New York Institute of Technology as an adult with a family. I earned a B.S. in Architectural Technology. I also received a M.S. degree in Historic Preservation from Columbia University. I worked for small architectural firms in downtown Brooklyn and eventually I opened my own firm specializing in "older homes".
Architecture excites me as no other career or topic. I enjoy the complexity and the challenge of incorporating diverse factors into my architecture.
My students probably tire of me stating that architecture is a collaborative process. Early in my career, I found that the American Institute of Architects gave me an opportunity for participation and leadership. I have served and led numerous committees at the local, state and national levels. I have been president of AIA Brooklyn and AIA New York State.
I'm delighted to be teaching architecture at City Tech. I serve as the department's Chair of Curriculum, WAC coordinator and advisor to our AIAS chapter. At the college, I am a member of the assessment group and the Committee on Students.