CetraRuddy Founders Named to Architecture School’s Board


Reflecting its continued growth and influence, award-winning architecture and interior design firm CetraRuddy has announced that founding principals John Cetra, AIA, and Nancy J. Ruddy will be joining the Dean’s Advisory Board at the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York.

Comprising 15 thought leaders and philanthropists, the Dean’s Advisory Board has announced its mission to support and advance the architecture school and aid its goal of producing excellent design professionals. Members are appointed to the Dean’s Advisory Board at the recommendation of Interim Dean Gordon A. Gebert on the basis of their expertise, knowledge, and advocacy for the practice of architecture. In their new roles, Mr. Cetra and Ms. Ruddy will serve as advisors to the Dean, strengthening ties with various stakeholder communities, and developing strategic partnerships to create a climate of support for the architecture school.

According to Dean Gebert,“The Dean’s Advisory Board plays a vital role in the growth and advancement of the Spitzer School of Architecture In forming the Board respected and established leaders in the community were sought– John and Nancy embody the wisdom and enthusiasm that underlies the Board’s mission, and we are pleased to announce them as members.”

For Cetra and Ruddy, who have been students at the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York, membership on the Board offers an opportunity to support not only the next generation of architects and designers, but also the school itself. “It is a great honor to be appointed to the Dean’s Advisory Board,” says Cetra. “As a professional in a field where mentorship is so important, I know the value of having access to the resources and experience that is embodied by the members of groups like the Board. We’re committed to this opportunity to give back to and the Spitzer School of Architecture, and to help ensure its success continues into the future.”

The CetraRuddy cofounders join a distinguished group of luminaries in architecture and allied fields on the board. For more details on the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, visit the group’s page at the City College of New York website, found at https://ssa.ccny.cuny.edu

About John Cetra, AIA
John is founding principal of CetraRuddy, the global design and architecture firm specializing in new construction and adaptive reuse of education, cultural, multifamily and urban mixed-use buildings, as well as planning and urban design. He cofounded CetraRuddy in 1987 on the principle that “architecture should engage the urban fabric while enriching the human spirit.” Through his practice, John has experienced the interrelationship of architecture, urban design and planning. He has a sophisticated understanding of program, zoning, and complex problem solving, informing his approach on projects ranging from new construction to conversions. He is a recognized industry leader in tall building technology, historic buildings and analytic site development. John holds a master’s degree in Architecture and Urban Design from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the City College of New York’s Spitzer School of Architecture. In 2015, he was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame.

About Nancy J. Ruddy
Nancy co-founded CetraRuddy in 1987, and serves as the firm’s Managing Principal and Executive Director of Interior Design. Her portfolio of work, defined by analytic problem solving, contextual sensitivity, crafted details and innovative use of materials, reflects an underlying commitment to the human experience at all scales, and includes such notable projects as One Madison, Sushi Samba London, and Lincoln Square Synagogue. Her honors include “100 Women Leaders for the 21st Century” by Real Estate Weekly and the Association of Real Estate Women, “Business Owner of the Year” by the National Association of Women Business Owners and the Career Achievement Award from the Spitzer School of Architecture at City College of New York. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural History from New York University and has studied architecture at City College of New York. In 2015, she was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame.

About CetraRuddy
Established in 1987, CetraRuddy is an international award-winning architecture, planning and interior design firm driven by design excellence and the desire to create one-of-a-kind architectural experiences. Intellectually crafted projects are developed with a unique design sensitivity, resourcefulness and commitment to client objectives. Throughout the United States and abroad, CetraRuddy applies a problem-solving approach to projects across various sectors including commercial, residential, hospitality, corporate workplace, education and cultural. Eight principals and a staff of 95 talented professionals contribute their sophisticated understanding of programming, planning, technology and construction to each of the firm’s projects, developing technically excellent and innovative designs and providing an unparalleled level of service.. More at www.cetraruddy.com.