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  • Making Center Staff

  • The Making Center employs 100+ full-time, part-time, and student technicians who support your use of the facilities and creative practice by providing the necessary guidance and training for equipment and making processes.

  • Internships

    Aaron De Lanty

    Technician, Digital Tools

    Aaron De Lanty - Technician, Digital Tools

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    Aaron De Lanty is an artist and designer with interests in both open source ideology and obscuring the truth; he functions best in fragmented thoughts. His work investigates identity and relationships through various forms of analog and digital communication. He is most intrigued by the murky ambiguity that lies between the tangible and the intangible and when these concepts blur from fiction to reality. He received his MFA in Applied Craft + Design at the joint program between OCAC and PNCA in Portland, Oregon, and his BFA in Jewelry & Metalsmithing at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He is an internationally exhibiting artist with shows in London, Wisconsin, Oregon, and Georgia.

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    Abby Mechanic

    Manager, Making Center

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    Abby Mechanic received her BFA from the Maine College of Art with a concentration in Woodworking and Furniture Design. Upon graduating, she has spent time working in various design studios such as Luur Design, Nate Berkus, and Matter Practice. In 2015, Mechanic began working at Parsons as a technician in their woodworking facility. Since then, she has assisted in the 2015 New School Architecture Design/Build, and has most recently been appointed to the position of manager of the Making Center at Parsons. Abby is now working closely with upper management to implement administrative support for staff hiring, scheduling, and committee work. She works with directors as well as management to align Making Center objectives across all shops, labs, and facilities by creating systems and support. Outside of Parsons, Mechanic currently leads spoon-carving workshops across the country in spaces such as Fort Houston in Nashville, Tennessee, and The Wing in New York, New York.

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    Alika Potts

    Assistant Manager, Sewing and Soft-Construction

    Alika Potts - Assistant Manager, Sewing and Soft Construction

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    Alika Potts is a designer and maker hailing from the Tri-state and Philly whose studio practice is rooted in her diasporic identity. She spent her undergrad years studying fiber art, printmaking, and fashion. Alika’s professional career has been a compilation of working within fine arts education; designing and fabricating large-scale installations; creating block-printed textiles, upholstery, apparel, and home decor design; and retail and project management. She enjoys creating environments and teaching herself new tools to hone her craft. Alika can’t resist an invitation for any kind of travel adventure.

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    Andrew Jarman

    Technician, Media Resources

    Andrew Jarman - Technician, Media Resources

    Andrew Jarman

    Andrew Jarman is a New York-based artist primarily working in photography. He is a graduate of Pratt Institute with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Additionally, he is a fine art printer dedicated to supporting artists in analog and digital printing media. Andrew lives in Brooklyn, has many plants, and likes to cook, hike, see movies and performances, and read in the park.  

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    Benjamin Dimock

    Technician, Wood/Metal

    Benjamin Dimock - Technician, Wood/Metal

    Benjamin Dimock

    As an artist and educator, Benjamin Dimock has worked in various fabrication and instructional contexts after receiving a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has taught metalworking and forging at The Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center; led youth in the production of a large-scale public sculpture with The Beam Center, based in Brooklyn; and constructed supports and armatures for displaying scientific and anthropological artifacts at The Field Museum of Natural History Chicago. Approaching technique and process as both conceptual and physical challenges is central to his educational work and studio practice.

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    Constance Armellino

    Technician, Digital Tools

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    Constance Armellino’s interdisciplinary practice is at the intersection of the material and the immaterial. Her practice is a continuous investigation of the usage of space while reimagining how ideologies, cliches, perception, and public is defined and created. She introduces representations of Utopian fantasies into her objects that call upon notions of familiarity and public desire filled with physical and ideological tension. She studied figure drawing and sculpture at The Art Students League and was a Teaching Fellow at Yale Norfolk. She holds an MFA in Sculpture from The Yale School of Art, and a BFA from Cooper Union.

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    Damien Vera

    Assistant Manager, E4 Shops

    Damien Vera - Assistant Manager, E4 Shops

    Damien Vera

    Vera is a New York City born sculptor. He received his Bachelor of Science in 2007 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and studied under sculptor Barney Hodes. He has been teaching at the Art Students’ League of New York since 2008 and working for The New School since 2012. He has shown in multiple venues throughout the east coast and had long-term installations at venue such as Riverside Park South, New York, NY, and Leonia Sculpture Garden, Leonia, NJ. His practice primarily focuses on the use representative modeling and metal forming techniques to explore the nature of barriers and intimacy.

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    David Thonis

    Technician, Wood/Metal

    David Thonis - Technician, Wood/Metal

    David Thonis

    David Thonis is a New York based artist and designer. He is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and is currently at work navigating the line between art object and consumer product. Recent years have been spent shifting between disciplines, pursuing an MFA, developing a studio practice, and teaching in various fields. David’s work is often critical of contemporary design practices, speaking a visual language of “design,” while simultaneously calling upon its inconsistencies.

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    Eliot Park

    Technician

    Eliot Park - Technician

    Eliot Park

    Eliot Park is an artist, maker, and overthinker. Raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia by Korean immigrants, who ran a wholesale store, and by American television, Eliot had an intimate relationship to object, image, and the American dream. After getting his BFA in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design, he worked as a fabricator and woodshop manager at various companies in the Philadelphia and New York area. He received his MFA in Applied Craft + Design at the Oregon College of Art and Craft and the Pacific Northwest College of Art. After being awarded a yearlong co-curating residency, he moved back to the east coast where he explores themes of family, individuality, and meaning through failing objects and material. 

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    Ella Desmond

    Technician, Print Media Resources

    Ella Desmond - Technician, Print Media Resources

    Ella Desmond

    Ella Desmond is a printmaker and performance artist originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in printmaking from Louisiana State University and an MFA in fine arts from Pratt Institute. She excels in lithography, letterpress, and recently completed a color-reduction relief print at the Vermont Studio Center where she was a resident in 2019. Desmond has performed multiple times at Picasso Machinery in Williamsburg with the avant-strange ersatz music group Hide the Knives. She is currently working on a series of prints exploring the intersection between tragedy, comedy, and public service. Desmond lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

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    Emily Good

    Assistant Manager, Media Resources

    Emily Good - Assistant Manager, Media Resources

    Emily Good

    Emily Good is a multidisciplinary artist from Cleveland, Ohio. She earned her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and has since lived and worked in Cleveland, Philadelphia, and New York as a fabricator, instructor, graphic designer, and photographer. Her personal practice explores utility through fine art with a commitment to environmental and social responsibility. Woodworking, natural dyeing, and sewing are prominent in her practice. She is driven by problem solving and continually seeks out opportunities to learn new skills.

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    Hashem Eaddy

    Facilities Manager, Media Resources

    Hashem Eaddy - Facilities Manager, Media Resources

    Hashem Eaddy

    Hashem Eaddy is an artist who lives and works in New York City. He received his BFA in Studio Art and BA in Art History from Queens College in 2012. He has has worked as a professional printer for over ten years while making art, riding bikes, traveling, exhibiting, hiking, and helping people figure stuff out. You can research him on the World Wide Web if you would like to know more about him, but it’s probably better to ask him if you see him.

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    Henry Portillo

    Technician, General Media Resources

    Henry Portillo - Technician, General Media Resources

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    Henry Portillo is a printmaker and 2D animator born and educated in the Bronx, NY. He enjoys demystifying printmaking processes and assisting developing artists whenever he can. He is currently working on a mythological narrative with his pantheon of “Gawds,” a family of flawed yet vulnerable deities of color. Part self-portraiture, their journey as they endure an existential crisis that plagues so many of us, their embrace of vices to suppress these emotions and ultimately, their ability to adapt and persevere together is key in his work.
     
    Henry has earned a B.A and M.F.A. in Printmaking in Lehman College, and currently manages a print shop in The Gowanus Studio Space.

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    Jared Sokolowski

    Technician, Wood/Metal

    Jared Sokolowski - Technician, Wood/Metal

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    Jared Sokolowski spent three years as an accounting major at King’s College and two years at Luzerne County Community College, where he received associate degrees in painting and business administration, then briefly studied industrial design at Savannah College of Art and Design and London Metropolitan University before coming to Parsons School of Design, where he earned a BFA in Product Design as part of the graduating class of 2018. Through his years of education and travels, he has honed skills in business administration, sales, marketing, hospitality, carpentry, and culinary arts. He applies his diverse background of knowledge, skills, and abilities, mixed with a robust appetite for making, design, and interacting with other people, to his role as a technician at The Making Center.

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    Jason Rabie

    Technician

    Jason Rabie - Technician

    Jason Rabie

    Jason Rabie is an Australian lost in New York. He received his BFA from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, and his MFA in Digital Media from Rhode Island School of Design. His interests include the insides of old technology, anthropomorphic furniture, making pinball machines out of mirrors, music and soccer.

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    Joe Hirsch

    Technician, Design Lab

    Joe Hirsch - Technician, Design Lab

    Joe Hirsch

    Joe Hirsch received an Illustration BFA from Parsons and has been infused into the school ever since. He originated from the island of Japan and traveled to North America to study arts. He is clinically passionate for visual design and narrative.

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    Leah Renee Monsour

    Technician, Media Resources

    Leah Renee Monsour - Technician, Media Resources

    Leah Renee Monsour

    Leah Renee Monsour is an artist, writer, and curator from the faraway lands of Central New York. Her recent work is created for a digital audience on her iPhone 10. She’s interested in the rapidly changing culture surrounding text and image on the internet. She stays connected to the way things were through her practice in zine and bookmaking. She holds a B.F.A. from the State University of New York at New Paltz where she made big intimate photographs and told love stories. She completed an internship in Photo and New Media at Anderson Ranch Art Center where she ate dinner with Cathie Opie. She has shown her work and curated others nationally and internationally. She felt home for the first time in a darkroom. She loves you.

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    Lori Maffucci

    Facilities Manager, E4 Shops

    Lori Maffucci

    Lori received her BA in Studio Art concentrating in metal and ceramic sculpture from Stony Brook University in 1998. Since then, she has been working as either a foundry artisan, supervisor, manager or owner of a number of fine art foundries in NY and in the Western US. During her twenty-plus years of studio and foundry management experience, she has participated in the creation of numerous public artworks that have been displayed in venues worldwide including works by notable artists such as Tom Otterness, Louise Bourgeois, Mihail Chemiakin, Joel Shapiro, Tom Sachs, Donald Baechler, as well as a number of public architecture projects and installations. Lori lives in Brooklyn with her dog, Sam. She continues to develop work in her favorite medium of cast and fabricated metals.

    Lori Maffucci - Facilities Manager, E4 Shops

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    Madison Koczo

    Technician, Sewing and Soft Construction

    Madison Koczo - Technician, Sewing and Soft Construction

    Madison Koczo

    Madison is a multidisciplinary artist and instructor. Graduating with a BFA in painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, her work uses figures and animals to explore the dismantling of memory. Aside from painting she has substantial knowledge in art history and experience in printmaking and sculpture (primarily clay, wood, and metal). She also received an accelerated fashion certificate from Made institute in Philadelphia, where she grew her experience in sewing, garment construction, and freelance fashion design/illustration. Madison continues to expand her mediums within the world of art and fashion. She is passionate about creating and maintaining safe spaces in education and work environments, never one to shy away from a difficult conversation in life or in her art. When she’s not making, Madison can mostly likely be found on her couch studying foreign language with her two cats Piper and Cheeto at her side.

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    María del Mar Hernández Gil de Lamadrid

    Technician, General Media Resources

    María del Mar Hernández Gil de Lamadrid - Technician, General Media Resources

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    María del Mar is a Puerto Rican interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Using photography, video, and performance as a creative and conceptual process, her practice reflects her diasporic experiences as a migrant and the Hurricane Maria aftermath in Puerto Rico. She uses her body to metaphorically produce actions of resistance, emotion, and reclamation of power. María del Mar’s work has been shown nationally and internationally.

    She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography at Parsons School of Design, The New School.

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    Max Garett

    Associate Manager, N2 General Shop

    Max Garett - Associate Manager, N2 General Shop

    Max Garett

    Max Garett received his BFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a concentration in sculpture. After graduating he worked for many years at the field museum of natural history in Chicago replicating artifacts and other objects for exhibitions. He relocated back to New York in 2015 where he worked as a fabricator and art handler for Barbara Gladstone gallery in Chelsea. He began work at Parsons in September 2015. He continues to maintain a personal practice as an artist with a studio space in Bushwick.

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    Maya Valladares

    Associate Director, Sewing, Textiles & Soft Construction

    Maya Valladares - Associate Director, Sewing, Textiles & Soft Construction

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    Maya Valladares is an artist and educator whose work explores the ways collaborative making can sustain human relationships. Maya worked in the museum education field for close to a decade, first at the Brooklyn Museum and later at the Met, working directly with artists to create making-based visitor experiences that bring historical collections into dialog with contemporary art. She currently works as an Associate Director of the Parsons Making Center, with a focus on the textiles and sewing facilities. She holds a BFA from RISD, and an MA in cultural anthropology from Hunter College. She is currently an artist in residence at EFA Shift. 

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    Megan Stroech

    Printmaking Technician

    Megan Stroech - Printmaking Technician

    Megan Stroech

    Megan Stroech is a visual artist whose work explores the dichotomies between realness and imitation, image and object and common vs. luxury through references from pop culture, still life, and domestic spaces. Stroech constructs unfamiliar arrangements of low-grade, readily available materials, subverting conventional understanding of their utility in order to spur new conversation between them. Often utilizing materials produced as cheap and attainable luxury items, such as Styrofoam food, and marble printed Contact paper, she seeks to invite the viewer to reference their own everyday experience, whether it is a connection to a specific material or a piece’s overall form.

    Stroech received her MFA in Printmaking with Exceptional Merit from Illinois State University in 2012, and her BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008.

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    Meghan Sickler

    Textiles Technician

    Meghan Sickler - Textiles Technician

    Meghan Sickler

    Meghan Sickler is a textile designer, specializing in decorative interior wovens and natural dyeing processes. Although a lifelong fiber artist, her formal education was received through FIT’s BFA in Textile/Surface Design, with a term studying Jacquard production and an intensive independent study of natural dyes at NSCAD. Her additional studies of an AAS in Entrepreneurial Marketing/Accounting brings a business sense to the end use of textile creations, and consideration towards the valuation of tactile works life-cycles. She has continued to participate in apprenticeship style learning with masters in her field, and design courses though RISD, Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute, The Capital District Arts Center, and TAC. These varying studies are incorporated in a research based practice of fibers and their manipulations. She loves to discuss chemical reactions in textile techniques, but is hard pressed to chat knitting!

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    Mick Hondlik

    Associate Director, Systems Support

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    Mick has extensive professional and academic leadership in technology and design, business and marketing, and with nonprofit/volunteer organizations. He is always seeking project opportunities as a Problem Solver with groups that require human factors experience, strong technical and engineering ability, marketing and communication propensity, and passion for social and educational impact and change.

    Mick holds the following degrees: BS Mechanical Engineering and BS Physics from U. Wisconsin, MBA with Sustainability Focus from U. Cincinnati, and MPS Interactive Design/Technology from NYU.

    Specialties: Design and Technology, Business and Marketing Strategy, Social Impact, Sustainability, Leadership/Organization/Coordination, Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing, Technology Education

    Mick Hondlik - Director

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    Mimi Kurpier

    Technician, Digital Tools

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    Mimi Kurpier received her BS in Design with a focus in Architecture from the University of Florida. During her undergraduate studies, she developed an interest in the role of emerging, fabrication technologies within the design realm. Impassioned by her newfound curiosity, she moved to Indiana to pursue a certificate in digital fabrication and modeling at Ball State University while completing her M.Arch. There she gained experience of various fabrication techniques such as CNC routing, 3D printing, and laser cutting.

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    Nate Harger

    Technician, Photography

    Nate Harger - Technician, Photography

    Nate Harger

    Harger received his B.F.A. in photography from the Cleveland Institute of Art. He went on to receive his MFA in Photography and Related Technologies at Parsons School of Design in 2008.

    His exhibition debut in New York City was the critically acclaimed, “Contradictions in Black and White”, an exhibition that placed his work alongside Irving Penn, Margaret Bourke-White, and Walker Evans in 2009. His first solo gallery exhibition was at Hasted Kraeutler, New York in 2010. Harger’s international solo debut was at Gallery Kong, Seoul, South Korea in 2013. His work has been featured in several publications including New York Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar Korea, Luel, and Zoom.

    Harger has been honored as one of Photo District News “30 Under 30,” a list of “emerging photographers worth watching,” and has been nominated for the 2009 Santa Fe Prize for Photography and the 2010 Prix Pictet. His images were also included in American Photograph’s portfolio of “Images of the Year” for 2008 and Wallpaper Magazine’s “Photo Graduate Directory of 2009. The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Margulies Collection and numerous important collections have acquired his photographs.

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    Ryan Haselman

    Assistant Manager, Digital Tools

    Ryan Haselman - Assistant Manager, Digital Tools

    Ryan Haselman

    I am an emerging designer in my Junior year of Product Design at Parsons School of Design. I work primarily with wood but have branched out to experiment with felt and cork. As a designer, I gravitate toward Scandinavian Modern and Postmodern design styles. Creative problem solving and collaboration is central to my design approach.

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    Shirla Auguste

    Technician

    Shirla Auguste - Technician

    Shirla Auguste - Technician

    Shirla Auguste is an experienced textiles designer and textiles technician with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. She has been trained in machine knitting, industrial knitting, handloom weaving, repeat pattern print design, and Adobe Creative Suite 

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    Yin Ting Lau

    Technician, Metal/Wood

    Yin Ting Lau - Technician, Metal/Wood

    Yin Ting Lau

    Born in Hong Kong before growing up in England, Ting Lau received her BFA Fine Arts from Parsons during which she embarked on the biggest love affair of her life – the E4 Metal Shop! As an interdisciplinary artist who often makes dysfunctional/impractical art objects, she hopes to help students create their perfectly “floopy” and weird art projects in a structurally safe and efficient way. You can find her in the N2 General Wood Shop, and the E4 Wood and Metal Shops.

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Undergraduates

To apply to any of our undergraduate programs (except the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs) complete and submit the Common App online.

Undergraduate Adult Learners

To apply to any of our Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.

Graduates

To apply to any of our Master's, Doctoral, Professional Studies Diploma, and Graduate Certificate programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.

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