Debra Villa

Debra Villa

Woodside, NY, US



I'm a native New Yorker who has loved architecture and design since I was a child. At sleep away camp I would always rearrange the cots and whatever furniture we had into fun set ups. I would do that with tree houses and forts. I went to the Fashion Institute of Technology for Interior Design after high school. Many of my teachers would tell me that I should go into architecture. I decided to put my self through school while working, taking a few classes at a time while gaining experience in the field. Having both degrees has given me an edge when it comes to hospitality and residential design.

I'm a very focused and motivated person. I love the work I do and do it well. I'm detail oriented and efficient. I am very good at producing a full set of working drawings down to the details. I learned to draft by hand therefore I am adept to sketching by hand. But I am experienced in AutoCAD 2010, SketchUp and Photshop.



David McMahon Architect, Intermediate Architect

Design high end residential homes and fittings in New York City and The Hamptons from ground up to interiors. Visit site for measurements and progress. Produce full sets of working drawings. Detail millwork. Specify materials. Submit projects to DOB for permits. Work with contractors in the field and solve any challenges that may arise.

Jan 2011 - current

LF Design, Intermediate Architect

Assist in design of restaurants, country clubs and high end residences. Design millwork. Produce a complete set of working drawings.

Apr 2003 - Jan 2011

David Easton, Inc, Intermediate Architect

Interpreting David's visual conceptions to schematic design for the hospitality division of the company. Choose materials and design vignettes for presentation to the hotel brands. Produce design documents. Complete construction documents, detail custom furniture, Work alongside MEP's and resort architects to achieve intended design. Communicate with hotel brands and contractors. Visit sites.

Mar 2007 - May 2009

Howell Belanger Castelli Architects, Junior Architect

Produce schematic designs and design documents for international chain stores such as Barnes & Noble, Best Buy and Ann Taylor using their brand . Produce complete set of working drawings.

Mar 2000 - Mar 2003


New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), BArch, Architecture

Bachelor of Architecture Degree in Architecture.

Sep 1998 - May 2007

Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, Interior Design

Associates Degree program in Interior Design

Sep 1985 - Jun 1987

Areas of Specialization