Victoria Benatar: Architect & Part-time Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design

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Victoria Benatar is a New York based Registered Architect dedicated to developing high-­-end interior design and architecture projects worldwide. Her firm design & build small or large project for commercial & residential uses, focusing on the maximization of the use of the space while adding value to your property and well being to your life. We do both architecture & interior design to create customized spaces for each client according to their needs and lifestyle because each project is different. She has worked on major design assignments worldwide with clients that include Steve Madden, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame NYC Annex and others. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Art Forum, Archis, Oculus, New York Spaces, VSMD, Ocean Drive and others.

Ms. Benatar has been regularly acknowledged by the architectural community with numerous degrees, awards and invitations to teach and speak. She was an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University in the Urban Design department and since 1996 and she is teaching at Parsons the new School of Design courses on architectural representation with digital media. She earned an Architecture degree from Universidad Central de Venezuela (1983) and a Master degree in Urban Design & Architecture from Columbia University (1995).

What do you do best?

Create wellness by space design and optimization. I love difficult tasks and great challenges in design.

I love to get into run down spaces that nobody want to make a wonderful space. I can make a palace out of a dump.

I also love small spaces and maximize how it is being used. Living in NY have taught me that the cost of space is too high to leave it un-used.

What makes you the best?

For nearly 30 years, I have dedicated my professional life to explore the role of design in our lives. I have discovered there is a direct correlation between the quality of the spaces we use to live, work, or inhabit with human happiness, productivity and wellbeing. My objective as an architect is to help people improve the quality of their lives by improving the quality of their spaces.

What are your aspirations?

To grow my bussines and develop residential and hospitality buildings and use my experience in exploring new ways of living. I would like to design larger projects to create wellness for large number of people. 

Biggest Success?

Is staying in business for 30 years with my own firm and being a teacher in technology for design for more that 20. Staying current and motivated is my biggest success.

Most Challenging Moment?

When I moved to the USA from my native country ( Venezuela) I had to start all over.

Every 10 years I challenge myself to keep being current in how life change, new materials, new trends and technological avances in my area.

Favorite Motto?

Because design does matters ( By VB)

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. by Eleanor Roosevelt 

Favorite People?

Myself and my clients who have given me their trust to help them improve their lives.

Favorite Places?

New York & Paris

Favorite Products?

I’m always exploring new products t be current with technology.  I favor now sustainability.

Current Passions?

Passion for design to create wellness. I became and architect to help making this world a better place live.

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