AIA Panelists


RRALOGO Ronnette Riley FAIA is sole principal of her eponymous firm established in 1987. After graduating from UC Berkeley and the Harvard Graduate School of Design she spent eight years at the office of Phillip Johnson and John Burgee Architects. Ronnette is grounded in a tradition of design excellence. She served as Project Architect for the  iconic Lipstick Building located in Manhattan and the Bank of America Center in Houston. Under Ronnette’s leadership the firm’s success has been built on translating client’s goals into elegant and effective design solutions. Project types have encompassed institutional, corporate, hospitality, residential  and retail. Most recently the firm has been recognized for master planning efforts associated with the rebuilding and restoration of coastal communities in the aftermath of  Superstorm Sandy. Notable recently completed projects include 120,000 square foot Port Authority offices at Exchange Point, New Jersey and the  62,000 square foot renovation of new classroom facilities for New York Institute of Technology located in Manhattan. Over the last three decades Ronnette has remained an active and influential member of the professional design community in  New York City  and the northeast region.  She is a member and former chair of AIA National Committee on Design  and an Advisory Board member for the AIA’s Retail and Entertainment Knowledge Community.


GS Working with space and light as sculptural materials, Michael Gabellini constructs architectural settings that are at once elemental in form and dramatic in their purity of means. As an innovator in spatial branding, Mr. Gabellini and his firm, Gabellini Sheppard Associates,have designed distinct boutiques, showroom facilities, restaurants, and corporate headquarters for Jil Sander, Giorgio Armani, Salvatore Ferragamo, Vera Wang, Nicole Farhi, Gianfranco Ferre, Bergdorf Goodman, and Saks Fifth Avenue, among others. In designing residential and hotel interiors, Mr. Gabellini creates individual spatial portraits reflecting the lifestyles and programmatic needs of his clients, which include Ian Schrager, Marriot International, Highgate, FelCor, Tishman Speyer Properties, Related Group among others. His expertise in contemporary art has led to commissions by numerous galleries and museums including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the Marian Goodman Gallery, and Grant Selwyn Fine Art. Additionally, his respect for and knowledge of architectural history is manifest in the restoration of important architectural landmarks such as the Top of the Rock project at Rockefeller Center, the Fifth Avenue facades of Rockefeller Center, London’s Royal Bank of Scotland building, and the former AT&T Building in Lower Manhattan. Cross-discipline collaboration is of paramount importance to Mr. Gabellini, who founded his architectural and interior design firm in 1991. A registered architect in the states of New York and Nevada, and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design. He also studied at the Architectural Association in London and conducted extensive architectural research in Rome. In addition to his studio work, Mr. Gabellini has lectured and taught design studios at numerous academic institutions. He received the 2006 National Design Award in Interior Design from the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and was previously inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame. The studio has received 19 awards from the American Institute of Architects, and dozens more from various professional organizations and magazines. Prior to founding his own firm, he worked as a senior designer at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates in New York for six years, where he contributed to international high-rise projects. During this period, he also collaborated with the interior designer Jay Smith on a number of residential and fashion related projects.

MICHAEL GATTI, AIA NCAB, Studio Director, Gensler

Gensler Michael Gatti is a Studio Director and Regional Retail Practice Area Leader based in Gensler’s New York office. He has spent his entire 24-year career working on retail projects that cover the United States and span the globe. A licensed architect for over 20 years, Michael approaches retail design holistically, considering the many different elements that define a strong user experience. He pairs his understanding of the customer journey with an exploration of architecture, brand expression, and technology integration to create a cohesive experience.

Michael is a member of the AIA and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. His notable projects include his work with El Palacio de Hierro, Cartier, Diesel, David Yurman, and Bergdorf Goodman. Michael has been honored to receive multiple design awards from the City of Beverly Hills Architectural Review Commission, along with numerous awards from the Retail Design Institute and VM&SD magazine.