PARTNER PROFILE:

Victor Dadras, R.A., LEED-AP, NCARB
DADRAS ARCHITECTS

Victor Dadras is an architect and urban designer with over twenty-five years of diverse experience, most notably in the design of housing, institutional work, Main Street revitalization, and planning of communities. He holds a Master of Architecture degree in Urban Design from Harvard University, where he participated in published design and planning studies for the city of Jerusalem, in Israel. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from New York Institute of Technology, where he also served as an adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture from 1983-1999.
Victor Dadras leads a Visioning Session / Public Meeting, in Douglaston, NY
Prior to becoming a founding partner of DADRAS ARCHITECTS, in 1988, Victor Dadras worked as a designer and project architect on a wide variety of projects in such noted architectural firms as Moshe Safdie & Associates, in Boston; and Ulrich Franzen & Associates, and Perkins Geddis Eastman Architects in New York City. He has also worked as a consulting architect to numerous firms, offering his design and construction expertise to projects for the Japanese Educational Institute; the New York City School Construction Authority; and the Marriott Hotel Corporation, as well as a variety of smaller residential, institutional, and interior design clients.

As Partner with Dadras Architects, his Main Street revitalization experience has included both rural/small-town Main Street projects, as well as Urban Neighborhood - Retail Corridor projects. As consulting Architects for the Greene County (NY) Main Street Revitalization Small Grants Program, since 2003; For seven years, as the architectural consultants for the City of Yonkers, NY: Lake Avenue Façade program & McLean Avenue Commercial District Revitalization Program. These projects included both building façade projects (56 total), and Main Street "enhanced streetscape design". Dadras also provided architectural consulting services to the Sutphin Blvd. BID (Jamaica, Queens, NYC), for their Façade Improvement Program: 2005-2007.

Also, as consulting Architects/Urban Designers to: the Village of Spring Valley, NY; Village of Deposit, NY; Village of Hobart, NY, Village of Stamford, NY, Village of Greenwood Lake, NY, Village of Great Neck, NY, and the City of Ogdensburg, NY - for the preparation of their "Main Street Revitalization Strategy" - Study Report and recommendations.

Dadras Architects has served as architects / technical assistance consultants for the NYC-Department of Small Business Services for their Storefront Improvement Program, in NYC, working in 3 different neighborhoods of NYC (Red Hook, Brooklyn, White Plains Road, Bronx, and Hamilton Heights, Harlem): 2005-2008; and by the New York State DHCR - New York Main Street Program, as Consultants for Technical Assistance - in 13 different communities (both rural and urban), throughout New York State: 2006-2009.

Victor Dadras has spoken extensively at local, regional, and statewide planning conferences, including state-wide Main Street Conferences (NYCOM), and the 2003-thru-2010 NYMSA Main Street Forum, in Liberty, NY; The NYS Planning Federation annual Conference, and 2006 APA-State Planning Conference; the LISC Urban Forum, in Miami, 2006; at the Municipal Art Society-2006 Neighborhood Retail Panel discussion, in NYC; and at the LISC Urban Forum, in Indianapolis, IN, in 2008.




PARTNER PROFILE:

Robert Dadras, R.A.
DADRAS ARCHITECTS

Robert Dadras holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from NYIT, and is a registered architect in the State of New York. He is an adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture, at New York Institute of Technology. He is founding partner of DADRAS ARCHITECTS, a Liberty, NY - based architectural firm, with projects throughout New York State.
Robert Dadras leads a Community Planning Summit event, in Ogdensburg, NY
In 1997, he was one of two economic development consultants hired by Sullivan County, to develop a 42-point Economic Development Plan, which was unveiled in September, 1997. To date, this Plan has received over thirty million dollars in funding for Sullivan County's economic development programs. In 1997, he was appointed Main Street Coordinator for the Main Street Redevelopment Center of Sullivan County, the first of its kind in the country. He was empowered to study and revitalize thirty-four Main Street communities throughout the County.

For seven years (1999-2006), as the architectural consultants to the Catskill Center's Main Street Program: for the counties of Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, and Ulster; working in over 20 communities, to assist in the preparation of downtown comprehensive strategies & building façade projects. Also, as consulting Architects/Urban Designers to: the Village of Spring Valley, NY; Village of Deposit, NY; Village of Hobart, NY, Village of Stamford, NY, the Village of Greenwood Lake, NY, the Village of Great Neck, NY, and the City of Ogdensburg, NY - for the preparation of their "Main Street Revitalization Strategy" - Study Report and recommendations.

For seven years, as the architectural consultants to the City of Yonkers, NY - Façade, and Commercial Revitalization Programs: working in communities, to assist in the preparation of downtown streetscape plans and building façade projects; and for the last six years, as the architectural consultants to the Greene County's Main Street Program: working in over 16 communities, to assist in the preparation of building façade projects, and Main Street Strategies.

Most recently, Dadras Architects have been hired: by the NYC-Department of Small Business Services as Consultants to the Storefront Improvement Program, in NYC: 2005-2008; and by the New York State DHCR - New York Main Street Program, as Consultants for Technical Assistance - in 13 different communities (both rural & urban), throughout NY State: 2006-2009.

Always actively involved in his local business community, Dadras has served for fourteen years on the Board of the Liberty Chamber of Commerce, including two as its President. During his tenure, he initiated many successful new Main Street programs and projects, including: Business Symposiums; Business Expo's; Music and Arts Pavilion; NYS UDC Main Street Façade Grant program; and a successful Farmer's Market. He was instrumental in founding the Liberty Museum and Arts Center - an economic development project, to help revitalize the Village of Liberty. In 1996, all of these efforts led Liberty to receive the very competitive New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) Main Street Award. The Sullivan County Planning Department, with Robert Dadras serving as Main Street Coordinator, received the 2004 New York State Historic Preservation Office's "Preservation Award", the highest award bestowed to a county government, to date.

Robert Dadras has spoken extensively at local, regional, and state-wide planning conferences, including state-wide Main Street Conferences (NYCOM), and the 2003-thru-2010 NYMSA Main Street Forum, in Liberty, NY; The 2008 NYS Planning Federation annual Conference, and 2006 APA-State Planning Conference; at the LISC Urban Forum, in Miami, 2006, & Indianapolis, 2008.