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Since he was in sixth grade in Mamaroneck, New Rochelle resident Domenick Fariello has known that he wanted to be an architect. Since taking classes at Mamaroneck High School, he has come full circle and is back in his hometown  as a junior architect for Marsella & Knoetgen Architects.

Fariello, 29, graduated from the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) in the spring of 2005, earning his Bachelor Degree in Science and Architecture Technology. He credits Mamaroneck High School for helping get him started through the architecture courses the school offered. He started his career with a residential architecture firm in New Rochelle. Fariello worked at the New Rochelle firm from 2000-2008, leaving to work for a New York City commercial and residential firm.

Fariello was thrilled to be offered the opportunity to work with Marsella & Knoetgen Architects and to be able to work in the town he once called home. As a junior architect, Fariello is responsible for documenting existing conditions at the locations his firm has been hired to design, draw proposed plans based on the program the site owners create. He also creates construction documentation conforming to state and local regulations and laws.

Mamaroneck residents should be familiar with Marsella & Knoetgen’s work. The firm has worked on many businesses along Mamaroneck Avenue, including Haiku Asian Bistro, Sal’s Pizzeria, Roasted Peppers and is working on plans for China Gourmet, which will soon expand its take out services to include a full service, in-house restaurant. While he is not a full-fledged architect just yet, Fariello is well on his way to being a licensed architect and is an associate member of AIA (American Institute of Architects).

“I am able to view a lot of Mamaroneck that others don’t see. I see the lifestyles and diversity from middle to upper class,” Fariello said of working in Mamaroneck. “Working where I grew up allows me to see how the town has changed,  but has managed to keep the same traditions.”

Living in Mamaroneck and attending the high school also gave Fariello the opportunity to develop tight bonds with peers and he is still close with many of the same friends he had in high school.

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