Barbara Spandorf Headshot, Woman Centered; black sweater, olive green shirt

Assistant Director | The City University of New York (CUNY)

Barbara Spandorf


An Assistant Director with the City University of New York (CUNY), the largest urban public university system in the United States, responsible for managing design projects at six campuses located in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn. Prior to CUNY Barbara headed the units responsible for capital projects for the NYPD and public library systems for the NYC Department of Design & Construction (DDC), a city agency. Before entering the public sector in 2010 Barbara worked in the private sector. As an Associate with Fisher Dachs Associates (FDA), a theater design and planning firm, she was responsible for design and management of award-winning performance facilities throughout the United States during her 12 years with the firm. Earlier Barbara practiced architecture at Beyer Blinder Belle Architects and Prentice & Chan, Ohlhausen Architects.

Barbara has been an active member of AIA New York serving on the Board, as the Oculus Committee chair from 2014 – 2017, and the AIA NY Cultural Facilities Committee Co-Chair from 2004 - 2013. Currently Barbara is a mentor with the AIA NY 2020 Torch Mentorship program. She was also a recipient of an AIA NY LeBrun travel grant in 2000. In 2019 Barbara was appointed to NYC Community Board 5 where she serves on the Landmarks Committee and the Park & Public Space Committee. Barbara received her B.A. from Oberlin College and her M.Arch from UCLA.