In 2006, SEI Design Group was formed by the six founding Principals, Victor J. Tomaselli, AIA, Stephen J. Klempa, CCM (retired), Brian E. Cieslinski, Bari J. Lee (semi-retired), Michael J. Ebertz, AIA, and Matthew S. Monaghan, AIA, who all left a successful firm to start a new company. How it all came about, how we picked our name, etc... is an interestng long story. Please go to our inception story in our blog fo find out more about SEI.
A few of our founding principals are now happily in retirement after building a successful company. The remaining founding Principals continue to move forward with new Principal partners along with an extensive team of professionals that energizes our company and keeps our momentum going.
Our individual, unique work experiences compliment one another in our ability to meet the diverse and challenging needs of public and private clients alike. We pride ourselves on being seasoned professionals who understand the intricacies of complex problem solving within our industry and profession.
Current Principals: (Left to Right) Matt Schools, AIA, Brian Cieslinski, Matt Monahan, AIA, Michael Ebertz, AIA, Victor Tomaselli, AIA, Ted Mountain, AIA, Stephen Staveski, AIA, Gian Paul Piane, AIA,
We are very fortunate to have great clients and the way we keep these clients is due to our passion for supporting them in any way we can. Our profession as architects requires a lot of oversight and constant visits to our project locations. We know our clients need us there. To address this, we opened three offices to better cover NY state and beyond.
In Albany, our offices are located in Wolf Road which also has easy access to all our projects on the Eastern side of the state. Our office in Syracuse facilitates the management of our projects in the Central region of New York.
Here are recent highlights and accolades our firm has received:
ENR New York - Top Design Firm (2010-2013) – ranked nationally by overall revenue of the firm.
Building Design and Construction - 2012 top twenty five K-12 school sector firms. BDC recognizes top firms by market sector with an emphasis on cutting edge school design including STEM initiatives, hands on learning spaces, 21st Century learning, maker spaces, collaborative learning labs and integrated technology.
Architectural Record top 250 firms Nationwide - 2009-2015: Firms ranked nationwide according to overall revenue of the firm.
Rochester Business Journal - Ranking of #5 out of top 25 firms in Rochester for 2012-2015. Category recognizes leading design firms in Rochester with rankings by number of architectural licensed employees.
AIA Awards - 2008 Rochester Design Award for Excellence and AIA NYS Award of Merit: for outstanding design of the Parry Building office renovation in Rochester, NY. Excellence category and award of merit given to projects with the following criteria: design excellence, restoration of existing facilities, sensitivity to context, space to enhance the community and innovation of special relationships and finishes.
Learning by Design - SEI won awards in 2011, 2012 and 2015 for the Outstanding Project Category. Learning by Design is national publication for education design and innovation excellence. Published twice each year, this prestigious magazine recognizes the nation’s preeminent architectural firms by publishing outstanding pre-K to 12 and college/university projects. The Outstanding Project Category showcases some of the most innovative and effective education projects that have been recently undertaken across the United States to K–12 and post-secondary education facilities.
2011: Schuylerville CSD
2012: Syracuse Institute of Technology at Central
Spring 2014: ITC
Fall 2014: Churchville CSD