Sara Arnold joined OCV as a partner in 1989, bringing a varied set of experiences to the firm. In 1975 she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bennington College and went on to study architecture at the Cooper Union, receiving her Bachelor of Architecture in 1979.

Ms. Arnold built an expertise in housing working at such firms as Davis, Brody & Associates, William Vitto & Ira Oaklander, PC, and Hirsh-Danois Partnership in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In the late 1980s, she specialized in corporate interiors and retail stores while at Robert Gersin Associates, where she managed and designed several award–winning stores including the Casual Corner prototype.

Since joining OCV, she has brought a distinctive flair to projects ranging from high-end residential work, to retail and commercial spaces and corporate offices.

Ms. Arnold has been a guest critic in the Architecture Department of Bennington College and a guest lecturer at the Conference for the National Association of Women In Construction (NAWIC).

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John Coogan began working with Ira Oaklander and William Vitto in 1978 while earning his Bachelor of Architecture at the Cooper Union. He stayed on with Oaklander & Vitto after graduating in 1979, and by 1986 became a founding member of Oaklander, Coogan & Vitto Architects.

He brings to the firm over 30 years of experience designing, renovating and rehabilitating projects of varying sizes and types throughout the City and State. He has been Project Architect for numerous housing developments, single-family homes, corporate offices, restaurants, educational facilities and community centers for a variety of private, corporate, non-profit and government clients.

Mr. Coogan shares in the deep interest in housing that defines OCV as a leader in supportive, low-income and multi-family dwelling, and he is also greatly involved in fostering the innovative design of community and scholastic buildings. Over the years, he has overseen the construction, rehabilitation and retrofitting of more than 30 schools and community centers in NYC alone, and has worked with clients ranging from the NYC Board of Education to the Archdiocese of NY.

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Richard Vitto received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Cooper Union in 1980, and before founding OCV worked at S.I.T.E. and William Vitto & Ira Oaklander, PC in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

For over 30 years, he has been unwaveringly dedicated to designing innovative, sustainable multi–family housing of both new construction and rehabilitation. This passion dates back to 1986 when as a young architect he was a member of the first-prize winning design team of the Inner City Infill Housing Competition sponsored by the Harlem Center for the Arts.

Mr. Vitto’s current work focuses on new construction and adaptive reuse that brings green, supportive housing to the numerous communities in need across the City and State. He has designed and executed various housing rehabilitations that include tenant-in-occupancy projects and large–scale homeless housing for non–profit organizations in NYC.

As part of his housing work, Mr. Vitto has completed numerous community facilities, social service facilities and parks.

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