Dominick R. Pilla, PE, SE, CE, RA is an engineer and an architect and founder of DRPILLA. Mr. Pilla has served as Principal-in-Charge of his firm’s major projects since the firm’s inception in 1999. As a result of his training and experience as both engineer and architect, he is acutely aware of the issues facing the successful integration of both professions. This distinctive blend of skills and training provides a unique perspective to each project the firm undertakes. Dominick is a hands-on design principal and remains involved throughout the project. He works closely with project managers ensuring that the projects’ goals and client’s needs are met.

Further synthesizing the fields of engineering and architecture, Dominick has served as an Associate Professor in the Architecture Department at The City College of New York since 2010. For six years prior, he served as an adjunct professor at the same institution. Since achieving his associate professor post in 2010, he has created and implemented a core series of three structures courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level.
New Jersey Institute of Technology, MS, 1991
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, BS, 1990
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Mr. Pilla's current research is continuing to bridge the engineering and architecture professions through his collaboration with a team from The City College of New York's Grove School of Engineering as the industry mentor for an NSF/PowerBridge grant. The research focuses on sustainability in engineering. The technology involves the incorporation of fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) waste in architectural and non-structural concrete as aggregate.
Personal Interests
A native New Yorker, Dominick was born in the Bronx and raised in Rockland County. He now lives with his family in Grandview on Hudson. When time allows between his practice and academia, he is an avid skier and enjoys traveling and literature.