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, Mr. Pilla serves as a Lecturer in the School of Architecture and the School of Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he is teaching courses covering topics from basic structural systems to complex concepts in seismic design.
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.