Meet the Team
Founding Principal, NCARB
Andrew V. Giambertone, A.I.A.
Andrew V. Giambertone has been a licensed Architect and sole practitioner for nearly 30 years. Andrew graduated from New York Institute of Technology, Magna Cum Laude, and recipient of the Gold Medal for Academic Achievement in the Bachelor of Architecture Program, Class of 1985. Upon obtaining his license in 1989, he opened his own firm, and through various collaborations over the years, he has remained a sole practitioner. Using each successive project as a stepping stone to the next, Andrew has garnered a wide variety of experience in virtually every traditional or classical building style or idiom. He spends a tremendous amount of time researching background material for each project to ensure its successful outcome. He relies on the collaborative input from his valued colleagues at AVGA, and seeks to not just find the resolution to any building problem or construction detail, but rather the best solution to the issue at hand.
Senior Associate, Architect
Amber Roth, R.A.
Amber joined AVGA in early 2005 when she moved back to Long Island after working in Arizona. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University and in 2005, she obtained her Architectural License from the State of New York. Amber worked in Manhattan and abroad for a number of years gaining experience in retail, senior housing, corporate interiors and classical architecture before pursuing her passion for residential architecture, both traditional and modern. While at AVGA, Amber has enjoyed working on many amazing projects as well as the friendships she has built among this small, close-knit group of professionals.
Benjamin Horst, A.I.A.
Ben was proud to join AVGA in 2022 after working in New York City for 6 years with an international award-winning architecture firm, concentrating on retail and corporate design for several Fortune 500 companies. He earned his B.S. in Architecture in 2014 and his Master of Architecture in 2016 from Roger Williams University and he is a Registered Architect in the State of New York. Ben’s passion for design, architecture, artwork and furniture-making developed at a young age as he followed in the footsteps of both his grandfather and father in their architectural careers. He is thrilled to be back on Long Island and part of AVGA’s unparalleled team contributing his skills and love for the built environment to the firm’s legacy of high-end, beautifully-designed and executed projects.
Erin J. Breen, an ASID Allied Member and NCIDQ candidate, has served as the lead Interior Designer at AVGA since January 2019. Erin holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology and received her Master and Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Hofstra University. Erin’s passion for and thorough understanding of the principles of interior design consistently result in design solutions that are inviting, beautiful, functional, and enhance the lives of the occupants. In addition, Erin draws from her years of marketing experience, specifically client collaboration, strategy development, creative conception & execution, and project management.
Ernesto Silva has 20 years of professional experience in the Architectural field, 12 of which have been with Andrew V. Giambertone & Associates. Ernesto has been responsible for overseeing, composing design development and construction documents for both exterior and interior phases of some of our projects. Based on our firm’s attention to detail and implementation of that detail throughout the construction process, Ernesto works closely with the Construction Manager and individual trades in the field, through site visits and meetings, to ensure the final built product is consistent with the initial design intent. Ernesto holds a Bachelor of Architecture from New York Institute of Technology.
There are several aspects of our firm which makes my experience here unique and fulfilling. First, is the quality of projects we get to work on and the fact that for most projects we have the opportunity to stay with the projects from start to finish, therefore providing us the opportunity to experience all aspects of the project, which is extremely valuable for our professional growth and experience. Second is the level of detail and attention we give to all our projects. Third is our office environment which is unlike any other I have experienced, the level of competence amongst all my colleagues is exceptional with the combination of us all contributing towards the great family environment we have. All these make for a unique and fulfilling environment to work in.
Senior Associate, Architect
James Peter Thomas
James Peter Thomas has worked with Andrew V. Giambertone since 1997 and became Senior Associate at the firm in 2008. Since joining AVGA, Jim has managed large-scale residential projects ranging from new construction, preservation, and restoration as well as commercial development works. His involvement in AVGA projects encompasses many aspects, from initial development, code research to design through final construction documentation. Jim’s expertise and his collaborations with consultants, interior designers and colleagues have enabled him to successfully manage large teams and tackle many of the firm’s most challenging commissions. Jim received his Bachelor of Architecture from the New York Institute of Technology summa cum laude, where he graduated at the top of his class. He is a registered architect in the State of New York.
Senior Associate, Architect
Jennifer is a licensed professional who received her Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech in 2004. She began her professional career in her hometown of Huntington, NY, where she worked on a combination of commercial, non-for-profit and residential jobs. She moved on to NYC to specialize in high-end residential design where she worked on a combination of apartments and country houses. Through the design process and extensive construction administration experience, Jennifer has developed a sharp attention to detail and strives to create beautiful architecture inspired by historical precedent yet functional for today’s way of life. After 10 years of experience in the “big city,” Jennifer finds herself back to her roots in Huntington, doing the work she loves most; residential architecture.
Lisa Aviles is a welcome addition to the AVGA's staff. Her more than 25 years as an administrative professional in the field of telecommunications and entertainment has given her the tools to transition into an entirely different industry with the skill of a true professional. She enjoys working in such a creative environment and is honored to be part of such an enthusiastic team.
With 25+ years of experience, including being a partner in her own firm, Marianne joined the AVGA team in 2007. She feels that the attention to detail and design excellence that AVGA holds as a standard is without equal and that it inspires her to create & collaborate as part of this dedicated team.
Rachel received her schooling in Israel where contemporary style is the backbone of design education. Working with Andrew Giambertone since 2010, she has come to appreciate and love traditional design and its concepts. Rachel has a great enthusiasm for computer aided design software and is always eager to add to her knowledge.
“When the new office was being renovated, it felt to all the employees as exciting as if we were renovating our own houses, and that is what the work environment is like - like working at a second home. The atmosphere is relaxed yet with an excited tension as everyone here is enthusiastic about the truly outstanding projects we feel privileged to work on.”