Tina M. Tapinekis


Tina Marie Tapinekis has over 30 years of experience as a preservation and restoration architect. She has established a reputation in the New York City restoration community for adopting a practical methodology to problem solving while administering construction projects. Passionate about the importance of maintaining buildings, she has devoted her career to retaining the character and fabric of the city’s facades, especially designated Landmark structures.

With her in‐depth understanding of building components, and her knowledge of historic building materials such as terra cotta and cast iron, Tina has developed a set of fine‐tuned restoration procedures and waterproofing techniques that are unique to the industry. She has successfully conducted leak investigations and directed facade restoration and roof replacement projects to remediate water infiltration. This has extended the useful life of many buildings while keeping the structure true to form.

Early in her career Tina worked for both architectural and engineering firms specializing in historic building restoration. This diverse experience helped her develop practical expertise with a wide variety of building types.

Prior to joining SURFACE DESIGN, Tina was the Principal of tmt Restoration Architect, PC for over 20 years overseeing various projects in range and scale. The building types she has restored include historic brownstone townhouses, cast iron structures in SoHo, ornate religious structures as well as curtain wall skyscrapers throughout greater New York City.

Tina is a Registered Architect in New York and is an active member in many industry associations, notably the International Concrete Repair Institute, Association for Preservation Technology.

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