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Arabolos, John (full)
Assistant Professor
Arts & Sciences
Art & Design
Dodds Hall

    John is an “Assistant Professor” in the Interior Design and Pre-Architecture Program within the Department of Art and Design at the University of New Haven. He is responsible for the coordination and instruction of technical drawing, inclusive of Architectural Drawing, Construction Documents, Paraline, and Perspective Drawing. He also teaches Codes for Interiors, Professional Practices for Interior Designers and the upper division studios including;  Furniture Design and Interior Design lll, which explores ADA (American Disabilities Act) and Ageing in Place code applications. In 2006 he was appointed as a “Professional Interior Designer and Artist in Residence”. John is the current Interior Design faculty advisor to the Student Chapter of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers). He has been nominated by his students eight times in five years for “Who’s Who in Teaching”.

    John received a BA at the Hartford Art School of the University of Hartford in Hartford, CT in 1974 where he was awarded the Ruth Chaney Goodwin Award.  He also obtained a MFA at Pratt Institute of Design in 1980 where he was the recipient of a Ford Foundation Grant and was named Pratt Studio Scholar.

    He has been practicing Interior Design since 1974, is a registered Interior Designer in the State of Connecticut, and is the principal of the West Haven based design firm, Arabolos Design Associates founded in 1982.  His firm specializes in restaurants, kitchens, baths, home theater, and design for residential, new construction renovations and remodeling.

    Throughout his earlier career he founded and was the principal of Element Design Group in Fairfield and worked for Cohen Design of Westport and New Haven, CT, and Boca Raton, Florida, Domus Contemporary Interiors of Orange, CT and Gordon Micunis Interiors Inc. of Stamford, CT.

    He has won many design competition awards and has  had his design work published in numerous local and national publications including Kitchen and Bath Design Guide and Hanley Wood Inc. publications, Kitchen and Bath Magazine, Women’s Day Innovation Series publications, and Connecticut Magazine.

    He is the current President of CCID (Connecticut Coalition of Interior Designers, and previously served as the VP of Legislation from 2003 to 2013 and President before from 2000 to 2003.  He has been a CCID member for 20 years and is currently in his thirteenth year serving on the Executive Board. He is also a Past President of the Connecticut Chapter ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) where he served as an executive Board member for eight years.

    John has also been a practicing professional artist since 1969 exhibiting his work throughout the country.  Since 2001 he has been represented by the Silvermine Guild in New Canaan, CT.  He has won numerous art competition awards and has had his work published by Art New England, Gallery & Studio, Direct Art, Periodicals, and the New Haven Register.

    John’s artwork is an investigation of “Chaotic” patterns found in nature.  These are patterns that have what is described as, “self-similarity”. That is to say; compositional elements, that are readily identifiable as the same, yet varying in size and scale and existing randomly in placement within space and time. He investigates these phenomena, by utilizing symmetry as a tool, thus forcing and creating order out of randomness. The artworks developed and created from his research can be seen at

    Twelve of John’s Artworks have been reproduced and featured by the “Nature Publishing Group“ as front covers to the Nature Genetics” Periodicals.

    In March 2005 John published his first book about his art titled, “Chaotic Symmetries – The Artwork of John Arabolos”©.  The book is about the study and investigation of “chaotic” patterns found in nature whose random forms and self-similarity have been altered through the utilization of symmetry, geometric morphological sequencing and related mathematical principles to aesthetically control and create both order and systemic structure from random organic imagery.

     A second Book relative to his current artwork and titled “The Fabric of Life Series“©, is planned to be completed and published within the next 2 years.

    Based upon the graphic algorithm John developed to create his artwork, in July of 2008 he filed for a patent for a new “Disruptive Technology” for creating systemic morphological pattern sequencing. This design methodology enables the creation of an infinite number of self-referential patterns from any given pictorial reference. Although development is still ongoing, the process is currently being used for the creative development of pattern sequencing within the “Graphic Image Terrain” by design professionals in the fine and applied arts of the Interior, Architectural, Textile, Graphic Design and Education industries. In the summer of 2013 the domestic patents were approved. The European Patent is still pending .The process can be seen and utilized as on online design tool, at “Image”.

    Professional Positions (current)

    • Principal and founder of “Arabolos Design Associates”
      West Haven CT.
    • Vice President, Creative Director and founder of “Image Terrain”,
      A web based design process and service

    Professional Registration

    • State of Connecticut Interior Designer, Lic./Reg. No. 579

    Processional Organizations

    • American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)
      Past President and Executive Board Member
    • Connecticut Coalition of Interior Designers (CCID)
      Current President and Executive Board Member, Past VP Legislation
    • Connecticut Building Officials Association


    • Silvermine Guild Art Center, New Canaan, CT
    • Whitney Museum, New York
    • Museum of Modern Art, New York
    • Guggenheim Museum, New York
    • New Haven Arts Council, New Haven, CT

    Past Appointments

    • National ASID Referral Service Task Force, Washington, DC
      “Interior Design Licensing Study Committee”, Appointed by the CT General Law Committee
    • “Interior Design Advisory Committee” for the CT Dept. of Consumer Protection,Appointed by then Ct Secretary of State Gloria Schaffer
    • Sub Committees – “Design Build” and Multi-Disciplinary”, Appointed by the
      CT Coalition of Interior Designers, Investigative Recommendations to the CT Dept. of Consumer Protection




    M.F.A., Pratt Institute of Design, Brooklyn, NY
    B.A., Hartford Art School, The University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT


    Chaotic Symmetries,The Artwork of John Arabolos, Herlin/Gist Press, March 2005

    Ashley Group Publications, 2003 Homebook Design, Excellence Award Winners –
    1st Place Gold Awards:
    -  Kitchen Design/Construction
    -  Mill work
    2nd Place Silver Award:
    -  Remodeling Project
    Ashley Group Publications, 2003, Best of the Best Luxury Homes Magazine
    American Society of Interior Designers Newsletter, 2003 Winter Issue
    American Society of Interior Designers Newsletter, 2002 Spring Issue
    Architecture, March 2000 Issue
    Kitchen & Bath Design Guide, 1994-Annual, Hanley Wood Inc. Publication 
    Kitchen & Bath, Summer Volume IV #2, Women’s Day Innovation Series Publication
    Kitchen & Bath, Fall Volume IV #3, Women’s Day Innovation Series Publication
    Connecticut Magazine, March 1995