Thomaï Serdari on Fine Arts & Luxury

Thomaï Serdari, Ph.D. is a USPAP qualified appraiser and fine arts professional with a practice in New York City. She is a student member of the Appraisers’ Association of America and a member of College Art Association and Society of Architectural Historians.

Thomaï has been teaching at the Department of Art History of New York University, where she is Director of Research Collections, since 1999. In this role she is responsible for text and image development in all art historical periods, from antiquity to contemporary, and is in charge of maintaining the department’s archival and rare books collections.

Her own interests led her to develop the following courses, all currently offered by the Department of Art History at NYU: “Research Methods in Art History and Urban Design Studies for Honors Thesis Students”; “Cultures of Excess: Product and Fashion Design through Modernity”; “Entrepreneurship in the Business of Art”; “History and Theory of Modern Architecture.” In addition, Thomaï teaches graduate students at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business, for which she developed the Luxury Marketing specialization core courses: “The Core of Luxury: Processes, Products, and Strategies through History” and “Luxury Branding: Brand Thinking and Experience.”

Originally trained as an architect at the National Technical University of Athens, Thomaï received her doctorate in Art History & Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University in 2005, with a major in Modern Architecture and a minor in Aegean Archaeology. She also holds an MBA from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University, with a specialization in corporate and quantitative finance (2009). She is currently a student at the Gemological Institute of America.

Thomaï is an avid collector of fine jewelry, decorative objects, and modern drawings and prints.  She is fluent in English, French, and Greek and enjoys classical piano, boating, and nature.

Her spare time is devoted to the growth of Work Out-Work Up Inc. ( a not-for-profit organization she founded in 2010 and which is dedicated to building self-confidence in teens of underprivileged backgrounds.

For additional information on Thomaï’s projects and academic assignments, visit  her website.