Anthony V. Saviano, 57, of Fairfield, the husband of Natalie Schlenk Saviano, died Feb. 2 at home.

Born on May 5, 1953, in Bridgeport, he was the son of Augusto and Wanda Santagata Saviano of Pietramelara, Caserta, Italy. He graduated from Bullard-Havens Technical School in Bridgeport, where he played football and was team captain. He earned an associate's degree in architectural engineering from Norwalk State Technical College and bachelor's and master's degrees in architecture from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. He also participated in continuing education studies at Harvard University.

A registered architect for more than 30 years, he was a former principal and director of operations of the New York City Office of Interior Architects, and a past professor at F.I.T. SUNY in New York City, where he taught materials and methods, working drawings and building regulations. He served on the NYC Landmark Preservation Committee, and worked on aspects of the Denver International Airport renovation and many Fifth Avenue store designs. He was also a flight kitchen specialist designer for many major airlines, as well as a guest critic and lecturer for art schools and lecturer. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects, the National Society for Historical Preservation and other professional affiliations.

He was an avid traveler throughout Europe, the U.S. and Hawaii with his wife and children. He also enjoyed history, reading, hunting and music, but he particularly enjoyed spending time with his family.

Survivors, in addition to his wife and parents, include two sons, Evan M. Saviano and William A. Saviano of Fairfield, a brother, Vincent Saviano and his wife Carol of Sandy Hook, a sister, Catherine Ziebell of Seymour, and two aunts, Hortensia Squillaciotti and Concettina Mitrano of Italy, his father-in-law William F. Schlenk Sr. and his wife Dorothy of Stratford; brothers and sisters-in law, James and Karen Schlenk of Bridgeport, Barbara and Samuel Zewe of Houston, Texas, William Schlenk Jr. of Milford, Leonard Schlenk of Bridgeport, and Susan and William Smith of New Hampshire; nieces, Amanda, Rachel, Nicole, Erika, Dee and Alisha; nephews, Nicholas, Alex, Justin and Dylan; great-niece, Erin; two great-nephews, Steven and Kieran; special "uncle," Fred Pettinelli, and godson. Daniel Russo He was pre-deceased by his mother-in-law, Natalie Battista Schlenk.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Monday in Our Lady of the Assumption Church. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a scholarship fund established at FIT in his name, c/o Takashi Kamiya, chairman, FIT/Interior Design Department, Seventh Avenue at 27th Street, New York, NY 10001. To light a virtual candle, visit www.