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For nearly 40 years, the Urban Design Forum has shaped the conversation around the future of New York City and cities around the world. Through conferences, publications, and its network of Fellows, the Forum brings together leaders in the field of urban planning and design and energizes creative approaches to urban issues.
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Daniel Rose is Chairman of Rose Associates, a real estate organization based in New York City. He has developed such properties as the award-winning Pentagon City complex in Arlington, One Financial Center in Boston, and numerous projects in New York City. As an institutional consultant, his credits include the creation and implementation of the “housing for the performing arts” concept for New York’s Manhattan Library. Dan has served as “Expert Advisor” to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and as “Expert/Consultant” to the Commissioner of Education, U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. He also teaches, lectures and writes on a variety of real estate and planning subjects. He is the author of Making a Living, Making a Life.
Hugh Hardy, FAIA, is Founding Partner of H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, an award-winning architecture firm based in New York City. Throughout his fifty year career, his work has been consistently recognized by civic, architectural, and preservation organizations for a progressive spirit and sensitive understanding of context. His celebrated projects include the restoration of Radio City Music Hall; the revitalization of Bryant Park; renovation of the National Baseball Hall of Fame; and multiple projects for the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Lincoln Center Theater, among many others. His recent awards include the Commissioner’s Award for Excellence in Public Architecture by the United States General Services Administration, PlaceMark Award from the Design History Foundation, and the President’s Award from the Architectural League of New York.
Alexander Garvin is president of AGA Public Realm Strategists, a planning and design firm based in New York City. He is also Professor (Adjunct) of Yale University. From 1996 to 2005, he was managing director for NYC2012, New York City’s committee for the 2012 Olympic Bid. During 2002-3 Mr. Garvin was the vice president for planning, design and development of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the agency charged witht the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site following 9/11. He has also held prominent positions in New York City government, including deputy commissioner of housing and city planning commissioner. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including The American City: What Works, What Doesn’t; The Planning Game: Lessons from Great Cities; and Public Parks: The Key to Livable Communities.
Michael Sorkin is founding principal of Michael Sorkin Studio, a design practice in New York City devoted to practical and theoretical projects. Recent projects include planning for a 5000-unit community in Penang, Malaysia, master planning for Hamburg, Visselhoevede, Leipzig, and Schwerin, Germany, and studies of the Manhattan and Brooklyn waterfronts. In 2006, he founded Terreform, a non-profit devoted to research and intervention in urban planning and sustainability issues. He is also the Director of the Graduate Urban Design Program at the City College of New York since 2000. He is also a contributing editor at Architectural Record, and was for ten years the architecture critic of the Village Voice. His books include Variations on a Theme Park, Exquisite Corpse, Local Code, Giving Ground, Wiggle, Some Assembly Required, Other Plans, The Next Jerusalem, After The World Trade Center, and Starting from Zero, Analyzing Ambasz, and Against the Wall.
Timur Galen is executive vice president of Related Companies, where he helps oversee the company’s development of Hudson Yards, the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States. Previously, he served as global co-head of corporate services and real estate at Goldman Sachs, where he led the development of the company’s global headquarters at 200 West Street in Manhattan’s Financial District. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, he worked as an executive with the Walt Disney Company and Reichmann International.
James von Klemperer is President and Design Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, an architecture, interior and master planning firm with six global offices. A major focus of Jamie’s work has been to heighten the role that large buildings play in making urban space. He has led the design of One Vanderbilt Plaza in midtown Manhattan, Plaza 66 and the Jing An Kerry Center in Shanghai, China Central Place in Beijing, Lotte World Tower in Seoul, and New Songdo City in Seoul. His Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington DC, Dongbu Financial Center in Seoul, Park Fifth residential project in Los Angeles, and Riverside 66 urban market in Tianjin have all received AIA design awards.
Byron Stigge is the founding director of Level Infrastructure, a consulting firm based in New York City providing technical and planning advice for infrastructure and development projects worldwide. He practices innovative methods of delivering energy and climate change planning, water and wastewater management, transportation planning, and solid waste management through an integrated design process. He has engaged sustainability and resilience issues in some of the world’s neediest cities in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, and South America as well as in Detroit and St. Louis in the United States. Previously, he led the Infrastructure and Environment Group in the New York office of Buro Happold Engineers.
Meredith Kane is a partner and co-chair in the Real Estate Department of Paul, Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP, a law practice based in New York City. Ms. Kane’s experience includes all aspects of the finance and development of complex public/private joint venture projects. She was instrumental in the long-term lease acquisition of New York’s World Trade Center complex; the development of Hudson Yards on Manhattan’s far west side and of Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn; and the development of a world-class engineering and applied sciences campus on Roosevelt Island; among many other projects. She was honored as the 2009 Woman of the Year by WX – New York Women Executives in Real Estate, and was named one of the Top 50 Women in Real Estate and one of 25 Current Leaders in the Industry by Real Estate Weekly and The Association of Real Estate Women. She served as a commissioner of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission from 1995 to 2004.
James Corner is the founder and director of James Corner Field Operations. His work is renowned for a strong contemporary design across a variety of projects types and scales, from large urban districts and complex post-industrial sites, to small design projects. Major projects include the High Line in New York, Seattle’s Central Waterfront, City Center in Las Vegas, Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront in Hong Kong, Chicago’s Navy Pier, the Civic Center Parks in Santa Monica and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. He is also Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. His work has been recognized with the National Design Award (2010) and the American Academy of Arts & Letters Award in Architecture (2004). He is the author of The Landscape Imagination (2014) and Taking Measures Across the American Landscape (1996).
Michelle Delk is Partner and Discipline Director of Landscape Architecture for Snøhetta’s New York office. Michelle has led diverse projects with extensive engagement of community and client groups, including master plans for campuses, urban infill areas and brownfield developments, as well as downtown places, urban parks, and streetscapes. Currently, Michelle is leading the design of Willamette Falls Riverwalk in Oregon, the New Central Library Plaza & Gardens in Calgary, and Oak Plaza, part of a development project in downtown San Francisco. She is also leading several other design efforts, including the French Laundry Garden Renovation, the Penn District Master Plan, and the Temple Library Landscape.
Paul Goldberger, who the Huffington Post has called “the leading figure in architecture criticism,” is now a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair. From 1997 through 2011 he was the Architecture Critic for The New Yorker, where he wrote the magazine’s celebrated “Sky Line” column. He also holds the Joseph Urban Chair in Design and Architecture at The New School in New York City. He was formerly Dean of the Parsons school of design, a division of The New School. He began his career at The New York Times, where in 1984 his architecture criticism was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism. He is the author of several books including Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry, Why Architecture Matters, Building Up and Tearing Down: Reflections on the Age of Architecture, and Up From Zero: Politics, Architecture, and the Rebuilding of New York.
Abby Hamlin is a New York City based real estate developer and civic thinker. She is founder and president of Hamlin Ventures, a development company that focuses on select, design-driven projects that engage urban issues. Her recent projects include townhouses and supportive housing in Downtown Brooklyn, a landmark building in Manhattan’s Soho district, and the development of an industrial fabrication center in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Prior to forming Hamlin Ventures, she was president of Swig Weiler & Arnow Mgt. Co., a commercial real estate company managing 8 million square feet of office properties in New York and San Francisco, as well as the Fairmont Hotels. She currently serves on the Board of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, Community Solutions, the Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation, and Art Omi.
Tami Hausman is founder and president of Hausman, LLC, a marketing and public relations firm based in New York City focusing on the architecture, engineering, and construction industries. For over 20 years, she has been an expert advisor to top firms who seek out her experience and insights. Her roster of clients includes international architects, engineers, construction firms, law firms, expeditors, furniture distributors, insurance companies, artists, and non-profit organizations. In addition to her experience in marketing and public relations, Tami is an architectural historian who frequently writes and lectures about trends and topics in architecture and urban planning.
J. Devereaux Hawley is the Global Head of Capital Projects at Goldman Sachs, where he manages one of the world’s largest LEED-accredited portfolios covering 170 offices in 92 cities and 30 countries. In this role, he managed the development of Goldman Sachs Worldwide Headquarters in New York as well as campuses in London and Bangaluru. Previously, he served as Director of Real Estate Development at The Walt Disney Company, where he helped develop the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, among other projects. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the Salvadori Center.
Frank Sciame is CEO and Chairman of Sciame Construction, one of the tri-state’s leading construction management firms. With a degree in architecture from City College of New York , Frank is sought out by top designers as a construction partner. His recent projects include the addition to the Morgan Library and Museum, the new Academic Building for Cooper Union and the FDR Four Freedoms Park Memorial on Roosevelt Island. Current projects include buildings for Columbia Medical Center, Princeton University, and The Shed at Hudson Yards. In 1996, Frank formed the real estate development firm Sciame Development. Among his commitments, he is a current Executive Committee Board Member and Past-Chairman of both the New York Landmarks Conservancy and the New York Building Congress.
Beatrice Sibblies is the managing partner of BOS Development, a community-focused real estate development firm based in Harlem, New York. Founded in 2005, BOS Development develops the spectrum of projects necessary for a vibrant community, including residential, religious, cultural, educational, hospitality, and commercial developments. She is actively developing church-anchored development projects in the Central Harlem core and Sugar Hill. Previously, she had a successful career in finance at J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley and served as Assistant Vice President for Economics for the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation.
Marilyn Taylor is the Paley Professor of the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. Previously, she served as Chairman and Partner in Charge of the Urban Design and Planning Practice of Skidmore Owings & Merrill, where she led many of the firm’s largest and most complex projects around the world. An expert in using public space and infrastructure to shape urban districts and civic places, she led projects such as Columbia University’s Manhattanville Master Plan, the East River Waterfront Master Plan, the reclamation of Con Ed’s East River sites for mixed-use development, and the reuse of New York’s Farley Post Office as the Moynihan Station. She also founded SOM’s Airports and Transportation practice, where she worked on projects such as the expansion of Dulles International Airport, Sky City at Hong Kong International Airport, and the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv.
Thomas Wright is president of Regional Plan Association, an urban research and advocacy organization focused on the New York metropolitan region. He has steered many of the organization’s key initiatives, including the Draft Vision Plan for the City of Newark (2006) and A Region at Risk: The Third Regional Plan for the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut Metropolitan Area (1996). He is a visiting lecturer in public policy at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Previously, he was deputy executive director of the New Jersey Office of State Planning and coordinator of the Mayor’s Institute on City Design.
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