The Crisis of Maintenance
Kenneth K. Fisher is a member of the law firm of Cozen O’Connor whose practice concentrates on the public realm of the metropolitan area, including real estate development, zoning and land use matters; administrative and regulatory law; government contracting; counseling clients on negotiations, litigation and investigations. He also represents a number of not-for-profit organizations in employment, governance and real estate matters. Working with Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, he advocates for clients with government decision-makers at the local, state, and federal levels.
With over 25 years of experience as an architect and urban planner, Margaret Newman recently joined ARUP as an Associate Principal with the Integrated Planning team in New York. Working across the many disciplines of engineering and design, Ms. Newman is designing public realm projects that are not only strategic and economical, but also projects that prioritize people to better integrate planning and transportation into the fabric and context of cities. Prior to joining ARUP, Ms. Newman headed up her own consulting firm More Urban, advising on design, urban planning, and development projects and served as Executive Director of the Municipal Art Society of New York, advocating for excellence in all aspects of the built environment. Under Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Sadik-Khan, Ms. Newman served as Chief of Staff at the New York City Department of Transportation where she directed major agency projects including the capital construction plan for Times Square. She received a Master’s degree in Architecture from Princeton University, is a certified LEED AP, BD+C professional and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
Frances Halsband is the founding partner of Kliment Halsband Architects. She has served as Dean of the School of Architecture at the Pratt Institute in New York, has been visiting distinguished professor of design at many universities, including University of California at Berkeley, University of Maryland, and University of Pennsylvania. In an advisory role, she is currently Architect Advisor for Brown University and Harvard University, a member of the Architectural Review Board of the Federal Reserve Bank and the U.S. General Services Administration, and was a Commissioner of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Frances was the first woman to be elected president of the New York Chapter of the AIA, has served as president of the Architectural League of New York, and is a frequent participant on many AIA committees, panels, and design awards juries. Frances Halsband received a Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University.
Deborah Marton has dedicated her career to public space in New York City, with a special focus on merging natural systems with the built environment. She joined New York Restoration Project (NYRP) in 2011, bringing her extensive experience moving complex municipal projects from conception to actionable conclusions. As Executive Director of New York Restoration Project, Deborah manages NYRP’s work transforming open space in underserved communities to create a greener, more sustainable New York City. She oversees all organizational activities, ranging from park restoration and operations in Northern Manhattan, renovation and maintenance of NYRP’s 52 community gardens, and implementation of MillionTreesNYC in partnership with the NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation. In her previous capacity as NYRP’s SVP of Programs, Deborah developed NYRP’s identity as an urban land conservancy working across municipal jurisdictions to increase environmental sustainability citywide. Most recently, she created the vision and program for a waterfront site in Northern Manhattan that will be developed as a center for recreational boating and environmental education.
Prior to joining NYRP, Deborah served as Executive Director of Design Trust for Public Space. Under her leadership the organization gained national visibility and quadrupled in size. High-profile projects completed during her tenure there have made New York City’s parks and public right-of-ways more sustainable, catalyzed the redesign of Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza, strengthened Long Island City’s art community, and improved the New York City taxi vehicle and system, paving the way for the city’s new taxi, among many other projects and public programs. She was also Program Manager of New York City Parks Natural Resources Group and later associated with the landscape architecture firm Field Operations, where she collaborated on creation of the winning submission for the Fresh Kills Master Plan, and later served as the first Project Manager for that project. She received a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the Harvard University Design School and also holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law.
Jamie Maslyn Larson’s portfolio of work embodies the integration of transformation and design excellence. Over the last 19 years, Jamie’s design leadership on complex, multi-phase public realm and cultural landscape projects has given her a deep understanding of the critically important role that landscape has in contemporary culture. Her work spans the country with a range of public and private clients including federal and city public agencies, universities, cultural institutions, and private developers. Her award-winning portfolio demonstrates her capacity to execute long-term projects and her deep commitment to design quality at every scale and stage of the process.
Prior to joining Wagner Hodgson, Jamie was a Principal at West 8’s New York office with a nation-wide, diverse portfolio that garnered many design awards and national and international press. She was Principal-in Charge of the firm’s United States portfolio, which includes some of the firm’s most emblematic projects, including Governors Island Park and Public Space project, Longwood Gardens Master Plan, and Soundscape in Miami Beach, Florida. Jamie lectures and presents at national conferences and universities and has been published in Landscape Journal. She received her Master in Landscape Architecture degree from Utah State University. She is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, a Fellow at the Forum for Urban Design, and a licensed landscape architect in New York, Pennsylvania and Florida.
Jennifer Pehr is the City Design Practice Manager at Skidmore, Owings & Merril LLP. She received her Masters of Urban Planning at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and her Masters of Public Health from the Columbia University School of Public Health. She is an alumna of Barnard College.
Robert Paley is the Director of Transit-Oriented Development with the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Robert Paley previously served as Senior Development Officer for AvalonBay Communities, Inc. He has collaborated on such projects as the Atlantic Terminal Mall in Brooklyn and 15 Penn Plaza. Mr. Paley is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Real Estate Development at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.
Madelyn Wils is the President and CEO of the Hudson River Park Trust. She began her tenure as the Trust’s President and CEO in June 2011. She previously served as the Executive Vice President of the Planning, Development and Maritime Division of the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC), where her portfolio included over 100 complex projects such as the redevelopment of Willlets Point, Coney Island, East River Esplanade and Hunters Point South. Prior to joining EDC, she served as the President of the Tribeca Film Institute, managing the expansion of the organization from a 10-day festival into a diverse institution offering year-round cultural programming. From 2001 to 2005, she served as Chair of Community Board 1 in Lower Manhattan, where she played an integral role in the rebuilding of Lower Manhattan following the events of September 11, 2001. She was a founding member of both the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and the Hudson River Park Trust.
Sharon Davis is Principal of Sharon Davis Design, a New York-based architecture and design firm. She is the recipient of several major awards, including the Lucille Smyser Lownefish Memorial Prize from the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture in 2006, and the Women for Women Active Citizen’s Award in 2010. Sharon has worked on architectural projects ranging in scope from residential interiors to commercial ground-up construction and international institutional development. Sharon is also a leading voice within New York’s public architectural space, serving on the executive committee for the Van Alen Institute for Projects in Public Architecture. In addition, she has lectured at University of Michigan and served on final review juries for Michael Bell at Columbia, Jonathan Marvel at Parson’s New School and Mark Robbins at the University of Syracuse. She earned her Masters of Architecture from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture.
Susannah C. Drake is the founding principal, of DLANDstudio Architecture + Landscape Architecture, pllc. an award winning multi-disciplinary design firm. DLANDstudio is the recipient of National and International urban design awards from the AIA, ASLA and Chicago Athenaeum among others. As one of very few designers of her generation with professional design qualifications in Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Susannah paved the way for more synthetic thinking about urban ecological infrastructure.
She is the recipient of grants from the Graham Foundation, the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, the James Marston Fitch Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Center for Architecture for research on campus landscapes and large scale urban infrastructure projects. Susannah is the former President and Trustee of the New York ASLA and former Trustee of the Van Alen Institute. She is the author of Elastic Landscape: Seeding Ecology in Public Space & Urban Infrastructure which was recently published in the collection of essays entitled Infrastruktururbanismus.
Susannah received a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from Dartmouth College in 1987 and Master in Architecture and Master in Landscape Architecture degrees from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1995.
Justin Garrett Moore is an urban designer and the executive director of the New York City Public Design Commission. He has extensive experience in urban design and city planning—from large-scale urban systems, policies, and projects to grassroots and community-focused planning, design, and arts initiatives. At the Public Design Commission his work is focused on prioritizing the quality and excellence of the public realm, and fostering accessibility, diversity and inclusion in the City’s public buildings, spaces, and art.
Justin is a former Senior Urban Designer for the NYC Department of City Planning where, for over a decade, he was responsible for conducting complex urban design plans and studies of the physical design and utilization of sites including infrastructure, public spaces, land use patterns and neighborhood character. His projects included the Greenpoint and Williamsburg Waterfront, Hunter’s Point South, the Coney Island Plan and the Brooklyn Cultural District. He received degrees in both architecture and urban design from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation where he is now an Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture in the urban design and urban planning programs.
He is the co-founder of Urban Patch, a social enterprise based in Indianapolis that focuses on community revitalization and design in American inner cities. His professional affiliations include the American Institute of Certified Planners, the Urban Design Forum, and Next City’s Vanguard. In addition to ioby, he also serves as a board member for Mary Miss—City as Living Laboratory, and Made in Brownsville.
Henry is a staff writer at Slate who writes about architecture, transportation, and public space. Previously, he was a senior editor at Urban Omnibus, the magazine of the Architectural League of New York, and the author of the Science of Cities column for Next City and the Dream City column for Salon. His work has also appeared in the Atlantic, the Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere.
Mr. Schwartz is President, and CEO of Sam Schwartz, a firm that specializes in transportation planning and engineering. He also writes columns on traffic for The New York Daily News, the NY Downtown Express and blogs for Engineering News Record.
Previously Mr. Schwartz was New York City’s Traffic Commissioner and was the Chief Engineer of the NYC Department of Transportation. He started his transportation career in the late 1960’s as a NYC cabbie and joined the Traffic Department, as a junior engineer, in 1971.
Mr. Schwartz specializes in creative problem-solving for seemingly intractable situations. He is expert at getting people out of their cars and into other forms of transportation. He is also proficient at moving those people who remain in their cars more swiftly and safely. Mr. Schwartz has created many win-win-win situations whereby traffic moves better, pedestrians are safer and the community gains more sidewalk and green space. He’s been called an Urban Alchemist for making grass grow from asphalt. Mr. Schwartz, often referred to by his nom de plume “Gridlock Sam,” released the word “Gridlock” into the lexicon during the 1980 NYC Transit strike.
He has been an adjunct professor at Cooper Union, Long Island University and Brooklyn College. He has authored more than 200 professional papers and presentations and has written several books and chapters in books. His latest book, AfterCarsTM, will be released in late 2015. He has received more than a score of awards for his work, including 2014 AAA Traffic Safety Award, 2014 Brooklyn Technical High School Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2012 American Society of Civil Engineers’ Sustainable Civil Engineering Award, 2012 Businessman of the Year from the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, 2011 New York State Society of Professional Engineer of the Year award, 2011 Brooklyn College Alumnus of the Year, 2010 NSPE Professional Engineers Merit Award, Public Works Magazine’s 2008 Trendsetter Award and Civil Engineer of the Year from the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the American Council of Engineering Companies.
He began his professional transportation career as a NYC taxi cab driver while obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics at Brooklyn College and later obtained a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Florida.
Landscape architect Michelle Delk is a partner in the multi-disciplinary firm Snøhetta, and Director of Landscape Architecture for the firm. The design process at Snøhetta is collaborative, transdisciplinary, and focused on social and environmental sustainability. The firm prioritizes relationships and recognition of the particularities of place. This is achieved through workshops, conversations, and open exchange, where ideas move freely between designer, client, and consultant. Public participation and community engagement is a core value in Delk’s work. She is committed to expanding the public understanding of the role of landscape architecture in building resilient communities.
Delk has led the design of numerous downtown plazas, parks, streetscape revitalizations, and public spaces. As Director of Landscape Architecture, she is currently heading the landscape design for Snøhetta’s Willamette Falls Riverwalk project in Oregon City. The project will open the Willamette Falls to public access for the first time since the 1830s. Delk is also the lead designer for the new Calgary Public Library plaza, the North Tryon Vision Plan for Charlotte, Virginia, and the Temple University Library in Philadelphia. She received an MLA degree from the University of Colorado Denver (2001) and a BA in fine art from the University of Iowa (1997). Before joining Snohetta, Delk was a Principal/Landscape Architect for the Denver-based landscape architecture firm Civitas.
Ms. Nandan believes in sustainability as a holistic and supple design approach, integral to all aspect of design and construction. She is at the forefront of sustainability in New York, having served in various roles to help shape public policy, most recently board co-chair of the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program Red Hook Community Committee ; member of the Homes Committee for Urban Green Codes Task Force (2012); and the Building Resiliency Task Force (2013). Gita further puts her beliefs into practice as an architectural educator, currently a visiting assistant professor at Pratt Institute and the School of Visual Arts where she teaches the Green Infrastructure Studio, Sustainable and Resilient Existing Building Design and thesis. Gita received her Master of Architecture from UC Berkeley and is a registered architect in New York and New Jersey, an accredited LEED professional and Enterprise Green Communities Technical Assistant.
Margaret Tobin is Principal of M.Tobin Co, a firm that specializes in conceptualizing, analyzing, planning and design, negotiating with tenants, regulators and contractors, and implementing complex real estate projects, with a specialty in New York City real estate and its regulatory and political environment. Before, Margaret served as Senior Vice President of Development for the New York Convention Center Operating Corporation. Margaret was also instrumental in the formation of the Hudson River Park Conservancy as the Executive Vice President and CFO.
Eloise Hirsh is the Administrator of Freshkills Park and the President of the Freshkills Park Alliance. At 2,200 acres, the Freshkills Park project is one of the most ambitious public works projects in the City’s history. The transformation of what was the City’s biggest landfill for 50 years, into a productive, vital, beautiful destination open to all is a powerful symbol of renewal with challenges and opportunities on an unprecedented scale.
Eloise Hirsh has an extensive career in public and non profit sector management. She spent 18 years in Pittsburgh, where she was Mayor Tom Murphy’s Director of City Planning during his first two terms, Director of the Mayor’s Commission on Public Education, and, as firm principal of the consulting firm Iron Hill Associates, led projects on open space preservation and development, transportation issues, affordable housing and child and family welfare.
Before relocating to Pittsburgh in 1988, Eloise spent 20 years in New York City government where her responsibilities ranged from infrastructure and park management as First Deputy Commissioner of New York City’s Department of Parks and Recreation, to labor relations and productivity improvement as Director of New York City’s first Labor Management Productivity Committee.
She has been on the faculty of the Heinz School for Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon, the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service.
Keri is the Deputy Director of the Public Design Commission. She holds a Masters’ in Arts Administration from the Art Institute of Chicago and has nearly 20 years of experience in her field in both New York City and Chicago. At the Public Design Commission, Keri works closely with New York City agencies on the development and design of capital projects with a particular focus on citywide prototypes, adaptive reuse of historic structures, public art commissions, and art conservation projects. She has collaborated with City and State agencies along with private partners to conserve the City’s art collection, including the City Hall portraits, large-scale sculptures, and WPA murals. Keri also oversees the Commission’s special initiatives and events, including City Hall tours, panels, exhibits, and the Annual Awards for Excellence in Design.
Jonathan Cohn has led large multidisciplinary teams for the architectural design of some of largest infrastructure and transportation projects in New York’s recent history, including the JFK International Airport AirTrain Light Rail stations, and the World Trade Center PATH Terminal. Jonathan’s experience has given him a deep belief that transportation facilities and private, development can be integrated to make a real contribution to the public realm.
John Falcocchio is full professor of transportation planning and engineering at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering where has served as the Director of the Urban Intelligent Transportation Systems Center (UITSC), Executive Director of the Transportation Research Institute, and Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering. Dr. Falcocchio is the current Chair of the Board of Directors of the University Transportation Research Center (UTRC – Federal Region 2) at the City University of New York.