Next New York (2013)
Prior to founding Beckelman+Capalino, Laurie served as the Director of the New Building Program for the Museum of Art & Design at Columbus Circle. Previously, she was Deputy Director for Special Projects for the Guggenheim Foundation. Laurie also served as the Vice President for the World Monuments Fund, a private, global, not-for-profit organization founded in response to the accelerating destruction of important artistic treasures throughout the world. As Executive Director of The Joseph Papp Public Theater, she secured more than $12 million in new funds for the Public Theater from the City of New York. During her tenure as Vice President of LaSalle Partners, she managed the plan for the redevelopment of Grand Central Terminal, and advised the Empire State Development Corporation on the redevelopment of 42nd Street. Laurie was appointed Chair and Commissioner of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission by Mayor David N. Dinkins and continued as Chair under Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani.
Mark E. Ginsberg, FAIA, LEED AP is a founding partner of Curtis + Ginsberg Architects, leading award-winning residential, institutional and urban design projects, which range from multi-family developments to institutional and mixed-use projects. Mark manages new construction, planning and urban design and housing projects. A registered architect in New York and New Jersey, Mark received a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater design and government from Wesleyan University. Mark is a past President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York Chapter, a former chair and current member of the Housing and Planning and Urban Design Committees, and a past director of AIA New York State.
As Director of Urban Planning at Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB), Tom Jost has managed some of the most dynamic and transformative projects shaping the future of urban communities in the region. His broad experience includes urban and regional planning, economic development, urban design, architecture and landscape architecture. His focus is on solving the challenges faced by cities in adapting to a changing environment and an economy. Mr. Jost managed the design and construction of the High Line, the St. George Ferry Terminal, and Hunters Point South Waterfront Park and Street system as well as a variety of other plans for sustainable futures.
Carol Lamberg is Co-Chair of the New York Housing Conference and former Executive Director of the Settlement Housing Fund. Ms. Lamberg has over 40 years of experience as a housing professional. She worked for 12 years in a private consulting firm, acting as a policy advocate and as a financial advisor for various projects. She was a consultant to Settlement Housing Fund from its inception until she became Assistant Director in 1974. She is an expert in conceptualizing new projects and programs and in housing legislation. Ms. Lamberg also Co-Chairs the New York Housing Conference and is Regional Vice President of the National Housing Conference.
Claire Weisz is an architect and urbanist, and a founding principal of WXY. With her partners Mark Yoes, Layng Pew, and Adam Lubinsky, Claire focuses on innovative approaches to public space, structures, and cities. WXY has received the League Prize from the Architectural League of New York, as well as being selected as one of the League’s Emerging Voices practices in 2011, in addition to numerous awards from AIA National, AIANY, and the American Planning Association.
Recent and ongoing work in New York City includes the redesign of Astor Place, the Spring Street Sanitation Garage, the redesign of the Rockaway Boardwalks, Pier 26’s Boathouse/Restaurant, Battery Park’s SeaGlass Carousel, a pedestrian bridge in lower Manhattan, a design to better accommodate both pedestrians and elevated trains in Harlem, a study of Brooklyn’s growing commercial tech sector (The Brooklyn Tech Triangle), The East River Blueway Plan, and a finalist proposal for the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Rebuild by Design initiative. With Andrea Woodner, Claire co-founded The Design Trust for Public Space, and has recently been on faculty at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service and a Visiting Critic of Urban Design at Cornell’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning in NYC. Claire received her professional degree from The University of Toronto with Honors and her Master’s in Architecture from Yale University.
Andrew Whalley is Deputy Chairman of Grimshaw, where he is in charge of a range of diverse projects ranging from infrastructure projects to performing arts buildings. His award-winning projects include the International Terminal at Waterloo, The Eden Project in Cornwall, the redevelopment of Paddington Station in London and the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center in New York.
In 2011, he was appointed Deputy Chairman and now he works closely with the Chairman to cultivate Grimshaw’s relationships with clients and other institutions worldwide and manage Grimshsaw’s design approach, PR and external communications.
Andrew has a long time involvement in academia and has taught at the Royal College of Art, Architectural Association, University College London and was a visiting Professor at Washington University. Publication credits include a book with Sunday Times architecture critic Hugh Pearman, “The Architecture of Eden,” published by Transworld in 2003. He has written for many magazines and journals and currently edits Grimshaw’s annual publication Blue.
Robert D. Yaro is the President of Regional Plan Association, America’s oldest independent metropolitan policy, research and advocacy group. Based in Manhattan, RPA promotes plans, policies and investments needed to improve the quality of life and competitiveness of the New York Metropolitan Region, America’s largest urban area. Mr. Yaro co-chairs the Empire State Transportation Alliance and the Friends of Moynihan Station, and is a director of the Forum for Urban Design. He serves on Mayor Bloomberg’s Sustainability Advisory Board, which helped prepare PlaNYC 2030, New York City’s new long-range sustainability plan.
Since 2001 Mr. Yaro has been Professor of Practice in City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. He also taught at Harvard University and the University of Massachusetts.
He holds a Masters Degree in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University and a Bachelors Degree in Urban Studies from Wesleyan University.
Marilyn Jordan Taylor is Professor of Architecture and Urban Design. She had a distinguished tenure as Dean of the School of Design from 2008 – 2016, having been a much admired practitioner. She is recognized worldwide as a thought leader in urban design, as well as a woman pioneer in the fields of architecture, planning, and construction. Her global stature is complemented by her down-to-earth demeanor and proven ability to interact easily with constituencies across communities, government, industry, and academia, both locally and internationally. She is a leader who exudes not only intellectual breadth, but also deep enthusiasm and compassion in her dedication to enhancing the vitality of urban communities through design.
Marilyn Taylor was Partner in Charge of the Urban Design and Planning Practice at Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP and the first woman to serve as Chairman of Skidmore Owings & Merrill, is internationally known for her distinguished and passionate involvement in the design of large-scale urban projects and civic initiatives. Over a 35-year career with Skidmore Owings & Merrill, she led many of the firm’s largest and most complex projects around the world. She was also both the first architect and the first woman to serve as chairman (2005-07) of the Urban Land Institute, a non-profit research and educational institution, where she championed a renewed focus on cities, sustainable communities, and infrastructure investment.
An expert in using public space and infrastructure to shape urban districts and civic places, Marilyn Taylor led Skidmore Owings & Merrill’s Urban Design & Planning practice in such projects 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, the new research building at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, and the new urban campus for John Jay College. She also founded and led Skidmore Owings & Merrill’s Airports and Transportation practice, working on U.S. airport projects such as Terminal 4 at JFK, Continental Airlines at Newark, and the expansion of Washington, DC’s Dulles International Airport. Her international airport projects included SkyCity at Hong Kong International Airport and the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, as well as the new Terminal 3 at Singapore’s Changi Airport.
Her transit work has been equally diverse, ranging from the award-winning Changi Airport Station in Singapore to the Transit-Friendly Land Use Handbook for New Jersey Transit. Her train projects include all 15 intercity rail stations from Washington, DC to Boston. She also led Skidmore Owings & Merrill’s planning and transportation design for reuse of New York’s Farley Post Office as the Moynihan Station. Taylor is distinguished as well for her civic and professional leadership, having served as a member of The Partnership for New York City, president of the American Institute of Architects (NYC Chapter), visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and as one of the founding members of the New York New Visions Design and Planning Coalition, the design, planning, and real estate communities’ unprecedented response to the events of 9/11. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Penn Institute for Urban Research. Taylor is an Iowa native and a 1969 graduate of Radcliffe College.
She attended the MIT Graduate School of Architecture (1969-70), and received her M. Arch in 1974 from the University of California, Berkeley. She joined Skidmore Owings & Merrill in 1971, in the firm’s Washington office, and was elected Partner in 1985. She received a prestigious David Rockefeller Fellowship from the Partnership for New York City in 1995.
Alexander Garvin has combined a career in urban planning and real estate with teaching, architecture, and public service. He is currently President and CEO of of AGA Public Realm Strategists, Inc., a planning and design firm in New York City that is responsible for the initial master plans for the Atlanta BeltLine, Tessera (a 700-acre new community outside Austin), and Hinton Park in Collierville, Tennessee.. Between 1996 and 2005 he was managing director for planning at NYC2012, the committee to bring the Summer Olympics to New York in 2012. During 2002-2003, he was Vice President for Planning, Design and Development of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. Over the last 44 years he has held prominent positions in five New York City administrations, including Deputy Commissioner of Housing and City Planning Commissioner.
Garvin is Adjunct Professor of Urban Planning and Management at Yale University, where he has taught a wide range of subjects including “Introduction to the Study of the City,” which for more than 48 years has remained one of the most popular courses in Yale College. In addition, he teaches two courses in the School of Architecture, including “Residential Design, Development, and Management” and “Intermediate Planning & Development.”
Garvin is on the board of directors of the Forum for Urban Design and the Citizens Housing and Planning Council. Between 1996 and 2004, he was a fellow of the Urban Land Institute for whom he has organized and taught workshops on basic real estate development, the residential development process, and the role of design in real estate. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Skyscraper Museum, the Ed Bacon Foundation, and the Society of American City and Regional Planning History, as well as the National Advisory Council of the Trust for Public Land.
Garvin is the author of the book, The American City: What Works, What Doesn’t, published by McGraw-Hill and winner of the 1996 American Institute of Architects book award in urbanism. (The substantially revised, updated, expanded, now full color 3rd edition was released during in 2013). He also is the author of The Planning Game: Lessons from Great Cities, published by W. W. Norton in 2013, Public Parks: The Key to Livable Communities, published by W. W. Norton in 2010, Parks, Recreation, and Open Space: A 21st Century Agenda, published in 2001 by the American Planning Association and one of the principal authors of Urban Parks and Open Space, published in 1997 jointly by the Trust for Public Land and the Urban Land Institute.
Garvin earned his B.A., M.Arch, and M.U.S. from Yale 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.
Jay Cross is President of Related Hudson Yards, leading the Related Companies’ development efforts of the 26-acre Hudson Yards site on the west side of New York City.
Cross was formerly President of the New York Jets LLC where he was responsible for all business operations of the NFL team, including finance, marketing, community relations, broadcast and game operations and the team’s 50% share in the New Meadowlands Stadium a joint venture with the New York Giants. Cross joined the Jets in 2000 from the Miami Heat of the NBA where he was the President of Business Operations and led the development of the America Airlines Arena, creating a public-private partnership between the Heat and Miami-Dade County to manage the project. An accomplished sailor, Cross has been a member of three Canadian Olympic Teams and won 10 World, North American and National titles.
Cross holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Master’s degree in Architectural Technology from Columbia University.
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.
Mitchell Joachim, PhD, Assoc. AIA, is a leader in ecological design, architecture and urbanism. He is the founding Co-President of Terreform ONE. Mitchell is an Associate Professor at NYU and EGS in Switzerland. Previously he was the Frank Gehry Chair at University of Toronto and faculty at Pratt, Columbia, Syracuse, Washington, and Parsons. He was formerly an architect at Gehry Partners, and Pei Cobb Freed. He is a 2011 TED Senior Fellow and has been awarded fellowships with Moshe Safdie and Martin Society for Sustainability, MIT. He won the Zumtobel Group Award for Sustainability and Humanity, History Channel and Infiniti Award for City of the Future, and Time Magazine Best Invention of 2007 with MIT Smart Cities Car. Mitchell is also a Partner at Planetary ONE. He earned a Ph.D. at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MAUD Harvard University, M.Arch. Columbia University, and BPS SUNY at Buffalo with Honors.
Lance Jay Brown is a New York-based architect, urban designer, educator, and author. He is the principal of Lance Jay Brown, Architecture + Urban Design, founded in 1972.
He has received the New York State AIA President’s Award for Excellence in Non-Traditional Architecture and simultaneously named ACSA Distinguished Professor and Fellow, American Institute of Architects in 2003. In 2007, he was awarded the prestigious AIA / ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education, the highest award for an educator in the United States. He is a re-elected member of the AIA NYC Board of Directors and co-chair of the AIA Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee established in 2011. Brown taught at the School of Architecture at Princeton and served two terms as elected chair and director of the School of Architecture, Urban Design, and Landscape Architecture, CCNY, CUNY.
Brown was educated at The Cooper Union and holds two masters’ degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
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.
Chris Reed is Founding Director of Stoss. His innovative, hybridized approach to public space has been recognized internationally, and he has been invited to participate in competitions and installations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Israel, the Middle East, Taiwan, and China. Reed’s research interests include the impact of ecological sciences on design thinking, and city-making strategies informed by landscape systems and dynamics; he is co-editor of a recently published volume of research and drawing titled Projective Ecologies. Reed received a Master in Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and an AB in Urban Studies from Harvard College. He is currently Associate Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Nina Rappaport is an architectural critic, curator, and educator. She is publications director at Yale School of Architecture and editor of the biannual publication Constructs, the exhibition catalogs as well as the school’s book series.
She is the director of the project/think tank the Vertical Urban Factory, which includes an exhibition with graphic design by Sarah Gephart of MGMT Design and the exhibit design by Studio Tractor.
She has contributed essays to Architecture, Architectural Record, 306090, Praxis, Perspecta, Scapes, Metropolis, Future Anterior, and Tec21 among other journals and publications.
She has taught seminars and studios on urban theory and industrial urbanism in the Syracuse in NYC architecture program, Barnard College, Parsons School of Design and Yale School of Architecture. She was a Design Trust for Public Space Fellow and co-author of the book, Long Island City: Connecting the Arts.
Ron Shiffman is a city planner with over 50 years of experience providing architectural, planning, community economic development and sustainable development assistance to community-based groups in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. In 1964, Ron Shiffman co-founded the Pratt Institute Center for Community and Environmental Development [PICCED], which is today the oldest continuously operated university-based community design and development center in the United States.
He is a tenured professor at Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture where he chaired the Department of City and Regional Planning from 1991 to 1999. He was appointed to the NYC Planning Commission by Mayor David Dinkins and served on the Planning Commission from 1990-1996. He retired as Director of PICCED in July 2003 and is now a full time faculty member.
Naomi Hersson-Ringskog is Founding Executive Director of No Longer Empty, an arts organization that revives old buildings through curated artistic interventions and collaborative programming. Since 2009, Naomi’s emphasis has been on demonstrating the community value of creative interim use for economic revitalization and community organizing. Naomi is a graduate of Columbia University’s Masters Program in Urban Planning, where she was awarded the William Kinne Fellowship Award and completed the National Charrette Institute. Past participant in Coro Neighborhood Leadership Program, former board member of GSAPP Alumni Board, and served as a representative for the Public Advocated for the Museum of City of New York.
Jacob Dugopolski manages architecture and urban design projects for WXY with experience from cultural renovations to zoning and masterplan studies.
Jacob recently managed the Brooklyn Strand Action Plan with the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, an extension of prior work leading the placemaking and transportation components of the Brooklyn Tech Triangle and streetscape redesign for the Brooklyn Cultural District.
Jacob came to WXY with over three years of experience in architectural design, urban design, ecology, and construction management. His project experience ranges from conservation architecture in Barcelona and Dublin to community development in New Haven. With KieranTimberlake he was involved through all phases of the renovation and addition to Morse and Stiles Colleges. At Yale, he was the Project Manager for the Building Project and was chosen as the Parsons Award winner for excellence in urban design.
MaryAnne Gilmartin is president and chief executive officer of Forest City Ratner Companies, the New York office of Forest City Realty Trust, Inc.
Gilmartin has been point person in the development of some of the most high-profile real estate projects in New York City, including Pacific Park Brooklyn, The New York Times Building and New York by Gehry. In addition to these projects, Gilmartin has managed the commercial portfolio at MetroTech Center in Downtown Brooklyn.
Gilmartin graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Fordham University, where she also completed her Master’s Degree.
She served proudly for more than seven years on the New York City Ballet Advisory Board. Currently, Gilmartin serves as a board trustee for the Brooklyn Academy of Music, a member of the executive committee and board of governors of the Real Estate Board of New York, and as a member of the Industry Advisory Board of the MS Real Estate Development Program at Columbia University. Most recently, she was named co-chair of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, a member of the board of directors of the Jefferies Group LLC, a global investment banking firm, and a member of the board of trustees of New York Public Radio.
Gilmartin has been recognized as a top professional in her field, earning the Woman of the Year honor in 2007 from WX New York Women Executives in Real Estate. In addition, she was made multiple appearances on Crain’s New York Business’s annual list of New York’s 50 Most Powerful Women.
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.