Urban Omnibus is powered by a diverse group of journalists, architects, planners, designers, artists, activists, scholars and citizens, all of whom contribute their knowledge, opinions, and expertise to this project. Following is an alphabetical list of the people who have collaborated with us thus far. Click on their names to see a list of each contributor’s posts.

Rachel Abrams Rachel Abrams Rachel Abrams is Creative Director of collaborative design practice Turnstone Consulting LLC in New York. She is teaching Service Design for Public Space to a class at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. In 2007, she co-edited Taxi 07: Roads Forward, as a Fellow of the Design Trust for Public Space.
Seema Agnani Seema Agnani is Executive Director of Chhaya CDC and was one of its initial founders. Before returning to Chhaya as Executive Director in 2007, she was the Coordinating Consultant to the Fund for New Citizens at The New York Community Trust, a donor collaborative supporting immigrant rights work. She was also the Director of Training and Technical Assistance at Citizens for NYC. In addition, she worked with Asian Americans for Equality for several years as a housing development associate while also focusing on fundraising and development; and later served as a coordinator of the Lower Manhattan Health Care Coalition. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development. She is a former recipient of The Charles H. Revson Fellowship at Columbia University, earned her Bachelors at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a Masters of Urban Planning and Public Administration at the University of Illinois in Chicago.
Rachel Aland Rachel Aland Rachel Aland is an Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner of Marketing and Revenue for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. She is a former project associate at Urban Omnibus. She lives in Brooklyn, and works in Central Park.
Nick Anderson Nick Anderson Nick Anderson is Membership and Communications Director of the Architectural League of New York. He lives in Brooklyn.
Hillary Angelo Hillary Angelo Hillary Angelo is a Ph.D. student in sociology at NYU and the former Director for the Technical Assistance Program for Partnerships for Parks.
Alec Appelbaum Alec Appelbaum Alec Appelbaum writes about how cities can become greener and fairer for The New York Times, The Architect’s Newspaper and others. He lives on the Lower East Side.
Tobias Armborst Tobias Armborst is an architect and urban designer. He received a Diplom Ingenieur in Architecture from RWTH Aachen and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from the Harvard Design School. He is Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Studies at Vassar College, NY.
Caron Atlas Caron Atlas is a Brooklyn-based consultant and cultural organizer working to support and stimulate arts and culture as an integral part of social change. She is the project director of Place + Displaced, Fractured Atlas’s NYC community mapping project, and also of the Arts & Community Change Initiative and the Arts & Democracy Project. Additionally she is a faculty member in New York University’s Art and Public Policy program. Caron worked many years at Appalshop, the Appalachian media center; was the founding director of the American Festival Project, a national coalition of activist artists; is a consultant to foundations, including Ford and Nathan Cummings; and also worked with, amongst others, National Voice, Animating Democracy, and the Cultural Blueprint for New York City.
Meredith Baber Meredith Baber is a Masters candidate in the Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture Program at Columbia University’s GSAPP and a former project associate of Urban Omnibus.
oc_christiana Cristiana Baik Cristiana Baik currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. As an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, she concentrated in Anthropology and Gender Studies. She received her MFA in Creative Writing (2009), and is currently a graduate assistant, student at NYU. Her work has been published in various literary magazines, including American Letters & Commentary, Jacket Magazine, the Boston Review, and Conjunctions, and her chapbook The Victory of the Strange Heart Beating, was published by Blue Hour Press in 2009. It was in Chicago that Cristiana first became interested in issues of urban planning. As a college student, she studied and lived in South Africa and Israel, to get a broader sense of how land distribution and power politics creates different forms of consciousness. She continued with her work, when she became a project management associate at the Los Angeles Community Design Center (now Abode Communities), a nonprofit affordable housing developer and architecture firm. She worked on various issues at LACDC, from relocation, mixed income housing, to demographic research.
Alyson Baker Alyson Baker is the executive director of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and was formerly the executive director of the Socrates Sculpture Park for over a decade before she ended her tenure in June 2011. Prior to joining Socrates, Baker was director of Pat Hearn Gallery (1987-1992), an associate director of Gagosian Gallery (1992-1997), curatorial assistant in the Contemporary Art Department at the Carnegie Museum of Art and assistant to the 1999 Carnegie International exhibition (1998-2000). Ms. Baker is a co-founder and former president of the Long Island City Cultural Alliance, a non-for-profit partnership of arts organizations that works in concert with artists, businesses, and residents to encourage and enrich the arts community in Long Island City. In 2009 she founded Makers Market, an annual craft and design fair, in partnership with American Craft Magazine, The Noguchi Museum, and R 20th Century. Most recently, she initiated a collaboration with The Architectural League of New York to create “Folly,” a studio residency and exhibition program at Socrates Sculpture Park for architects and designers.
Jonathan Baldwin Jonathan Baldwin is an interaction/visual designer and creative technologist, who has developed a range of social/communication mobile technology projects, writings on Internet culture, and critical interactive design works. Past work includes art direction for a variety of design agencies and animated, educational videos for the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Jonathan holds a Master of Fine Arts in Design and Technology from Parsons, The New School for Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design, Photography, and Film from the University of Southern California.
Andrew Balmer Andrew Balmer is a former project associate of Urban Omnibus and a senior in the Barnard + Columbia Architecture program.
Diana Balmori Principal of Balmori Associates, landscape and urban designer Diana Balmori is recognized internationally for her innovative work in the field of landscape and urban design. She teaches at the Yale School of Architecture and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and has recently been appointed a Senior Fellow in Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library in Washington, D.C. She serves on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts in Washington, D.C. She lives in New York City.
Rachel Barnard Rachel Barnard, an Australian architect, is the founder of Young New Yorkers and serves as its executive director. Rachel’s work is currently supported by Brooklyn Defender Services, where she is the Project Manager of Arts and Architectural Restorative Justice Programming.
Jake Barton Jake Barton is founder and principal of Local Projects, an award-winning media design firm for museums and public spaces. Jake is recognized as a leader in the field of interaction design for physical spaces, and in the creation of collaborative storytelling projects where participants generate content. Currently, Local Projects is partnered with Thinc Design as lead exhibition designers for The National September 11th Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center. Other projects include interaction design for StoryCorps, six films for The Beijing 2008 Olympics, media design for The National Museum of American Jewish History, media design for the Official New York City Visitors Information Center, and co-creation of Timescapes for the Museum of the City of New York.
Kadambari Baxi Kadambari Baxi is an architect based in New York City engaged in projects that incorporate expanded architecture and media concepts. She is a principal/partner in two collaborative practices: imageMachine and Martin/Baxi Architects. She is also an associate professor of professional practice at Barnard + Columbia Department of Architecture.
Graham T. Beck Graham T. Beck Graham T. Beck is a writer and a critic based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. He rides a bike to work.
Anna Beeke Anna Beeke is a documentary and fine arts photographer who was born in Washington, DC in 1984 and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. In 2013, she completed her MFA in Photography, Video, and Related Media at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. She is also a graduate of the International Center of Photography’s certificate program in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography (2009), and she received her BA in English from Oberlin College (2007). Anna has been the recipient of various awards and grants, including the Humble Art Foundation’s 2013 WIP/LTI Lightside Materials Grant and 2013 too much chocolate + Kodak film grant. Her work is included in the “reGeneration2: tomorrow’s photographers today” project and has been exhibited at various international galleries and festivals, such as the Musee de L’Elysee in Switzerland, Recontres d’Arles, and the Pingyao International Photography Festival, as well as at the Aperture Gallery and ClampArt in NYC.
Andrew Bernheimer Andrew Bernheimer is a Brooklyn-based architect and the Principal of Bernheimer Architecture. Bernheimer was a founding partner of the award-winning firm Della Valle Bernheimer and is an Assistant Professor and the Director of the Master of Architecture program at Parsons, The New School for Design. Bernheimer has lectured at major universities and institutions; his work has been the subject of over fifty articles and publications. In 2009 Think/Make, a monograph on the first decade of his practice at Della Valle Bernheimer, was published by Princeton Architectural Press.
Nancy Biberman Nancy Biberman is the founder and president of WHEDco. Biberman is an expert on green, affordable housing and community development with over thirty years of experience in advocating for greater equity and justice in New York City. She began her career as a Legal Services lawyer and went on to help create the SRO Law Project. While studying at Columbia University’s School of Architecture and Planning with a Revson Fellowship, she conceived and developed the West End Intergenerational Residence. Subsequently, she developed over 700 units of affordable housing in the Highbridge section of the Bronx. Nancy founded WHEDco in 1991 and has served as its President since. Nancy has received the Paul Davidoff Award for Leadership in Housing and Equal Opportunity from the American Planning Association, the Fannie Baer Besser Award for Public Service from Rutgers Law School, and a James A. Johnson Fellowship from the Fannie Mae Foundation. Nancy received her BA from Barnard College of Columbia University and her JD from Rutgers University School of Law. Nancy serves on the Board of Directors of Hostos Community College Foundation and the Freelancers Union Insurance Company.
Caitlin Blanchfield Caitlin Blanchfield is a writer and editor who lives in Brooklyn. She is a former assistant editor at Urban Omnibus, and has worked with Actar, Architizer, and the Van Alen Institute.
Sidney Blank Sidney Blank Sidney Blank runs the strategic communication design firm Supermetric. His background in architecture greatly influences the methodology and areas of interest of his work as a designer. Sidney currently teaches in the Design & Management department at Parsons, The New School.
Cameron Blaylock Cameron Blaylock an architecture, fine art and environmental portrait photographer based in Brooklyn. Cameron’s recent projects include Typecast, an investigation into the “towers-in-the-parks” typology that was first presented at 2013 IDEAS CITY StreetFest; Visions for Storefront for Art and Architecture, a collaboration with writer Dolan Morgan; and AirBnB Neighborhoods, a feature on AirBnB which offers pictorial and editorial perspectives on New York City neighborhoods. In 2010, Cameron received a European diploma in fine arts from Bauhaus University.
Matthew Blesso Matthew Blesso is President and Founder of Blesso Properties. Prior to founding Blesso Properties, he worked as a commercial lender, most recently in the Real Estate Finance Group at BHF Bank (now PB Capital), a German bank. Matt is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York, the New York Landmarks Conservancy, the Municipal Arts Society, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, the Urban Land Institute, the New York Preservation Archive Project, and the Manhattan Real Estate Network. He is also a member of Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the Citizen Housing and Planning Counsel and a founding member and the chairman of the Leadership Board of the Fourth Arts Block as well as Board member of the Institute For Urban Design.
Sandra Bloodworth Sandra Bloodworth is the director of Arts for Transit and Urban Design at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. As director, she is responsible for the Arts for Transit programs, whose mission it is to commission public art that enhances the transportation environment. In addition to the Arts for Transit award-winning permanent art program, she is responsible for Music Under New York, the Transit Poster program and the Lightbox Project. She represents the MTA on station aesthetics and urban design issues, with a focus on promoting design excellence. She joined Arts for Transit in 1988 as a manager and became deputy director in 1992 and director in 1996. She is the co-author of Along the Way: MTA Arts for Transit. Her previous experience includes working as a development associate for the Studio in a School Association. Sandra has taught Visual Art and Urban Design in the Department of Art and Arts Professions graduate program at New York University and studio classes in the fine arts departments at Florida State University and the University of Mississippi. Bloodworth is an artist and holds a B.S. from Mississippi College, an M.A. from the University of Mississippi and an M.F.A. from Florida State University. Bloodworth received the Fund for the City of New York’s 2005 Sloan Public Service Award in recognition of her work in the field of public art.
Andrew Blum Andrew Blum Andrew Blum is a contributing editor at Wired and Metropolis magazines, and a contributing editor at Urban Omnibus. He lives in Brooklyn.
Anna María Bogadóttir Anna Maria Bogadóttir is a candidate in the Master’s of Architecture Program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.
Kate Boicourt Kate Boicourt began the position of Restoration Coordinator of the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary Program in September 2010. Through this position, she works to coordinate and advance restoration and public access activities throughout the harbor estuary, with a particular focus on those within the goals of the Comprehensive Restoration Plan. Prior to coming to HEP, Kate worked on climate change adaptation issues for the State of Maryland, estuarine ecology and science communication for NOAA/University of Maryland, and collaborated with the Matthew Baird team for MoMA’s Rising Currents Exhibit. Kate holds an MS from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Science, where she studied the success and effects of Phragmites australis removal, and a BA from Kenyon College in Biology.
Shumi Bose Shumi Bose is an architectural writer and researcher. She is currently working between London and New York.
William Bostwick William Bostwick William Bostwick is a freelance writer, podcaster, and editor. He lives in Brooklyn.
Bronwyn Breitner Bronwyn Breitner received her MArch with Distinction at Parsons the New School for Design, and her BA at Duke University in Anthropology and Photography. Prior to co-founding 590BC, Bronwyn worked at Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects on a wide range of projects including dense urban residential developments and medium scale commercial offices. Bronwyn has taught both undergraduate and graduate level design studios at Parsons the New School for Design and at the Pratt Institute. Bronwyn’s work has been exhibited at The Center for Architecture in NYC and at the University of Alicante in Alicante, Spain.
Sara Bremen Sara Bremen Sara Bremen is a master’s candidate at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) where she studies new media, computer programming, and interactive design. She is a former project associate of Urban Omnibus. She lives in the West Village.
Summer Brennan Summer Brennan is a writer, editor, artist and cultural and political analyst based in Brooklyn. She writes about the decolonization process, disarmament and international security for the United Nations, and her essays, news reports and features have appeared in McSweeney’s, Fitness Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, RYOT News, and other publications.
David Briggs David Briggs After graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, David Briggs worked in upstate New York and for William McDonough in New York City. He opened his own office in 1993 and began working on residential, commercial, and restoration projects that addressed sustainable design issues. In 1997 Mr. Briggs was awarded the AIA New York City Chapter Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant. He has also served as a Visiting Critic for the Weimar Bauhaus-Universitat “Summer Academy in Rome” as well as the University of Pennsylvania and taught as an adjunct professor at Philadelphia University. Since 2002, he has served on the Board of Trustees for the Amber Charter School in Harlem where he chairs the Facilities Committee and has been Board Secretary for the past four years. Mr. Briggs is a LEED Accredited Professional and is licensed to practice architecture in New York, New Jersey, Louisiana, and Washington DC. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two sons.
Laura Briggs Laura Briggs is a Chair of Sustainable Architecture Research at Parsons The New School for Design where teaches courses on ecological design and is the faculty lead for the school’s 2011 entry into the Solar Decathlon. She has taught architecture studio and construction technology at University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University and at University of Michigan as the Mushenheim Fellow. Laura is a partner with BriggsKnowles Architecture + Design in New York City, a practice recognized for its use of light, color and the integration of energy efficient and renewable energy technology. She holds a Masters Degree from Columbia University’s Advanced Architectural Design Program and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Jenny Broutin Jenny Broutin Jennifer Broutin is a designer based in New York City with professional experience in architecture, exhibition design as well as architectural publication. She has worked with such diverse groups as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Eyebeam Art & Technology Center and Volume Magazine. Jennifer is a partner in the research and development studio fluxxlab. Her multidisciplinary methodology allows her to create work that is thoughtful, engaging and responsive to the environment.
Gavin Browning Gavin Browning is Director of Events and Public Programs at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). He holds an MS in Urban Planning from Columbia University and a BA in English from The New School University. Previously, he was the director of Studio-X, a downtown Manhattan extension of GSAPP, where he curated events and exhibitions, and edited The Studio-X NY Guide to Liberating New Forms of Conversation (GSAPP Books, 2010). He has contributed to The Architect’s Newspaper, The Brooklyn Rail, The Nation, Places: Design Observer, Time Out New York, Urban China, Village Voice, Volume and other publications. He lives in New York City.
Nick Buccelli Nick Buccelli is a designer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a former project associate of Urban Omnibus.
Ann Buttenwieser Ann Buttenwieser is an urban planner and waterfront historian and the author of Manhattan Water-Bound: Manhattan’s Waterfront from the Seventeenth Century to the Present. She serves on the Skyscraper Museum‘s Board of Directors.
Lindsay Campbell Lindsay Campbell is a Research Urban Planner with the US Forest Service Northern Research Station in New York City. Her current research explores the dynamics of urban environmental stewardship on a variety of different open space site types, with a particular emphasis on organizational behavior, networks, and issues of social justice.
Allison Carafa Allison Carafa is a first-year student in Columbia’s Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices in Architecture program. She is interested in documenting the hidden and often disregarded architectures that are essential to our understanding of space.
Tyler Caruso Tyler Caruso works as an Environmental Planning consultant and researcher for such companies as Great Ecology and Environments, Roy Co. Architecture, thread collective, Gowanus CDC, and Advancement for Rural Kids, Inc. His area of focus is urban agriculture and ecological sanitation programs, designing closed loop systems using composting toilets, agriculture and greywater and rainwater harvesting systems. He has a Master’s of Science from the Environmental Systems Management Program (ESM) at Pratt. Tyler is now a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute in ESM Masters program. This summer he is co-teaching a design/build urban agriculture course that he helped to develop. He also co-founded and runs New York City’s Youth Food Council.
Erik Carver Erik Carver is an architectural designer and artist based in New York City. He has worked on residential and institutional design, co-founded collaborative groups — Advanced Architecture, common room, and Seru. He teaches at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Erik received a Masters of Architecture from Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree from University of California San Diego.
Jordan Carver Jordan Carver is a freelance writer and designer finishing up his Masters in Architecture and working on his Masters in Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices in Architecture at Columbia University’s GSAPP. He is also a researcher for the Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture.
Matilde Cassani Matilde Cassani is an architect and researcher who lives and works in Milan, Italy.
Vishaan Chakrabarti Vishaan Chakrabarti Vishaan Chakrabarti, AIA, is an Executive Vice President of Related Companies, where he runs the design and planning operations for the firm’s extensive development portfolio. Chakrabarti also leads the design and planning efforts for the Hudson Rail Yards and Moynihan Station projects. Read more…
Lisa Chamberlain Lisa Chamberlain Lisa Chamberlain is the former Executive Director of the Forum for Urban Design and lives in Red Hook. Previously, she studied urban planning at Columbia University and covered real estate for The New York Times.
Candy Chang Candy Chang Candy Chang is an artist, designer, and urban planner in Helsinki, Finland. She likes to make information more accessible and engaging through design and the creative use of public space. She also likes to improve the ways people share information.
Robin Chase Robin Chase co-founded Zipcar, the world’s largest car share service, in Cambridge, MA in 2000. You can now share Zipcars in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, London, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington DC and at university campuses across the country. The last couple years she’s been working on GoLoco, which aims to do for ride sharing what Zipcar did for car sharing: to make it easy, efficient and commonplace to share car travel, split costs, and reduce emissions.
Michael Chen Michael Chen is principal of Normal Projects, a New York-based architecture and design firm, and teaches design studios and seminars at Pratt Institute School of Architecture ( His design work and writings have been published widely. “Signal Space: New York’s Soft Frequency Terrains,” an article exploring the relationship between broadcast technologies and urban form with maps and visualizations by Michael and Justin Snider will appear in Bracket issue #2, Bracket [goes soft], published by Actar later this year.
Ian Cheney Ian Cheney Ian Cheney is a Brooklyn-based documentary filmmaker. He grew up in New England and earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Yale. After graduate school he co-created and starred in the Peabody Award-winning theatrical hit and PBS documentary King Corn (2007), directed the feature documentary The Greening of Southie (Sundance Channel, 2008), and co-produced the Planet Green film Big River (2009). Ian maintains a 1/1000th acre farm in the back of his ’86 Dodge pickup, which is at the center of his recent film Truck Farm (2011). He has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, on CNN and on Good Morning America. An avid astrophotographer, he travels frequently to show his films, lead discussions and give talks about sustainability, agriculture, and the human relationship to the natural world.
Irene Cheng Irene Cheng Irene Cheng is the co-founder of Cheng+Snyder, a multidisciplinary design studio based in New York City and Philadelphia. She is a doctoral candidate in architectural history at Columbia University.
Terri Chiao Terri Chiao Terri Chiao is a co-founder of Katz Chiao, a design and research collaborative based in New York City and Philadelphia. She is a designer at 2×4 Inc. and lives in Brooklyn.
Annie Choi Annie Choi is the author of Happy Birthday or Whatever (HarperCollins). Her work has appeared in White Zinfandel, the New Museum’s The Last Newspaper, and Pidgin Magazine, among others. Her second book will be published by Touchstone/Simon & Schuster in 2013. Her blog is at
oc_jerome Jerome Chou Jerome Chou is the Director of Programs at the Design Trust for Public Space, a nonprofit dedicated to improving New York City’s public realm. Prior to joining the Design Trust, Jerome worked at Field Operations as a project manager on Freshkills Park; as a community planner for Baltimore City Department of Planning; as an organizer for ACORN and the Working Families Party; and as an assistant editor with the nonprofit publisher The New Press. He has degrees in Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.Jerome has organized and produced numerous public space interventions. Most recently, in response to budget cuts in 2009 that eliminated Sunday public library services throughout Brooklyn, he helped create Branch, a temporary Sunday library in a parking lot in Fort Greene.
Jerri Chou Jerri Chou Jerri Chou leverages social good to develop and scale innovative businesses of the C21st. She is the founding partner of All Day Buffet, The Feast, TBD, and the corporate social innovation strategy agency Lovely Day where she acts as Managing Partner — all of which offers her a deep understanding of and network in the social innovation space. Through her work, she has gained extensive knowledge of innovation, business strategy, new model research and integration, branding, communications and partnership development.
Anna Clarke Anna Clarke grew up outside of Washington, DC. Her poems and essays have appeared in The Portland Review, Paradigm Journal, Connotation Press and The Slim Anthology of Contemporary Poetics. She was also a finalist in the 2010 Flatmancrooked Poetry Contest, judged by Mary Karr. Anna holds an MFA in Nonfiction from Sarah Lawrence College and lives and writes in Brooklyn, New York.
Nevin Cohen Nevin Cohen is Chair of Environmental Studies at The New School, where he teaches courses in urban planning and food systems. Dr. Cohen’s current research focuses on urban food policy, particularly innovative planning strategies to support food production in the urban and peri-urban landscape, public policies to engage citizens in sustainable food production, urban planning and food access, and civic agriculture in cities and suburbs. He has a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from Rutgers University, a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Berkeley, and a BA from Cornell.
Brian T. Coleman Brian T. Coleman serves as the CEO of the Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center and its related companies. He joined GMDC in 2003 after sixteen years of experience in economic development, commercial, industrial, and residential development and property management in New York City and New Jersey. Most recently, Coleman led a development team that acquired and rehabilitated an historic 72,000 square foot industrial property in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The $17.8 million project utilized a combination of Historic and New Market Tax Credits and is the home of 12 businesses and over 100 jobs. GMDC is currently working to replicate its non-profit model in the City of Philadelphia and St. Paul, Minnesota.
Carol Coletta Carol Coletta is President and CEO of CEOs for Cities. Previously, she served as president of Coletta & Company in Memphis. In addition, she served as executive director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, U.S. Conference of Mayors and American Architectural Foundation. Carol was a Knight Fellow in Community Building for 2003 at the University of Miami School of Architecture.  Most recently, she was named the recipient of the Lamda Alpha International 2009 International Journalism Award for her work with CEOs for Cities and Smart City Radio, and as one of the top 50 urban thinkers of all time by a leading European think-tank.
Wayne Congar Wayne Congar is the North American Editor for Actar Publishers. He has worked as a design and strategy consultant for Bruce Mau Design and 2 x 4, Inc., specializing in brand environments and identity. He has also worked as an architectural designer in Rotterdam for OMA/Rem Koolhaas and in Copenhagen for the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). He has been an invited critic at Columbia, Harvard, MIT, University of Pennsylvania, Pratt Institute, Wesleyan, Cooper Union, NYIT and UCLA. Wayne co-founded and directed the Laboratory for Research, Architecture and Design (LabRAD), and organized Imagining Recovery and Total Housing: Apartments, two international design competitions.
Dalton Conley Dalton Conley is currently Dean for the Social Sciences, as well as University Professor at New York University. He also holds appointments at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service, as an Adjunct Professor of Community Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. His research focuses on the determinants of economic opportunity within and across generations. In 2005, he became the first sociologist to win the National Science Foundation’s Alan T. Waterman Award, given annually to one young researcher in any field of science, mathematics or engineering. Conley holds a B.A. from the University of California – Berkeley and an M.P.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University, as well as an M.S. in Biology from NYU. He is currently pursing a Ph.D. in Biology at the Center for Genomics and Systems Biology at NYU, studying transgenerational phenotypic plasticity and socially regulated genes.
Jack Conviser Jack Conviser Jack Conviser has worked as a licensed architect in Colorado, studied urban planning, and served in the US Peace Corps (Lesotho 2005-2007). He is also a Native New Yorker who has developed a passion for understanding the role of community engagement in design and urban issues, volunteering time with Architecture for Humanity and the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative.
Adrienne Cortez Adrienne Cortez is a licensed landscape architect with degrees from the University of Virginia and Trinity University, Texas. Recent work has ranged from an intimate city garden to a large post-industrial site. She recently relocated from Manhattan to Dallas to handle project work in Mexico. She can be reached at cortez (at) nyc-uncapped (dot) com.
Jon Cotner Jon Cotner Jon Cotner is the author, with Andy Fitch, of Ten Walks/Two Talks. It was chosen as a Best Book of 2010 by The Week, The Millions, Time Out Chicago, and Bookslut. Their new collaboration is called Conversations over Stolen Food. With Claire Hamilton, Cotner has made slideshows for The Believer, Paper Monument, and the BMW Guggenheim Lab. He lives in Brooklyn, NY, and teaches in Pratt Institute’s Creative Writing Program.
Carter Craft Carter Craft is principal of Outside New York, a small consulting firm that provides a broad range of services including project management, program development, waterfront planning, communications, and fundraising. Current clients include the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School,Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, Randall’s Island Sports Foundation, NYC Swim, and Ver Nautica/ The Ferry Lab. Previous clients included the Red Bull Air Race – New York / NJ (2010) and the Kingdom of the Netherlands’ “Holland on the Hudson” Celebration (2009). Carter is a licensed Captain, and serves as a Visiting Associate Professor at Pratt Institute, Adjunct Professor at Fordham University, and co-Chair of the Harbor Education Subcommittee of the full Harbor Operations Committee of the Port of New York and New Jersey.
Jessica Cronstein Jessica Cronstein is a designer and writer interested in the point at which the social and cultural growth of a city intersects with its physical growth. She has just completed her M.Arch at Rice University and moved back to New York City. She is a project associate of Urban Omnibus.
Glen Cummings Glen Cummings Glen Cummings is a graphic designer and writer based in New York City. He is a partner at MTWTF (Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday) and a lecturer in design at Yale University School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut.
Steven Dale Steven Dale Steven Dale is the founder of Creative Urban Projects (CUP Projects), a boutique planning shop in Toronto, Canada. He is an expert on Cable-Propelled Transit with several years experience researching and consulting on the matter. Steven recently launched The Gondola Project, an information campaign in support of CPT.
Anthony Deen Anthony Deen Anthony Deen is a co-founder of Gowanus by Design, and owner of deenstudio. His projects include work for jetBlue, British Airways and Chelsea Market in New York. Prior to starting deenstudio, Anthony was the Senior Design Director at The Phillips Group, and served as Vice President of Design and Development for the Virgin Megastores in North America. Anthony was also a senior architect with the Rockwell Group where he helped found the Interaction Lab, developing digital media for built environments. Anthony began his career with Samuel Anderson, Winka Dubbeldam and James Garrison, where he won an AIA-NY Project Award. Anthony earned his undergraduate degree at the Cooper Union, graduate degree from Parsons School of Design and did additional study in urban design at the City College of New York. Anthony teaches design studio in the School of Art, Media and Technology at Parsons School of Design where he was the founding director of Parsons’ Design + Technology department. Anthony is also a member of the EPA’s Gowanus Community Advisory Group and lives in Carroll Gardens with his family.
Joey De Jesus Joey De Jesus is a poet living in Ardsley, New York. His work has appeared in various journals online and in print.
Jenny Dixon Jenny Dixon joined The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum as director in April 2003. She began her arts career in 1977, when she joined the Public Art Fund, where she served as executive director from 1980 through 1986. Among her many accomplishments at the Fund was the initiation of the New York City “Percent for Art” program. In 1986, Dixon joined the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council as executive director, and in 1999 was named director of The Bronx Museum of the Arts. She has taught at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Parsons School of Design, and New York University. She is on the boards of the Public Art Fund and the New York City Arts Coalition, among other organizations.
Daniel D’Oca Daniel D’Oca is an urban planner and designer who specializes in the politics of the contemporary built environment in America. He is Design Critic in Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard Design School, and Principal and co-founder of Interboro Partners, a New York City-based architecture, planning, and research firm that has won many awards for its innovative projects, including the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, the Architectural League’s Emerging Voices and Young Architects Awards, and the New Practices Award from the AIA New York Chapter.
Frank Duffy Frank Duffy is a British architect, noted for his research and design work on the changing nature of the modern office. He is the author of Work and the City, one of five books in Black Dog’s Edge Futures series that explores the impact of global climate change on various aspects of social life, including education, transportation, community and Duffy’s own realm of expertise: the nature – and spaces – of work.
Carmen Dukes Carmen Dukes is a digital producer at Hit Entertainment where she is responsible for creating games and websites for global kids brands including Barney and Friends and Bob the Builder. Previously, she worked at where she developed interactive content in support of VH1’s popular Celebreality shows. Her professional interests include video game mechanics for interaction, sustainable product design, data visualization, and educational technology.
Travis Eby Travis Eby Travis Eby is a recent graduate of the Yale School of Architecture. He loves his stoop in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.
Elizabeth Ellsworth Elizabeth Ellsworth Elizabeth Ellsworth is Associate Provost for Curriculum and Learning and Professor of Media Studies at The New School, New York, and author of Places of Learning: Media, Architecture, Pedagogy. With Jamie Kruse, she is co-founder of smudge studio and Friends of the Pleistocene.
Mitch Epstein Mitch Epstein’s photographs are in numerous major museum collections, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art, The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Tate Modern in London. His eight books include Berlin (Steidl & The American Academy in Berlin, 2011); American Power (Steidl, 2009); Mitch Epstein: Work (Steidl, 2006); Recreation: American Photographs 1973-1988 (Steidl 2005); and Family Business (Steidl 2003), which won the 2004 Kraszna-Krausz Photography Book Award. Epstein has worked as a director, cinematographer, and production designer on several films, including Dad, Salaam Bombay!, and Mississippi Masala. Epstein is a vice president of the Architectural League’s board of directors. He lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.
Maura Ewing Maura Ewing is a Brooklyn-based writer, and a student at The New School for Social Research where she is pursuing an MA in Liberal Studies. You can read more of her work here.
Erik Facteau Erik Facteau is a biologist, with a Master’s of Science in Environmental Systems Management from Pratt Institute. He has a strong interest in the creation of local food systems and has worked at the NYC Greenmarkets for the last 5 years. Previously, Erik worked in a microbiology laboratory as an environmental air quality analyst. As an undergraduate, at SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, Erik Facteau studied Biology with a focus on Microbiology and Mycology. While at SUNY ESF, Erik conducted lab and field research on two ongoing plant restoration projects (The American Chestnut-Castanea dentata and The Pinedrop-Pterospora andromedea).
FASLANYC FASLANYC FASLANYC (aka Roman Davis) works as a landscape architect for an urban design firm in New York City. He also writes the landscape criticism blog faslanyc and contributes to other design journals with features focusing on urban projects in South America.
Deanna Fei Deanna Fei Deanna Fei is the author of the novel A Thread of Sky (Penguin Press, 2010), the story of a family of six Chinese American women who reunite for a tour of their ancestral home. The New York Times Book Review calls it “timeless and of the moment,” while the Chicago Tribune says, “This is one of those rare novels that delivers on the promise of its opening pages. This summer, no smart woman should leave on vacation without it.” A Thread of Sky was recently named a New York Times Editors’ Choice and an Indie Next Notable Book. Deanna was born in Flushing, New York, and has lived in Beijing and Shanghai, China. A graduate of Amherst College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she has received a Fulbright Grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, and a Chinese Cultural Scholarship. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she teaches in public schools and is at work on a new novel. To read her blog, reviews, and more, visit
Alexander Felson Alexander Felson is an urban ecologist, a registered landscape architect and an assistant professor at Yale University. He is jointly appointed between the School of Architecture and the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His research focuses on integrating ecological understanding and research methods with urban design and land development strategies to study and shape the feedbacks, adaptive capacity, vulnerability, and resilience of coupled human and natural systems.
Elizabeth Finkelstein Elizabeth Finkelstein is a writer, urban historian and tour guide and a proud resident of Brooklyn’s frame-heavy South Slope. Her interest in and knowledge of New York City history has come from her extensive experience in the field, having worked formerly as the Director of Preservation & Research at the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, as a researcher at the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, and as the Program Manager at openhousenewyork. Elizabeth has led numerous talks, tours and lectures about the landmarks process, preservation and history. She holds a B.A. from New York University and an M.S. in Historic Preservation from Pratt Institute, where she is currently a visiting professor.
Jim Ferrari Jim Ferrari is the chief mechanic of 515 Madison Avenue, a midtown Manhattan office building designed by J.E.R. Carpenter and completed in 1931.
Laura Forlano Laura Forlano Laura Forlano is a Postdoctoral Associate at Cornell University and an Adjunct Faculty member in the Design and Management program at Parsons The New School for Design.
Anne Frederick As the founding director of HSC, Anne Frederick has worked to develop a community design-build practice that responds to the needs of under-resourced NYC communities. Her unique approach to community design integrates education and youth development programming with participatory art, architecture, and planning strategies. This approach is rooted in partnership and collaboration with various community based organizations, schools and local residents. Prior to founding HSC, Anne worked as an architect at Leroy Street Studio Architecture and as a design educator at Parsons School of Design and the New York Foundation for Architecture. Anne graduated from Parsons School of Design and The New School for Social Research in 1998, and has represented the work of HSC at various conferences, lectures and exhibitions.
Neil Freeman Neil Freeman is an urban planner and artist. His work has appeared in the Believer, Black Book and the Next American City, and in exhibitions in Chicago, London, New York and Cambridge. He recently received a Masters in Urban Planning from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He lives in Brooklyn.
Omar Freilla Omar Freilla Omar Freilla is an environmental justice activist, cooperative developer, and founder and coordinator of Green Worker Cooperatives in the Bronx. Raised in the South Bronx, where he continues to live, Freilla is passionate about creating a green and democratic economy. He is nationally recognized as a leading voice for worker ownership, green jobs, and environmental justice and is founder and coordinator of Green Worker Cooperatives, an organization dedicated to incubating green and worker-owned businesses in the South Bronx. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the Rockefeller Foundation’s Jane Jacobs Medal for New Ideas and Activism.
Linked In Yael Yael Friedman Yael Friedman writes about art and culture, and often about sports. You can find more of her work at Ida Post.
Gerald Frug is the Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Educated at the University of California at Berkeley and Harvard Law School, he worked as a Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, in Washington, DC, and as Health Services Administrator of the City of New York. In 1974 he began teaching at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, before joining the Harvard law faculty in 1981. Jerry’s specialty is local government law. He has published dozens of articles on the topic and is the author, among other works, of City Making: Building Communities without Building Walls (1999), and City Bound: How States Stifle Urban Innovation (with David Barron, 2008).
Richard Garber Richard Garber, AIA, is a principal of GRO Architects and an associate professor at NJIT’s New Jersey School of Architecture, where he teaches design studios and directs the school’s FABLAB, a unique design and manufacturing laboratory. His work uses computer simulation and computer numerically-controlled hardware to generate innovative design, construction, and assembly solutions. He holds architecture degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Columbia University.
Frank Gargione Frank Gargione is a freelance graphic designer working within the fashion and publishing industries while studying textile and surface design at FIT. A lover of all things fashion, he is a frequent contributor for He lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Paul Gates Paul Gates Paul Gates is a founding partner of Gates Merkulova Architects LLP. He has taught at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York and has served as a critic on architectural juries at Harvard, Columbia, Princeton, and the Rhode Island School of Design. His writings and lectures include “Deus Ex Machina: Architecture and the Electronic Media” (A+U) and “Skyscraper Design and Urban Growth.”
Rosalie Genevro In over 20 years as executive director of the Architectural League of New York, Rosalie Genevro has pursued the League’s mission – to nurture excellence and engagement in architecture, design and urbanism – through consistent innovation in the content and format of live events, exhibitions and publications (both in print and online). She has conceived and developed projects that have mobilized the expertise of the League’s international network of architects and designers towards applied projects in the public interest, including Vacant Lots, New Schools for New York, Envisioning East New York, Ten Shades of Green, Worldview Cities and Urban Omnibus.
John Geraci John Geraci writes, consults and speaks on how to make cities more efficient, effective and livable with web technology. He started DIYcity, a site that invites people everywhere to personally reinvent the spaces around them using common web applications. Previously, he co-founded and served as Head of Product for, a leading hyperlocal news site that lets people experience the news right around them in real time.
David Giles David Giles is the Center for an Urban Future’s Research Associate. In his two years at the Center, he has written about the need for New York to diversify its economy by looking to sectors like health information technology and the problems many of the city’s small businesses have had in accessing energy efficiency incentives.
Peter Gluck Peter Gluck received a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and a Master of Architecture from the Yale School of Art and Architecture in 1965.  After designing a series of houses from New York to Newfoundland, he went to Tokyo to design large projects for a leading Japanese construction consortium.  This experience influenced Gluck’s later work both in his knowledge of Japan’s traditional aesthetics and of its efficient modern methods of integrated construction and design. Exhibitions of Gluck’s award-winning work have been held in the U.S. and Japan, and he is widely published in architectural journals around the world. He has taught at Columbia and Yale schools of architecture, and curated exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art and the Milan Triennale.
Mark Gorton Mark Gorton, the founder of a series of innovative financial and technology companies, is a leading advocate for alternative transportation and livable streets. He is the founder of Tower Research Capital LLC, a money management firm specializing in quantitative trading and investment strategies, as well as the founder of Lime Brokerage LLC, Lime Wire LLC, Lime Labs LLC, and OpenPlans. In 2005, Mark founded the New York City Streets Renaissance campaign in partnership with the Project for Public Spaces and Transportation Alternatives. Through his philanthropy, his leadership at OpenPlans, and his public and media appearances, Mark Gorton continues to advocate for alternative transportation, livable streets, and open government.
Stanley Greenberg Stanley Greenberg is the author of Invisible New York: The Hidden Infrastructure of the City, Waterworks: A Photographic Journey Through New York’s Hidden Water System, and the recently-pulished Architecure Under Construction.  The book was accompanied by an exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago last summer.  He was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2005, and received a grant in 2008 from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for a book about high energy physics experiments. Greenberg’s work has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He has also received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. Stanley Greenberg was born in Brooklyn, New York and lives there now.
Adam Greenfield Adam Greenfield is a New York City-based writer and urbanist.
Tamara Greenfield Tamara Greenfield has been the executive director of Fourth Arts Block since 2006, the organization’s first paid staff person. She has 18 years of arts administration, program planning and production experience, ranging from overseeing Partnerships for Parks’ Catalyst for Neighborhood Parks Program to developing performances, exhibits and lectures at the Interfaith Center of New York. Previously, she directed the ZviDance company and school and co-founded the grassroots DanceNOW[NYC] festival, curating and producing the work of 40-75 choreographers annually in multiple sites, ranging from theaters and cabarets, to galleries, gyms, parks, a firehouse and boxing ring.
Anne Guiney Before joining the Institute for Urban Design as Executive Director in January 2010, Anne Guiney was the editor of the New York edition of The Architect’s Newspaper, and was part of the original team that launched the newspaper in 2003. Prior, she was an editor at Architecture magazine and Metropolis, and has written widely on architecture and design for other publications, including Architect, MARK, ID, and Details. She has also worked as a consultant organizing high-profile architecture competitions (working with Jones | Kroloff), including the commissions for the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Parrish Art Museum, and the Portland Aerial Tramway.
Dana Gumb Dana Gumb is the Director of the Staten Island Bluebelt at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.
Annie Han Annie Han is a founding principal of Lead Pencil Studio. Lead Pencil Studio probes the interdisciplinary overlap of architecture and site specific art. The studio’s creative output is informed by dedication to independent research in structural typologies and the visual arts. In 2006, the firm was named one of the Architectural League’s Emerging Voices. Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo studied architecture at the University of Oregon and are based in Seattle, Washington.
Louise Harpman Louise Harpman is a partner at Specht Harpman in New York and teaches at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study where she is an Associate Professor in Practice of Architecture, Urban Design, and Sustainability. She launched a new Mapping course for undergraduates in 2010 and teaches with Digital Lab Assistant Everett Hollander.
Laurie Hawkinson Laurie Hawkinson is principal of Smith Miller + Hawkinson Architecture. She received her Masters in Fine Arts from the University of California at Berkeley, attended the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program in New York and received her Professional Degree in Architecture from the Cooper Union. Professor of Architecture with tenure at Columbia University, she is currently the Director of the Advanced Studios at the GSAPP; and has served as visiting professor at SCI-Arc, Harvard University, Yale University, Parsons School of Design, and the University of Miami. Significant completed projects include the Corning Museum of Glass, the Wall Street Ferry Terminal and “Strategic Open Space” Public Realm Improvement Strategy for Lower Manhattan. Projects currently under construction include the new Land Ports of Entry at Champlain and Massena, New York and a new Emergency Medical Services building for the City of New York. Collaborative projects include the North Carolina Museum of Art Amphitheater and Site Master Plan, the Museum of Women’s History and the NYC2012 Olympic Village. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Wooster Group and serves on the Contemporary Arts Council of the Museum of Modern Art.
Frank Hebbert Frank Hebbert is one half of the team Holobiont (with Haruka Horiuchi), half architect, half urban planner. When not mapping the named buildings of New York City, they’re building the Super Table, an activation device for unused storefronts, and painting chalkboard neighborhood maps on stopped construction sites.
Emily Henretta Emily Henretta graduated from Columbia with a BA in History in 2004 and has completed a residency at the School of Visual Arts. Her work has been exhibited at the International Print Center New York and at Gallery Aferro in Newark, NJ.
Juliet Helmke Juliet Helmke is an Australian-raised, Brooklyn-based arts and culture writer. With a background in sculpture and art theory, she is a graduate of the Art Criticism and Writing Program at the School of Visual Arts.
Steven Higashide Steven Higashide is an advocate and urban planner who lives in Manhattan and works on transportation policy in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. He occasionally tweets at @shigashide.
Gretchen Hildebran Gretchen Hildebran is a documentary filmmaker who has often focused on the connections between policy and human experience. Her love of documentary was inspired by a 2002 collaboration with homeless and low-income people to create No On Prop N, a TV ad campaign that opposed cutting general assistance benefits in San Francisco. Since then, Gretchen co-produced the internationally screened WORTH SAVING (2004), which was presented in HBO’s Frame by Frame documentary showcase. OUT IN THE HEARTLAND (2005) tells the stories of gay parents in Kentucky facing a constitutional amendment banning marriage. Since graduating from Stanford University’s documentary program in 2006, Gretchen has worked in Los Angeles and New York as a cinematographer and editor for TV and independent documentary productions. Gretchen shot RamonaDiaz’s THE LEARNING (2011), and contributed camerawork to Joan Braderman’s THE HERETICS (2009) and Socheata Poeuv’s NEW YEARS BABY (2008). Still getting her bearings since moving to New York in 2006, Gretchen is currently shooting and co-producing DECADE OF FIRE, which examines the legacy of the fires that destroyed the Bronx throughout the 1970s.
Kirsten Hively Kirsten Hively Kirsten Hively received her MArch in 2007 from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Together with journalist Paul Lukas, she recently co-produced a show at the City Reliquary on the ersatz Candela Structures in Queens, and when not architecting she can often be found photographing or writing about New York City, where she lives and works.
Haruka Horiuchi Haruka Horiuchi is one half of the team Holobiont (with Frank Hebbert), half architect, half urban planner. When not mapping the named buildings of New York City, they’re building the Super Table, an activation device for unused storefronts, and painting chalkboard neighborhood maps on stopped construction sites..
Brian House Brian House is a bricoleur interested in art, code, and cognition. Currently, he is Creative Technologist at Local Projects, a design studio in New York working primarily with museums and public spaces.
Dylan House Dylan House has been with HSC since 2006 and as Community Design Director, he leads HSC’s community-based design initiatives and neighborhood partnerships. Through this work Dylan has created participatory tools to engage people in shaping their public spaces, developed community-based plans, participated in neighborhood coalitions and has facilitated the creation of public art installations. Previously he coordinated HSC’s education programs, working as a teaching artist, developing curriculum, and leading design/build workshops with public school students. Dylan is a graduate of Pratt Institute with a Bachelor of Architecture, and studied architecture and urban design abroad in Paris and Rome. Prior to joining HSC, Dylan worked at various architecture firms in New York City. He brings experience in graphic design, printmaking, photography, and woodworking. Dylan is also an avid cyclist and urban explorer.
Gary Hustwit Gary Hustwit Gary Hustwit is an independent filmmaker based in New York and London. Hustwit worked with LA punk label SST Records in the late-1980s, ran the independent book publishing house Incommunicado Press during the 1990s, was Vice President of the media website in 2000, and started the indie DVD label Plexifilm in 2001. Hustwit has produced eight feature documentaries, including the award-winning I Am Trying To Break Your Heart about the band Wilco; Moog, about electronic music pioneer Robert Moog; and Oddsac, an experimental feature with the band Animal Collective. In 2007 he made his directorial debut with Helvetica, a documentary about graphic design and typography. The film marked the beginning of a design film trilogy, with Objectified, about industrial design and product design following in 2009. Urbanized, about the design of cities, had its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
Amy Hwang Amy Hwang is an architect at Keith Strand Architect and a cartoonist. She lives in the West Village.
The Infrastructurist The Infrastructurist seeks to engage a general audience with observations, conversations and current events about infrastructure, transportation, energy and the policies that govern them.
Buck Jackson Buck Jackson Buck Jackson is an artist, designer and educator. He teaches courses in furniture and digital design at 3rd Ward and CCNY and places most of his studio focus on designing skateparks and furniture. He lives in Long Island City with a partner and their son.
Purva Jain Purva Jain is an architect and urban designer and a former project associate at Urban Omnibus. She is from India and now lives in New York City.
Heather L. Johnson Heather L. Johnson grew up moving from place to place, a process punctuated by dramatic cultural transitions: Hawaii to suburban Chicago; Brazil to a small town in Utah; Utah to London, England, and so on. This experience informs her current work as an artist, though which she investigates ideas of movement, memory, identity and distance. Johnson holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and has completed residencies at the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, NC, and at Winthrop University in South Carolina. Her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S., in Europe and Japan, at White Columns (New York City), Austin Museum of Art (Austin, TX), Gallery 16 (San Francisco), Room Space (Gentilly, France), Sonoma Museum of Visual Art (Sonoma, CA), and many other venues. She has curated several exhibitions, including Cracks in the Pavement: Gifts in the Urban Landscape, involving artists from around the world, and most recently, The Pickup, a project of site-specific works created in collaboration with artist/curator Eleanor Eichenbaum Eubanks for Conflux 2008 in New York City. She currently lives in Weehawken, NJ.
Kerstin Kalchmayr Kerstin Kalchmayr is the Oyster Restoration Program Field and Project Assistant for NY/NJ Baykeeper. She is originally from South Africa and has been living in New York since November 2008. She graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in 2005, where she completed a Bachelor of Science Honours degree majoring in Zoology. After completing her studies she went abroad to Central America and lived in Costa Rica for a year. In Costa Rica she coordinated two sea turtle conservation restoration projects working predominantly with olive ridley and leatherback sea turtles both on the Pacific and the Carribean coast. It was the work with the sea turltes that inspired her to work for the conservation and restoration of marine/estuarine habitats.
Alex Kalman Alex Kalman, co-founder of MyBlockNYC, is a first-generation American. The son of a graphic designer and magazine editor from Hungary and a writer and illustrator from Israel, Alex grew up walking the streets of New York with his eye on the vernacular. Alex is a founding member of renowned New York City production company, Red Bucket Films, whose features, shorts, docs, and commercial works show in theaters, festivals, galleries, and publications around the world. Alex currently lives in New York City.
Deborah Grossberg Katz Deborah Grossberg Katz is a co-founder of of Katz Chiao, a design and research collaborative based in New York City and Philadelphia. Deborah teaches architecture and urban design at Temple University / Tyler School of Art, Penn Design and Columbia GSAPP. She lives in Philadelphia.
Alex Kauffmann Alex Kauffmann Alex Kauffmann is a former innovation consultant and a current tinkerer. He makes art that beeps.
Veronica Kavass Veronica Kavass is a curator based in New York
Philip Kay Philip Kay is finishing a book called ‘Guttersnipes’ & ‘Eliterates’: City College in the Popular Imagination, the story of how the New York public has used the fabled “Harvard of the Poor” to reconfigure itself over seventy years of tabloid scandals involving communist professors, crooked basketball players, ill-prepared students, and other polarizing figures. He is also the translator of the Barcelona based, biannual magazine, D’Ur: Architecture, Urbanism & Cities Now. He can be reached at
Vanessa Keith Vanessa Keith, AIA is a principal at Studioteka. She is a registered architect who received her Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her Master of International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, graduating with a concentration in Economic and Political Development and a focus area in urban planning.
Rob Kelley Rob Kelley manages technology projects that connect mobile, social and local space. His past experience includes JetBlue Airways and He serves on the Board of NYCwireless, helping to make New York City a better place.
Jane Kelly Jane Kelly is a former project associate of Urban Omnibus. She attends Colgate University where she concentrates in Geography and Studio Art. She was born and raised in New York City.
Meg Kelly Meg Kelly is a researcher and designer. As a Fulbright Fellow, she recently completed “Tracing Shifts of Place: Migration, Identity and Landscape in Dharavi,” a year-long oral history project that investigated and documented the physical, political and cultural landscape of one of Asia’s largest and most complex informal communities through the eyes of its youth. She is a former project associate of Urban Omnibus and a current collaborator at UnionDocs.
Sheila Kennedy Sheila Kennedy is a founding principal of Kennedy & Violich Architecture Ltd. (KVA), an internationally recognized design practice that explores architecture, digital technology and emerging public needs. She directs MATx, the materials research unit that works collaboratively with business leaders, manufacturers, cultural institutions and public agencies to apply creative production across the fields of design, electronics, architecture and material science, including the MATx Portable Light Project, a non-profit global initiative that enables people in the developing world to create and own portable energy harvesting solar textile kits.
Janette Kim Janette Kim Janette Kim is an architectural designer, critic and educator. She is Adjunct Assistant Professor at Barnard and Columbia Colleges Architecture Program, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), where she is director of the Urban Landscape Lab, an applied research group focused on the role of design in urban ecosystems. Kim holds a Masters of Architecture from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University.
Malaika Kim Malaika Kim is an architect, design educator and mother of two. Her interest in cities and the built environment was affirmed early on, upon first seeing the open plains of the Midwest at age six. She has taught at Parsons and Virginia Tech, and currently practices residential architecture in New York City.
Jonathan Kirschenfeld New York architect Jonathan Kirschenfeld is the principal of Jonathan Kirschenfeld Architect PC, a firm that specializes in environmentally and socially-sustainable projects in urban housing, childcare centers, recreation and performance facilities. He has taught Columbia University’s School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, Pratt Institute, and New Jersey Institute of Technology. Kirschenfeld has been twice selected as first-alternate for the Rome Prize, and has recently founded the Institute for Public Architecture (IPA) a not-for-profit think-tank and residency colony for architects.
Mercedes Kraus Mercedes Kraus Mercedes Kraus is a Brooklyn-based writer and editor. She co-founded and publishes Womanzine and has worked to engage the public in the built environment at both Van Alen Institute and the Institute for Urban Design. She loves pizza, outer space, and .gifs of both.
Katie Koch Katie Koch is a web designer from the Midwest, by way of Brooklyn. She has designed and developed interactive projects ranging from corporate and nonprofit websites, online communities, mobile applications, and user interface designs. A typographer at heart, Katie is a details and information enthusiast whose passion for simplicity drives every aspect of her work in design and user experience.
Leslie Koch Leslie Koch is president of the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation (GIPEC). Appointed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Governor George E. Pataki in April 2006, Ms. Koch is responsible for the planning, redevelopment and on-going operation of 150 acres of the Island. Under her leadership, GIPEC has developed a strategy to create world-class open spaces on the Island, expand public access and early signature uses, preserve historic structures and improve the Island’s transportation and infrastructure, and plan for mixed-use public and private development over a multi-year, multi-phase process. This strategy is helping to transform Governors Island into a destination with great public open space, as well as education and other facilities.
Jamie Kruse Jamie Kruse Jamie Kruse is a Brooklyn-based artist, designer, and independent scholar. She is co-founder of smudge studio and Friends of the Pleistocene with Elizabeth Ellsworth.
Veit Kugel Veit Kugel is a Senior Associate at KVA MATx where he has led teams of designers and consulting engineers on large scale complex building renovations and competition entries. He provided project management for the 34th Street Ferry Terminal. He has taught at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, and co-authored the book Bugs, Fish, Floors And Ceiling, Luminous Bodies and the Contemporary Problem of Material Presence.
Kaja Kühl Kaja Kühl Kaja Kühl is an urban designer and principal of youarethecity, a research, design and planning practice interested in creating dialogue about the urban environment. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University.
Robert Lane Robert Lane is the Director of the Design Program at RPA, where his urban design projects include the Comprehensive Master Plan for Stamford Connecticut and Transit-Friendly Communities for New Jersey. Before coming to RPA, Robert Lane was an Associate at Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects, PC.
David Lang David Lang grew up in a military family. He has lived in 7 states, 18 homes and traveled to 25 countries, all the while meeting new people, seeing old friends and learning exactly what it is that smells so good being cooked on the street carts in foreign cities. (It’s mostly meat with a bit of awesome on the side. Except when it’s a donut, then it’s just a donut.) David also takes pictures. You can see them at
Jim Lau Jim Lau is a licensed landscape architect supervising the Landscape Architecture and Environmental Unit at the New York State Department of Transportation, Region 11. Through landscape architecture, he strives to create projects that are memorable experiences that will last a life time, hoping one day his children will enjoy what he has envisioned.
Jason Lee Jason Lee is a founding partner of tentwenty, a design studio in New York City. The studioʼs inquiry engages a variety of scales from exhibition installations, branding strategies, to public space and architectural master plans. Jason is the assistant chair of the undergraduate architecture department at Pratt Instituteʼs School of Architecture. In addition to his administrative role, Jason coordinates the media and representation sequence. Jason is a graduate of the School of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University, where he was the recipient of a William Kinne fellows traveling prize.
oc_peggy Peggy Lee Peggy Lee resides in Sunset Park, Brooklyn where the neighbor’s cursed rooster crows at 5:30 in the morning, a neighborhood cat ritually pisses at her window, and she has had many Tecate-driven conversations interrogating “life” on her roof top over-looking the Upper New York Bay and Lady Liberty. It is home. Her sensitivities to location, space, place, threaded by sonic experience are owed to her erratic moving history. Peggy admits being touched deeply by the lagging grunge scene she experienced in St. Louis and later, the hip hop circuits of LA & the Bay Area. She loves how questions about her childhood begin with “military brat or foster care?” Neither. She graduated with her M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University and a B.A. in Feminist Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara. She is a poet, performer, youth worker, and hustling, bright-eyed, bushy-tailed writer in New York City.
Peter Lehrer Peter M. Lehrer is an internationally recognized leader in design and construction management with over 40 years of experience. He co-founded Lehrer McGovern, which grew to become one of the largest and most respected construction management firms in New York City. The firm merged with Bovis Ltd. to become a world leader in construction, managing projects such as the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, Euro Disneyland, Canary Wharf, and The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island restorations plus numerous New York City landmark projects including Metrotech, the College Point printing plant for The New York Times, New York Hospital, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Currently, Mr. Lehrer is a real estate developer and chairman of Lehrer, LLC, which provides construction consulting services.
David Leven David Leven is a partner at LEVENBETTS, an award-winning New York City-based architecture practice. The office was founded by David with Stella Betts in 1997 and focuses on projects at all scales of urban design, public buildings, houses and housing, workspaces, exhibitions and furniture. The projects, whether built, un-built or theoretical, are all based in research and speculation ranging from the particulars of a project to larger questions of architecture and cities. The work of LEVENBETTS has been published in various design magazines and books, and Princeton Architectural Press published a monograph on the firm’s work in 2008. David has lectured widely and been an invited juror at Columbia, Yale, Princeton, Harvard and University of Pennsylvania and has served on advisory panels at The Architectural League of New York, committees at The New School, and holds architectural registration in New York and New Jersey. David is currently an Associate Professor in the Architecture program at Parsons School of Constructed Environments.
Alexander Levi Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi are principals of SLO Architecture and native New Yorkers. SLO Architecture was founded in Madrid and has been based in New York since 2007. Prior to starting their firm, both principals were involved in numerous public building projects in Europe where they resided from 1998-2007. Schachter and Levi are recipients of the 2012 New Practices New York Award of the AIA New York Chapter, among numerous awards. Schachter received a Masters of Architecture from Princeton University, and Levi, from Yale University.
Nancy Levinson Nancy Levinson is editor of Places. She brings to the role a range of experience in design and practice, most recently as the founding director of the Phoenix Urban Research Laboratory and a professor of practice at the School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture at Arizona State University. She received a B.A. from Yale University and Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Diana Lind Diana Lind Diana Lind is a 2011 fellow at Van Alen Institute where she helped develop the ideas competition Life at the Speed of Rail. She is also the author of Brooklyn Modern: Architecture, Interiors & Design. Connect on Twitter @dianalindindex.
Douglas Ljungkvist Douglas Ljungkvist is a Brooklyn based photographer originally from Sweden. His focus is on travel, architectural photography, and personal projects. His work has been published in Condé Nast Traveler, Tate ETC UK, Focus Magazine, and National Geographic Traveler, among others. He is the recipient of accolades from the IPA, The Color Awards, Px3, and was runner-up in the 2009 Travel Photographer of the Year contest, New Talent category. He has exhibited at the Bridge Art Fair during Art Basel in Miami and at Michael Mazzeo Gallery in Chelsea.
Jim Lodge Jim Lodge has been a project manager with the Hudson River Foundation since 2002. Prior to joining the Hudson River Foundation, Lodge held a position as an Oceanographer with the New York District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. His primary interest is integrating science and policy research into government decision making. Jim served as project coordinator and a primary author for the Target Ecosystem Characteristics (TEC) project and is currently coordinating the Oyster Restoration Research Project (ORRP) a multi-partner research project to determine the feasibility of restoring oysters to the NY/NJ Harbor Estuary. Jim holds a Masters of Science degree in Marine Environmental Management from the Marine Science Research Center at Stony Brook.
Michael Loverich Michael Loverich Michael Loverich believes the Rococo died too young and that our need for carnal, witty and humorous environments must be satiated. With his firm Bittertang he hopes to resurrect the Rococo’s lost agendas and in the process create sensational new worlds and provocative forms of interaction.
Adam Lubinsky Adam Lubinsky joined WXY Architecture and Urban Design as a Principal in August 2011, with a background in urban design, planning, sustainability and bringing an integrated approach to master plans, feasibility studies, planning policy research and regeneration strategies for downtowns and brownfield sites. He has more than ten years’ experience with public and private sector clients, including work for government departments and city agencies, community development corporations, major cultural institutions and developers.
David Mahfouda David Mahfouda is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Weeels. David graduated from Harvard in 2005 with a degree in Visual and Environmental Studies and received a master’s degree in Product Architecture and Engineering from Stevens Institute in 2009. He is a member of EyeBeam’s Sustainability and Urban Research groups, the founder of Flag Project, a co-founder of the Fixers’ Collective, and a co-curator of this year’s TRANSPORT exhibit at Proteus Gowanus.
Jeff Maki Jeff Maki Jeff Maki is an artist-programmer in New York City and a principal collaborator with Publicworks Office. Jeff writes about the legibility of urban infrastructure and advises public and private organizations on the future of digital cities.
Stephen Mallon Most people look at work sites and machinery and see nothing more than concrete and steel. Stephen Mallon looks at them and sees both a surreal beauty and the wonder of their engineering. His work has been exhibited widely and featured on numerous websites, in print and on TV and radio, including National Public Radio, Flavorwire, The Atlantic, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, GQ, Wired, New York Magazine, NBC, Vanity Fair and CBS News. Stephen has traveled everywhere from Africa to Brazil, searching out artificial landscapes and industrial footprints. He has also been commissioned by a wide range of clients, including the Sunday London Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Publicis, Sudler & Hennessey, and MAYTAG. Mallon’s photos have been honored by Communication Arts 2008 and 2009, the New York Photo Festival 2009 and the Lucie Awards 2009. Since 2002, he has been a board member of the New York chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers and served as president from 2006 to 2009. He lives in New York with his wife and their young daughter.
Terence Mallon Mallon was born in New York City and lives in Washington, DC, where he works in architecture. He likes comics and cartooning while not in the office and does a lot of his best drawing while waiting for Revit to Synchronize. You can see more of his work at or follow him on Twitter at @mallonation.
Tim Maly Tim Maly writes about cyborgs, architects, and our weird broken future at Quiet Babylon and about creating what’s next at Wired Design. His interests include building cities on top of other cities, the architecture of border towns, the history of ’cyborg’, and the landscapes of dredge. He lives in Toronto. He is @doingitwrong on Twitter.
Paul Mankiewicz Paul Mankiewicz is the Executive Director of the Gaia Institute, exploring through research, development, design and education the interrelationship between human communities and natural systems. Dr. Mankiewicz’s philosophy, which provides the foundation on which the Gaia Institute is based, holds that human communities and natural systems can coexist to mutual benefit. This rests on the hypothesis that where the flow of ‘waste’ materials from human activities can be cleaned and utilized to create habitat, human industry can be coupled with conserving and creating landscapes that provide an abode for life. Such material cycles can enhance environmental quality, where ecological productivity and diversity become goals of human activity.
Adam Marcus Adam Marcus Adam Marcus is an architect and writer in New York City. He currently works at Marble Fairbanks and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Barnard and Columbia colleges.
Sandro Marpillero Sandro Marpillero is an adjunct associate professor at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; and a visiting critic in the Department of Architecture at Harvard. He is a partner at Marpillero Pollak Architects in New York City.
William Martin Will Martin is a designer, media artist and a continuing resident artist in the UnionDocs Collaborative program for the research and production of non-fiction art. He lives in Brooklyn.
Yumiko Matsui Yumiko Matsui Yumiko Matsui is a New York-based paper artist who was trained as a painter in her hometown of Osaka, Japan.
Thomas Matteo Thomas Matteo is the official Borough Historian of Staten Island.
Mitch McEwen Mitch McEwen is the Director and Founder of Superfront. She is Principal of A. Conglomerate and a recipient of the The New York State Council on the Arts 2010 Independent Projects awards for Architecture, Planning and Design. The Akademie Schloss Solitude has granted her a residency fellowship in architecture for 2012-2013. Her architectural work has been published in Architectural Record and the New York Times, and her writing in African-American studies has been published in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society (IRAAS, Columbia University, 2007, 2009). Since founding SUPERFRONT in January 2008, she has curated more than fifteen exhibits and published 4 exhibition catalogues. In 2006, she was invited to join the adjunct faculty of Columbia GSAPP as Adjunct Assistant Professor to create a new cross-disciplinary course for urban planners and urban designers. She holds an M.Arch from Columbia GSAPP and A.B. from Harvard.
John McGill John McGill John McGill is a designer at WRNS Studio in San Francisco and a recent graduate of the masters program in Architecture at UC Berkeley, where he occasionally teaches as a lecturer in architecture. He grew up in Carroll Gardens riding the F train and now lives in Berkeley.
Manasvi Menon Manasvi Menon lives in NYC and works in transportation. She is on the board of Young Professionals in Transportation, New York, New York Chapter.
Zhenya Merkulova Zhenya Merkulova Zhenya Merkulova is a founding partner of Gates Merkulova Architects LLP. Merkulova was a founding member of The Society of Young Architects, a group formed for the discussion of current ideas in architecture at The National Arts Club. She has written for and has been interviewed by a number of prestigious domestic and international publications, including Liberation and Newsweek.
Daniel Mihalyo Daniel Mihalyo is a founding principal of Lead Pencil Studio. Lead Pencil Studio probes the interdisciplinary overlap of architecture and site specific art. The studio’s creative output is informed by dedication to independent research in structural typologies and the visual arts. In 2006, the firm was named one of the Architectural League’s Emerging Voices. Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo studied architecture at the University of Oregon and are based in Seattle, Washington.
Jesse Mintz-Roth Jesse Mintz-Roth Jesse Mintz-Roth is a practicing city planner, originally from Berkeley, who now lives in Fort Greene.
Roberto Mollá Roberto Mollá, born 1966 in Valencia, Spain, first exhibited his work in 1994 in Tokyo, a city that inspires his paintings and works on paper. His work has since been presented in Japan in twelve group exhibitions and eight solo exhibitions. In the US, Mollá has participated in group exhibitions organized by Christina Ray (New York),POST Gallery, Roberts & Tilton Gallery (Los Angeles) and Geoffrey Young Gallery (Massachusetts). He has also participated in art fairs such as SCOPE (Hamptons and Miami), FOUNTAIN (NY and Miami) and BRIDGE (NY). In Spain, he has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions including Galería Nuble (Santander), Galería Tercer Espacio (Madrid), the Universidad Politécnica (Valencia), Club Diario Levante (Valencia) and Galería Sala de eStar (Seville), and he has participated in art fairs such as ARCO, Foro Sur, Arte Santander and the Lisbon Art Fair. His work has been exhibited at Observatori 2005–Valencia Science Museum, Oviedo Biennale and in the traveling show Pieza a Pieza organised by the Instituto Cervantes.
Charles Montgomery Charles Montgomery Charles Montgomery is a journalist and urban experimentalist from Vancouver, Canada. Montgomery has discovered a striking relationship between the design of our minds and the design of our cities, a concept he lays out in his forthcoming book Happy City. Montgomery’s writings on urban planning, psychology, culture, and history have appeared in magazines and journals on three continents. His first book, The Last Heathen (published internationally as The Shark God), won the 2005 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. Among his numerous other awards is a Citation of Merit for outstanding contribution toward public understanding of climate change science from the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. Montgomery has used insights in happiness science to drive experiments that help citizens transform their relationships with each other and their cities. His message is as surprising as it is hopeful: Doomsayers have warned that action to tackle the urgent challenges of climate change and energy scarcity will lead us into decades of hardship and sacrifice, but there is evidence to suggest the opposite — that the green city, the low-carbon city, and the happy city are exactly the same place.
Claire Mookerjee Claire Mookerjee is an artist and urbanist living in London.
Deborah Helaine Morris Deborah Helaine Morris is an urban planner and writer who lives in New York City, where she has worked for Appleseed, the Office of the Manhattan Borough President, and the Alliance for Downtown New York. Deborah trained as an urban planner at MIT and is particularly interested in public process, unraveling technocracy, and economic development.
Katie Mosher-Smith Katie Mosher-Smith manages the Oyster Restoration Program/New York for NY/NJ Baykeeper and is the Field Project Manager for the ORRP. Prior to that she served as the field manager for the Bay Ridge Flats Oyster Project and as Baykeeper’s Oyster Gardening Coordinator.
Lieutenant Commander Ed Munoz Lieutenant Commander Ed Munoz, USCG, is Chief of Waterways Management Division at Coast Guard Sector New York. Prior posts include Assistant Chief of Waterways Management and Senior Investigating Officer at Coast Guard Sector Boston and Assistant Chief of Contingency and Preparedness at MSO Boston. He also holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
oc_sahar Sahar Muradi From Kabul to Elmhurst, from rural Massachusetts to the East Village, Sahar Muradi writes to make sense of a snaking path. She is co-editor of One Story, Thirty Stories: An Anthology of Afghan American Literature (University of Arkansas Press, 2010) and on the editorial board of the forthcoming Boundaries and Borders, An Anthology of Women of Color. For several years she worked in the nonprofit sector in Afghanistan, and most recently ran a high school youth development program in NYC, including at Pace High School in Chinatown. She received her MPA in international development from NYU and her BA in creative writing from Hampshire College.
Michael Neff Michael Neff Michael Neff was born in Seattle, Washington. He earned a BFA in photography wih a minor in printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design. He lives in New York City and dreams of driving on the West Coast.
Joshua Nelson Joshua Nelson is an Assistant Vice President at the New York City Economic Development Corporation specializing in freight rail transportation. He is responsible for managing the City’s freight rail assets while also developing goods movement policies that support more modal balance in the regional transportation system. Previous transportation experience includes improving the on-time reliability of Mexico City’s Metrobús bus rapid transit system, promoting rideshare programs in Seattle and launching the TRAX light rail system in Salt Lake City. Joshua received a BA and BS from the University of Utah and holds both a Master of Science in Transportation and a Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Maria Nicanor Maria Nicanor Maria Nicanor is Assistant Curator of Architecture at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Nicanor joined the curatorial staff in October 2005. At the Guggenheim, she has worked on several exhibitions, including Spanish Painting from El Greco to Picasso (awarded Best Historical Show for 2006–2007 by the International Association of Art Critics (AICA-USA); Cy Twombly for the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao; Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward (awarded Best Architecture/Design Show for 2008–2009 by AICA-USA); Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum; and most recently, Color Fields for the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin.
Olatunbosun Obayomi Olatunbosun Obayomi Olatunbosun Obayomi is a microbiologist and inventor from Lagos, Nigeria. Obayomi’s research spans hydrogen biogas reactors, ecological engines, and microbial fuel cells. He is the founder of Bio Applications Initiative in Lagos, which focuses on the production of energy from organic waste, using green biogas technology to solve pressing needs related to energy supply, food production, and sanitation in the developing world. Obayomi has produced simple biogas plants for converting paper, animal, and human waste into energy. He has also retrofitted a conventional septic tank into a biogas plant. A graduate of microbiology from Olabisi Onabanjo University in Nigeria, Obayomi is a member of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). He was a TEDGlobal Fellow in 2010 and a TEDIndia Fellow in 2009. His efforts have been celebrated in Nigeria as well; in 2008 he was honored with the Nigerian Youth Leadership Award, presented by LEAP Africa.
Norman Oder Journalist Norman Oder has written about the Atlantic Yards development — and other urban issues — in his watchdog Atlantic Yards Report blog since 2006 and is now working on a book about Atlantic Yards. Until late 2010, he spent 14 years as an editor at the magazine Library Journal. In 2000, he began operating a tour guide business specializing in Brooklyn, New York Like a Native. He lives in Brooklyn.
Yukie Ohta Yukie Ohta blogs about growing up in SoHo at and is a regular contributor to SoHo Life magazine.
Kate Orff Kate Orff Kate Orff is a registered landscape architect and an Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at Columbia GSAPP. She is also director of the Urban Landscape Lab.
Alex Pasternack Alex Pasternack is the Chief Communications Officer for Weeels. A native New Yorker, Alex Pasternack has worked as an editor and writer with a deep interest in the environment and design. Since Harvard, where he studied History and Literature and worked on environmental campaigns, Alex has been interested in the essential role that infrastructure and transportation plays in creating a sustainable future. His writing has appeared in Time, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Christian Science Monitor, the Far Eastern Economic Review, Foreign Policy, Paper, Icon, Metropolis and TreeHugger, among others.
Jennifer Pahlka Jennifer Pahlka is the founder and executive director of Code for America, a non-profit partially inspired by Teach for America that connects city governments and Web 2.0 talent.
Paul Parkhill Prior to joining Spaceworks in May 2012, Paul Parkhill served as the Director of Planning and Development at the Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center, a nonprofit real estate developer for industrial, artisanal and arts-related businesses. Previously, he has worked as a housing developer for Common Ground Community, a Manhattan-based supportive housing provider. He co-founded Place in History, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit arts organization that sponsors public art and public history projects about New York City neighborhoods, as well as a spin-off initiative called Furnace Press. Paul holds a BA from Brown University and a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University.
Thaddeus Pawlowski Thaddeus Pawlowski is Associate Urban Designer for the Office of the Chief Urban Designer of the City of New York, Department of City Planning. He works on large scale neighborhood and infrastructure projects including the redevelopment of Penn Station area and Hudson Yards. He has previously worked at the Office of Emergency Management where he developed “What if NYC…” a design competition for post disaster urban housing. He earned a Master in Architecture and certificate in Urban Design from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from University of Pittsburgh.
Jerilyn Perine Jerilyn Perine is the executive director of the Citizens Housing & Planning Council (CHPC) where she spearheads a high impact agenda to improve the quality of public debate, inform public policy, promote new ideas, and engage a wide audience as well as a diverse and active Board Membership to improve NYC neighborhoods. Ms. Perine is an urban planner with 30 years of experience in housing and community development. She was appointed Commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development by both Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Mayor Michael Bloomberg to lead America’s largest municipal housing agency with more than 3000 employees and an annual operating and capital budget of $800 million.
Eric Peterson Eric Peterson sometimes writes things and sometimes designs things. He is a former project associate of Urban Omnibus and lives in Brooklyn.
Theo Games Petrohilos Theo Games Petrohilos is an architect and designer and recent graduate of the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. He has worked with Make Architectus, Alsop Architects, and David Chipperfield Architects. He lives in London.
Susan Piedmont-Palladino Susan Piedmont-Palladino is an architect and curator at the National Building Museum. She is also a professor of architecture at Virginia Tech’s Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center. Ms. Piedmont-Palladino co-edited Green Community, a series of essays on sustainable urban design, planning, and systems published by the American Planning Association in 2009. She is also the editor of Tools of the Imagination (Princeton Architectural Press), the author of Devil’s Workshop: 25 Years of Jersey Devil Architecture (John Wiley and Sons, 2000), and contributor to Design Professions and the Built Environment (Princeton Architectural Press, 1997). She is the former national president of Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility and served on the design committee for the National Peace Garden Foundation.”
Max Podemski Max Podemski is currently a graduate student studying urban planning at Columbia University. Previously he was the coordinator for the Pacoima Wash Initiative and served on the board of CicLAvia in Los Angeles.
Linda Pollak Linda Pollak, AIA, ASLA, is an architect, landscape designer, educator, and a principal in Marpillero Pollak Architects, a firm selected in 2004 to be part of the NYC Department of Design and Construction Design Excellence Program. Ms. Pollak has received grants and fellowships, including from the American Academy in Rome, National Endowment for the Arts, NYSCA, NYFA, the Graham Foundation, the Burden Foundation, the Wheelwright Fellowship in Architecture, and the Milton Fund of Harvard University for her research on architecture’s relationships with urban landscape. She is co-author of Inside Outside: Between Architecture and Landscape. She has been a member of the architecture faculty at Harvard University from 1992-2004, and Rhode Island School of Design from 1988-1992, and also teaches in the Department of Landscape Architecture at University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Pollak is Vice President of the Board of Directors of Storefront for Art and Architecture.
Derek Porter Derek Porter is co-owner and Principal Designer of Derek Porter Studio, a multi-disciplinary design and art studio, where he leads philosophical interests, collaborative thinking and detail development for all architectural lighting design, public art and product design related projects. He is involved with public art commissions as well as actively exhibits his work nationally and internationally. Porter is currently Director of the Master of Fine Arts Lighting Design Program at Parsons The New School for Design in New York. He is a Professional Member of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), Illumination Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) and the Professional Lighting Designers Association (PLDA).
Alexandra Woolsey Puffer Alexandra Woolsey Puffer Alexandra Woolsey Puffer is an artist-designer in New York City and a principal collaborator with Publicworks Office. Her interests include social systems and symbolic capital.
Sarah Rafson Sarah Rafson is a Masters candidate in the Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices program at Columbia University’s GSAPP. She worked in game design at Carnegie Mellon University ( and is interested in this and other strategies as critical practices in architecture, planning, and curating.
Raquel Ramati Raquel Ramati, architect and urban designer, is president of Raquel Ramati Associates Inc. She has earned an international reputation as an urban designer and planner, first in New York City’s government, and later as a private consultant working with developers, government agencies, not-for-profit organizations and community groups. The author of a signature planning book How to Save Your Own Street, she is presently teaching at the Real Estate Graduate Program at the Columbia University School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.
Alan Rapp Alan Rapp is the managing editor of the New City Reader, a temporary newspaper which recently completed its residency at New York’s New Museum. A graduate of School of Visual Arts’ Design Criticism MFA program, he edits, writes, and creates visual books in Brooklyn.
Nina Rappaport Nina Rappaport is an architectural critic, curator, historian and educator. She is the publications director for the Yale School of Architecture, where she edits exhibition catalogs, books and the bi-annual magazine Constructs. She directs and curates the project Vertical Urban Factory, which includes an exhibition series, dialogues and a book with Actar Press. She teaches an urbanism seminar, Alternative Urbanism, in the Syracuse in New York City program and has previously taught at Parsons and Yale. She is author of the book Support and Resist: Structural Engineers and Design Innovation (Monacelli Press, 2007), and has written numerous essays on structural design and architecture, and on industrial architecture and the global industrial landscape for journals such as Acadia, Praxis, Perspecta, Scapes, 306090, Architectural Record, Architecture, Tec21, Metropolis, The Architect’s Newspaper and Deutsche Bauzeitung. She has curated shows on architecture and photography, including an ongoing exhibition of the work of Ezra Stoller’s architectural and industrial photography at the 1050 K Street Galleries in Washington, D.C; “The Swiss Section,” a 2004 exhibition at the Van Alen Institute focusing on infrastructure; and she co-curated “Saving Corporate Modernism” at the Yale School of Architecture in 2001.
John Reddick John Reddick is an architect, historian, and long-time Harlem resident. He has written on Harlem’s architectural and cultural history, and has also been a leading figure in several public space initiatives in Harlem, including the Frederick Douglass memorial in Central Park. Reddick currently leads walking tours with Harlem One Stop, and his exhibit, Harlem’s Black and Jewish Music Culture 1890-1930, is currently on view at Settepani on 120th Street.
Chris Reed Chris Reed is the founding principal 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 citymaking strategies informed by landscape systems and dynamics; he is co-editor of an upcoming 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 Adjunct Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
James A. Reeves James A. Reeves James A. Reeves is a writer, educator and designer currently living in New Orleans.
Andrew Reicher Andrew Reicher has worked at the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board for nearly thirty years, and has served as its Executive Director since 1981. Under his leadership, UHAB’s scope has grown from several dozen buildings to over one thousand buildings in New York City and elsewhere. Mr. Reicher’s work in low-income housing and community development issues began as a VISTA Volunteer for the South Bronx Community Housing Corporation in 1974. He then worked for the State of California’s Department of Housing and Community Development, under the direct tutelage of Don Terner, UHAB’s founder. In addition to his work at UHAB, Mr. Reicher is further involved in community development issues as the President of City Futures, a board member of the Green Guerillas, as well as numerous other organizations. He has a Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley and was awarded Bowdoin College’s 1997 Common Good Award. Mr. Reicher brings vast experience in non-for-profit organization management, program design, problem solving, personnel management, fundraising, and training methodology.
Sarah Rich Sarah Rich is a writer and editor working at the intersection of design, food, sustainability and new media. She is a former senior editor at Dwell magazine, senior contributing editor at Inhabitat, co-author of the book Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century, and co-founder of the food policy blog Civil Eats.
Alex Rickard Alex Rickard, co-founder of MyBlockNYC, was born and raised in New York City. The son of an aeronautical engineer, he was raised on a mix of scientific logic and problem solving. In high school, Alex could be found substituting for math professors and after school either on the basketball court or training with the school’s physics team. Graduating from Bard College in 2008 with Honors, Alex focused on electronics, economics, and robotics.
Daniel Rojo Daniel Rojo is the assistant editor of Urban Omnibus. He is a designer, writer, and urbanist interested in the power of the urban environment to enrich people’s lives. He lives in Brooklyn.
Steven Romalewski Steven Romalewski Steven Romalewski directs the CUNY Mapping Service at the Center for Urban Research, CUNY Graduate Center. His 25-year career has centered around accessing, understanding, analyzing, and publicizing data for public policy development, community planning, and research purposes. He lives in Chelsea, Manhattan.
Claire Ross Claire Ross Claire Ross is currently a project assistant at Urban Omnibus and will soon be obtaining her M.Arch at the City College of New York. She grew up in New York, Philadelphia and France’s Cote d’Azur and now lives in Manhattan.
Vinnie Rotondaro Vinnie Rotondaro is a contributing editor at Narratively. He lives and writes in Brooklyn.
Alicia Rouault Alicia Rouault is a former assistant editor for Urban Omnibus. When away from her UO desk, she spends her time working for the City of Newark’s Division of Planning and Economic Development assisting Waterfront Planner Damon Rich. She is currently a Masters Candidate in City and Regional Planning at the Pratt Institute with an interest in urban waterfronts, data visualization, community advocacy, graphic design, and mapping.
Elizabeth Royte Elizabeth Royte is the author of Bottlemania: How Water Went On Sale and Why We Bought It; Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash; and The Tapir’s Morning Bath: Solving the Mysteries of the Tropical Rain Forest. Her writing on science and the environment has appeared in Harper’s, National Geographic, Outside, The New York Times Magazine and other national publications.
Margie Ruddick For over twenty years, Margie Ruddick has been recognized for work that integrates great landscape design with ecology. She has taught at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, Yale, The University of Pennsylvania, Parsons School of Design, and Schumacher College in England. Her many awards include the 1998 Waterfront Centre Award and the 1999 Places Design Award, for the Living Water Park; her work has received awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects and the American Institute of Architects. Ruddick received the 2002 Lewis Mumford Award from Architects Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility, and the 2006 Rachel Carson Women in Conservation Award from the National Audubon Society. She was born in Montreal, grew up in New York City, and attended Bowdoin College and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. She ran her own practice from 1988 to 2004, when she became a partner at the planning and design firm WRT. Since 2007 she has worked with WRT as a consultant, while focusing on teaching, lecturing, and writing. She lives in Philadelphia with her two children.
Stephen Rustow Stephen Rustow Stephen Rustow is the founding principal of SRA/Museoplan, a consulting practice working with arts institutions and design professionals on the presentation of cultural collections. An architect and urban planner, he is also a Professor of Architecture at Cooper Union and has written criticism for Praxis, JSAH and other publications. He lives in Manhattan.
Monsignor Donald Sakano Monsignor Sakano is Pastor of the Basilica of Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral.
Nicole Salazar Nicole Salazar is a multimedia producer and a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she studies community and economic development. She is based in Cambridge, MA.
Lisa Santoro Lisa Santoro is an urban planner and writer with a strong interest in architecture and historic places, especially concerning Brooklyn, her hometown. She holds a Master of Science degree in Urban Planning with a concentration in Historic Preservation from Pratt Institute. She serves as the Publicity Chairperson of the American Planning Association’s NY Metro Chapter Young Planners Group. She currently writes for Untapped Cities.
Mo Scarpelli Mo Scarpelli is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker and multimedia journalist. She likes hanging out with people until they forget she’s there, and filming or photographing the whole damn thing. Her work has appeared on the BBC, The Wall Street Journal, Africa Review and The Huffington Post. Follow her on Twitter @moscarpelli.
Amanda Schachter Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi are principals of SLO Architecture and native New Yorkers. SLO Architecture was founded in Madrid and has been based in New York since 2007. Prior to starting their firm, both principals were involved in numerous public building projects in Europe where they resided from 1998-2007. Schachter and Levi are recipients of the 2012 New Practices New York Award of the AIA New York Chapter, among numerous awards. Schachter received a Masters of Architecture from Princeton University, and Levi, from Yale University.
Tony Schloss Tony Schloss is the Director of Media Programs at the Red Hook Initiative. A former recording engineer and producer who found working with youth to be infinitely more rewarding then recording guitar solos ad nauseam, Tony joined the Red Hook Initiative by creating RHI Radio, a youth radio program at the nonprofit. This work developed into other types of media production with teenagers and young adults from the Red Hook community and eventually grew into the Red Hook WiFi project. Tony also co-founded the Digital Waves Youth Media Festival held each year in partnership with WNYC. Tony holds a Masters in Education from Stanford University, where he attended the Learning, Design and Technology program.
Joerg Schwartz Joerg Schwartz is an architect and urbanist who has practiced in New York City since 1985. Mr. Schwartz worked closely with the CFDA to develop the concept for Made in Midtown, assisted with the 2009 survey of 101 buildings within the Garment District’s Preservation Areas, and provided insight as a designer and critic at every stage of the project’s evolution.
Leni Schwendinger Leni Schwendinger Leni Schwendinger is a recognized authority on the many issues and applications of public lighting, art and community outreach, creating lighting environments for architectural and public spaces all over the world. For almost two decades, her Light Projects studio has worked to energize architecture, landscape and infrastructure, with the ultimate objective of connecting people to each other and to their surroundings.
Lucía Seijo Lucía Seijo is an independent contributor to projects that approach the built environment through art. She has collaborated with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Columbia University’s Latin Lab. She is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
David Seiter David Seiter is founding principal of Future Green Studio. His portfolio includes international, high-profile, large-scale urban parks and waterfronts, high-end residential garden and estate planning for celebrity clients, and green roof design and implementation. He manages a small working garden on a post-industrial site near the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn which includes green walls, green roofs, raised beds for food crops, composting and a rainwater catchment system. In addition to designing and building, David also teaches and writes about emergent trends in landscape architecture. Most recently, David taught “An Introduction to Green Roofs & Living Walls” at the City University of New York. He’s also teaching a theory course on “Productive + Performative Landscapes” in the graduate program at Pratt Institute. Currently in the works is a book about sustainable urban landscape interventions. Prior to gaining a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, David spent two years in Japan, where he apprenticed with a prominent garden designer in Kyoto.
Richard Sennett Richard Sennett writes about cities, labor, and culture. He teaches sociology at New York University and at the London School of Economics.
José Serrano-McClain José Serrano-McClain is an art worker, social entrepreneur, and community organizer that started his career as an economic analyst. José is a co-founder of Trust Art, a community and funding platform to support the growth and sustainability of creative work in the public realm. José is a community organizer at the Queens Museum of Art, and involved in the museum’s creative and political work in Corona, Corona Studio, and Social Practice Queens, the partnership with Queens College to develop a Social Practice MFA, in which he is also enrolled.
Samir Shah Samir Shah Samir S. Shah, AIA is an architect and writer based in New York City. He is a former Fulbright Fellow in Art & Architectural History and has written for various publications, including the Architect’s Newspaper. Samir has taught courses in architecture at the City College of New York and abroad, and is currently principal at Urban Quotient, P.C., a full-service architecture design firm and research collaborative.
Todd Shalom Todd Shalom is the founder of Elastic City. He works with text, sound and image. He performs and makes installations to re-contextualize the body in space using vocabulary of the everyday. In this pursuit, Shalom often collaborates with performance artist/director Niegel Smith. Together, as Permiso, they conceive and stage interactive rituals in public and private environments. Todd’s solo work includes improvisational music performances, soundwalks, poetry readings, installations, photography and sleepovers. He is an active member of the New York Society for Acoustic Ecology.
Jesse Shapins Jesse Shapins is an urban researcher, media artist, curator, and design educator. He lives in Cambridge, MA where he is a PhD candidate in the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, pursuing a joint degree in History and Theory of Urbanism and Film and Visual Studies.
Cassim Shepard Cassim Shepard Cassim Shepard is the editor of Urban Omnibus. He makes non-fiction media, especially films and video, about architecture and urbanism. He lives in Brooklyn.
Genevieve Sherman Genevieve Sherman Genevieve Sherman is currently a master’s candidate in City Design and Development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is interested in how urban planners can mediate the politics and science of climate change to make cities more environmentally sustainable and resilient places.
Varick Shute Varick Shute is the managing editor of Urban Omnibus. She has been with the Architectural League since 2007, where, prior to the launch of Urban Omnibus, she worked on League exhibitions, publications and digital media. She lives in Brooklyn.
Anooradha Siddiqi Anooradha Siddiqi Anoo Siddiqi is a Ph.D. student at the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU. She is a licensed architect and a board member of Hester Street Collaborative, an organization working to involve ordinary citizens in the design of public spaces.
Gabriel Silberblatt Gabriel Silberblatt is the assistant editor of He lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
Renata Silberblatt Renata Silberblatt is an urban planner who currently works on transportation policy in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. She lives in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
Sam Silver Sam Silver is a former project associate for Urban Omnibus. He is a student at Wesleyan University where he majors in environmental studies and philosophy.
Situ Studio Sigfus Breidfjord, Basar Girit, Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny, Wes Rozen and Bradley Samuels are collectively known as Situ Studio. Situ is a design, fabrication and research firm that challenges conventional notions of what a design studio does. They define themselves as “a creative practice that engages in experimental work in a variety of media” with “a commitment to both material investigation as well as research and writing [that] allows for the studio to develop flexible and multifaceted strategies to approach spatial problems.”
Carl Skelton Carl Skelton, born in Toronto in 1961, now lives and works in New York City. In his spare time, he’s the founding director of the Brooklyn Experimental Media Center (BxmC), and the Integrated Digital Media programs of NYU’s Polytechnic Insitute. Carl’s current BxmC initiatives include partnerships with people and organizations as diverse as the Municipal Art Society of New York City and the M2C Institut für angewandte Medienforschung, Bremen (Betaville), the Music Technology program at NYU Steinhardt (Emotive Association project), and Microsoft Research (Games for Learning Insitute).
James Slade James Slade has a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University and a Masters of Architecture from Columbia University where he was awarded an Honor Award for Excellence in Design upon graduation. In 2002, he co-founded Slade Architecture. Slade was also recognized by the Architectural League of New York in the Young Architects Program early in his career and selected by them again in 2010 for their Emerging Voices program. He is a licensed architect in New York, Florida, Missouri, and Pennsylvania as well as a LEED-AP. In addition to his work at Slade Architecture, Slade currently teaches a graduate level architecture studio at Parsons School of Design and has taught in the past at Barnard/Columbia University, Pratt Institute, Florida International University and Philadelphia University. Before Slade Architecture, he was a partner in Cho Slade Architecture.
Sarah Slobin Sarah Slobin Sarah Slobin is a visual journalist. She spent 15 years at The New York Times where she was trained to report the story from the ground up, find the visual language to translate it, then write, design, chart, edit and produce information graphics. From 2006 to 2008 she was the head of graphics at Fortune Magazine. She lives in Brooklyn.
Sarah Snider Sarah Snider Sarah Snider is the Executive Assistant at the Architectural League of New York. She has lived in London, Paris, and the Bay Area, and she now lives at Treehaus Brooklyn.
Brett Snyder Brett Snyder Brett Snyder is the co-founder of Cheng+Snyder, a multidisciplinary design studio based in New York City and Philadelphia. He teaches design at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Tim Sohn Tim Sohn Tim is a freelance journalist based in New York and a correspondent for Outside Magazine. Recent stories have taken him from New Guinea to Alaska and from BASE-jumping lessons to the Navy SEALs obstacle course. He lives in Brooklyn.
Juliette Spertus Juliette Spertus is an architect, writer and curator. Her work focuses on the relationship between architecture and infrastructure and the possibilities for public space. Fast Trash is her first infrastructure exhibition. She previously worked as a project architect for Michielli Wyetzner Architects in New York and as a designer at Utile, Inc. in Boston. She completed a BA in art history at Williams College and received her professional architecture degree from l’Ecole d’Architecture des Villes et des Térritoires à Marne-la-vallée near Paris, France.
Katie Stapleton Katie Stapleton is a licensed architect currently working at Kliment Halsband Architects. She is particularly interested in the relationship between architecture and [German] politics and interim architectural installations in an urban context. She is a former project associate for Urban Omnibus.
Ben Stechschulte Ben Stechschulte is a photographer and filmmaker whose images appear in publications including TIME, New York Magazine, and The New York Times Magazine. Assignments and personal projects have led Ben to photograph an array of subjects such as agriculture and food production, demolition derby, and honor killing in the Middle East. His recent PBS documentary film, Small Farm Rising, follows three unique farms as they carry plants and animals through an entire growing season. Ben lives and works in New York City and the Adirondacks Mountains.
Samuel Stein Samuel Stein is an organizer and policy analyst at New York State Tenants & Neighbors. He spent several years as a labor researcher for the Service Employees International Union, before earning a Masters in Urban Planning at Hunter College.
Lawrence Stelter Lawrence Stelter, author of By the El, is an architect for the City of New York. He received a master’s degree in city planning from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and his thesis was “Analysis of the New York City Policy of Demolishing Elevated Transit Lines” (1982). In addition to the history and romance of the city’s mass transit lines, his interests include general history, travel and photography. He lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
Lothar Stelter Lothar Stelter, the photographer, is now retired after a long career with the New York Telephone Co., a predecessor of Verizon. He sometimes paid fifty cents to building superintendents where he was installing phones to let him shoot pictures of the Third Avenue El from good vantage points. Lothar Stelter is a product of the city schools, having graduated from Evander Childs High School in the Bronx before attending college. He and his wife of more than fifty years, Josephine Montelbano Stelter, live in Kew Garden Hills, Queens, where he, too, continues his fascination with the old elevated train system. He’s also keenly interested in film history.
Matthew Storrie Matthew Storrie Matthew Storrie is Associate Curator for The City We Imagined/The City We Made: New New York 2001-2010 and former Project Designer at WW Architecture. He is a student in the Princeton University Master of Architecture class of 2012 and has resided in Brooklyn for the last 2 years.
Roy Strickland Roy Strickland is Director of the Master of Urban Design Program at the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan and, with Platt Byard Dovell White Architects, is the designer of the new Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School in Manhattan.
Commander Linda A. Sturgis Commander Linda A. Sturgis is a marine safety expert and Chief of the Prevention Department at Coast Guard Sector New York. She joined the Coast Guard in 1993 and served as a Deck Watch Officer on the Coast Guard Cutter Mellon and served at several marine safety offices throughout the country, including Miami, Seattle and Cleveland.
Christina Sun Christina Sun is an illustrator and a part-time deckhand. She writes and illustrates Bowsprite, a blog on New York Harbor.
Erika Svendsen Erika Svendsen is part of the Living Memorials Project social and site assessment team working to collect information on living memorials throughout the country and developing technical transfer materials for groups interested in creating healing landscapes. Prior to her work at the Forest Service, Svendsen worked in the New York metropolitan area. She is the former director of GreenThumb, New York City’s community gardening program. Recently, she worked for the Regional Plan Association to develop state programs that address issues of smart growth planning and public health. She was the environmental fellowship director for the Rockefeller Foundation Leadership and Development Program (LEAD).  Svendsen has an undergraduate degree from Allegheny College, Pennsylvania, and a M.A. in Environmental Studies from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Swoon Swoon is a Brooklyn-based street artist who creates life-sized portraits of people she meets, using woodcut block prints and paper cutouts. Swoon’s galleries are city walls, often in the environments that inspired the prints. With influences ranging from German Expressionist wood block prints to Indonesian shadow puppets, Swoon is a master of using cut paper to play with positive and negative space in a conceptually driven exploration of street environments.
 Since 2006, she has also designed, built, and organized fleets of rafts including those of the Miss Rockaway Armada and most recently the Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea, a large scale installation at Deitch Projects in New York City. Swoon’s boats are inspired by dense urban cityscapes and thickly intertwined mangrove swamps from her Florida youth. She is an international artist with major pieces in the Museum of Modern Art, PS1’s groundbreaking exhibition GREATER NEW YORK, and Brooklyn Museum of Art. Swoon has been traveling for the past several years creating exhibitions and workshops in the United States and Europe.
Peter Syrett Peter Syrett AIA, LEED AP, is Associate Principal and K-12 Education Market Leader at Perkins+Will’s New York office. His expertise focuses on sustainable institutional projects, specifically K-12 and healthcare work. He leads teams in viewing the larger ecological picture, one that looks beyond LEED, overseeing projects from brainstorm to detail. Peter’s philosophy on design is the creation of a unique conceptual vocabulary that embodies a client’s mission in space, material, form and character. He lectures regularly on green institutional design and is a recognized expert in the field. He is currently teaching a class at the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies entitled “Managing Sustainable Building Projects.”
Jonathan Tarleton Jonathan Tarleton is a writer, activist, and urbanist with aspirations to contribute to a more sustainable and inclusive urban environment. He is a project associate at Urban Omnibus and has made his way to Brooklyn from his roots in Georgia and North Carolina.
Yeohlee Teng Award-winning designer Yeohlee Teng was born in Malaysia and has worked primarily in New York City, where she established her label, YEOHLEE Inc, in 1981. Yeohlee believes that design comes from serving a function and is refined through time and process. Her designs are driven by material, maximizing the use of each fabric by thoughtful consideration of weight, texture, color, cut and finishing. She believes that “Clothes have magic. Their geometry forms shapes that can lend a wearer power.” Yeohlee’s work has been featured in numerous exhibitions internationally and is part of the permanent collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where curator Richard Martin called her “one of the most ingenious makers of clothing today. Yeohlee’s clothes conserve and impart energy for they are the synthesis of reason and magic.” YEOHLEE : WORK published in 2003 surveys the first 20 years of her practice with essays by prominent fashion, art and design curators and critics. Yeohlee is the recipient of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Fashion 2004. Yeohlee Teng is a Board Director at the Council of Fashion Designers of America and The Municipal Art Society of New York.
Georgeen Theodore Georgeen Theodore is a registered architect and urban designer. She received a Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from the Harvard Design School. She is an Associate Professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture and the Director of the Infrastructure Planning Program.
Troy Therrien Troy Conrad Therrien is a partner in the creative curatorial consultancy Therrien Barley and Chief Architect, Cloud Communication Software at Columbia University GSAPP. He holds an MArch degree from Columbia where he received the American Institute of Architects medal, the Goodman scholarship from the Temple Hoyne Buell Center, and a Kinne Fellows traveling prize. Also a graduate of the Architectural Association with an MA in Histories and Theories of architecture supported by the J.B.C. Watkins Prize awarded by the Canadian Council for the Arts, as a critic he has been published in Hunch, Volume, San Rocco and other journals, has contributed to books, and has curated exhibitions at MoMA/P.S.1, the Canadian Centre for Architecture and elsewhere. Trained initially as a computer engineer, he has worked as a creative technologist for Bruce Mau Design, as a research assistant in a human-computer interaction laboratory, and as an architect in New York, Paris and London.
Dylan Thuras Dylan Thuras is the co-founder of the Atlas Obscura, an online “compendium of the world’s wonders, curiosities and esoterica.” Projects include the blog Curious Expeditions about traveling through Eastern Europe for a year, the Athanasius Kircher Society and “World of Wonders” a series of videos and articles about the hidden wonders of South America for Slate magazine. A filmmaker and artist, he is also a co-founder of Observatory, an arts and salon space in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Dylan lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with his wife.
John Tipaldo John Tipaldo is the Director of the New York City Department of Transportation’s Traffic Management Center (TMC) which controls half of the traffic signals in New York City remotely.
Steven Thomson Steven Thomson is an urbanist focused on the intersection of art and architecture. He studied architecture and art history at Pratt, University of Houston, and Elisava, and recently completed a master’s degree in urban studies at University College London. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic Cities, The Phaidon World Atlas of Contemporary Architecture, Cite, and Architizer, where he is the social media manager.
Anthony Townsend Anthony Townsend Anthony Townsend is the Director of Technology and Development of the Institute for the Future, and focuses his research on the impact of new technology on cities and public institutions. His interests span several inter-related topics: mobility and urbanization, innovation systems and innovation strategy, science and technology parks and economic development, and sustainability and telework.
Chat Travieso Chat Travieso is a Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist and designer who creates interactive urban interventions that engage communities and deal with issues of public space and the everyday built environment. He is currently working on a number of public art installations including Paths to Pier 42 with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Lower East Side Waterfront Alliance, and the NYC Department of Transportation’s Summer Streets Urban Art Intervention. He is also the Design Trust for Public Space’s Participatory Design Fellow for Under the Elevated, a planning study that will develop strategies to maximize the function, use and spatial qualities of the spaces under New York City’s elevated transit infrastructure.
Mat Triebner Mat Triebner is a freelance urban strategist, designer, and co-founder of Scout Ltd., a UK-based spatial consultancy promoting creative reuse of vacant lots. He lives in Brooklyn.
Carmen Trudell Carmen Trudell Carmen Trudell is an architect and inventor based in Brooklyn. Carmen teaches architectural design, sustainability, and technology courses at New York City College of Technology and introductory design at Columbia University. Carmen is a partner in the firm Both Landscape & Architecture, and a partner in the research and development studio Fluxxlab.
Shin-pei Tsay Shin-pei Tsay is the director of Cities and Transportation in the Energy and Climate Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Her research focuses on federal, state, and local transportation policy, climate change policy, and urban and regional planning issues, with an emphasis on economic development.Prior to joining the Carnegie Endowment, Tsay served as the deputy director of Transportation Alternatives, a nationally renowned non-profit focused on transportation issues in New York City; as a founding member of the NYC office for ZGF architects where she was on the sustainability team; the chief operating officer of Project for Public Spaces, an international non-profit; and a strategy consultant with a company serving the Fortune 500. Most recently she contributed to New York City’s Street Design Manual, New York City’s Active Living Design Guidelines, and New York State’s Livable Communities Manual.
Irmak Turan Irmak Turan is an Environmental Designer at Buro Happold, consulting on sustainability in the built environment. She studied architecture and civil engineering at Columbia University, and coordinates a course on sustainable design principles at Cooper Union. She lives in Brooklyn.
Nicola Twilley Nicola Twilley Nicola Twilley is author of the blog Edible Geography and a freelance writer with work published in GOOD, Dwell, Wired UK, Volume, and more. She is also co-director, with Geoff Manaugh, of Future Plural; co-founder, with Sarah Rich, of the Foodprint Project; and co-curator of Landscapes of Quarantine, a group exhibition at New York’s Storefront for Art and Architecture during March and April 2010.
Michael Van Valkenburgh Michael’s leadership of MVVA is an extension of his passion for landscape as a living artistic medium that deepens and enriches people’s lives through the confluence of aesthetics, technology, and ecology. Having spent his adult life in Boston and New York, he has combined his love of cities and the energy of urban living with the lessons of his childhood on a dairy farm in rural New York State, where economy of means was prioritized. Currently the Charles Eliot Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, Michael teaches landscape design as well as the use of plants as design material, synthesizing his broad range of influences into a comprehensive and balanced curriculum. He is a registered landscape architect in more than 25 states and Canada, and is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Kazys Varnelis Kazys Varnelis is the Director of the Network Architecture Lab at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. In addition to directing the Netlab and conducting research, he is on the architecture faculty at Columbia and teaches studios and seminars in history, theory, and research. Varnelis is also a co-founder of the conceptual architecture/media group AUDC, which published Blue Monday: Absurd Realities and Natural Histories in 2007 and has exhibited widely in places such as High Desert Test Sites. He is editor of The Infrastructural City, Networked Ecologies in Los Angeles, Networked Publics andThe Philip Johnson Tapes: Interviews with Robert A. M. Stern, all published in 2008. He has also worked with the Center for Land Use Interpretation, for which he produced the pamphlet Points of Interest in the Owens Valley.
Albert Vecerka Albert Vecerka studied both architecture and photography and uses his strong understanding of each to portray space and light through the element of time in still imagery and video. A native of the former-Yugoslavia, Vecerka moved to New York in 1992. He received a BS in Architecture from City College in 1997. The following year, he began to concentrate on photography, working as an assistant and on his own. Albert taught photography and woodworking at Parsons School of Design; currently he teaches architectural photography at City College and as a continuing education course at The Cooper Union.
David Vega-Barachowitz David Vega-Barachowitz is the Sustainable Initiatives Program Manager at the National Association of City Transportation Officials and coordinator for NACTO’s Cities for Cycling project. Mr. Vega-Barachowitz joined NACTO in 2011 to develop and disseminate the Urban Bikeway Design Guide, a national design guide which compiles innovative bikeway and street design in the United States. Prior to joining NACTO, he undertook a Henry Evans Traveling Fellowship granted by Columbia University to study urban design, with a focus on bicycle and infrastructure planning and design, in the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, and France. His interest in bicycling as sustainable transportation was inspired by his time studying architecture and urban design in the city of Copenhagen, Denmark. In 2008-2009, Mr. Vega-Barachowitz worked at the New York City Transit Authority, where he worked on a State of Good Repair initiative to improve system-wide asset management and systematic rehabilitation for stations. He is a graduate of Columbia University with a degree in Urban Studies with Architecture.
Ian Veidenheimer Ian Veidenheimer is the Program Associate at the Architectural League of New York.
Christian Volkmann Christian Volkmann is Associate Professor of Architecture at the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York, focusing on the integration of technical and environmental topics into the design process. He is part of the joint faculty for the newly launched “Sustainability in the Urban Environment” Masters program, combining Science, Engineering and Architecture.
Andrew Wade Andrew Wade was on the faculty of the International Honors Program “Cities in the 21st Century” during the Fall 2012 semester. He studied Architecture at McGill University and Development Planning at University College London. After six years of “reading” London — by tracing its streets, frequenting its pubs, and embracing its cultures — he turned the page to New York in 2013. He is now a Mills Fellow at the Architectural League of New York, and a writer for polis.
Alissa Walker Alissa Walker Alissa Walker is a design writer who regularly contributes to publications like Fast Company, Dwell, GOOD, Print and I.D., and irregularly contributes to her own blog, Gelatobaby. She lives in Los Angeles.
Glenn Weiss Glenn Weiss has maintained a diverse professional practice assisting governments and civic organizations with physical transformations of cities and neighborhoods through urban planning, architecture, landscape and public art. Since May 2008, Glenn Weiss has developed and managed the new public art program for the NYC Business Improvement District responsible for Times Square and the Broadway Theater District. He is currently the executive director the Art League Houston.
Aaron White Aaron White lives in New York City where he has worked with firms such as Mark Rakatansky Studio, Easton+Combs Architects, Graftworks, and Servo. He teaches seminars and studios at Pratt Institute and Parsons. His research focuses on the history of New York City with a special interest in the changing relations between public space and property development.
Amani Willett Amani Willett’s monograph, Disquiet, is to be published in the spring of 2013 by Damiani. He was recently featured in the books Street Photography Now and New York: In Color and is a long-term member of the iN-PUBLiC collective of photographers. His pictures have been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including at the Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York, and his work has been featured in such publications as American Photography, Newsweek and The New York Times. He holds an MFA from the School of Visual Art and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Douglas Woodward Douglas Woodward is a planner and urban designer.
Sarah Nelson Wright Sarah Nelson Wright Sarah Nelson Wright is a Brooklyn-based artist, writer and educator from the San Francisco Bay Area. She creates interdisciplinary media projects about the urban experience that both explore the changing city and investigate avenues for intervention. She holds a BA in American Studies from Yale and will receive her MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College in 2009.
Tom Wright Tom Wright is the Executive Director of Regional Plan Association (RPA) the nation’s oldest private regional planning organization. Mr. Wright lectures widely on growth management and regional planning. He is a Visiting Lecturer in Public Policy at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He has taught at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy; and the New Jersey Institute of Technology School of Architecture.Previously, he was the Deputy Executive Director of the New Jersey Office of State Planning, He resides in Princeton, NJ with his wife and three daughters.
Deborah Wye Deborah Wye was a curator at The Museum of Modern Art for 31 years, before retiring in 2010. She now works for the Museum on a part-time basis, preparing a catalogue raisonné of the prints of Louise Bourgeois.
Zach Youngerman Zach Youngerman Zach Youngerman is a designer who works broadly on integrating cities and ecology. He’s enjoying freelance writing. He grew up in Riverdale, in the Bronx. He spent four years in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and the breaching of the Federal levees doing recovery planning and green stormwater management. His goal is to help citizens understand, enjoy, evaluate and manage urban structures and their associated natural environments.
Kate Zidar Kate Zidar Kate Zidar is an Environmental Planner working on soil, water and food issues in New York City. She coordinates the Stormwater Infrastructure Matters (S.W.I.M.) Coalition, teaches at Pratt Institute’s Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment, and runs the North Brooklyn Compost Project.
Alfred Zollinger Alfred Zollinger is co-principal of Matter Practice, an architecture and exhibition-design firm founded with Sandra Wheeler. Matter has completed a range of public projects, including exhibition designs for the National Building Museum; the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; and the International Center of Photography, as well as several residential designs. The practice maintains its own prototyping and custom-fabrication shop and is informed by Zollinger’s early training as a precision machinist and interest in making as a mode of critical inquiry. He studied architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design and completed his postprofessional studies at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, where he was designer and fabrication specialist on a number of widely published projects completed by the Cranbrook Architecture Office. He has taught at the ETH, in Zurich, RISD, and, since 2006, at Parsons.
ZUS ZUS ZUS [Zones Urbaines Sensibles] is an architecture firm in Rotterdam, Netherlands, founded by architects and urbanists Elma van Boxel and Kristian Koreman in 2001. Leading an international team of designers and planners, van Boxel and Koreman collaborate on designs and research studies in the fields of architecture, urbanism, and landscape design. Realized projects include a waterfront park along the Huangpu River for World Expo 2010 in Shanghai; the park Printemps à Grand Bigard in Brussels; and the Spiegelzee exhibition pavilion, a temporary structure designed to travel to various locations on the Dutch coast. Construction will soon begin on their plan for Almere Duin, a large multiuse coastal district in the Netherlands. In addition to their design work, van Boxel and Koreman have curated exhibitions and published widely, and both teach and lecture at universities and schools in the Netherlands and abroad.