People to Know

One aim of the DfRR com­mit­tee is to expand the knowl­edge base and con­nec­tions of the mem­bers and of all inter­ested in this area. In this sec­tion, we will con­tin­u­ously pub­lish infor­ma­tion about the speak­ers at our events – all of them pro­fi­cient in some aspect of design for resilience.

Below are brief bios of the Committee’s Found­ing Co-Chairs, Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, DPACSA, Illya Azaroff, AIA, and the newest Co-Chair, Joan Capelin, Hon. AIA, Fel­low PRSAFSMPS.

Lance Jay Brown

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Lance is as archi­tect, urban designer, edu­ca­tor, author, and world-traveling lec­turer. 2014 Pres­i­dent of AIANY, he has launched the theme of “Civic Vision / Civic Spirit.” He founded the post 9/11 task force in con­cern with Illya Azaroff in 2011 into DfRR. He is an ACSA Dis­tin­guished Pro­fes­sor in the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Archi­tec­ture at the City Col­lege of New York. Lance has served in the Design Arts Pro­gram at the National Endow­ment for the Arts and advised the World Trade Cen­ter Site 9/11 Inter­na­tional Memo­r­ial Design Com­pe­ti­tion. His awards include the national AIA/ACSA Topaz Medal­lion for Excel­lence in Archi­tec­tural Edu­ca­tion and AIA New York State President’s Award for Excel­lence in Non-Traditional Archi­tec­ture. He recently co-edited Beyond Zucotti Park: Free­dom of Assem­bly and the Occu­pa­tion of Pub­lic Space and The Legacy Project: Via Verde.

Illya Azaroff

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Founder of +LAB archi­tects in Brook­lyn, Illya is an Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor at New York City Col­lege of Tech­nol­ogy (CUNY), where he teaches archi­tec­ture and resilient build­ing strate­gies. He serves on both the AIA NYS Board as Regional Direc­tor for YAF Young Archi­tects Forum and AIANY’s board. He has just received the 2014 AIA National Young Archi­tects Award in recog­ni­tion of his “excep­tional lead­er­ship” and out­stand­ing work “in an early stage of his career”. He is con­sult­ing mem­ber of the RCPT – Regional Cat­a­strophic Plan­ning Team and the Hous­ing Recov­ery Cen­ter in NYC, and led the AIA Post-Sandy Ini­tia­tive. Illya is an instruc­tor in the RAMP Resiliency Adap­ta­tion Mit­i­ga­tion and Plan­ning Pro­gram at Pratt Insti­tute NDTPC – National Dis­as­ter Train­ing Pre­pared­ness Cen­ter in Hawaii. He founded the AIA Regional Work­ing Group (Penn­syl­va­nia to Rhode Island). He is trained in post-disaster dam­age assess­ment (SAP) by Cal EMA and has a back­ground in Geog­ra­phy, Visual Art, and Architecture.

Joan Capelin

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Joan is a strate­gist, writer, and coach who con­sults solely to design and build­ing pro­fes­sion­als. Hon­orary Mem­ber of both AIA National and AIA NYS, she founded Capelin Com­mu­ni­ca­tions in 1981. She started the AIANY Mar­ket­ing & PR Com­mit­tee and has con­sulted on many AIA ini­tia­tives, includ­ing the national achieve­ment con­ven­tion in NYC. Recip­i­ent of the Soci­ety for Mar­ket­ing Pro­fes­sional Ser­vices Mar­ket­ing award, she was the youngest chair of the Col­lege of Fel­lows of the Pub­lic Rela­tions Soci­ety of Amer­ica. Joan has lec­tured widely and writ­ten arti­cles, chap­ters, and three books on pub­lic rela­tions prin­ci­ples and process. A Welles­ley grad­u­ated Ful­bright Scholar [Paris], she has received the high­est hon­ors from SMPS, the PRSA, and PRSA NY [as NYC’s out­stand­ing PR pro­fes­sional]. She became DfRR’s third Co-Chair in 2013.

Con­nec­tions

The fol­low­ing bios come from speak­ers at DfRR spon­sored and sup­ported events. Links to event con­tent can be found below.

Cyn­thia Barton

Dis­as­ter Hous­ing Recov­ery Plan Man­ager, NYC Office of Emer­gency Man­age­ment (OEM)

Ms. Bar­ton spoke at the DfRR event, Design­ing the City after Super­storm Sandy: Fundraiser & Dis­cus­sion, on 11/15/12; and the DfRR event, After Dis­as­ter: How Does NYC Plan to Recover?, on 10/21/12.

Chris­tine Bram

Direc­tor, Depart­ment of Pub­lic Space, City of Zurich

Ms. Bram spoke at the DfRR sup­ported event, UnCom­mon Ground, on 10/16/12.

Hillary Brown

FAIA

Ms. Brown spoke at the DfRR Earth Day event, DFRR Event: Trends in Response to Nat­ural Dis­as­ters: Adap­ta­tion by Design, on 4/22/12.

Stephen Cas­sell

AIA, LEED AP, Prin­ci­pal, Co-Founder, Archi­tec­ture Research Office (ARO)

Mr. Cas­sell spoke at the DfRR event, Design­ing the City after Super­storm Sandy: Fundraiser & Dis­cus­sion, on 11/15/12.

Matt Char­ney

Archi­tec­ture for Humanity’s New York City chapter

Mr. Char­ney spoke at the DfRR event, After Dis­as­ter: How Does NYC Plan to Recover?, on 10/21/12.

Leah Cohen

Pol­icy Advi­sor, Mayor’s Office of Long Term Plan­ning and Sustainability

Ms. Cohen spoke at the DfRR event, Design­ing for Risk: Cli­mate Change Adap­ta­tion in NYC, on 9/12/12.

Ryan Colker

Direc­tor of the Con­sul­ta­tive Council/Presidential Advi­sor, National Insti­tute of Build­ing Sci­ences, Staff Direc­tor of the Coun­cil on Finance, Insur­ance, and Real Estate

Ryan Colker devel­ops and trans­mits find­ings and rec­om­men­da­tions to the Admin­is­tra­tion and Con­gress on behalf of the entire build­ing com­mu­nity. He is also staff direc­tor of the Coun­cil on Finance, Insur­ance and Real Estate; the National Coun­cil of Gov­ern­ments on Build­ing Codes and Stan­dards; and the Sus­tain­able Build­ing Indus­try Coun­cil. Pre­vi­ously, Ryan served as Man­ager of Gov­ern­ment Affairs for ASHRAE, helped form the High-Performance Build­ing Con­gres­sional Cau­cus, and was Pro­gram Direc­tor of the Renew­able Nat­ural Resources Foun­da­tion. He grad­u­ated from George Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­sity Law School and is a licensed mem­ber of the Mary­land Bar; he also holds a Bach­e­lor of Arts, with hon­ors, in envi­ron­men­tal pol­icy from the Uni­ver­sity of Florida.

Hus­ton Dawson

Wei­dlinger Asso­ciates Con­sult­ing Engineers

Hus­ton Daw­son has been respon­si­ble for a vari­ety of pro­tec­tive design projects for the Depart­ment of State, the Gen­eral Ser­vices Admin­is­tra­tion, the Depart­ment of Defense, and the Pri­vate Sec­tor. Mr. Daw­son has worked on over a dozen US Embassy projects, mul­ti­ple Fed­eral Build­ings, and dozens of pri­vate sec­tor build­ings, many related to the ren­o­va­tion of exist­ing facil­i­ties. Hus­ton has pub­lished a paper on pro­tec­tive design of cur­tain­walls and the instal­la­tion of bol­lards in New York City. He has been involved in devel­op­ing Finite Ele­ment mod­els of cus­tom cur­tain­walls and anti-ram sys­tems, and spoke at the ASCE Struc­tural Con­gress 2008 in Van­cou­ver, Canada, and a PCI event in Bal­ti­more, MD.

Can­dace DeSantes

Senior Vice Pres­i­dent, Willis Re Inc.

Willis Group Hold­ings plc is a lead­ing global risk advi­sor and insur­ance and rein­sur­ance bro­ker dat­ing to 1828, and oper­at­ing today on every con­ti­nent. Willis Re is one of the world’s lead­ing rein­sur­ance advi­sors, and Can­dace DeSantes is a Senior Bro­ker. She is involved across a broad spec­trum of Prop­erty and Casu­alty accounts and is a mem­ber of the Willis Re U.S. Flood Strate­gic Group. From 2004 to 2006, Can­dace worked as a con­sul­tant in con­fi­den­tial arbitration/litigation pro­ceed­ings, and from 2001 to 2004 worked for a firm spe­cial­iz­ing in the recov­ery of unre­al­ized rein­sur­ance. She had been with Guy Carpenter’s New York Prop­erty Treaty Depart­ment, and spent four years at John­son & Hig­gins. Can­dace began her career at the Hart­ford in 1974, after grad­u­at­ing from Vas­sar Col­lege with an A.B. in History.

David Dixon

FAIA, Direc­tor of Urban Design Goody Clancy, Boston, MA

Mr. Dixon spoke at the DfRR event, Cli­mate Change: Inevitable Chal­lenges and Poten­tial Oppor­tu­ni­ties, on 2/17/12.

Claire Fell­man

Project Man­ager, Snøhetta

Claire cur­rently man­ages the Times Square Recon­struc­tion project for the design of the new pub­lic spaces on Broad­way. Since join­ing Snøhetta in 2008, she has been involved in the Isabel Bader Cen­tre for Per­form­ing Arts at Queens Uni­ver­sity, the Wolfe Cen­ter for the Arts at Bowl­ing Green State Uni­ver­sity, the Hunt Library at North Car­olina State Uni­ver­sity, and a pedes­trian improve­ment project for the Corre­dor Cen­tral in Guatemala City. She had pre­vi­ously worked as an envi­ron­men­tal con­sul­tant on the reme­di­a­tion of soil and water on brown­fields sites. A Hart­ford native, Claire holds an under­grad­u­ate degree in Geol­ogy from Car­leton Col­lege. She earned her Mas­ters from the com­bined Land­scape Architecture/Architecture pro­gram at the Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia, where she is cur­rently a lec­turer in the Depart­ment of Architecture.

Michael Flynn

Direc­tor, Cap­i­tal Plan­ning & Project Ini­ti­a­tion NYC Depart­ment of Transportation

Mr. Flynn spoke at the DfRR sup­ported event, UnCom­mon Ground, on 10/16/12.

Adam Freed

Deputy Direc­tor Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning

Mr. Freed spoke at the DfRR event, VisioNYC 2080: Towards a Risk– Resilient City, on 10/6/12.

Deb­o­rah Gans

AIA, Prin­ci­pal, Gans Stu­dio and Pro­fes­sor, Archi­tec­ture School, Pratt Institute

Ms. Gans mod­er­ated the DfRR event, After Dis­as­ter: How Does NYC Plan to Recover?, on 10/21/12; and spoke at the DfRR event, VisioNYC 2080: Towards a Risk-Resilient City, on 10/6/12.

Richard Gon­za­lez

RA LEED AP

Archi­tect and urban designer, Richard R. Gon­za­lez, AIA, estab­lished his pri­vate prac­tice in 2006. He has been a project man­ager at the Urban Design Lab, The Earth Insti­tute at Colum­bia Uni­ver­sity, study­ing cli­mate change and sus­tain­able devel­op­ment as part of regional and global ini­tia­tives for cities and devel­op­ing coun­tries, and a senior designer at Davis Brody Bond. He has done Plan­ning and Urban Design research and appli­ca­tions in Mex­ico, Thai­land, South Korea, Haiti, and his native coun­try, the Domini­can Repub­lic, as well as community-based projects within Harlem and Wash­ing­ton Heights. He received the Mathew W. Del Gau­dio Award for Excel­lence from The NY Soci­ety of Archi­tects. B.Arch.: CCNY School of Archi­tec­ture & Envi­ron­men­tal Stud­ies. Mas­ters in Urban Design from the Colum­bia Uni­ver­sity Grad­u­ate School of Archi­tec­ture, Plan­ning & Preser­va­tion [and a vis­it­ing critic and stu­dio fac­ulty at both].

Kather­ine Greig

Senior Pol­icy Advi­sor, Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Plan­ning and Sustainability

Before join­ing the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Plan­ning and Sus­tain­abil­ity this year, Kather­ine par­tic­i­pated in the Hur­ri­cane Sandy Rebuild­ing Task Force and devel­oped insur­ance pol­icy under US Sec­re­tary for Hous­ing and Urban Devel­op­ment, Shaun Dono­van. Kather­ine brings addi­tional expe­ri­ence from work with the Boston Con­sult­ing Group and the Fed­eral Reserve Bank of New York. She has a Mas­ters of Law and Diplo­macy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplo­macy, an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Busi­ness, and a BA from Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity. Kather­ine and her hus­band, David, are both native to New York where they are now rais­ing their two sons.

Bram Gun­ther

Chief, Forestry & Hor­ti­cul­ture and Nat­ural Resources Group, NYC Parks Department

Bram joined the Parks Depart­ment in 1991 as an Urban Park Ranger and became their City­wide Direc­tor. He trans­ferred to the Cen­tral Forestry divi­sion in 2000 and over­saw cre­ation of the Green­streets pro­gram and its evo­lu­tion into Green Infra­struc­ture, and the merger with Cen­tral Hor­ti­cul­ture and the Nat­ural Resources Group. Bram cur­rently cre­ates and exe­cutes city­wide pol­icy on forestry, hor­ti­cul­ture, green infra­struc­ture, and con­ser­va­tion, restora­tion, and man­age­ment of ecosys­tems. Besides his Parks Depart­ment respon­si­bil­i­ties, Bram is also pres­i­dent of the Nat­ural Areas Con­ser­vancy, a new public/private part­ner­ship to unify the City’s efforts to con­serve, restore, and pro­tect tens of thou­sands of acres of munic­i­pal forests, wet­lands, and grass­lands. He was part of the man­age­ment team to over­see Post-Sandy forestry clean-up and put together green infra­struc­ture, liv­ing shore­lines, and nat­ural areas strate­gies for address­ing cli­mate change and resiliency. Mr. Gun­ther spoke at DfRR’s event, NYC’s Post-Sandy Recov­ery: How’re We Doin’?, on 2/13/13.

Bon­nie A. Harken

AIA, APA, Pres­i­dent, Nau­tilus Inter­na­tional Devel­op­ment Consulting

Bon­nie A. Harken is pres­i­dent of Nau­tilus Inter­na­tional Devel­op­ment Con­sult­ing, Inc., which con­sults gov­ern­ment agen­cies and pri­vate busi­nesses about strate­gies for suc­cess­ful, sus­tain­able urban devel­op­ments. An internationally-recognized expert in water­front revi­tal­iza­tion, speak­ing reg­u­larly at the UN and pub­lish­ing widely, she serves on the Mayor’s Water­front Man­age­ment Advi­sory Board and Depart­ment of City Planning’s Urban Water­front Adap­tive Strate­gies Advi­sory Group. She also co-chairs the AIANY Post-Sandy Initiative’s Water­front Work­ing Group. Con­sul­tant the port Author­ity for six miles of south­west Brook­lyn water­front [and pro­gram man­ager for two pilot projects, she has also worked with the Nature Con­ser­vancy on their Great Rivers Part­ner­ship and the World Water Coun­cil on the role of water resources in “green growth”. Ms. Harken spoke at the DfRR event, New York at Risk: On the Water­front, on 4/21/13.

Klaus Jacob

Geo­physi­cist, Urban Envi­ron­men­tal Dis­as­ter Expert, Colum­bia University

Mr. Jacob spoke at the DfRR event, Design­ing the City after Super­storm Sandy: Fundraiser & Dis­cus­sion, on 11/15/12.

Shun Kanda

Direc­tor, MIT Japan 3/11 Initiative

Mr. Kanda spoke at the DfRR sup­ported event, Ippo x 365 x 2 Reflec­tions on the Japan­ese Front — SOHO NYC, on 3/9/13.

Erica Keberle

Deputy Direc­tor, NYC Mayor’s Office of City Leg­isla­tive Affairs, NYC Rapid Repairs, Exter­nal Affairs

In the after­math of Hur­ri­cane Sandy, Erica took a leave from her posi­tion as Deputy Direc­tor of the Mayor’s Office to directly assist in recov­ery efforts, and develop NYC’s “Rapid Repairs” pro­gram, where she devises strat­egy and man­ages com­mu­ni­ca­tions and exter­nal affairs. NYC Rapid Repairs is an unprece­dented pro­gram to restore tem­po­rary heat, power, and hot water in homes affected by Hur­ri­cane Sandy. Erica is a grad­u­ate of Hunter­Col­lege and received her Mas­ter of Pub­lic Admin­is­tra­tion Degree in Envi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence and Pol­icy from Columbi­aU­ni­ver­sity in 2010. Ms. Keberle was a speaker at DfRR’s event, NYC’s Post-Sandy Recov­ery: How’re We Doin’?, on 2/13/13.

David C. Kelly

Assis­tant Com­mis­sioner [Retired], Coun­tert­er­ror­ism Bureau, New York Police Department

David C. Kelly began his career with the New York City Police Depart­ment in 1991 as a police offi­cer assigned to the 13 Precinct. He was pro­moted to Sergeant [1995], Lieu­tenant [1998]; and Lieu­tenant Com­man­der Detec­tive Squad [2005]. He has served in the 13, 77 and 114 Precincts, the Domes­tic Vio­lence Unit, the Employee Man­age­ment Divi­sion, and the Office of the Deputy Com­mis­sioner of Legal Matter’s Spe­cial Lit­i­ga­tion Sup­port Unit. Since 2003, Assis­tant Com­mis­sioner Kelly has been assigned to the Coun­tert­er­ror­ism Bureau where he serves as assis­tant to the Deputy Com­mis­sioner, and lead super­vi­sor in both the Ter­ror­ism Threat Analy­sis Group and the Threat Reduction/Infrastructure Pro­tec­tion Sec­tion. He has worked exten­sively on secu­rity plan­ning for major con­struc­tion projects around the city, includ­ing the World Trade Cen­ter and Hud­son Yards. In this role he has worked with devel­op­ers and other pub­lic agen­cies to ensure that safety and secu­rity plan­ning addresses ter­ror­ism con­cerns appro­pri­ately. He holds a Bach­e­lor of Arts degree from New York University.

Mary Kim­ball

Water­front and Open Spaces, Depart­ment of City Planning

Ms. Kim­ball spoke at the DfRR event, Design­ing for Risk: Cli­mate Change Adap­ta­tion in NYC, on 9/12/12.

Michael Kim­mel­man

Chief Archi­tec­ture Critic, The New York Times

Mr. Kim­mel­man mod­er­ated the DfRR event, Design­ing the City after Super­storm Sandy: Fundraiser & Dis­cus­sion, on 11/15/12.

Shuko Koike

Design Saves Lives

Ms. Shuko spoke at the DfRR sup­ported event, Ippo x 365 x 2 Reflec­tions on the Japan­ese Front — SOHO NYC, on 3/9/13.

Greg Kumm

Pres­i­dent of Pro­surance Redeker Group, Ltd

Greg has over 30-years expe­ri­ence work­ing with Archi­tects and Engi­neers, and is nation­ally rec­og­nized as an expert in this spe­cial­ized field of insur­ance. Mr. Kumm is a Hon­orary mem­ber A.I.A., New York State. He was for­merly a regional Vice Pres­i­dent and man­ager of the New York office of Vic­tor O. Schin­nerer & Co., Inc. V.O. Schin­nerer is the Under­writ­ing Man­ager and Pro­gram Admin­is­tra­tor of the Amer­i­can Insti­tute of Archi­tects and National Soci­ety of Pro­fes­sional Engi­neers com­mended Pro­fes­sional Lia­bil­ity Insur­ance and Loss Pre­ven­tion Pro­gram. Mr. Kumm is a found­ing mem­ber of a/e ProNet, a national net­work of insur­ance bro­kers spe­cial­iz­ing in insur­ance and risk man­age­ment ser­vices for Archi­tects and Engi­neers. Mr. Kumm spoke at AIA NY Build­ing Codes Committee’s event, Post Sandy Con­struc­tion Build­ing for Insur­ance and Not for Code, on 4/24/13

Rod­ney Leon

AIA

Mr. Leon spoke at the DfRR Earth Day event, DFRR Event: Trends in Response to Nat­ural Dis­as­ters: Adap­ta­tion by Design, on 4/22/12.

Jill N. Lerner

FAIA, Prin­ci­pal, Kohn Ped­er­son Fox Architects

Ms. Lerner spoke at the DfRR event, VisioNYC 2080: Towards a Risk– Resilient City, on 10/6/12.

Dr. Arthur Lerner-Lam

Lam­ont Doherty Earth Observatory-Columbia University

Dr. Lerner-Lam was the keynote speaker at the DfRR Earth Day event, DFRR Event, Trends in Response to Nat­ural Dis­as­ters: Adap­ta­tion by Design, on 4/22/12.

Eric Mac­far­lane

P.E.

Mr. Mac­far­lane spoke at the DfRR Earth Day event, DFRR Event: Trends in Response to Nat­ural Dis­as­ters: Adap­ta­tion by Design, on 4/22/12.

Kather­ine Malishewsky

Archi­tec­ture for Humanity’s New York City Chapter

Ms. Mal­ishewsky spoke at the DfRR event, After Dis­as­ter: How Does NYC Plan to Recover?, on 10/21/12.

Charles McK­in­ney

Prin­ci­pal Urban Designer, NYC Depart­ment of Parks and Recreation

Mr. McK­in­ney spoke at the DfRR sup­ported event, UnCom­mon Ground, on 10/16/12.

Wal­ter Meyer

ASLA, LEED AP & Found­ing Prin­ci­pal, Local Office Land­scape Architecture

Urban designer, Wal­ter Meyer founded Local Office Land­scape Archi­tec­ture in 2006 with Har­vard class­mate Jen­nifer Bol­stad. Their firm has won awards for archi­tec­ture, land­scape archi­tec­ture, pub­lic pol­icy, sci­ence, and art, and the part­ners have been speak­ers and vis­it­ing crit­ics at many uni­ver­si­ties. Recent built work includes the 2-mile-long Par­que del Litoral, in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, the largest urban beach park in the coun­try designed to pro­tect the city and the sea. After Hur­ri­cane Sandy, Meyer and Bol­stad started ‘Power Rock­aways Resilience, ’ to fundraise and deliver solar gen­er­a­tors through­out the Rock­away penin­sula. Cur­rently, Local Office is advis­ing the National Parks Ser­vice and the NYC Depart­ment of Parks and Recre­ation on coastal resiliency in the New YorkHar­bor. Mr. Meyer spoke at the DfRR event, New York at Risk: On the Water­front, on 4/21/13.

Levan Nadibaidze

Pol­icy Advi­sor, Mayor’s Office of Long Term Plan­ning and Sustainability

Mr. Levan spoke at the DfRR event, Design­ing for Risk: Cli­mate Change Adap­ta­tion in NYC, on 9/12/12.

Thad­deus Pawlowski

Asso­ciate Urban Designer, Office of the Chief Urban Designer, New York City Depart­ment of City Planning

Thad is cur­rently work­ing as an advi­sor on long-term plan­ning for the Mayor’s Office of Hous­ing Recov­ery. At City Plan­ning, he has worked on a wide vari­ety of projects includ­ing Penn Sta­tion, East Mid­town rezon­ing, a study of the urban design impli­ca­tions of cli­mate change adap­ta­tion, and a play­book for post-disaster hous­ing. Pre­vi­ously he worked at OEM on the “What if New York City” design com­pe­ti­tion. Last year, Thad worked with DfRR to orga­nize a multi-disciplinary design char­rette at the Cen­ter for Archi­tec­ture on design guide­lines for higher flood pro­tec­tion. Mr. Pawlowski was a speaker at DfRR’s event, NYC’s Post-Sandy Recov­ery: How’re We Doin’?, on 2/13/12; at the DfRR event, After Dis­as­ter: How Does NYC Plan to Recover?, on 10/21/12; and at the DfRR event, Design­ing for Risk: Cli­mate Change Adap­ta­tion in NYC, on 9/12/12.

Clif­ford Pearson

Deputy Editor-In-Chief, Archi­tec­tural Record

Mr. Pear­son spoke at the DfRR sup­ported event, Ippo x 365 x 2 Reflec­tions on the Japan­ese Front — SOHO NYC, on 3/9/13.

Jake Price

Filmmaker/Photographer

Mr. Price spoke at the DfRR sup­ported event, Ippo x 365 x 2 Reflec­tions on the Japan­ese Front — SOHO NYC, on 3/9/13.

Rob Rogers

FAIA, Prin­ci­pal, Rogers Mar­vel Architects

Mr. Rogers spoke at the DfRR event, Design­ing the City after Super­storm Sandy: Fundraiser & Dis­cus­sion, on 11/15/12.

Heather Roi­ter Damiano

Trans­porta­tion and Infra­struc­ture Unit, NYC Office of Emer­gency Management

Ms. Roi­ter Dami­ano spoke at the DfRR event, After Dis­as­ter: How Does NYC Plan to Recover?, on 10/21/12.

Anthony C. Romeo

AIA, Parks Pro­gram Direc­tor, New York City Depart­ment of Design + Construction

Anthony spent 15 years in pri­vate prac­tice spe­cial­iz­ing in health­care archi­tec­ture. As Direc­tor of Cap­i­tal Projects for the Queens Pub­lic Library, he ren­o­vated nearly 40 libraries and built 5 new build­ings under the NYC Design Excel­lence Pro­gram. In his cur­rent posi­tion with DDC, he is respon­si­ble Parks build­ings through­out New York City. Post-Sandy, he leads the DDC effort along with the Parks Depart­ment to restore our city’s beaches. Author of sev­eral pub­lished cri­tiques, he is an adjunct pro­fes­sor at City Tech [CUNY], teach­ing archi­tec­tural his­tory and build­ing tech­nol­ogy. Mr. Romeo spoke at DfRR’s event, NYC’s Post-Sandy Recov­ery: How’re We Doin’?, on 2/13/13; and the DfRR event, New York at Risk: On the Water­front, on 4/21/13.

James S. Russell

FAIA, Archi­tec­tural Critic and Author

James Rus­sell is the archi­tec­ture critic for Bloomberg News, which reaches 260, 000 pro­fes­sion­als and 350 pub­li­ca­tions world­wide. His writ­ing also appears in Bloomberg Busi­ness­Week and the Bloomberg Muse web­site, and he has been a guest on Bloomberg radio and TV. His book, The Agile City: Build­ing Well Being and Wealth in an Era of Cli­mate Change, was pub­lished by Island Press in 2011. For 18 years he was an edi­tor at Archi­tec­tural Record. He is an adjunct pro­fes­sor at the Spitzer School of Archi­tec­ture of the City Col­lege of New York. He is a reg­is­tered archi­tect. Mr. Rus­sell spoke at the DfRR event, New York at Risk: On the Water­front, on 4/21/13; and at the DfRR event, Cli­mate Change: Inevitable Chal­lenges and Poten­tial Oppor­tu­ni­ties, on 2/17/12.

Dean Sakamoto

FAIA, LEED AP, Dean Sakamoto Archi­tects LLC, Urban Resilience Lab, Uni­ver­sity of Hawaii at Manoa.

Dean is a prac­tic­ing archi­tect and edu­ca­tor whose firm, Dean Sakamoto Archi­tects LLC, has received numer­ous awards, includ­ing the AIA Hon­olulu Award of Excel­lence. Dean served on the fac­ulty of the Yale School of Archi­tec­ture from 1998–2011, and is now at the Uni­ver­sity of Hawaii at Manoa, Depart­ment of Urban and Regional Plan­ning, where he leads the Urban Resilience Lab. He is the lead devel­oper of HURRIPLAN: Resilient Build­ing Design for Coastal Com­mu­ni­ties, a DHS FEMA-funded pro­fes­sional train­ing course for the National Dis­as­ter Pre­pared­ness Train­ing Cen­ter. Mr. Sakamoto was a speaker at DfRR’s event, NYC’s Post-Sandy Recov­ery: How’re We Doin’?, on 2/13/13.

Jeanne Marie Salvatore

Senior Vice Pres­i­dent for Pub­lic Affairs, Insur­ance Infor­ma­tion Institute

Jeanne Sal­va­tore has appeared often on radio, TV, and in print as a spokesper­son for insurance-related issues that directly affect con­sumers, both indi­vid­ual and com­mer­cial. She serves as the insur­ance industry’s liai­son to numer­ous con­sumer, edu­ca­tion, safety, and community-based orga­ni­za­tions, includ­ing the Con­sumer Fed­er­a­tion of Amer­ica, the National Con­sumers League, Neigh­bor­hood Hous­ing Ser­vices of New York City, and the Neigh­bor­hood Rein­vest­ment Cor­po­ra­tion. Jeanne holds a B.A. in Eng­lish from Vil­lanova Uni­ver­sity and an M.A. in Com­mu­ni­ca­tions from Colum­bia Uni­ver­sity. She is an Adjunct Pro­fes­sor in the grad­u­ate schools of Mass Com­mu­ni­ca­tions at both Iona Col­lege and Colum­bia University.

Cather­ine Seavitt

Assoc. Pro­fes­sor of Land­scape Archi­tec­ture, CCNY/CUNY and prin­ci­pal of Cather­ine Seav­itt Studio

Ms. Seav­itt spoke at the DfRR sup­ported event, UnCom­mon Ground, on 10/16/12.

Ronald Shiff­man

FAICP, Hon. AIA NYS, Pro­fes­sor, Pratt Grad­u­ate Cen­ter for Plan­ning, Pratt Cen­ter for Com­mu­nity Development

Ron is a city plan­ner with close to 50 years of expe­ri­ence pro­vid­ing archi­tec­tural, plan­ning, com­mu­nity eco­nomic devel­op­ment and sus­tain­able devel­op­ment assis­tance to community-based groups in low– and moderate-income neigh­bor­hoods. In 1964, he co-founded the Prat­tIn­sti­tute­Cen­ter for Com­mu­nity and Envi­ron­men­tal Devel­op­ment [PICCED] and served as Direc­tor until 2003. Ron is now a full-time fac­ulty mem­ber in the Grad­u­ate­Cen­ter for Plan­ning and the Envi­ron­ment at the Pratt School of Archi­tec­ture. He recently received two pres­ti­gious awards: Rock­e­feller Foundation’s Jane Jacobs Life­time Achieve­ment Award and the Amer­i­can Plan­ning Association’s National Plan­ning Pio­neer Award. Author as well as a tenured pro­fes­sor at Pratt Institute’s School of Archi­tec­ture, he chaired Pratt’s Depart­ment of City and Regional Plan­ning from 1991 to 1999. He served on the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion from 1990–1996. Imme­di­ately after Hur­ri­cane Kat­rina, Ron worked with Tulane and Cor­nel­lU­ni­ver­si­ties to orga­nize plan­ning pro­fes­sion­als and edu­ca­tors and is presently orga­niz­ing Pratt Insti­tute School of Architecture’s coor­di­nated effort to assist in the rebuild­ing effort after Sandy enti­tled “Rebuild, Adapt, Mit­i­gate and Plan” [RAMP]. Mr. Shiff­man was a speaker at DfRR’s event, NYC’s Post-Sandy Recov­ery: How’re We Doin’?, on 2/13/13.

Howard Slatkin

Deputy Direc­tor of Strate­gic Plan­ning and Direc­tor of Sus­tain­abil­ity, NYC Depart­ment of City Planning

Mr. Slatkin mod­er­ated the DfRR event, Design­ing for Risk: Cli­mate Change Adap­ta­tion in NYC, on 9/12/12.

John Squer­ciati

Senior Asso­ciate at Dew­berry Con­sul­tants LLC

John has over 14 years of post-disaster dam­age assess­ment and haz­ard mit­i­ga­tion expe­ri­ence. He worked for the FEMA Mit­i­ga­tion Assess­ment Team fol­low­ing Hur­ri­canes Sandy, Charley (2005) and Isaac (2012), and led a team to assess flood impacts on struc­tures and build­ing mate­ri­als in New Orleans after Hur­ri­cane Kat­rina. He has pro­vided assis­tance in devel­op­ing and updat­ing sev­eral FEMA pol­icy and tech­ni­cal doc­u­ments, has devel­oped course mate­ri­als and served as an instruc­tor for courses at FEMA’s Emer­gency Man­age­ment Insti­tute, and has been an instruc­tor numer­ous field train­ing work­shops and sem­i­nars for Sub­stan­tial Dam­age esti­ma­tion, struc­tural flood-proofing, NFIP tech­ni­cal bul­letins, coastal con­struc­tion, pro­tect­ing man­u­fac­tured homes from flood­ing, and Benefit-Cost Analy­sis. Mr. Squer­ciati was a speaker at the DfRR sup­ported event, FEMA’s Hur­ri­cane Sandy Mit­i­ga­tion Assess­ment Team: Crit­i­cal Facil­ity Obser­va­tions and Lessons Learned, on 3/5/13.

Yuhei Suzuki

Tumugiya. Mr. Suzuki spoke at the DfRR sup­ported event, Ippo x 365 x 2 Reflec­tions on the Japan­ese Front — SOHO NYC, on 3/9/13.

Yutaka Tak­iura

AIA, Archi­tec­ture for Human­ity, Pratt Institute

Mr. Tak­iura spoke at the DfRR sup­ported event, Ippo x 365 x 2 Reflec­tions on the Japan­ese Front — SOHO NYC, on 3/9/13.

Jef­frey Venter

Senior Prin­ci­pal, DVS

Jeff Ven­ter has over 37 years of secu­rity cri­te­ria and sys­tems design expe­ri­ence in com­mer­cial, fed­eral, cul­tural, and high risk facil­i­ties. He has done the secu­rity designs for 20 cour­t­houses, the post‐Oklahoma bomb­ing GSA secu­rity cri­te­ria, and the nation­wide Fed­eral Pro­tec­tive Ser­vice Mega‐Center project that mon­i­tors over 9,000 fed­eral build­ings. He devel­ops threat and risk assess­ments and oper­a­tional and tech­ni­cal secu­rity pro­grams. He over­sees the devel­op­ment of prod­uct spec­i­fi­ca­tions respon­sive to archi­tec­tural designs, fin­ishes, and aes­thetic vocab­u­lary, and pro­vides sup­port to project archi­tec­tural teams for forced entry, bal­lis­tic, explo­sive event, arson, and chem­i­cal, bio­log­i­cal, and radi­o­log­i­cal [CBR] pro­tec­tion. His approach addresses con­cerns for pri­vacy, asset pro­tec­tion, and per­sonal safety, as well as the need to min­i­mize incon­ve­nience and the impor­tance of trans­par­ent, user-friendly designs.

Don­ald Watson

FAIA, CIP. Archi­tect, Plan­ner, Edu­ca­tor, and Author

Mr. Wat­son spoke at the DfRR event, VisioNYC 2080: Towards a Risk– Resilient City, on 10/6/12.

Claire D Weisz

FAIA, Found­ing Prin­ci­pal of WXY with Mark Yoes, also co-founded The Design Trust for Pub­lic Space

She is on the fac­ulty of NYU’s Wag­ner School of Pub­lic Ser­vice. In 2011 the Archi­tec­tural League selected WXY as “Emerg­ing Voices”. WXY’s com­mit­ment to design inno­va­tion has earned numer­ous awards, includ­ing top honor awards from The Water­front Cen­ter and the AIA. Their recent waterfront-related work includes The East River Blue­way Plan, Far Rock­away Park, the Spring Street San­i­ta­tion Garage, Trans­mit­ter Park and Pier, Pier 26’s Boathouse/Restaurant, The Battery’s Sea­glass, and the lat­est study for Pier 40. She co-authored with DfRR mem­ber, Deb­o­rah Gans, FAIA, their AD archi­tec­ture design book, Extreme Sites: The Green­ing of Brown­field Ms. Weisz spoke at the DfRR event, New York at Risk: On the Water­front, on 4/21/13

Veron­ica White

Com­mis­sioner, NYC Depart­ment of Parks and Recreation

Ms. White spoke at the DfRR sup­ported event, UnCom­mon Ground, on 10/16/12.

Den­isha Williams

RLA, LEED AP, Imme­di­ate Past Pres­i­dent, New York Chap­ter of the Amer­i­can Soci­ety of Land­scape Architects

Den­isha is Reg­is­tered Land­scape Archi­tect and Cer­ti­fied Arborist. Through ASLA-NY and the AIA NY Design for Risk and Recon­struc­tion Com­mit­tee [DfRR], she has taken a lead­er­ship role in bring­ing sci­en­tific and tech­ni­cal experts into pro­fes­sional train­ing ses­sions and in pro­mot­ing dia­logue among multi-disciplinary pro­fes­sion­als to address crit­i­cal cur­rent issues, includ­ing cli­mate change and resilient design. She is also prin­ci­pal of the newly formed Being Here Land­scape Archi­tec­ture Envi­ron­men­tal Design, PLLC. Den­isha also teaches Envi­ron­men­tal Design as an Adjunct Pro­fes­sor at Ford­hamU­ni­ver­sity. Ms. Williams mod­er­ated DfRR’s event, NYC’s Post-Sandy Recov­ery: How’re We Doin’?, on 2/13/13; and spoke at the DfRR sup­ported event, UnCom­mon Ground, on 10/16/12.

Alex Wil­son

Founder, Build­ing Green, Inc. and Exec­u­tive Edi­tor, Envi­ron­men­tal Build­ing News & GreenSpec

Alex has been at the fore­front of green build­ing and renew­able energy for over three decades. Alex served on the board of direc­tors of the U.S. Green Build­ing Coun­cil for five years and was a found­ing mem­ber of the USGBC Research Com­mit­tee. Alex was recently invited to serve on the new Build­ing Resiliency Task Force which was cre­ated at the request of New York City Coun­cil Speaker Chris­tine Quinn and Mayor Bloomberg and is being facil­i­tated by Urban Green for the City of New York. Mr. Wil­son was a fea­tured speaker at the DfRR sup­ported event, Green Drinks NYC, Resilient Design: The New Imper­a­tive, on 1/22/13.

Roy E. Wright

Deputy Asso­ciate Admin­is­tra­tor for Mit­i­ga­tion, FEMA

Roy Wright is respon­si­ble for risk analy­sis and reduc­tion pro­grams under FEMA’s Stafford Act author­i­ties and the National Flood Insur­ance Pro­gram. He led devel­op­ment of the National Mit­i­ga­tion Frame­work, part of Pres­i­den­tial Pol­icy Direc­tive (PPD-8), which lays out the core capa­bil­i­ties and strate­gies required for risk assess­ment and dis­as­ter resilience in crit­i­cal infra­struc­ture, pub­lic health, com­mu­nity plan­ning, and future land use. Roy served as the Pro­gram Exec­u­tive for Risk MAP (Map­ping, Assess­ment, and Plan­ning) that deliv­ers qual­ity data and increases pub­lic aware­ness to reduce risk. He holds a Mas­ter of Pub­lic Admin­is­tra­tion from The George Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­sity, was a Senior Exec­u­tive Fel­low at Har­vard University’s Kennedy School of Gov­ern­ment, and was in the Exec­u­tive Lead­ers Pro­gram at the Naval Post­grad­u­ate School’s Cen­ter for Home­land Defense and Security.

Daniel Zarrilli

Direc­tor of Resiliency for the City of New York

Daniel Zarrilli is the Direc­tor of Resiliency for the City of New York. Mayor Bloomberg appointed him to this newly-created posi­tion in June 2013 to lead the imple­men­ta­tion of the City’s PlaNYC resiliency report: A Stronger, More Resilient New York. Until June 2013, he served on the Mayor’s Spe­cial Ini­tia­tive for Rebuild­ing and Resiliency, lead­ing the City’s efforts to develop a com­pre­hen­sive coastal pro­tec­tion plan for the five bor­oughs. In a pre­vi­ous role, he was the senior vice pres­i­dent for Asset Man­age­ment at the New York City Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (NYCEDC), respon­si­ble for mar­itime assets and oper­a­tions, includ­ing the City’s two cruise ter­mi­nals and numer­ous other trans­porta­tion and water­front assets. Prior to join­ing NYCEDC, Dan spent five years with Bech­tel Infra­struc­ture Corp. He is a licensed Pro­fes­sional Engi­neer in the State of NY and holds an MS in Civil and Envi­ron­men­tal Engi­neer­ing from MIT and a BS in Civil Engi­neer­ing from Lehigh University.