Architecture, Engineering & Construction Forum
Brad Perkins is the founder, Chairman, and CEO of Perkins Eastman Architects. Perkins Eastman is a 1000 person architectural, interior design, and planning firm headquartered in New York City. The firm has 16 other offices across the US and in five other countries around the world. The firm has designed projects in 46 states and 40 countries overseas. The firm’s diverse portfolio of projects in New York City includes the TKTS Booth in Times Square, The Tenement Museum, projects for every major healthcare system including the new Memorial Sloan Kettering building on 74 th Street, courthouses in every borough, three dozen educational facilities, and many high rise residential, office and hotel towers. He is the author of over 100 professional articles and eight books. He is also on the faculty of Cornell’s New York City Architecture Studio. He is a graduate of Cornell University (Architecture and Latin American History), Stanford (MBA), CCNY (Architecture).
Stephen “Chip” Weiss Jr has 37 years of experience in construction, development, construction financing and property management. From a family with a construction/development business spanning four generations, he began his career in 1981 as project superintendent (for a predecessor of Flintlock Construction Services) on a new construction mid rise subsidized rental building of 120 units in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood. A Flintlock affiliated company owned this building which Chip Weiss operated, for 24 years, until it was sold in 2006. After participating as construction project manager on several similar projects, he became Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for an affiliated property management company, Resolute Realty Management Corp. Eventually this business grew to manage 2200 rental and condominium units over which he had daily oversight and control.
In the 1990’s, while remaining in the property management business, Chip became vice president and director of project development for a Flintlock affiliated developer of affordable housing in the New York Metro area, the New Hardscrabble Corporation. In this capacity, he worked with banks attempting to cope with the Community Reinvestment Act, not-for-profit corporations, city government, state, and national politicians to create affordable housing in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan boroughs of New York. These efforts succeeded with the successful financing and development of 13 affordable rental projects, as well as the conversion of 1360 rental apartments to affordable condominium and cooperative apartments. Chip Weiss headed the syndication and conversion team for these projects and coordinated construction through Flintlock.
As the 1990’s came to a close, the Flintlock affiliated companies decided to concentrate on the resurgent market-rate housing and commercial building business and discontinued property management, as well as affordable housing construction. Chip Weiss joined his brother Andrew Weiss in Flintlock Construction Services LLC as member and co-owner, helping to grow Flintlock into its position today as a recognized leader in New York non-union/open shop general contracting, for projects up to $150,000,000+ in contract value. Chip works together with the entire development team- owner, architect, bank engineer and other project professionals- to assure that the goal of timely building completion within the budget is achieved. Successful achievement depends on Flintlock’s policy of hands-on management by the Weiss brothers. Either Andrew or Chip, in addition to Flintlock project management, personally attend each weekly project meeting with the development team. This policy is maintained by limiting the number of projects the company undertakes at one time to 7-10. In 2017, Flintlock has 9 projects under construction with a combined contract value of more than 450 million dollars.
2002 saw re-entry of the brothers into the development market. With his brother, Andrew Weiss, Chip Weiss developed, constructed and subsequently sold two apartment complexes in Houston, Texas, comprised of over 220 apartments, between 2002 and 2004. The brothers also constructed an additional 400 apartments in Houston as general contractors. Following 2004, Flintlock has worked exclusively in New York City, with emphasis on Manhattan high rises.
AC Hotel Developers LLC, owned by the two brothers, has been developer or co-developer (and part owner) of eight completed nationally franchised and boutique hotels in New York, the first of which, a Wyndham Garden Hotel, was completed in Manhattan in 2008. The hotels, ranging in size from 47 keys to 280 keys and from 7 to 33 stories, were built by Flintlock.
Currently, the Weiss brothers are co-developers and part owners of a ninth hotel in Manhattan, the Margaritaville Times Square, currently under construction by Flintlock, and slated to open in 2020.
2000- Received citation from the New York City Council for “Outstanding Achievements in Community Service” as a contractor/developer.
2001- Received the U.S. Congressman Ed Towns “Award for Community Achievement” and was recognized in the Congressional Record. This award was based on a program started by Chip Weiss in which Flintlock joint ventured with minority-owned and community-based general contractors, as well as its outstanding record of utilizing subcontractors of every race and national origin.
Born in Puerto Rico, Jonathan Marvel is an architect and urban designer with over 30 years of experience providing architectural, planning, community economic development and sustainable development of public spaces, educational institutions, single and multi-family housing, libraries, museums and large-scale mixed-use developments. With offices in New York City and San Juan, Jonathan Marvel, founding Principal at Marvel Architects, teaches at Pratt Institute’s Graduate School of Planning and Placemaking, and has taught as an adjunct at Harvard, Parsons, Rice University, Washington University, and Syracuse. Jonathan is the recipient of national and international design awards, is co-chair of the NYAIA Planning and Urban Design Committee, sits on the boards of The Buckminster Fuller Institute, the Van Alen Institute, The Isamu Noguchi Museum, and Publicolor. Jonathan is also the founder of Truck Product Architecture, Rock 12 Security Architecture, and Citizen Designer, a participatory planning non-profit.
Born and raised in New York City, Josh Wiener’s education in skilled workmanship began when he helped his father renovate his family’s brownstone built in 1864. Josh capitalized on this experience later when he worked his way through college painting and remodeling Manhattan apartments. Meticulous about every detail and always aiming for perfection, it was not long before he had to hire more people to keep up with the demand for his quality finishing work. By 1987, shortly after graduating from Vassar College, Josh had founded the company. In 2014 Joel Arencibia was made a partner after 10 years with the firm and he is also Director of Operations.
SilverLining is a cohesive, organized, and high-performing company due the partners management style, deep knowledge of building and vision of excellence. SilverLining flourishes because of the skill and dedication of the many people who share Josh and Joel’s vision and the loyal and wonderful clients who desire the best.
Kirsten Sibilia is a vocal advocate for impactful design, diversity and equity in practice, and creating resilient and sustainable urban density. She joined Dattner Architects in 2010 as Chief Marketing Officer with over 15 years of industry experience. She became a Principal in 2013 and was named Managing Partner of the 115-person firm in 2017. As mentor and leader, she is focused on the firm’s continued health, growth, vitality, and culture. Her design training and entrepreneurial spirit allow her to approach the business side of the practice as a design project. With each initiative, she reflects the firm’s commitment to enriching civic space and the urban experience, seeking opportunities to transform environments and strengthen communities through design.
As a champion and supporter of diversity in architecture, Kirsten is on the board of the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, an organization dedicated to advancing the knowledge and recognition of women’s contribution to architecture. She has also served the AIA New York as Director of Publications, Chair of the Marketing Committee, Oculus Committee, and the PR Task Force, and she co-chaired outreach efforts for the Chapter’s Post Sandy Initiative.
Marc Kushner, AIA is an architect with just one agenda: he wants you to love architecture. As partner at Hollwich Kushner and co-founder and CEO of Architizer, Marc is a celebrated designer and pioneer in the digital media industry. Marc presents at events such as TED, PSFK, and GRID on topics surrounding architecture’s intersection with digital media. He is the 2017 Harvard Graduate School of Design Entrepreneur in Residence and has taught at Columbia University’s GSAPP. His book ‘The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings’ published by TED Books and Simon & Schuster in 2015 is #1 in Architecture on Amazon. Marc is the President of the Board of Friends of + POOL, a nonprofit behind the development of a water-filtering, floating swimming pool that will filter and clean urban rivers.
Throughout his extensive real estate career, Mario Procida has worked on a wide variety of commercial, residential, retail, and institutional projects – directing his broad experience and unwavering commitment to clients to the creation of value through a combination of reliable, efficient design and quality construction. As President/CEO of Procida Construction Corp. Manager of various Procida entities, Mr. Procida is responsible for setting the direction and providing operations oversight for the Procida group of companies.
Early in his professional career, Mr. Procida focused on the development and construction of affordable housing developments, initially in the Bronx and subsequently in Brooklyn and Upper Manhattan, as affordable housing was a serious need that had gone long unmet in New York. By creating several thousand residential units, Procida emerged as a major player in the rebuilding of the borough.Mr. Procida received a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of California at Los Angeles and Bachelors of Science and Bachelors of Arts degrees in Civil Engineering and Architecture from Lehigh University. While at the University of California, he was awarded both Robert McGuire and Thomas Landau Fellowships for Academic and Design Excellence and, at Lehigh, he was a recipient of the Spillman Farmer Architectural Award. In 1990, Mr. Procida was acknowledged by Crain’s New York Business as a member of their “40 under 40.” In subsequent years he and his companies’ projects have garnered recognition from organizations including the Associated Builders and Owners of Greater New York, Bronx Historical Society, National Association of Homebuilders, and Governor’s Housing Awards. In 1995, Mr. Procida was awarded the prestigious Developer of the Year Award from the Associated Builders and Owners of Greater New York.
Mr. Procida is a former trustee of Greenwich Academy as well as a former Director of the Associated Builders and Owners of Greater New York, Young Presidents Organization, and Bergen Catholic High School.
Richard Wood has served for over three decades in increasingly visible leadership roles, cultivating and transforming Plaza into one of the most preeminent construction management firms in the country. Richard has overseen construction of some of the nation’s most innovative, interesting and highly complex projects.
Plaza’s employees are considered the firm’s most valued assets, and as such, safety reigns supreme. Richard’s leadership style is formed by his deep and sustained commitment to excellence in training and mentorship for all of Plaza’s employees. The company’s success rests on the shoulders of those experienced and highly-qualified men and women who possess the know-how to apply indispensable problem-solving skills alongside cutting-edge technology.
Richard has been instrumental in establishing regional offices in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast corridors of the United States. Furthermore, given its acquisition by China Construction America, Inc. (CCA), Plaza is poised for increased breadth with dynamic growth opportunities, enhanced financial strength, increased bonding capabilities, and the opportunity for its clients to benefit from global procurement.
He encourages and supports staff members in their charitable endeavors and leads by example, making philanthropy an integral part of Plaza’s mission. He serves on the boards of organizations such as Friends of the Vietnam Veterans and Hope for the Warriors. He is an active supporter of The Valerie Fund, and a member of the following organizations:
• US Department of State’s Overseas Building Operations Industry Advisory Group • CAGNY – Past Chairman - (Contractors Association of Greater New York) • Greater New York Chamber of Commerce • NYBC (New York Building Congress) His altruism has garnered several awards, some of which include: • Honoree for Special Olympics New York • The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen Craftsmanship Award • March of Dimes Service to Humanity Award in the Private Sector • M. Anthony Fisher Humanitarian Award from AHRC NYC Foundation • The Real Estate Division of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation Camillo Ricordi Humanitarian Award.
Over the past 50 years, Stephen B. Jacobs, FAIA has created a distinguished body of work in a wide variety of architectural disciplines, from adaptive re-use and historical preservation to high-rise residential and hotel development, to government-assisted affordable housing. He was born in Lodz Poland, just weeks before the start of the Second World War. As a young child, he was interned in the Piotrkow ghetto labor camps, and was finally liberated in the Buchenwald Concentration camp on April 11, 1945. After spending three years in Switzerland,
he and his immediate family immigrated to the United States in December of 1948. His father was a physician, and the family resided in Washington Heights in New York City, where his father maintained his medical practice.
He studied architecture at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture in 1963 and a Master’s in 1965. He started his firm, Stephen B. Jacobs Group, PC in 1967 and recently celebrated its 50th year. An early advocate of using obsolete buildings as a housing resource, Jacobs’ sensitive renovation projects have become textbook examples of how to develop the highest economic potential of an existing building while at the same time preserving its architectural and historic significance. Jacobs’ achievements in the adaptive re-use of buildings garnered him the prestigious Andrew J. Thomas Pioneer in Housing Award, presented by the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The work of his firm has been extensively published and has won numerous awards for its design excellence. The firm is known for its ability to combine design excellence with the highest possible level of technical expertise. Stephen B. Jacobs Group now consists of four principals including himself, Isaac Daniel Astrachan, AIA, LEED AP; Jennifer Cheuk, AIA; and Alexander B. Jacobs, AIA, LEED AP.
Since the late-1990s, Jacobs along with his wife, Andi Pepper, his collaborator and affiliated interior designer, have had a significant impact on the hospitality industry. Their super hip designs for the Library and Giraffe Hotels followed by the stunning success of the Gansevoort Hotel chain have led to extensive coverage and recognition in the national press. In 2012, they were both honored with a lifetime achievement award and inducted into the Platinum Circle by Hospitality Design Magazine.
Susan Erdelyi Hamos is a Senior Vice President at WSP Buildings USA, one of the largest professional services firms in the world, which she joined over 23 years ago. Her professional career as structural engineer commenced in the eighties by designing industrial facilities in Israel and, by the end of the decade she had moved to New York City to join Wayman C. Wing Consulting Engineers where she focused on the design of structures for the educational and hospitality sectors. In 1994, Susan joined Cantor Seinuk, one of the most reputable structural engineering firms in the tristate area at the time, which was later integrated to WSP.
During her tenure at WSP, Susan has continuously progressed through the ranks to become an essential leader in the firm and a constant actor in the local structural engineering sphere. Susan’s responsibilities at WSP encompass not only structural analysis and design, but also coordination, project management and supervision of the WSP Special Inspection Agency. Her expansive areas expertise comprise new construction of high-rise, commercial, residential, hospitality, retail, entertainment, educational, industrial buildings, as well as alteration and rehabilitation of existing structures.
Susan’s attention to detail and dedication to her clients has had a notable impact on reshaping the skyline of New York City during the past two decades. Susan’s portfolio includes some of the most iconic and structurally unique buildings in the city. A small sample of her recently completed and ongoing projects include The American Copper Buildings, Columbia University Manhatanville Campus, Essex Crossing (Site 2), 9 Dekalb Avenue, 8 Spruce street, 23 Park Row and 45 Park Place.
Aaron’s dedication, entrepreneurial drive and extensive knowledge of real estate development and the construction industry has made Home Evolutions Corp. what it is today. With over 20 years of experience in these industries, Aaron has implemented a transparent, technology-driven platform that provides a way for homeowners and developers to design and build their construction projects to budget without having to spend enormous amounts of time and money on redesigning and value engineering. In addition to knowing the importance of paying attention to detail, Aaron knows that helping real estate owners make smart, informed decisions and making sure his team is taken care of, is the key to a successful business.
Bruce Lilker founded Lilker Associates in 1985 with the mission of providing practical engineering solutions that both complement the architect’s vision and conform to the end user’s needs. He continues to fulfill his goal, steering the firm’s growth into a 100+-person multidisciplinary engineering corporation while remaining a hands-on principal with direct involvement in each project.
Mr. Lilker earned a BME degree from Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and an MBA degree from Bernard Baruch College of Business. Concerned with advancing the achievements of the professional engineering industry, he serves on various committees of the New York Building Congress and the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York and is also an active member of the American Society of Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning Engineers.
Mr. Lilker was cited as an “Alumni Achiever Under 40” by Cooper Union. In celebration of Lilker’s 20th anniversary in 2005, he created an endowment at his alma mater to award scholarships to promising young mechanical engineering students. Mr. Lilker was the 2009 State of Israel Bonds’Architects, Designers and Engineers Division honoree.
Mr. Lilker is a licensed engineer in many states, including New York, New Jersey, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and in Washington D.C.
Mr. Heiman joined R+R in 2005 as president and chief operating officer. The first non-family member to join the executive team, he became owner and CEO just four years later in 2009. With more than 25 years of experience in the industry, Mr. Heiman has managed over $5 billion in projects. His expertise extends throughout all aspects of the construction process, from pre-construction to delivery, and is predicated on one
important goal: Client Satisfaction. ROLE WITHIN RICHTER+RATNER As CEO, Mr. Heiman is charged with carrying out R+R’s mission to bring a distinctively client-centric and streamlined approach to the construction marketplace. He sees to the firm’s
financial health, authors and administers its business strategy, and upholds its prestigious 106-year reputation. Mr. Heiman sets the tone for a company culture of consummate professionalism, scrupulous execution and full accountability.
MANAGEMENT STRENGTH Mr. Heiman’s record of leadership and his keen ability to anticipate market trends are hallmarks of his career. Undaunted by construction challenges and unconditional commitment to excellence, Mr. Heiman is widely recognized and respected as a force in the industry.
Chairman’s Council Member
New York Restoration Project
AIA Board Member
Director of Industry Affairs
Design Trust for Public Space
Former Board Member
Temple Shalom Construction Committee
NYU Construction Management
Active in various charitable organizations
Michael Kleinberg is president and partner at MKDA, where he is responsible for the firm’s strategic direction as well as ongoing business and client development. As a senior partner for decades, Michael has been integral to the diversification of the
firm into new client sectors and service lines. Throughout the day-to-day operations of the firm, he provides project oversight from the pre-lease phase through project completion.
Michael is a longstanding member of the Real Estate & Allied Trades Division Executive Committee of the UJA Federation of New York, The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), and International Facilities Managers Association (IFMA). He has been
featured in numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, Real Estate Weekly, Commercial Observer, Interior Design and Real Estate New York, among many others.
Established in 1959, MKDA is one of the nation’s most enduring family-owned interior space planning, design and branding firms.
MKDA specializes in the workplace but offers the full scope of integrated interior design services for practice areas that range far and wide. Our capabilities match those of larger firms, but we continue to provide senior principal involvement and the personalized, hands-on approach that has been our hallmark for decades.
Principals Michael and Jeffrey Kleinberg lead the firm and its team of professionals, all with proven track records of successful client collaboration and expert knowledge in local markets, current trends and research. We enjoy a high rate of repeat and referral business by consistently delivering a positive client experience and interiors that perform to the highest level. MKDA remains ranked by Interior Design magazine as a Top 100 Interior Design Giant.
Narada is a Vice President at WSP and Built Ecology practice leader. He has over 18 years of experience in architectural design and construction, building performance and cost-benefit analysis, human-centric design, integrative project management, and thought leadership in the field of green building. He has worked on a wide range of commercial, educational, institutional, residential, cultural, lab, manufacturing, and master plans projects–both nationally and internationally.
Narada has spoken extensively on sustainability and green building, healthy building environments, integrative design, and building performance. He has also led a variety of sustainability trainings for corporate, government, and educational clients and facilitated large public and private workshops focused on net-zero energy and water neighborhoods, building occupant health and engagement, and green codes.
Narada is engaged in the green building industry as a Living Building Challenge Ambassador for the International Living Future Institute and was a Living Building Challenge Auditor from 2010 to 2013. As an Auditor, Narada certified Living Buildings and net-zero energy buildings by reviewing LBC project documentation and conducting on-site assessments to confirm compliance with all of the LBC requirements. Narada is also trained in the Natural Step and is a trainer and presenter for the Northwest Earth Institute–starting more than 100 courses on personal sustainability in New York, Portland, and Denver.
Paul Millman is a founding partner of SUPERSTRUCTURES Engineers + Architects, one of NYC’s leading firms dedicated to the preservation of buildings and infrastructure.
His current mission is advancing an industry where some techniques have not changed since Isaiah’s time - using digital technology, precision optics, unmanned airborne vehicles, artificial intelligence, and common sense.
He is both a Professional Engineer and Registered Architect, and a graduate of Cooper Union (B. Arch) and MIT (SMCE).
He sits on the Board of Directors of UJA-Federation, the Samuel Field Y and Central Queens Y, and the Century Condominium.
Seth Weisberg grew up in the material handling business. After graduating from Northeastern University, he went to work for his father’s material handling company, and then on to PricewaterhouseCoopers as a Project Manager. After working at PwC for six years, Seth returned to help his father and help grow the family business by leveraging his former experiences.
lt didn’t take long before Seth’s impact was felt. After only 12 months, the company had doubled in size. After another five years, Michael Weisberg retired and Seth took over the responsibility of running the firm. Four years later, the company’s size has since doubled a few times over! This expansion can be attributed to Seth’s vision of morphing the simple storage solution supplier into a full, turn-key system provider.
Join us as we connect with engineers, construction principals, and architects over gourmet bites, signature cocktails, and strategic networking. Afterward, you will take a seat at a roundtable discussion where speakers will lead industry focused conversations on topics of their expertise. The roundtable format creates an open atmosphere for valuable group discussion, which allows you to develop new relationships and explore potential partnerships and professional opportunities.
6:00 - 7:00 PM | Dinner & Cocktail Reception
7:00 - 8:15 PM | Five Concurrent Breakout Sessions
8:15 - 9:00 PM | Post-Session Networking, Cocktails & Dessert
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This event starts on October 24th at 6:00 PM.