Architecture, Engineering & Construction Forum
This event starts on October 24th at 6:00 PM.
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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*Please note, this event is exclusively for individuals in the construction, engineering and architecture industries*
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.
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 a 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.
Matthias Hollwich, AIA
Hollwich Kushner, Partner
Matthias Hollwich, AIA, has established himself at the forefront of a new generation of groundbreaking international architects. Matthias believes the key to successful architecture lies in finding new and exciting ways to create dialogue and relationships between people and buildings. He was recently honored in Fast Company’s ranking of the world’s top 10 most innovative architects and in Business Insider’s list of top business visionaries. Matthias has spoken regularly at events such as TED and PICNIC and has taught architecture as a visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. His work is regularly published in leading media outlets such as the New York Times, Wallpaper* and the Wall Street Journal and his second book on ‘New Aging’ was published by Penguin Books in 2016.
In 2009, Hollwich Kushner collaborated with creative agency KKLD to create Architizer. The site has rapidly become the world’s largest platform for architecture and design.
Architizer builds tools that are revolutionizing architecture. It publishes a must-read blog covering industry news and honors the best architecture, spaces, and products annually with the A+Awards program. We’re now in beta mode of Architizer Source, a tool that connects these same architects with the products their projects’ needs in a revolutionary new way.
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.
Through the clear vision and innovative leadership of Richard Wood, Plaza Construction has grown to national prominence, establishing Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, and Southwest regional offices, and paving the way for our clients to build their portfolios in markets across the country. He has been and continues to be an active participant in the shaping and development of the New York City skyline, involved in many of the city’s most complex building projects – to date encompassing more than 20 million square feet of new core and shell construction, interior renovations, and sophisticated infrastructure upgrades.
Mr. Wood has been affiliated with Plaza Construction for more than 30 years. Originally a Field Superintendent, he was promoted to General Superintendent, and later to Project Executive. In 1995 he was named Executive Vice President of Plaza Construction. He assumed his role of President in 1997 and is currently Chief Executive Officer.
Plaza’s core values of integrity and quality are evident in Mr. Wood’s commitment to excellence in construction management, as well as his philanthropic involvements. He is an active supporter of the Intrepid Foundation, sits on the Board of Friends of the Vietnam Veteran’s Plaza, is an Advisory Board member of the Valerie Fund, which provides healthcare for children with cancer and blood disorders, and in 2000 was presented with the Life Leadership Award from the LIFE Organization.
As a founder and president of The Stephen B. Jacobs Group, Jacobs sets the benchmark for the quality of design for which the firm is noted. He takes a hands-on interest in all of the firm's commissions, establishing the design direction and personally guiding the staff to ensure that the finished project meets the client’s needs.
Prior to founding his own firm, Jacobs was employed at Whittlesey, Conklin, and Rossant, where he was a designer and planner on several large-scale projects, including the development of the planned community of Reston, VA. Jacobs earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in architecture from Pratt Institute in 1963 and 1965, respectively. An early advocate of using obsolete buildings as a housing resource, Jacob's "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.
In the past decade, Jacobs, along with Andi Pepper, his frequent collaborator, and affiliate interior designer, has become one of the most sought-after teams in the hospitality industry. Their super-hip designs for The Library and Giraffe Hotels, followed by the stunning success of the Gansevoort in the Meatpacking District in New York, has led to tremendous recognition in the national press, as well as to more commissions throughout North America.
In addition to his professional practice, Jacobs lectures extensively on architectural design and preservation subjects. He has been a guest lecturer and critic at Columbia University, City College, New York Institute of Technology, the Real Estate Institute of New York University and the Pratt Institute. He has won many awards and been the recipient of many honors in real estate, construction, and design.
Registered Architect: California, Connecticut, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, NCARB Certified.
Professional Planner: New Jersey.
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.
Bobby has been active in the construction industry for over thirty five years, and joined J.T. Magen & Company Inc. eight years ago. Under his leadership as a Principal of the firm, he has helped identify J.T. Magen as one of New York’s top, privately owned corporate interiors companies. His role encompasses new business development and maintaining positive client relationships as Principal in Charge for the company’s largest projects. Bobby has been privileged to service and oversee projects for some of the tri-state area’s most influential and well known organizations in the legal services, finance and banking, institutional, not-for-profit, media, technology, hospitality, education and retail sectors.
Bobby is equally enthusiastic about his philanthropic duties as his career. He is dedicated to a diverse selection of charities. He is a member of the Executive Board for the American Friends of Rabin Medical Center and is the Co-Chair of their Golf Tournament Committee. Bobby has reliably been a fundraiser for the AHRC and is an acting committee member. The North Shore Autism Circle’s Holes for Hope annual golf event is hosted at Engineers Country Club where Bobby served as President for three years. His tenure as President ended in the fall of 2012 and he now participates on the Board of Directors.
AFRMC, Alzheimer's Association of NY, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Bowery Residents Committee, Cooke Center, Creative Art Works, Education Through Music, Hope & Heroes Children’s Cancer Fund, Melanoma Research Foundation, North Shore Autism Circle, St. Francis Food Pantry, Association of Real Estate Women, National Tourette Syndrome Association, Boy Scouts of America, and United Jewish Federation are all supported generously by Mr. Scheinman through his corporate affiliation with J.T. Magen & Company.
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
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.