ARCHITECTURE, ENGINEERING & CONSTRUCTION FORUM
Boris Bernaskoni is an award-winning architect and the founder of BERNASKONI, an interdisciplinary bureau that works at the intersection of architecture, communication and industrial design. BERNASKONI has been in business since 2000 and has completed a number of Russia's most iconic architectural projects. Among them is Russia’s first presidential center Yeltsin Center, a building-transformer Hypercube and the first public building in Skolkovo Innovation Center, Matrex. The latter was showcased at the main exhibition of the 15th Venice Biennale of Architecture. Bernaskoni has a very distinct architectural aesthetic, one that is firmly rooted in Russian Constructivism. He defines it as ‘Hyperfunctionalism’ and pays homage to the geometries and simple materials applications of the Modernist movement. He received a Master of Arts in Architectural Studies from the Moscow Institute of Architecture in 2000.
David Glickman is the founder and managing partner of GEA Consulting Engineers, which was started in his attic in 1996. With their current staff of over 45 engineers, GEA is the leading MEP Engineer for large-scale multi-use projects, including residential, hotel and retail. GEA incorporates cutting edge technology and forward-thinking design in all their projects and is especially proud of the repeat business they have been able to sustain with leading developers and retailers throughout the country. He received his BSME from Columbia University and worked for several large engineering firms before founding GEA.
Since joining Ballinger in 1987, Jonathan Friedan has developed a significant resume of built facilities that exhibit sensitivity to programmatic function, innovative use of appropriate technology, and a practical sense of reliable building operations. His work, both new and retrofit, spans building types for both institutions and corporations and continues to set new standards for sustainability. In addition to his leadership role within Ballinger, Jonathan presents regularly at national forums on high-performance systems and retrofit strategies for academic science and research facilities. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University.
Jordan Goldstein, Global Director of Design at Gensler, is an award-winning architect who uses design to help clients unravel complex problems and craft relevant solutions that evolve their businesses and brands. Additionally, Jordan is also a member of Gensler’s Board of Directors and a Principal with the firm. A sought-after spokesperson on the future of design both domestically and globally, Jordan has been featured in many prominent design publications, including selection as a “40-Under-40” national industry leader by both Building Design & Construction and the Washington Business Journal. The latter also named Jordan to it's 2013, 2015 and 2017 “Power 100,” an annual list of the region’s most influential business leaders. An advocate of helping the next generation of designers prepare for tomorrow, Jordan teaches a graduate course on design at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his Master in Architecture and has been the Kea Professor at the University of Maryland, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Architecture.
Meir Babaev, is the founder and CEO of AB Capstone. AB Capstone is a vertically integrated real estate company with expertise in investment, development, and construction of residential and commercial projects.
Over the last decade, under Meir's management, AB Capstone has developed or repositioned over 1.0MM SF of real estate in NYC metropolitan area. Currently, Meir Babaev is developing 11 projects across Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn, ranging from 20,000 SF retail repositioning to 235,000 SF, 17-story, ground-up development in Queens.
Prior to starting AB Capstone, Meir was a successful entrepreneur in the foodservice industry, employing several thousand people. Meir holds a master's degree from NYU in real estate development and a bachelor's degree in business management.
Michael E. Hickok, FAIA is the founding principal of Hickok Cole, a forward-focused design practice located in Washington, DC. Hickok Cole celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2018 and is a past recipient of Washington Architectural Foundation’s Architectural Firm of the Year.
Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, where he is an emeritus member of the Alumni Council and founding member of the school’s Industry Advisors Group.
Mike has served as President and member of AIA DC’s Board of Directors and remains an active leader in the local architecture community. He is a longtime supporter of Washington Project for the Arts (WPA), and currently participates on their Board of Directors. Through his leadership, Hickok Cole has partnered with WPA for almost 20 years to host Art Night, an annual art auction and fundraiser that has raised over $1,000,000 in support of the DC arts community.
Paul Schulhof is a partner at the architecture firm of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners (TWBTA). He joined TWBTA in 1999 and became the third partner in the practice in 2013. TWBTA is located in New York City and provides architectural, master planning, and interior design services for civic, institutional, educational, and private clients in the United States and abroad. TWBTA has won numerous awards including the National AIA Firm Award in 2013.
Paul has overseen a wide range of projects at TWBTA including the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago, the US Embassy in Mexico City, a technology campus for TATA Consultancy Services in India, the expansion of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, a dormitory for Haverford College, and an award-winning house on Long Island.
Before joining TWBTA, Paul was an architect at Weiss/Manfredi Architects and at Beyer Blinder Belle Architects and Planners where he worked on the restoration of New York’s Grand Central Terminal. He received his Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia. Paul has taught graduate-level architecture studios at Yale University and served as a guest critic at multiple institutions.
Peter Bernstein is a Principal of Alexander Wolf & Son, a 114-year-old general contracting firm started by his great-grandfather on the lower east side of Manhattan. At AW&S, Peter oversees all field operations, sales and estimating. Peter has overseen the renovation of over $100 million dollars worth of construction projects, including tenant improvement, landlord base building, residential and institutional construction. Prior to working at AW&S, he was a project manager at Turner Construction Company in New York. He received an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business in 2007 and a BS in Civil Engineering from Cornell University in 2003.
Peter is a member of the board of the 14th Street Y and the YM/YWHA of Washington Heights. He served as the co-chair of the new leadership division of Israel Bonds from 2012 to 2014 and was named one of 36 under 36 by the Jewish Week in 2014. He resides on the upper west side with his wife Jennifer and their 6-year old son Benjamin and 4-year old son Eli.
Peter L. Gluck is founder and principal of GLUCK+ in New York. For over 40 years, the practice has committed to crafting bold, innovative and conceptually unique architecture. The firm's work is diverse and consistently recognized through national and international design awards and publications. Most work is constructed by the firm through their unique approach to Architect Led Design Build (ALDB). In 2014, Fast Company's "World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Architecture" list included GLUCK+ "for taking control of the entire building process." GLUCK+ was featured in The Architectural League of New York's Current Work lecture series with the presentation: "thinking making making thinking".
Recent award-winning projects include Bridge, one of the first LEED Gold high-rise developments in Philadelphia; Duke University Marine Lab's new LEED Gold oceanographic science research lab building; and a private Artist Retreat in upstate New York. The Stack, the first prefabricated steel and concrete modular residential development in New York City, was featured in Fast Company’s “Making It” Series, and received an AIANY/BSA Housing Award in 2015. GLUCK+ also designed and built the award-winning Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning, a public/private initiative in Crotona Park, Bronx, which The New York Times hailed in 2017 as "one of the city's best new works of public architecture."
For well over a decade, Alen Gershkovich has personally brought success to countless construction projects in the greater New York City area. Alen began his career in construction management as a project manager, where he gained the hands-on knowledge needed to grow a successful company. After his experience as a project executive, Alen founded his company, Inspiron Construction Management. Alen was personally in charge of overseeing the construction of Luna Park, an amusement park in Coney Island, Brooklyn as well as, Luna Park – Site B, Scream Zone which was Inspiron’s first projects. Now complete, They both stand as symbols of great success, both for Inspiron Construction Management and the City of New York.
Alen has led Inspiron Construction Management to the completion of numerous renowned projects throughout the city and outer boroughs. Some of Inspiron’s most notable projects include the 80,000 square foot interior renovation for Fashion company Eileen Fisher’s corporate offices. Phase I of the Brooklyn Mirage, an 80,000 square-foot night club and event space in East Williamsburg where Alen has been personally responsible for leading the team to an extremely fast pace successful opening which was covered by the New York Times. An interior gut renovation on behalf of the Permanent Mission of the State of Kuwait to the United Nations. And Inspiron’s first Passive House certified residential project in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood of Harlem.
Alen’s Accomplishments Include:
— BA in Industrial Economics from Union College
— MBA in Construction Management from New York University
— MA in Business Administration from Union College
— Wexner Fellowship member
— R.A.J.E. Board member
— New York Real Estate Journal Executive of the month
— Recipient of the Russian American Jewish Experience Leadership Award
— Adjunct Lecturer at Union College Graduate School
A native of South Africa who has worked on projects in unique locales ranging from Aspen and Bel Air to Geneva and Tokyo, Clive Lonstein has a distinctive ability to meld local traditions and aesthetics with his clients’ and his own tastes and preferences in order to create original concepts.
Lonstein received a Masters of Architecture with distinction from Harvard University and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in architecture and a minor in art from the University of Miami’s advanced five-year specialized architecture program. The combination of his architectural training and his background in fine art continues to inform his design and his particular use of form, color, and materials.
He began his career as a senior designer at Studio Sofield, where he was later elevated to design director. In this position, he served as design lead for high-end residential, retail, and hospitality projects. Over the course of 13 years at Studio Sofield, he worked on residential projects and with commercial clients ranging from Tom Ford to Boucheron.
Lonstein subsequently served as a Vice President at Tiffany & Co. where he oversaw the firm’s in-house architecture and design studio. He built a team to craft a global design concept to represent the brand but also reflect the unique locales of each store. Lonstein left Tiffany in 2015 to found his own design firm.
Lonstein’s team is comprised of experienced and creative design professionals. Their recent projects include a multi-story boutique development project in Manhattan, a privately run airport in Seattle, and private residences in Aspen, and Manhattan.
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Howard Tollin is President of Sterling Environmental and Professional Services, and Executive Vice President of SterlingRisk. He consults with clients, and lawyers for clients, on unique risk management solutions to address manufacturing and distribution, real estate, gas station and other business concerns, which include environmental and professional exposures. He also coordinates risk management and insurance for architects, engineers, environmental consultants, construction companies, project owners and developers, which includes contract reviews.
Mr. Tollin is an attorney, environmental risk consultant, and licensed property and casualty broker. Over the past 28 years, he has facilitated hundreds of property and corporate transactions in which the sale had died or remained on hold because of environmental concerns. Prior to Sterling, Mr. Tollin was Managing Director at Aon Risk Solutions where he supervised the northeast region on accounts with environmental exposures. Mr. Tollin was a Partner in the Insurance Practice Group at Rivkin Radler, LLP, where he supervised complex insurance coverage litigation and environmental claims involving billions of dollars for 12 years.
Mr. Tollin holds an insurance brokerage license in New York, and many other states. Further, he is admitted to practice law in New York and Connecticut, and several Federal courts. He holds a B.S. Degree with Honors in Economics from Binghamton University, and a J.D. Degree from Hofstra University School of Law. His awards include: Pop.earth Autism Ally (2016); LIBN Leadership in Law Award (2013); SterlingRisk Exceptional Sales & Leadership Forum, Top Producer (2013-15); Liberty Mutual Responsibility Leader Award (2012); Environmental Power Broker by Risk & Insurance Magazine (2009, 2102); Aon Excellence Roundtable (2007, 2009); and Keter Shem Tov ("Crown of a Good Name") (2007).
Mr. Tollin is the NYSBA Environmental & Energy Section Vice-Chair (2018), upcoming Section Chair (2019), and past NYSBA House of Delegate (2011-2015 term); Executive Committee for NYC Brownfield Partnership (2018); and past Board of Directors for non-profit NPCR (2009 - 2016). He is also the Editor-in-Chief (2012 - present) of the Environmental Claims Journal, and has authored many published articles on environmental and insurance topics.
Mr. Puna is a trained structural engineer. He worked for WSP Buildings Structures for several years holding the position of Senior Engineer in high rise building structures group. His team’s total projects while at WSP amounted to 4 million sqf of projects located in the USA and internationally. Some notable projects he worked on are 855 6th Avenue, 122 East 23rd street, 118 Fulton street, 262 5th Avenue, 432 Park Avenue, 161 Maiden Lane and 45 Broad Street. Recently, Mr. Puna has shifted careers from Structural Engineering Advisory to Construction Management, working currently as a Senior Project Engineer for Pizzarotti, a developer and a construction manager. The main project he is involved with is 45 Broad Street which is a very challenging supertall building of 1100 ft. The building is projected to be one of the most slender buildings in the world and has a construction value of $ 320 million.
Benhar Office Interiors is a full-service office furniture dealer in NYC, with Herman Miller being their premier line. Mark is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the firm. Since 1985, his industry experience has taken him from account executive for a small dealership to Founder and President of one of New York’s largest dealerships. Mark has become one of the leading professionals in the New York market and is recognized for his solid and professional reputation with vendors, clients, and competitors. More importantly, Mark and his management team have created a great organization where the employees are highly regarded and company culture and values are very important. Mark has been quoted to say “Without a vision, culture, and values we wouldn’t be a company and by trying to embody these things every day not only are we a company but a family”.
Benhar Office Interiors helps organizations attract and retain top talent and build Dynamic workplaces with the use of over 200 manufacturer’s lines of furnishings and architectural products. Being partnered with Herman Miller, one of the world’s leading furniture and design companies really helps Benhar set them apart from their competitors.
Having managed over 10 million square feet of projects throughout his career, Mark prides himself on his honest approach to business partnering, his knowledge of the industry and the relationships he has built. He is a member of Vistage, a founding member of YJP’s CEO division, C2C and CoreNet Global. All these organizations help him always improve as a leader, coach, and business partner.
David Freedman oversees BBB’s financial and accounting functions and works closely with the firm’s Chief Administrative Officer and Partners in managing the firm’s operations and strategic business projects. Prior to joining BBB in 2018, David worked in senior finance positions within the architecture and engineering industry for almost 20 years, most recently as Chief Financial Officer at Robert A.M. Stern Architects LLP and previously as Chief Financial Officer and Group Financial Controller at the WSP Group in both the US and the UK. David serves on the advisory board of Back on My Feet NY, a non-profit organization devoted to combatting homelessness. David has a Bachelor of Art in Economics from the University of Leeds and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a Certified Management Accountant.
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 - 8:00 PM | Five Concurrent Breakout Sessions
8:00 - 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, real estate and design industries*
This event starts on January 28th at 6:00 PM.