People

Board

Jonathan Kirschenfeld, AIA
Founder

New York architect Jonathan Kirschenfeld is the founder of the Institute for Public Architecture and principal of Jonathan Kirschenfeld Architect PC, a firm specializing in environmentally and socially sustainable urban housing, childcare, recreation, and performance facilities. He was the recipient of the inaugural 2014 HH Richardson Award for Public Architecture given by NY State Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The firm’s work was lauded for its “contribution to the quality of New York State public architecture.” He has taught at Columbia University’s School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, Pratt Institute, and most recently was Visiting Professor at the University of Bologna at Cesena (Facoltà Aldo Rossi). His firm’s large-scale public project, The Floating Pool, was chosen as one of 15 projects to be exhibited in the American Pavilion at the 2008 Venice Biennale and received a Masterwork Award from the NYC Municipal Art Society. Kirschenfeld has been twice selected as first-alternate for the Rome Prize.

Deborah Gans
Secretary

Deborah Gans is Professor of Architecture at Pratt Institute and principal of Gans Studio, a practice concerned with emergent forms of housing from refugee camps, to a campus for The Graham School for at risk children, to a model block for New Orleans. Her work has been presented at the Venice Biennial, RIBA, and the Museum of the City of New York. Recent projects include a post-Sandy community-based plan for Sheepshead Bay and a monumental window for Eldridge Street Synagogue in collaboration with artist Kiki Smith. Her publications include Extreme Sites: Greening the Brownfield and The Le Corbusier Guide, in addition to essays.

Robert Marino
Treasurer

Robert Marino, principal of Robert Marino Architects, was initially trained as an engineer at the Stevens Institute of Technology. He later completed his graduate studies in architecture at Princeton University. Marino served his architectural apprenticeship in the office of Michael Graves where he worked on numerous projects including the addition to the Whitney Museum for American Art. Since 1985 he has taught in the graduate architecture programs of Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard University. Marino’s work has been extensively published in periodicals and books in Europe and the United States.

Philippe Baumann
Board Member

Philippe Baumann RA founded Baumann Architecture PLLC in 2000, a studio with interests ranging from competitions to urban infill to global urbanism. The studio has extensive experience building in New York, with current projects such as the innovative, steel-sheathed Courtyard House and a zero-energy brownstone in Brooklyn.

Baumann Architecture has been recognized internationally and widely published, winning the New Practices New York Award in 2008, a competition juried by the American Institute of Architects. Baumann has been teaching architectural design in New York since 1998, and is currently Visiting Assistant Professor at Parsons School of Constructed Environments and Pratt Institute School of Architecture. He is a founding officer of SITREP, an independent New York summer program for architecture students.

Steven Crainer
Legal Counsel

Steven Crainer, an attorney at Seyfarth Shaw LLP in New York, has acted as legal counsel to the IPA since its formation.  He has counseled numerous nonprofit organizations on day-to-day operational issues as well as tax, corporate governance and fund-raising matters.  In addition, he has served as a board member and officer of several New York charitable organizations.

Toni Griffin
Board Member

Toni L. Griffin is a Professor of Architecture and founding Director of the J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City at the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York, dedicated to the advancement of design practice, education, research and advocacy in ways that build and sustain resilient and just communities, cities and regions. Ms. Griffin also maintains an active private practice, Urban Planning for the American City, and recently led the Detroit Future City project, in Detroit, MI.  Toni has held several public sector positions including, Director of Community Development for Newark, New Jersey; Vice President and Director of Design for the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation in Washington, DC; and Deputy Director for Revitalization and Neighborhood Planning for the DC Office of Planning.  She began her career as an architect with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP in Chicago, where she became an Associate Partner.  Ms. Griffin received a Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame and a Loeb Fellowship from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.  Toni is a Board member of the Regional Plan Association in New York City.

Karen Kubey
Board Member

Karen Kubey, the former Executive Director of the IPA, is a New York-based architectural designer and educator, specializing in housing design and research. Trained as an architect at the University of California, Berkeley, and Columbia University, she began her career working in affordable housing design. Kubey co-founded both the Architecture for Humanity New York chapter and New Housing New York, the city’s first design competition for sustainable and affordable housing. She is a recipient of the Independent Projects Grant from the New York State Council on the Arts and was the 2012 Wilder Green Fellow at The MacDowell Colony.

Sara Zelle Namkung
Board Member

Sara Zelle Namkung is a graduate of New York City public high school and Harvard College, where she studied English. A full-time mother of two active young boys, Sara is a former Broadway musical theatre actress and Wall Street bond salesman. She is an advocate for sustainable communities and public education.

David Walsh
Board Member

David Walsh joined JP Morgan Chase in January of 2011 as Senior Vice President of Community Development Real Estate and presently oversees all financing activities of affordable housing transactions in the Northeast Region for the bank. Prior to joining JP Morgan Chase, Mr. Walsh served as Senior Vice President of Multifamily Programs for New York State Homes & Community Renewal (“HCR”) where he oversaw the structuring and overall financing of approximately 9,800 units of affordable housing located throughout the State of New York. Prior to joining HCR, Mr. Walsh served as the Director of NYC Housing Development for Common Ground Community, a non-profit housing development organization specializing in housing for the homeless, overseeing the design and development of approximately 1,000 units of supportive housing in the metropolitan area. Prior to working at Common Ground, Mr. Walsh served for two years as the Director of Brokerage in the Real Estate Investment area of the Wafra Investment Advisory Group, which is a U.S. registered investment advisor wholly owned by the Public Institute of Social Security for Kuwait. Prior to working with Wafra, Mr. Walsh served as Senior Vice President of the LCP Group, LP, a privately held real estate investment holding company acquiring net leased properties and hotels of behalf of in-house investment partnerships and institutional clients. Mr. Walsh received a Masters Degree from Columbia University’s School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation and an undergraduate degree from Western New England College.

Advisory Board

Brian Baer, Brian Loughlin, Quilian Riano, Nupur Chaudhury, Alex Sanders, Linnea Moore, Manolo Ampudia, Mariam Abdelazim, Nadine Maleh, Gilad Meron, Andy Bernheimer, Rachael Barrett, Cassim Shepard

Staff

Nadine Maleh
Executive Director

As Executive Director of the IPA, Nadine Maleh seeks to bridge the gap between policy-makers and the design community, and to broaden the conversation on architecture in the public realm.
Prior to joining the IPA , Maleh was the Director of the Inspiring Places team at Community Solutions. There, she developed design and development protocols for community-led supportive housing and community hub developments nationally. Prior to that, Maleh worked for nine years at Common Ground, a leading developer of affordable and permanent supportive housing for homeless New Yorkers, where she played a key role in the design and development of more than 1,000 units of housing across the City.

Maleh has been a visiting critic and lecturer at Yale, Pratt, and Columbia University and is a part-time lecturer at the Parsons School of Design at The New School. She is a well known expert on sustainable development, community-engaged design and alternative housing models for vulnerable populations, and her work has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Maleh was also a prominent member of the Institute for Public Architecture’s inaugural 2014 Fellows residency program at Sugar Hill in Harlem.

Mariam Abdelazim
Program Coordinator

Mariam Abdelazim is an Egyptian Architect who holds a B.Sc. in Architecture from the American University in Cairo and a M.Sc. in Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). During her study at MIT, she also worked as a researcher and a teaching assistant at the School of Architecture and Planning.  Prior to joining the IPA, Mariam worked as an architectural designer in New York City. In May of 2015, she gave a TEDxCairo talk about Egyptian cities and neighborhoods entitled ‘Reclaiming the City’. She also serves as an IPA Advisory Board Member.

Fellows

Amritha Mahesh
IPA Fellow
(Team The Media is the Neighborhood)

Amritha Mahesh is an urban designer at the NYC Department of City Planning (DCP), where she works on the agency’s climate resiliency initiatives to support the continued vitality of New York City’s coastal communities. Amritha has a background in architecture and urban design. She received a Bachelor of Architecture from Anna University and a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University GSAPP. Her graduate and professional research has focused on work that is driven by thoughtful examination of its impact beyond the boundaries of site, its cultural significance, and the singular opportunities offered by each project. Most recently, she helped produce DCP’s Resilient Art Spaces guide by working with the arts community in West Chelsea to identify a set of tools that address resiliency challenges specific to the neighborhood’s built fabric.

Angela Co
IPA Fellow
(Team AJX)

Angela Co is an Assistant Professor of Architecture and the Director of the NYC Architecture Program at Syracuse University School of Architecture. She is a registered architect and the founder of Studio Co, a design studio concerned with transforming everyday life at a range of scales, including furniture, buildings, and urban design. Her research into speculative architectural artifacts and their eects on space, bodies, and perception has been supported by the MacDowell Colony (Peterborough, NH), the Eyebeam Institute of Art + Technology (NYC, NY), and the Festival of Lively Architectures (Montpellier, FR). In 2011, she was the recipient of the Arnold W. Brunner Rome Prize in Architecture.

Co has previously worked at the oces of Bernard Tschumi Architects, Asymptote Architecture, and Atema Architecture. Co holds a Master of Architecture Degree from Columbia University’s GSAPP, and dual Bachelor Degrees in Architecture and Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Despo Thoma
IPA Fellow
(Team The Media is the Neighborhood)

Despo Thoma is an Architect and Urban Designer. She holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Architecture (2015) from the National Technical University of Athens (Magna Cum Laude) and a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University as a Fulbright Scholar (2016). At Columbia, she was awarded the GSAPP prize for excellence in Urban Design, which recognizes the student whose work in the Urban Design Program has been most outstanding. She has participated in collaborative workshops in the field of architecture and urban design in Cyprus, Greece, Spain, and Portugal, examining issues of division, boundaries, conflicting spaces and interdisciplinary thinking. At Columbia University, she gained teaching experience working as a teaching and digital assistant for the urban design studio at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation (GSAPP) and she currently holds a teaching position as an Associate of Architecture in the Urban Design Studio.

Emma Fuller
IPA Fellow
(Team Emma Fuller, Jieun Yang)

Emma Fuller is a graduate of The Cooper Union. She currently teaches at Pratt Institute and is an associate with Diane Lewis Architect PC. Over the past year she has orchestrated a sequence of exhibitions, lectures and panel discussions entitled Richmond As A Work of Art. This body of work addresses the projective consequences of the historic grid, intertwined architectural elements and omni-directional structures, public/green spaces and centuries of infrastructure. The project was supported by two grants from CultureWorks Richmond VA and The Storefront for Community Design. Her writing has been published in The Richmond Times Dispatch and an essay and drawings “Michelangelo & La Tourette” appeared in Open City: Existential Urbanity. She participated in “Frames of Reference” at the Center for Architecture and was a finalist for the 2016-2017 Rome Prize in Architecture.

Emily Arden
IPA Fellow
(Team Move Matter)

Emily Arden Wells holds a Masters in Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture where she won the coveted H.I. Feldman Prize for a sustainable multi-family housing proposal in Houston, Texas. Wells’ thesis project was selected for the Archiprix 2011, an exhibition of the “World’s Greatest Graduation projects”. Wells was selected for Wallpaper* Magazine’s 2010 Graduate Directory as part of the “next wave of creative talents who are shaking up the world around you”. Emily has worked for the New York City design group Avroko, where she was the design lead on Gotham West Market – named “America’s Best New Food Court” by Food & Wine Magazine. She also worked for Adjaye Associates New York, where she was part of the core design team for the Smithsonian African American Museum in Washington D.C.

Jieun Yang
IPA Fellow
(Team Emma Fuller, Jieun Yang)

Jieun Yang is a New York-based architect and educator. She is the principal of Habitat Workshop, an architecture and urban design practice promoting design as a framework for positive change through cross-disciplinary collaboration, research, and public engagement. Her work explores architecture, infrastructure, and everyday desire through the lens of social, economic, political, and cultural influences. Prior to founding the office, she has worked with SOM, 1100 Architect, and BKSK Architects.

As the winner of 2008 SOM Prize, Jieun has investigated global suburbia and its relationship to urban expansion and global influence as seen through demographic shift and borrowed formalism. She is currently working on a project on post-Soviet industrial cities as the recipient of The LeBrun Travel Fellowship. Jieun holds B.A. in architecture from Yale University and M.Arch from Columbia University’s GSAPP. She currently teaches at CUNY City Tech and Parsons the New School for Design.

Julie Torres Moskovitz
IPA Fellow
(Team AJX)

Julie Torres Moskovitz, AIA, LEED AP, CPHT is founding principal of Fete Nature Architecture, PLLC (FNA) and was lead designer on Tighthouse, the first certified passive house in NYC, and a retrofit of an 1899 rowhouse. She is author of Princeton Architectural Press’ The Greenest Home, which features 18 Passive House case studies. She has also partnered with Sebastian Moreno-Vacca, a Brussels architect at the center of large scale Passive House in Belgium to take on large-scale passive house in NYC. Her firm has won several awards including a 2015 AIA Cote honorable mention award, 2014 International Passive House Design Award, and 2010 NY ASLA Merit Award.

Stephen Fan
IPA Fellow (Team Live/Work in the Informal Sector)

Stephen Fan is the founding director of s!fan designs, a research/design collaborative working at the intersections of architecture, planning, and design. Bridging both academia and practice, he has served as an adjunct assistant professor of architecture at Connecticut College, and has built projects on four continents, including community-engagement design/builds.

Stephen is also the curator of SubUrbanisms: Casino Urbanization, Chinatowns, and the Contested American Landscape, which has received awards from the Vernacular Architecture Forum, American Planning Association, and the American Association for State and Local History. He has lectured both nationally (Columbia GSAPP, NYU, UCLA, Van Alen Institute, Vassar, Yale) and internationally (Hong Kong University, National University of Singapore). His work has been featured in Architectural Record, The Atlantic’s City Lab, Metropolis, Next City, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Shinkenchiku. He holds an A.B. and M.Arch from Harvard University.

Thaddeus Pawlowski
IPA Fellow
(Team The Media is the Neighborhood)

Thaddeus Pawlowski is an urban designer focused on helping cities meet the challenges of climate change, rapid growth, and social justice. Working at the NYC Oce of Emergency Management in the years before Hurricane Sandy, he brought climate change adaptation into design discourse through efforts like the “What if New York City…”post-disaster housing design competition and later at the Department of City Planning through eorts like “Designing for Flood Risk.” After Hurricane Sandy he worked in the Mayor’s office to devise programs to serve Sandy victims including the Sandy Design Help Desk which gave guidance to New Yorkers on the frontline of sea level rise and more threatening coastal storms. He has a Masters in Architecture from University of Pennsylvania, was a 2015 Loeb Fellow at Harvard University and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urban Design at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

Xiaoyin Li
IPA Fellow
(Team AJX)

Xiaoyin Li is an instructor of Architecture and the Program Coordinator at Syracuse University NYC Architecture Program. She teaches a professional elective titled Field Studies in NYC Urbanism and Architecture. In this course students learn to use field research methods to examine contentious urban issues in developing NYC neighborhoods. Themes explored in this class include gentrification, urban growth along urban infrastructure, waterfront development, and affordable housing.

Li holds B.A. in Architecture from the University of California – Berkeley, and M.A. in Architecture from the University of Kentucky College of Design. She was a Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholarship Recipient at UC Berkeley and a Graduate Scholarship Recipient at UK/CoD. Xiaoyin has previously worked in China and in the US with YWS Architects, alt32 Architecture & Design, and EOP Architects.

Zachary Stevens
IPA Fellow
(Team Move Matter)

Zachary Stevens, AIA holds a Bachelor of Architecture with a concentration in art history from Rhode Island School of Design and a Master of Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture. Zac worked previously at the offices of Tai Soo Kim Partners and Architecture Research Oce where he led design teams and managed such projects as a private residence in Minnesota, a renovation and expansion of a synagogue in Manhattan and a renovation with new architectural interventions of an individually landmarked building in Manhattan’s Upper East-Side neighborhood for the Vilcek Foundation, a globally renowned non-profit organization.

Interns

Linnea Moore
Programming Intern

Linnéa studied at the AA School of Architecture in London and is currently a M.Arch candidate at the Pratt Institute. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Art History from Uppsala University, Sweden and has worked at architecture practices in Stockholm and New York.

Meghan Grimes
Intern

Meghan Grimes is a fourth-year student in the undergraduate architecture program at Syracuse University. She has most recently completed a semester studying in New York City, focused on public housing and how the integration of live-work scenarios can benefit the sustainability of a community. Her career aspirations revolve directly around incorporating her training as an architect into social sustainable practices with an emphasis on displacement and homelessness. At Syracuse University she strives to participate not only in architectural extra-curricular activities such as the American Institute of Architecture Students but also in school-wide benefits such as the Alternative Spring Break program which focuses on homelessness in urban environments. This commitment to academics and social issues has earned her numerous years on the Syracuse University School of Architecture Dean’s List, a Greenbuild Conference FullRide Scholarship, and a recurring Architecture Construction and Engineering Mentor Program scholarship.

Alumni Fellows

Nadine Maleh
IPA Alumni Fellow

 

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Kaja Kühl / 5 Borough Studio
IPA Alumni Fellows

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Quilian Riano
IPA Alumni Fellow

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Sagi Golan, Miriam Peterson, and Nathan Rich
IPA Alumni Fellows

 

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