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HONG KONG | NEW YORK URBAN DIALOGUES
An international conference on density and the public dimension
ASSOCIATE VICE CHANCELLOR, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY ABU DHABI
Before joining NYU in September 2007, Ballon taught for more than 20 years at Columbia University, where she served as Director of Art Humanities and Chairman of the Department of Art History and Archaeology and received Columbia University's highest teaching awards: the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching, the Great Teacher Award, and the Philip and Ruth Hettleman Teaching Award. Ballon serves on the Board of Directors of The Skyscraper Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, the Regional Plan Association, and the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy. Ballon was chairman of the Planning Board of Englewood, New Jersey from 2000-05. She received a B.A. from Princeton University and Ph.D. from M.I.T.
A prolific author and curator, Ballon's most recent project was "Robert Moses and the Modern City" the three-venue exhibition that re-evaluated Moses's physical transformation of 20th-century New York. Ballon was a principal author and co-editor of the accompanying book, Robert Moses and the Modern City: The Transformation of New York (with Kenneth T. Jackson, W.W. Norton, 2007). Her previous books include New York's Pennsylvania Stations (W.W. Norton, 2002); Louis Le Vau: Mazarin's College, Colbert's Revenge (Princeton University Press, 1999), which won the Prix d'Academie from the Academie Francaise; and The Paris of Henri IV: Architecture and Urbanism (Architectural History Foundation/MIT Press, 1991), which won the Alice Davis Hitchcock Prize for the Most Distinguished Work in Architectural History. She has also curated "Gateway to Metropolis: New York's Pennsylvania Stations" at the Wallach Art Gallery and "Frank Lloyd Wright: The Vertical Dimension at The Skyscraper Museum. Ballon is Editor of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (JSAH), the journal of record in the field.
CHAIRMAN, PROFESSIONAL PROPERTY SERVICES LIMITED
Mr. Brooke is a recognized authority on land administration and planning matters and has provided advice in these areas to several Asian Governments as well as the US State Department. He is a Justice of the Peace, and a former Deputy Chairman of the Hong Kong Town Planning Board and member of the Hong Kong Housing Authority. He currently sits on the Board of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, the Standing Commission on Civil Service Salaries and Conditions of Service, the Hong Kong Harbour-front Enhancement Committee, and is the Chairman of the Hong Kong Coalition of Service Industries, which is the voice of the service sector in Hong Kong. He is also a member of the Election Committee responsible for the selection of the future Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR.
Mr. Brooke was the 2003-2004 President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the premier organization for property and construction professionals worldwide, which was founded in 1868 and has an international membership of some 110,000. In 1999, Mr. Brooke was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star by the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR for his dedicated public service in Hong Kong, and in particular, his valuable contribution to the work of the Housing Authority. He is an active member of Vision 2047, a group of long term Hong Kong residents dedicated to the support and promotion of Hong Kong.
Ann L. Buttenwieser
PRESIDENT, THE NEPTUNE FOUNDATION INC.
Click here for the the booktalk on Governor's Island: The Jewel of New York Harbor.
PRESIDENT & CEO, HUGH L. CAREY BATTERY PARK CITY AUTHORITY
Prior to joining Battery Park City Authority, Mr. Cavanaugh served for 10 years as the town supervisor of Eastchester, N.Y.
The Battery Park City Authority recently reached an agreement with the School Construction Authority to build New York City's first green school, which will use 25% less energy than a comparable school, as well as generate solar power on-site. Also under construction is New York's first residential high rise that will carry a LEED Platinum designation from the United States Green Building Council.
Click here for the report on the 2009 Making New York History Award and Ceremony, with which James Cavanaugh was honored.
DIRECTOR, REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, PLANNING, AND PRESERVATION, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
Click here to see Vishaan Chakrabarti's lecture as part of The Skyscraper Museum's October 2008 "Vertical Density" international symposium.
RA (UK), RA (HK), FHKIA, CHAIRMAN, AEDEAS ASIA
FAIA HKIA, PRESIDENT, KOHN PEDERSEN FOX ARCHITECTS
Mr. Katz is currently working with several leading commercial developers in the U.S., Europe and Asia, including Canary Wharf, Mori Building, Sun Hung Kai, Hongkong Land, and Shui On Land. His recent projects include: 505 Fifth Avenue, New York Sports and Convention Center, part of the New York 2012 Olympic Games bid; the Clifford Chance office tower in Canary Wharf, London; Roppongi Hills, which includes facilities for Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, and a Grand Hyatt Tokyo; and the Shanghai World Financial Center.
An active member of the Urban Land Institute, he has helped internationally promote its activities. He co-authored Building Type Basics for Office Buildings, published by Wiley in 2002. Mr. Katz has provided expert interviews in tall building design to print media such as Newsweek, The Economist, TIME, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Wired, among others.
Click here to see Paul Katz's lecture as part of The Skyscraper Museum's October 2008 "Vertical Density" international symposium.
Mrs. Carrie Lam
SECRETARY FOR DEVELOPMENT, HONG KONG SAR
Mrs. Lam has served in various bureaus and departments. She was the Director of Social Welfare; Permanent Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands (Planning and Lands); Director-General, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London, and Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs.
Click here to see Mrs. Carrie Lam's lecture as part of The Skyscraper Museum's October 2008 "Vertical Density" international symposium.
FOUNDING DIRECTOR, OVAL PARTNERSHIP
He is currently the Chairman of the Family Welfare Society, a charity with a staff of 600, and Chairman of the Centre for Community Renewal at St. James' Settlement. Mr. Law was educated at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire in the UK, and studied Architecture at the University College London. He has received the Architect of the Year Award and the Outstanding Young Person Award, among others.
DEAN, FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE, THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
His research interests include city designs and architectural studies. His architect projects are the finalists at Great Falls Park Design Competition, NYC2012 Olympic Village Innovative Design Competition and Hoboken 9/11 Memorial Competition. His articles were published in various publications such as The New York Times, The New York Daily News and Herald News.
Currently, Professor Lerner is an Architect in Hong Kong and an Architect PC at Princeton, New Jersey. In 2007, he was the Director of The American Institute of Architects. He was the Director of Canadian Centre for Architecture Prize Competition for the Design of Cities - Montreal in 2002. In 1999, he was the Jury President of Springfield, Massachusetts Federal Courthouse for the General Services Administration.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DTZ HOLDINGS PLC and CONVENER, EXECUTIVE COUNCIL OF THE HKSARG
Mr. Leung is an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration, University of the West of England, an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Valuation and Estate Management from Bristol Polytechnic, England.
CEO, CIVIC EXCHANGE
Trained as a lawyer, Ms. Loh enjoyed a highly successful 12-year career as a commodities trader, eventually rising to the position of managing director, before spending another two years as a Director of Business Development with a Hong Kong company.
Appointed to the Legislative Council (LegCo) in 1992, she had a popular career as a politician until 2000 when she chose not to seek re-election. Her legislative successes were many and Ms. Loh is particularly proud of the law amendment that enabled the indigenous women of the New Territories to inherit rural land, restructuring the controversial section 30 of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance, and sponsoring the historic Protection of the Harbor Ordinance.
Charles J. Maikish
MANAGING DIRECTOR, GLOBAL CORPORATE SERVICES AND REAL ESTATE, BLACKROCK AND BLACKROCK/BARCLAYS
From 2005-2008, he was executive director of the Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center, appointed by the Governor Pataki and Mayor Bloomberg. In that position, Mr. Maikish was accountable directly to the Governor and Mayor for coordinating all public and private construction in Lower Manhattan south of Canal Street, from the Hudson River to the East River. He oversaw planning, construction, and development of numerous residential and commercial projects in lower Manhattan valued at over 30 Billion dollars, including the Fulton Street Transit Center, The WTC site and Memorial, the West Street Boulevard, and the new Path transit center
Before becoming executive director of the Command Center, Mr. Maikish was executive vice president of Global Real Estate Business Services (REBS) at JP Morgan Chase. While there, he had responsibility for managing the firm's worldwide real estate and client services, physical facilities, strategic space planning, and security services. He also oversaw financial services and distribution and support services. Prior to JP Morgan Chase, Mr. Maikish was in charge of facilities management at Columbia University and had responsibility for property acquisition, leasing, planning, and operations. His specific focus was implementing a $650 million five-year capital program for new construction and infrastructure improvements.
Mr. Maikish holds a J.D. degree from New York Law School and a B.S. from St. Joseph's College and Seminary and studied engineering at Manhattan College and completed the AMP program at Harvard Graduate Business School. He currently serves on numerous boards in both the real estate and civic community including the Regional Planning Association, and The Liberty Science Center, and in the recent past, several business improvement district boards, cultural councils.
Peter Cookson Smith
DIRECTOR, URBIS LIMITED
Mr. Henry Tang
CHIEF SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATION, HKSARG
Mr. Tang has been a member of the Executive Council since 1997. He served as a member of the Legislative Council for seven years from 1991 to 1998. Mr. Tang also served extensively on various government boards and public bodies, including the Trade Development Council, Town Planning Board, University Grants Committee, and Council of the City University of Hong Kong.
Before joining the Government in 2002, Mr. Tang was a leading industrialist in Hong Kong. He served as the Chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries between 1995 and 2001. He was also a Committee Member of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce.
PRINCIPAL, OTC LIMITED
CHAIRMAN, NYC LANDMARKS PRESERVATION COMMISSION
Prior to his appointment, Tierney was a visiting scholar at New York University's Taub Urban Research Center, where he focused on issues of state and local governance, and before that, was Director of Public Affairs at AT&T. He also served as Counsel to New York Mayor Edward I. Koch and as Assistant Counsel to New York Governor Hugh L. Carey. He earned a B.A. at Yale University and a J.D. at Vanderbilt University Law School.
Chairman Tierney currently serves as Mayor Bloomberg's representative on the Board of the Museum of the City of New York and on the Board of Directors at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Click here to see Robert Tierney's lecture as part of The Skyscraper Museum's October 2008 "Vertical Density" international symposium.
CHIEF URBAN DESIGNER, CITY OF NEW YORK, DEPARTMENT OF CITY PLANNING
In 1996, he moved to New York and founded the Pennsylvania Station Redevelopment Corporation, now known as the Moynihan Station Development Corporation, where he raised $800 million for a new train station for New York, led its award winning design, and secured the first round of public approvals.
In 2001, he returned to private practice as a partner of W Architecture and Landscape Architecture LLC in New York until 2006 when he returned to government. His responsibilities again include the Moynihan Station, city-wide urban design policy, and design review of scores of new projects that are now being planned to accommodate a million more New Yorkers in a period of rapid climate change.
Even with regards to the most complex infrastructure projects, he judges success from the point of view of the pedestrian. In urban design, he tries to achieve the "quantity of Robert Moses with the quality of Jane Jacobs." And for this missing link - between the human-scale and the mega-project - he turns to another great New Yorker, Fredrick Law Olmsted, designer of Central Park, for inspiration. He sees the integration of urbanity and ecology as the next great wave in city-building. He is currently writing a book, The Nature of Urban Design.
Click here to see Alexandros Washburn's lecture as part of The Skyscraper Museum's October 2008 "Vertical Density" international symposium.
PRESIDENT, REAL ESTATE DIVISION OF TRINITY CHURCH
He is an associate adjunct professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and served on the Ford Foundation Board of Trustees until May 2008 as the chair of both the board's Peace and Social Justice and Audit committees.
Mr. Weisbrod's board affiliations include Tarragon Corporation, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the New 42nd Street Inc., New York City Outward Bound Center, Convention Center Development Corp., Lower Manhattan Development Council, the Urban Land Institute, the Real Estate Board of New York and Wildcat Service Corporation.
FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR, THE SKYSCRAPER MUSEUM
Ms. Willis is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Urban Studies at Columbia University where since 1989 she has taught in the program The Shape of Two Cities: New York and Paris in The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning.
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, ROCCO DESIGN ARCHITECTS LTD.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, DESIGNING HONG KONG