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Amanda Bayley, Environmental Designer, eDesign Dynamics
Amanda Bayley is experienced in landscape architecture, ecology, and graphic representation. Amanda has worked for a wide diversity of firms and organizations including Mark K. Morrison Associates, Stephen Stimson Associates, Langan Engineering, the NYC Parks Department, and the Hudson Riverkeeper. Tasks ranged from the design of urban-scale streetscapes and brownfields redevelopment, preparation work for the MillionTreesNYC Program, to assisting with the investigation of polluted Hudson River tributaries. Amanda currently holds a B.A. in Geography from Hunter College, New York and an M.L.A. from City College, New York.

Eric Rothstein, Engineer, eDesign Dynamics
Mr. Rothstein joined EDD following his role as Vice President of Great Eastern Ecology, Inc, where he was engaged in senior supervision of a multidisciplinary staff of ecologists, landscape architects, engineers, GIS specialists, and administrative personnel. Prior, he served as Project Manager for the Natural Resources Group for the Department of Parks and Recreation, NYC, where he managed ecological restorations including salt marshes, fresh water wetlands, grasslands, and forests. Tasks included grant writing, budget development and management, preparation of bid documents, design preparation, construction oversight, and organizing post-construction monitoring protocol. Mr. Rothstein holds and M.S. in Soil and Water Engineering /Hydrology from Cornell University; B.S. from University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Kate Boicourt, Biologist
Ms. Boicourt holds an MESc., Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, with a focus in coastal ecosystems; success and effects of invasive P. australis removal (2009) and a B.A. Biology, Kenyon College, focusing on biodiversity and functional diversity theory and plant allometry/size distribution (2006). Kate Boicourt is Project Coordinator, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, coordinating expertise to address state climate change adaptation needs.

Urban Design

Richard Plunz, Director of the Urban Design Program, Columbia GSAPP
B.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1965; B.Arch., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1966; M.Arch,, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1967. Richard Plunz is a leading figure in all aspects of urban design and is considered one of the world’s leading authorities in urban housing. The Housing Studio, which he developed at Columbia, has now become an integral part of architectural curricula everywhere.

Plunz moved to Columbia University in 1974 and in 1977 became chairperson of the Division of Architecture, with oversight on the renewal of the professional Masters Curriculum. Since 1992, Plunz has been director of the Urban Design Program, one of the most substantative curricula in the field. His research into the evolution of housing in New York City has led to a number of projects including his landmark study, A History of Housing in New York City, (1990). In 2005, Plunz was appointed director of Columbia Earth Institute Urban Design Lab. Plunz has held professorships at Rensselaer, Pennsylvania State University, Columbia University, and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium). He has taught and lectured extensively and internationally.

Plunz’s work has been supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the J. M. Kaplan Fund, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Aga Kahn Award, the United States Public Health Service and the Ford Foundation. In 1991, he received the Andrew J. Thomas Award from the American Institute of Architects for his pioneering work in housing. Plunz is the author of many articles, studies, and reports. Among his publications are many books, including A History of Housing in New York City, (1990), translated in French and Japanese, The Urban Lifeworld. Formation, Perception, Representation (2002); After Shopping (2003); Eco-Gowanus: Urban Remediation by Design (2007). His most recent publication is Urban Climate Change Crossroads (2010).

Maria Paola Sutto, Urban Securities Project, Urban Design Lab at The Earth Institute
Maria Paola Sutto is a biologist and a journalist. Her research interests relate to complex variables at the intersection of disciplines: from ecological science to social science, from economy, to art and architecture. She is engaged in finding creative organic solutions to complex contemporary challenges. She has written extensively for the Italian media (Bravaitalia, Multimedia, Gulliver, Teknos, Prima Comunicazione). She has been consultant of public and private institutions for projects between Italy and the United States. In her recent book Urban Climate Change Crossroads edited together with Richard Plunz, she explores the new generation of thinking necessary to transform our global ecological challenges (Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2010).


Ellen Neises, Field Operations
Ellen is an Associate Principal at James Corner Field Operations, with a B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University, a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University, and an MLA from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was the recipient of the Ian McHarg Prize for Excellence in the Contemporary Ecological Design. Ellen is the design project manager for Fresh Kills Park, managing an interdisciplinary team of 10 sub consultant firms and moving the project through public approval processes that led to the commitment of $150 million for the first phase of implementation. Ellen is also overseeing work on the open space master plan and design of Columbia University’s Manhattanville Campus project with SOM and Renzo Piano Building Workshop. She managed the master plan for Lake Ontario Park, a 925-acre site that includes beaches, wilds, and portions of the Toronto portlands, and oversaw the master plan, landscape and urban design of a 55-acre, $1B mixed use waterfront development in Baltimore. She has taught graduate level design studios in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to earning an MLA, she had seven years of experience managing economic development and public policy projects with large staffs and annual budgets of up to $9 million.


Gerhardt Muller, Senior Associate at the Academy’s Global Maritime and Transportation School
Professor Muller joined the faculty of the US Merchant Marine Academy in February 1997 as Associate Professor of Intermodal Studies. He is a senior associate at the Academy’s Global Maritime and Transportation School, developing and lecturing courses on advanced intermodal and logistics management concepts and technologies. In 2001 he was promoted to Full Professor. He retired from the academy at the end of 2008 to pursue other professional and personal opportunities. He received his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from New York State Maritime College at Fort Schuyler. He sailed as a licensed officer in the United States Merchant Marine for three years.

Before joining Kings Point, Prof. Muller was with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for more than 28 years. At the time when he left the Port Authority, he was heavily involved with the identification and development of innovative intermodal systems and emerging logistics and transportation technologies designed to improve regional passenger and freight mobility. For twenty years, he taught international and domestic transportation at The City of New York University-Baruch College and Nassau Community College on Long Island. In recent years he has been very active in teaching short and intensive courses in transportation and logistics management at several American, European and Far Eastern universities, and is a visiting professor at the World Maritime University, Sweden and Shanghai Maritime University, Shanghai, China. He is currently Adjunct Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University’s Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy.

He has written or co-authored several papers, articles and books on advanced concepts in intermodalism and logistics management, transportation communication systems and marketing, and port operations. His books, Intermodal Freight Transportation, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Editions, sponsored by the Eno Transportation Foundation and the Intermodal Association of North America, are used widely in the United States and in foreign countries as a basic reference on intermodalism.


Mark Dion, Mark Dion Studio
Mark Dion was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1961. He received a BFA (1986) and an honorary doctorate (2003) from the University of Hartford School of Art, Connecticut. Dion’s work examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. The job of the artist, he says, is to go against the grain of dominant culture, to challenge perception and convention. Appropriating archaeological and other scientific methods of collecting, ordering, and exhibiting objects, Dion creates works that question the distinctions between ‘objective’ (‘rational’) scientific methods and ‘subjective’ (‘irrational’) influences. The artist’s spectacular and often fantastical curiosity cabinets, modeled on Wunderkabinetts of the 16th Century, exalt atypical orderings of objects and specimens. By locating the roots of environmental politics and public policy in the construction of knowledge about nature, Mark Dion questions the authoritative role of the scientific voice in contemporary society. He has received numerous awards, including the ninth annual Larry Aldrich Foundation Award (2001). He has had major exhibitions at the Miami Art Museum (2006); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2004); Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut (2003); and Tate Gallery, London (1999). “Neukom Vivarium” (2006), a permanent outdoor installation and learning lab for the Olympic Sculpture Park, was commissioned by the Seattle Art Museum. Dion lives and works in Pennsylvania.

Bryan Wilson, Mark Dion Studio
Juliette Bensimon Marchina, Mark Dion Studio
Alex Guerrero, Mark Dion Studio
Andreas Rasmussen, Mark Dion Studio

Matthew Ritchie, Artist
Matthew Ritchie’s installations of painting, wall drawings, light boxes, sculpture, and projections are investigations of the idea of information, explored through science, architecture, history, and the dynamics of culture, defined equally by their range and their lyrical visual language. In 2001, Time magazine listed Ritchie as one of 100 innovators for the new millennium for exploring “the unthinkable or the not-yet-thought.” His most recent exhibitions in New York and London, ‘Ghost Operator’ and ‘Line Shot,’ incorporated architectural interventions and interactive digital projections to explore an alternate history of time. His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions worldwide including the Whitney Biennial, Bienal de Sao Paulo, the Sydney Biennial and the Havana Biennale. Solo shows include the Dallas Museum of Art, the Miami Museum of Contemporary Art, the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Portikus, Frankfurt, and The Fabric Workshop and Museum. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art and numerous other institutions worldwide, including a permanent large-scale installation at MIT. An award winning permanent installation opened in December 2006 in a new Federal Courthouse in Eugene, Oregon. In 2008 Ritchie created an architectural sound structure that appeared as ‘The Evening Line’ at the Venice Architecture Biennale and ‘The Morning Line’ at the Seville Biennale. In 2009 Ritchie collaborated with Aaron and Bryce Dessner on ‘The Long Count,’ a multi media song cycle work that premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and will travel the world in 2011, and with physicist Lisa Randall and composer Hector Parra on ‘Hypermusic: Prologue’ an opera that premiered at the Centre Georges Pompidou and is traveling to the Barcelona Opera House and the Guggenheim Museum in 2011.

Mike Koller, Matthew Ritchie Studio


Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, TWBTA
Tod Williams received his undergraduate degree and a Master of Fine Arts and Architecture from Princeton. For over thirty years he has been principal of his own firm, and in 1986 formed the partnership of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects.

The firm’s work has been repeatedly honored by the American Institute of Architects. In 1988 the firm received a National AIA Award for a dormitory at Princeton University, in 1989 for the Spiegel Pool House addition and in 1992 for two projects in New York City, the Quandt loft and the Go Silk Showroom. In 1997 the firm won a National Honor Award for the Neurosciences Institute and in 2001 they received two more, for a natatorium at the Cranbrook School and for a house on Long Island. In 2002 they were honored for the American Folk Art Museum, the first new museum built in New York City in over three decades. In the same year the museum also received the Arup World Architecture award for the Best Building in the World.

Williams has held visiting professorships at a number of schools of architecture. He taught at the Cooper Union from 1974 to 1989. In 1995, Williams held The Ruth Carter Stevenson Chair at the University of Texas at Austin. He held the Eliel Saarinen Chair at the University of Michigan in 2002, and the Thomas Jefferson Chair in 2004 at the University of Virginia. In 1982 he received an Advanced Fellowship from the American Academy in Rome and in 1992 he was made a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects. The work of the firm has been published extensively both in the United States and overseas. A monograph entitled Work/Life was released in the fall of 2000 by Monacelli Press.

Billie Tsien received her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from Yale in 1971 and her Master of Architecture from UCLA in 1977. She has taught at Parsons, Yale, Harvard GSD, the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Pennsylvania. She shares with Tod Williams the Louis I. Kahn chair at Yale University. She has worked with Tod Williams since 1977 and has been in partnership with him since 1986.

Her completed projects include residences in New York City, Southampton, and Phoenix, Hereford College dormitory and dining facility at the University of Virginia, two major additions to the Phoenix Art Musuem, and the Mattin Arts Center at Johns Hopkins University. Billie has in interest in work that bridges art and architecture. She is on the advisory panel for the Wexner Prize. She is on the board of the Public Art Fund, the Architectural League, and the American Academy in Rome. She was a resident at the Academy in 1999. She is the recipient with Tod Williams of the Brunner Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Medal of Honor from the New York City AIA, and the Chrysler Award for Design Innovation, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture and the President’s Medal from the Architectural League.


Wendy Meguro, Environmental Designer, Atelier Ten
Atelier Ten is a consultancy providing integrated, full service engineering and consulting on environmental design, building systems performance analysis, lighting and daylighting design, benchmarking, environmental masterplanning, and strategic sustainability planning.

Shanta Tucker, Environmental Designer, Atelier Ten
Shanta is a LEED-Accredited Professional and has studied at the Center for Energy Studies at the Ecole des Mines in Paris, holds a BS in Architectural Engineering from the University of Colorado, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of California. As Atelier Ten’s energy analysis practice leader, Shanta has particular experience with the engineering and design of HVAC systems, as well as modeling and analysis techniques for optimizing energy efficiency of high performance building envelope, mechanical, and electrical systems. She has worked on a variety of university, commercial, and institutional buildings that are known for their efficient energy performance. In addition, she teaches an environmental systems course for the undergraduate program at Pratt Institute’s Architecture School and (add Yale experience).

Structural Engineering

Nat Oppenheimer, Robert Silman Associates
Nat is a Principal at RSA. He received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY and is a LEED Accredited Professional Engineer in NY, NJ, CO, CT, FL, IL, IN, MA, MI, MN, NM, SC, and TN. Nat is devoted to several facets of engineering education and has taught at the Graduate Schools of Architecture at Columbia and Princeton University since 2000. He has been an invited jury critic in the School of Architecture at Columbia, Princeton, Penn, Parsons, and Pratt and has taught at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture and Planning as well as Parsons, the New School for Design. Nat is currently a member of the Board and the Vice President for Engineering for the Architectural League.

Theodore P. Zoli, PE, HNTB
Theodore P. Zoli, PE, serves as the technical director of HNTB’s bridge practice nationwide. During his 17 years with HNTB, Zoli has led the preliminary and final design of numerous challenging and award-winning bridge projects including the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge in Boston; the Sixth Street Viaduct in Milwaukee; the Bandra Worli Sea Link Bridge in Mumbai, India; the Blennerhassett Island bridge in West Virginia; and the Missouri River Pedestrian Bridge in Omaha.
Zoli has led HNTB’s infrastructure security practice and has developed innovative protective measures for some of our nation’s largest and most important bridges. He has served as an instructor at the FHWA sponsored Bridge and Tunnel Terrorist Vulnerability Workshop in conjunction with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He is currently participating in a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program to develop advanced armor strategies. He is currently working with the Army Corps of Engineers to develop an innovative all-aluminum light-weight modular causeway system (floating bridge) with compliant connections for equipment deployment.
He is also a visiting lecturer at Princeton University’s Department of Civil Engineering where he teaches a course on the design of long span bridges. He is a member of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering. He received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Princeton University and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the California Institute of Technology.

Special Thanks

Alan Blumberg, George Meade Bond Professor and Director, Center for Maritime Systems
Tom Flagg, Maritime Historian
Eric Muller
Philip Simmons, MWH Americas
Bradley Kaye, Matthew Baird Architects
Cassie Spieler, Matthew Baird Architects
Teresa Ball, Matthew Baird Architects
Margot Otten, Matthew Baird Architects
Dimitriy Yakubov, Student Intern
Joy Kang, Student Intern