What is asylum?

Making Policy Public

What is asylum?

Get It Back!

Public Access Design

Get It Back!

Lunchroom Digest

City Studies

Lunchroom Digest

Our Voice, Our Choice

Urban Investigations

Our Voice, Our Choice

Power Trip

Urban Investigations

Power Trip

It's Not Just Personal

Making Policy Public

It's Not Just Personal

Board Members

Liya Aklilu

Liya Aklilu

Originally from Ethiopia, Liya’s personal and professional interests include finding ways to bridge writing, ... more

Liya Aklilu

Originally from Ethiopia, Liya’s personal and professional interests include finding ways to bridge writing, creativity and a love of the world with interests in program evaluation, international development, anthropology and public health.  Liya has worked in international health and evaluation for about 15 years on projects covering various countries in Africa, Asia and Central America. She is currently focused on setting up an evaluation practice centered on combining storytelling with quantitative data, culturally responsive and contextually relevant approaches and on strengthening organizational capacity to use data for decision making, planning, and program design. She is also working on a project highlighting systemic gaps within the practice of international development. Liya has a Master of Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and a Master of Science in Applied Anthropology from the University of North Texas.

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Christine Coletta

Christine Coletta

Christine Coletta is an attorney at the law firm Hirschen Singer & Epstein, where she specializes in affordable housing ... more

Christine Coletta

Christine Coletta is an attorney at the law firm Hirschen Singer & Epstein, where she specializes in affordable housing and community development. Christine represents both non-profit and for-profit clients in the structuring, financing and development of affordable housing and mixed-use developments throughout New York City. A specialist in not-for-profit governance, Christine is actively involved in deals ranging from supportive housing to rental and homeownership initiatives. She has held positions at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development and Fifth Avenue Committee. Christine received her BA from Brown University and her JD from Boston College Law School. She is a native Rhode Islander and lives in Brooklyn.

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Susannah Drake

Susannah Drake

Susannah Drake is the founding principal of DLANDstudio. The firm, winner of the AIA New Practices New York Award, is also ... more

Susannah Drake

Susannah Drake is the founding principal of DLANDstudio. The firm, winner of the AIA New Practices New York Award, is also the recipient of City, State, and National AIA and ASLA Awards for their work. Susannah was awarded the AIA Young Architects Award and Fellowship in the ASLA, and was recognized as an Architectural League Emerging Voice. She has received numerous grants and awards for adapting infrastructure corridors for storm water capture, climate resilience and park creation. DLANDstudio’s projects include QueensWay, MoMA Rising Currents Exhibit, BQGreen, and Gowanus Sponge Park. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum.

Susannah received a BA from Dartmouth College in 1987 and MArch and MLA from the Harvard University GSD. She is a registered architect and a registered landscape architect.

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Ariel Fausto

Ariel Fausto

Ariel Fausto is a partner at the nationally-recognized design firm H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture.  As a design ... more

Ariel Fausto

Ariel Fausto is a partner at the nationally-recognized design firm H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture.  As a design leader specializing in architecture for the arts, culture and public space, Ariel is interested in design that connects people to the arts, their community and each other.  From Lincoln Center Theater’s new LCT3 to a new maritime museum in Biloxi Mississippi, Ariel spearheads some of the firm’s most ambitious projects.  He studied Environmental Design as an undergraduate at Texas A&M University, and went on to receive a Masters of Architecture from MIT.

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Beom Jun  Kim

Beom Jun Kim

Beom Jun Kim is an architect, visual artist and founding partner of WA.K Studio in Brooklyn. His research based practice is ... more

Beom Jun Kim

Beom Jun Kim is an architect, visual artist and founding partner of WA.K Studio in Brooklyn. His research based practice is focused on exploring the intersection of narrative and design utilizing digital technology and virtual reality. Beom Jun was born in South Korea and grew up in Southern California where he studied business and economics at UCLA. He relocated to the east coast to study architecture and received his Master’s degree from Yale University. As an architect, he has experience leading public space and residential development projects in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Prior to architecture, Beom Jun has held positions as controller and CFO for a film production studio in Hollywood and practiced as a CPA at a real estate accounting firm in Los Angeles. Beom Jun joined the Board of CUP in 2016.

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Inbar Kishoni

Inbar Kishoni

Inbar Kishoni is on a mission to improve the conversations governments have with the people they serve. As Deputy Director ... more

Inbar Kishoni

Inbar Kishoni is on a mission to improve the conversations governments have with the people they serve. As Deputy Director of Public Engagement at the New York City Department of Transportation, she created and runs the Street Ambassador program – a lean and agile group of ten, multi-lingual outreach specialists that has become integral to the way the agency communicates about and builds support for projects. Working within the neighborhoods they serve, often in public spaces and among residents and other stakeholders, the team establishes a presence that builds trust and transparency throughout the planning and implementation process.

Inbar holds a MA in Urban Planning from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and a BA in Geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She’s co-founder of the Roberta Moses Happy Hour Club and plays keyboard and theremin in the band Night Powers. Ask her about her Halloween costumes.

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Aaron Koffman

Aaron Koffman

Aaron Koffman leads The Hudson Companies’ affordable housing pipeline and portfolio. Aaron relishes the challenge of ... more

Aaron Koffman

Aaron Koffman leads The Hudson Companies’ affordable housing pipeline and portfolio. Aaron relishes the challenge of putting Hudson’s best feet forward on public and private competitions for development sites and building lasting partnerships with public, private and non-profit organizations. Aaron is continually inspired by his Hudson colleagues and loves working to bring transformative mixed-use developments like La Central, The Peninsula, BEC II and Greenpoint Hospital to reality. Aaron is a New York State Volunteer Firefighter who earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from UC Berkeley and his Master of City Planning from MIT. Aaron also serves on the NYC Waterfront Management Advisory Board as well as the Board of the NYU Furman Center, Coro New York, and the Center for Urban Pedagogy. He remains a diehard Los Angeles Lakers and Angels fan.

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Jeremy Robinson-Leon

Jeremy Robinson-Leon

Jeremy Robinson-Leon is principal and chief operating officer at Group Gordon, a New York-based strategic communications ... more

Jeremy Robinson-Leon

Jeremy Robinson-Leon is principal and chief operating officer at Group Gordon, a New York-based strategic communications firm named the Holmes Report’s Best Boutique Agency to Work For in North America in 2014 and 2015. He oversees all aspects of client service across the firm’s corporate, public affairs, and crisis practices and has considerable expertise in strategy, media relations, social media, and crisis management, appearing regularly as a commentator on related topics in the media. Jeremy advises leading companies and organizations, including Shake Shack, Union Square Hospitality Group, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, DonorsChoose.org, the Ford Foundation, Marcato Capital Management, and Schulte Roth & Zabel, among many others. He sits on the board of Enterprise Community’s Partners’ Gotham Society and early in his career worked with elected officials at both the state and Federal levels. He earned his B.A. in political science from Vassar College. 

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David Smiley

David Smiley

David Smiley teaches architectural design and urban history at the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and ... more

David Smiley

David Smiley teaches architectural design and urban history at the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. His research and teaching focus on the ways the discipline of architecture overlaps with planning, policy, preservation, finance and community-based initiatives. His book, Pedestrian Modern: American Architecture and Shopping, 1925-1956, (Minnesota, 2013) examines how architects joined modernist design and planning ideas with new programs and scales of retailing. Smiley has organized conferences on the use of public spaces and streets in New York City and has written about malls, urban design and suburban housing. He previously taught at Barnard College were he organized symposia including “Rights of Way” in 2009 and “Moving Toward Utopia” in 2010, at which invited planners, architects, community advocates and public officials examined bikeways and other changes to public space in the NYC. Previous publications include Redressing the Mall: Sprawl and Public Space in Suburbia (2002) and Hell’s Kitchen South: Developing Strategies (2001). David is a member and the Chair of CUP’s Board.

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Dan Wiley

Dan Wiley

Dan Wiley is a Community Coordinator for a Congressperson in southwest Brooklyn and teaches part time at Columbia ... more

Dan Wiley

Dan Wiley is a Community Coordinator for a Congressperson in southwest Brooklyn and teaches part time at Columbia University GSAPP fall urban design studio.  Working in the Congressional office since 2000, he has coordinated planning projects and initiatives spanning communities from downtown Brooklyn southwest to Red Hook, Gowanus and Sunset Park.  Prior to that, he served as Education Coordinator at Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment (1993-1999).  He holds an MA in Urban Geography from Hunter College, CUNY (2007), a BFA from Cooper Union (1987) and was a fellow at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program (1988).  Before joining the board of CUP in 2006, he participated in the Building Codes exhibition (2001) and The Programmable City.  He also leads numerous interactive public neighborhood and waterborne tours.  His work can be found in If You Lived Here: The City in Art, Theory, and Social Activism, Seattle: Bay Press, 1991.

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Store Stories

City Studies

Store Stories

What Is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What Is Zoning?

Is Suspension The Solution?

City Studies

Is Suspension The Solution?

A Bet on Debt

City Studies

A Bet on Debt

Is There A Pattern?

Urban Investigations

Is There A Pattern?

ICEbreaker

City Studies

ICEbreaker

Grand Army Plaza

Urban Investigations

Grand Army Plaza

Engage to Change

Technical Assistance

Engage to Change