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CTBUH New York Holds Annual Holiday Party
Thursday, 14 December 2017

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NEW YORK CITY - On December 14th, the CTBUH New York Chapter celebrated its 2017 Annual Holiday Party. The event is held each winter and is the perfect chance for colleagues old and new to catch up on what happened throughout the year, socialize, and enjoy some festive cheer.

The gracious hosts this year were long-standing CTBUH members Woods Bagot. Their recently opened offices in the Financial District provided the perfect setting for the evening, where guests enjoyed drinks and hors d'oeuvres, as well as the opportunity to network and mingle with peers.

The offices of Woods Bagot played host to the CTBUH New York Chapter Holiday Party at the end of 2017, providing drinks, refreshments, and some architecture-inspired games.
Woods Bagot has over 850 experts working across 17 studios in Australia, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. The firm has been an exceptional partner to the CTBUH ever since joining over a decade ago in 2006. The company has played an active role in our community throughout its membership, but especially in 2017, during which its involvement extended to contributing the Journal paper Empirically Evaluating the Livability of Local Neighborhoods and Global Cities,  co-sponsoring the Asia Pacific Seminar Series: Tall & Green, sponsoring and presenting at the 2017 Australia Conference, as well as sponsoring the CTBUH 2017 International Student Tall Building Design Competition. The CTBUH extends its warmest thanks to Woods Bagot, for its assistance not only during this event, but also for its support over the past 12 years.

Alongside the plentiful refreshments, guests were also able to indulge in a giant game of Jenga, and to create their own holiday ornaments out of Legos. What better entertainment for a group of architects and engineers! Activities were then followed by two inspirational talks from our CTBUH New York YPC Co-Chairs, Ilkay Can-Standard, Founder, GenX Design & Technology, and Larry Giannechini, Assistant Project Manager - Project Management & Construction, Lendlease Corporation. Both of the co-chairs gave a great round-up of all the achievements of the chapter in 2017, and gave a heartfelt thanks to all members for their participation.

CTBUH Vice-Chairman David Malott, Founder & CEO, AI., catches up with Ilkay Can-Standard, CTBUH NY Chapter YPC Co-Chair & Founder, GenX Design & Technology, and David Brown, CTBUH NY Chapter Member & Senior Associate, Woods Bagot.

Ilkay Can-Standard treated guests to an overview of the chapter’s achievements over the past year. To her left is David Wallance, Architect, FXCollaborative, who spoke at the event “Future of Construction Lecture Series: Moving Parts: Modular Architecture in a Flat World

“The evening was a great success, thoroughly enjoyed by all our guests and the perfect way to end a fantastic year,” Can-Standard said. “We would like to extend our deepest thanks to our friends at Woods Bagot for hosting and helping to make the evening such a fun event, as well as to all of our members for joining us. We look forward to seeing what 2018 holds for the chapter and all of our contributing partners.”

 Guests enjoyed an evening of reflection on a great year and took the opportunity to socialize and network.


Devon Telberg AAI
James Sines AAI
Kim Oto AAI
Lionel Lake AAI
Alan Lee Archilier Architecture
Kai Sheng Archilier Architecture
Jose Arevalo Arfpro Studios
Alex Reddihough Arup
Charys Clay Arup
Christ Ariyaratana Arup
Gabriela Garcia Arup
John Barrot Arup
Michelle Roelofs Arup
Shannon Rice Arup
Steve Lee Arup
Vaidas Razgaitis Arup
Seo Young Shin BIG
Alberto Marquez BuroHappold Engineering
Bogdan Demian BuroHappold Engineering
Erleen Hatfield BuroHappold Engineering
Robin Mcdonald CANELLE
Aysu Unal Cannon Design
Jennifer Anna Pazdon CAST CONNEX
Scott Rosenthal Chartered Properties LLC
Kathleen Carter Cityscapes NYC
Nathaniel Damaghi Columbia University
Courtney Baron Courtney Baron Health and Wellness
Borys Hayda DeSimone
Jongmin Kim Dow Corning
Candela Yuste EDM USA
Parisa Mansourian EnTech Engineering PC
Nagi Alamri Fischer + Makooi Architects
Charles Portelli
Dave Freedman Foster + Partners
Jason Li Fosun
Catherine Joseph FXCollaborative
David Wallance FXCollaborative
Henry Pemberton FXCollaborative
Jim Bushong FXCollaborative
Samuel Schmitz FXCollaborative
Ilkay Can-Standard GenX Design & Technology
Isabel Lorenzo GMS
Seref Yildirim GSV Builders
Lee Franck Guy Nordenson and Associates
Katie Donahue Handel Architects
Libby Farley Handel Architects
Simon Shim HOK
Trish Humphries Intuitions Group
Varun Gala Island Exterior Fabricators
Kimberly Butler Kimberly Butler Photography
Charles Tsang Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Shaoliang Hua Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Cindy Kim Koleksiyon
Vanessa Panotes Koleksiyon
Duke Claghorn Langan Engineering
James Delimitros Langan Engineering
Seth Martin Langan Engineering
Larry Giannechini LendLease
Baiping Dong LERA
Elias Matar LERA
Ethan Cotton LERA
Kevin Wong LERA
Rick Naumann LERA
Yun Luo LERA
Carrie Villani Leslie E. Robertson Associates
Ksenia Tretiakova Leslie E. Robertson Associates
Lester Ali Lester Ali Photography/Skyscraper Center
Adam Paiva Longman Lindsey
Ketan Dodhia Louis Berger
Benjamin Palagonia McNamara Salvia
Hardik Doshi McNamara Salvia
Anna Fixsen Metropolis
Yolanda Silva Momentum
Anthony Piderit Murray Engineering PC
William Coon Murray Engineering PC
Kristen Walker Murray Engineering, PC
Nikolai Fedak New York YIMBY
Nick Tzavis Newman Development Group
A Hsu Otis Elevator company
Christine Lu Otis Elevator company
Beyza Ozgul Ozgul Consulting LLC
Zuhal Ozgul Ozgul Consulting LLC
Pierre Gamache PNA
Arianna Friedman Rafael Vinoly Architects
Elizabeth Geldres Rafael Vinoly Architects
Robert Ratay Ratay Structures
Rika Nourita Rika Nourita
Sarah Poist Rottet Studio
Powell Draper Schlaich Bergermann Partner
Brent Chancellor Schöck North America
Marcel Madsen Schuco
Phillip Bellis Severud Associates
Andrew Wynnyk Skystone Group LLC
Michael Ferraro Skystone Group LLC
Saif Choudhury SkyStone Group LLC
Tristan Daly Skystone Group LLC
James Rizzo Tate Access Floors
Dennis Poon Thornton Tomasetti
Hai Wei Thornton Tomasetti
Nickolaus Sundholm Thornton Tomasetti
Robert Otani Thornton Tomasetti
Viktoria Henriksson Thornton Tomasetti
Yingying Xu Thornton Tomasetti
Ali Borkowicz TRIKES
Sarah White Turner Construction Company
Valerie Resnick UAG
Antonio Luz Vidaris
Ghazal Asry Vidaris
Taylor Friant Vidaris
Mallory Nigro Vidaris Inc
Albina Gode Vidaris Inc.
Adam Nizich Walter P Moore
Jianing Song Walter P Moore
Kealy Vaughan Walter P Moore
Noah Burwell Walter P Moore
Enrica Oliva Werner Sobek New York
David Brown Woods Bagot
Chander Shahdadpuri WSP
Craig Tracy WSP
Daniela Zellers WSP
Gerardo Aguilar WSP
Gustavo Oliveira WSP
Iddo Hamani WSP
Itay Bohbot WSP
Joseph Provenza WSP
Luis Puna WSP
Omid Ahmadi WSP
Patrick Chan WSP