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CTBUH New York Chapter Plans for 2018
Thursday, 8 February 2018

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NEW YORK CITY – On February 8, CTBUH New York held a meeting of its steering committee. The purpose of the meeting was to get acquainted with our newest members, generate lecture content for the year ahead and share ideas for the success of the chapter. The meeting was held at FXCollaborative and was followed by a few short presentations from the CTBUH New York "Future Leaders" Committee.

Following a short introduction by Co-chairs Ilkay Can-Standard, President, GenX Design & Technology and Larry Giannechini, Assistant Project Manager, Lendlease Corporation, the meeting began on a positive note by celebrating the achievements and successes of 2017. These included a number of new partnerships, an increase in local memberships and many successful events throughout New York City. This was followed by an overview of the year’s planned events, including a debate in collaboration with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the 2018 installment of “Decoding NYC,” and a discussion on sender towers in collaboration with Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects.

A main focus for this meeting was on research, and how the chapter could improve in this aspect. Methods for greater collaboration and idea-sharing were discussed, as was the establishment of regular working sessions for members to discuss their current design research projects.

Some time was also devoted to analyzing how the New York Chapter could promote membership in the CTBUH, while raising the profiles of existing members and increasing attendance at the 2018 International Conference. After a lively brainstorm, many exciting ideas were floated – including elevator pitch-style competitions, hackathons and greater school outreach—giving the group much to look forward to in the year ahead.

The Steering Committee meeting highlighted the numerous successful 2017 events, including a summer social (left) and a modular construction tour and presentation (right).
Further general updates were also included in the meeting, such as the transformation of the Young Professionals Committee to the "Future Leaders" Committee. The previous year, 2017, was a great year for this program and saw a lot of interest from young professionals. The committee recapped the areas of success here and made some great progress in building on these areas for 2018.

The meeting concluded with a short presentation about the history of the CTBUH, its origins and how its strategy has evolved over the past few years. Looking ahead to 2018, a recap was provided on upcoming changes to the steering committee and expansion to other chapters, with Can-Standard taking on the initial role of "Future Leaders" Global Committee Chair, including some specific collaborations with CTBUH networks and chapters in Spain, Canada, the United Kingdom, and China.

After the meeting, the group was treated to a selection of presentations from its group of young professionals on their current projects in various offices. This provided senior members with a fresh look at the current project landscape in New York, and also allowed each presenter to hear feedback from more experienced members of the CTBUH.

The CTBUH would like to thank each of its members, past and present, for their continued involvement and enthusiasm for the program. If you are interested in joining the CTBUH or becoming a part of the steering committee, please get in touch with the New York "Future Leaders" Committee at to express your interest. Please feel free to add your suggestions for future events to THINKBOX.


Olga Pavlenko Arup
Vaidas Razgaitis Arup
Michelle Roelofs Arup
Aysu Unal CannonDesign
Elizabeth Geldres Colliers
Charles Portelli Flux
Jim Bushong, AIA LEED FXCollaborative
Henry Pemberton FXCollaborative
Samuel Schmitz FXcollborative
Ilkay Can-Standard GenX De-Tech
Isabel Lorenzo GMS
Andie Ogando HOK
Reid Carroll JB&B
Chris Colasanti JB&B
Larry Giannechini LendLease
Yun Luo LERA
Rick Naumann LERA
Edwin Arbito Marx Development
Arianna Friedman Rafael Vinoly Architects
Lester Ali Skyscraper Center
Sarah White Turner Construction Company
Angel Eng WSP