Board of Directors and Staff

Board of Directors [Winka Dubbeldam]  [Toni Griffin]  [Tami Hausman] [Craig Kaplan]  [Cathy Lang Ho]  [Thom Mayne]  [Enrique Norten]  [Saskia Sassen] [Byron Stigge]
[Claire Weisz]  [Michael Sorkin, Chair]
Staff [Anne Guiney]   Executive Director

Winka Dubbeldam

Winka Dubbeldam is the principal and founder of Archi-Tectonics, NYC. The firm’s work ranges from residential to commercial, from real to virtual, and is realized in urban designs, architectures, and installations. Dubbeldam currently serves as the Practice Professor of Architecture and Director of the Post-Professional Program at the University of Pennsylvania. She has previously taught at Columbia University and Harvard University. Her most recent publication is Archi-tectonics (2011), and her previous monographs include AT-INdex (2006) and Winka Dubbeldam, Architect (1996).

Toni L. Griffin

Toni L. Griffin was recently named Professor and Director of the J. Max Bond Center for Architecture at the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York and maintains an active private practice, Urban Planning and Design for the American City, whose clients have included the cities of Newark, NJ and Detroit, MI. Prior to returning to private practice, Griffin was the Director of Community Development for the City of Newark, New Jersey, where she was responsible for creating a centralized division of planning and urban design, and produced Shifting Forward 2025, the city’s first master plan re-examination in nearly a decade. Other past leadership roles include Deputy Planning Director, Office of Planning, Washington, DC; Director of Design, Anacostia Waterfront Corporation, Washington, DC; Associate Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLC, Chicago, IL.

Tami Hausman

President of Hausman LLC, Tami Hausman provides communications services to top firms in the design industry. Before founding her company, she worked in marketing and public relations for major architecture firms. She has also been active in diverse non-profit organizations and writes frequently about architecture and urban planning. A winner of the Arnold W. Brunner Grant from the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Hausman earned a Ph.D. in art history from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts.

Craig Kaplan

Craig Kaplan has been practicing law for more than three decades. He is currently Of Counsel at Rabinowitz, Boudin, Standard, Krinsky & Lieberman, PC, where he represents not-for-profit organizations and specializes in the area of wills, trusts and estates. He was appointed by Mayor David Dinkins to serve as a member of the Mayor’s Committee on the Judiciary, and has provided counsel to a number of current and former public officials, including Scott Stringer (Manhattan Borough President), Major Owens (Member of Congress), and members of the New York City Council and the New York State Assembly. He has taught at New York University and Queens College, and was a member of the faculty of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.

Cathy Lang Ho

A New York–based writer and editor, Cathy Lang Ho is the founder and former editor-in-chief of The Architect’s Newspaper. She currently serves as Commissioner and Curator for the U.S. Pavilion at the 13th International Venice Architecture Biennale (Fall 2012). She served as editor and editor-at-large at Architecture magazine and, with Richard Ingersoll, she edited the Berkeley–based journal Design Book Review. Ho is the coauthor of House: American Houses for the New Century (Universe/Rizzoli, 2001) and American Contemporary Furniture (Universe/Rizzoli, 1999). Her work has appeared in Architectural Record, Arquitectura Viva, Blueprint, Domus, ID, Frame, Mark, Metropolis, and the New York Times. She is the recipient of the Rome Prize in Design.

Thom Mayne

Thom Mayne founded Morphosis in 1972. The Los Angeles-based firm expanded its operations in 2007 and currently maintains a permanent office in New York City as well as site offices in Paris and Shanghai. Mayne’s honors include the Pritzker Prize in 2005, the Edward McDowell Medal in 2008, and the 2006 National Design Award from the Cooper Hewitt. In the last ten years, his firm has completed many buildings, including the New Academic Building for the Cooper Union in NYC (2009), the San Francisco Federal Building (2007), and the Caltrans District 7 Headquarters in Los Angeles (2004). Projects currently under construction include Emerson College in Los Angeles, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, and William H. Gates Hall at Cornell University. Mayne was a co-founder of the influential Southern California Institute of Architecture, where he now serves on the Board of Trustees. He also currently holds a tenured professorship at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture.

Enrique Norten

Enrique Norten founded TEN Arquitectos Mexico City in 1986. Projects such as the National School of Theater at the National Center of the Arts and the Televisa Mixed Use Building, both in Mexico City, established the firm as a leader in contemporary architecture. His recent projects in New York include the Hotel Americano, Mercedes House, and the One York residential building.  Norten won the Smithsonian’s “Legacy Award” for his contributions to U.S. arts and culture (2007), the Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Arts by the World Cultural Council (2005), and was the first Mies van der Rohe Award recipient for Latin American Architecture (1998). He has lectured all over the world at a diverse array of universities and institutions, and currently holds the Miller Chair at the University of Pennsylvania.

Saskia Sassen

An urban sociologist internationally recognized as one of the leading authors and academics in her field, Saskia Sassenis presently the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and a member of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. Her research and writing focuses on: globalization and its social, economic and political dimensions; immigration; global cities; new technologies; and changes within the liberal state that result from current transnational conditions. Sassen’s books have been translated into 19 languages and include, Deciphering the Global: Its Spaces, Scales and Subjects (2007), A Sociology of Globalization (2007), Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages (2006), and most notably, The Global City (1991).

Michael Sorkin, Chair

Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Director of the Graduate Program in Urban Design at the City College of New York, Michael Sorkin is principal of the Michael Sorkin Studio, an award-winning architecture and urban design practice in New York. In addition to writing innumerable articles on architecture and the built environment, his books include All Over the Map: Writing on Buildings and Cities (2011), 20 Minutes in Manhattan (2009), and Indefensible Space: The Architecture of the National Insecurity State (2007). Sorkin is the founder and president of Terreform, a non-profit dedicated to research into the forms and practices of just and sustainable architecture and urbanism.

Byron Stigge

Byron Stigge is an Associate Principal at Buro Happold. He has focused his design career on the study and practice of sustainable engineering solutions for the built environment. Stigge has had the opportunity to work at all scales of design from single family homes to large commercial buildings to city-scale infrastructure planning. He has worked extensively across the US on projects such as the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, CA, the MGM CityCenter in Las Vegas, Genzyme’s Headquarters in Boston, and the NorthSide regeneration plan in St. Louis. Recently, Stigge has focused on large scale master planning sustainable infrastructure work internationally. Projects in 17 countries include Khed SEZ, a 10,000 acre city plan outside of Pune, India, Tellapur New Township in Hyderabad, India, Pole masterplan in Moscow, Jiangwan masterplan in Shanghai, Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi, and Soweto East slum upgrading plan in Nairobi.

Claire Weisz

Claire Weisz is a founding partner of New York design firm WXY Architecture + Urban Design. Since receiving the Young Architects Award in 1993, the firm has won several AIA and ASLA awards, and was featured as a 2006 Design Innovator by Chrysler/House Beautiful. The firm’s recent projects include the completed Battery Bosque park, a plan for the renovation of Astor Place and Cooper Square, and the upcoming landscape bridges in Xinjin County, China. Weisz was on the founding board for The Design Trust for Public Space. She is on the faculty of NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and has taught and lectured at Yale University, Parsons’ Graduate Program in the School of Constructed Environments, Columbia University, NJIT, The Architectural League and The Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture.



Anne Guiney

Anne Guiney is the Executive Director of the Institute for urban Design, where she developed the innovative crowd sourced design project “By the City / For the City.” This effort connected New Yorkers and their intimate knowledge of their neighborhoods with the problem-solving and imaginative abilities of architects and urban designers, and resulted in the book By the City / For the City: An Atlas of Possibility for the Future of New York. Prior to this, she was the editor of the New York edition of The Architect’s Newspaper, and was part of the original team that launched the newspaper in 2003. She has also served as an editor at Architecture magazine and Metropolis, and has written widely on architecture and design for other publications, including Architect, ID, and Details.