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WHO’S NEWS: Cooper Robertson has announced the elevation of two architects to partner: Erin Flynn R.A., LEED AP, and Mike Aziz, AIA, LEED AP.

Tim Foley has been appointed executive director of The Builders Institute/Building and Realty Institute of Westchester and The Mid-Hudson Region.

Foley has spent the past two years as the communications director for New York State Assembly Member Amy Paulin. In addition to serving as Paulin’s General Liaison with the press and media, he was an aide for many of her special projects and initiatives focused on Westchester County.

Prior to his work with Assembly Member Paulin, Foley was the director of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Connecticut State Council.

For nearly a decade, Foley was first the Communications Director and then the Political Director for the Committee of Interns and Residents/SEIU Healthcare. 

Foley sat on the Steering Committee for the Metro New York Health Care for All Campaign as well as for the Save Our Safety-Net Campaign, a community-labor coalition.

In 2014, Foley served on the Public Health Committee for the Transition Team for Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, and was also a member of the Paid Sick Days Advisory Committee for the Department of Consumer Affairs for the City of New York.


Lendlease announced that architect, urbanist and design theorist Ryan Lovett has joined the firm as its first Director of Urban Design for the Americas.

A cross-functional role, Lovett will work cwith the firm’s development teams and their third-party architects throughout the Americas region.

Prior to joining Lendlease, Lovett was director of urban design and development for New York City-based SHoP Architects, where he led the firm’s global portfolio of urban design and planning projects.

He managed a range of large, complex projects, including Rice University’s 16-acre South Main Innovation District in Houston, Texas; the 6.9 million square-foot Schuylkill Yards master plan in Philadelphia; and a six-acre mixed-use innovation hub across from the Cornell Tech campus in Long Island City.

HE has held a teaching fellowship at Columbia University and was a member of the Columbia Building Intelligence Project (C-BIP).

Lovett earned a Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Real Estate Development from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley.


Svigals + Partners announced that project architect Katelyn Chapin, AIA, has been selected for a national leadership role with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), to serve as the 2020-2021 Community Director for the prestigious Young Architects Forum’s Advisory Committee.

Chapin will lead the formation of strategic alliances and partnerships with like-minded professional groups and organizations serving emerging professionals in architecture, both within the AIA and across the broader design and construction communities.

A program of the AIA and its College of Fellows, the Young Architects Forum (YAF) addresses issues of particular importance to recently licensed architects.

Chapin has been a project architect with Svigals+Partners since 2010. During that time, she has played an instrumental role in high-profile projects including Sandy Hook Elementary School and the University of New Haven’s Bergami Center for Science, Technology and Innovation.

In 2014, Chapin won the AIA Connecticut’s Emerging Architect of the Year Award, and from 2018 through 2019 she served as the Young Architect Regional Director, or YARD, for the New England region.


CNY announced that David Brown has been joined the firm as a Project Executive. Brown brings more than 24 years experience in the construction management business to his role.

Over his career held senior positions with CM&B, Inc., Richter + Ratner, CW Brown. he began his career with Cranshaw Construction before joining Sciame Construction as a project manager.

Brown holds an B.S. in Construction Management (with Honors) and an A.A.S. in Construction Technology, both from Wentworth Institute of Technology.


Hatfield Group has hired Manan Raval, PE, as Principal of Facades and Special Structures.

Manan will lead Hatfield’s Building Envelope and Special Structures team, a group of highly skilled engineers dedicated to realizing the most technically advanced and innovative facade and structural systems.

Manan is recognized as an industry expert in facade design, bespoke glass systems, and complex building structures.

He has over 19 years of experience, during which time he worked at ARUP, CH2MHill, and BuroHappold.

Raval has led numerous global facades projects across North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East and recent notable work includes the American Copper Buildings, ARO Tower, Waterline Square, Atlantis Paradise, Songdo, 20 Fenchurch Street, and Madinah Airport.


Spacesmith has announced the addition of architect Katy Flammia, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP, as design director of its Hudson, New York office.

Flammia is known for her leadership and design skills across a wide range of sectors including corporate, residential, hospitality and academic building projects.

She most recently served as design director at the corporate studio at NBBJ in New York City. Previously, Flammia led her own boutique design firm in Boston for 16 years, THEREdesign, with projects ranging from hospitality interiors and new educational facilities to spas and museums.

A registered architect in Massachusetts, Flammia served on the board of the Boston Society of Architects and helped found the organization’s Women Principals Group as co-chair in 2008.

She has taught Master’s candidates at the Boston Architectural College, and served as an invited design critic at McGill University, MIT, and the Rhode Island School of Design.

Earlier, Flammia lived and studied in Denmark and Sweden

Since joining the firm, Flammia has been working on a number of Spacesmith projects including the education department of the American Museum of Natural History and Aquavit Restaurant in New York City which is currently under construction.


Cooper Robertson has announced the elevation of two architects to partner: Erin Flynn R.A., LEED AP, and Mike Aziz, AIA, LEED AP.

With over 20 years of experience in cultural and museum work, Erin Flynn is regarded as an expert on planning, design, and programming strategies for urban museums.

She has been instrumental on such notable commissions as the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Fowler Museum at UCLA Planning Study; as well as the recent renovation work at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art.

As Cooper Robertson’s Director of Architecture, Flynn has also played an important role in mentoring and managing project teams while also supporting business development.

In her new role as a partner, Flynn joins Cooper Robertson’s management committee, helping to set firm-wide strategy and chart new paths for growth.

Mike Aziz is an expert on large-scale planning efforts, smart city strategies, and waterfront revitalization.

His background includes over 15 years of award-winning work in urban design, campus planning, and computational design.

Aziz serves on several advisory groups focused on waterfront planning, water quality, and resilience. As a partner, he joins Cooper Robertson’s management committee.

A graduate of the University of Maryland and Savannah College of Art and Design, he is a registered architect in New York.

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