Board of Directors


Ulgur Aydin

Board Member

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Ulgur Aydin
Ulgur Aydin is a principal at KSK Construction Group. He is a registered professional engineer with over 30 years of experience as a construction manager. Ulgur has built 70 buildings totaling 4 million square feet in the New York area. He has worked on residential, hospitality, commercial, and institutional projects. As of December 2020, Ulgur has worked on three passive house buildings (251 Columbia Street in Brooklyn, 211 W 29th St Manhattan, and 511 E 86th St in Manhattan) with more than 200 units totaling 200,000 square feet. Ulgur holds a master’s degree in civil engineering from Columbia University in the City of New York. Ulgur is passionate about building passive houses in order to protect our Earth for generations to come.

Sara A Bayer

Board Member

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Sara A Bayer
Sara A. Bayer is an Associate Principal and Director of Sustainability at Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP), where she manages many of the firm's most energy efficient new construction and renovation affordable housing projects. She also leads the company's efforts to incorporate passive house and carbon reduction methods across all their projects. Sara was certified CPHC in 2016 and in 2020 she served as co-chair of the NESEA Building Energy NYC conference. She is also a frequent contributor in forums focused on PH technologies, including AIANY, NYPH, NESEA, BEEX, PH Accelerator, and various architectural publications. During the entirety of her career, she has been rooting out barriers to healthy and sustainable building practices and has seen how norms can change quickly, particularly if all stakeholders’ concerns are understood. Having practiced architecture in NYC for about 15 years, she has seen the industry make significant progress in adopting Passive House building science and is passionate about continuing its advancement into the mainstream!

Amy Failla

Secretary

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Amy Failla
Amy Failla is a Principal Architect at Baxt Ingui Architects, P.C. and has been with the firm since 2007. She has been an integral member to creating the firm’s systematic approach to building Passive House and has completed two certified EnerPhit single family projects. One of those two projects is the first Certified Passive House in a New York City Landmark District which was graciously awarded the AIA Brooklyn and Queens Design Award of Excellence and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Building Brooklyn Award for Historic Restoration. In her practice, she aims to balance the highest quality of design with sustainability and to work collaboratively with the clients, builders, and consultants to find innovative solutions to fulfill their needs. As a certified Passive House Designer (CPHD) she has been thoroughly involved in numerous Passive House educational events, conferences and seminars, some of which have been hosted by Baxt Ingui Architects.

Joann Gonchar

Board Member

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Joann Gonchar
Joann Gonchar, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a senior editor at Architectural Record. She joined the magazine in 2006, after eight years at its sister publication Engineering News-Record. She was also a key member of the founding editorial team for the sustainable design publication, GreenSource. Before starting her career as a journalist, Joann worked for several U.S. architects and spent three years in Kobe, Japan, with the firm Team Zoo, Atelier Iruka. She earned a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University. She is licensed to practice architecture in New York State.

Bomee Jung

Board Member

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Bomee Jung
For more than 17 years, Bomee Jung has contributed to New York City’s climate leadership through policy and programmatic innovations. After joining the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) as the inaugural Vice President for Energy and Sustainability in 2015, she developed the NextGeneration NYCHA Sustainability Agenda, public housing’s most ambitious 10-year strategic sustainability plan. Under her leadership, NYCHA embarked on a $700 million program of Energy Performance Contracts, launched a large-scale community solar program with the goal of siting 25 megawatts on NYCHA properties, and funded a $300 million Waste Management Plan to make NYCHA properties free of visible garbage, litter, and pests. NYCHA is actively pursuing (or has already implemented) smart ACs, passive house retrofits, pneumatic waste collection systems, and building electrification for heat and hot water. Prior to NYCHA, Bomee designed and led the climate mitigation and adaptation programs of the New York office of Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., including securing New York City’s adoption of the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria as its green standard for affordable housing, and designing Enterprise’s post-Sandy resiliency initiative to build climate adaptation capacity of multifamily affordable housing owners. In 2003, Bomee co-founded GreenHomeNYC, Inc., a volunteer-driven nonprofit that brings professional green-building knowledge to lay audiences while supporting new entrants to green careers. In her first career, she developed Internet-based applications for digital agencies and start-ups. Bomee holds a Master in City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature and Japanese from the University of Georgia.

Todd Kimmel

Board Member

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Todd Kimmel
Todd Kimmel, CPHD (Certified Passive House Designer), CDT, is the New York City Architectural Manager for ROCKWOOL Insulation. Todd has over 18 years of technical experience working on building enclosures and façade systems. This includes the management and oversight of large-scale commercial building enclosures, working as the product and technical manager for Trespa® North America, and as a Technical Consultant for Dörken Systems. Todd is a Construction Documents Technician (CDT), a Certified Passive House Consultant (Passive House Institute) and currently sits on the board for New York Passive House (NYPH). He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service.

George Kontaroudis

Board Member

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George Kontaroudis
George Kontaroudis earned his Master of Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London and his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Lincoln where he discovered his passion for sustainability. He is a licensed architect in New York State and Greece, and is a member of AIA and the Technical Chamber of Greece. He holds the LEED GA credential and is a Certified Passive House Designer. He practices as a project manager at Morris Adjmi Architects where he also heads the Sustainability Committee. He currently leads a number of large scale projects and designed MA’s first Passive House building. George also serves as a board member to the Greek Institute of Architects in New York, and teaches at the New School.

Corey McCormack

Board Member

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Corey McCormack
Corey McCormack, AIA, LEED AP BD+C is an Associate Principal at Skidmore Owings & Merrill where his work focuses on leading interdisciplinary teams for large scale adaptive reuse and repositioning projects in NYC. The time is now to focus efforts on our existing stock of 1 million+ buildings in NYC that will need rethinking as part of all our shared aspirations set forth in Local Law 97 and embrace Passive House principles in our designs. Corey has a B.Arch. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's School of Architecture and has also previously worked for Grimshaw Architects in NYC as well as Behnisch Architekten in Germany. Corey is licensed to practice architecture in New York State.

Buck Moorhead

Chair

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Buck Moorhead
Buck Moorhead is a licensed architect in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland and is an International Certified Passive House Designer (CPHD) and a North American Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC). Buck graduated from University of Virginia’s School of Architecture and designed structures with trombe walls, double wall houses, active solar hot water heaters funded by Jimmy Carter’s programs, and visited the sustainable community efforts in California and Oregon. Upon arriving in NYC in 1980, Buck worked initially with Proposition: Architecture,P.C., primarily on the adaptive reuse of existing commercial and manufacturing buildings to residential lofts in Lower Manhattan. Buck founded Buck Moorhead Architect in 1984. The firm has worked on a very diverse range of projects over the years, coming from Buck’s never-ending curiosity to design at different scales and within a variety of building types. Combining an academic background in economics, education, and linguistics from Worcester University and Boston University with over two decades of construction experience, he focuses on helping builders and architects transition from baseline practices to designing and building more responsibly, resulting in higher-performance, healthier, more efficient and comfortable homes built to Zero-Net-Energy and Passivhaus standards.

Spencer Orkus

Board Member

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Spencer Orkus
Spencer Orkus is a Managing Director at L+M Development Partners and has been with the company since 2007. He has developed approximately 3,000 affordable units within various mixed-use new construction projects totaling over $1.5 billion. Prior to joining L+M, Spencer worked as a licensed structural engineer for DeSimone Consulting Engineers designing high-rise residential buildings and other structures. He has a BA and MA in architectural engineering from Penn State University as well as an MA in real estate from New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate. He is co-chair of the NYSAFAH policy committee and serves on the Hastings on Hudson waterfront zoning committee.

Carmel Pratt

Board Member

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Carmel Pratt
As Director of New Construction, New York at Bright Power, Carmel manages teams working on ground-up new construction, rehabilitation, and commissioning projects. She directs long-term strategic planning for the new construction division and helps cultivate client relationships. Carmel provides oversight for high impact, unique projects that require deep experience, technical guidance, and detail. She speaks regularly at industry conferences and volunteers with educational institutions to mentor students interested in sustainability and building science. Prior to joining Bright Power, Carmel served as the Sustainability Director at The Levy Partnership, where she led a team performing a variety of sustainability services, as well as research and development projects. Prior to that, she spent years as a consultant and field technician at Steven Winter Associates, notably having performed the final blower door testing at The House at Cornell Tech.

Jane Sanders

Board Member

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Jane Sanders
Jane Sanders is the Director of Sustainability at Henson Architecture. She has been a certified Passive House Designer since 2011 and a Registered Architect since 1995. Her work focuses on Passive House retrofits of historic buildings and phased building upgrades to comply with Local Law 97. She recently completed a Passive House retrofit of a pre-war apartment as a repeatable unitized strategy. Before Joining Henson, she had her own urban residential practice for over fifteen years where she completed 3 EnerPHit Certified Passive House rowhouse retrofits. Prior to that, she specialized in historic preservation and adaptive reuse for 12 years at Jan Hird Pokorny Associates. Jane was selected by the Department of Buildings to serve as a member of the 2019 NYCECC Residential Advisory Committee. She is a member of the AIA NY Committee on the Environment, the AIA NY Historic Buildings Committee, the Association for Preservation Technology, and the Zero Net Carbon Collaboration for Existing & Historic Buildings. Jane was a co-organizer of AIA and APT panel discussions exploring case studies in carbon reduction for modern heritage buildings. Jane lives in an EnerPHit certified Passive House in Brooklyn and frequently gives tours of her house to students, potential clients, and the general public to promote Passive House.

José Sosa Rueda

Treasurer

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José Sosa Rueda
I am a Panamanian Architect, and Certified Passive House Consultant based in NYC, with more than 10 years of experience; currently working in sustainability and high-performance design and construction. Since 2019 I have been working to bring the Passive House standard to my home country, Panama, and Latinamerica, as a member of the Latinamerican Passivhaus Institute (ILAPH). I have also been involved with NYPH since 2020, by volunteering for the product show case series, and been attending events since 2017. I am currently collaborating with NAPHN with translation of material to spanish. I have also experience presenting, creating educational content, and discussing partnerships and collaboration through my involvement with the Latinamerican PH Institute, as well as organizing the first Latinamerican PH Conference in May 2021.

Staff


Andreas M. Benzing

Executive Director

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Andreas M. Benzing
Andreas M. Benzing is a practicing architect, teacher, and social entrepreneur. He is a co-founder of New York Passive House, and in 2015 received the prestigious Urban Green Council’s National EBie Award "Power to the People" in recognition of the greatest percentage reduction in building energy use. Mr. Benzing was appointed by the Department of Buildings Commissioner to serve on the 2015 and 2019 New York City Energy Conservation Code (NYCECC) Residential Advisory Committee, and served on Manhattan`s Community Board 5, Land Use & Zoning committee. As founder and Senior Partner of a.m.Benzing architects pllc, he personally directs the design of each of the firm's projects. Mr. Benzing developed his tireless work ethic at the famous Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany, where he received his Master of Architecture degree in 1998. He was awarded the European Erasmus Scholarship and studied architecture with Professor Giorgio Grassi at the Politecnico di Milano. Mr. Benzing established his career at O.M.Ungers, and Hans Kollhoff in Berlin, Germany learning the craft of the architectural profession. He founded a.m.Benzing architects pllc in 2006 with the expressed goal of integrating high performance Passive House building systems with architectural excellence. Mr. Benzing is a distinguished faculty member and Part-Time Assistant Professor at Parsons School of Design, teaching Environmental Design and Design Studio to the next generation of architects. He developed a successful course integrating environmental control systems with studies in tectonic culture. Mr. Benzing cultivated a deep commitment to Passive House while serving as President and Executive Director at New York Passive House. He is licensed to practice Architecture in New York State and Germany, and became a Certified Passive House Designer in 2009. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and has specialized training from the Building Performance Institute.

Sara Tumulty

Social Media Assistant

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Sara Tumulty
Sara Tumulty graduated from Skidmore College in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Media & Film Studies. She has pursued her passion for design through a Graphic and Digital Design certification at Parsons. She is passionate about Passive House’s mission to create energy-efficient housing in low-income areas and hopes to create content and events that highlight the work that they’re doing.

Volunteers


Alisia Colon

Events

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Alisia Colon
Hi, my name is Alisia Colon. I recently graduated with the spring class of 2021. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Central Florida. I was introduced to Passive House principles during my senior year in college while competing in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, where I developed a passion for high-performance building design. In June I moved to NYC to work as a building system analyst at Steven winter Associates, specializing in field support for PHI and PHIUS projects. I am looking forward to getting involved in the NYPH organization and meeting likeminded people in the industry.

Caleb Crawford

Affiliate

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Caleb Crawford
Caleb Crawford is an architect who constantly seeks to reconcile his loyalty to issues of energy and the environment with his dedication to design and the visual arts. He studied fine arts at the University of Michigan and film at Hunter College before completing a Bachelor of Architecture degree at Pratt Institute and a Master of Architecture degree at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). In 1996 he established Coggan + Crawford Architecture + Design with his partner Annie Coggan. In 2019 Coggan and he founded Chairs + Buildings Studio. Professor Crawford has been teaching since 1994, and has taught at Pratt Institute, Penn State, Mississippi State, the City College of New York, and the School of Visual Arts. Caleb is a registered architect in New York State, a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction (LEED AP BD+C), and a Certified Passive House Designer (CPHD).

Thomas M. Eisele

Policy Advisor

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Thomas M. Eisele
THOMAS M. EISELE is the founder of Eisele Architects, a design and consulting firm in New York City. He is an urban planner, licensed architect, LEED Accredited Professional, Certified Passive House Designer, member of the American Institute of Architects and the American Society of Adaptation Professionals. He has over 37 years of professional experience on building and planning projects around the world. From 2010 to 2019, Tom was Senior Policy Advisor in the New York City Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning & Sustainability (MOS) and the Mayor’s Office of Resiliency (MOR) drafting local laws amending the city’s construction codes, zoning resolution and environmental regulations. Tom also created work force development programs, and policies addressing environmental justice. He has acted as principal drafter of over 60 local laws. Tom worked with MOS to develop methodologies for tracking building energy consumption and establish metrics for this purpose, including the targets for mandated Greenhouse Gas Emissions caps for buildings as part of the city’s Climate Mobilization Act. After Hurricane Sandy, Tom worked with the city’s Department of Buildings on updates to flood-resistant construction requirements of the NYC Building Code. He also served on the Technical Review Committee in the city’s Housing Recovery Office (HRO) to help homeowners rebuild after the disaster.

Hao Li

Strategic Communication

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Hao Li
Hao Li is the founder of Multipliciti, a platform that helps sustainable builders procure energy-efficient building materials. Prior to founding Multipliciti, Hao has worked as an architectural designer at SOM, Büro Ole Scheeren, AECOM for notable projects globally, such as Moynihan Station, LIRR Concourse, Burj Jumeira tower and many more. Hao holds a M.S. in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, a Master of Architecture and B.S. in Architecture from Northeastern University. While pursuing an architect license and building her business, Hao is excited to join the NY Passive House team to help extend the influence of passive house standards in the industry and for the general public.

Katia Lucuy

Media

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Katia Lucuy
Katia Lucuy is a Bolivian Architect and a LEED accredited professional, in 2017 she received a Fulbright Scholarship and moved to New York City to continue her education. In 2019 she graduated from CCNY with her degree of Master in Sustainability, her studies focused on sustainability, resilience, and urban environment. In 2020 she began her internship at HWL international where she currently works with the Materials-Technology department while also collaborating with the Sustainability branch of the firm. She has been involved in LEED projects and healthier material initiatives that pursue a better quality of life for users by selecting sustainable materials that prove to be harmless for human health. Katia has recently been involved in Embodied Carbon calculations where trade offs of high-performance buildings can be reflected. She is passionate about Passive House and believes it is the most noble way to make architecture. She joined the team to help spread the word in a way that Passive House becomes the norm of design worldwide.

Bob Schneck

Policy

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Bob Schneck
Bob Schneck is an investor and partner with MoSA Architects. He is a passionate advocate of the Passive House standard and partnered in the development of the ultra-efficient VOLKSsHOUSE in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Bob is a longtime Manhattan Community Board 1 member and has helped shape Passive House policy as a dedicated volunteer of NY Passive House.

Victoria Yee

Training

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Victoria Yee
Vicki Yee is a building systems analyst with 3+ years of experience in consulting, research, and sustainable development. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering and Bachelor of Arts in Public Health Studies at Johns Hopkins University, where she developed her passion for high-performance building design. As a building systems analyst at Steven Winter Associates, Vicki specializes in energy modeling and certification support for PHI and PHIUS projects. Her projects include several high-rise multifamily and mixed-use Passive House projects in New York City. Vicki is a Certified Passive House Designer, WELL Accredited Professional, and LEED Green Associate.

Trainers


Ed May

Trainer

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Ed May
Ed May is a licensed Architect and a LEED Green Associate. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2001 and a Masters of Architecture from Parsons the Newschool in NYC in 2009. Ed has been an Adjunct Professor at Parsons the NewSchool University as well an Industry Professor at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ where he directed the 2015 ‘Solar Decathlon’ program. Ed teaches with the Passive House Academy the North American Passive House Network, and Passive House Canada and is certified by the Passive House Institute (PHI) in Germany and the Passive House Institute of the US (PHIUS) as a Certified Passive House Consultant.

John Mitchell

Trainer

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John Mitchell
John Mitchell graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Colorado College in 1996 and a Masters of Architecture from Parsons the Newschool in NYC in 2009. John has worked for both Parsons the NewSchool and Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. John also teaches with the Passive House Academy and the North American Passive House Network. John is certified by the Passive House Institute (PHI) and the Passive House Institute of the US (PHIUS) as a Certified Passive House Consultant.

Past President


Ken Levenson

Co-Founder
2010 - 2016

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Ken Levenson
Ken graduated from Pratt Institute in 1989 and has been a registered architect in New York State since 1993. Ken is a Certified Passive House Designer, a founding board member of New York Passive House, the National Passive House Alliance and the North American Passive House Network. Ken is a founding partner at 475 High Performance Building Supply.

Andreas M. Benzing

Co-Founder
2016 - 2020

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Andreas M. Benzing
Andreas M. Benzing is a practicing architect, teacher, and social entrepreneur. He is a co-founder of New York Passive House, and in 2015 received the prestigious Urban Green Council’s National EBie Award "Power to the People" in recognition of the greatest percentage reduction in building energy use. Mr. Benzing was appointed by the Department of Buildings Commissioner to serve on the 2015 and 2019 New York City Energy Conservation Code (NYCECC) Residential Advisory Committee, and served on Manhattan`s Community Board 5, Land Use & Zoning committee. As founder and Senior Partner of a.m.Benzing architects pllc, he personally directs the design of each of the firm's projects. Mr. Benzing developed his tireless work ethic at the famous Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany, where he received his Master of Architecture degree in 1998. He was awarded the European Erasmus Scholarship and studied architecture with Professor Giorgio Grassi at the Politecnico di Milano. Mr. Benzing established his career at O.M.Ungers, and Hans Kollhoff in Berlin, Germany learning the craft of the architectural profession. He founded a.m.Benzing architects pllc in 2006 with the expressed goal of integrating high performance Passive House building systems with architectural excellence. Mr. Benzing is a distinguished faculty member and Part-Time Assistant Professor at Parsons School of Design, teaching Environmental Design and Design Studio to the next generation of architects. He developed a successful course integrating environmental control systems with studies in tectonic culture. Mr. Benzing cultivated a deep commitment to Passive House while serving as President and Executive Director at New York Passive House. He is licensed to practice Architecture in New York State and Germany, and became a Certified Passive House Designer in 2009. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and has specialized training from the Building Performance Institute.

Stas Zakrzewski

2020 - 2021

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Stas Zakrzewski
Stas Zakrzewski is a NYC Architect whose work focuses on integrating sustainable practices into traditional design thinking. As a multiyear board member of New York Passive House, Stas has been active in advocating for the Passive House standard with local government and regulatory agencies. Most recently this work has included meeting with LPC officials and window manufacturers to facilitate inclusion of Passive House Windows at staff level. Stas has also had an active role in NYPH’s work with the Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability. This outreach has aimed to catalyze the One City Built to Last report into Passive House development in the region. Beyond his work as a NYPH board member and committee chair, Stas is a principal at ZH Architects and has been a CPHD since 2011. ZH is currently working on several Passive House projects in the NYC region ranging from a 20 story residential high-­‐rise, to a 10 story mixed use condo, to single family homes. This range of work has been informative in understanding the hurdles and opportunities available from the current code and regulatory climate. Moving forward, Stas is excited to capitalize on recent developments and City mandates to further ease the way for Passive House construction.