New Elected Board Members:
Louis Koehl– Louis Koehl is the Director of Sustainable Design at Handel Architects, where he is responsible for advancing the firm’s mission of industry leadership in sustainable design by supporting strategic initiatives focused on aspirational goals. He serves as both a resource to the office and the development community. Mr. Koehl’s projects at Handel Architects include the world’s largest fully affordable Passive House Building, Sendero Verde in East Harlem; a new dormitory for the University of Toronto, which will be the largest Passive House dormitory in the world; and Winthrop Center, a mixed-use project in Boston which will include 812,000 SF of Passive House commercial space and 604,000 SF of LEED Platinum residential space. Louis is a registered architect in the State of New York and a Certified Passive House Designer. He received his Master of Architecture from Columbia University after receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Kentucky.
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.
Max G. Wolf– Max Wolf is a Built Environment Innovation Scientist at Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM), is a registered Professional Engineer and Architect in New York State, and Certified Passive House Designer with Passive House Institute. As a member of AIA NY Committee on the Environment, the Board of Governors representing the public interest at the Insulating Glass Certification Council (IGCC), and the SOM Enclosure Group, Max researches and advocates for strategies and products that minimize environmental impacts of the built environment and that reintegrate it with the often fragmented and degraded ecosystems on which they depend with an overall focus on an eighty percent or greater reduction in anthropogenic greenhouse gases by 2050 in order to level off global warming and ocean acidification. To this end, he continues to strongly support Local Law 97, passive house design principles, and passive house certification as a pathway to code compliance, and to design practice innovations that minimize embodied and operational carbon in a manner consistent with the rapid phasing out of fossil fuels and petrochemical-based products. In parallel with research and development, Max provides building science analysis for a range of project types including Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University, Montgomery County Justice Center and New York Public Health Lab. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering summa cum laude from The Cooper Union and a Master of Architecture from Pratt Institute.
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.
Adina S Banayan– Adina S Banayan, Assoc. AIA is the Lead Architectural Designer and Sustainability Manager for Promont’s Development and Construction Group. She also works in Promont’s sister companies: Latitude Compliance (ESG + Local Law 97 Compliance) and Smarcon (BIM Coordination). She graduated from Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture of CCNY with a double major in architecture and studio art, focusing on urban planning, sustainability, and climate change governance. Adina is a proactive professional that takes the initiative to be a part of the sustainable, regenerative, and interactive future of architecture and construction. She volunteers for the Open Air Collective, advocating for net-zero and negative emissions local policies, is on the Board of Directors of American Institute of Architects WHV Chapter, and leads the Sustainability Committee.
Re-elected board members: