ONE PRIZE is an Annual Design and Science Award to Promote Green Design in Cities.
Kate Ascher, Principal, Happold Consulting
Kate Ascher is a Principal at Happold Consulting in New York. She was Director of
Development at Vornado Realty Trust before joining the Wagner School at NYU. She
has also worked as Executive Vice-President for Infrastructure at the Economic
Development Corporation, a non-profit corporation serving New York City. In that
capacity, she oversaw city policy with respect to a variety of areas including energy and
telecommunications policy, and marine and air transportation. She is the author of
books and articles on a variety of public policy subjects, and recently published The
Works, an illustrated guide to New York City's infrastructure.
Wellington Chen, Executive Director, Chinatown Partnership LDC
Wellington Chen is a highly respected public servant and long-time community
advocate, urban planner, and urban affairs specialist. As well as being executive director
of the Chinatown Partnership, he is a senior consultant / advisor of the Planning
Advocacy Group. For the past decade, Mr. Chen (a long-time Flushing resident) has
been deeply involved in numerous community projects, including the downtown
Flushing revitalization plan. Mr. Chen also cofounded Tri Plus Construction Corporation
in 1989, a company dedicated to creating affordable housing in New York City.
Michael Colgrove, Director of Energy Program, NYSERDA NYC Office
As Director of Energy Programs, Michael Colgrove's goal is to develop innovative
solutions to today's energy and environmental problems. His primary responsibility is to
ensure that NYSERDA's energy programs are effectively meeting the needs of NYC and
Westchester residents and businesses, focusing on programs that address the
residential, multifamily, commercial, and industrial sectors while providing various
incentives to encourage the use of energy efficient equipment and systems. Previously
he has worked as a project manager and leader at the Association for Energy
Affordability as well as a professor at New York City Technical College.
Matthias Hollwich, Co-founder, Architizer and HWKN
Matthias Hollwich is the cofounder of Architizer, an open community for architects to
interact, show their work, and find clients. Before cofounding HWKN, Mr. Hollwich
worked at OMA in Rotterdam, Eisenman Architects, and Diller+Scofidio in New York City.
He is currently a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been
the creator of an international conference on aging and architecture: New Aging. In 2004,
Mr. Hollwich finished editing his first book with Rainer Weisbach at the Bauhaus:
UmBauhaus â€“ Updating Modernism. His work has been featured in Wallpaper*, New
York Times, Bauwelt, Dwell, and Architectural Digest.
Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner, BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group
Bjarke Ingels has created an international reputation as a member of a new generation
of architects that combine shrewd analysis, playful experimentation, social
responsibility, and humor. Mr. Ingels started BIG in 2005 after cofounding PLOT
Architects in 2001 and working at OMA in Rotterdam. In 2004 he was awarded the
Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale for the Stavanger Concert House, and the following
year he received the Forum AID Award for the VM Houses. Furthermore, Mr. Ingels was
rated as one of the 100 most creative people in business by New York-based Fast
Company magazine. He has recently launched his New York career at his new office in
Roland Lewis, President and CEO, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance
A lifetime New Yorker, Roland Lewis has worked in the field of community development
since 1984. In the spring of 2007, Roland took the helm of the Metropolitan Waterfront
Alliance, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to making the New York and New Jersey
harbor and waterways accessible, healthy, and vibrant. Under his leadership, the MWA
has organized a growing consistency for a better waterfront, instituted new programs to
provide water access, and become the leading waterfront policy organization in the New
Victoria Marshall, Director of Urban Design, Parsons the New School for Design
Victoria Marshall is the director of the BS Urban Design Program and a practicing
landscape architect. She is the founder of TILL, a Newark based landscape architecture
and urban design office which offers design services that transform contemporary
landscapes. Her scholarly focus linking design, drawing, and science is part of the
Baltimore Ecosystem Study Urban Design Working Group, a Long Term Ecological
Research project sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Ms. Marshall was
also the winner of the East River Competition organized by the Van Alen Institute in 1998.
Roberta Weisbrod, Ph.D., Principal, Sustainable Ports
Dr. Roberta Weisbrod of Sustainable Ports works on maritime transportation and
waterfront development. As chair of the Transportation Research Boardâ€™s Ferry
Committee, she plays a vital role in setting a national research agenda. She chairs the
Working Harbor Committee which informs the public about the working harborâ€™s
value. For the international ferry association, Interferry, Dr. Weisbrod coordinates the
project for ferry safety in developing nations. She has worked with the NYS
environmental department on protecting downstate waterways and with the NYC
economic development corporation on developing ports and marine transportation.
Adrian Benepe, Commissioner, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation
Adrian Benepe has worked for nearly 30 years protecting and enhancing New York City's
natural and historic beauty. He has continued this effort as Commissioner of the
Department of Parks & Recreation, appointed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on
January 25, 2002. In this role he has focused on improving park facilities and programs
for children, developing new waterfront parks and greenways, and making New York City
bloom with millions of new flowers and hundred of gardens.
Amanda Burden, FAICP, Chair, New York City Planning Commission
Amanda Burden, FAICP, is Chair of the New York City Planning Commission and
Director of the Department of City Planning. Since her appointment by Mayor Bloomberg
in 2002, she has spearheaded the largest planning effort in the city since 1961, setting
the stage for sustainable development, reclaiming New Yorkâ€™s waterfront, designing
new parkland and public spaces such as the High Line, and promoting great
architecture and urban design in all five boroughs.
James Corner, Principal, James Corner Field Operations
James Corner is a registered landscape architect and urban designer, and founder and
director of James Corner Field Operations, where he oversees the production of all
design projects in the office. He is also chair and professor of Landscape Architecture at
the University of Pennsylvania, School of Design. His work has been recognized with the
Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award, the NYC Arts Commission Award
for Excellence in Design; the American Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award;
and other prestigious awards. He serves on the Board of the Forum for Urban Design.
Helena Durst, Vice President, The Durst Organization Inc.
Helena Durst is a vice president and fourth-generation family member of The Durst
Organization. She joined the leasing department after studying real estate at Baruch
College. At The Durst Organization, Ms. Durst instituted a comprehensive greening of
the companyâ€™s building management operations, improving landfill diversion rates,
green cleaning practices, and resource conservation. She has participated in the
construction and management of several projects from the ground up, including The
Epic, The Helena, and One Bryant Park.
Each year a jury of leaders, academics, practitioners, and thinkers from a wide spectrum of human endeavor are
invited to select the winner of the ONE PRIZE Award. It is an honor and privilege to have them on board and we are
very thankful for their involvement and contribution.
David Gouverneur, Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, UPenn
David Gouverneur is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at University of
Pennsylvania. He was Chair of the School of Architecture at Universidad SimÃ³n BolÃ
var and Director of Urban Development of Venezuela, as well as professor and
cofounder of the Urban Design program and Director of the Mayorâ€™s Institute in
Urban Design at Universidad Metropolitana, in Caracas, Venezuela. His professional
practice focuses on urban plans and projects for historic districts, rehabilitation of areas
affected by extraordinary natural events, new centralities and mixed use districts,
improvement of informal settlements, and tourism/recreational areas.