Project Director

Project Managers

Guy Nordenson
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Guy Nordenson is a structural engineer and professor at Princeton University. He practiced structural engineering in San Francisco and New York and in 1987 established the New York office of Arup and was a director until 1997 when he began his independent practice, Guy Nordenson and Associates. Current projects include the expansion of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston with Steven Holl and the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington with David Adjaye and Phil Freelon. He currently serves as Commissioner of the NYC Public Design Commission and member of the NYC Panel on Climate Change and the board of the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy. His research project “On the Water | Palisade Bay” won the 2007 AIA Latrobe Prize, was published in 2010, and served as the inspiration for the MoMA workshop and exhibition “Rising Currents.”

Julia Chapman
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Julia Chapman is the Project Manager for Structures of Coastal Resilience. She received a Master of Architecture from Princeton University, where she was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Medal for academic achievement and the Suzanne K. Underwood Prize for excellence in design. While a designer at the Brooklyn based firm, nARCHITECTS, she worked on the “New Aqueous City” project as part of the 2009-2010 MoMA workshop and exhibition “Rising Currents.”

Enrique Ramirez
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Enrique Ramirez is a scholar and historian of modern and contemporary architecture. He has written on the shared domains between architecture culture, the visual arts, and the physical and environmental sciences. He holds a PhD in Architectural History and Theory from Princeton University and is currently a Lecturer at The University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches seminars on architectural, urban, and landscape history as part of their Program in Critical Writing.

Elizabeth Hodges
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Elizabeth Hodges has worked with Guy Nordenson on various coastal design and climate change adaptation projects including the research and publication of “On the Water | Palisade Bay”, the MoMA workshop and exhibition “Rising Currents”, and the current Structures of Coastal Resilience project.  She received a Master of Architecture from Princeton University.

Climate and Storm Science Research Team

Michael Oppenheimer
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Michael Oppenheimer is the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs at Princeton University and the Director of the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School. An atmospheric scientist, he has an SB degree from MIT in chemistry and a PhD from the University of Chicago in chemical physics. He joined the Princeton faculty in 2002 after more than two decades with the Environmental Defense Fund, where he served as chief scientist and manager of the Climate and Air Program. Oppenheimer is a long-time participant in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Currently, he is a coordinating lead author on IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report and coeditor of the journal Climatic Change. He serves on the US National Academies Board on Energy and Environmental Systems and the New York City Climate Change Panel. His research focuses on the natural science and policy aspects of climate change and its impacts. Link: http://www.princeton.edu/step/people/faculty/michael-oppenheimer/

Christopher Little
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Christopher Little is a climate scientist with Atmospheric and Environmental Research, in Lexington, Massachusetts. He received a Ph.D. in Geosciences in 2010 from Princeton University. His thesis investigated physical controls on the ocean-driven melting of floating ice shelves. He continues to develop and use numerical models to examine the coupling between ocean-driven melting of ice shelves and the dynamics of grounded ice sheets. As a researcher and postdoctoral scholar in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton, he has introduced transparent, updatable frameworks for assessing coastal flooding risks. He is a contributing author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Special Report on Extreme Events and Disasters, the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, and the New York City Panel on Climate Change’s recent climate risk assessment. Link: http://www.princeton.edu/step/people/researchers/chris-little/

Ning Lin
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Ning Lin is an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University. Professor Lin’s research areas include Natural Hazards and Risk Analysis, Wind Engineering, Coastal Engineering, Climate Change Impact and Adaptation, and Built Environment and Sustainability. Her current primary focus is tropical cyclone hazards and climate change. She integrates science, engineering, and policy to study tropical-cyclone-related weather extremes (strong winds, heavy rainfall, and storm surges), how they change with climate, and how their impact on society can be better mitigated. http://www.princeton.edu/cee/people/display_person/?netid=nlin

James Smith
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James Smith is the William and Edna Macaleer Professor of Engineering and Applied Science and Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University. He received his PhD in Environmental Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University in 1981. Smith is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society (AMS). He is the 2011 Robert E. Horton Lecturer of the AMS. Smith’s research interests center on the hydrology, hydrometeorology and hydroclimatology of flooding. Recent studies have examined the role of tropical cyclones in determining flood hazards for the eastern US, including assessments of changing frequency of tropical cyclones associated with human-induced climate change. Smith has also examined the role of urbanization in altering regional climate, with a focus on heavy rainfall.   Link: http://www.princeton.edu/cee/people/display_person/?netid=jsmith

Talea Mayo
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Talea Mayo received her B.S. in mathematics from Grambling State University in 2008. While there, she also obtained a minor in Biology. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Computational and Applied Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010 and 2013, respectively. Currently she works as a postdoctoral research associate in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Princeton University. Her research interests include hurricane storm surge modeling, storm surge risk analysis, and statistical data assimilation methods.

Link: http://www.princeton.edu/cee/people/display_person/?netid=tmayo

Flood Risk Mapping Team

Michael Tantala
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Michael W. Tantala, P.E. is a professional engineer and Principal with Tantala Associates, LLC, Engineers & Architects in Philadelphia and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York. Michael is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.S.E.) and Princeton University (M.S.E. and M.A.). Michael was a co-recipient of the Latrobe Prize in 2007 by American Institute of Architects (AIA) and his research areas include risk assessment for earthquake, wind and flood hazards, GIS/geospatial modeling of urban infrastructure systems, and their interactions

Tess McNamara
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Tess McNamara is currently pursuing a Master of Architecture degree at the Yale School of Architecture, along with a Master of Environmental Management degree at the Yale School of Forestry. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Princeton University in 2012, with a Certificate in Environmental Science. Her work on the SCR project includes contributions to the website as well as the development of the Geographic Information Systems flood mapping framework.

University of Pennsylvania School of Design

Anuradha Mathur
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Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha are authors of Mississippi Floods: Designing a Shifting Landscape (Yale University Press, 2001), Deccan Traverses: the Making of Bangalore’s Terrain (Delhi: Rupa & Co., 2006) and Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary (Delhi: NGMA and Rupa & Co., 2009). They have recently produced an edited volume titled Design in the Terrain of Water (AR+D publishers, 2014) which followed from an international symposium that they conceived and directed at the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 and 2012 (www.http://terrain.design.upenn.edu/). They are currently working on a project provisionally titled The Invention of Rivers: Alexander’s Eye and Ganga’s Descent. It stems from questioning the natural status given to rivers and river landscapes and the imaging and imagining that this assumption has inspired. Through the alternative of rain and rain terrains – the appreciation of water everywhere before it is somewhere – they argue for an alternate ground for design and planning.

Dilip da Cunha
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Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha are authors of Mississippi Floods: Designing a Shifting Landscape (Yale University Press, 2001), Deccan Traverses: the Making of Bangalore’s Terrain (Delhi: Rupa & Co., 2006) and Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary (Delhi: NGMA and Rupa & Co., 2009). They have recently produced an edited volume titled Design in the Terrain of Water (AR+D publishers, 2014) which followed from an international symposium that they conceived and directed at the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 and 2012 (www.http://terrain.design.upenn.edu/). They are currently working on a project provisionally titled The Invention of Rivers: Alexander’s Eye and Ganga’s Descent. It stems from questioning the natural status given to rivers and river landscapes and the imaging and imagining that this assumption has inspired. Through the alternative of rain and rain terrains – the appreciation of water everywhere before it is somewhere – they argue for an alternate ground for design and planning.

Caitlin Squier-Roper
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Caitlin Squier-Roper has a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design. At Penn, she was the recipient of the ASLA Merit Award, the Narendra Juneja Award, and won a student ASLA award for a collaborative project, Migrating beyond Boundaries.

Jamee Kominsky
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Jamee Kominsky received a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012, with a Certificate in Ecological Architecture.  Prior to earning an MLA, she spent four years as an architectural designer and also holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Florida.

Graham Laird Prentice
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Graham Laird Prentice completed the Masters of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Design in 2013.  Drawn to work in in the context of social and ecological vulnerability, he has focused on infrastructure for water, looking critically at the relationship of hydrology to the configuration of human habitation. He was selected as a National Olmsted Scholar Finalist, and at Penn as Van Alen Traveling Fellow and recipient of the George Madden Boughton prize.

Matthew Weiner
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Matthew Wiener is currently a legal assistant in the litigation department at Davis Polk & Wardwell, an international law firm with headquarters in New York City.  Previously, he studied in the Master of Landscape Architecture program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.

City College of New York Spitzer School of Architecture

Catherine Seavitt
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Catherine Seavitt is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at CUNY’s City College of New York and principal of Catherine Seavitt Studio. Her research focuses on design adaptation to sea level rise in urban coastal environments and explores novel landscape restoration practices given the dynamics of climate change. Seavitt co-authored the book On the Water: Palisade Bay, a climate adaptation proposal for the New York / New Jersey Upper Harbor; this study, examining the use of “soft” infrastructural systems to mitigate the impacts of storm surge and flooding, was the foundation of the 2010 exhibition Rising Currents at the Museum of Modern Art.

Kjirsten Alexander
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Kjirsten Alexander received her Master of Landscape Architecture degree from City College in 2012 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Development from Cornell’s College of Human Ecology. Her interests focus on the intersection of human and environmental issues, particularly landscapes of resource extraction and adaptation to climate change. Her master’s thesis explored landscape restoration processes for Appalachian communities living with mountaintop coal mining. Prior to working on the Structures of Coastal Resilience City College Jamaica Bay team, Kjirsten collaborated with Catherine Seavitt and Guy Nordenson on the Yangtze River Delta Project, a large-scale climate adaptation and flood management proposal for Shanghai, China.

Danae Alessi
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Danae Alessi has been a Research Associate at The City College of New York for Structures of Coastal Resilience since the project commenced in 2013.  She received her Master of Landscape Architecture from The City College of New York in 2013, and holds an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from The School of Visual Arts.  Her artwork’s primary focus has examined the impacts of value shifts as they relate to public and private space.  Danae’s thesis focused on abandoned landscapes and the potential for landscape architecture to bridge the gap between the active decay of the built environment through natural process reclamation in order to strengthen new connections within the cultural landscape.

Eli Sands
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Eli Sands is a researcher and Master of Landscape Architecture candidate in the Landscape Architecture Program, Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York.

Princeton University School of Architecture

Paul Lewis
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Paul Lewis is a Principal at Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis (LTL) Architects and an Associate Professor at Princeton University School of Architecture, where he has taught since 2000. He received a BA from Wesleyan University and a M.Arch from Princeton University. LTL received a 2007 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award and has received multiple AIA design awards. The firm’s designs and drawings been exhibited around the world, including the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, and are part of the permanent collections of MoMA, SFMoMA, and Carnegie Museum of Art. LTL are the authors of Intensities (2013), Opportunistic Architecture (2008) and Situation Normal….Pamphlet Architecture #21 (1998).

Marc Tsurumaki
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Marc Tsurumaki is founding Principal of LTL Architects and is an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. He received a Bachelor of Science in architecture from the University of Virginia and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University.  LTL received a 2007 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award and has received multiple AIA design awards. The firm’s designs and drawings been exhibited around the world, including the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, and are part of the permanent collections of MoMA, SFMoMA, and Carnegie Museum of Art.

David J. Lewis
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David J. Lewis is founding Principal of LTL Architects and Associate Professor at Parsons The New School for Design in the School of Constructed Environments. He holds a Master of Architecture from Princeton University, a Master of Arts in the History of Architecture and Urbanism from Cornell University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton College. LTL received a 2007 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award and has received multiple AIA design awards. The firm’s designs and drawings been exhibited around the world, including the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, and are part of the permanent collections of MoMA, SFMoMA, and Carnegie Museum of Art.

Anna Knoell
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Anna Knoell is a designer based in New York. She received her MArch from Princeton University in 2013. While at Princeton, she was an editor of Pidgin, the School of Architecture’s journal. She also received the Butler Traveling Fellowship to study the legacy of modernism in the U.S. National Park Service. This research is currently supported by the Graham Foundation. Previously, she worked as a graphic designer at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Kevin Hayes
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Kevin Hayes is a graduate of the M.Arch program at Princeton University. His professional work with LTL Architects includes the design of public coastal projects following Hurricane Sandy, as well a number of workspaces for higher education. His previous research, with WorkAC, examined the spatial

Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Rosetta S. Elkin
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Rosetta Sarah Elkin is Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, where her instruction and research is focused on innovative applications of ecological and vegetative technologies, which consider the role of plants from innovative seed mechanics to bionetworks. She also teaches in the core studio sequence and leads seminars in representation and photography. Rosetta is a registered landscape architect in the Netherlands, and her work has been featured internationally, including installations at Les Jardins de Metis, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Chelsea Garden Show, as well as in publications such as Topos Magazine, Lotus International. Rosetta also served as faculty editor for Platform 6, recently launched by GSD and Actar publishers.

Michael Luegering
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Michael Luegering’s design perspective is framed by his study of landscape architecture, urban design and urban planning, his extensive research in the vernacular of the American pasture and his Kentucky upbringing.

He received a Bachelor of Urban Planning from the University of Cincinnati. He earned a Master of Landscape Architecture with distinction from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, where he was awarded the Thesis Prize in Landscape Architecture for his thesis Vernacular Pasture Lands | The Rural Design Almanac. He was a guest designer in the 10th International Urban Design and Landscape Urbanism Workshop in Kortrijk, Belgium, in 2012.

Marissa Angell
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Marissa Angell is currently pursuing a Master’s of Landscape Architecture degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.  Her role within the Harvard Team’s scope of work drew heavily from her undergraduate background in Agricultural Sciences at Cornell, and included plant research, 3-D modeling, and animation.  Though initially trained in scientific discipline, she is interested in new and varied forms of design representation.  Her past experience has included work with OFICINAA (office for creative and critical practice in architecture, landscape and urbanism) in Ingolstadt, Germany, on installation pieces and schematic design, as well as exhibition work for the SCR project, and writing and research work related to agriculture and food systems with professor Thomas Bjorkman at the Cornell Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY.

Michalis Piroccas
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Michalis Piroccas was born and raised in Cyprus. He is a licensed architect in Europe and has a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Patras in Greece. During his studies at Patras School of Architecture and at Harvard Graduate School of Design, he was awarded in a number of international competitions and was the recipient of the Penny White Project Fund at the GSD, a fund that is awarded annually to students in landscape architecture and allied design disciplines at the Harvard Graduate School of Design that promote creative research. He was a research assistant at the Arnold Arboretum, assisting Peter Del Tredici on mapping Bussey Brook Meadow and Hemlock Hill using UAV technology. He is currently a landscape designer at MVVA.

Supporters

Nancy Kete
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As Managing Director of Resilience at The Rockefeller Foundation, Dr. Nancy Kete leads the foundation’s global work on resilience including developing strategies and practice for infusing resilience thinking throughout the foundation’s work. Before joining the Foundation, Dr. Kete spent thirteen years at the World Resources Institute, first as Director of the Climate, Energy, and Pollution Program and then as founder and Director of EMBARQ, a distinguished program that catalyzed environmentally sustainable transport solutions to improve quality of life in cities in Mexico, Brazil, India, Turkey and the Andean region. She also served on President Obama’s National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. Earlier in her career, Dr. Kete worked for the US Environmental Protection Agency where she led the development of the acid rain control title of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments, the first and as yet most successful application of market instruments for pollution control. 

Samuel Carter
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As Associate Director for Resilience at The Rockefeller Foundation, Samuel Carter works to increase knowledge and understanding of resilience, and to identify innovative strategies for putting resilience-based solutions into practice. In 2007, Mr. Carter helped establish the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University, where he served as Associate Director and as Assistant Editor for IPK’s scholarly journal, Public Culture. In 2013, Mr. Carter helped to develop and implement Rebuild By Design as Project Manager of its Research Stage. Prior to working at the IPK, Mr. Carter worked as Program Coordinator for the President’s Office of the Social Science Research Council. He has also taught at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, NYU’s Stern School of Business, and has served as a Researcher for Vice President Joe Biden and political strategist Robert Shrum.

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Princeton University
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Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

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City College of New York
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University of Pennsylvania
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