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Tue 02.23.2016

Program Cubed: Shaping Our Intentions, Our Experiences, and Our Buildings


When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23

Where: At The Center   

This panel discussion will shed light on the multiple meanings of the term “program” and how each meaning is powerful in shaping space and the places we build. Designers, clients, and building users often refer to “program,” and at times each will mean something different. The architectural program, the social program, and the program of activities all shape how space is created and produced. This panel discussion will bring together different voices illuminating powerful and sometimes unseen types of programming.

Mike Lydon, Principal, Street Plans
Anastasia Brown, Community Manager, NYC
 Coworking Facility
Stephen Yablon, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Stephen Yablon Architect
Meg Barnette, Chief of Staff, Planned Parenthood of New York City

Moderator: Melissa Marsh, Assoc. AIA, Founder and CEO, PLASTARC; Co-chair, AIANY Social Science and Architecture Committee

Mike Lydon is a Principal of Street Plans, an award-winning planning, design, and research-advocacy firm based in Miami, New York City, and San Francisco. Lydon is an internationally recognized planner, writer, and advocate for livable cities who collaborated with Andres Duany and Jeff Speck in writing The Smart Growth Manual, published by McGraw-Hill in 2009. Lydon is also the creator and primary author of the The Open Streets Project (2012) and co-author of Tactical Urbanism: Short-term Action for Long-term Change, published by Island Press in 2015 and ranked by Planetizen as one of the top 10 urban planning books of 2015. Lydon received a B.A. in American Cultural Studies from Bates College and a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan. He encourages you to trade four wheels for two.

Anastasia Brown is a community manager at a leading coworking company providing unique work spaces for a diverse range of businesses. As a community manager she helps to curate a strong community environment through planned events. She in is charge of of making sure that the building is fully operational and aiming to maintain 100% occupancy. Brown manages the Zendesk registration system and keeps all “WeWorkers” up to date with events and planning. Brown has held three different position at WeWork so she has been able to be involved in many aspects of WeWork. Brown helps to curate the overall workplace environment of WeWork which is unlike any other office.

Stephen Yablon, AIA, LEED AP, established Stephen Yablon Architect in 1995 to create contemporary architecture that is transformative, enabling organizations, communities, and individuals to thrive in the future. Yablon’s projects have influenced a wide range of industries, including academic, health care, commercial, and residential, for institutional, non-profit, public, corporate and individual clients. Yablon received a Bachelor of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University School of Architecture. Yablon has been widely recognized for design excellence including numerous awards, publications, and exhibits. His work has been published extensively in Architectural Record, Metropolis, The New York Times, Interior Design, Oculus, and The Architect’s Newspaper, among others. Yablon is a member of the New York City Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, The Architectural League, the Surfrider Foundation, and the Design Trust Council of the Design Trust for Public Space.

Meg Barnette is the Chief of Staff at Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC). Her work focuses on implementing the organization’s strategic plan, facilitating cross-program collaboration, supporting research and evaluation effort, and developing plans for new business and programmatic initiatives. Interested in making local impact, Barnette has dedicated her efforts to the rollout of the Diane L. Max Health Center in Long Island City, NY, which opened in September 2015. Prior to joining PPNYC in 2011, Barnette spent over 15 years working in not-for-profit management, public interest law and community development. Barnette received her J.D. from NYU School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden Scholar, and a B.A. from the University of Chicago.

Melissa Marsh is part researcher and part innovator. Leveraging a background in the social sciences with a Master of Architecture at MIT, Marsh defined an early career building cross-disciplinary consulting practices within a number of leading architectural firms. Interested in further exploring the intersection of design and human factors research, Marsh started her own interdisciplinary consultancy firm. PLASTARC, a portmanteau of plastic and architecture, employs social research, design metrics and real estate strategy to create a more flexible and engaging built world. Marsh leads a diverse team - from sociologists to data visualizers - dedicated to shifting the metrics associated with space from square feet and inches to occupant satisfaction and performance. An active contributor to many professional communities, Marsh has curated the AIANY Transforming Architectural Practice series to promotes the advancement of the business of architecture through greater dialogue with other disciplines, including technology, real estate, business strategy, marketing, and law.

Organized by: AIANY Social Science and Architecture Committee

Price: Free for AIA members; $10 for non-members



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