New York State Pavilion Ideas Competition—Judges

Deborah Berke

Deborah Berke, FAIA, LEED AP, is the founding partner of Deborah Berke Partners, a New York-based architecture and design firm of over 60 people. Deborah Berke Partners works throughout the United States and around the world on projects ranging from masterplans for universities to boutique hotels to private houses. They designed the five existing award-winning 21c Museum Hotels, the new business headquarters building for Cummins Inc., and the transformation of a H.H. Richardson complex in Buffalo, New York. Regardless of scale, Deborah Berke Partners creates buildings that are elegant, authentic, iconic, and modern. In July 2016, Deborah will become the Dean of the School of Architecture at Yale University, where she has been an adjunct professor since 1987.

Gonzalo Casals

Gonzalo Casals is the Vice President of Programs and Community Engagement for Friends of the High Line. For the last decade, Casals, an aspiring “neighborhoodist,” has been exploring cultural production as a vehicle to foster empowerment, social capital, civic participation, and community development. Through his work at El Museo del Barrio, and now at Friends of The High Line and the Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts New York, he joins the leadership of a generation of cultural workers that is redefining the role of cultural organizations and their relationship with communities, neighborhoods, and cities.

Commissioner Rick Chandler

Rick Chandler is a licensed professional engineer with years of large-scale management experience and deep expertise in the building code and zoning resolution. Also a Certified Buildings Commissioning Professional, Commissioner Chandler has a record of adapting technology to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government operations on housing and building related issues. As Commissioner of the New York City Department of Buildings, Chandler is tasked with ensuring the safe and lawful use of more than one million buildings and properties in New York City by enforcing the Construction Code, Zoning Resolution, multiple dwelling laws, and state labor laws.

Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland

New York City Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland has since 2009 proudly represented Council District 21 in Queens, which includes East Elmhurst, Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, and Corona including Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Lefrak City and LaGuardia Airport. She is the first woman, first person of color, and the youngest to chair the Council’s powerful Committee on Finance, which oversees the City’s $78 billion budget as well as the Department of Finance, Comptroller’s Office, Banking Commission, Tax Commission, Department of Design and Construction, and the Independent Budget Office.

Beatriz Gil

Beatriz Gil is co-founder of Hibridos Collective, an interdisciplinary collaborative working to re-envision spaces through community-based art practices. She is also a writer, photographer, cultural producer, and community advocate. Her professional experiences span working with court-involved youth, advocating for immigrants, providing education access to working adults, lobbying for reproductive health equity, providing language access to families, conducting social policy research and leading cultural organizing initiatives.

Paul Goldberger

Paul Goldberger, who The Huffington Post has called “the leading figure in architecture criticism,” is now a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair. From 1997 through 2011, he served as the Architecture Critic for The New Yorker, where he wrote the magazine’s celebrated “Sky Line” column. He is the author of “Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry,” published in 2015 by Alfred A. Knopf, as well as “Why Architecture Matters,” published by Yale University Press; “Building Up and Tearing Down,” a collection of his articles from The New Yorker; and “Christo and Jeanne-Claude,” published by Taschen, and numerous other books. He also holds the Joseph Urban Chair in Design and Architecture at The New School in New York City. He was formerly Dean of the Parsons School of Design, a division of The New School.

Anna Dioguardi Moyano

Anna Dioguardi Moyano, Director of Organizing and Community Development for the Queens Community House, has spent the last 15 years working with low-income and immigrant populations both in the US and Caribbean. Since 2009, she has served as the Director of Organizing and Community Development at Queens Community House, where she works with the diverse population of Queens promoting and empowering new leaders and organizing around issues of justice and equitable access. She oversees the organization’s Housing and Neighborhood Preservation Department and has represented the agency on a variety of community based coalitions, playing a lead role in campaigns for immigrants’ rights, affordable housing, financial justice, and increased park/open space.

Anthony Ng

Anthony Ng has worked with nonprofit, community-based organizations that provide opportunities for youth, immigrants, and families to build new skills, obtain jobs and housing, and access human services that save and improve lives. He has managed affordable housing and community planning initiatives, and led campaigns and coalitions to maintain and increase investment in publicly-funded after school, youth employment, and adult literacy programs – all of which benefit tens of thousands of New Yorkers. Anthony is a former board member of the Jackson Heights Green Alliance, which established the 78th Street public plaza.

Laura Raicovich

Laura Raicovich is the President and Executive Director of the Queens Museum, where she directs all aspects of the museum’s activities and is charged with envisioning its future. She is a champion of socially-engaged art practices that address the most pressing social, political, and ecological issues of our times, and has defined her career with artist-driven projects and programs. Prior to the Queens Museum, Raicovich launched Creative Time’s Global Initiatives, expanding the institution’s international reach. Raicovich came to Creative Time following a decade at Dia Art Foundation, where she served as Deputy Director. Previously she worked at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Public Art Fund.

Taryn Sacramone

Taryn Sacramone has served as Managing Director of Queens Theatre, the premiere performing arts center in Queens, since August 2013. At Queens Theatre, Taryn has produced world premieres (The Queen Bees, The World’s Fair Play Festival, a New York Times Critic’s Pick) and revivals (To Kill a Mockingbird and more) and presented a variety of the high-quality, diverse works – ranging from world-class dance to family shows – that have exemplified Queens Theatre's appeal during nearly three decades of serving audiences from New York City and beyond.

Liz Waytkus

Liz Waytkus is the Executive Director of Docomomo US, the leading preservation organization dedicated to the preservation of modern architecture, landscapes, and design. Throughout her six years at Docomomo US, Waytkus has worked to increase the awareness of and appreciation for significant modern sites. She is recognized with the development of new programs such as the annual Docomomo US National Symposium and the Modernism in America Awards. Waytkus manages Docomomo US’ advocacy efforts throughout the vast Docomomo US network in collaboration with local, national, and international preservation authorities, organizations, and professionals.

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