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Ghost Town: Converting Vacant Commerical Buildings into Housing


Jun 4, 2021 12:48 PM

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Carmi Bee, FAIA
President @RKTB Architects
Carmi Bee, FAIA, a graduate of The Cooper Union and Princeton University, is the president of RKTB, a registered architect in New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, and an educator as well as practicing architect. His growing recognition as a leading designer has been distinguished by such projects as the development of the Infill Housing Prototype, OMO Norma Kamali, Turtle Bay Towers, River Rose/Park Rose in Battery Park City, Memphis Downtown, the City Center Theater, and the South Orange Performing Arts Center in New Jersey. He is a member of the New York City Citizens Housing & Planning Council (CHPC) and the AIANY Housing Committee; serves on the Advisory Board for the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization; is a Board Member of the Castle Hill Center for the Arts in Truro, Massachusetts; and is a former Chair of the Board of Directors of Westbeth Artists & Housing in New York City.
Victor Body Lawson, AIA
Principal @Body Lawson Associates
Victor Body-Lawson, AIA, is a Nigerian-born, architect, educator, developer and artist based in New York City. He founded Body Lawson Associates Architects and Planners (www.blarch.com), an acclaimed architecture, interiors and urban design practice operating in the United States and globally, in 1993. Recognized for responsive, collaborative community solutions as well as its unique design signature, Body Lawson Associates (BLA) is known for its ability to “empower people in under- resourced communities through their public spaces and buildings.” Leading the certified MBE, Mr. Body-Lawson is an active member of the American Institute of Architects and the National Organization of Minority Architects.
John Cetra, FAIA
Founding Principal @CetraRuddy
John Cetra co-founded CetraRuddy in 1987 on the principle that architecture should engage the urban fabric while enriching the human spirit. Through his practice, John has experienced the interrelationship of architecture, urban design and planning. He has a sophisticated understanding of program, zoning, and complex problem solving which inform his approach on projects ranging from new construction to conversions of Landmark buildings. He is a recognized industry leader in tall building technology, historic buildings and analytic site development.