STAFF

Executive Director - David Briggs AIA LEED AP
Dave is the Principal of Loci Architecture, a Soho office with expertise in the academic, residential, restoration, and community project sectors. After graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1985, Dave worked in upstate New York and for William McDonough in New York City. He founded Loci in 1998 and began working on projects that addressed sustainable design issues with a strong commitment to local, regional, and global environmental issues that are affected by design strategies. In 1997 Dave was awarded the AIA New York City Chapter Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant. He has also served as a Visiting Critic for the Weimar Bauhaus-Universitat "Summer Academy in Rome" as well as the University of Pennsylvania and taught as an adjunct professor at Philadelphia University. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and is licensed to practice architecture in New York, New Jersey, and Louisiana. Dave lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two sons.

Asst. Executive Director - Paul Coughlin RA
Paul earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Philadelphia University and a M.S. in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, GSAPP. Paul has taught at The University of Pennsylvania School of Design and Philadelphia University School of Architecture. He has been an invited guest critic at Philadelphia University, Barnard College, Pratt Institute, Parsons New School for Design, University of Pennsylvania School of Design, Columbia University, GSAPP and The University of Michigan. Paul is a registered architect in New York and Pennsylvania and practices out of his Red Hook office. Paul also teaches a studio at The City University of New York, School of Technology in Brooklyn.

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Jennifer Leone RA
Jennifer Leone is a principal at Leone Design Studio, a design-build studio in Gowanus (now Matter of Architecture/ Matter of Building), whose work has been featured in Dwell, New York Magazine, Design Brooklyn, and a number of other publications. Her work at Leone Design Studio includes various outreach and educational projects for local non-profits and schools. She holds a Master of Architecture from Yale University, a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design from the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently wrapping up a Master of Science in Sustainability at the City College of New York with a focus on urban environmental issues and sustainable infrastructure. She is licensed in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Michael King
Michael is a Principal at BuroHappold Engineering. He leads their Smart Mobility group in the Americas. The group uses big data to create transportation planning models in furtherance of mobility, safety, economics, and equity. Michael has worked at the intersection of transportation and urban design for 25 years. His travels have taken him to such locales as Galveston, Germany, Guadalajara, and Guangzhou. He was the first director of traffic calming for New York City (all those speed humps you see are his fault), he helped birth the first Safe Routes to School program in the USA (in the Bronx), and he designed the nation's 2nd “shared street” in Santa Monica. He authored the Complete Streets Chicago for the Chicago Department of Transportation,  co-authored the Urban Street Design Guide for the National Association of City Transportation Officials, and co-authored Flexible Design of New Jersey's Main Streets for the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Michael was appointed to serve on the US Safe Routes to School Task Force and recently served as the Vice President of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. He received a Masters of Architecture from Columbia University. And he plays rugby.

Kenneth Miraski RA, LEED GA
Ken is an Architect with several years of experience working on residential, hospitality, and historic preservation projects in the city. He is a graduate of Philadelphia University and moved to New York to continue his pursuit of design and architecture within the urban environment. He is very active in community organizing and advocacy for transportation and street safety efforts. You may find him biking around the neighborhood or championing for redesigns of area streets and plazas.

Brian Thomas
Brian received his Bachelor of Architecture from Philadelphia University in 2002 and his Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, GSAPP in 2011. Brian had designed in various scales professionally and in academia, leveraging his background in graphic design, web design, and architecture. Brian also has a strong focus on sustainable architecture and as a project architect recently shepherded one of the first prefabricated homes in New York State through the LEED for Home program. Brian is a designer in New York City and practices as kokoro-a.com.