Jorge Mendoza speaking on the Designing for Sustainability panel.

Nicole McGlinn-Morrison speaking on the Transforming NYC’s Skyline panel.

Yafei Zhang speaking on the Human Touch panel.

New York Build logo and background image of Manhattan with Hudson Yards (credit: Connie Zhou).

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KPF Presents at New York Build Expo 2024

Four leaders from the firm’s New York office spoke on panels at the annual conference, discussing themes related to local architecture, sustainability, and wellness.

On February 13 and 14, attendees gathered to learn from leaders in the contracting, architecture, development, engineering, and real estate industries. In the first event timeslot of the conference, KPF Principal Jorge Mendoza spoke on the panel “Designing for Sustainability,” where he will discuss the firm’s approach to net zero architecture. Jorge referenced his experience designing sustainable academic and commercial lab buildings, including Channelside.

Director Nicole McGlinn-Morrison took part in a discussion on “Transforming NYC’s Skyline,” which focused on the expanding boundaries in tall building design and construction. She is well-versed in the design of supertalls, having worked on Midtown’s tallest office tower, One Vanderbilt.

At 2 pm the same day, Associate Principal Yafei Zhang spoke on the panel “The Human Touch,” to discuss the role of human-centered design in architecture. She provided insight into her portfolio of mixed-use districts that prioritize the pedestrian experience.

On the second day of the conference, Director Rutger Huiberts joined the panel “Beyond Beauty,” where he discussed specific pieces of architecture that make a difference in New York. Rutger is Design Director for 64 University Place, which pays homage to the historic Revival-style buildings of Greenwich Village while offering a distinguishing, contemporary design.

The New York Build conference took place at the Javits Center in New York from February 13 to 14. Register here.