Board Members

Board Members


ALIYE P. CELIK, Vice-President





Director of Programs











James McCullar, President & Founding Board Member

James McCullar, FAIA, is the founding principal of James McCullar Architecture. Since its formation, the studio has engaged in the design of new housing and adaptive reuse of urban sites that have contributed to the revitalization of their communities. As 2008 President of AIA New York, he organized the response to Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC2030 in collaboration with UN GAID for the first UN Forum on Sustainable Urbanization in the Information Age, which led to formation of the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization. From 2003 to 2006 in response to the Mayor’s housing initiatives, he led a forum that showcased housing design at the Center for Architecture. His work has been recognized through election to the AIA College of Fellows for significant contributions to urban housing and community design, the Andrew J. Thomas Pioneer in Housing Award, and a national AIA Honor Award for Urban Design. He has taught at Kansas State University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Fontainebleau, France. He received a BA and BArch from Rice University, a Fulbright Fellowship for Urban Design in Paris, and a MArch from Columbia University where his thesis was on the New York region.


Aliye P. Celik, Vice-President & Founding Board Member

Aliye Pekin Celik, PhD, is Immediate President of the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization (CSU). Prior to founding the CSU, Ms. Celik was instrumental in establishing innovative participatory mechanisms to build alliances addressing some of the world’s most pressing concerns in developing countries as the Chief of Economic, Social and Inter-organizational Cooperation Branch, UNDESA. She started the book series on the High Level Segment of Economic and Social Council, and worked on the Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Countries Emerging from Conflicts. As the Head of New York office of UN-HABITAT, she directed preparations for the HABITAT II Conference in Istanbul, Turkey in 1996. She served UN-HABITAT Nairobi and New York, working on building technologies, sustainable urbanization, energy, and gender issues. As a principal researcher in the Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey, Building Research Institute, and the Ministry of Construction and Resettlement and adviser to the State Planning Department, she worked on energy conservation and affordable housing. She has degrees in architecture from Middle East Technical University, Princeton University, and a PhD from Istanbul Technical University. Celik was a Fulbright Scholar and received numerous awards from OECD (1972), Princeton University (1979), AIANY (2009, 1997, 1970), and Soroptimist International NYC (2005), where she served as President from 2008 to 2010.


Lance Jay Brown, Founding Board Member

Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, DPACSA, architect, urban designer, educator, author. His 2014 American Institute of Architects NY Chapter Presidential theme: Civic Vision, Civic Spirit expressed his lifelong commitment to civic health and the importance of the public realm. He is ACSA Distinguished Professor , Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, CCNY, CUNY, served as assistant director at the Design Arts Program at the NEA, as advisor to the World Trade Center Site 9/11 International Memorial Design Competition and Boston's 9/11 memorial Competition. Awards include: AIA New York State President’s Award for Excellence in Non‐traditional Architecture and the most prestigious AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education. He is Founding Co‐Chair of the AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee. As a Founding Board member of the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization, he helped plan and participated in Habitat III in Quito. He holds an M.Arch and M.Arch in Urban Design from Harvard and was a Fulbright Fellow in Paris. Publications include: Beyond Zuccotti Park: Freedom of Assembly and the Occupation of Public Space, The Legacy Project: New Housing New York: Best Practices in Affordable, Sustainable, Replicable Housing Design, and the co-authored Urban Design for an Urban Century: Shaping More Livable Equitable, and Resilient Cities.


Urs P. Gauchat, Founding Board Member

Urs P. Gauchat, Hon. AIA, is Dean Emeritus of the College of Architecture and Design (1991-2016) and Professor of Architecture at New Jersey Institute of Technology. As Dean, Professor Gauchat transformed the school into an internationally recognized leader in two areas: Digital Media in Design and the Design of Communities. Prof. Gauchat is committed to linking the considerable resources of universities to the needs of communities worldwide. His prior appointments included: Professorship at Harvard Graduate School of Design (1971-1985), Visiting Professor ETH Zurich, president of the Boston Architectural Center (1972-1976) and president of Gauchat Architects (1973-1998). He has served as a consultant to private and private sectors focusing on planning and design issues. Professor Gauchat holds degrees from the University of Sydney (B.Arch.) and Harvard University (M.Arch.). He has been a Board member of numerous organizations and nonprofit entities. Prof. Gauchat sees his role primarily as an agent of change and an instigator. He believes that inspired planning and design plays a critical role in shaping communities and allocating resources; and strategies for successful sustainable urbanization must be flexible, able to change and adapt to evolving contexts. Good Design can make the difference between spending money and spending money wisely; it is a prerequisite to a better future.


H. Oner Yurtseven, Secretary-Treasurer

H. Oner Yurtseven, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He served as Director, Department Chair, Associate Dean and Dean at the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI before retiring in 2011. His areas of expertise are engineering and technology education, engineering accreditation, international engineering education, robotics, and renewable photovoltaic energy. He served as consultant for a number of United Nations Development Program projects; and held academic and administrative positions at The Middle East Technical University, Indiana University, and Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). For two years, he was Provost of the Indiana University- Tenaga Nasional Berhad Cooperative Program, which initiated US model engineering programs in Malaysia. He currently serves as board member for Electricore, director/board member for EarthSolar Technologies Corporation, and engineering program evaluator for Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). He received BS in Electrical Engineering from the Middle East Technical University, Turkey, and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the John Hopkins University in Baltimore where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He also worked as a member of the technical staff for the Computer Science Corporation at NASA Goddard Space Center, Maryland.


Theodore Liebman

Theodore Liebman, FAIA, is a Principal at Perkins Eastman and a leading expert in the planning and design of large-scale urban housing and mixed-use projects. Over the past 50 years, Liebman focused on issues of housing, lifestyle, and culture in the urban environment. He was Chief of Architecture at the New York State Urban Development Corporation (1971-75) and Chief of Architecture for Roosevelt Island (1973-75). From 1975-77, he was architectural/urban design advisor to the Harvard Institute for International Development in Tehran, Iran.  He was a founding partner of The Liebman Melting Partnership (TLMP), focusing on affordable housing and neighborhood development until 2007. Liebman served as 1984 President of the AIA NY Chapter, received the Andrew J. Thomas Pioneer in Housing Award (1988), and gave the Ratensky Lecture ( 2005), honoring individuals who made significant lifetime contributions for advancement of housing and community design. He is Adjunct Professor at NYU’s Urban Design/ Architecture Studies program; lectured extensively and served on architectural juries in the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.  He received a B.Arch. Pratt Institute, M.Arch. Harvard University GSD, the Rome Prize Fellowship in Architecture; and the Wheelwright Travelling Fellowship in Architecture from Harvard. Liebman attended Habitat I & II and represented CSU at Habitat III


Director of Programs

Ludivine Cornille

Ludivine Cornille is a French Registered Architect (DPLG), Urban Designer and Scenographer. She had most recently been developing global initiatives for the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Previously she was the focal point for local and territorial governments at UN-Habitat New York Office. In such capacity she advocated for the SDG 11 and the localization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Previously she had been working for the Urban Finance Branch of UN-Habitat in Nairobi and for the National Institute of Housing in Mexico City. In 2001 she established her own firm in Paris and has worked throughout her career with several Architecture and Design offices on projects in more than 10 countries. She holds a Master in Architecture with a specialization in Urban Planning and Sustainable Development, a postgraduate degree in Participative Construction in Latin American Cities from the National School of Architecture Paris-La Villette, and a dual certificate (BA Arts) in Theatre and Cinema Scenography, and Interior Architecture and Design. She was honored with the Besnard de Quelen architecture award from the National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts of France (CNAM) for her Master thesis and project about the urban development of the Mexican Caribbean coastline.



Amanda Prins

Amanda Prins is architectural designer at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates in New York. She previously worked for architectural offices in Istanbul, Turkey where she has experienced the importance of sustainable urbanization. While at Dalokay Design Studio in Istanbul, she had the opportunity to work on wide variety of urban designs, masterplans and mixed-use projects in Turkey and the Middle East. Currently, at Kohn Pedersen Fox, she is concentrating on educational projects in New York City. Following her graduation from the University of Texas at Austin, Amanda served as an Artist in Residence at the American Psychoanalytic Society 2012 National Meeting to present her Senior Design Studios’ work on ‘Team Teaching In Studio: Integrating Right and Left Brain Activities in Students of Architecture’; a studio based on partnership with the Manchester Bidwell Corporation and the National Center for Arts and Technology. She continues to have great interest in the social and psychological value of public space and hopes to continue pursuing these interests through the CSU.


Antonieta Castro-Cosio

Antonieta Castro-Cosio, PhD, obtained her doctorate in Public and Urban Policy at The New School, in New York City. Her research areas include sustainable development policy, social-ecological resilience, and financial inclusion in low-income urban areas. She currently works for a think-tank in New York City doing research on financial inclusion in cities. Before obtaining PhD, she served as Director of the Sustainable Development Dialogue at the British Embassy in Mexico, funded by the UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, monitoring projects in the areas of sustainable cities, governance for sustainable development, climate change and energy, natural resources management, and sustainable consumption and production. She holds a MSc. in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a BSc. In International Relations from Tec of Monterrey, and a specialization degree in Energy and Environmental Management and Policy from the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO).


Inna Branzburg

Inna Branzburg is a Master Candidate in City and Regional Planning at Pratt institute. Her research areas and interests focused on community-based planning, economic development, urban design, and integration of refugees in urban areas. Inna participated in the Community Planning Fellowship program of the Fund for the City of New York (FCNY) and worked at Brooklyn Community Board 8 on community and economic development issues, identifying strategies to prevent businesses displacement and promote sustainable growth and neighborhood revitalization. Inna holds a Bachelor Degree in Interior, Building, and Environment Design from Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Israel. After her graduation, she was hired as a project manager under the supervision of the CEO. In her work, she practiced interior design and managed several constructions projects. Inna is passionate about social justice and equality issues and has a background in community organizing through her experiences as the chairwoman of the Student Union at her College and as a board member of The National Union of Israeli Students.


Ashley Simone

Ashley Simone is a New York City based writer, educator, designer and photographer. She holds an M. Arch from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University and teaches at Pratt Institute, School of Architecture. In 2016, she became a member of the GSAPP/NEW INC Incubator, an initiative of Columbia University and the New Museum. Her photography focuses on the built environment and has been exhibited in New York and London, and published in journals and magazines that include Architectural Design and Interior Design. She is the editor of A Genealogy of Modern Architecture: Comparative Critical Analysis of Built Form by Kenneth Frampton (Lars Müller Publishers, 2015), Absurd Thinking Between Art and Design by Allan Wexler (Lars Müller Publishers, 2017), and the monograph, Michael Webb: Two Journeys.



Irem Ayan

Irem Ayan is volunteering at CSU where she has gained invaluable experience. As a freelance conference interpreter, she is undertaking tasks in local governance, city planning and urbanization-related issues. Currently course-complete, she is pursuing her Ph.D. Degree in Translation Studies as a Fulbright Scholar at State University of New York at Binghamton where she is also teaching French and lecturing on theories of translation. Her Ph.D. research is focused on the intersection between translation and Gender Studies. She has majored in French Language and Literature at Hacettepe University (Turkey), mastered in Conference Interpretation (English-French-Turkish) at Institut Libre Marie Haps in Brussels, and undergone extensive training within a number of international organizations such as the UN, NATO, EU and Eurocontrol. She has previously worked as a staff interpreter within the Foreign Relations Department of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality as well as a freelancer for the UN and the EU.


Sarah Watling, Correspondent

Sarah Watling works at Perkins Eastman DC Architects in Washington, DC, on The Wharf, a large-scale project designed to achieve LEED Neighborhood Design certification. Before joining this project, Sarah practiced research, development and design both domestically and internationally for over 15 years. Her training in art history, environmental policy and planning, and landscape architecture enable a unique big-picture perspective. Passionate about sustainability, her projects have included master planning ecotourism infrastructure in Central and South America, regional sustainable economic policy modeling and implementation, research and evidence-based sustainable land reclamation in sub-Saharan Africa, therapeutic landscapes , and sustainable revitalization of fragmented urban cores. Her interest areas are the prioritization of community-based strategies in sustainable urbanization, specifically resiliency; building rural-urban linkages in response to economic, environmental and population pressures; and the power of public art as mediator between ecology, economics and society. She has presented her work to the Federal Appalachian Regional Commission and the International Federation of Landscape Architects World Congress and volunteers regularly with AIA Women in Architecture, the District Architecture Center and on various public art installations.



Courtney Prince

Courtney Prince is interning for the CSU this fall where she is seeking experience in the field of planning and architecture. Mrs. Prince attended the United Nations International School and holds a B.A. in psychology from Duke University, as well as a minor in environmental science and policy. With experiences in healthcare as a medical researcher and EMT and an immense interest in environmental issues, she is passionate about combining these disciplines to improve quality of life in a sustainable manner. Mrs. Prince hopes to pursue a Master’s Degree in Architecture in the near future in order to have an impact of her own.