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New York Build Announces 'Construction Idol' Shortlist for 2023

New York Build Announces 'Construction Idol' Shortlist for 2023

New York City, NY - New York Build, the leading construction and design show for New York, is pleased to announce the 'Construction Idol' shortlist for 2023. This exciting shortlist is designed to recognize and celebrate the most talented and inspirational individuals in the construction industry in New York City.

New York's construction industry is renowned for its strength and quality. The city has a long history of iconic buildings and infrastructure, including the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the World Trade Center. The industry is a vital part of the city's economy, generating over $70 billion in economic activity and supporting over 400,000 jobs. New York's construction industry is characterized by its innovation, resilience, and adaptability. The industry has been at the forefront of new technologies and techniques, from BIM to modular construction to green building. It has also shown remarkable resilience in the face of challenges such as natural disasters, economic downturns, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 'Construction Idol' shortlist is a testament to the strength and quality of the construction industry in New York. The shortlist includes a diverse range of individuals from across the industry, including architects, engineers, contractors, and project managers.

Congratulations to all nominees!

Meet the New York Build Construction Idols for 2023:

  • Morris Adjmi, Founder and Principal - Morris Adjmi Architects
  • Michelle Benson, CEO - Benson Consulting Group
  • Kimberly Bishop, Chair of the Board of Directors - Shawmut Design and Construction
  • Nathaniel Broughton, Associate Principal & K-12 Practice Leader - Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
  • Kenneth C. Gardiner, CPA, CCIFP, CDA, Partner in Charge of Assurance Services - Dannible & McKee, LLP
  • Mark Coe, Senior Vice President - Business Development Director - Lendlease
  • Zoe Davidson, Executive Vice President, General Counsel - OHLA USA
  • Farrah Desir, Founder and CEO - Creative Form Development
  • Anthony E. Mann, President & CEO - E-J Electric Installation Co.
  • Jenny Freeman, Managing Director, Buildings - Group PMX
  • Julia Gamolina, Founder and Editor-in-Chief - Madame Architect
  • Michael Giaramita, CEO/Managing Principal - Group PMX
  • David Greenberg, Executive Vice President for University Facilities and Operations - Columbia University in the City of New York - Facilities and Operations
  • Jeffrey Goldberg, CEO - Fairstead
  • Amna Husnic, NYCSCA Construction Mentor Program Lead - AECOM Metro New York
  • Nancy Kleppel, Principal and Owner - Nancy Kleppel Consulting
  • Christopher Korsh, Senior Principal, New York Regional Leader, Health Care - HOK
  • Aislinn McGuire, Partner - Kauff McGuire & Margolis
  • Deborah Moelis AIA CPHD, Principal & Founding Member - Handel Architects
  • Robert Murray,  Founder and Principal - Murray Engineering
  • Kerry Nolan, Senior Associate - Beyer Blinder Belle
  • Brian Pape, Co-Chair - American Institute of Architects NY - Design for Aging Committee
  • Andrew Peters, Director - New York - Currie & Brown
  • Jeffrey Rios, Partner - AKF Group
  • Phillip M. Ross, CPA CGMA, Partner and Practice Leader - Anchin
  • Shefali Sanghvi AIA, LEED AP BD+C FITWELL AMB, Director of Sustainability, Senior Associate - Dattner Architects
  • Robert Schubert, SVP Construction - BXP
  • Zack Semke, Director of Passive House Accelerator and Passive House Podcast Co-Host - Passive House Accelerator
  • Steven Sommer, Executive General Manager and President - Lendlease
  • Marilisa Stigliano, VP, Director of Project Support, Corporate Operations - STV
  • Elizabeth Velez, President - Velez Organization
  • Elise Wagner, Partner and Co-Chair, Land Use - Kramer Levin
  • Patricia Zugibe, CEO - Holt Construction


New York Build is the key annual event for the construction and design industries in New York. It brings together over 20,000 professionals from across the city and beyond, providing a platform  to share ideas, connect and relationships, and showcase their products and services. The event features over 350 exhibitors, 300 speakers, and 200 AIA-sessions, covering the latest opportunities and innovations in the industry.

This year's cohort of idols will be celebrated at with a drinks reception at this year's show. This will be taking place on the 9th of March, from 2:00PM - 4:00PM.  

Officially supported by the Mayor of New York, New York Build is the largest construction, design and real estate show for New York. Now in it's seventh year, your ticket gives you access to 350+ expert speakers, 300+ exhibitors, 30,000+ attendees, 12 conference tracks and AIA CES approved workshops, networking parties, entertainment, live music, and endless networking opportunities with leading architects, developers, housebuilders, contractors, government and more.







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