Shigeru Ban Architects (SBA) was founded in 1985 in Tokyo, Japan, and has expanded to include offices in Paris and New York. Principal architect Shigeru Ban, winner of the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 2014, has completed numerous projects throughout the world, varying from residences, villas and multi-tenant housing to public buildings such as galleries, exhibition halls, gymnasiums, nursery schools, office buildings and museums.

SBA focuses on material and structural experimentation while striving to produce innovative solutions that result in individually iconic projects. SBA’s consistent design philosophy is to create uniquely free and open space with a concrete rationality of the structure and construction method. SBA seeks to challenge existing construction methods by using progressive design processes to consistently incorporate newly discovered technology throughout each and every project. Using these methods, SBA has developed conceptual clarity through the redefinition of aesthetics, space, materials and structure.


Established in 1911, Douglas Elliman Real Estate is the largest brokerage in the New York Metropolitan area and the third largest residential real estate company nationwide. With more than 7,000 agents, the company operates approximately 115 offices in New York City, Long Island, The Hamptons, Westchester, Connecticut, New Jersey, Florida, California, Colorado and Massachusetts. Moreover, Douglas Elliman has a strategic global alliance with London-based Knight Frank Residential for business in the worldwide luxury markets spanning 60 countries and six continents. The Noble Black Team at Douglas Elliman is consistently ranked in the top 5 teams at the company as has sold well over $1b of residential real estate in New York City.


Founded in 1986, Certified of New York is a full-service general contractor and construction management firm in New York City. Established and led by Michael Borrico, the company has developed a highly-regarded reputation in the construction industry, carrying out high-end residential, restaurant, hospitality, and commercial projects. The team at Certified have cultivated a reputation of integrity, innovation and creativity, along with the ability to be highly responsive and agile in their approach to construction and construction management. With over 30 years of experience, Certified has an extensive and diverse portfolio of successful projects, comprised of new construction, renovations and restorations. With every project, Certified maintains a strong focus on high quality work and an enduring commitment to the specific project’s measures for success.


Jan Hird Pokorny Associates is a full-service architecture firm with a strong focus in historic preservation work. JHPA’s services include condition surveys, documentation, materials conservation, historic research, historic structure reports, master planning, feasibility studies, restoration and adaptive reuse, development of documents and specifications, and construction administration. The firm’s projects involve landmark buildings deemed to be of local, state or national significance. JHPA’s commissions vary widely in scope and scale, but the common thread is work on landmarked historic structures, whose restoration and preservation require sensitivity towards contextual planning and design, as well as knowledge of historic materials and construction techniques and current conservation practice. JHPA is committed to preserving the irreplaceable quality of older structures through harmonious designs, careful restoration of materials, and attention to detail.


Allen Architectural Metals, Inc. specializes in all alloys of cast metals, offering a wide range of services for restoration, replication, preservation and new design. Since 1995, the company has evolved into a nationally recognized organization managing projects throughout the U.S. Allen offers detailed Project Assessments and Historical Documentation, along with comprehensive support in castings and metal fabrication for high-end developers, government agencies, universities, religious organizations and architects. Projects range from exterior façade restorations to hand-carved historical replications to custom-cut design applications. Allen Architectural Metals’ award winning projects include: historic cast iron canopies, facades, columns, pilasters, gates, fencing and cresting, lighting and lampposts, newels and bollards, street amenities, and window restoration.


Established in 2002, Front is a specialist façade consulting practice comprised of a cross-disciplinary group of creative individuals with professional backgrounds in Architecture, Structural Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering based in New York City, San Francisco, and Hong Kong. Front works with owners, architects, engineers, construction managers, contractors, and fabricators in a collaborative fashion. Specialists in architectural façade systems for new construction, Front’s work involves creating curtain walls, bespoke cladding systems, and the use of structural glass and related lightweight structures. Front’s portfolio of work ranges in size and complexity and includes large-scale high-rise curtain wall projects, public and cultural institutions, additions to historically sensitive sites, as well as custom designed work for private residences and artists.


Tillotson Design Associates, founded in 2004, is a WBE lighting design consultancy based in New York City. A diverse staff with backgrounds in architecture, interior design, and theater — including several LEED accredited professionals — combine talents to create exemplary work. Together, Tillotson’s five principals provide over 100 years of lighting expertise, and its staff has technical experience in the following specialty areas: custom luminaire design, exterior building and site lighting, daylighting, LEED certification and energy compliance, restoration, renovation and computer calculations and simulations. Tillotson’s diverse portfolio includes interior and exterior lighting for corporate headquarters, universities, hotels, libraries, master plans, museums, parks, performance halls, residences, restaurants, and retail establishments.


Town and Gardens, Ltd is an award winning design/build landscape firm in New York City. T&G specializes in the unique challenges that come with creating gardens in the city and has completed commercial, residential, and institutional projects in public and private spaces throughout New York. In the firm’s 18 years of operation, they have worked with world-renowned architects, developers, landscape architects, and other designers to create memorable and inviting garden spaces. Town and Garden’s work can be found in such notable institutions as the Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in renowned apartment buildings on Fifth Avenue, and in private townhouses and penthouses across the city.


The Wright Fit is a multi-faceted lifestyle company specializing in health and fitness center design, management and operations, as well as an array of personal services in the fitness, health and wellness industries. Jay Wright, The Founder and CEO, is a highly sought after personal trainer and strength coach, and former Co-owner of Peak Performance Strength and Conditioning Center, a 10,000 square foot private training facility named one of the Ten Best Gyms in America by Men’s Health magazine. Established in 2007, The Wright Fit has quickly become the industry leader in progressive facility design and lifestyle services provision, and has been involved in the design of over 35 health and fitness centers in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Honolulu, Ibiza Spain and Moscow Russia.