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08 26 11 ECHDC Appoints Members of the Canalside Design Committee

08 26 11 ECHDC Appoints Members of the Canalside Design Committee

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ECHDC appoints members of the Canalside Design Committee
The group is comprised of award winning architects, urban design professionals and community members
ECHDC appoints members of the Canalside Design Committee
The group is comprised of award winning architects, urban design professionals and community members

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For Immediate Release:
August 26, 2011
 Erich Weyant (ECHDC) | eweyant@empire.state.ny.us | 716.846.8258
ECHDC appoints members of the Canalside Design Committee
Group is comprised of award winning architects, urban design professionals and community members
The Board of Directors of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation(ECHDC) today appointed members to the Canalside Design Committee, which istasked with assisting the ECHDC Board with the development, adoption andimplementation of the Canalside Design Guidelines, which were adopted byECHDC in 2010. The Committee’s role is to help ensure that the Guidelines andall development at Canalside promote a cohesive atmosphere that is inspired bythe architecture of Buffalo’s historic canal district. The members of thecommittee are: Hiro Hata, Rishawn T. Sonubi, Douglas G. Swift, Amelida OrtizWeinmann and Max Willig.“Our goal is to make Canalside a place that is true to Buffalo, while at the sametime adhering to the highest design standards” said ECHDC Chairman JordanLevy. “By building off of the guidelines established in the 2004 Erie Canal HarborMaster Plan and bringing in world class talent under the guidance of therenowned Stanton Eckstut, we are ensuring that Canalside will be a place to beproud of.”As originally drafted, the Canalside Design Guidelines (“Guidelines”) anticipatedthat the Committee would be comprised of three members but in order to get abroader range of participation, the committee will consist of five members. TheCommittee members shall be appointed by, and will serve at the discretion of the Board with input from the Mayor of the City of Buffalo. When the Committeehas completed review of all proposed permanent structures within Canalside,the Committee shall be dissolved and have no further duties.Mr. Hiro Hata is an Associate Professor of Architecture in Urban Design andVisiting Associate Professor of Urban Planning at The State University of NewYork at Buffalo. He is a registered architect. His extensive experience includesurban design, large-scale infrastructure projects, community development,brownfield/grayfield redevelopment, streetscapes/public space planning anddesign, mixed- use and high-density housing.
95 Perry Street, Suite 500Buffalo, NY 14203-3030P: (716) 846-8200F: (716) 846-8260www.eriecanalharbor.com 
Board of DirectorsJordan Levy, Chairman
David J. ColliganMichael DiVirgilioMaureen O. HurleyJulie M. Barrett O’NeillMindy RichChris Collins, Ex OfficioByron W. Brown, Ex Officio
Historic District Advisory GroupJordan Levy, Chair
Richard G. Berger, Esq.Bruno CagliostroHenry GiorinoMark GoldmanPeter F. HuntKathy KonstEric LanderNewel NussbaumerChristel Peacock Paul ReddingCasmiro RodriguezMike SchmandLynda H. SchneeklothCatherine SchweitzerTim Tielman
Outer Harbor Advisory GroupDavid J. Colligan, Chair
Anthony Anderson, P.E.Alan Bedenko, Esq.Louis Benton IIVince ConnorsTucker CurtinPeter Demakos, P.E.John M. Fell, AICPDon FinkleSergio FornasieroMark GoldmanMarti GormanErin HeaneyBill JonesRenata KraftScott McKeeLaurence McMahonJohn MontaqueCarl Montante, Jr.William Nowak Alan OberstMarc OdienJud PayneAnne PerryAlfred PriceDavid StebbinsPierre WallinderMarty Walters
Buffalo River Advisory GroupJulie Barrett O’Neill, Chair
Justin BoothWilliam BreeserRonald ChapinTimothy DelaneyLisa DuBoisJessie FisherErin HeaneyLeanna HeffermanJill JedlickaLaura KellyWilliam Novak Jackie O’BannonMargaret Overdorf Carl PaladinoLorraine PierroDaryl RasuliSam SavarinoErin SharkeyJim SimonSteven Stepniak Gregory StevensGerhardt YaskowGreg WisniewskiRick Smith IIIJames SimonJennifer Sepulveda
Cultural Advisory GroupMaureen O. Hurley, ChairPeter B. Dow, Chair
Cindy Abbott-LetroTed BickfordMelissa BrownKevin CottrellDonna FernandesDottie Gallagher-CohenDuncan HayPaul HoganMichael KimmelbergJohn S. MontagueChristopher SchoepflinCatherine Schweitzer
Art Selection Advisory GroupJordan Levy, Chair
Molly DonovanSandra Q. FirminLouis GrachosMichael Joseph
2He previously taught urban design and architectural design studios at the NewYork Institute of Technology School of Architecture, Aarhus School of Architecture in Aarhus, Denmark, Harvard University Graduate School of Designand Boston Architectural Center.Mr. Hata earned a Master of Architecture in Urban Design (post-professionaldegree) from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge MA.Prior to Harvard, he earned a Master of Architecture from WashingtonUniversity, St. Louis, MO, receiving the best architecture student prize. Heearned his BA in English and English Literature from Reitaku University at Chiba,Japan and later studied basic design and fine art at the Ochanomizu Academy of Fine Arts in Tokyo.Under his current position with at The State University of New York at Buffalo hehas been the Principal Investigator for Funded Research in a number of studies/plans including: “South Buffalo Brownfield Opportunity AreaRedevelopment:Connectivity Study/DL&W Greenway Plan”; “A Plan for theNorth End+North Star Heritage District, Niagara Falls, NY”, “The Main-EggertDistrict Revitalization Plan”, “The Northtown Plaza Redevelopment AlternativesConcept Plan” “Niagara Falls Pine Avenue Streetscapes and Urban DesignGuidelines” (co-author). He is currently working on a book(“A Complete NiagaraStreet: An Urban Design for Buffalo") summarizing the graduate studio heconducted with the host of stakeholders in spring 2011 for making NiagaraStreet a safer, more prosperous and sustainable place for all.In addition, he has also been involved with other projects including: “Spatial-Visual-Functional Analysis for the Buffalo’s Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital Project”, “Master Landscape Plans for UB North and South Campuses”, “ AConcept Plan for Grand Island Town Center”, “Alternatives for Revitalizing the Uptown Main Street Corridor”; “Lackawanna in a time of Transition” (co-author)and “Corn Hill, Rochester, NY: Strategies for Restoring the HistoricNeighborhood”; “Erie-Buffalo Central Library Forecourt and Lafayette SquareRedevelopment Concept Plan”. Prior to his appointment at the University atBuffalo, he worked for Sert, Jackson and Associates in Cambridge, MA as seniordesigner on large-scale housing in Roosevelt Island and Yonkers sponsored bythe NYS Urban Development Corporation. He also served as an urban designconsultant for a number of projects including a Gloucester, MA WaterfrontUrban Design Plan and Comprehensive Plan for Cambridge, MA.Mr. Hata has also served as a member of Buffalo Complete Street Coalition,Steering Committee for the NFTA Metro-Station Areas Master Plan, the City of Buffalo and South Park Botanical Gardens Planning Advisory Group, the Countyof Erie and has performed a number of professional community services.Mr. Hata has received the following distinctions: Outstanding Student ProjectAward, from the American Planning Association, New York Upstate Chapter and
3Western New York Chapter, Third Prize from The Buffalo Urban Retail CoreInternational Design Competition, Graham Scholar-Traveling Fellowship, GrahamFoundation, Frederick Widman Prize-the best architecture student atWashington University. He has authored a number of  published reports, alongwith various articles, papers and has served as a professional consultant forprivate firms and public institutions.Mr. Rishawn T. Sonubi has worked for Young + Wright for the past 5 years andhas been working in the field of architecture and urban planning since 1999. Hehas been involved in a variety of projects, which include educational facilities,historic restoration and other urban/suburban projects. His responsibilities haveincluded schematic design, construction documentation and coordination. Inaddition, Mr. Sonubi has extensive knowledge of graphic visualization and urbandesign.Mr. Sonubi earned both a Master of Architecture and Master of Urban andRegional Planning at The State University of New York at Buffalo in 2003. Heearned his Bachelor of Professional Studies in Architecture in 2000 at The StateUniversity of New York at Buffalo.Personal accreditations include an innovative design project published in thenationally distributed
 Arcadia Quarterly 
and work on the award winning urbandesign for Buffalo’s waterfront entitled “
Lighting the Way for Buffalo’sWaterfront Gateways: Urban Design and Interstate 190”.
Mr. Douglas G. Swift is the President and Director of Design for CityViewProperties, Inc. He joined the CityView group in 1995, initially as an investor andlater as a partner. He graduated in 1979 with a BA, Drama, for Scene Design andTechnical Direction from San Francisco State University, and in 1992, earned aMaster’s Degree in architecture from The State University of New York atBuffalo, receiving the AIA School Metal and Certificate of Merit for Graduatingfirst in the class.Prior to joining the development group Mr. Swift was the owner and operator of Residential Development Inc., in Washington, DC. There he was responsible forfinancing, designing, contracting and selling restored town homes in the CapitalHill district.In 2000, Mr. Swift took a sabbatical from his operational responsibilities to jointhe Teton County Housing Authority, in Jackson, Wyoming, as its director.During his association with the Authority, Mr. Swift became familiar with allaspects of public benefit housing developments and the various nuances of financing projects where public/private partnerships are required.Mr. Swift’s primary responsibilities with CityView pertain to all aspects of initial

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