CNU New York Executive Officers
Chair: Marc Wouters, LEED AP - MW Arch. & Urbanist
Executive Officer: Larry Gould - Sr Dir., MTA Operations Analysis
Operations Officer: Paddy Steinschneider - Founder, Gotham Design
Acting Admin. Officer: Paddy Steinschneider - Founder, Gotham Design
Financial Officer: Eric Alexander - Exec. Director, Vision Long Island
CNU New York Board Members
Edward Andrews Consulting Civil Engineer
Tom Brown Nelson Nygaard Transportation Assoc.
John Clarke Dutchess County Planning Department
Elizabeth Case Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
George Grasser Developer Buffalo, NY
James Kunstler Author: The Geography of Nowhere
Gianni Longo ACP Visioning and Planning
Andrew Malone Asgard Associates Real Estate
Louis Marquet Leyland Alliance
Zeke Mermell Urban Designer, Sam Schwartz Engineering
Michael Lydon The Street Plans Collaborative
Dominick Ranieri Principal, Dominick Ranieri Architect
Ian Rasmussen Law Offices of Marvin Mitzner
Robert Steuteville Editor, Better! Cities & Towns (New Urban News)
Bill Tuyn Greenman-Pedersen
Paul Whalen Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA)
Bruce Whipple Northmarq Commercial Real Estate
More about the Executives and Board Members
Marc Wouters, Chairman
Mr. Wouters, RA, LEED AP brings his experience as a Partner with both Cooper Robertson & Partners and Torti Gallas & Partners to Direct the Urban Design Studio at Stantec. With twenty-five years of experience as both urban designer and architect, Mr. Wouters has led large-scale urban redevelopment projects, planned residential neighborhoods, and designed mixed-use, institutional, and cultural buildings. His projects include a new sustainable village in Benice-Prague, Czech Republic, the master plan and Smart Code for Tuxedo Reserve in Tuxedo NY, the master plan for new San Ramon City Center in CA, and participation in the new master plan for Columbia Town Center in Maryland. He directed the Sustainable Design Committee at Cooper Robertson. Urban revitalization projects led by Mr. Wouters received an AIA National Urban Design Award and CNU Charter Awards. Mr. Wouters also served on a regional task force for development of the LEED ND Rating System. Past projects include concert halls, affordable and public housing, museums, urban apartment buildings, historic preservation, and university buildings that have received multiple AIA Chapter Architectural Awards.
Larry Gould, Executive Officer
Larry Gould is Senior Director, Operations Analysis in the Operations Planning division of MTA New York City Transit where he is responsible for short term service planning for bus and rail, including planning for capital projects, construction, contingencies and special events. He is a member of the MTA’s Blue Ribbon Sustainability Commission and is active in developing MTA’s Smart Growth and transit-oriented development program. A native of the Bronx, Larry attended New York University as an undergraduate and graduate school at the Northwestern University Transportation Institute. A founding member of CNU NY, Larry has been involved with CNU since 1999. As a New Urbanist, Larry is dedicated to assuring that New Yorkers learn to appreciate, maintain and improve the region’s urbanist assets, while extending these design values to the remainder of the country and reinforcing good development decisions with good transit decisions.
Paddy Steinschneider, Operations Officer
Padric Steinschneider is President of Gotham Design & Community Development Ltd., an architectural design firm located in Dobbs Ferry, New York that he founded in 1977. Paddy is also President of O’Neill/Rowan Ltd., a real estate development firm that looks for projects in village settings that can focus on “healing the whole.” An Environmental Science major at Columbia College, Paddy received his Masters in Architecture from Columbia University in 1976. With a personal philosophy of being locally involved, Paddy’s previously peripheral support for CNU was invigorated by the advent of local chapters. He would like to see CNU NY develop strategies to promote smart growth by reinforcing the character of villages with existing infrastructure and mass transit systems as part of the convenient solution to the inconvenient truth.
Eric Alexander, Financial Officer
Eric Alexander is the Executive Director of Vision Long Island, a regional Smart Growth planning organization. Eric has nearly twenty years experience in housing, community development and coordinating successful community projects. Specifically, Eric has been a proponent of Smart Growth planning and mixed use development through advocacy efforts on Federal, State, County levels while working with municipalities to develop and implement smart growth policies, regulations, and projects. All told his efforts at Vision Long Island have resulted in acting as a catalyst for 35 private and 30 public Smart Growth projects.
David L. Berg has been an urban planner and environmental analyst for Cameron Engineering & Associates, LLP since 1998. He is the Director of the LI Section of the NY Metro Chapter of the American Planning Association, a group that offers training for zoning and planning board members and educational workshops and conferences for professional planners. He is also a founding board member of Vision Long Island, an advocacy group for smart growth development and livable communities. Berg is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and a LEED Accredited Professional (AP). He believes that new urbanist designs for community, municipal, and private land use can help improve the human and natural environments.
Elizabeth Case spent much of her childhood in Seaside, Florida, where she quickly became part of the New Urbanist community. A recent graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, Elizabeth pursued her interests in urban planning, earning a degree in Urban Studies with a specialization in Urban History, as well as a minor in Dance. She also studied Planning and Geography at the Sorbonne in Paris. At the Regional Plan Association in New York City, Elizabeth works on a number of projects, including the Governors Island Alliance, the Empire State Transportation Alliance, and various environmental programs. Prior to working with RPA, Elizabeth interned at the American Institute of Architects, where she researched the effects of architecture and design on public health.
John Clarke is Development and Design Coordinator for the Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development in Poughkeepsie, NY. He is a Charter-signing member of the CNU, active since 1996. His work ranges from regional and community-scale planning to site plan design alternatives and is currently focused on several transit-oriented development proposals. John is the principal author of “Greenway Connections,” a model Greenway Compact program with illustrated design guidelines for Dutchess County and the Hudson Valley. He has a graduate degree in Urban Design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and teaches in the Vassar College Urban Studies program.
Mr. Longo is an architect and founding Principal of ACP – Visioning & Planning. For the past two decades, he has pioneered the development of programs designed to involve citizens in the decision making process. Mr. Longo conceived and developed Vision 2000, a program of community goal-setting in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This program, at the time the first of its kind, is credited with stimulating over a billion dollars in development projects in that community. Subsequently, Mr. Longo has assisted communities and institutions throughout the country in developing their unique version of a vision.
Mr. Longo initiated and chaired the Planners Task Force of the Congress for the New Urbanism. He is the author of several books, including the “Learning from the USA” series that focuses on urban revitalization best practices in Baltimore, Seattle and Galveston and “A Guide to Great American Public Places,” a survey of 60 successful public places in this country. His most recent book “Visioning and Visualizations: People, Pixels, and Plans” focuses on public involvement and the use of digital technology in planning.
Zeke Mermell is an urban designer and city planner at Sam Schwartz Engineering. Previously, he worked at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, and Cooper, Robertson & Partners. Zeke has been involved in design charrettes (such as post-Katrina recovery planning in New Orleans), community outreach events, town architecture services in the new town setting, and an 80,000 acre sustainable development outside Charleston, SC.
Louis G. Marquet is Executive Vice President of LeylandAlliance LLC, a Tuxedo, New York-based company and builder focused exclusively on the creation of mixed-use, highly sustainable neighborhoods while setting new standards for construction innovations and environmental responsibility. LeylandAlliance currently has six communities in various stages of development across the Northeast, mid-Atlantic and Southeast. Mr. Marquet’s 40 years of experience includes a vast array of development from New York City to smaller villages. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Mr. Marquet is a member of NAHB, the National Town Builders Association and many non-profit boards. He has been a member of CNU for almost 10 years and agreed to join the CNY-NY Board to support the New Urbanism planning mission in the region.
Dominick Ranieri is the principal of Dominick Ranieri Architect, PC (DRA) located in Guilderland, NY. He was a student of Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk during the formative years of the new urban movement at the University of Miami, where he received a Bachelors of Architecture Degree in 1985. Today he works on Traditional neighborhood Development (TND) projects such as Glassworks Village in Guilderland, NY, Park Place at Malta, NY and Beacon Harbor, Bethlehem, NY. Dominick is a member of NCARB, American Institute of Architects, and Congress of Residential Architects, where he is the founding member of the Place Making Chapter of CORA. Mr. Ranieri has been a member of CNU for over six years, as well as a founding member of the New York State Chapter of the CNU. He is committed to creating memorable and identifiable mixed use, pedestrian-friendly communities where residents can gather to socialize and or work in an environment designed with the human experience in mind.