Open House New York is delighted to announce that at its November 2014 board meeting, the OHNY Governing Board elected Roy Kim, Head of New Development of Compass, as its new board president. Roy succeeds Margaret Sullivan, principal of Margaret Sullivan Studio, who served as board president since 2010 and who will continue to serve as a member of the board.

For the past decade, Roy has worked on over $10 billion worth of new development in Manhattan, including such high profile projects as One57, the Carlton House, One Riverside Park, and the Park Hyatt. Prior to joining Compass, he was a Senior Vice President at Extell Development Company, and helped inaugurate the predevelopment group at Corcoran Sunshine.

Roy, who holds a Masters of Architecture from the University of British Columbia and has taught in the Masters of Real Estate program at Columbia University, attended the first OHNY Weekend in 2003 as a visitor from Seattle. He became more involved in the organization after moving to New York in 2006, eventually joining the governing board in 2011. As a board member, Roy has served on a number of committees, including the executive and development committees, and most recently finished a term as treasurer. As a co-chair of OHNY’s Spring Benefit for the past several years, Roy helped grow the event into OHNY’s single largest source of annual support, which has played a decisive role in making possible OHNY’s expanded schedule of year-round programs.

“OHNY is a very special organization at a pivotal moment in its young history,” Roy said following his election. “The possibilities for bringing people together to learn about New York, about the importance of thoughtful design to improving our day-to-day experience of the city, are limitless. I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to lead OHNY forward into its next chapter, working with an inspiring group of fellow board members and and an incredible staff.”

“OHNY would not be where it is today without the dedicated, thoughtful, and supportive leadership of Margaret Sullivan,” said Gregory Wessner, OHNY’s executive director. “In electing Roy Kim to succeed her, the governing board could not have chosen a better candidate. Roy’s experience working at the intersection of design and development, and his abiding passion for the city, make him uniquely qualified to lead OHNY as it plays a more active role in the civic life of New York.”

Roy will lead a new slate of board officers that includes Vice President Stephan Jaklitsch (Principal, Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects); Secretary Michael Samuelian (Vice President, Related Companies); and Treasurer Katie Dixon (Executive Director, Powerhouse Workshop).

The Governing Board also elected two new members to join the board. They are Marilynn Davis, Partner, K2S Advisors, and Elizabeth Kubany, President, Kubany Judlowe Public Relations.

Open House New York
Governing Board

Roy Kim (President), Head of New Development, Compass
Stephan Jaklitsch (Vice President), Principal, Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects
Michael Samuelian (Secretary), Vice President, Related Companies and
Katie Dixon (Treasurer), Executive Director of Powerhouse Workshop

Morris Adjmi, Principal, Morris Adjmi Architects
Amy R. Churgin, Publisher, Traditional Home Magazine
Cristobal Correa, Associate Principal, Buro Happold
Marilynn Davis, Partner, K2S Advisors
Kenneth Drucker, Director of Design, HOK
Dorothy Dunn, Dorothy Dunn Consulting
Jonathan L. Geballe, Esq., Attorney
David Gruber, President, David Gruber Real Estate
Louise Harpman, Principal, Specht Harpman Architects
Elizabeth Kubany, President, Kubany Judlowe
Adam Kushner, Principal, KUSHNER studios
Caroline Otto, Senior Associate, anderson architects
Timothy Quinlan, Principal, Quinlan Development Group
Anne Rieselbach, Program Director, The Architectural League of New York
Robert Rogers, Principal, Rogers Partners
Karen Stonely, Principal, SPAN Architecture
Margaret Sullivan, Principal, Margaret Sullivan Studio
Shawn Sullivan, Partner and Studio Leader, Rockwell Group
Claire Weisz, Principal, WXY architecture + urban design

openhousenewyork is thrilled to announce Brendan Crain will join as Program Director beginning in January 2014. Brendan is a writer and urbanist who comes to OHNY from Project for Public Spaces. Prior to PPS he was Program Coordinator at the Institute for Urban Design, where he helped organize Urban Design Week in 2011 and the crowdsourced design competition By the City / For the City. Brendan’s writing on urbanism has appeared in Architect, Dwell, MAS Context, and Next American City, among others. We are excited to have Brendan join us and look forward to an expanded schedule of year-round programs in 2014!



Brendan Crain

Program Director, openhousenewyork
Lives in Astoria
OHNY in 2014

Are you a native New Yorker? If not, when and why did you move here?
I moved here about 4 years ago to take a job with the Institute for Urban Design. I had always wanted to move here but told myself that I wouldn’t until my thirties because I knew once I moved here, I would never want to live somewhere else.

What do you find most inspiring about New York City?
I like to walk around a lot and of all the places that I’ve been, New York is the most engaging and diverse environment for that. Especially my own borough, Queens–every neighborhood is uniquely its own place. Within the span of a one-hour walk you can experience dozens of completely different physical environments. And the social environments of those neighborhoods reflect that diversity too. New York is the kind of city that inspires you to keep going out and exploring it further.

What is your favorite place/neighborhood in the city?
I love my neighborhood, Astoria. When I moved to New York I had to move very quickly and stayed with a friend who was living there, and when it came time to find my own place there was no question that I would stay in the neighborhood. There’s something incredible about its local economy. There is very little chain store activity and there are these great commercial streets that all have their own feel–Broadway, 30th Avenue, Steinway Street. I go to each one for different reasons. And then as you get closer to the East River, the context changes even more; there are lots of older industrial buildings; it’s a mix of working factories and newer arts and cultural uses. It’s a really fantastically diverse place, both in terms of the physical environment and the people who live there.

What is a memorable building that you have had access to?
The Woolworth Building, which OHNY has opened many times over the years. It’s a place that I had seen when I was young, and then to have access to it after it had been closed to the public felt very special. It’s really fantastic and inspiring because the story of how Woolworth conceived of and financed that project really shows how architecture reflects society’s values. It was such an important building for its time and you can sense how much that building meant.

If OHNY could grant you an all-access pass to any place in the city, where would you go?
The New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Hands down. I’m worried that it won’t be around for long; it looks increasingly likely it will be torn down. It’s such a kooky thing and such a symbol of Queens. Every time I walk by it, it is just so arresting that I can’t help but want to go inside it.

OHNY is important to New York City because…
I think for every obvious place that you see and say, I have to get in there–the Second Avenue Subway Tunnel or the Chrysler Building or New York State Pavilion–there are hundreds of spaces that aren’t so obvious from the outside. OHNY gives people a chance to explore those places that they didn’t even know existed or to learn surprising things about places that they think know well. And New Yorkers love to know their city in a way that I think is very unique to this town. New Yorkers love New York in a really distinct and strong way. And OHNY makes a social activity out of it, allowing us to explore the city and learn about it together.


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From the Annual OHNY Weekend to its year-round public programs, OHNY offers you opportunities to see the city like you’ve never seen it. With your support, OHNY can continue to open the city to tens of thousands of people throughout the five boroughs, tying us closer to the places, people and stories that make New York the most extraordinary city in the world. Together, we are OHNY.



Last Chance for Raffles




For your very own OHNY experience, enter the 2013 OHNY Weekend Raffle for four amazing opportunities! Raffles include:
•A behind-the-scenes look at the construction site of Hudson Yards
•A tour of the revitalization of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
•A bird’s eye view of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
•And a Mystery Tour.

Raffles end Friday, October 18. Click here to enter now! Tours will be held this fall, scheduled in consultation with prize winners and tour hosts



Focus on Architecture Competition



4 World Trade Center / Caroline Otto


Share your OHNY Weekend experience with us! The Focus on Architecture Competition invites you to submit up to one photo in each of four categories (details, people, interior, exterior), which will be then juried by an esteemed group that includes Stanley Greenberg, Sean Hemmerle, Elliott Kaufman, Erica Stoller and Gregory Wessner. Prizes include an iPad and discounts on New York City Photo Safari workshops, all courtesy of New York City Photo SafariSubmissions close this Sunday, October 20. Click here to enter now!



Visitor Survey



4545 Center Boulevard / Linda Visser


Have a story to share or a suggestion on how we can make your OHNY Weekend better? Take a few minutes to complete our 2013 OHNY Weekend Visitor Survey online. Your answers help us improve the OHNY Weekend experience, and the data we collect helps us paint the picture of our tens of thousands of visitors. Click here to begin.






Volunteers at the Neustadt Collection of  Tiffany Glass / Linda Visser


Loved the OHNY t-shirts our volunteers wore last weekend? Here is the chance to get yours today! A limited number of openhousenewyork t-shirts are now available for purchase, along with three unique OHNY buttons. Click here to get yours today!