The Student Representatives Council (SRC) of the American Planning Association provides a means for students’ interests to be represented within APA and promote student participation in the organization. Events will include 1-2 networking events per semester (i.e. happy hour, something casual and social), an educational tour (i.e. Newtown Creek, Freshkills), and a day of volunteering / community service.
ArchiteXX is a national women’s organization aimed at bridging the gap between academia and practice. Here at GSAPP, it is an independent, student run organization. We are committed to using the ArchiteXX platform to expand and diversify our communal academic endeavors by injecting the voices of inspiring women who practice in the field of design.
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To share ideas, provide the necessary resources to foster entrepreneurial spirit, and most importantly, inspire you to do what you love.
The club will primarily focus on exploring new ideas in the PropTech space as well as value-add investments. The club will target and analyze real properties throughout the year, the best of which will be pitched to a group of mock investors comprised of alumni and industry professionals. Expert speakers from the PropTech and real estate investment spaces will also be invited throughout the year to share their challenges and success stories.
The Hospitality Development and Operations Club is a platform for students to investigate operating businesses in hospitality and understand how operational requirements and challenges impact development and investment decisions. Collectively we aim to study companies of all sizes and different business models through exploration of recent market trends, internal presentations among classmates, conversations with professionals and tour existing hotel properties.
Ryan H. Fateh; President. Ryan is a native New Yorker and pursued his undergraduate degree at Columbia University, where he studied architectural history. While at Columbia, Ryan worked in the hospitality industry, on various development, design, and management teams. Ryan then pursued his law degree, and he was a real estate attorney before entering Columbia’s MSRED program. He is interested in boutique hospitality development, with a focus on design, lifestyle, and food & beverage. In his free time, Ryan enjoys fitness, cooking, and traveling.
Kevin Chang; Vice President. Born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, Kevin holds a degree in architecture and has a strong passion for design and planning. Kevin has been exposed to numerous cultures around the world, including Pratt Institute program in Rome, Housing Reconstruction Service in Kenya, and Out of Practice Studio in China and Japan; as such, he has broadened his interpretation of beauty and creativity through travelling. Kevin has worked in an architecture firm, a publication office, and a real estate development firm in Taipei and New York, and these experiences have furthered his understanding of the manipulability of art and architecture as it to be re-represented through various media. Upon graduating from Columbia’s MSRED program, Kevin wants to work for a design oriented development firm focusing on hospitality projects.
Joanna Karavelaki; Vice President. Joanna grew up in Greece and completed her business studies in Cass Business School in London, where she focused on consultancy and entrepreneurship. After working on a hospitality project for a Greek development firm, she decided to pursue a career in real estate and entered Columbia’s MSRED program, where she plans to concentrate on hotel development and investment. She hopes to develop global projects, and with a particular focus on sustainability, wildlife, and lifestyle, and she enjoys travelling and reading in her free time.
John Lyons; Vice President. Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, John received his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology. Upon graduation, he worked as a Project Manager for one of the nation’s leading hospitality construction management firms, Shawmut Design & Construction. John has worked on numerous successful restaurant and hotel projects located in Las Vegas and Boston in estimating, preconstruction management, and project management roles. More recently, John spent one year living in Costa Rica that spurred a passion for resort/hotel development along the booming pacific coast. After graduating from Columbia’s MSRED program, John hopes to work on hospitality developments on an international scale.
Maria Rozenfeld; Vice President. Maria’s academic and work experience spans across global capitals including Moscow, London and New York. Her professional involvement in the hospitality industry has provided an understanding of the nature of the business operations within the luxury hotel sector. After completing her Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design at University of the Arts London and Parsons the New School for Design, Maria worked on a range of residential and commercial projects in New York City. Maria is currently pursuing her degree in Real Estate Development at Columbia University, aspiring to combine her passion for travel, design, and hospitality development through sustainable practices.
URBAN is a magazine created, edited, and published by students of Columbia University GSAPP’s Urban Planning Program. As a forum for discussion among the students, faculty, and alumni of the program and GSAPP, each semester’s publication opens its pages to all realms of urban planning.
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The Urban Planning Program Council is composed of a group of planning students elected by their peers, who act as coordinators and communicators between the students and the faculty and administration.
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The GSAPP Students of Color Association (GSAPP-SOCA) seeks to develop and expand the academic, social, and career advancements of students of color in the areas of Architecture, Planning, Preservation, Urban Design, and Real Estate. The group is a safe space for students of color, including people who identify as African-American, Native American, Asian American, Latinx, and Pacific Islander. GSAPP-SOCA aims to foster a network and community with all other forms of diversity, including LGBTQ students, low-income students, and allies.
The organization is to function as a platform for the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas about national, regional, and international planning and design issues in Latin America. The group serves to connect Latin American GSAPP students, faculties and alumni who are interested in sharing their broad and diverse cultural expressions.
For more information, you may contact Laura Postarini (M.S. UP ‘19), Pauline Claramunt (M.S. UP ‘19), Guilherme Rocha Formicki (M.S. UP ‘19), Tyrene Calvesbert (M.S. UP ‘19), or Maria Garces (M.S. UP ‘18).
We are currently looking for fellow students from other programs to join the Latin GSAPP Association, so please contact us if you are interested!
UP Vision is a student led initiative that seeks to facilitate students’ greater involvement in intersectional education and planning by providing an inclusive and alternative space for cultural expression, ethical dialogue and professional development.
We provide service opportunities throughout the year for students to get involved within New York City communities in areas such as housing and food security, healthy living, youth education, and more. All are welcome to participate.
Urban China Network (UCN) is a student organization founded in May 2013 by a group of Columbia GSAPP students with a strong interest in China’s urban issues. UCN aims to bring students, scholars as well as practitioners from various disciplines in the Greater New York area into the discussion of China’s urbanization, and ultimately to facilitate the communication between cities in China and the U.S.
The Women of Real Estate Development Club was initiated to provide a platform for women to unite, collaborate, and strengthen their position in the real estate industry. By participating in networking events, speaker panels, and social outings, the club aims to inform and advance the members of the group in their profession of choice. The club additionally stands to enhance the community, promote the presence of Columbia, and support the endeavors of each student.
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