Aug 30, 2013

Maria Aiolova appointed Academic Director for Global Architecture + Design, CIEE

August 30, 2013 . For Immediate Release

Maria Aiolova, Co-founder of Terreform ONE and Chair of the ONE Lab New York School for Design and Science, has been appointed Academic Director for Global Architecture and Design of CIEE, the world leader in international education and exchange. Aiolova is an award-winning educator, architect, and urban designer. She has developed new interdisciplinary study abroad programs for U.S. college and university students focused on exploring the creative uses of technology in design. Through the resulting Global Architecture and Design programs, students now have the opportunity to study with faculty who are leading experts in the field; complete hands-on design projects with the potential to positively impact future generations; and work in state-of-the-art studio space located in architecture and design hubs.

Beginning in Spring 2014, Global Architecture and Design will be offered to advanced architecture and design students as a semester program at CIEE Study Centers in Barcelona, Spain; Berlin, Germany; and Prague, Czech Republic. A four-week version of the program will be offered in New York City in summer 2014. This interdisciplinary study abroad program is open to U.S. College and University students focused on exploring the creative uses of technology in architecture and design using the host city as a living laboratory.

The Global Architecture and Design program seeks to generate a new platform for distributed knowledge and collective action. It is designed around the idea that in the future, cities will grow to be self-sufficient in their critical necessities through massive public works and infrastructural support. With the help of today’s experts and innovators in the fields of architecture, material science, urban design, and civil and environmental engineering, students will study the emerging discipline of global “urbaneering” from an interdisciplinary perspective.  Students will study and design projects that optimize, conserve, or reuse natural and built resources, provide healthful environments for occupants, and reduce the environmental impacts of the build environment on future generations.

According to CIEE President and CEO James P. Pellow, “The quality of CIEE’s study abroad programs is our number one priority. By working with the leader in research and education into the crossover of design and science, we can offer architecture and design programs that meet the unique academic requirements and needs of today’s students.”


A nonprofit, non-governmental organization, CIEE is the world leader in international education and exchange. For 65 years, CIEE has helped thousands of students, professionals, and educators gain the knowledge and skills necessary to live and work in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world by offering the most comprehensive, relevant, and valuable exchange programs available. Today, CIEE offers more than 200 study abroad programs for U.S. college and university students in more than 40 countries and 60 cities worldwide.

Welcome to the Board of Directors, Pat Sapinsley

Pat Sapinsley, CEO, is a LEED AP architect, and Co-Chair of the Committee on the Environment of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. In that capacity, she has worked with the NYC Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning to modify and implement the Energy Code and further the goals of the Greater Greener Buildings Plan. She is an active member of the US Green Building Council and Urban Green, and a Board Member of Green Light New York. She is an Advisor to Honest Buildings and President of Build Efficiently, LLC which seeks to further the deployment of energy efficient strategies for buildings.

Ms. Sapinsley was recently named a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. There, Ms. Sapinsley will assist in translating biologically-inspired technologies into commercial products through collaborations with clinical investigators, strategic corporate entities, and venture capital investors. 

Prior to starting Build Efficiently, she was Venture Partner at Good Energies, a leading global venture capital firm in the renewable energy and energy efficiency industry, which at the time focused on investments in solar and wind as well as energy efficiency and green buildings. Ms. Sapinsley monitored developments in green building technologies, performed due diligence and industry analysis of energy efficiency start-ups leading to investments in portfolio companies. 

Starting in 1982, Ms. Sapinsley was a principle of Sapinsley Architecture. The firm won awards from numerous architectural organizations and publications, including the American Institute of Architects and the Architectural League. Previously, she worked for both Richard Meier and Partners and for Croxton Collaborative Architects. 

A graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design (M.Arch.) she also holds a bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College. She is a member of the Harvard Graduate School of Design Alumni Council.

Aug 15, 2013

Nurhan Gokturk, Director of Innovation at Terreform ONE

Nurhan Gokturk is an artist and urban designer working in New Orleans and New York City. He received his Master Degree from Harvard Design School and his Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute. Additionally he is a partner at Planetary ONE where he has been a leader in various projects on urban design including, "Super Docking". Nurhan founded Hometime L.L.C. which he introduced and developed the first New Orleans style modular home. He then conceived of Project2020, an initiative ot develop 2,020 modular homes as infill strategy on blighted and abandoned lots. Previously, he held the positions of a senior designer at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, and at Kohn, Pederson and Fox both in NY. Most notably, Nurhan has been interviewed on NPR for "Dog days of Summer". He has been featured in Metropolis Magazine, and awarded Gambit's Top 40 under 40 in 2004. See his drawings at: Drawings and Projections

Aug 2, 2013

Director of Science at Terreform ONE, Oliver Medvedik, Awarded Visiting Professorship at The Cooper Union

Dr. Oliver Medvedik, Sandholm Visiting Professor of Biology and Bioengineering and Assistant Director of the Maurice Kanbar Center for Biomedical Engineering at The Cooper Union.