Consultant Directory

At the APA-NYM, we are always looking to engage the entire planning community, from individuals, to government agencies, to private companies. A number of these private companies have generously chosen to support the work and programs of the Chapter as sponsors. Those companies are listed below:

AKRF, Inc.

Contributor Level: Patron

Our Firm
AKRF – a multidisciplinary consulting firm specializing in environmental, planning, and engineering services – is considered the consultant of choice to tackle a wide range of complex, controversial, and time-sensitive projects for public agencies, private clients, and municipalities. Founded in 1981, we bring together the talents of over 350 employees in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.

As a medium-sized company, we combine the breadth and resources of larger firms with the specialized know-how and attentiveness offered by smaller ones to deliver solutions with measurable value. Our experience in the field and commitment to our clients has made us one of the most respected firms in the Northeast.

Our People
Our professional staff includes urban planners, economists, historians, air quality and noise analysts, civil engineers, transportation planners, and site assessment and remediation specialists. Our range of expertise enables us to offer clients a single-point source for all regulatory, engineering, and planning needs.

Our Services
AKRF offers services in the following disciplines:

  • Acoustics, noise and vibration
  • Air quality
  • Audiovisual and multimedia
  • Civil, marine and geotechnical engineering
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Construction management and inspection
  • Cultural resources
  • Economics and real estate
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Geographic information systems
  • Landscape planning and design
  • Municipal and regional planning
  • Natural resources
  • Permitting and compliance
  • Public outreach and engagement
  • Site assessment and remediation
  • Traffic and transportation
Contact Info:

440 Park Avenue South, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10016

34 South Broadway
White Plains, NY 10601

120 Defreest Drive
Troy, NY 12180

1695 Church Street
Holbrook, NY 11741


Staff: 300 | AICP: 22

GreenWoods Associates

Contributor Level: Consultant

Judith Green and David Woods founded GreenWoods Associates (GWA) in Seattle in 1992, focusing on citizen participation, comprehensive land use planning, main streets, environmental planning, parks, and neighborhood planning with an inclusive, culture-infused quality that reflects and enhances distinctive places. In collaboration with diverse resident-participants of the Seattle’s Crown Heights and Ballard neighborhoods, as well as a team of planning specialists GWA organized and initiated the urban planning approach now known as the “Seattle Model.”  This approach focuses on including the goals and voices of clients and those who will be affected by their work throughout the planning process.  Working with a team of specialists in diverse planning disciplines, GWA listens to and facilitates conversations among those who need to be there, do research and analysis to answer their questions, offer “best practices” examples and innovative alternative ways to meet their goals, create graphics and charts to help them make good choices, prepare reports, validate these, and make presentations to final decision makers and the community.

In 1996, GWA moved to New York in order to pursue teaching and planning opportunities, while expanding regional and national opportunities to learn and to serve through working with public, private, and non-profit clients.  Our offices in Manhattan and Long Island allow GWA to get to know diverse clients well and draw on the experience and remarkable skills of other planning professionals. For GWA, each planning project is a new opportunity to work with our clients and their diverse stakeholders, with whom we aim to create vibrant, livable, equitable, and sustainable communities.

Contact Info: Website:

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Karp Strategies

Contributor Level: Sponsor

Karp Strategies is an equity-driven WBE/DBE/SBE – certified urban strategy consultancy that in its fifth year has become the go-to firm for community-economic development planning, community and stakeholder engagement, and real estate and urban planning strategy, design, and implementation.

We take analysis of data, people, and place to action so that government agencies, private companies, and non-profit organizations can make better decisions, avoid painful project delays, and create shared value while maximizing return.

Our holistic approach, combining design-thinking and market analysis, helps our clients move their projects forward to build better communities and stronger cities.

Contact Info: Website:

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Contributor Level: Sponsor

Langan – provides integrated planning and engineering consulting services in support of land development projects, real estate portfolios, and the oil and gas industry. Our clients include city and state agencies; developers; property owners; corporations; healthcare, educational, and cultural institutions; and energy companies.  Founded in 1970, Langan employs nearly 1,000 professionals firm-wide throughout the United States and internationally with nearly 250 engineers and planners in its New York City office.

Our Services

Langan’s broad range of integrated services includes:

Contact Info:

Rachel Belsky
Director – Land Use Planning

21 Penn Plaza
360 West 31st Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10001-2727
Phone: 212.479.5400
Fax: 212.479.5444


Staff: 250 | AICP: 4

Matrix New World Engineering

Contributor Level: Consultant

Engineering Progress for More than Three Decades

Solving national and global challenges in water, climate change resiliency, energy, transportation, and infrastructure requires engineering and scientific ingenuity. That’s Matrix.

Thirty-two-year history of success and continued growth in the United States

  • 200+ professionals – engineering, scientists, and construction professionals with world-class expertise
  • Track record on some of the most significant projects in the US, relating to infrastructure and disaster response
  • Leader in climate change resiliency projects in New York (NY) and New Jersey (NJ)
  • Leader in disaster response services including multi-disciplinary damage assessments
  • Offices in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Louisiana, Arizona, and California

A Company of Engineers
Matrix New World Engineering is a company of engineering and science experts who focus on some of the nation’s most pressing long-term challenges, including climate change, water supply, disaster response, and urban revitalization. Applying our expertise to areas where these challenges are becoming particularly acute, Matrix intends to further focus our offerings and expertise on these and other emerging National Strategic Issues, where solving environmental challenges through careful planning and engineering is becoming an indispensable measure of success.

National Reach
Matrix is a growing woman-owned business with offices in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Arizona, and Louisiana, with project experience throughout the U.S. and Caribbean.

To contribute to the success of our clients by providing an unmatched combination of our team’s technical excellence, practical experience, and the highest level of quality professional engineering services possible. Matrix is committed to creating a healthy work environment with the opportunity for all our staff to grow professionally.

To continually achieve this mission, Matrix strives to identify areas of self-improvement, including improving the financial performance and profitability of our projects, without sacrificing the quality of the professional services offered to our clients.

Contact Info:

Jayne Warne, PE

333 West 39th Street, Suite 202
New York, NY 10018


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NYU Wagner

Contributor Level: Sponsor

NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service prepares public service leaders to translate ideas into actions that have an effective and lasting impact on the public good. Our faculty’s research changes the way people frame, understand, and act on important public issues. We provide our students with critical skills, access to all that New York City has to offer, and a deep understanding of the context surrounding public service challenges—which they use to improve cities and communities across the globe.

Since 1938, NYU Wagner has been educating the world’s future public service leaders. We offer a Master of Public Administration in Public & Nonprofit Management & Policy, Master of Public Administration in Health Policy & Management, Master of Urban Planning, Master of Health Administration, Master of Science in Public Policy, Executive Master of Public Administration, and Ph.D. in Public Administration.

NYU Wagner is ranked 10th nationally among all schools of public affairs. We are also ranked:
#1 in Urban Policy
#2 in Health Policy & Management
#5 in Public Finance & Budgeting
#6 in Nonprofit Management
#7 in Social Policy
#10 in Public Policy Analysis
#13 in Local Government Management

Contact Info: Website:

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Philip Habib & Associates

Contributor Level: Sponsor

Philip Habib & Associates (PHA) is a 32-person consulting firm, specializing in transportation planning, traffic engineering, environmental planning, civil engineering, and construction support services. Our diverse staff of planners, civil engineers and traffic engineers enables us to take projects from preliminary planning and environmental review through final design and construction inspection. We work with a wide variety of private and public clients. The firm, established in 1989, is certified as a WBE by NYCDBS and NYSDED.

PHA offers a wide range of services, including:

  • Environmental Impact Statements
  • Environmental Assessments
  • Development Feasibility Studies
  • ULURP Applications
  • Preparation of New York City Map Change Drawings
  • Waterfront Development
  • Ferry Planning
  • Transportation Master Planning
  • Terminal Planning
  • Site Planning
  • Traffic/Parking Analysis
  • Parking Design
  • Pedestrian Analysis
  • Loading Dock Design/Freight Distribution
  • Civil Engineering
  • Streetscape Design
  • Highway Design
  • Construction Support Services

Some of our recent/current projects have included the EISs for the World Trade Center Campus Security Plan, the Rheingold Development in Brooklyn, and NYCDCP’s West Harlem Rezoning. The firm is also preparing the map change drawings for New York City’’s redevelopment of Coney Island. In addition, the firm provides traffic and civil engineering services for projects that include Related’s Hudson Yards development; the Cornell University Applied Sciences Master Plan on Roosevelt Island; the Pier 52 development in Hudson River Park; and the World Trade Center redevelopment.

Contact Info:

Sue McCoy, President

102 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
t: 212-929-5656
f: 212-929-5605


Staff: 32 | AICP:

Public Work Partners

Contributor Level: Sponsor
Contact Info: Website:

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Sam Schwartz

Contributor Level: Patron

Founded in 1995, Sam Schwartz is a 120-person New York City-based firm with eight offices nationwide. The firm’s New York City and Hudson Valley offices provide integrated environmental, land use, transportation, public outreach, and civil engineering services for land use and infrastructure projects. In 2015, Sam Schwartz undertook a partnership with GPO Group, a global engineering and architecture firm that provides planning, design, construction, and operational ser­vices.

Born and bred in New York City, our extensive work here has provided us with a deep understanding of the land use, transportation, and environmental conditions throughout the five boroughs and the Hudson Valley. With over 100 profession­als in Sam Schwartz’s metro area offices (New York City, White Plains and Jersey City), our team has comprehensive planning, envi­ronmental, engineering, and strategic communications capabilities.

Contact Info:

Kovid Saxena, AICP

322 Eighth Avenue, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10001


Staff: 120 | AICP: 11

Starr Whitehouse

Contributor Level: Sponsor

Starr Whitehouse is committed to making places and communities more livable, green, and vibrant.

We bring energy and creativity to the challenge of finding what is genuine and sustainable, a challenge that starts with recognizing the strata of natural systems, physical organization, social systems, regulations, history, and culture that come together in a location. From this base, recommendations and designs emerge through consensus-building and inspiration.

Starr Whitehouse values collaboration with clients, the public, allied disciplines, and specialists. As leaders and members of teams, we believe that communication and collaboration yield the richest results and the most effective partnerships.

With comprehensive experience in parks, green spaces, urban design, and environmental planning in New York City and beyond, Starr Whitehouse spans a continuum of planning, strategy, and design through to implementation and management to meet the specific needs of our clients and create value.

Contact Info:

Stephen Whitehouse, AICP

80 Maiden Lane Suite 1901
New York, NY 10038
t: 212-487-3272
f: 212-487-3273


Staff: 14 | AICP: 1


Contributor Level: Patron

WSP, one of the world’s leading engineering and professional services consulting firms, provides services designed to transform the built environment and restore the natural one. The firm’s expertise ranges from urban planning and environmental remediation to engineering iconic buildings and designing sustainable transport networks, to developing the energy sources of the future and enabling new ways of extracting essential resources. Approximately 34,000 employees, including engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors, program and construction management professionals, as well as various environmental experts, work for this dynamic organization in more than 500 offices across 40 countries worldwide. WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s worldwide planning practice works on major infrastructure programs and projects in the transportation, power, mining, water and buildings markets.

Specific services include:

  • Transportation planning
  • Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) planning
  • Transit facility planning
  • Rail and bus rapid transit (BRT) operations planning
  • Pedestrian modeling and simulation
  • Complete Streets and non-motorized (pedestrian and bicycle) circulation studies
  • Travel demand forecasting
  • Alternatives Analysis/New Starts
  • Urban design
  • Resiliency planning
  • Strategic and financial planning
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis and documentation
  • City and State Environmental Quality Review (CEQR/SEQR) analysis and documentation
  • Post-NEPA environmental compliance
  • Project and program management
  • Public outreach
  • Master Plans and Regional Long-Range Plans
  • Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP)
  • Zoning/design guidelines/form-based codes
  • Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) compliance
  • Construction impact analysis
  • Sustainable infrastructure design
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Visualization
  • Report preparation (InDesign)

We provide expertise in road, rail, transit, ports, and aviation as well as integrated planning and multimodal studies. Our work on policy development includes reviews of major projects and their strategic technical, environmental, and economic appraisal. Stakeholder engagement and tailored public consultation are prerequisites for the planning projects we undertake.

Contact Info:

Daniel Baer AICP, National Planning Lead

One Penn Plaza
New York, NY 10119


Staff: 650 | AICP: 20

WXY Architecture and Urban Design

Contributor Level: Patron

WXY is an award-winning multi-disciplinary practice specializing in the realization of urban design, planning and architectural solutions in challenging contexts.

Focused on innovative approaches to public space, structures and urban issues, the firm’s work engages both site-specific design and planning at multiple scales. The firm’s commissions are in collaboration with community-based, public authority, and private clients.

Our firm’s architectural design embraces place-specific concepts and resilient design to create new and repurposed buildings, piers and bridges, and urban furnishings for the public realm. WXY’s integrated design process involves clients and stakeholders, to coordinate and solve complex design problems, yielding solutions as noteworthy for their intimacy and detail as for their civic dignity and amenity.

Our planning work engages local communities and constituencies in unique ways, utilizes analytical GIS and zoning expertise, and integrates an understanding of infrastructure and economic development concerns. The results have included the creative visioning of public spaces, new urban clusters and broad urban revitalization and infrastructure planning efforts.

WXY founding partners Claire Weisz and Mark Yoes were joined by Layng Pew and Adam Lubinsky, in 2006 and 2011 respectively.


  • Architecture: WXY’s practice addresses emerging hybrid challenges that reflect the complexities of contemporary life. WXY’s work creates new armatures for public interaction.
  • Urban Design: WXY focuses on innovative approaches to public space, structures and cities. We focus on social and environmental transformation of the public realm at multiple scales.
  • Planning: WXY’s integrated design process engages clients and stakeholders to solve complex public realm challenges. Our work is about systemic transformations, improving the physical, social, economic and ecological conditions of cities today.
Contact Info:

Amy Hau

224 Centre Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10013


Staff: 20 | AICP: