Design Excellence at the Department of Design and Construction and the Department of Parks and Recreation

Thomas Balsley, Scott Marble, Charles McKinney, David Resnick, and Jennifer Sage
Moderated by Julie Iovine

Monday, May 17
7:00 p.m.
The Great Hall, The Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street
1.5 HSW CEUs

To watch a podcast of this discussion, click here.

How has a policy of emphasizing design quality influenced the planning for, commissioning of, and shape of public architecture during the past six years?

The Design + Construction Excellence program was initiated in 2004 with the goal of pursuing an “innovative and ambitious public works program in partnership with the most creative and experienced design professionals in the world.” As outlined by the city’s Department of Design and Construction, strategies for achieving this goal focused on “new procurement methods, new business policies aimed at enhancing project management, developing more accurate project scheduling guidelines, tightening the budget process and creating contemporary continuing education and evaluation standards.”

This program will focus on how the New York City Department of Design and Construction and the Department of Parks and Recreation have implemented the “tools” created by the Design + Construction Excellence program—in projects that are completed, in construction, or in design in all five boroughs.


Charles McKinney, Principal Urban Designer, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation

David Resnick, Deputy Commissioner, New York City Department of Design and Construction

Thomas Balsley, founder and principal designer, Thomas Balsley Associates

Scott Marble, founding partner, Marble Fairbanks

Jennifer Sage, founding partner, Sage & Coombe Architects


Julie Iovine, Executive Editor, The Architect’s Newspaper

Tickets are required for admission to League programs. Tickets are free for League members; $10 for non-members. Members may reserve a ticket by e-mailing: Member tickets will be held at the check-in desk; unclaimed tickets will be released fifteen minutes after the start of the program. Non-members may purchase tickets here from May 5 until 3:00 p.m. the day of the program.

AIA and New York State continuing education credits are available.

This program is made possible, in part, by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Image courtesy of Department of Design and Construction.