The People Who Make it Happen

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Andrew Bryant


Andrew is focused on design + manufacturing + construction platforms for ipHaus.  He is an award winning designer with previous experience at international firms including Asymptote Architecture and OMA before starting his own company Creative Commonspace in Beijing, China (2013).  He has designed over 537k+ sqm of GFA (gross floor area) cumulatively for projects exceeding $775M in construction budgets in total.

Andrew graduated from UCLA with honors (Master’s Degree in Architecture) and he is currently based in Beijing, China and NYC, NY. 


Fernando Gomez-Baquero 


Fernando is a deep-technology engineer and ecosystem entrepreneur and currently directs Cornell University’s NYC-based incubator with a track record of growing 73 portfolio research projects that combined have a current valuation of over 1/4 Billion dollars. His ability to speak to the primary challenges of production processes stems from a background in supply chain logistics at PepsiCo in Colombia where he managed the national distribution of FritoLay products accounting for 40M+ packages achieving cost savings of over $5M/year.

Fernando holds a BS in Industrial Engineering-Operations Research and an MS in Economics from the University of Los Andes, and an MS and Ph.D. in Nanoscale Engineering from the State University of New York at Albany. Fernando is currently based in New York City.

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Yasmeen Pattie

Project Management

Yasmeen Ahmed Pattie is the principal and founder of East Egg Project Management, a New York City- and State-certified MWBE firm offering real estate, economic development, and planning services for non-profits and in the life sciences. With 20+ years of relationship building and project management experience, Yasmeen works with growing companies to find, lease, and furnish new spaces and to access public funding and incentives to support that growth. She also advises larger organizations on development and planning initiatives, including feasibility studies and community programming concepts, and she helps developers to evaluate sites and advise on strategy. 


Yasmeen received her degrees from Amherst College and the University of California at Berkeley and based in NYC.  


Alex Skinner


Alex is an economic anthropologist specializing in real estate finance, feasibility and policy, particularly for impoverished and emerging markets. He has conducted feasibility analysis and investment structuring for 32 commercial real estate projects across three nations with a total construction value of $1.17B.


Alex holds a BS in Social Anthropology from University of Manchester, a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and is based in London, England.

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Elene Jikia

Project Manager

Elene is an urban development researcher with background in
architecture. She has worked with award-winning architects and interior designers in the US, Germany and Denmark. During her career she sought to relate design to urban issues and understand different layers of city development.  Her research is focused on urban transformations and future city growth. She has engaged with government and community organizations helping them understand the social and environmental factors shaping the cities.

Elene holds a BS in Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of Stuttgart in Germany and is currently finishing her MS in Design and Urban Ecologies at Parsons New School of Design. Elene is currently based in New York City.

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Cary Dunston

Advisory Board Member

Cary is the retired Chairman and CEO of American Woodmark Corporation.  Cary’s career has been highlighted by extensive experience in building products, global manufacturing, supply chain and logistics, marketing strategy, venture capital and international business development.  He is skilled at merging systems thinking, disruptive innovation, and cultural development to create highly effective organizations.


Cary earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in 1988 and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University in 1997.  He is based in Winchester, VA.

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John Perez

Advisory Board Member

During his career, John has worked throughout all stations of the construction industry - from tradesman, to Manager, to Principal In Charge to business owner. His career has included positions on the Owner’s side both in the public and private sectors as well Owner’s Representation for an international Project Management Group. John has 35 years of construction and facilities management experience. 

Specialties include Health Care Construction, Project Management, Program Management, Residential and Industrial Construction, Team Coaching/Develop, Client Satisfaction, Business Development and Owner Representation.


John is based in NYC. 


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