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Gown Advisory Council

The Gown Advisory Council (GAC) is created under the Master Academic Consortium Contract registered with respect to each of academic institutions listed below:

Under the Master Academic Consortium Contract, each academic institution identifies at least one representative to participate in the GAC, which will meet periodically to raise, discuss and resolve issues related to the Master Academic Consortium Contract.  Among the issues the GAC focuses on are:

  • supporting Town+Gown’s systemic action research cycle, including the annual research agenda,
  • refreshing the institutional memory at Consultant entities with respect to Town+Gown and this Consortium Contract, so that Mini RFPs receive the greatest exposure to and thus highest practicable level of competition within Gown,
  • increasing built environment applied research in the context of Town+Gown, including but not limited to collaborating on increasing third-party funding for such research; and
  • working with the Director of Town+Gown to develop an open source platform within Town+Gown to facilitate multi-disciplinary collaborations across academic institutions and City agencies.

GAC Representatives

Brooklyn Law School

Debra Bechtel
Associate Professor of Clinical Law

City University of New York

Zee Dagan, PhD.
Executive Director, Entrepreneurial Research Initiatives

* Treasurer
** Member of Executive Committee

Columbia University

Victoria Hamilton
Executive Director/Research Initiatives

The Cooper Union

Siri Comeau McDonald
Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations

Cornell University

Jennifer Sarah Tiffany, PhD.
Executive Director, Cornell University Cooperative Extension

David Kay
Senior Extension Associate, Community & Regional Development Institute

* Co-Vice President
** Member of Executive Committee

Drexel University

Aleister Saunders, PhD.
Senior Vice Provost for Research

Fordham University

Thomas A. Dunne, J.D.
Vice President for Administration

Manhattan College

Elizabeth Cowper Jinks
Director of Grants Administration

The New School

David Ngo
Associate Provost
212-229-8947, Ext.2104

New York Institute of Technology

Robert Cody, RA, LEED, AP, AIA
Coodinator and Dept. Chair, Architecture

* Secretary
** Member of Executive Committee

New York University

Bud Griffis
Professor and Director
Center for Construction Management

Pace Unversity

Sally Dickerson
Associate Provost for Research

Pratt Institute

Deborah Gans
Professor, Undergraduate Architecture

* President
** Member of Executive Committee

State University of New York

Michael Fancher
Vice President for Business Development and Econmic Outreach

Tufts University

Simin Meydani
Vice Provost for Research

Jacqueline Dejean
Assistant Dean of Research, Arts & Sciences

* Co-Vice President
** Member of Executive Committee

Any combination of City agencies, State agencies and certain not-for-profit corporations, using their own funds (collectively the "requesting entity") can utilize the Master Academic Consortium Contract by submitting a Town+Gown RFP document to Town+Gown/DDC as administrator for the Master Academic Consortium Contract, for Town+Gown to transmit to the consortium pool of institutions.  For more information, please see this document.

Town+Gown Director: Terri Matthews
(718) 391-1673


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