meet the team
Austin Reed // oRLI co-Chair
Austin Reed has his roots planted in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado in a little town called Bailey. Moving to New York City was the beginning of his pursuit of an architectural education. His relishes in the progressive nature of New York City and loves waking up in a mecca of architecture, but adores and respects the true traditions that architecture holds. Design/Build is his main focus, and feels a true designer should be able to build what they draw. Architecture would only benefit from a better knowledge of connections and build ability. He loves taking left over material and re-purposing it to create a new environment out of what would of been waste. Architects can change the world for the better through groups like this, trying to help through design a better life for friends and neighbors directly around us. Austin has a soul to squeeze winding around the world in search of awesome-goodtimes, architecture, and every bump in the road.
Daniel Horn // ORLI Co-chair
Daniel Horn, Assoc. AIA is an alumni of NYIT and serves as co-chair and co-organizer of ORLI and the 3C Competition. Dan currently lives in the coastal Long Island town of Lindenhurst and was directly affected by Super-storm Sandy. For nearly four weeks he put his life on hold helping both his family and friends recover from the storm. In his future architectural career Dan, hopes to design buildings and structures that can become machines to embrace storm water, mitigate pollution and restore natural ecologies. He currently works in New York City for Perez APC, an architecture firm whose primary focus is resilient reconstruction after natural disasters.
Alex Alaimo // ORLI Co-Chair
Alex Alaimo, Assoc. AIA, is a recent graduate of the B.Arch program at New York Institute of Technology. He has contributed to his local AIAS Chapter and is currently a Project Manager for the chapters Freedom by Design Program. He is also an active member of AIA NY Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) committee and helped plan the AIA NY Future Now Summit in Fall 2012. In response to Sandy he founded the Operation Resilient Long Island (ORLI) a post disaster ideas accelerator that launched a global ideas competition to help local towns strategically plan rebuilding efforts. Currently he is working at Platt Byard Dovell White based in Manhattan and plans on getting licensed in the next three years. Alex is interested in new and alternative practices in architecture and plans to continue to contribute to professional and non-profit organizations.
Michael Koutsoubis // 3C Competition Adviser
NYIT Old Westbury campus
Michael Koutsoubis is a fourth-year architecture student at NYIT. He is currently Secretary of the AIAS Old Westbury chapter, and is heavily involved with the sLAB Costa Rica recycling center project. Mike’s role in ORLI is to envision how ideas from the 3C Competition can be translated into regulations that can influence damaged communities. He is interested in recent trends in urban planning that show how small, adjustable, cheap, and replicable ideas can create forms and systems at a much larger scale. Considering the northeast is at a critical point where thousands of homeowners need to take action, the second phase of ORLI is called “Rezone-Rebuild.” The ORLI team will organize a symposium, as well as meetings with town zoning boards, to show how small ideas can help transform devastated towns into resilient and desirable places. Mike wants to see some of the ideas from the 3C Competition turned into reality.