Happold Consulting brings together engineering, strategic planning, development, and project management for the development of large urban projects. It has been active in the United Kingdom, Asia and the Middle East since 2006. Happold Consulting USA will be based in New York and led by Kate Ascher.
"Buro Happold has built its reputation on a multi-disciplinary platform, first with engineering services,” said regional director for North America Craig Schwitter. “We have applied the same multi-layered approach to Happold Consulting, which helps our public and private sector clients address the challenges of urban development. Our experts navigate every aspect of complex larger-scale initiatives - real estate, financing, planning, and the community – to make projects happen.”
Overseeing the US practice is Kate Ascher, who has almost 30 years of experience in infrastructure, economic development, strategic planning and real estate in the private and public sectors. She was previously with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, the New York City Economic Development Corporation and Vornado Realty Trust. She is the author of books on infrastructure and development and is currently the Milstein professor of urban development at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation.
Happold Consulting’s first major project in the USA involves leading a team that is advising the Mayor of Detroit on the development of a sustainable urban renewal framework. The firm is also coordinating an inter-governmental effort between New York City and the National Park Service in work to develop almost 10,000 acres of parkland located in and around Jamaica Bay.