Staff

Gregory Wessner
Executive Director

Gregory Wessner joined Open House New York as Executive Director in January 2013. He comes to OHNY after fifteen years at the Architectural League of New York, where he most recently served as Special Projects and Exhibitions Director. A curator and architectural historian, exhibitions and projects include “The Unfinished Grid: Design Speculations for Manhattan,” an exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Commissioners’ Plan for New York; “Folly,” the inaugural installation of an ongoing commission co-organized by the League and Socrates Sculpture Park; and “The City We Imagined/The City We Made: New New York 2001-2010” and “New New York: Fast Forward,” a pair of exhibitions that explored architecture, planning and development in New York in the first decade of the 21st century. He did doctoral research in architectural history at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and completed his undergraduate studies in Art History at Rutgers University.

gregory(at)ohny.org

Brendan Crain
Program Director

Brendan Crain joined Open House New York as the Program Director in January 2014. He coordinates the Annual OHNY Weekend in October, and oversees the organization's year-round programs. Previously, he worked as the Communications Manager for the Project for Public Spaces, and as the Program Coordinator for the Institute for Urban Design. At the IfUD, he was one of the co-organizers of the Urban Design Week festival in September 2011, developing the communications strategy for the By the City / For the City crowdsourced design competition and serving as co-editor of the resulting publication, An Atlas of Possibility for the Future of New York. He was also a member of the project team for "Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good," the exhibition of the U.S. Pavilion at the 13th International Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012.

brendan(at)ohny.org

Elis Shin
Development Associate

Elis Shin, a former Open House New York intern, joined the administrative team in June 2013. As Development Associate, she is involved in several aspects of the organization including OHNY's special events, open council membership program, and media relations for year-round programs and the Annual OHNY Weekend. Prior to joining Open House New York, she enjoyed internships at City Lore, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, and GrowNYC. Elis received her BA with honors in Metropolitan Studies from New York University.

elis(at)ohny.org

Benjamin Pardee
Development and Membership Assistant

Ben Pardee joined Open House New York as Development and Membership Assistant in February 2016. He assists with special event production including the Spring Benefit and the OHNY Weekend Launch Party and helps manage OHNY's membership program. Before joining OHNY, he interned at Urban Omnibus, the Architectural League's online publication about citymaking, where he wrote about the Landmarks Preservation Commission, the development of Hunters Point South Park in Long Island City, and the history of Fort Schuyler at SUNY Maritime. Ben received his BA in Environmental Studies from Bates College.

ben(at)ohny.org