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

Kristin LaBuz
Deputy Director for Development and Communications

Kristin LaBuz joined Open House New York as the Deputy Director for Development and Communications in January 2018. She has decade of experience working to improve the built environment, including previous roles at the Design Trust for Public Space, DUMBO Improvement District and NYC Health. Kristin holds a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Design.  

kristin(at)ohny.org

Elis Shin
Development Associate

As Development Associate, Elis Shin is involved in several aspects of the organization including Open House New York's special events and programs, membership and audience development, and media relations. She first became involved in Open House New York as an intern in 2012. A former serial intern and volunteer, she has also been involved with City Lore, the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission, GrowNYC, Five Boro Bike Tour, Tribeca Film Festival, and the Food Bank for New York City. Elis received a BA with honors in Metropolitan Studies from New York University. 

elis(at)ohny.org

Rowie Samaco
OHNY Weekend Manager

Rowie Samaco joined Open House New York as an OHNY Weekend Manager in 2018. She comes to Open House New York with experience working in marketing and events for nonprofit organizations and socially conscious start-ups, such as New York Restoration Project, The Nature Conservancy in New York, DUMBO Improvement District and BioLite. She is also well acquainted with all five boroughs having worked for several years as an event catering manager. Rowie holds a B.S. in Marketing from City University of New York - York College and is currently pursuing an M.S. in Environmental Technology & Sustainability at New York Institute of Technology.

rowie(at)ohny.org

Hunter Lane
OHNY Weekend Manager

Hunter Lane joined Open House New York as an OHNY Weekend Manager in 2018. Hunter was previously an intern at the Neighborhood Preservation Center, a project of The St. Mark's Historic Landmark Fund, and a volunteer at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. He graduated from New York University with a degree in Urban Design and Architecture Studies and a Minor in Spanish. Outside of his professional pursuits in urbanism and historic preservation, he enjoys bicycling and mending clothes on his sewing machine. Born in San Diego, California, he is a lifelong surfer.

hunter(at)ohny.org