Dr. Constantine Kontokosta, PE, is the Founding Director of the NYU Center for the Sustainable Built Environment and a Clinical Associate Professor at the New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate, where he teaches courses on entrepreneurship and innovation, sustainable urban development, real estate finance and economics, and land use regulation. He serves on the Americas Board of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Board of the United Nations Environment Programme Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative, and the Urban Systems Collaborative. He is a member of the Executive Team of the NYC Urban Technology Innovation Center, where he focuses on policy and finance issues relating to green building technologies, and is an appointed member of the New York City Council’s Municipal Entrepreneurial Testing System Advisory Committee. Dr. Kontokosta’s research interests include real estate investment and valuation and building energy performance, urban systems theory and intelligent governance and finance of complex urban systems, the diffusion of policy innovations and the effects of land use regulations and sustainable development policies, and the intersection of technology innovation and urban economic development.
In addition to his academic responsibilities, Dr. Kontokosta is currently the Vice Chair of the Suffolk County Planning Commission, appointed in 2005 as the youngest member to serve on the Commission. He is also the Principal and Founder of the KACE Group, a New York-based real estate development and investment firm that owns, manages, and develops a diverse portfolio of properties in the New York City region. The firm is currently developing a winery designed to the LEED Gold certification level and is pursuing a LEED Existing Building certification for one of its hotel properties.
He holds a PhD in Urban Planning and Economics from Columbia University, an M.Phil and M.S. from Columbia, an M.S. in Real Estate Finance from New York University, and a B.S.E. in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a licensed Professional Engineer, a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, a USGBC LEED Accredited Professional, and a Chartered Surveyor. He has been named a Fulbright Senior Scholar in the field of Urban Planning and has been given NYU’s Teaching Excellence and Outstanding Service awards.