OUR TEAM

 

When the Agritecture.com blog was founded in 2011, it aimed to discover new forms of urban agriculture and share them with the world in order to inspire a new generation of 'agritects'. Through the process of weekly research and blogging, a worldwide movement of visionary urban agriculture entrepreneurs and enthusiasts was identified and strengthened. Through consistent inquiries from curious entrepreneurs, a new idea also emerged from this simple Tumblr blog: a technology-agnostic consulting business designed to accelerate the work of urban agriculture entrepreneurs.

Agritecture Consulting was founded in 2014. Through feasibility studies and other service offerings, we provide our clients with the tools, data, knowledge, and network to ensure their success. We consult globally and are based in New York City. Agritecture Consulting’s expertise is in controlled environment agriculture (CEA) including hydroponic greenhouses and vertical farms. Agritecture also designs rooftop, soil, and design amenity agriculture solutions. Our greatest strengths are our interdisciplinary team and robust methodology.

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Mission

Empower impact-driven organizations to develop feasible urban farming solutions, turning their business ideas into practical and sustainable realities.

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Vision

A world where commercial urban agriculture is economically feasible, reduces the carbon impact of the food system, and improves food security.

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Henry Gordon-Smith

Managing Director


Henry helps clients identify and focus their goals and prepares consulting proposals. Henry also manages the Agritecture Consulting team. In 2011, he started the blog Agritecture.com and in 2014 he started Blue Planet Consulting (now Agritecture Consulting) to provide expert guidance on launching urban agriculture projects. He earned his BA in Political Science from UBC, a certificate in Food Security from Ryerson University and an MSc in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.

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Yara Nagi


Director of Operations

Yara advises on sustainability related matters for clients and assess the economic viability of their projects. She gained an interest in sustainable agriculture from her work experience in the Middle East. Yara has lived in between the United States and the MENA-GCC Region, developing programming aimed to spread sustainability practices within organizations and educational institutions. She holds an MSc in Sustainability Management from Columbia University, and a BSc in Environmental Health with a double minor in Education and Public Health.

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Jeffrey Landau


Director of Business Development

Jeffrey works with clients to develop their bill of materials, model system infrastructure, and determine appropriate HVAC needs. He obtained his BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. While at Georgia Tech he completed a one-year Co-Op with Delta Air Lines and volunteered extensively with urban agricultural non-profit organizations in Atlanta. In Australia, he further participated in WWOOFing and developed a keen interest in solving current and future food production problems.

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Djavid Amidi-Abraham
Lead Systems Designer


Djavid oversees project development and helps clients determine the right growing method, crop choice, and labor management methods. He has a professional background in sustainable technologies including hydroponic equipment distribution, vertical axis wind turbine sales, and carbon sequestration applications. Djavid's focus is to build the most sustainable and low-carbon systems possible. He holds a BA in History and Environmental Studies from Binghamton University, and has developed and worked on farms internationally.

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Scott Carrus


Lead Horticulturalist

Scott advises on horticultural related matters, helping clients to assess their growing operations, select crops, and develop unique production concepts. He has a background in greenhouse management and plant science, with extensive experience researching the effects of environmental factors on the taste and quality of crops. Scott has a passion for diversifying locally grown crops through the use of controlled environments. He holds a BS in Plant Science and Greenhouse Management from the University of Maryland.

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Simon Ferré


Architect

Simon gives life and face to new ideas. According to the client needs and choices, he designs models and makes renders, revealing the vision of the final project. He graduated with a Master Degree in Architecture from the National Architecture School of Paris - ENSAPVS. He worked several years designing, managing and delivering landscapes and public spaces projects all around Latin America. He emphasizes the aesthetic vision of urban agriculture as a key to solve technical, social and urban issues.

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David Ceaser
Horticulture Consultant

David advises on growing and operations related questions for our clients and assists with our West Coast business activities. David has more than 15 years experience working in numerous types of agriculture, including indoor and outdoor hydroponics and soil based agriculture. David has an MBA in sustainable management, a BA in environmental studies with a focus on agroecology and a certificate in horticulture.

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Emilie Baliozian


Sustainability Analyst

Emilie is a sustainability researcher and freelance graphic designer. She is a recent graduate of the dual degree program between Columbia University in the City of New York and SciencesPo Paris in France. She is strongly grounded in both the social and the natural sciences, having pursued both a bachelor’s degree in Political Science at SciencesPo, and a bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Development at Columbia. Emilie assists Agritecture with sustainability assessments of urban farming, graphic design, and our consulting projects in France.

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Susie Ju


Market Research Intern

Susie conducts market research and analysis on Agritecture’s projects. She is a recent graduate with a BSc in Biochemistry with Management at Imperial College London.

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Scott Matus
Policy & Communications

Scott advises on urban agriculture related government policies, and helps clients effectively communicate their brand. He also manages the Agritecture.com blog, and is a lead organizer of our frequent events. After apprenticing on an organic vegetable farm, Scott decided it was time to apply his passion for food and the environment back to the urban sphere. He recently received an MS in Environmental Policy from Bard College, where he focussed on urban sustainability.

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Verena Rauchenwald


Data Analysis Consultant

Verena conducts data analysis and advises on the efficiency of Agritecture’s urban agriculture models. Verena has lived in the United States and Europe working with air purification product development, solar PV business development and global greenhouse gas emission modeling. Verena holds a BSc in Environmental and Natural Resource Management from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, a certificate in Energy and CO 2 Management from Danube University Krems and a MSc in Environmental Chemistry and Health from the University of Copenhagen.

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Maya Ezzedine
Sustainability Consultant

Maya is an experienced environmental scientist and sustainability consultant. Maya holds a BSc in Environmental Science and Policy from UC Davis, a MSc from Columbia University in Sustainability Management, and is currently pursuing a Phd at Cornell University. Maya works with Agritecture on our Middle East projects, producing sustainability content and advising on strategy for the Agritecture team and its clients.

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Briana Zagami


Media Strategist

Briana is a digital media strategist. She manages Agritecture's online presence and works to create strategic partnerships that will help Agritecture to raise awareness and educate users on the importance of urban agriculture for developing smart cities. She received her education from Dickinson College where she performed research on sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as the adverse effects of climate change on vulnerable populations.

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