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 working together for our clients.

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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 manages our Bronx greenhouse in partnership with Sky Vegetables and for hire trials available to clients. He specializes in exotic plants and controlled environment operations and experience researching the effects of environmental factors on the taste and quality of crops. His passion for plants developed while working on an educational farm in Israel. Scott holds a BS in Plant Science and Greenhouse Management at the University of Maryland. 

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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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Scott Matus
Policy Consultant 

Scott advises and consults on urban agriculture related government policies. He also manages the Agritecture.com blog, and helps to plan and run 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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We are currently accepting applications from architects, social media managers, and data scientists.

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