Come celebrate with us on November 7 at Tribeca 360° and meet the recipients of our Inaugural Public Space Leadership Awards. Join friends and colleagues to make Design Trust’s work to create community-based inclusive, equitable public space across the five boroughs of NYC possible. Get tickets here.

industry leadership award

marc heiman

Marc Heiman joined Richter+Ratner in 2005 as president and chief operating officer. The first non-family member to join the executive team, he became Owner and CEO just four years later in 2009. With more than 25 years of experience in the industry, Mr. Heiman has managed over $5 billion in projects.

Prior to joining R+R, he was the Vice President of Sciame Construction. During his 21-year career in the industry he has overseen a variety of projects, including educational institutions (Parsons The New School, Lycée Français), retail flagships (Uniqlo, Bulgari), religious institutions (Central Synagogue) and expansion projects (Harvard Club).

Mr. Heiman currently serves as Board Treasurer for the Design Trust for Public Space and as an AIA New York Board Member. He has been instrumental in expanding the organization's capacity to create community-based inclusive, equitable public space across the five boroughs of NYC.


polly trottenberg

Appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio in January 2014, Commissioner Polly Trottenberg leads the NYC Department of Transportation, the nation’s largest municipal transportation agency with over 5,000 employees and a $17 billion 10-year capital plan.

As Commissioner, Polly Trottenberg directs the agency’s mission — focusing on mobility, safety, equity, sustainability and economic growth in DOT’s oversight of roads, bridges, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and the Staten Island Ferry. Under her leadership, DOT has expanded street resurfacing and reconstruction, increased bridge rehabilitation and construction, improved bus performance, and expanded the bike network to over 1,190 miles.

She has led Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative to eliminate roadway fatalities. New York City has redesigned hundreds of city streets and achieved legislative victories in lowering the City’s speed limit to 25 MPH. Under Vision Zero, the City has seen its fewest-ever traffic fatalities. Commissioner Trottenberg serves on the Board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and chairs TRANSCOM.

With a career in public service spanning over more than 25 years, Commissioner Trottenberg most recently served as USDOT’s Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy, under the Obama Administration. She also worked under U.S. Senators Charles Schumer, Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Barbara Boxer. Trottenberg graduated from Barnard College and received her Master's in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.


carl weisbrod

Carl Weisbrod has had an extraordinary impact on New York City’s public realm throughout his outstanding four-decade career dedicated to public service. As founding president of NYC’s Economic Development Corporation, Mr. Weisbrod led public and private partnerships that transformed some of the City’s most dynamic and fastest-growing neighborhoods. Mayor Bloomberg appointed Mr. Weisbrod as the director of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation following the devastation of Lower Manhattan after the 9/11 attacks, where he was instrumental in the dramatic recovery of the area and leading efforts to heal the city.

As a member of the de Blasio Administration, he served as both chairman of the New York City Planning Commission and also director of the NYC Department of City Planning.  Mr. Weisbrod was charged with creating land-use policies to promote an equitable, resilient, sustainable and economically vibrant city; his tenure has overseen the enactment of Zoning for Quality and Affordability, which led to the Midtown East rezoning project, including vast improvements to public space near Grand Central.
Mr. Weisbrod's distinguished career is a testament to his commitment to building equitable, resilient, and economically vibrant communities.