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Constantine E. Kontokosta

Deputy Director, Academics; Asst. Professor, Urban Informatics; Head, Quantified Community ckontokosta@nyu.edu 646-997-0509

Dr. Constantine E. Kontokosta, PE, AICP, LEED AP, FRICS, is the Deputy Director for Academics at the NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) and is a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Urban Informatics at NYU CUSP and the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, Department of Civil and Urban Engineering. He is also the Principal Investigator and Head of the CUSP Quantified Community research facility, a groundbreaking project in partnership with the Related Companies – Hudson Yards, which will create a fully instrumented urban neighborhood in New York City. As a member of the CUSP leadership team, Dr. Kontokosta plays a major role in the definition and implementation of CUSP’s strategic priorities, and serves as the academic director for its graduate programs, which currently comprise the M.S. in Applied Urban Science and Informatics, an Advanced Certificate program, Executive Education, and a Ph.D. program under development.

Dr. Kontokosta‘s research lies at the intersection or urban planning, data science, and systems engineering, and he has worked with numerous city agencies on issues of urban sustainability and resilience, most recently leading the data analysis for the Local Law 84 Building Energy Benchmarking Reports and data-driven policy initiatives for the NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. He leads the CUSP Building Informatics and Computational Urban Policy research area, focusing on urban energetics and data-driven climate change mitigation strategies for cities. His research has been published in leading academic journals in fields including science, economics, urban policy and planning, and engineering, and has two forthcoming books, one on civic analytics and the other on the subject of big data and urban sustainability.  Dr. Kontokosta’s work has been featured in CNN, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Fast Company, Bloomberg News, Financial Times, and ASCE’s Civil Engineering Magazine, among other national and international media outlets.

Dr. Kontokosta holds a Ph.D., M.Phil, and M.S. in Urban Planning, specializing in urban economics and econometrics, from Columbia University, a M.S. in Real Estate Finance from New York University, and a B.S.E. in Civil Engineering Systems 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 has been elected a Fellow of the RICS. He is a recipient of the IBM Faculty Award, the C. Lowell Harriss Fellowship, the HUD Doctoral Dissertation Award, the Charles Abrams Award, and Teaching Excellence and Outstanding Service Awards at NYU, and has been named a Fulbright Senior Specialist. In addition, he is an accomplished real estate entrepreneur, and has served as Vice Chair of the Suffolk County Planning Commission and on the Boards of the UNEP SBCI and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.


Fuerst, F., Kontokosta, C., & McAllister, P. (2014). Determinants of Green Building Adoption. Environment and Planning, B(41), 551-570.

Jain, R., Moura, J., & Kontokosta, C. (2014). Big Data and Big Cities: Graph Signals of Urban Air Pollution. IEEE Signal Processing, (31), 130-136.

Jain, R., Damoulas, T., & Kontokosta, C. (2014). Towards Data-Driven Energy Consumption Forecasting of Multi-Family Residential Buildings: Feature Selection via The Lasso. Computing in Civil and Building Engineering, 1675-1682.

Kontokosta, C. (2013). From Transparency to Transformation: A Market-Specific Methodology for a Commercial Building Energy Performance Rating System.

Kontokosta, C. (2013). Mixed-Income Housing and Neighborhood Integration: Evidence from Inclusionary Zoning Programs. Journal of Urban Affairs.

Kontokosta, C. (2013). Energy Disclosure, Market Behavior, and the Building Data Ecosystem. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, (1295), 34-43.

Kontokosta, C. (2013). “Tall Buildings and Urban Expansion: Tracing the History of Zoning in the United States. ASCE Journal of Leadership and Management in Engineering, (13), 190-198.

Kontokosta, C. (2013). . Local Law 84 Energy Benchmarking Data: 2nd Year Analysis. Report to the New York City’s Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability. (Provided Data Analysis with David Hsu).