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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 the NYU CUSP and the NYU Polytechnic School of 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. Dr. Kontokosta plays a major role in the definition and implementation of CUSP’s strategic priorities, and is responsible for the education program, which currently comprises a M.S. in Applied Urban Science and Informatics, an Advanced Certificate program, Executive Education, and a Ph.D. program currently 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 providing the data analysis for the Local Law 84 Building Energy Benchmarking Reports for the NYC Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability. He leads the CUSP Building Informatics research area, focusing on energy performance and water analytics for cities. His research has been published in leading academic journals in fields including science, economics, urban planning, and engineering, and has two forthcoming books on the subject of big data, information, and urban planning and city operations.  Dr. Kontokosta’s work has been featured in CNN, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Fast Company, Bloomberg News, 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, 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 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 entrepreneur in the real estate sector, and has served as Vice Chair of the Suffolk County Planning Commission.


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).