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Constantine E. Kontokosta

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

Professor Constantine E. Kontokosta, PhD, PE, 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 Tandon 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 underway at Hudson Yards and in Lower Manhattan, which will create data- and sensor-enabled urban neighborhoods in New York City to catalyze the use of data to support urban planning and design. As a founding member of the CUSP leadership team, Dr. Kontokosta plays a major role in the definition and implementation of CUSP’s strategic priorities and impact-driven research with New York City and cities globally. In this capacity, he serves as the academic director for CUSP’s 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. Prof. Kontokosta also serves as a Faculty Engineer-in-Residence at the NYU Incubators, mentoring cleantech and smart city start-up companies from early stage idea refinement to technology demonstration and deployment.

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 in support of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability building energy efficiency goals. 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 Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (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 RICS.


Kontokosta, Constantine E. Forthcoming, 2015. Big Data and Sustainable Property Markets: Decision-Making in the Age of Informatics. London: Routledge.

Kontokosta, Constantine E. and Awais Malik. 2015. The Resilience to Disasters and Emergencies Index: A Methodology for Quantifying Community Resilience Capacity. Report to the New York State Office of Storm Recovery.

Kontokosta, Constantine E. 2015. “Do Inclusionary Zoning Policies Disperse Affordable Housing? A Comparative Spatial Analysis,” Journal of Housing and the Built Environment.

City of New York. New York City Local Law 84 Benchmarking Report, 2014. New York, NY: Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, September (Provided data analysis and policy recommendations).

Kontokosta, Constantine E. and Daniel Marasco. 2014. NYSERDA Home Performance with Energy Star Program Analysis and Predictive Modeling. Reported prepared for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the New York State Office of the Governor.

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.

Kontokosta, Constantine E. 2014. “A Market-Specific Methodology for a Commercial Building Energy Performance Index,” Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics.

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. New York University – Center for Urban Science and Progress.

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).

Kontokosta, Constantine E. 2012. “The Price of Victory: The Impacts of the Olympic Games on Residential Real Estate Markets,” Urban Studies 49: 961-978

Kontokosta, Constantine E. 2012. “Predicting Building Energy Efficiency Using New York City Benchmarking Data,” Proceedings of the ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings.

Kontokosta, Constantine E. 2011. “Greening the Regulatory Landscape: The Spatial and Temporal Diffusion of Green Building Policies in U.S. Cities,” Journal of Sustainable Real Estate 3: 68-90.