City University of New York School of Engineering
Columbia University in the City of New York
Istanbul Yildiz Technical University School of Architecture
Esin Pektas is a dual-licensed New York State Professional Engineer and Registered Architect, and an immigrant from Eastern Turkey. Her parents are from Malatya, the apricot capital of the world, a diverse region of Turks, Kurds, Armenians, and Bektashis. With an ever-growing curiosity about science and construction, Esin grew up to become a building professional. She studied both architecture and engineering, and has worked on projects in North America, Europe, and Asia. Esin has over 17 (seventeen) years of experience in architecture, engineering, urban planning, and construction administration in New York City.
Esin is also the owner and Principal of Esin Pektas Engineering & Architecture, a WBE (Woman-Owned Business Enterprise) certified by New York City, New York State, and PANYNJ (Port Authority of New York New Jersey).
Esin’s practice focuses on skyscrapers and adaptive renovations specific to New York City’s unique historical and environmental context. She has worked on an assortment of commercial, residential, and institutional properties. Esin worked on a number of buildings that were governed by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and the National Register of Historic Places. She has recently held positions including Principal at EPEA, Director at Vidaris, Vice President at The Falcon Group, the Director of New Construction at RAND Engineering and Architecture, and Project Manager at DJLA. In addition to those New York City-based positions, Esin also worked for two years as In-House Architect for Zibo Xuancheng in Shandong, China, where she managed design-build factory projects.
Throughout her career, Esin has worked in a variety of environments, in the US and abroad, and in both studio and construction site settings. This wide range of experience has given her a valuable overview of multiple stylistic trends in architecture, as well as diverse building environments. Esin’s combined knowledge of building structure and inner workings enable her to adopt a holistic approach to her projects, giving the clients the best possible recommendations and solutions.
In addition to Esin’s licensure in architecture and engineering, she is a certified LEED AP BD+C (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional specializing in Building Design and Construction). She holds a Bachelor’s of Architecture from Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey. She also studied Civil/Structural Engineering at City University of New York at CCNY. She earned a Masonry Restoration certification from the Restore Program at Columbia University of New York. Esin is also certified as a Preservation Architect by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, and a Qualified Exterior Wall Inspector (QEWI) certified by the NYC Department of Buildings Facades Unit.
Esin is also a 2018 alumnus of the U.S. Italy Business Council Young Leaders program. She spent a year at the American Academy in Rome (AAR) as a Visiting Artist/Scholar in 2017. During her residency at the AAR, she had an apprenticeship at Peter Rockwell Sculpture Studio throughout the year. Esin had her first internship at the age of 16 at Buse Mimarlik, the architecture studio of Sabri Konak, the president of the Chamber of Architects in Mersin, Turkey.
In addition to her professional activities, Esin is dedicated to applying her design skills and construction knowledge to help create better communities. For over a decade, she has volunteered for the Architecture for Humanity projects in the US and abroad. She worked as a site director and Registered Architect advisor for post-Sandy recovery projects in Rockaway, New York. In a humanitarian project called “We Are All Neighbors,” she helped to build a refugee center along the Turkey-Syria border during the war with an organization called Hayata Destek (Support to Life), and later teamed up with the Hisar-Anatolian Support Society to design a women’s center to be built by local women working as beekeepers and carpet weavers in the city of Van in Eastern Turkey.
In recent years, Esin has been active as an educator in the New York City community. She taught AIA approved Continuing Education classes and workshops at New York Build 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 conferences. Also, Esin held a panel at NYBuild 2019 titled New York City’s New Skyscraper Boom. Esin was one of the judges for the 2018 New York City Construction Awards. She was also involved in teaching LEED programs to fellow architects and engineers at AIA New York Chapter Center for Architecture (2015-2019). Her projects and articles are published in Architectural Record, Habitat, BetonArt and New York Real Estate Journal.
Outside of her spiderwoman work on scaffolds, Esin is a sailor, racing a Sonar-23 on the majestic Hudson River. She also flies a Cessna-172 Skyhawk.
December 2019: New York State licensed Professional Engineer
October 2015: NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission Approved Preservation Architect January 2014: USGBC LEED Accredited Professional Building Design and Construction November 2011: New York State licensed Registered Architect
November 2011: New York City QEWI (Qualified Exterior Wall Inspector)
November 2011: NYC DOB Special Inspector: Masonry
November 2011: NYC DOB Special Inspector: Walls Panels, Curtain Walls, and Veneers November 2011: NYC DOB Special Inspector: Alternative Materials – Post-Installed Anchors March 2010: Cold Liquid Applied Roofing and Waterproofing
January 2010: NYC DOB Approved Suspended Scaffold June 2009: NYC DOB Certified Supported Scaffold Safety
May 2007: Building Enclosure Council Building Science Fundamentals May 2006: NYU SCPS Building Code -Zoning
June 2003: AutoDesk VIZ
June 2021: AIA New York LI WIA- Spotlight: Architect as Builder
April 2021: USA Digital Construction Festival- Panelist: Digital Innovation Tools: 3D Scanning
January 2021: Port Authority NYNJ – Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification
September 2020: New York State – WBE Certification
March 2020: NY Build 2020 – Speaker: “Building a Skyscraper in NYC”
December 2019: Best of Astoria – Architect award
May 2019: WBC – 2019 Outstanding Woman in Construction award
March 2019: NY Build 2019 – Chairperson for Future Construction Summit
March 2019: TEDx Talk: “Bringing the Rainbow to Construction”
January 2019: NYC SBS Woman-Owned Business Enterprise Certification
September 2018: U.S. – Italian Business Council Young Leader alumni
March 2018: New York Build Expo 2018 – Moderator for Developing New York
February 2018: New York City Construction Awards – Judge
June 2017: Architectural Record: Architecture NewMay 2017: American Institute of Architects (AIA) Center for Architecture Panel Discussion to Introduce Esin Pektas, Architect, Founder of “We Are All Neighbors”
March 2017: NY BUILD 2017 AIA approved Continuing Education Workshop Speaker: Redevelopment of Existing Buildings
February 2017: AVON Women of the Year Humanitarian Projects: “We Are All Neighbors” & “Built by Women for Women”
January 2017: American Academy in Rome Visiting Artist/Scholar in Residence
December 2016: NYREJ New York Real Estate Journal Ask the Expert Article on Green Roof Conversion in NYC
October 2016: NYREJ Professional Services Expert Article on NYC DOB Local Law 11/98 (FISP) January 2015: HABITAT Bricks & Bucks article on Fort Lee Northbridge Park
March 2014: USGBC Green Building Council Storm Resistant LEED-Gold Home Design Competition Second Place Breezy Point, NY
February 2014: HABITAT Around the Town article on 30 Main Street Brooklyn, NY November 2012: USGBC LEED Certification award for the DAS USA Showroom
February 2009: Crain’s NY Business Medical Construction and Design Memorial Sloan Kettering ICU Design Award for DaSilva Architects
May 2008: Golden Key International Honor Society US Presidential Inauguration Invitation to White House, January 2009)
April 2008: CUNY CCNY Best Calculus Finalist Award
May 2007: NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission 2006 New York Lucy Moses Best Individual Landmark Restoration Award for DJLA (240 Central Park South)
July 2005: USA Participant of XXII. UIA World Architecture Congress March 1999: Tasarim Architecture Magazine Emerging Architect award