Running For: Alumni Trustee

Campaign Statement

I believe that in the 21st century, due to the ever-expanding internet and greater availability of other resources, education largely can be“as free as air and water.” Perhaps even more so, granted clean air and fresh water are now by no means guaranteed. In the 21st century, a tuition free educational institution, is rare. I believe that a tuition free educational institution implicitly addresses both autonomy and the commonweal, and can generate an ethos of contribution. I believe this ethos was fundamental to the Cooper Union I and others experienced as students. I am dedicated to seeing a tuition free Cooper Union again, and it would be an honor to serve as a Cooper Union Alumni Trustee to work towards this and other objectives.


Standish received a B. Arch from Cooper Union in 2011 with a Minor in History & Society. She currently works for Triton Construction as a Pre-construction Manager in New York City. Her projects with Triton include 412 W15th Street, a 128,577 GSF, 21 story new construction commercial core & shell project; 312-435 W14th Street, a 99,834 GSF commercial gut renovation; 1185 Broadway, a 40 story 164 key hotel and 11 Hoyt Street currently under NDA, approximate contract values totaling $635M. Her responsibilities include liaison with governing agencies and neighboring buildings, constructibility reviews, estimating, value engineering, scheduling, purchasing, jobsite oversight, management of design assist processes, contract reviews and contract management. At Triton Construction, she has executed approximately 90 contracts thus far.

Previously, Standish was with Hunter Roberts Construction Group as a Project Manager, assigned to the Manhattan West Southwest Residential Tower, a 63 story 799,800 SF, 844-unit new construction residential rental building. Standish managed and coordinated MEPs, vertical transportation and site utilities as well as created the site safety plan and managed the incident and injury free program. She was previously assigned to 50 West Street, a 64 story 523,643 GSF, 191-unit new construction residential condo project where her responsibilities included management of the exterior wall along with numerous other trades, site logistics, change orders and schedule.

During her time at Cooper Union, Standish worked for multiple architects, of note, Vito Acconci, where her projects included the Mediterranean Biennale, in Calabria, Italy; the Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture, in Shenzhen, China; Submission for Art Basel Miami Beach; Submission for the 2012 London Olympics; and a Public Auditorium in Stavanger, Norway.

Standish has also acted as a research assistant to Sanford Kwinter for Harvard University. Standish holds a LEED AP BD+C certification and has completed the ARE. She is a Young Associate at the Metropolitan Opera.

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