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Porie Saikia

Visiting Associate Professor


Porie Saikia has demonstrated exemplary leadership by driving design excellence in civic architecture and championing innovative project delivery to enhance the built environment experience.

Porie Saikia’s contributions to the design and construction industry have included climate leadership, transportation initiatives, architectural design, innovative project development, management, and delivery on range of projects in both buildings and infrastructure in public and private sectors. Globally acknowledged, her passion for a sustainable built environment coupled with her ability to support & channel team expertise has led Porie to pioneer, create and deliver complex projects with multifaceted objectives.

Porie’s work experience at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority NY as Chief Architect and Senior Director of Environment, Energy & Sustainability, at international consulting company of CH2MHILL as the Business Vice President, as Executive Director at Asian University of Women Support Foundation in Cambridge & Bangladesh, as Program Manager at NYC Department of Design and Construction, as Senior Associate at the LiRo Group and as Design Architect at NYC Department of Environmental Protection, has compounded her strength in resource management, team building, project prioritization, program evaluation and project delivery. Together with Porie’s leadership tenets, these have afforded her to successfully deliver atypical programs such as post 9/11 transit projects, post disaster knowledge share platforms, establishment of new construction trends in a developing country, and increasing business revenues for private companies.

Master of Public Administration /MPA, New York University, New York, NY
Bachelor of Architecture/B. Arch, Maharaja Sayajirao University, India
Registered Architect/RA NY State
Chartered Member of Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
Chartered Construction Manager, UK, chartered to practice construction management internationally (CIOB)
Interior Design courses, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY

2023 Honoree – Breaking the Glass Ceiling-Empowering Women in Transportation
2022 Nelson A. Rockefeller Excelsior Award for public architecture
2020 Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) for architectural excellence in public service
2010 Fellow of Chartered Institute of Building (FCIOB) for exemplary contribution in construction management
2018 Recipient of FJ Gerstner Medal of Merit for Transportation Science Development at CTU, Prague
2015 BxW Built by Women NYC & 2018 AIA Recognition for design responsibility of Fulton Center, NYC
2014 Construction Management Award/project specific from CMAA NYNJ.
2014 Recognition of Achievement Award from CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building), UK
2009 Outstanding Women in Construction Award from Women Builders Council, NY
2009 Good Scout Honor Award from Boy Scouts of America (Transportation & Construction).
2008 Professional Achievement Award from Society of Indo American Engineers & Architects
2004 & 1989 Design Excellence Award (NY MTA & NYC DEP projects) from New York City Art Commission
2002 & 2006 Individual Achievement Awards from Construction Management Association NY/NJ

Publication by Porie Saikia

“Bridging the Gap” – CIOB Educational Newsletter – International-2023 / Individual.
“Notes from the Epicenter”-Coronavirus and New York City – GCR 2022 /Individual.
“Smart Cities” – A series of articles published by Assam Tribune —an Indian daily— on the Concepts of Smart Cities/Individual.
“Saving the Planet” –- MTA publication 2018 on Mass Transit and Green House Gas Emissions / Team.
“Project Management Manual” for American Airlines CRE & Facilities / Individual.
“Climate Adaptation Task Force Resiliency Report” – MTA publication 2017 on MTA Resilience measures/Team.

“MTA & Climate Change” – MTA Publication 2017 on Climate Change Policies at the MTA / Team.

“Responding to Hurricane Sandy” – Article for UN COP21 Adaptation publication 2015 / Team.
“Sandy Proofing” – Article in the Global Construction Review (GCR) Magazine UK 2013 / Individual.
“Risk & Resiliency After Sandy” – NYBC Publication, 2013 / Team.
“Manual for World Class Railway Stations,” – Indian Railways publication, 2009 / Team Lead.
“A Guidebook for Construction Manager-at-Risk Contracting for Highway Projects” – for NCHRP 2008 /Team.

“Building for the Power Behind the Wheels” – MTA publication- 2004 on NYC Powerhouse Designs/ Team Lead.

“Design Guidelines for New Underground Stations” – MTA publication, 2004 / Team Lead.

Publication on Porie Saikia

“Moving 8 million people a day: CIOB Fellow wins prestigious New York award”- Global Construction Review’22
MTA at the Forefront of Environmental Sustainability – Earth Day 2017 MTA.
SMART CITIES Prague2015 – Press Release-international scientific symposium by CTU Prague & Prague TV clip.
Global Female Leaders-Interview at GFL Summit Publication, Zürich April 10, 2015.
“Porie Saikia-Eapen Arkitektoa” – Beria Bilbao, February 13, 2014- a regional Newspaper in Bilbao, Spain.
Arq Porie Saikia-Eapen, ”El transporte en Nueva York es vital, nuestro objetivo era reconstruirlo lo antes posible” – University of Navarra, Spain February 26, 2014.
“Porie Saikia-Eapen elected as head of Council of Industry Women’s Organizations in the Built Environment” – ICPM, March, 2013 – News article by International Construction Project Management Assoc.
Ground Breaking Women of CIOB – Journeys of Ten Women (including Porie) in the International Construction Focus- a publication by “Woman Talent” magazine in Chongqing, China for UN Intracen 2011.
“Still Bumping up Against the Glass Ceiling” – Article published by ICON, 3rd Quarter 2010.
MTA Scales Back – New York Times, June 29, 2005, on Fulton Center & NYC Transit Chief Architect.
“The cast of CPM Architecture, the parts that they play, and how they work their magic on a variety of projects.” CPM NEWS, MTA NYCT, Autumn-Winter 2003.