Ariel joined Artspace in 2015 as Project Manager in the Property Development department. With a background in urban planning and global real estate development, Ariel is responsible for analyzing the financial feasibility of potential development opportunities, coordinating with City and State funding agencies, and overseeing the successful completion of Artspace real estate development projects.
Ariel graduated from New York University-Schack Institute of Real Estate with a Master in Global Real Estate Development and CUNY-Hunter College with a Master in Urban Planning. In his previous role as Project Manager for the housing division of The Acacia Network--the second largest Latino-based nonprofit in the country--Ariel was tasked with overseeing the development of various large-scale projects totaling well over $200 million in total development costs. Ariel has extensive experience in all phases of project life cycles, which include predevelopment, site acquisition, financing, construction oversight, project closing and loan conversions, tax credit recapturing (i.e. 8609s, etc.), and marketing.
Prior to enrolling at NYU-Schack, Ariel assisted the Regional Director at New York Senator Charles E. Schumer’s office, and the Regional Advocate at the Small Business Administration (SBA) developing a familiarity with federal, state, and city governments in New York. Additionally, Ariel was part of the planning team that developed the town of West New York, New Jersey master plan (passed by the Planning Commission in 2011); supported Horsford & Poteat (HP) Development on Colon Plaza (a $16.8M development in Harlem, NY, helping secure an additional $400,000 in gap funding from government agencies); and analyzed and researched Middle Eastern planning techniques and green initiatives for the architectural firm of John A. Garcia Architect for implementation in a sustainable power generator in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.