The Cirgenski+Capalino team combines backgrounds in architecture, construction, finance, development, and government advocacy, with decades of in-depth experience in sectors ranging from hospitality to commercial real estate. By keeping clients' goals the continuing focus of our energies, we strive to deliver creative, cost-effective results.
CHRISTOPHER L. CIRGENSKI, Partner
Chris is a recognized leader in New York City’s construction and architecture industries. He has over 30 years of diverse experience in both areas. As a registered architect, he practiced for two decades on a national and international level and designed projects ranging in scale from entire city plans to commercial interiors. Prior to establishing Cirgenski+Capalino, Chris co-founded Fountainhead Commercial Construction, a construction management company that provided services to a number of not-for-profit institutions and private clients. Before founding Fountainhead, Chris served as a Principal of Lehr Construction, one of New York City’s premier contractors, where he helped increase its revenues from $275 million to $400 million in six years. Chris co-founded the architectural firm Space prior to joining Lehr. He has also served as Senior Project Manager for Rafael Viñoly Architects and Senior Project Architect for Parsons International/MMM Group. Chris received a Master of Architecture Degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fine Arts from Dartmouth College.
JAMES F. CAPALINO, Partner
Jim is one of New York’s premier urban problem-solving strategists. His background combines senior management roles in government, public relations, real estate, and construction management, with extensive public sector experience at senior levels of NYC government. Prior to establishing Cirgenski+Capalino and Capalino+Company, he founded The Growth Strategy Group - helping corporations refine strategy, manage change and increase returns – and served as COO of AJ Contracting, one of the nation’s largest minority owned contractors. He increased its revenues from $l25 million to $400 million in three years. Jim’s government career began in 1972 when he successfully managed the mayoral campaign of Congressman Edward I. Koch. He became Commissioner of General Services, a 2,000+ employee, $750 million agency, at the age of 29 (still, the youngest commissioner in City history). Jim holds a Master of Arts Degree in Management and Urban Affairs from the New School University, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, cum laude, from Colgate University. He currently sits on the Boards of Safe Space and Friends of Hudson River Park Trust.
MARK P. THOMPSON, Vice President for Real Estate Advisory Services
Mark has spent nearly three decades advising real estate clients in New York, the United States and Eastern Europe. His clients have included institutions, governments and private investors in both advisory and transaction-oriented roles. Mark advises clients on real estate development strategies, including zoning and project approvals, permit applications, responses to Requests for Proposals and Requests for Qualifications, landmark issues and economic incentives. A resident of Manhattan, Mark is active in civic affairs and serves as Vice Chair of Manhattan Community Board 6. He is a graduate of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and the University of Southern California and is a member of the American Planning Association.
KATE LISI, Project Manager
Kate has a diverse range of professional experience from private equity real estate investment to architectural design. Kate's previous experiences include a residency at MoMA PS1 and work exhibited at MoMA, the Vice Creators Project, and the Venice Biennale. She holds a post-professional Master of Architecture Degree from the Yale University School of Architecture with a self-directed focus in Real Estate Finance. Kate also holds a 5-year Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where she researched sustainable building technologies.