Robert I. Davidson, FAIA
Senior Vice President
Aviation and Multimodal Facility Design Practice Leader
Robert Davidson, an award-winning architect known for his design of aviation and multimodal transit projects, is a senior vice president. Prior to joining STV, he completed a 34-year career at The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, where he served as chief architect from 1991 through 2004. Under his leadership, he and his staff provided high quality in-house aviation and transportation master planning and architectural design services to the Authority's client departments, including the direction, production and oversight of aviation and transportation public space and support facility projects for its Capital Program. Mr. Davidson has been guided by a design excellence philosophy specifically geared toward aviation and transportation in the public realm, a highly specialized component of the architectural profession.
Mr. Davidson has been published extensively, has presented at numerous conferences as a keynote speaker and has served on numerous peer review committees. His array of programs and projects includes the planning and design of the following:
Airport Gateways : JFK International, Newark International and LaGuardia Airports. Airport redevelopment programs include overall master planning, urban design and terminal building design, as well as comprehensive landside access programs that developed multimodal ground transportation facilities and open public space. Of particular note is the AirTrain regional light rail airport access system and the system's three intermodal terminals that link AirTrain with the region’s transit infrastructure.
Mr. Davidson is currently directing design of Bradley International Airport’s new Terminal B complex, a campus of buildings that includes the new International Terminal B, a ConRAC/parking garage and a central utility plant; as well as the LAX Ground Transportation Study, a multimodal planning analysis that includes extension of the city’s transit system to the airport, with intermodal connections into the Central Terminal Area.
He is currently directing the design of the George Washington Bridge Bus Station Redevelopment Program, a public private partnership between the Port Authority and a private developer, intended to improve bus service and transform the facility into a regional and neighborhood retail venue.
World Trade Center (WTC) Site : Development of the Transportation Master Plan for the permanent WTC PATH Intermodal Terminal that integrates transit on the WTC site and its surrounding Lower Manhattan context; as well as the planning and design of the
Temporary WTC PATH Intermodal Station, the first new public facility to open on the post-9/11 WTC site.
He received his Bachelor of Architecture from the Pratt Institute School of Architecture and is a Fellow of American Institute of Architects.