Robert Sanna

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Robert Sanna is an Adjunct Professor in the Real Estate Development program at Columbia GSAPP, teaching construction management and technology, and has nearly thirty five years of leadership experience within the New York City construction industry. An accomplished project and administrative leader, his expertise has driven notable growth in the retail, commercial and mixed use sectors for Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC).

Mr. Sanna began his career with HRH Construction, working on such notable projects as the Jacob Javits Convention Center and World Wide Plaza. He joined FCRC in 1989 as a project manager, providing project administrative leadership for the construction of One MetroTech Center, one of the first projects at the downtown Brooklyn MetroTech Center campus. Later, as the Executive Vice President and Director of Construction & Design Development, he organized FCRC’s construction department with specific emphasis on quality build-out experiences for its tenants and proactive cost and schedule management. This dynamic technical group provided construction administration for over 40 retail, office, residential, hotel and sports & entertainment projects totaling more than 16 million square feet.

Some of Mr. Sanna’s most high profile projects include New York by Gehry, the 76 story residential building in downtown Manhattan built by world renowned architect Frank Gehry, The New York Times Building, designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Renzo Piano, and Barclays Center, the new, world class, state of the art sports and entertainment venue at Pacific Park Brooklyn, which is home to the Brooklyn Nets.

Mr. Sanna is currently overseeing the residential and infrastructure construction at Pacific Park Brooklyn, the office building at the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island “The Bridge”, and the Bloomberg Center, the first academic building at the campus. He is also overseeing the re-development of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Mr. Sanna serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Nontraditional Employment for Woman (NEW). He previously served as a member of the New York Building Congress Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the Product and Process Innovation Committee of the Building Congress Task Force on Innovation and Best Practices.


Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
Pla6357‑1 Summer 2017
Construction Management and Technology
Robert Sanna
113 Avery Hall
Th 6 PM - 8 PM
Full Semester
3 Points