AIA 2012 Convention Special: Our Fair Chapter Comes Up Big at Convention

Our new AIA Fellows at the National Cathedral: Daniel J. Kaplan, FAIA; Jonathan Jova Marvel, FAIA; Mary A. Burke, FAIA; Richard Cook, FAIA; Joyce See-yin Lee, FAIA; and Marion Weiss, FAIA.

Daniel Fox

Steven Holl, FAIA, speaks after accepting the AIA Gold Medal.

Daniel Fox

Events: Fellows Investiture Ceremony; 63rd Annual Honors and Awards Celebration
Location: The National Cathedral, Washington, DC; Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC, 05.17-05.19.12
Organizers: AIA 2012 National Convention

Our fair chapter – founding, largest and all – was well-represented at this year’s AIA 2012 Convention election and award ceremonies. Susan Chin, FAIA, was elected 2013-14 AIA Vice President. Running on a platform concerned with emerging professionals and member collaboration, Chin is a current AIA National Board member who serves as one of New York’s three Regional Directors; she was also AIANY’s 2005 president. Abby Suckle, FAIA, and Anne Lewison, AIA, RAIC, won an Institute Honor for Collaborative Achievement for their organization cultureNOW, which “uses mapping as a tool to empower people to better visualize the richness and diversity of their community.” Steven Holl, FAIA, was awarded the 2012 AIA Gold Medal. The Gold Medal is considered to be the profession’s highest honor that an individual can receive.

AIANY members were also widely recognized for design excellence. Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects won an Institute Honor Award for Interior Architecture for the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. Also honored with an Interior Architecture Award was Andre Kikoski Architect for The Wright restaurant at the Guggenheim Museum.

Cooper, Robertson & Partners’ Master Plan for the Central Delaware (also an AIANY 2012 Design Award winner) received an Institute Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design, as did Rogers Marvel Architects for the SandRidge Energy Commons in Oklahoma City. Alexander Cooper, FAIA, founding partner of Cooper, Robertson, was given the Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture in the Private Sector Architect category. Notable New York firms and projects also won Institute Honor Awards for Architecture: Morphosis Architects & Gruzen Samton for 41 Cooper Square, and Ennead Architects for the Standard. Cook+Fox’s Live Work Home was awarded a 2012 AIA Housing Award in the One and Two Family Production Homes category.

And the Fellows! Out of 105 promoted to the College of Fellows, no fewer than 10 – about 10% – were Chapter members. Considering there are around 80,000 AIA members nationally, about 300 chapters, and only 3,000 Fellows, this is an impressive accomplishment. No slouch in the notability department, the 10 Fellows elevated were Timothy Allanbrook, FAIA, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.; Kevin Bone, FAIA, Bone Levine Architects; Mary A. Burke, FAIA, Burke Design & Architecture PLLC; Richard Cook, FAIA, Cook+Fox Architects; Umberto Dindo, FAIA, Dindo Architect P.C.; Steven Holl, FAIA, Steven Holl Architects; Daniel J. Kaplan, FAIA, FXFOWLE; Joyce See-yin Lee, FAIA, recently of the NYC Department of Design + Construction; Jonathan Jova Marvel, FAIA, Rogers Marvel Architects; and Marion Weiss, FAIA, WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism.