Engaging younger architects in activities at the Center for Architecture and recruiting younger members to join the AIA is one of my priorities.

The median age of our membership is over 50 years old. Fewer people are pursuing licensure. Taking these factors into account, we realize that it is critical to demonstrate to emerging professionals that an AIA membership can be incredibly valuable to young practitioners and new firms. Continue reading “YOUNG ARCHITECTS WANTED!”

Dispatch from the 2016 AIA National Convention: Phil-AIA-delphia

Scores of AIA New York Chapter members joined me at my first AIA National Convention in Philadelphia. We were well represented by our speakers, board members, committee chairs, and many other members who participated in networking, information exchange, high-level workshops, and upwards of 35 daily tours. AIANY was especially proud to see 18 members inducted to the AIA College of Fellows at the annual Investiture Ceremony at the University of Pennsylvania’s Irvine Auditorium. Continue reading “Dispatch from the 2016 AIA National Convention: Phil-AIA-delphia”

Advocating for Architects in Albany

The 2016 Architects in Albany Advocacy Day was on 05.03.16. AIA representatives from across New York State came together to meet with State Senators and Assemblymembers to advocate for some of the most pressing issues facing the architecture profession. Combined, the statewide group of chapter members and staff met with 76 legislators and their staffs (more than one-third of the Legislature) to inform them on how their decisions can impact architects and the profession. We were also able to use this as an opportunity to ask legislators about their interests and those of their constituents, and to offer insights into how architects can advance their causes. Continue reading “Advocating for Architects in Albany”

AIANY, AIANJ & AIANYS Work with PANYNJ to Improve Bus Terminal Competition Brief to Benefit Architects and the Public

On 03.11.16, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) announced its Bus Terminal International Design + Deliverability Competition. Initially, AIANY was pleased to learn that the Port Authority Bus Terminal was slated for improvement and that design ideas would be generated as a result of a public competition.

After thoroughly reviewing the Competition Conditions, however, AIANY, AIA New York State, and AIA New Jersey found that certain requirements were at odds with best practices for design competitions, as outlined in AIA National’s Handbook of Architectural Design Competitions. As a coalition, we drafted a letter to PANYNJ that outlined our concerns. This letter was taken seriously by the PANYNJ officials and resulted in a productive discussion that led to several improvements to the competition brief. Continue reading “AIANY, AIANJ & AIANYS Work with PANYNJ to Improve Bus Terminal Competition Brief to Benefit Architects and the Public”

Back to School

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of visiting a group of young New Yorkers who explained to me how the details they crafted on a historic South Street Seaport building were architectural clues to its former life as a fish market. This exchange took place not at a Landmarks Committee hearing, but in a secondgrade classroom at PS 1, a Title One school in Chinatown that is part of New York City’s Community Learning Schools network. The Center for Architecture has worked with the school since 2011 through Learning By Design:NY, our in-school residency program that uses the interdisciplinary study of architecture and design to enrich the K-12 curriculum with a series of hands-on workshops that put students in the role of designers.  Continue reading “Back to School”

Establishing Roots at Grass Roots

Towards the end of my first month on the job I had the pleasure of attending the AIA Grassroots Leadership Event in Detroit. Geared towards the leaders of AIA components from across the nation, I started to more comprehensively understand the diverse concerns that motivate the wide range of AIA chapters. Continue reading “Establishing Roots at Grass Roots”