Testimony at the City Planning Commission
On Wednesday, February 29th AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell offered testimony at a City Planning Commission hearing on the Citywide Zone Green Text Amendment.  While the Chapter supports the amendment, which seeks to remove barriers to the construction of green building features in the City of New York through modification of the Zoning Resolution, we also offered comments for possible refinement or revision.

AIA Announces Support for International Green Construction Code
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced its support for the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), a new model code expected to help conserve energy in both commercial buildings and residential structures while providing direction for safe and sustainable building design and construction. The International Code Council (ICC) is publishing the IgCC today, March 28.

eCALENDAR
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AIA Grassroots 2012 Recap
AIANY joined colleagues from across the nation at the 2012 Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference in Washington, DC. Conference participants convened for three days to empower our collective voice, speak with members of Congress, and share a vision of what America can be – through design. The theme of this year’s conference was Leadership Advocacy Communication, and featured keynote speakers Dr. Richard Jackson, MD, author of Urban Sprawl and Public Health, and former Marine Vernice Armour, the first African-American female combat pilot. ArchiPAC, the AIA’s bipartisan political action committee, raised over $50,000, a new record, with more than 400 donors.

Rick Bell, FAIA

At the conference, AIANY received the 2012 AIA Grassroots Excellence Award for Component Outreach Communications – Outstanding Overall Program for “Archtober,” the first ever month-long festival of architecture and design in New York City, which took place throughout October 2011. The award was conferred by Mickey Jacob, FAIA, First Vice President of the AIA, on March 9, 2012, at the AIA Grassroots Conference at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, DC. Pictured here, AIA National President Jeff Potter, FAIA, stands with AIANY Managing Director Cynthia Phifer Kracauer, AIA, LEED AP; Laura Ann Trimble, Partnership Programs Coordinator; Daniel Fox, Office Manager & Liaison to the Landmarks Preservation Commission; Nicole Friedman, Communications Director; Vicki Long, CAE, Hon AIAFL; and Robert Ivy, FAIA, AIA Executive Vice President & CEO, for the award presentation.

Rick Bell, FAIA

AIA New York State was the recipient of two Grassroots awards at the 2012 conference in Washington, DC; the first, conferred on Thursday, March 8, was for the Government Affairs Overall Program. On Friday, March 9, the AIANYS “Every Building Has an Architect” postcard program was honored with a communications award. Here, Russell Davidson, FAIA, Vice President, AIA National, stands with David Businelli,  AIA, AIANYS Immediate Past President; Stephanie Quirini, AIANYS Communications Director; Edward Farrell, AIANYS Executive Director; Burt Roslyn, FAIA, AIANYS Past-President; and Eric Goshow, AIA, LEED AP, Acting President and President-Elect, AIANYS, after the communications award was presented.

Nicole Friedman

The AIANY delegation held meetings in the Rayburn House Office Building with Congressman Jerrold L. Nadler, as well as with senior legislative staff in the offices of Congresswoman Nydia M. Velazquez, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, and Congressman Charles B. Rangel. Here, AIANY President Joseph J. Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP leads a conversation with Congressman Nadler. AIA Brooklyn Chapter President Giuseppe Anzalone and AIA Queens President Michael Cosentino joined AIANY for the meetings.

In the meetings, AIANY presented the AIA’s Plan for Economic Recovery and asked our elected representatives for their support on a number of initiatives. The plan calls for action on four items to create jobs in the hard hit design and construction industry: Removing Barriers to Private Sector Lending, Saving Energy, Creating Jobs, Helping Small Firms Grow and Thrive, and Revitalizing America’s Neighborhoods by passing a transportation bill. Read more about these agenda items here

AIANYS Acting President Eric Goshow, AIA, LEED AP, similarly led the state delegation meeting in the Hart and Russell Senate Office Buildings with senior legislative staff in the offices of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Senator Charles Schumer. The state delegation was accompanied by President of AIA UK Etain Fitzpatrick, AIA, and President of AIA Europe Thomas Bitnar, AIA, RIBA, CKA.

AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, right, visited the Capitol with Thomas Bitnar, AIA, RIBA, CKA, President, AIA Europe, and Etain Fitzpatrick, AIA, President, AIA UK.

Rick Bell, FAIA

Debra S. Kunce, FAIA, 2012-2013 AIA Vice President, announced that AIA National is embarking upon a repositioning led by Pentagram in partnership with LaPlaca Cohen.

Rick Bell, FAIA

2012 AIA First Vice President and President-Elect Mickey Jacob, FAIA and 2012 AIA President Jeff Potter, FAIA, announce that ArchiPAC had set a new fundraising record. Over $50,000 was raised from more than 400 donors.

Rick Bell, FAIA

AIA DC hosted the annual Grassroots Big Sibs dinner at their spectacular new District Architecture Center, located at 421 7th Street, near Gallery Place. The “big sibs” are comprised of the 15 largest AIA Chapters; those attending included Board Members and component staff from Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Washington DC and New York. AIA DC President Jon Penndorf, AIA, LEED, and Executive Director Mary Fitch, AICP, Hon. AIA, welcomed guests, including AIANY’s Venesa Alicea, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; AIANY President Joseph J. Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP; Illya Azaroff, AIA; AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA; AIANY Policy Director Jay Bond; Mary Burke, FAIA; AIANY Communications Director Nicole Friedman; AIANY Managing Director Cynthia Kracauer, AIA, LEED AP; and AIANY Partnership Programs Coordinator Laura Trimble.

Image courtesy Rick Bell, FAIA

How to create and operate a Center for Architecture” was the topic of a pre-conference workshop that drew almost 50 participants on Wednesday, 03.07.12. Local and State Component Presidents, Presidents-elect and Executive Directors from Sanibel to Hawaii were on hand to compare their aspirations, intentions and plans with examples presented by Lisa Richmond from AIA Seattle, David Crawford, Hon. AIA of AIA North Carolina, and Rick Bell, FAIA representing AIA New York. Seattle’s storefront at 1911 First Avenue near Pike Place Market has greeted designers and the general public for 30 years. AIA North Carolina’s “green and grand” new center, designed by Frank Harmon, FAIA, opens to the public on St. Patrick’s Day, this coming Saturday, 03.17.12. Presentation was also made of all 17 AIA Centers – ranging from AIA San Francisco’s Center for Architecture & Design, to the newly opened Boston Society of Architects’ BSA Space at Atlantic Wharf. The program was reprised by Mary Fitch, Hon. AIA of AIA DC and John Claypool, AIA from AIA Philadelphia on Saturday, 03.10.12.

The Accent on Architecture Gala, benefitting the American Architectural Foundation, took place on Friday evening, 03.09.12 at the Mellon Auditorium on Constitution Avenue. Honorees for 2012 included Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia, Haworth, Inc., and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Representing the AIA New York Chapter were Regional Directors Susan Chin, FAIA and Anthony Schirripa, FAIA and AIANYS Board Member Mary Burke, FAIA, along with Cynthia Kracauer, AIA, Laura Trimble, and Rick Bell, FAIA.

eCALENDAR
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AIANY partners with aecKnowledge
aecKnowledge and AIANY are teaming up to offer online courses on a variety of topics, including sustainability, active design, affordable housing, and historic preservation. Visit aecKnowledge.com to watch free previews of current AIANY course offerings.

NCARB Releases Tools and Resources to Assist Interns With the Rollover to IDP 2.0
The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has released several tools and resources that interns can use to prepare for the rollover to the Intern Development Program (IDP) 2.0. On 3-5 April 2012, NCARB will implement the final phase of IDP 2.0. This phase will include new experience categories and areas, simplified experience settings, and an enhanced electronic system to report IDP experience. IDP 2.0 is the most significant update to the Intern Development Program (IDP) since its inception in the 1970s. Visit www.ncarb.org/idp2 for more information.

Registration is open for the 2012 AIA National Convention & Design Exposition May 17-19 in Washington, D.C.
Registration is now open for the 2012 AIA National Convention & Design Exposition May 17-19 in Washington, D.C.  The exposition, on the theme of “Design Connects,” will feature more than 800 exhibitors and 200 planned program offerings, including workshops and educational opportunities. Visit www.aia.org for more information.

eCALENDAR
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In this issue:
· Architecture for Humanity & the AIA Partner to Prepare Architects for Disaster Response Leadership

· AIA Introduces New Contract Document to DoD Service
· AIANYS Receives Two AIA Grassroots Component Excellence Awards
· e-Calendar


Architecture for Humanity & the AIA Partner to Prepare Architects for Disaster Response Leadership
The AIA and Architecture for Humanity announced a strategic partnership to coordinate advocacy, education, and training that helps architects make effective contributions to communities preparing for, responding to, and rebuilding after disaster.  The partnership is focused on providing resources so more architects can utilize their skills in disaster response environments and better serve as leaders in their community. More information here.

AIA Introduces New Contract Document to DoD Service
The AIA today announced that it has incorporated seven new documents into AIA Documents-on-Demand™, bringing the total number of documents available through this service to 86. The latest addition to Documents-on-Demand includes documents from the A series for Owner/Contractor and the B series for Owner/Architect. Overall, 41 total agreements and forms are now included in Documents-on-Demand that are specifically suited for contractors and three specifically for sub-contractors.  AIA Contract Documents are the most widely-used standard form contracts among the building industry to support construction and design projects. Visit http://documentsondemand.aia.org

AIANYS Receives Two AIA Grassroots Component Excellence Awards
AIA New York State has received two AIA Grassroots Component Excellence Awards. One award was for the Government Affairs Overall Program and the other for the “Every Building Has an Architect Postcard” campaign that was developed by the Public Advocacy Committee. Both awards will be given out during the 2012 Grassroots Annual Leadership & Legislative Conference held in March in Washington, D.C.

eCALENDAR
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In this issue:
· AIA Announces 2012 Legislative Agenda
· AIA Launches “Issues and Advocacy” Web Page
· e-Calendar


AIA Announces 2012 Legislative Agenda
On 01.17.12, the AIA unveiled its 2012 legislative agenda that has creating jobs in the hard-hit design and construction industry as its top priority. The Institute’s “Plan for Economic Growth” concentrates its efforts on solving the four key economic challenges facing the profession: Removing Barriers to Private Sector Lending; Saving Energy, Creating Jobs; Helping Small Firms Grow; and Revitalizing America’s Neighborhoods. Click here for more information.


AIA Launches “Issues and Advocacy” Web Page
The AIA Government and Community Relations team recently launched a completely redesigned Issues and Advocacy web page, a one-stop source for advocacy resources and information, including daily updates about AIA efforts at the local, state, and federal level.


eCALENDAR
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Center for Architecture Gallery Hours and Location
Monday-Friday: 9:00am-8:00pm, Saturday: 11:00am-5:00pm, Sunday: CLOSED
536 LaGuardia Place, Between Bleecker and West 3rd Streets in Greenwich Village, NYC, 212-683-0023

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

Building Connections 2011

On view 10.01.2011-02.11.2012

Arch Schools 2011

On view 11.19.2011-03.03.2012

Two Wheel Transit: NYC Bike Share

On view 01.11-02.04.2012

In this issue:
· Announces New SDAT Communities
· AIA, Public Architecture Partner on Pro Bono Services
· e-Calendar


AIA Announces New SDAT Communities
On 01.10.12, the AIA announced that seven communities throughout the U.S. were selected to take part in the Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT), including: Augusta, GA; Austin, TX; Sipaulovi Village, AZ; South Hadley, MA; Springfield, IL; Stanwood, WA; and Wenatchee, WA. Technical assistance will be provided to the communities, representing an institutional investment in sustainable development. Click here to read more about the program.


AIA, Public Architecture Partner on Pro Bono Services
The AIA has created a new partnership with Public Architecture in support of pro bono design, encouraging architecture and design firms to participate in The 1%, a program in which firms commit a minimum of 1% of their time to pro bono services. The program also facilitates a matching service to connect firms with nonprofits seeking pro bono design services. The AIA will collaborate with Public Architecture to build a web portal to record metrics on firms’ contributions to the program and the communities they serve. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed 12.13.11 in San Francisco. Click here to read the news release.


eCALENDAR
eCalendar includes an interactive listing of architectural events around NYC. Click the link to go to to eCalendar on the Web.

Center for Architecture Gallery Hours and Location
Monday-Friday: 9:00am-8:00pm, Saturday: 11:00am-5:00pm, Sunday: CLOSED
536 LaGuardia Place, Between Bleecker and West 3rd Streets in Greenwich Village, NYC, 212-683-0023

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

Building Connections 2011

On view 10.01.2011-02.11.2012

Buildings=Energy

On view 10.01.2011-01.21.2012

Arch Schools 2011

On view 11.19.2011-03.03.2012

Two Wheel Transit: NYC Bike Share

On view 01.11-02.04.2012

In this issue:
· AIA Amends Continuing Education Policy in Accordance with NCARB Recommendation
· BSA Re-brands, Combines Major Trade Shows
· Passing: Andrew Geller
· e-Calendar


AIA Amends Continuing Education Policy in Accordance with NCARB Recommendation
On 12.19.11, the AIA Board of Directors voted to amend the continuing education requirement for members at the recommendation of NCARB’s board members to incorporate 12 hours of health, safety, and welfare (HSW) continuing education hours (CEHs). According to a release issued by NCARB, 2012 AIA President Jeff Potter, FAIA, said, “There was broad acceptance among our leadership that higher standards of professional knowledge were crucial to our identity, that AIA strongly supports efforts by NCARB to seek uniform continuing education requirements across its member jurisdictions, and that a better alignment of requirements is more valuable and convenient for our AIA members and NCARB Record holders.” To read the full NCARB announcement, click here.


BSA Re-brands, Combines Major Trade Shows
The Boston Society of Architects (BSA) announced that its two major annual trade shows, “Build Boston” and “Residential Design and Construction,” have been combined under the title, “ArchitectureBoston Expo.” The re-branded conference and trade show is named after the BSA’s publication ArchitectureBoston, and will take place at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 11.14-16.12. Click here to read the BSA announcement.


Passing: Andrew Geller
AIANY mourns the passing of architect Andrew Geller, 1924-2011. Geller was widely known for his houses on the east end of Long Island, including the Pearlroth House (See “Summering in the Hamptons,” by Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, e-OCULUS, 11.15.2006). In a blog post dated 12.26.11, the day after Geller’s passing, Alastair Gordon wrote: “Geller posed something of a threat to the status quo. He was incredibly prolific, experimental, friendly, never took himself too seriously, could be irreverent, and even had dared to live a normal family life in suburban Long Island…. [His] works defined a transitional period of American domestic architecture that lay somewhere between the flat-roofed, glass pavilions of neo-Bauhaus… and a younger generation of sixties neo-Cubist, neo-Corb moderninsm.” Click here to read the full post on the blog, Alastair Gordon Wall to Wall.


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