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11.28.13: Cheng-Hsun Wu (2nd from the left) and Chien Chung (Didi) Pei, AIA, (3nd from the left) of Pei Partnership Architects joined Taiwan President Ma Ying Jeou (center) and others at the Presidential Palace in Taipei, where they were invited to present at the 2013 World Association of Chinese Architects Annual Meeting & Academic Forum.

11.06.13: Gene Kaufman and Robert Siegel, FAIA, of Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman & Associates Architects celebrate at the launch party for Gwathmey Siegel Buildings and Projects 2002-2012 with a chocolate cake replica of the famed “Gwathmey House” in East Hampton, L.I.

11.18.13: RKT&B commemorated its 50th anniversary by donating 10 trees to each of New York’s five boroughs to replace trees destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.

11.19.13: The Historic Districts Council’s 2013 Landmarks Lion honored Hugh Hardy, FAIA, and Tiziana Hardy for their dedication to historic preservation in New York City.

11.23.13: AIANY 2013 and 2014 board members took in the view from Rafael Viñoly’s yellow amphitheater built on the roof of the Spitzer School of Architecture during this year’s board retreat.

12.03.13: NYC Department of Design + Construction (DDC) Commissioner David Burney, FAIA (far right), delivered a presentation to a delegation from the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the People’s Republic of China on the structure of the building process at the DDC.

12.03.13: After receiving a tour of “Practical Utopias” from AIANY 2013 President Jill N. Lerner, FAIA, Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY Executive Director presented the delegation from the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the People’s Republic of China with an AIA Guide to New York and copies of the 2013 Design Awards issue of Oculus.

12.03.13: A Chinese delegation in New York for the Urban China Initiative organized by Tsinghua, Columbia University, and McKinsey met with AIANY 2014 President Lance Jay Brown, FAIA; Anna Rubbo, founder of Global Studio and research scholar at the Center for Sustainable Urban Development at Columbia University; AIANY 2013 AIANY President Jill N. Lerner, FAIA, and Michael Sorkin, director of Graduate Urban Design at CUNY, prior to the opening of “People Building Better Cities.”

12.03.13: “People Building Better Cities: Participation and Inclusive Urbanization,” a collaboration between Global Studio and the Center for Sustainable Urban Development at Columbia University, opened at the Center for Architecture after traveling to Bangkok, Beijing, Chennai, Cincinnati, Delhi, Johannesburg, Mumbai, Nairobi, Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai, and Sydney.

12.03.13: Michael Sorkin, director of Graduate Urban Design at CUNY, made opening remarks at “People Building Better Cities: Participation and Inclusive Urbanization,” a travelling exhibition that aims to exchange knowledge, build networks, and promote dialogue on the challenges of inclusive urbanization. See a video of Sorkin speaking at the Center for Architecture opening here.

12.03.13: AIANY 2014 President Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, and Anna Rubbo, founder of Global Studio and research scholar at the Center for Sustainable Urban Development at Columbia University, spoke at the opening of “People Building Better Cities.”

12.03.13: AIANY 2013 President Jill N. Lerner, FAIA, gave opening remarks for “Preservation in Asian Cities,” a program associated with the presidential exhibition, “Practical Utopias: Global Urbanism in Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo.”

12.03.13: Speakers (l-r) Calvin Tsao, FAIA, principal at Tsao & McKown Architects; Jordan Sand, associate professor of Japanese history at Georgetown University, Qin Shao, professor of history at the College of New Jersey; and Ben Wood, AIA, principal at Studio Shanghai (via Skype) discussed what architects can do to protect the heritage of Asian cities in the face of the region’s massive construction boom during “Preservation in Asian Cities,” moderated by AIANY Historic Buildings Committee Co-chair John Arbuckle, Assoc. AIA.