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The Planning & Urban Design Committee is one of the Chapter's largest and most active committees with over seventy members. Formerly the Zoning and Urban Design Committee, the Committee was renamed in order to convey the AIA's and Committee's role in promoting redevelop- ment and planning efforts throughout the region. The Committee examines both large issues such as the need to upgrade the mass transportation system to support the City and it's growth in the 21st Century and detailed technical issues such as amendments to the City's Zoning Resolution. We work with agencies to review and modify planning initiatives and provide input on public policy decisions.

Click here for our Calendar, Statements, and resource links

The Committee is co-chaired by Alfreda Radzicki, AIA, and Ernest W. Hutton Jr., Assoc., AIA.

Recent events have included:

Beyond Unified Bulk - November 2000, Panel Discussion speakers included:

  • Sylvia Deutsch - Adjunct Professor New York University, Former Chair New York City Planning Commission, Board of Standards & Appeals
  • Michael Kwartler, FAIA, Michael Kwartler & Associates
  • Mitchell Silver, AICP - Past President American Planning Association Metro Chapter, Principal , Abeles Phillips Preiss & Shapiro

Zoning for a New Century -September 1999
Two day conference with the American Planning Association with over 20 speakers, both local and national experts on Zoning. The conference discussed problems with the present zoning regulations, and ways to improve them.

CEQR And Land Use: Is It Broken - May 1998
All day conference with 15 speakers, organized by the Committee and co-sponsored by many organizations including: The Municipal Art Society, The Natural Resources Defense Council, The Bar Association of the City of New York, Citizens Housing and Planning Council and Regina Plan Association. The conference discussed the CEQR regulations and ways to improve them.


Unless otherwise noted all meeting will be held at the AIA New York Chapter conference room, 6th floor 2000 Lexington Avenue from 8 to 10 am. Minutes for meetings are available by clicking the link.

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Jan 17
Feb 21
Mar 21
Apr 18
- meeting cancelled -
May 16
June 20

Creating Housing Opportunities in NYC's Current & Emerging Neighborhoods (Mayor's Housing Initiative) The New York City Department of City Planning will present its zoning initiatives to facilitate the Mayor's recently announced $3 billion, five year plan for building and rehabilitating 65,000 housing units.
Speaker: RICHARD BARTH Executive Director, NYC Department of City Planning

July 18

Recent Development in Harlem
Speakers: David Dishy, Vice President Forest City Ratner Companies Donald Capoccia, Partner, BFC Partners Raymond Plumey, AIA, APA, CSI, President Raymond Plumey Architect and Planner, PC

Sept 19
Oct 17
Nov 21
Dec 13


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Apr 19
Renewing Rebuilding Remembering & Planning Meeting Van Alen Institute, 30 West 22 Street, 6th Floor
May 17
East Side Access Pam Burford - Long Island Rail Road
June 21
July 19
BAM Cultural District (Field Trip) Jeanne Lutfy BAM LDC
Sept 20
Oct 18
Nov 15
Dec 13
No meeting - Happy Holidays!


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Feb 16
Federal Religious Property Law Holly Leicht- MAS David Karnovsky, Counsel for Department of City Planning
Mar 16
Report The Group of 35 (Schumer Committee) Eric Deutch - Executive Director
May 18
Expansion of Midtown Issue of impact on the Garment Center Adam Friedman Executive Director NY Industrial Retention Network ,Inc.
June 15
Greater Jamaica Plan Peter Engelbrecht Director of Planning and Design of Capital Projects - Greater Jamaica Development Corp.
July 20
Planning meeting
Sept 20
Nov 16

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 Mar 17
Unified Bulk Program Zoning Proposal No speaker, committee discussion.
 Apr 21
Upgrading the New York City Mass Transportation System Stephen Weber - Regional Plan Association
 May 19
The New Penn Station Architects from Skidmore Owens and Merrill
 Jun 8
New York's 2012 Olympic Plan Alexander Garvin
 Jul 21
Tour of Jersey City Waterfront Richard Bass - former director of planning Jersey City Louise Matthews
 Sep 9
The effects of Unified Bulk on Community Facilities Ethel Shaffer - Greater New York Hospital Council Geoffrey Wiener - Columbia University Sandy Hornick-NYC Dept. of Planning
 Oct 20
The Future of Zoning in New York City Joint meeting with American Planning Association Metro Chapter Zoning Committee
 Nov 17
Planning Meeting No speaker
 Dec 15
Long Island City Rezoning John Young and others Queens Office of the Dept. of City Planning


The Planning and Urban Design Committee takes positions on a number of issues with review and Support by the Chapter. The following is a list of those statements with links to acrobat files that can be downloaded of the statement or letter.

Date Title (click for document) Description
Mar 2003 Letter to Mayor Bloomberg Letter suggests that more attention be focused on short-term initiatives in support of long-range planning goals
Jan 2003 Draft Letter to Mayor Bloomberg Draft Letter to Mayor Bloomberg supporting“New York City’s Vision for Lower Manhattan”
Dec 2002 NYNV applauds Mayor's Plan New York New Visions applauds mayoral initiative for lower manhattan development
April 2002 Far West 30's Proposed Plan for the development of the Far West 30's
April 2002 Testimony to the City Council on Governors Island Testimony on re-use of Governors Island and support of the concept of City University being the primary user of the island.
July 2001 Alliance for CEQR Reform Alliance for CEQR Reform
April 2001 Long Island City Rezoning Testimony Presented to the City Planning Commission
Jan 2001 Unified Bulk Testimony #3 Presented to the City Planning Commission
Jan 2001 Senate Bill to convey Governors Island to New York The AIA New York Chapter is supporting this legislation
Sep 2000 Letter in support of 2012 Olympics
May 2000 Unified Bulk Testimony #2 Presented to the City Planning Commission
Apr 2000 Unified Bulk Testimony #1 Presented to the City Planning Commission
May 2001 Letter to US Interior Secretary Norton Support for the establishment of Governor's Island National Monument
Feb 2000
Jul 1999
AIA New York Chapter Position Statement on Governors Island Presented at the Mayor's Task Force public hearing in and the City Council's public hearing


The following are links to government agencies and organization web sites with information useful to those involved in Planning and Urban Design issues

American Institute of Architect Regional and Urban Design PIA
American Planning Association
Citizens Housing and Planning Council
Municipal Art Society
New York City Department of Buildings
New York City Department of City Planning
New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission
Regional Plan Association published by Citizens Union Foundation