AIA New York Announces 2019 Honors and Awards Luncheon Honorees

February 7, 2019

NEW YORK, NY, February 7, 2019 — The American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY) will confer its highest annual awards and toast the winners of the 2019 AIANY Design Awards at the Honors and Awards Luncheon at Cipriani Wall Street, 55 Wall Street, on Monday, April 15, 2019.

Every year, AIANY honors architects, philanthropists, public servants, and organizations that are committed to improving communities through design excellence. The Chapter’s annual Honors and Design Awards reinforce AIANY’s central principle: design matters. In 2019, the Medal of Honor will be awarded to Deborah Berke, FAIA, LEED AP, Founding Partner at Deborah Berke Partners; the Award of Merit will be conferred to Rosanne Haggerty, President and CEO of Community Solutions; and Cindy Allen, Hon. IIDA, Editor-in-Chief of Interior Design and Chief Design Officer of SANDOW, will be honored with the Stephen A. Kliment Oculus Award.

The recipients were selected by the AIANY 2019 Honors Committee, chaired by AIANY 2019 President Hayes Slade, AIA, Slade Architecture. 2019 committee members include Louise Braverman, FAIA, Louise Braverman Architect; David Burney, FAIA, Pratt Institute; Christopher Cooper, FAIA, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Elizabeth Leber, AIA, LEED AP, Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners; Astrid Lipka, AIA, Rice+Lipka Architects; and Robert Rogers, FAIA, Rogers Partners.

AIANY will also fête the 27 winners of the AIANY Design Awards at the Luncheon.


Medal of Honor
Deborah Berke, FAIA, LEED AP, Founding Partner, Deborah Berke Partners

Deborah Berke is the founder of the New York-based architecture firm Deborah Berke Partners. Since 1982, the practice has created a body of work with a distinct and lasting character, all of which is informed by Berke’s vision and values. In 2013, she received the first Berkeley-Rupp Award, conferred by the University of California at Berkeley to an architect who has advanced the position of women in the profession, and whose work emphasizes a commitment to sustainability and community. In 2017, Deborah Berke Partners received the National Design Award from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

Berke is the Dean of the School of Architecture at Yale University, where she has taught since 1987. She is on the boards of the James Howell Foundation and the Yaddo Artist’s Residency and is an honorary Trustee of the Norman Foster Foundation.

Berke is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (B.F.A. and B. Architecture) and The City University of New York (M. Urban Planning in Urban Design). She received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design.

About the Medal of Honor
The Medal of Honor is the highest honor for distinction in the profession, conferred to an architect or a firm of architects for distinguished work and a high professional standing. Any AIA architect member practicing in the territory of the Chapter is eligible for this award. Past recipients include Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1947), Marcel Breuer (1965), Louis Kahn (1970), Richard Meier (1980), Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (1996), Weiss/Manfredi (2007), Diller Scofidio + Renfro (2009), and Denise Scott Brown, RIBA, Int. FRIBA, Robert Venturi, FAIA, Int. FRIBA (2014), and Claire Weisz, FAIA (2018).

Award of Merit
Rosanne Haggerty, President and CEO, Community Solutions

Rosanne Haggerty is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Community Solutions. She is an internationally recognized leader in developing innovative strategies to end homelessness and strengthen communities. Community Solutions assists communities throughout the US and internationally in solving the complex housing problems facing their most vulnerable residents. Their large-scale change initiatives include the 100,000 Homes and Built for Zero Campaigns to end chronic and veteran homelessness, and neighborhood partnerships that bring together local residents and institutions to change the conditions that produce homelessness. Earlier, Haggerty founded Common Ground Community, a pioneer in the design and development of supportive housing and research-based practices that end homelessness.

Haggerty was a Japan Society Public Policy Fellow and is a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, Ashoka Senior Fellow, and Hunt Alternative Fund Prime Mover. She is the recipient of honors including the Jane Jacobs Medal for New Ideas and Activism from the Rockefeller Foundation, Social Entrepreneur of the year from the Schwab Foundation, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s National Design Award, and Independent Sector’s John W. Gardner Leadership Award. She is a graduate of Amherst College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

About the Award of Merit

The Award of Merit is conferred to a non-professional for contributions as a client, public servant, critic, or layperson in any appropriate field related to the profession. Past recipients include Richard Buckminster Fuller (1952), Lewis Mumford (1962), David Rockefeller (1965), Jane Jacobs (1980), Phyllis Lambert (1991), Design Trust for Public Space (2001), former DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan (2008), Alexander Garvin (2012), and Ai Weiwei (2018).

Stephen A. Kliment Oculus Award
Cindy Allen, Hon. IIDA, Editor-in-Chief, Interior Design; Chief Design Officer, SANDOW

Cindy Allen is widely lauded as one of the most influential advocates for the interior design industry. With more than 17 years as editor in chief, she has established herself as a force in elevating the brand’s importance and exposure.

Allen is an industry champion, promoting both the giants of design and its rising stars. She has published nine books on design, with the latest edition covering a decade of the industry’s best. An early adopter of media as a communications tool, she has also made over 80 short documentaries. Allen actively participates in panels, roundtables, and industry events worldwide.

Allen received an Honorary Doctorate from the New York School of Interior Design in 2010 and from the San Francisco Academy of Art in 2012. She is a recipient of the 2009 Alpha Award by Alpha Workshops, the 2010 Circle of Excellence Award from IFDA, the 2014 Open House New York Honoree Award, and the 2015 Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation’s Scroll Award. Allen has served as juror for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards and the Gensler Design Excellence Awards, among others, and is a board member for the Alpha Workshops. Allen is chairman of the national board of DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids).

About the Stephen A. Kliment Oculus Award

The Stephen A. Kliment Oculus Award is conferred to honor a person’s influence on the practice of architecture and on helping those in the profession by promoting and elevating its standards. The award is named after Kliment for his long-lasting contributions to multiple publications, including Architectural Record and the Chapter’s own Oculus magazine. Former recipients include Ezra Stoller, ESTO (2005); Diana Darling and William Menking, The Architect’s Newspaper (2007); Fred Bernstein (2008); Ada Louise Huxtable (2009); Paul Goldberger (2012); Suzanne Stephens (2013); Susan S. Szenasy, Metropolis (2014); Justin Davidson, New York Magazine (2015), and Inga Saffron, The Philadelphia Inquirer (2018).


The winners of the AIANY Design Awards represent exceptional work by AIA New York members and other architects practicing in New York in five categories: architecture, interiors, projects, urban design, and sustainability. Projects, granted “honor,” “merit,” or “citation” awards, are chosen for exemplary originality and quality. Jurors also select an annual “Best in Competition” selection. In selecting the winners, jurors consider design quality, program resolution, innovation, thoughtfulness, and technique. Visit our Awards Archive to see this year’s winners.

About AIA New York
AIA New York is the oldest and largest chapter of the American Institute of Architects with more than 5,600 architect, allied professional, student, and public members. AIANY is dedicated to three goals: design excellence, public outreach and professional development.



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