In support of our 5,500 members, AIA New York is a frequent voice in public debates on policy issues and major developments in New York City, working closely with the Mayor’s Office, City Council, municipal agencies, and local stakeholders.
With over 8,000 members throughout the State of New York, AIA advocates with the Governor’s office, state legislature, and agencies in coordination with 13 local chapters to advance the profession of architecture and the value of design.
Backed by over 90,000 professionals who are job catalysts in every community, the AIA urges Congress and the White House to put partisanship aside and work together to build our nation’s future.
February 2, 2018 | Aging in Place Guidelines樓宇業主之在地安養指南 - Aging in Place Guide for Building Owners - Mandarin長者友善住宅更新建議此指南提出住宅樓宇更新建議，以適合年長住戶居住。透過做出這些改進，樓宇業主將幫助居民在步入老年時仍能夠安全、舒適且獨立地在家生活。
In collaboration with the NYC Department for the Aging, the AIANY Design for Aging Committee released the Aging in Place Guide for Building Owners in July, 2016. A 21-member advisory panel of city agencies, design professionals, nonprofit organizations, community partners, and businesses assisted with the creation of the guide.October 10, 2017Design Guidelines: Rehabilitation of NYCHA Residential Buildings
Read the Design Guidelines: Rehabilitation of NYCHA Residential BuildingsOctober 10, 2017 | Aging in Place GuidelinesGuía para propietarios de edificios sobre el envejecimiento en el hogar - Aging in Place Guide for Building Owners - SpanishMEJORAS AMIGABLES PARA LA TERCERA EDAD EN EDIFICIOS RESIDENCIALESEsta guía recomienda mejoras en los edi cios residenciales para alojar a inquilinos de la tercera edad. Al hacer estas mejoras, los propietarios de edificios pueden ayudar a los residentes a permanecer en sus hogares a medida que envejecen de manera segura, cómoda e independiente.
In collaboration with the NYC Department for the Aging, the AIANY Design for Aging Committee released the Aging in Place Guide for Building Owners in July, 2016. A 21-member advisory panel of city agencies, design professionals, nonprofit organizations, community partners, and businesses assisted with the creation of the guide.October 10, 2016 | Aging in Place GuidelinesAging in Place Guide for Building Owners - EnglishRECOMMENDED AGE-FRIENDLY RESIDENTIAL BUILDING UPGRADESThis guide recommends residential building upgrades to accommodate older tenants. By making these improvements, building owners can help residents remain in their homes as they age—safely, comfortably, and independently.October 10, 2013A Platform for the Future of the City
Read “A Platform for the Future of the City”August 8, 2011Update to the 2011 New York Energy Conservation Code
Update to the 2011 New York Energy Conservation Code
June 6, 2018Statement in Support of New York City Transit's Fast Forward Plan
New York City Transit’s Fast Forward Plan
Why is this Important?
AIA New York (AIANY) is a professional organization representing over 5,500 architects dedicated to the quality of life of New York City’s residents, workers, and visitors. Recognizing the importance of access to high-quality, reliable, efficient and equitable mobility for all users, we support the region’s public transit systems as necessary to the vitality of the City and region. The goals of New York City Transit’s (NYCT) recently released Fast Forward Plan align with the guiding principles of AIANY’s Transportation + Infrastructure Policy Framework issued in 2017 which addresses the issues of mobility, placemaking, sustainability, building better and funding/financing.
Background of Subway Action Plan (2017)
In June 2017, Governor Cuomo declared a state of emergency for New York City’s subway system, citing a debilitating increase in train and equipment breakdowns and resultant service. This follows a decade-long fall in bus ridership, a two-year decline in subway ridership, and a 14% loss in overall MTA ridership since 2007. In response to the Governor’s declaration, the MTA created the NYC Subway Action Plan, outlining a strategy for immediate repairs due to disinvestment and deferred maintenance. $836M in emergency funding was allocated for short-term repairs, shared by the State and City.
While the emergency stabilization plan did produce incremental improvements in the past year, it did not directly address long-term needs, including the modernization of the outdated signal system, replacement of obsolete subway rolling stock, lack of universal access to most subway stations, lags in communications and fare technologies, normal maintenance and repair, and endemic cost and schedule overruns on capital projects.
Fast Forward Plan (2018)
In May 2018, Andy Byford, the new President of NYCT, addressed these long-term needs with the Fast Forward Plan, which outlines improvements to the NYCT bus and subway systems over 10 years. The plan aims to:
• Accelerate the replacement of signal system on 11 subway lines
• Provide universal accessibility at an additional 180 subway stations
• Make state-of-good-repair improvements at 300 subway stations
• Implement a new fare payment system
• Purchase 6,500 new subway cars
• Purchase 4,900 new buses
• Redesign all bus routes in the City
To meet this ambitious timeframe, more frequent weekend and evening service disruptions will be required. Coupled with management and service improvements as well as efficiencies in procurement, this proposal has the potential to renew the City and region’s transit systems in the decades to come.
AIANY supports the strategy to prioritize state-of-good-repairs, modernization and equal access as the first and best investments in public transit. To this end, we call on the public and businesses impacted by public transportation, government agencies responsible for the maintenance and operation of the networks, and government bodies tasked with securing the necessary capital funding to cooperate in implementing the plan within the 10-year timeframe.
We commend the MTA on its willingness to engage in a forthright analysis of its needs and look forward to the release of further details on the costs, schedule, and funding mechanisms required to achieve this bold plan.May 5, 2018Statement on the Expansion of the Frick Collection by Selldorf Architects
Dear Chair Srinivasan, Commissioners,
The American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY) is expressing its support for the proposed expansion of the Frick Collection by Selldorf Architects.
AIANY advocates for more access to architecture, particularly those great buildings that have been designated by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. The proposed expansion to the Frick Collection would allow for the public to gain access to the beautifully designed upstairs rooms in the original structure of the Frick House, while only slightly changing the original exterior by Carrère and Hastings.
We find it important to note how well the proposal actually maintains the Beaux-Arts exterior. The addition draws inspiration from the style with the use of bronze, a material frequently associated with Beaux-Arts architecture. Yet, the bronze also distinguishes the addition from the original masonry exterior, clearly delineating which aspects of the exterior are part of the original design.
Furthermore, the massing of the expansion does not overshadow the grandiosity of the original design, nor does it appear out of place with the historic apartment buildings and townhomes nearby. Open spaces, such as the famed Russell Page garden, are also untouched.
The proposed expansion of the Frick Collection by Selldorf Architects manages to give the public greater access to historic interiors, without compromising the landmarked exterior. For this reason, AIANY strongly urges the Landmarks Preservation Commission to grant approval for this proposed expansion.March 3, 2018AIA New York Project Policy Statement - Amtrak Gateway Program and Infrastructure Plan
The economic vitality and quality of life for the regions served by Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor route between Washington, D.C and Boston depend on a robust transportation system. Hundreds of thousands of riders on NJ Transit and Amtrak pass through the rail tunnels under the Hudson River each day. The Gateway Program would construct much needed additional rail tunnels to supplement the currently existing ones, which are overcapacity and damaged from Hurricane Sandy. President Trump’s resistance to providing federal funding for Gateway represents a serious threat to the future of the project. Without Gateway, it is impossible to repair the existing tunnels without dramatically reducing capacity.
Moreover, the Trump Administration’s infrastructure plan has signaled its intent to reduce federal investment in all infrastructure projects. The President’s infrastructure plan would provide only $200 billion in federal grants over 10 years to fund up to only 20% of approved project costs.
The success of our nation’s cities and towns are dependent upon their access to transportation. For too long, our federal, state, and local governments have not invested in infrastructure. As cities and towns with good transit options have witnessed remarkable construction booms, those with worse infrastructure have remained stagnant.
Withdrawing or minimizing funding for Gateway represents a threat to the continued vitality of one of our nation’s most dynamic regions, the Northeast. Meanwhile, a federal withdrawal from infrastructure spending would further punish those regions most in need of substantial investments to spur development.
Recognizing the importance of robust transportation networks to the growth and vitality of the City, region, and nation, AIANY strongly supports Amtrak’s Gateway Program and the continuation of the Federal Government’s role in significantly funding infrastructure projects.
AIANY supports the following as necessary actions by program sponsors and government bodies at all levels to realize Amtrak’s Gateway Program:
- Maintain the Federal Government’s role as a substantive partner with local and state governments to build and maintain infrastructure critical to the nation’s economic vitality. Continue federal TIGER, Fast Track and New Starts programs with adequate funding for qualified public transportation projects across the country.
- Break out the Gateway Program components into discrete projects that can be funded, designed and constructed separately. Prioritize early completion of the most critical elements of the program. Identify alternative funding sources for later components of the program by capitalizing on momentum from completing earlier portions.
- Create new revenue sources at the state and local levels to supplement funding from the federal level and require that all project partners can meet their funding commitments. These can include new user fees, updated fuel taxes or vehicle miles traveled (VMT) fees indexed to inflation, new dedicated taxes for critical transportation projects, congestion pricing, and implementation of value recapture strategies.
The economic vitality of our country is inextricably tied to robust national and regional mass transit networks. Providing substantial federal support for Gateway and other infrastructure projects is in the regional and national interest. As architects, we strive to improve the way people experience the built environment, which can only be done by improving our nation’s infrastructure.October 10, 2017Transportation + Infrastuture Policy Framework
AIANY Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Policy Framework developed to support the goal of sustainable growth for the New York City Region.October 10, 20172017 Mayoral Campaign Green Building Roadmap
Policy roadmap for local candidates to maintain New York City’s national leadership on climate change by upgrading its buildings, training its workforce and streamlining energy efficiency. Developed by AIANY, Urban Green Council, REBNY & 32BJ SEIU.June 6, 2017Testimony Before the New York City Council Committee on Environmental Protection
Testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Environmental Protection on a series of energy-related: Intro 1629; Intro 1637; Intro 1644; Intro 1651.June 6, 2017 | Zero Waste Design GuidelinesTestimony Before the NYC Council Committee on Housing and Buildings
Testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Housing and Buildings on Intro 1307-A, a bill to amend the City Charter in relation to the minimum qualifications for Department of Building inspectors.June 6, 2017 | National AdvocacyAIA New York President Letter: Paris Climate Accord
AIA New York opposes the administration’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement.January 1, 2017 | Zero Waste Design GuidelinesTestimony Before the NYC Council Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management
On 1.31.17, AIANY testified before the NYC Council Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management in favor of Intro 201, a bill to require recycling of discarded carpet from commercial buildings.AIA New York Position Statement: Education
The public school system is the hallmark of our democracy and public education is an inalienable right of our citizens. Public schools should provide all students with the quality learning environments and education the deserve.January 1, 2017 | 80x50 InitiativeAIA New York Position Statement: Sustainability and the Environment
In 2014, U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions totaled 6,870 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents, a per capita total of 17 metric tons for each resident of the United States.AIA New York Position Statement: Transportation and Infrastructure
The transportation infrastructure of New York City and the surrounding tristate area directly impacts the welfare and livelihood of its over 20 million residents and those of hundreds of millions of visitors and travelers each year.AIA New York Position Statement: Housing
Section 8, created by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1978, provides rental subsidiaries to approximately 4.8 million low-income households nationwide.AIA New York Position Statement: Historic Preservation
For more than thirty-five years, the federal Historic Tax Credit (HTC) has successfully facilitated a national policy of connecting the insistent evolvement of our present with the accomplishments of our past by preserving our historic resources.January 1, 2017 | Aging in Place GuidelinesAIA New York Position Statement: Design for AgingThe world population of people over the age of 65 is increasing. By 2020, it is estimated that people aged 65 and older will outnumber children under the age of five for the first time in human history; by 2050, over 15% of the world’s population will be 65 or older, topping out at 1.5 billion people.November 11, 2016 | National AdvocacyAIANY Board of Directors Letter to Membership Regarding the 2016 Election
The statement made post-election by AIA National of behalf of you, the largest chapter within its network of 89,000 members, pledged your support to an administration that many strongly denounce.October 10, 2016Testimony Before the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission on the Richard Gilder Center
On 10.11.16, AIANY testified in favor of the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation at the American Museum of Natural History, designed by Studio Gang architects.September 9, 2016Testimony Before the New York City Council Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations on the Public Design Commission
AIANY testified before the New York City Council Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations on the Public Design Commission. The Oversight Hearing introduced a bill (No. 1276-A) that would require the PDC to submit an annual report.June 6, 2016 | 80x50 InitiativeTestimony Before the New York City Council Committee on Housing and Buildings on a Series of Energy-related Bills
AIANY testified before the City Council Committee on Housing and Buildings with Urban Green Council. The hearing addressed: Int. No. 1160, Int. No. 1163, Int. No. 1165, and Int. No. 1169, which would update NYC’s Energy Code.May 5, 2016Testimony on Water Street Upgrades Text Amendment Before the New York City Council Committee on Zoning and Franchises
AIANY testified at the City Council hearing on the Water Street Upgrades Text Amendment on 05.04.16.April 4, 2016Letter in Support of Water Street Upgrades Text Amendment
On 04.21.16 AIANY submitted a letter in support of the Water Street Upgrades Text Amendment to the City Planning Commission before the 04.25.16 vote.February 2, 2016Testimony Before the City Council Committee on Zoning and Franchises on Zoning for Quality and Affordability
AIANY testified at the City Council hearing on the Department of City Planning’s Zoning for Quality and Affordability proposal on 02.10.16.January 1, 2016Statement Submitted to the NYS Department of State
AIANY submitted a statement requesting that the effective date of the State Energy Code be extended to January 1, 2017.January 1, 2016Statement Submitted to the New York City Council Committee on Environmental Protection on Intro. 478
AIANY submitted testimony supporting AIANY supports Intro. 478 in its effort to encourage the elimination of fossil fuels and the implementation of photovoltaic systems but suggested that the best approach to achieving this would be to focus on whole building analyses.December 12, 2015Zoning for Quality and Affordability
AIANY testified before the City Planning Commission on the Department of City Planning’s Zoning for Quality and Affordability proposal on 12.16.15.December 12, 2015 | 80x50 InitiativeTestimony Before the City Council Committee on Recovery and Resiliency and Committee on Environment Protection on OneNYC
AIANY submitted testimony at the oversight hearing on the resiliency and sustainability sections of the OneNYC plan.November 11, 2015Zoning for Quality and Affordability
On 11.16.15, AIANY testified at the Manhattan Borough President’s public hearing on the Zoning for Quality and Affordability and Mandatory Inclusionary Housing proposal.November 11, 2015Testimony Before the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission on the Kaufmann Conference Rooms
On 11.12.15, AIANY testified in favor of landmarking the Edgar J. Kaufmann Conference Rooms at 809 United Nations Plaza, designed by Alvar Aalto. The hearing was the final hearing dedicated to clearing LPC’s 95-item backlog.October 10, 2015Response to Hearing on Intro. 775 and Improving the Landmarks Process
The five chapters of the American Institute of Architects in New York City distributed a memo in response to the hearing on Intro. 775.October 10, 2015Testimony Before the Landmarks Preservation Commission on the Park Avenue Historic District
On October 21st, AIANY executive director, Rick Bell, FAIA presented testimony in regard to the proposed the Park Avenue Christian Church Annex site.October 10, 2015Reissued Statement in Support of Landmarking the IRT Powerhouse
AIANY originally supported the landmarking of the IRT Powerhouse in 2009. There will be another hearing on the site in November 2015 as part of LPC decalendaring efforts.September 9, 2015Testimony Before the Landmarks Preservation Commission on the Proposed 140 West 81st Street Project
On September 30, AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, presented testimony in favor of the proposed 140 West 81st Street project designed by DXA Studio.September 9, 2015Testimony Before the City Council Committee on Housing and Buildings
On 09.25.15, AIANY submitted testimony on Intro. 721-A, green building standards for certain capital projects.September 9, 2015Testimony Submitted to the New York City Council Committee on Environmental Protection
AIANY submitted testimony for the record on Intro. 609 regarding ground source heat pumps.September 9, 2015Statement from the Five AIA Chapters of New York City in Support of the NYC Department of City Planning’s Zoning for Quality and Affordability Proposal
AIANY joined with the other four AIA chapters in NYC to issue a brief statement in support of DCP’s ZQA after it was certified on 09.21.15. A more detailed statement to follow.September 9, 2015Testimony Before City Council Committee on Land Use on Intro. 775
On 09.09.15, David Burney, FAIA, AIANY Interim Executive Director, testified on behalf of the five AIA chapters in NYC. Our testimony was in opposition to Intro. 775, which would change processes at the Landmarks Preservation Commission.May 5, 2015AIANY Testimony before LPC on 28 Liberty Project by SOM
AIANY testified in favor of SOM’s proposed renovation of 28 Liberty.May 5, 2015Comments on LPC Decalendaring
AIANY submitted comments on the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission effort to address its backlogged calendarApril 4, 20155 AIA Chapters of NYC Memo on Intro. 775
All 5 AIA Chapters of NYC came together in response to City Council Intro. 775, which proposes significant changes to Landmarks Preservation Commission. AIANY supports reforms to LPC to increase transparency and efficiency; however, the proposed solutions go too far and threaten NYC’s historic sites.April 4, 2015AIANY Testimony Before the New York City Council Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises on One Vanderbilt Avenue
AIANY submitted a statement for the record in favor of the proposed One Vanderbilt Avenue.April 4, 2015 | Aging in Place GuidelinesAIANY Testimony Before the New York City Council Committee on Aging
AIANY Design for Aging Committee provided testimony on an Aging in Place Guide.March 3, 2015Testimony Before City Planning on the Zoning for Quality and Affordability Proposal
On 03.25.15, AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, submitted testimony at the NYC Department of City Planning public scoping meeting for the Housing New York: Zoning for Quality and Affordability proposal.February 2, 2015AIANY Testimony Before the New York City Council Committee on Environmental Protection
This oversight hearing and conference covered on site-sourced and stored renewable energy. AIANY provided testimony on select technologies.February 2, 2015Testimony Before the City Planning Commission on the proposed Vanderbilt Corridor rezoning and One Vanderbilt project
On 02.04.15, AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, testified in favor of the NYC Department of City Planning proposal to rezone the Vanderbilt Corridor and the One Vanderbilt project, designed by KPF.January 1, 2015New York City Construction Codes Effective Date Letter to Commissioner Chandler
AIANY joined BOMA, BTEA, NYSAFAH, NYBC, and REBNY in writing a letter to NYC Department of Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler to ask the Department to delay the effective date of the 2014 Construction Codes until three months after Codes have been printed, or January 1, 2015. The additional lead time will only help to ensure compliance and provide relief.January 1, 2015New York City Construction Codes Effective Date Letter to Speaker Mark-Viverito
AIANY joined BOMA, BTEA, NYSAFAH, NYBC, and REBNY in writing a letter to NYC Department of Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler to ask the Department to delay the effective date of the 2014 Construction Codes until three months after Codes have been printed, or January 1, 2015. The additional lead time will only help to ensure compliance and provide relief.November 11, 2014Testimony Before the Landmarks Preservation Commission on the Proposed 346 Broadway/108 Leonard Project
AIANY submitted testimony in favor of the proposed 346 Broadway aka 108 Leonard project designed by Beyer Blinder Belle.November 11, 2014AIANY Testimony Before the New York City Council Committees on Transportation and Economic Development
AIANY testified at an oversight hearing on Assessing the Economic Impact of New York’s Failing Infrastructure, focusing on TransportationOctober 10, 2014 | Aging in Place GuidelinesAIANY Testimony Before the New York City Council Committee on Aging
AIANY testified at an oversight hearing on Age-Friendly NYC Aging Improvement Districts-Successes and Future ChallengesOctober 10, 2014AIANY Testimony Before the New York City Council Committee on Environmental Protection
AIANY testified in favor of Int 0378-2014, A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to reducing greenhouse gases by eighty percent by 2050.July 7, 2014Testimony Before the Landmarks Preservation Commission on the Proposed One Vanderbilt Avenue Project
On July 22nd, AIANY President Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, and AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, presented testimony in favor of the proposed One Vanderbilt Avenue project designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox.June 6, 2014 | Aging in Place GuidelinesAIANY Design for Aging Committee Testimony Before the New York City Council Committee on Aging
This oversight hearing addressed “How Can the City Expand and Preserve Affordable Housing Options for Seniors?” and Int 0337-2014, a Local Law to create a senior housing task force. AIANY DFA testified in favor of the proposed legislation.May 5, 2014Letter in Support of a Stand-alone Sustainable Development Goal on Cities
We wrote to Ambassador Elizabeth M. Cousens in support of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals on cities and human settlements by the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals.May 5, 2014AIANY Support an MTA Transportation Reinvention Commission
AIANY wrote to MTA Chairman Prendergast in support of Governor Cuomo’s recommendation that the Metropolitan Transit Authority create a Transportation Reinvention Commission tasked to develop a reinvention plan for the future of the region. AIANY would like to recommend commission members who could lend valuable expertise.April 4, 2014Testimony Before the New York City Council Committee on Consumer Affairs on Intro 265
On April 28th, AIANY provided testimony to express serious concerns about Intro 265. AIANY feels that Intro 265 would add an unnecessary layer of bureaucracy to architects’ already highly regulated processes.April 4, 2014 | Zero Waste Design GuidelinesCouncil Members, Advocates and Business Leaders Call on Mayor To Make Sustainability & Resiliency High Priorities in Next 100 Days
A broad coalition of City Council members, business leaders and advocates from transportation, environmental and health organizations called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to make sustainability and climate resiliency high priorities for the next 100 days of his administration and beyond.April 4, 2014Testimony Before the New York City Council Housing and Buildings Committee on T2014-0702 and T2014-0701
On April 2nd, AIANY submitted testimony in regard to two proposed bills in the City Council. AIANY supports the passage of T2014-0702 and T2014-0701 in relation to public access stairs and hold-open devices.February 2, 2014Letter in Favor of the Proposed Domino Sugar Refinery Site
On February 25th, AIANY and AIA Brooklyn submitted a letter in favor of the proposed site plan by SHoP Architects for the Domino Sugar Refinery site in Brooklyn to Carl Weisbrod, Chair of the City Planning Commission. We support the affordable housing, resiliency, and building height aspects of the project.February 2, 2014Testimony Before the Landmarks Preservation Commission on the Proposed Park Avenue Historic District Expansion
On February 11th, AIANY executive director, Rick Bell, FAIA presented testimony in regard to the proposed Park Avenue Historic District, and, in particular, the Park Avenue Christian Church Annex site. AIANY supports the creation of a Park Avenue Historic District and the idea of inserting a residential structure, proposed by Beyer Blinder Belle, where the Park Avenue Christian Church Annex has been located adjacent to the sanctuary.