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Local

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.

State

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.

National

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.

  • Publications

  • Position Statements

  • 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, 2017
    Design Guidelines: Rehabilitation of NYCHA Residential Buildings

    Read the Design Guidelines: Rehabilitation of NYCHA Residential Buildings

    October 10, 2017 | Aging in Place Guidelines
    Guía para propietarios de edificios sobre el envejecimiento en el hogar - Aging in Place Guide for Building Owners - Spanish
    MEJORAS AMIGABLES PARA LA TERCERA EDAD EN EDIFICIOS RESIDENCIALES
    Esta 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 Guidelines
    Aging in Place Guide for Building Owners - English
    RECOMMENDED AGE-FRIENDLY RESIDENTIAL BUILDING UPGRADES
    This 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, 2013
    A Platform for the Future of the City

    Read “A Platform for the Future of the City”

    August 8, 2011
    Update to the 2011 New York Energy Conservation Code

    Update to the 2011 New York Energy Conservation Code

  • October 10, 2018
    AIA New York Statement on Immigration Detention Facilities

    AIA New York Statement on Immigration Detention Facilities

    October 11, 2018

    The dignity of people and recognition of human needs must be foremost in every detention facility plan and design. We advocate for the following functional and design principles in any detention project, irrespective of legal status:

    Normative Environment – The detention setting should provide a safe and secure environment, access to daylight and fresh outdoor air, comfortable furniture, and a healthy atmosphere. Design should allow for positive social opportunities between people, without compromising the safety and security of detainees or their custodians. Specific design elements must consider the human occupants, favoring glazing over bars, using modesty panels where appropriate, and providing activities space to reduce idleness.

    Access to Support – Detainees are often confined without access to support from their friends, families, and social service providers, which will inevitably impact their emotional and financial condition. The planning and design of a detention facility must provide space and accommodate access to a support network that facilitates communication and interaction between detainees and those who are able to help them. Facilities must also provide space for medical care, including mental health support, which is critical where both mind and body are at risk due to the often-stressful experiences surrounding detention.

    Access to Justice – Location and design of a detention facility play key roles in access to justice. Every detention facility should provide adequate space for legal counsel to consult with detainees, and facilities should be located at sites with convenient access to counsel and courts of law. The infrastructure of a detention facility should support access to legal research material to help detainees better understand their legal standing and advocate for themselves. The planning and design of a facility should work in favor of the rights of a person to access justice.

    Design alone is not capable of solving our immigration crisis; however, poor design can be an element of the problem. AIA New York stands strongly on behalf of the wellbeing of those inside these facilities, and in favor of design solutions that benefit them and their families.

    October 10, 2018
    AIA New York Statement on the Borough Correctional Facilities

    AIA New York Statement on the Borough Correctional Facilities

    October 11, 2018

    The proposed borough correctional facilities that are to replace Rikers Island are incredibly sensitive projects, where considerations regarding work quality, neighborhood integration, and safety must be primary concerns. Rikers Island is widely considered to be flawed in its design; it is essential that the new facilities not repeat past mistakes.

    When New York City was given design-build (D-B) authority by the State for the construction of the new borough correctional facilities, it brought up many questions about the benefits of using design-build for jail construction.

    AIA New York recommends that the City follow these best practices when using design-build authority to construct the borough correctional facilities:

    • The architect should report directly to the client. This will prevent design decisions about safety or quality of life from being overlooked due to cost or time savings.
    • To ensure quality, use a two-step process to select the D-B team: request for qualifications (RFQ) followed by request for proposals (RFP) from shortlisted firms. Contractors and design professionals should have experience in design-build or jail design/construction, or ideally both. Stipends should be provided to incentivize firms to respond to the RFQ.
    • Hire a “criteria architect” to work with stakeholders to help determine programming. The criteria architect should be separate from the D-B team, hired directly by the City, and should remain throughout the entirety of the project. A major part of this role is to build trust with the community and local officials, ensuring that they are included in discussions about architectural programming.
    • The City needs to minimize delays at all costs, as the entire D-B team is working on the same schedule. To stay on schedule, the City should employ an attorney with significant D-B experience to handle contracts and approvals.
    • A manual on D-B should be available for reference so the D-B team understands the parameters and expectations of D-B work in New York City, including the role of the community in the projects.

    This unique opportunity to physically redesign our correctional system offers a chance to solve the design problems seen in Rikers Island. To provide the maximum benefit to community members, detainees, and city workers, it is imperative that the City follow the aforementioned best practices.

    Sincerely,
    Gerard F. X. Geier II, FAIA, FIIDA, LEED AP
    President

    Benjamin Prosky, Assoc. AIA
    Executive Director

    July 7, 2018 | National Advocacy
    Response of AIA New York’s President and Executive Director to the Janus Decision

    Response of AIA New York’s President and Executive Director to the Janus Decision

     

    Recently, the US Supreme Court ruled in Janus v. AFSCME that nonunion workers cannot be forced to pay fees to public sector unions representing them in collective bargaining. There is reason to believe that this will deplete the power and protections that unions afford public sector workers.

    The results of this ruling are of deep concern to AIA New York. We are proud to represent a diverse range of architects and allied professionals, including many who work for the government at the federal, state, and local levels.

    We recognize the potential threats of this ruling to the livelihood of our public sector members. While the US Department of Justice does not allow us to advocate for architects’ wages or fees, we are permitted to advocate on their behalf with regards to issues affecting the livelihood of our members.

    Many of the issues most paramount to our public sector members are among our highest priorities. Increased mass transit funding, safer and better designed correctional facilities, and more sustainably designed City-owned office buildings are just some of the issues for which AIANY is currently advocating.

    AIANY has and will continue to be in communication with public sector unions to ensure that the voices and interests of architects remain strongly represented within federal, state, and city agencies.

    If you have any questions about the advocacy work AIANY is doing on your behalf, please reach out to Adam Roberts, Government Affairs Coordinator, at 212-358-6116 or aroberts@aiany.org.

     

    Sincerely,

    Gerard F. X. Geier II, FAIA, FIIDA, LEED AP
    President

    Benjamin Prosky, Assoc. AIA
    Executive Director

     

    June 6, 2018
    Statement 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, 2018
    Statement 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, 2018
    AIA New York Expresses Concerns Regarding Proposed Demolition of 270 Park Avenue

    March 29, 2018

    The American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter (AIANY) is expressing concerns regarding the proposed demolition of 270 Park Avenue, formerly known as the Union Carbide Building. Designed in 1961 by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the building is a notable example of the International Style.

    AIANY appreciates the level of discussion and awareness that has been brought to International Style buildings and Modern architecture’s heritage as a result of recent news regarding 270 Park Avenue. The International Style has become widely representative of the modern office building.

    AIANY’s chief concern is the precedent this may set for sustainable design in New York. Currently, buildings are responsible for 70% of carbon emissions in New York City. The Union Carbide building was recently retrofitted in 2012, achieving LEED Platinum status, the highest possible rating. Without a better understanding of how it will be dismantled and what is going to replace it, demolishing such a recently renovated green building, particularly one as prominent as 270 Park Avenue, implies that sustainable design is a low priority.

    Furthermore, if demolished, 270 Park Avenue would be the tallest building ever purposely razed. Demolition and construction are particularly energy intensive activities. As mentioned in AIANY’s recently-released Zero Waste Design Guidelines, construction and demolition waste account for 25-45% of the solid waste stream by weight nationwide. Construction and demolition waste is also often contaminated – with paint, adhesives, and fasteners. Demolition of 270 Park Avenue would represent a shift away from the values of sustainability and responsibility in building design, which are championed by architects in New York and beyond.

    AIANY asks that JPMorgan Chase and our elected officials find a way to address these pressing concerns. We hope there will be studies to investigate adaptive reuse approaches, which may retain or work with the existing structure, in order to minimize the environmental impact of demolition. As architects, we strongly believe in new and innovative design, but also recognize the value of historically influential architecture and champion sustainability. The Chapter hopes to be a resource to JP Morgan Chase and our elected officials, as we strive for the common goal of keeping New York vibrant and economically competitive.

    March 3, 2018
    AIA 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, 2017
    Transportation + 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, 2017
    2017 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, 2017
    Testimony 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.

    Testimony 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 Advocacy
    AIA New York President Letter: Paris Climate Accord

    AIA New York opposes the administration’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement.

    Testimony 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.

    January 1, 2017 | National Advocacy
    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 Initiative
    AIA 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.

    January 1, 2017 | National Advocacy
    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.

    January 1, 2017 | National Advocacy
    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.

    January 1, 2017 | National Advocacy
    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 Guidelines
    AIA New York Position Statement: Design for Aging
    The 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 Advocacy
    AIANY 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, 2016
    Testimony 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, 2016
    Testimony 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 Initiative
    Testimony 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, 2016
    Testimony 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, 2016
    Letter 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, 2016
    Testimony 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, 2016
    Statement 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, 2016
    Statement 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, 2015
    Zoning 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 Initiative
    Testimony 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, 2015
    Zoning 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, 2015
    Testimony 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, 2015
    Response 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, 2015
    Testimony 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, 2015
    Reissued 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, 2015
    Testimony 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, 2015
    Testimony 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, 2015
    Testimony 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, 2015
    Statement 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, 2015
    Testimony 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, 2015
    AIANY Testimony before LPC on 28 Liberty Project by SOM

    AIANY testified in favor of SOM’s proposed renovation of 28 Liberty.

    May 5, 2015
    Comments on LPC Decalendaring

    AIANY submitted comments on the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission effort to address its backlogged calendar

    April 4, 2015
    5 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, 2015
    AIANY 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.

    AIANY 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, 2015
    Testimony 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, 2015
    AIANY 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, 2015
    Testimony 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, 2015
    New 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, 2015
    New 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, 2014
    Testimony 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, 2014
    AIANY 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 Transportation

    October 10, 2014 | Aging in Place Guidelines
    AIANY 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 Challenges

    October 10, 2014
    AIANY 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, 2014
    Testimony 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.

    AIANY 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, 2014
    Letter 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, 2014
    AIANY 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, 2014
    Testimony 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.

    Council 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, 2014
    Testimony 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, 2014
    Letter 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, 2014
    Testimony 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.

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