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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

  • October 10, 2017
    Design Guidelines: Rehabilitation of NYCHA Residential Buildings

    Read the Design Guidelines: Rehabilitation of NYCHA Residential Buildings

    October 10, 2016 | Aging in Place Guidelines
    Aging in Place Guide for Building Owners

    Read the ‘Aging in Place Guide for Building Owners’ report

    May 5, 2015 | FitCity
    FitCity 10 Report

    Read the report from the FitCity 10 Conference in May 2015.

    October 10, 2014 | FitCity
    FitCity 9 Report

    Read the report from the FitCity 9 Conference in 2014.

    October 10, 2013
    A Platform for the Future of the City

    Read “A Platform for the Future of the City”

    October 10, 2013 | FitCity
    FitCity 8 Report

    Read the report from the FitCity 8 Conference in 2013.

    October 10, 2012 | FitCity
    FitCity 7

    Read the report from the FitCity 7 Conference in 2012.

    October 10, 2011 | FitCity
    FitCity 6

    Read the report from the FitCity 6 Conference in 2011.

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

    Update to the 2011 New York Energy Conservation Code

    May 5, 2011 | FitCity
    FitNation DC

    Read the report for FitNation DC

    May 5, 2011 | FitCity
    FitNation NOLA

    Read the report from FitNation NOLA.

    October 10, 2010 | FitCity
    FitCity 5

    Read the report from the FitCity 5 Conference in 2010.

    January 1, 2010 | FitCity
    Active Design Guidelines

    Read the Active Design Guidelines, released in January 2010.

    October 10, 2009 | FitCity
    FitCity 4

    Read the report from the FitCity 4 Conference in 2009.

    October 10, 2008 | FitCity
    FitCity 3

    Read the report from the FitCity 3 conference in 2008.

    October 10, 2007 | FitCity
    FitCity 2

    Read the report from the FitCity 2 Conference in 2007.

    October 10, 2006 | FitCity
    FitCity 1

    Read the report from the FitCity 1 Conference in 2006.

  • 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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