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STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK
In 2017, AIA New York and the Center for Architecture worked with LaPlaca Cohen to identify strategic goals, objectives, and tactics to ensure the success and growth of the two organizations over the next five years. LaPlaca Cohen collaborated with an internal Steering Committee comprised of leadership and senior staff members from both organizations to formulate a Strategic Framework.

Strategic Framework PDF

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Elected by the Chapter membership and its Nominating Committee each year, the Board of Directors is a diverse group of practitioners and allied professionals that brings a wealth of experience to the functioning of the Chapter. The Board meets monthly, with supplemental meetings and event commitments dependent on the position to which an individual is elected.

ANNUAL MEETING
The AIA New York Chapter membership gathers at the Annual Meeting each June to elect the Board of Directors and members to selected committees, as well as to conduct chapter business and honor those who contribute to the built environment of New York. The next Annual Meeting will be held on June 23, 2021. The 2021 Board Slate (for service beginning January 2022) is available here. This year’s meeting will also include a vote on two Bylaws amendments as outlined here.

Current Bylaws PDF

Nominating Committee

AIA New York’s Nominating Committee accepts recommendations and self-referrals for the Elective Committees for terms starting the following year. The Nominating Committee is itself an elected body that submits the elective slate to the Board of Directors and to membership for vote at the Annual Meeting. The committee includes five members: four are elected by the chapter members; the fifth is the Immediate Past President.

Nominating Committee Members

Chair: Kim Yao, AIA, Architecture Research Office

Danei Cesario, AIA, RIBA, NCARB, NOMA, WALLEN + daub

Kimberly Dowdell, PODz

Ronnette Riley, FAIA, Ronnette Riley Architect

Kirsten Sibilia, Assoc. AIA, Dattner Architects

Jesse Lazar, AIA New York | Center for Architecture

Joseph Corbin, AIA New York

Nominating Committee Elections

An open meeting to put candidates on the Nominating Committee ballot is called annually in the fall. All Architect, Associate, International Associate, and Emeritus members of the Chapter are welcome. If you would like to submit a name but cannot make it to the meeting, please email jcorbin@aiany.org with the name of the candidate. 

Once all submitted names are vetted, an online election will open for two weeks time for members to select their top four choices. 

The four elected members will serve with the AIANY President from January to June each year to select members for the following year's Board and Elective Committees. 

Elective Committees

AIA New York’s Nominating Committee accepts recommendations and self-referrals for the following Elective Committees for terms starting the following year.

Design Awards Committee The committee, working with the Chapter Board of Directors and chapter staff, organizes the annual Design Awards Program. Current committee members:

Alexandra Barker, FAIA, LEED AP

Jerome Haferd

Julia Gamolina, Assoc. AIA

Mojgan Hariri, AIA

Nicole Hollant-Denis, AIA, NOMA

Erik Verboon, AIA

Benjamin Prosky, Assoc. AIA

Suzanne Mecs, Hon. AIANYS

Joseph Corbin

Fellows Committee Consisting of six elected members of the Chapter, this committee follows applicable AIA procedures regarding eligibility and nomination procedures for advancement of a member to Fellowship, and follows an appropriate method of communicating such information to all Chapter members. Current committee members:

Ann Marie Baranowski, FAIA, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

John Cetra, FAIA, CetraRuddy

Joann Gonchar, FAIA, Architectural Record

Laura Heim, FAIA, Laura Heim Architect

Terrence O'Neal, FAIA, Terrence O'Neal Architect

Robert Eisenstat, FAIA, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Suzanne Mecs, Hon. AIA NYS

Honors Committee This committee selects nominees for Chapter awards; AIA New York State Honors; Institute Honors and Awards and provides support for submissions. Current committee members:

Chair: Kenneth Lewis, AIA, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill

Andrew Bernheimer, FAIA, NCARB, Bernheimer Architecture

Richard Dattner, FAIA, Dattner Architects


Mark L. Gardner, AIA, Jaklitsch / Gardner Architects

Annya Ramírez-Jiménez, AIA, Marvel

Susan T. Rodriguez, FAIA, Susan T Rodriguez | Architecture · Design


Claire Weisz, FAIA, WXY

Benjamin Prosky, Assoc. AIA, Executive Director,  AIA New York | Center for Architecture

Suzanne Mecs, Hon. AIANYS, Managing Director, AIA New York

Oculus Committee This committee meets monthly with the staff of Oculus to advise, direct, and set policy and editorial content for the Chapter's publications. Current committee members:

Chair: Andrea Monfried, Andrea Monfried Editions

Editor in Chief: Molly Heinz

Lee Altman, AIA, SCAPE Landscape Architecture DPC



Eric Bunge, FAIA, nArchitects 

Alicia Ajayi

Kenneth Lewis, AIA, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill

Kerry Nolan, Beyer Blinder Belle Architects

Suchitra M. Reddy, AIA, Reddymade

James Russell, FAIA

Irina Verona, AIA, Verona Carpenter Architects

Weston Walker, AIA, Studio Gang Architects

Sara Zewde, Studio Zewde

Benjamin Prosky, Assoc. AIA

Suzanne Mecs, Hon. AIA NYS

Camila Schaulsohn

Joint Committees

AIA New York’s Joint Committees accepts recommendations and self-referrals for the following Elective Committees for terms starting the following year.

Finance Committee The committee assists the President and Treasurer in preparing an annual budget; arranges for audits of the books of this Chapter and reports to the Board of Directors the results of such audits; examines, at the direction of the Board of Directors or the Treasurer, the accounts of this Chapter; supervises the investments, trust funds and endowments of this Chapter; and recommends to the Board of Directors appropriate action to be taken thereon. Current committee members:

Chair: Alexander Lamis, FAIA, Robert A.M. Stern Architects

Treasurer: Katherine Chia, FAIA, Desai Chia Architecture

Denise Berger, FAIA, AECOM

Glenn Erikson, AIA, PhD, Time Equities, Inc.


Sharon Liebowitz, Meritam Investment Advisors

Tom Milam, AIA, FXCollaborative

Beverly Prior, FAIA, AECOM

Le Ann Shelton, AIA, Rockwell Group

Jesse Lazar, Deputy Director, AIA New York | Center for Architecture

Suzanne Mecs, Hon. AIANYS, Managing Director, AIA New York

Benjamin Prosky, Assoc. AIA, Executive Director, AIA New York | Center for Architecture

Henry Zachary, Finance Director, AIA New York | Center for Architecture

Scholarship Committee The Joint Scholarship committee acts on behalf of AIA New York and Center for Architecture, as jury and supervisors of the restricted grants and scholarship funds including the Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant; Arnold W. Brunner Grant; the Eleanor Allwork Scholarship Grant Program and The Douglas Haskell Award for Student Journalism. Current committee members:

Co-Chair: Barry Bergdoll, Hon. AIANY, Columbia University

Co-Chair: Kimberly Yao, AIA, Architecture Research Office

Gia Wolff, AIA, NOMA, NCARB, Cooper Union

Evie Klein, Assoc. AIA, User Design Information Group, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Nina Cooke-John, AIA NOMA NCARB, Studio Cooke John

Dr. Sharon Sutton, FAIA, The New School

Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, AIA, Catherine Seavitt Studio

Carol Loewenson, FAIA, Mitchell Giurgola Architects

Sara Lopergolo, FAIA, Selldorf Architects, LLC

Hilary Sample, AIA, MOS Architects PLLC

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