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

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.

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 18, 2024, when we’ll vote on a bylaws amendment to bring Director Board terms to a consistent length of service. See the specific Bylaws Amendment here.

The 2025 Board and Elective Committee Slate is posted 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.

2024 Nominating Committee Members

Matt Bremer, AIA

Astrid Lipka, AIA

Elaine A. Newman, AIA

Andrea Steele, AIA

Kathryn M. Thiele, AIA

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 with the name of the candidate. 

Once all submitted names are vetted for membership eligibility, 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:

Jay Berman, AIA, Halls Lane Studio

Brendan Guerin, AIA, Guerin Glass Architects

Molly Heinz, Material Bank and School of Visual Arts

Iva Kravitz, Assoc. AIA, The Iva Agency

Maya Madison, AIA, NOMA, NCARB, Robert P. Madison, Inc

Peter Miller, AIA, LEED AP, Palette Architecture

Philip Wu, Philip Wu Architects

Fellows Committee Consisting of six elected members of the Chapter, plus two appointmented members, 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:

Sharon Sutton, Ph.D., FAIA, Parsons School of Design (co-chair)

Heidi Blau, FAIA, FXCollaborative (co-chair)

Peter Cavaluzzi, FAIA, Perkins Eastman

Susannah Drake, FAIA, SASAKI

Stephan Jaklitsch, FAIA, Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects

Annya Ramirez-Jimenez, AIA, Marvel

Magali Regis, AIA, e_space design

Margaret Rietveld, FAIA, Rietveld Architects

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:

Gregory Switzer, AIA, NOMA, NCARB, Chair and 2024 AIANY President, Gregory Switzer Architecture, PC

Ann Marie Baranowski, FAIA, Ann Marie Baranowski Architect

Victor Body-Lawson, FAIA, Body-Lawson Architect PC

Karen Fairbanks, FAIA, Marble Fairbanks Architects

David Polk, AIA, U.S. General Services Administration

Jacob Reidel, AIA, Saltmine

Kathryn Thiele, AIA, CSI, CDT, Buildstock

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:

Lisa Green (Chair)

Jennifer Krichels (Editor in Chief)

Lee Altman, AIA

Andrew Bernheimer, FAIA

Nu Goteh

Molly Heinz

Yetunde Olaiya

Amy Siegel

Vyjayanthi Rao

June Williamson, Assoc. AIA

Joint Committees

AIA New York’s Nominating Committee 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:

Ellen Abraham, Assoc. AIA, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Kevin Keating, AIA, Selldorf Architects

Alexander Lamis, FAIA, Alex Lamis Architect (Treasurer)

Elizabeth Leber, AIA, LEED AP, Beyer Blinder Belle

Kate Mann, AIA, LEED AP, ZGF Architects

Julia Murphy, AIA, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (Chair)

Peter Robinson, Parsons School of Constructed Environments; Cornell University

Jennifer Sage, FAIA, Sage and Coombe Architects

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:

Matthew Bremer, AIA, Architecture in Formation (co-chair)

Jennifer Sage, FAIA, LEED AP, Sage and Coombe Architects (co-chair)

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

Sydney Maubert, Studio Maubert

Peter Robinson, Cornell University

Eunjeon (EJ) Seong, Pratt Institute and Visible Weather

Jessica Sheridan, AIA, Mancini Duffy

Anthony Titus, Anthony Titus Studio

Richard Yancey, FAIA,  LEED AP, NCARB, Building Energy Exchange


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