June 8, 2011
by: Emily Nemens

In this issue:
· Annual Meeting — 06.21.11
· Passing: Anna M. Halpin, FAIA
· e-Calendar

Annual Meeting — 06.21.11

The 144th AIANY Annual Meeting will be held Tuesday, 06.21.11, 6-8pm at the Center for Architecture. We will be voting on the 2012 slate, which includes Chapter President Joseph Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP, and Jill Lerner, FAIA, as president-elect. The Chapter will also be bestowing a number of awards, including the Medal of Honor to Daniel Libeskind, AIA. RSVP here .

Passing: Anna M. Halpin, FAIA
Anna M. Halpin, FAIA, of Oklahoma City, formerly of NYC, died 05.09.11 after a brief illness. She joined the AIA in 1963 and became a member of the College of Fellows in 1976. Her obituary can be read in full here, and her life is honored in this personal remembrance by colleague, Sarelle T. Weisberg, FAIA:

Anna’s introduction of the “Resolution on the Status of Women in the Profession” at the 1973 AIA National Convention was remembered, at a farewell event we held at the Chapter when she moved away from the city. I know she was very proud of that historic contribution, but on a more personal note:

Anna was an irreplaceable, exceptional role model and mentor for all of us during her many years in New York. Having worked in the design aspect of our profession, as well as very successfully in the corporate world, she was always a leader and a special friend to so many women and minority members.

She enthusiastically showed us how to use the Chapter in the best way for career advancement and development. She encouraged us to apply to become Fellows of the AIA, as well as to serve as local and state officers and committee leaders.

When she was an executive at McGraw-Hill, she served annually as its host for the spectacular Opening Party at each of the National AIA Conventions; I have very special memories of her in these unique National AIA settings!

I was very fortunate to have visited Anna in Oklahoma City a few years ago, where she and her niece introduced me to the range of architectural sights, architects, and the diverse ethnic origins characteristic of Oklahoma! As a New Yorker, I was not at all aware of all the history, cultural aspirations, and accomplishments of Oklahomans!

I did feel that her special warmth, helpful professionalism, and the enduring nature of her friendship to me and many others in the Chapter deserve a special acknowledgment.

— Sarelle T. Weisberg, FAIA

eCalendar includes an interactive listing of architectural events around NYC. Click the link to go to to eCalendar on the Web.


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