by: AIA New York
On December 4, Chapter members gathered at the Center for Architecture for the AIANY 2019 Board Inaugural. The event celebrated the achievements of 2018, outlining the successes of this year’s varied initiatives under the Architect|Activist banner, and acknowledging current board members and volunteers for their contributions to the Chapter. 2018 President Guy Geier, FAIA, IIDA, LEED AP, handed the gavel to incoming 2019 President Hayes Slade, AIA.
After receiving the gavel, Slade discussed her presidential theme, BUILDING COMMUNITY, which asks members and professionals how they can contribute to their communities—both outside and within the architecture profession. The incoming president began her speech by underscoring the profession’s sense of responsibility, focusing on the construction industry’s consumption of resources, the longevity of buildings, and their tremendous impact on the public. “As architects we are not elected or appointed, yet we create the built environment,” said Slade. “…Collectively, we create the public realm.”
At the broadest scale, Slade’s 2019 theme, BUILDING COMMUNITY, refers to this shared professional responsibility. In the summer of 2019, AIA New York and the Center for Architecture will explore these ideas with an exhibition, with maps by students from Pratt Institute, examining how public investment impacts communities.
The profession’s shared responsibility, however, can only be addressed by strengthening communal ties within the profession. Slade’s theme also considers the building community, here represented by AIA New York. During 2019, the Chapter will develop new initiatives, from career discovery to mentorship opportunities, to support members at different points in their career.
The inaugural also served as an opportunity to recognize members of the architecture and design community for their local and regional contributions. AIA New York State board member Jane Smith, FAIA, IIDA, conferred awards on behalf of AIA New York State, while AIANY’s Vice Presidents recognized the Chapter’s program committees with Vice Presidential Citations for contributions in each of our mission areas: design excellence, public outreach, and professional development.
AIA New York State Awards
Fellow’s Award: Mary Burke, FAIA, Founder and Principal, Burke Design and Architecture
Educator Award: Thomas A. Hanrahan, RA, Dean, School of Architecture, Pratt Institute
Intern-Associate Award: Josette Matthew, Assoc. AIA, Project Coordinator, Tall Builders
Matthew DelGaudio Service Award: Illya Azaroff, AIA, Director of Design, +Labs
President’s Award: David Piscuskas, FAIA, Founding Principal, 1100 Architect, Immediate Past President, AIA New York
AIANY Vice Presidential Citations
AIANY Citation for Design Excellence: AIANY Housing Committee for Designing New York: Quality Affordable Housing
AIANY Citation for Public Outreach: Clare Miflin, AIANY Committee on the Environment, for the Zero Waste Design Guidelines and related initiatives
AIANY Citation for Professional Development: AIANY Technology committee for New York Digital Design Community event series
AIANY also recognized the recipients of the 2018 ENYA ARE Scholarship, launched to support emerging professionals seeking licensure who have also found opportunities to make contributions to their communities and the profession. With sponsorship from Hunter Douglas Architectural, the scholarship is meant to cover the cost of taking the ARE.
2018 ENYA ARE Scholarship Recipients
Kuan-ju Chen, Assoc. AIA, Junior Architect, Curtis + Ginsberg Architects
A.L. Hu, Assoc. AIA, Architectural Designer, Solomonoff Architecture Studio
Congratulations to board members past and presents and to all who were recognized at the Inaugural. We are excited to see what will come in the New Year, as we continue to engage with our members on issues critical to the profession.