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December 17, 2019
by AIA New York
Incoming AIANY President Kim Yao, AIA, accepts the gavel from Hayes Slade, AIA, 2019 AIANY President. Photo: Samuel Lahoz.
Incoming AIANY President Kim Yao, AIA, accepts the gavel from Hayes Slade, AIA, 2019 AIANY President. Photo: Samuel Lahoz.
Ben Prosky, Executive Director, AIANY and Center for Architecture, kicked off the event with a review of key AIA initiatives: the new Climate Action Taskforce, NYSERDA’s Buildings of Excellence Awards, the Future of the NYC Waterfront, and more. Photo: Samuel Lahoz.
Ben Prosky, Executive Director, AIANY and Center for Architecture, kicked off the event with a review of key AIA initiatives: the new Climate Action Taskforce, NYSERDA’s Buildings of Excellence Awards, the Future of the NYC Waterfront, and more. Photo: Samuel Lahoz.
AIA New York State's Firm of the Year went to LTL Architects for their achievements in design, community service, education, and service to the profession. Photo: Samuel Lahoz.
AIA New York State's Firm of the Year went to LTL Architects for their achievements in design, community service, education, and service to the profession. Photo: Samuel Lahoz.
Joseph Aliotta, FAIA, 2020 AIA New York State Board President, conferred the Frederic Schwartz Community Development Award on AIA New York for the 2019 Day of Service. Photo: Samuel Lahoz.
Joseph Aliotta, FAIA, 2020 AIA New York State Board President, conferred the Frederic Schwartz Community Development Award on AIA New York for the 2019 Day of Service. Photo: Samuel Lahoz.
Andrew Lee, co-chair of the Interiors Committee, accepts a VP Citation for Design Excellence for the Committee's program "Karen Braitmayer: A Profile in Accessible Practice" from Dan Wood, AIA, VP of Design Excellence on the Board. Photo: Samuel Lahoz.
Andrew Lee, co-chair of the Interiors Committee, accepts a VP Citation for Design Excellence for the Committee's program "Karen Braitmayer: A Profile in Accessible Practice" from Dan Wood, AIA, VP of Design Excellence on the Board. Photo: Samuel Lahoz.
Scott Hensen, AIA, and Matthew Radune, AIA, both of Scott Henson Architect, accept the VP for Public Outreach Citation from Matt Bremer, VP for Public Outreach, in recognition of "How Low Can We Go – Historic Preservation and Carbon Reduction," a joint program by the AIANY Historic Buildings Committee and the Committee on the Environment. Photo: Samuel Lahoz.
Scott Hensen, AIA, and Matthew Radune, AIA, both of Scott Henson Architect, accept the VP for Public Outreach Citation from Matt Bremer, VP for Public Outreach, in recognition of "How Low Can We Go – Historic Preservation and Carbon Reduction," a joint program by the AIANY Historic Buildings Committee and the Committee on the Environment. Photo: Samuel Lahoz.
The Women in Architecture Committee accepts the VP Citation for Professional Development from Andrea Lamberti, AIA, Vice President for Professional Development. Photo: Samuel Lahoz.
The Women in Architecture Committee accepts the VP Citation for Professional Development from Andrea Lamberti, AIA, Vice President for Professional Development. Photo: Samuel Lahoz.
Danei Cesario, AIA, Diversity and Inclusion Committee Co-Chair; Hayes Slade, AIA, 2019 AIANY President; Kim Yao, AIA, 2020 AIANY President; and Venesa Alicea, AIA. Photo: Samuel Lahoz.
Danei Cesario, AIA, Diversity and Inclusion Committee Co-Chair; Hayes Slade, AIA, 2019 AIANY President; Kim Yao, AIA, 2020 AIANY President; and Venesa Alicea, AIA. Photo: Samuel Lahoz.
The ceremonial AIANY President's medal and gavel. Photo: Samuel Lahoz.
The ceremonial AIANY President's medal and gavel. Photo: Samuel Lahoz.

On Tuesday, December 10, 2019, AIA New York welcomed its 2020 Board of Directors at the Board Inaugural. Incoming 2020 President Kim Yao, AIA, discussed her presidential theme, “Charting NYC 2020,” which invites architects to map the past in order to present a new course for the future.

After accepting the gavel from AIANY 2019 President Hayes Slade, AIA, and thanking former Chapter presidents for their leadership, guidance, and support, Yao outlined the goals of her presidential theme for 2020. To Yao, this moment, as the second decade of the 21st century draws to a close, provides an opportunity for AIA New York to pause and reflect. As we enter a decade marked by accelerating ecological, economic, and political crises, Yao invited members and professionals to face these challenges together. A key component of this work will include assessing progress made—or not made—since 2000, encouraging architects to look back in order to look forward.

Yao’s theme will guide diverse programming over the course of the year, including a major fall exhibition developed in partnership with MIT’s Civic Data Design Lab. Exhibition content development will kick off in early 2020 as we gather input and ideas for research directly from AIANY’s membership. With this information, the Chapter will identify a handful of issues that directly impact our built environment and the policies that define it, to be explored over the course of the year. The issues presented in the exhibition will then be developed into a clear policy platform to be used in communication with future public officials, in particular during the 2021 elections.

The inaugural also served as an opportunity to recognize members of the architecture and design community for their local and regional contributions. 2020 AIA New York State President Joseph Aliotta, FAIA, recognized AIANY members on behalf of AIA New York State, while AIANY’s Vice Presidents honored the Chapter’s program committees with Vice Presidential Citations for contributions in each of AIANY’s mission areas: design excellence, public outreach, and professional development.

AIA New York State Awards
Firm of the Year Award: LTL Architects (Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis)
Frederic Schwartz Community Development Award: AIANY 2019 Day of Service
President’s Award: Carol Loewenson, FAIA, Mitchell Giurgola
James William Kideney Gold Medal: F. Eric Goshow, FAIA, Goshow Architects; Peter Arsenault, FAIA, LEED AP, AIA Central New York Chapter President

AIANY Vice Presidential Citations
Citation for Design Excellence: AIANY Interiors Committee for “Karen Braitmayer: A Profile in Accessible Practice” lecture on accessible, inclusive interiors
AIANY Citation for Public Outreach: AIANY Historic Buildings Committee and AIANY Committee on the Environment for the cross-committee collaborations behind “How Low Can We Go – Historic Preservation and Carbon Reduction” panel
AIANY Citation for Professional Development: AIANY Women in Architecture Committee for their year-long programming in support of building equitable practices

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