June 12, 2013
by: Joan Capelin
“I See What You Mean” at the Colorado Convention Center by Lawrence Argent

Ever peeking through the curtain wall of the Denver Convention Center, its 42-foot-tall blue bear designed by Lawrence Argent will soon see the best of New York, since more than two dozen speakers at the 2013 AIA Annual Convention 06.19-06.22.13 are from NYC and AIANY.

Denver-bound are 2013 AIANY President Jill Lerner, FAIA, Past Presidents Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, and Mark Strauss, FAIA, and many more, along with Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY executive director, and three AIANY members on the AIA National board of directors: Susan Chin, FAIA, Anthony Schirripa, FAIA, IIDA, and Burt Roslyn, FAIA. Many members of the Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) will also be attending, including Venesa Alicea, AIA, LEED AP, Julie Ann Engh, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, and AIANY Board member Jessica Sheridan, AIA, LEED AP.

AIANY’s ripped-from-the-headlines Design for Risk &and Reconstruction Committee (DfRR) has a 06.21.13 morning slot and, given what’s been happening just recently in weather-related disasters and the official start of the hurricane season, there will be a good-sized national audience. Speakers will be 2014 AIANY President-Elect Lance Jay Brown, FAIA and Illya Azaroff, AIA, co-chairs of the committee, joined by Bostonian David Dixon, FAIA, who headed the master plan effort for New Orleans after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

The title of their program is “Preparedness, Mitigation, and Planning for Risk in the 21st Century.” The gist is that, whether designing a small building or doing comprehensive regional planning, architects are increasingly and urgently faced with the need to prepare for, mitigate against, or respond to disastrous natural or man-made “events.”

“This illuminatingprogram will expand the dialogue concerning the relationship of design professionals and the larger issues regarding climate change, severe weather, or malice that affect all of us,” comments Brown.

Brown and Azaroff will share what the DfRR Committee has learned and disseminated since its inception in 2010. DfRR has highlighted risk as a design opportunity, initiated preparedness training, advocated good practices (spurred especially by the Superstorm Sandy experience), and inspired broader discussions about resilience throughout New York City, New York State, the Northeast region, and, notably, the AIA National community.|

For a full list of AIANY-related speakers, please see this list.

And don’t forget the AIA NYS, AIANY, and Ibex Construction party at the Brown Palace Hotel, 06.20.13, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. RSVP here.

See you there!


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