November 8, 2012
by Daniel Fox

(l-r) Jaime Endreny, Executive Director, Center for Architecture Foundation; Michael Strauss, President, Center for Architecture Foundation; Robert Hammond, Joshua David, Co-Founders, Friends of the High Line; Iris Weinshall, Vice Chancellor of Facilities Planning, Construction and Management, City University of New York; Robert Selsam, Senior Vice President, Boston Properties; Cesar Pelli, FAIA, Senior Principal, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects; Joseph Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP, AIANY 2012 President; Rick Bell, FAIA, Executive Director, AIANY

Sam Lahoz

Event: Heritage Ball 2012
Location: Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, 10.25.12

More than 1,200 gathered at Pier Sixty for the Heritage Ball, our biggest party and largest fundraiser of the year. With all that’s happened in the intervening weeks, it seems like such a long time ago. Nevertheless, our honorees can give us hope that so many facets of our built environment are in competent hands.

Joseph Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP, opens the program.

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Robert Selsam (AIA New York Chapter Award), Senior Vice President, Boston Properties, in both his award acceptance speech and discussion at the Center for Architecture, noted the value excellent design brings to the buildings he develops.

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Iris Weinshall (Center for Architecture Award), Vice Chancellor of Facilities Planning, Construction and Management, City University of New York, spoke about the power of design and architects in her work for CUNY. A new library designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects for Bronx Community College had students lining up to enter the day it opened, she remarked.

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Joshua David and Robert Hammond (Center for Architecture Foundation Award), Co-Founders, Friends of the High Line, also commented on the way in which design has led to the High Line’s overwhelming success.

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Perhaps the most moving moment of the evening was the standing ovation for Cesar Pelli, FAIA (2012 President’s Award), Senior Principal, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects (PCP). Pelli’s long and distinguished career was elucidated in a well-produced video; the other honorees were also celebrated through video.

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(l-r) Joseph Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP, Iris Weinshall, and Senator Charles E. Schumer

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Illustrating AIANY’s continuing work with our local, state, and federal governments, there were many notable public officials in attendance including: Senator Charles E. Schumer; Robert LiMandri, Commissioner, NYC Department of Buildings; Seth Pinsky, President, NYC Economic Development Corporation; Council Member Gale Brewer; Council Member Robert Jackson; Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito; Leslie Koch, President of the Trust for Governor’s Island; Mathew Wambua, Commissioner, NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development; and Veronica White, Commissioner, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation.

(l-r) Eric Goshow, AIA; Susan Chin, FAIA; Marcus Marino, AIA; Margaret O’Donoghue Castillo, AIA; Kelly Hayes McAlonie, AIA; Eva Franch Gilabert

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Kelly Hayes McAlonie, AIA, 2012 AIANYS President, and Eric Goshow, AIA, 2013 AIANYS President, along with Anselmo Genovese, AIA, AIA Staten Island President, and Susan Chin, FAIA, Regional Director and 2013-14 AIA Vice President, represented additional AIA leadership.

Scholarships were awarded to four students, who were nominated by this year’s honorees. (l-r) Filipp Blyakher, The City College of New York | The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture (Iris Weinshall); Shachar Beer, Pratt Institute School of Architecture (Joshua David and Robert Hammond); James Morgan Petty, Yale School of Architecture (Cesar Pelli, FAIA); Ryan Lovett, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (Robert E. Selsam)

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Many attended Party@theCenter, the Heritage Ball’s official after-party, at the Center for Architecture.

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Daniel Fox is Editor-in-Chief of e-Oculus and AIANY Communications Manager.

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