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January 22, 2014
by Rick Bell FAIA Executive Director AIA New York
AIANY Member Services Director Suzanne Mecs, Hon. AIANYS

The all-time high number of 5,019 members of the AIA New York Chapter was announced today by Board Secretary Jane Smith, AIA, of Spacesmith. Building on a steady increase in membership last year, under the leadership of 2013 Chapter President Jill N. Lerner, FAIA, the goal of the long-term strategic plan was achieved by a combination of enhanced communications about member value, and increased program and exhibition vitality on the global stage and during the mayoral election. Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, 2014 AIANY President, recognized the achievements of his predecessor, of Board Secretary Smith and her plan for membership development, and of the hard work of AIANY Member Services Director Suzanne Mecs, Hon. AIANYS. President Brown said, “The achievement of this long-awaited milestone underscores that the AIA New York Chapter and our work in civic engagement is increasingly relevant to a large number of architects, associates, those in affiliated professions, and the general public.”


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