AIA welcomes 2014 board


The American Institute of Architects New York Chapter welcomed the 2014 Board of Directors at the Chapter’s annual Board Inaugural.

The program included a review of Chapter highlights and 2013 President Jill N. Lerner’s, FAIA, theme, Global City/Global Practice along with its related exhibition Practical Utopias: Global Urbanism in Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo.

After Lerner’s look back at 2013, she passed the gavel to Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, DPACSA, AIANY 2014 Chapter President. Brown presented the newly-inducted board and gave a preview of his 2014 presidential theme, Civic Spirit: Civic Vision.

He said  2014 promises to be an important year of programs and exhibitions at the Center for Architecture. “New York is entering a new era, with new mayoral leadership, an expanding population, and increasing threats from climate change. Our design professions face consequential civic opportunities, challenges, and responsibilities at all scales,” said Brown.

In 2014, under the leadership of Brown, the AIA New York Chapter will confront these issues through programs that examine the city’s needs: affordable housing, vibrant urban spaces, energy efficient buildings, improved infrastructure, and new design strategies for evolving economic, political, and climate change. Meeting New York’s current challenges will succeed only if we can unite the public and private realms.

The AIA New York Chapter will also illustrate these topics through a major exhibition opening in June that will illuminate, locally, nationally, and internationally, the role of design in the creation of the public realm.

Considering the Quake, opening in February, will demonstrate seismic technology used for resilient design and underscore Brown’s general concern that “nature has no regard for political boundaries.”

The Chapter will also continue its global initiatives in relation to the theme, welcoming an exhibition on the European Prize for Urban Public Space, and co-sponsoring international events from Barcelona, Zurich, and Mumbai, among others.

Brownis an architect, urban designer, educator, and author. He has lectured nationally and internationally and is an ACSA Distinguished Professor in the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York, City University of New York.

He has served as assistant director of the Design Arts Program at the NEA and advisor to the World Trade Center Site 9/11 International Memorial Design Competition.

The American Institute of Architects 2014 Board of Directors

Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, DPACSA

Abby P. Suckle, FAIA, LEED AP
Director for Programs and Strategic Planning

Tomas J. Rossant, AIA
First Vice President / President-Elect

Barbara E. Spandorf, AIA
Director for Publications

David Burney, FAIA
Vice President for Design Excellence

Jessica Sheridan, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Associate Director

David Piscuskas, FAIA, LEED AP
Vice President for Professional Development

Robert A. Schubert
Public Director

Gerard F.X. Geier II, FAIA, FIIDA, LEED AP
Vice President for Public Outreach

Anthony J. Mannarino
Public Director for Professional Affairs

Jane Smith, AIA, IIDA

Venus Carbuccia, AIAS
Director for Student Affairs

Mark C. Regulinski, AIA

Jill N. Lerner, FAIA
Immediate Past President

Andy Frankl, Hon. AIA NYS
Director for Development Affairs

Jennifer Sage, AIA, LEED AP
Alternate Director for Design Excellence

Lia Gartner, FAIA, LEED AP
Director for Educational Affairs

Venesa Alicea, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Alternate Director for Professional Development

Ashok Raiji, Assoc. AIA, PE, LEED AP
Director for Industry Affairs

Illya Azaroff, AIA
Alternate Director for Public Outreach

Laurie D. Kerr, AIA, LEED AP
Director for Legislative Affairs

Rick Bell, FAIA
Executive Director


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