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AIA launches search for executive director

The American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY) and the Center for Architecture has launched a national search for an executive director to lead both organizations.

Together, AIANY and the Center for Architecture have become an important voice in the discussion of the power of design excellence to improve the quality of life of all New Yorkers.

The new executive director will be charged with leading AIANY’s work with City officials and partner organizations to foster design excellence for all New Yorkers as well as leading the Center for Architecture, a preeminent cultural institution for architectural education, exhibitions, and discourse.


“AIANY and the Center for Architecture are looking for a leader with a strategic vision for deepening our positive impact on New York City’s built environment by demonstrating the transformative power of architecture,” said AIANY president Tomas Rossant, AIA.

“The two institutions have accomplished much for the City and lead a global network of architecture centers focused on educating the general public about the value of design thinking.”

“We look forward to reviewing candidates that feel a strong commitment to our mission for design excellence and public outreach,” said Center for Architecture President Joseph F. Tortorella, PE. “The

Executive Director position offers a wonderful opportunity for a charismatic, savvy leader to expand the Center and harness the power of our community of 5,000 practicing architects, allied professionals, students, and public members to make lasting, meaningful contributions to the built landscape of our great city.”

The AIA has hired an executive search firm to find a new executive director.

AIANY has hiredPhillips Oppenheim, an executive search firm for nonprofit organizations, and have formed a seven-person search committee. David Burney, FAIA, architect and former Commissioner of the City’s Department of Design and Construction (DDC), currently serves as interim Executive Director.

Burney’s April appointment followed the resignation of Rick Bell, FAIA. AIANY and the Center for Architecture expect to name a new leader by early next year.

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