Category Archives: From the Executive Director

AIANY 2017 President David Piscuskas, FAIA, at the National Summit on Design and Urban Mobility. Credit: Center for Architecture
From the Executive Director by • 05/17/17

Are We Ready for Autonomous Vehicles?

Autonomous vehicle (AV) technology has the potential to create seismic shifts in not only how we transport people and goods, but the basic underpinnings of our society, culture, and economic structure. The combination of autonomous vehicles and connected technologies promises to make streets safer, reduce energy consumption, decrease congestion, and create dramatic changes in where people live, work, and play. Read More

AIANY Releases Guiding Statements

Last Friday, AIA New York shared a set of position statements to guide us in responding to the policies of the new presidential administration. Following the election, AIANY’s Board of Directors issued a call to members for suggestions on how to best respond to the challenges facing the architectural profession. Overwhelmingly, responses advised the organization to look inward and create foundational tools to refer back to as critical issues arise. Read More

Report from Architects Assembled: AIA New York Community Forum

On 01.05.17, AIANY hosted its first-ever “Architects Assembled: AIA New York Community Forum.” The town hall-style event invited members and architects to the Center for Architecture to share their views on the AIA and their hopes for our chapter. I was pleased to co-host the event with 2017 AIA New York President, David Piscuskas, FAIA and was honored to share the evening with the close to 100 members of our extended community who contributed their responses and thoughtful suggestions. Read More

Message from the Executive Director: 2016 Elections

At this time when the country is notably divided and exploring many paths forward, AIA New York / Center for Architecture remains dedicated to our core values, which include promoting architecture and cities that are equitable, diverse, resilient, and committed to improving the quality of life in our communities.

Updated 11.15.16: Please note this statement was revised on 11.15.16. Please see AIANY’s current message here

Renovations at the Center

If you have been inside the Center for Architecture recently, you may have noticed that some renovations are in progress. In preparation for the fall season, we are enhancing a few of our spaces to better accommodate our programs and to respond to member requests. Read More

Fast Forward

At this time, just after the midpoint of summer, I realize I have now been Executive Director for just over half a year. With the buzz of our summer camps during the day and events in the evening, it feels like time moves very quickly at the Center for Architecture. I want to take this opportunity to share an update of some of the projects that are moving forward. Read More

Alex Alaimo, AIA, AIA National Associates Committee, interviews AIANY and Center for Architecture Executive Director Benjamin Prosky.
From the Executive Director by • 06/23/16


Engaging younger architects in activities at the Center for Architecture and recruiting younger members to join the AIA is one of my priorities.

The median age of our membership is over 50 years old. Fewer people are pursuing licensure. Taking these factors into account, we realize that it is critical to demonstrate to emerging professionals that an AIA membership can be incredibly valuable to young practitioners and new firms. Read More

Congratulations to the 149 AIA members (and 18 AIANY members) inducted to the AIA College of Fellows.
From the Executive Director by • 05/26/16

Dispatch from the 2016 AIA National Convention: Phil-AIA-delphia

Scores of AIA New York Chapter members joined me at my first AIA National Convention in Philadelphia. We were well represented by our speakers, board members, committee chairs, and many other members who participated in networking, information exchange, high-level workshops, and upwards of 35 daily tours. AIANY was especially proud to see 18 members inducted to the AIA College of Fellows at the annual Investiture Ceremony at the University of Pennsylvania’s Irvine Auditorium. Read More

Suzanne Mecs, Hon. AIANYS, Managing Director, AIANY; Eric Goshow, AIA, LEED AP, Director for Legislative Affairs, AIANY; Carol Loewenson, FAIA, 2016 President, AIANY; Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, Co-chair, AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee; Sherida Paulsen, FAIA, Principal, PKSB Architects; David Piscuskas, FAIA, LEED AP, President-Elect, AIANY; Venesa Alicea, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Alternate Director for Professional Development, AIANY; Benjamin Prosky, Executive Director, AIANY; and Emma Pattiz, Policy Coordinator, AIANY
From the Executive Director by • 05/13/16

Advocating for Architects in Albany

The 2016 Architects in Albany Advocacy Day was on 05.03.16. AIA representatives from across New York State came together to meet with State Senators and Assemblymembers to advocate for some of the most pressing issues facing the architecture profession. Combined, the statewide group of chapter members and staff met with 76 legislators and their staffs (more than one-third of the Legislature) to inform them on how their decisions can impact architects and the profession. We were also able to use this as an opportunity to ask legislators about their interests and those of their constituents, and to offer insights into how architects can advance their causes. Read More

AIANY, AIANJ & AIANYS Work with PANYNJ to Improve Bus Terminal Competition Brief to Benefit Architects and the Public

On 03.11.16, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) announced its Bus Terminal International Design + Deliverability Competition. Initially, AIANY was pleased to learn that the Port Authority Bus Terminal was slated for improvement and that design ideas would be generated as a result of a public competition.

After thoroughly reviewing the Competition Conditions, however, AIANY, AIA New York State, and AIA New Jersey found that certain requirements were at odds with best practices for design competitions, as outlined in AIA National’s Handbook of Architectural Design Competitions. As a coalition, we drafted a letter to PANYNJ that outlined our concerns. This letter was taken seriously by the PANYNJ officials and resulted in a productive discussion that led to several improvements to the competition brief. Read More