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December 10, 2013

American Institute of Architects New York Chapter Welcomes 2014 Board of Directors at Inaugural

Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, DPACSA, Professor of Architecture, City College of New York and AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee Co-chair will lead AIANY into 2014 as President.

New York City, December 10, 2013 – 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.

Civic Spirit: Civic Vision
AIANY 2014 President Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, DPACSA, announced Civic Spirit: Civic Vision as the theme for 2014 Chapter. It 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.

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.

About Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, DPACSA
Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, DPACSA, is an architect, urban designer, educator, and author. He has lectured nationally and internationally. He 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. His numerous awards include: AIA New York State President’s Award for Excellence in Non‐traditional Architecture and AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education. He is on the board of the AIANY Chapter, founding co‐chair of the AIA Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee, and founding Board member of the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization. Publications include: Learning from Lower Manhattan (2004), Urban Design for an Urban Century: Placemaking for People (2009), Beyond Zuccotti Park: Freedom of Assembly and the Occupation of Public Space (2012) and The Legacy Project: New Housing New York: Best Practices in Affordable, Sustainable, Replicable Housing Design (Via Verde, Winter 2013).

The American Institute of Architects 2014 Board of Directors

Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, DPACSA

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

David Burney, FAIA
Vice President for Design Excellence

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

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

Jane Smith, AIA, IIDA

Mark C. Regulinski, AIA

Andy Frankl, Hon. AIA NYS
Director for Development Affairs

Lia Gartner, FAIA, LEED AP
Director for Educational Affairs

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

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

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

Barbara E. Spandorf, AIA
Director for Publications

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

Robert A. Schubert
Public Director

Anthony J. Mannarino
Public Director for Professional Affairs

Venus Carbuccia, AIAS
Director for Student Affairs

Jill N. Lerner, FAIA
Immediate Past President

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

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

Illya Azaroff, AIA
Alternate Director for Public Outreach

Rick Bell, FAIA
Executive Director

About the AIA New York Chapter
AIA New York is the oldest and largest chapter of the American Institute of Architects with almost 5,000 architect, allied professional, student, and public members. AIANY is dedicated to three goals: design excellence, public outreach and professional development.

About the Center for Architecture
The Center for Architecture is a destination for all interested in the built environment. It is home to the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture Foundation, vibrant nonprofit organizations that provide resources to both the public and building industry professionals. Through exhibitions, programs, and special events, the Center aims to improve the quality and sustainability of the built environment, foster exchange between the design, construction, and real estate communities, and encourage collaborations across the city and globe. For more information, please visit

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