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April 2014 Enews


2014 AIANYS Architects in Albany Lobby Day 

The 2014 Architects in Albany Lobby Day will be held Tuesday, April 29, 2014. All activities will be in Room 711 of the Legislative Office Building. To sign up for Lobby Day, contact your local chapter. The schedule for Lobby Day is as follows:
8:30 AM Lobby Day Materials Pick Up and Continental Breakfast; 10:15 AM Legislative Briefing with AIANYS Legislative Counsel Richard Leckerling, Esq.; 11:00 – 5:00 PM Appointments with Legislators; Noon – 1:30 PM Box Lunch, Room 711A.                           

Please note: we will not be meeting at the Hampton Inn this year. Please allow enough time to go thru security. 

The 2014 AIANYS Legislative Agenda is posted on the AIANYS website at:

AIANYS is Calling for Presentations for the 2014 Design Conference-Deadline is


AIANYS is currently calling for presentations for the 2014 Design Conference which will be held October 9-11 in Saratoga Springs.  The deadline for accepting proposals for program presentations is Friday, May 16, 2014. Submissions will only be accepted electronically using the 2014 submission template.


Conference presenters are recognized for their expertise among their peers. Presenters and their firms are listed in the conference invitation and on-site information pieces, as well as the digital registration form.


The Call for Presentations information including submission process, timelines and guidelines are here:



If you have questions, please email Georgi Ann Bailey, CAE, Executive Director at

AIANYS Design Conference October 9-11, 2014 in Saratoga Springs-Exhibitor and Sponsorship Registration Open!


The 2014 AIANYS Design Conference will be held October 9-11, 2014 in Saratoga Springs. The theme for the inaugural conference is “New Practice/New Design,” an exploration of the dramatic changes architects are seeing in the Practice of Architecture and the innovative design work that results and will be woven throughout the conference.


This conference is an exclusive learning and networking opportunity which will bring the worlds of practice and academia together.  New concepts include partnering with New York State’s Schools of Architecture to make for a meaningful convergence of practice and theory, practitioners and academics, as well as interactive design workshops for all conference attendees led by architects.


The Design Conference will include: an Opening Night Party on October 9, 2014; two Keynote events Thursday, October 9 and Saturday, October 11, 2014; the Trade Show on October 10, 2014 and the Design Awards Dinner on October 10, 2014.


The Exhibitor and Sponsorship registration is open! To see the various packages available and to register, go to: There are levels available to fit every budget!

For more information on the Design Conference, go to: 


AIANYS 2014 Design Awards Program-Registration Deadline is May 18th!


AIA New York State has recognized outstanding works of architecture through the annual Design Awards Program since 1968. These awards honor works of architecture located anywhere in the world by AIA New York State members and works of architecture located only in New York State by other New York State registered architects completed since January 1, 2009.  AIANYS is currently calling for entries for the 2014 Design Awards.  For program information and to register, go to:

Once again you will be able to upload your portfolio digitally and the chapter program will continue!


The registration form and fee is due to AIANYS by May 18, 2014 (must be registered online by this date). Portfolios, checklists and photo releases are due by May 26, 2014. The Design Award Jury will meet in June to decide the winners and the recipients will be notified soon after.


The projects are listed by the following categories: Adaptive Reuse/Historic Preservation; Commercial/Industrial, Large Projects and Small Projects; Institutional; Interiors; International; Pro Bono Projects; Residential, Single Large Projects; Single Small Projects and Multi-Family; Sole Practitioner; Unbuilt, General; Unbuilt, Under 10 Years and Urban Planning/Design.


Chapters will be asked to submit two local winners to AIANYS for consideration by the jury. The Chapter may choose from their 2013 or 2014 programs. While there will be no charge for the submittals, they will be required to follow the same guidelines as any other entry.


All AIANYS Design Award recipients will prepare a design board for display during the AIANYS Design Conference. All of the AIANYS Design Awards will be presented at the Design Awards Dinner on October 10, 2014 at the Hilton in Saratoga Springs. For questions, contact Michele Brown, Membership & Data Manager at


Russell A. Davidson, FAIA Running for AIA 2015 First Vice President/2016 President-elect

Russell A. Davidson, FAIA has declared his candidacy for the office of AIA 2015 First Vice President/2016 President-elect.  Elections will be held at the AIA 2014 National Convention and Expo in Chicago June 26-28.

I feel strongly that over my 15 years as an AIA leader I have accumulated a great deal of knowledge about what members truly value and how best to deliver it. 

Equally important to me is the feeling that the very core obligation of our professional association is only just beginning to be appropriately addressed.  I am passionate about the issue now defined as, “Elevating Public Awareness.”

This is the very reason I first got involved in my local AIA component and continues to motivate me to get the AIA to focus on this critical initiative.  I feel that I have made meaningful contributions to real progress on the public awareness front and have developed a strong voice that is listened to by staff and other members of leadership.

A sense of urgency permeates my participation with the AIA.  I feel that our membership deserves more value for their dues dollars – now!   Many of our practitioners and firms, including my own, are fighting real battles every day to maintain and build value in the services we deliver and are at constant risk of being overrun by competing “allied” professions and predatory and unfair procurement or bidding processes. 

I believe that the AIA at all levels, especially National, does not pay enough attention to the magnitude and seriousness of the threats outside the door each day for all practicing architects. 

I feel that my continuing insistence that the AIA focus on effectively communicating the value of an Architect to the full range of “client” publics will propel the AIA closer to fulfilling its primary role as the complete advocate for the profession.

The president of the AIA sets the agenda and I am committed to finding the issues that benefit all constituencies within our diverse membership including emerging professionals, minority architects, sole practitioners, small firms and large firms. I am committed to advancing the AIA’s leadership role in sustainability and as the profession on the leading edge of the Nation’s design and construction industry. 

For more information on my views forward, please visit my website:

Francis Murdock Pitts, FAIA, Declares Candidacy for AIA 2015 Vice President

Francis Murdock Pitts, FAIA, member of AIA Eastern NY and former AIANYS President, has declared his candidacy for the office of AIA 2015 Vice President.  Elections will be held at the AIA 2014 National Convention and Expo in Chicago June 26-28.

Frank has served the profession in leadership positions at the Chapter, State and National level since the mid-1980’s.  His services have included a stint as President of the AIA’s Academy of Architecture for Heath and service on the Professional Interest Area Executive Committee.  

Frank wants to continue to serve to help advance three issues where his own passions align with the profession’s needs:


As a practicing professional operating a firm, Frank has come to deeply understand that aligning resources with mission are critical to achieving value in service delivery.  He is convinced that this is a truism for both our practices and our AIA.  Frank has been a leader in responsible budgeting and program prioritization focused on delivering beneficial services to members at a reasonable cost.


We have a habit of celebrating the great at the expense of the good.  Our focus on the most beautiful buildings and those that design them comes with the risk that this signature work is seen as the thing that we value most….and at the expense of knowing and communicating the many and other ways that we provide services with significant value.  We need to understand deeply the many ways that architects practice successfully and profitably and the diverse ways that we make a difference for our clients and communities.  We will change the value equation and the prosperity of our profession if we understand and celebrate what we all do, instead of focusing on the work of  the famous few.


From our first days in studio in school right through retirement, most architects struggle to find a balance between work and family or self.  Our professional commitment is extraordinary, but it comes at costs that make it difficult to sustain our profession.  Fewer and fewer graduates are seeking licensure.  While women make up half of the classes in architecture school, women are woefully under-represented in firm leadership and only 18% of licensed architects are women.  Our ability to develop a diverse profession founders unnecessarily on artificially high barriers to diverse participation.  We would benefit, collectively, from a conversation about successful practice models that foster a better life work balance and that encourage greater diversity in practice.

 AIANYS Receives AIA Component Matching Grant

AIANYS has received a 2014 AIA Component Matching Grant for the Student Awards Program.

The AIA National Component supports local and state Components or their affiliated foundations in their efforts to provide and develop scholarship programs. Offering matching grants to augment existing Component programs reinforces the significance of the AIA in the lives of architects, aspiring students, and their communities, and stimulates interest in the formation of new scholarship programs.

The AIANYS Student Award Program was created in 2007 to serve as a way of engaging and recognizing students enrolled in the NAAB-accredited schools in New York State. This program allows students to share ideas on design concepts which improve upon natural and built environments, while positioning them to assist in advancing both the profession and community at large. This is the 5th year in a row that AIANYS has received this grant.


AIANYS and RPI Lighting Research Center Offering Seminars in May

AIANYS is teaming up with the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to offer a series of seminars across NYS.

Residential Lighting Technologies and Design Technologies is a one day seminar which will assist design professionals in the design and install of advanced lighting systems in a variety of residential settings.  This program will be offered in Syracuse on May 15, 2014 and New York City on October 1, 2014. To register for this program, go to:

The Light and Health Institute is a two-day hands-on seminar May 6-7, 2014 at the Lighting Research Center in Troy, NY to teach the many ways in which light affects and can be used to improve health and well-being. To register for this program, go to:

The LED Lighting Institute is a 3 day workshop held May 13-15, 2014 in Troy which will teach participants how to incorporate LED and OLED technologies into the design of architectural lighting fixtures and how to design lighting applications using LEDs and OLEDs. To register for this, go to:


AIA National Convention June 26-28 in Chicago-Registration Still Open!

AIA National Convention is June 26-28, 2014 in Chicago with the theme Design with Purpose. There will be over 800 exhibitors from around the country, PechaKucha sessions, live Q & A’s and continuing education classes.

This year’s keynote speakers are: Jeanne Gang, FAIA, founder of Chicago-based Studio Gang Architects and Stephen Chung, AIA, host of the new travel and architecture show Cool Spaces on PBS which starts in April (check your local listings for dates and times) and is sponsored by AIA.


Registration is still open! For complete AIA National Convention information, go to:


Raymond Beeler, President and Eric Goshow, Past President, AIANYS Served as Panelists

Raymond Beeler, AIA, President and Eric Goshow, AIA, Past President served as panelists on Grassi & Co. and Zetlin & De Chiara’s A & E Market Outlook Briefing on April 8 at the Center for Architecture in New York.. The panelists shared perspectives on the current and future state of the A & E market, including expectations for growth within the industry and their firms, top business goals and considerations, and ownership transition. Sponsors for the program were:

AIA New York State, ACEC New York, CMAA Metro NY/NJ Chapter.


AIANYS Sponsors Regional Recovery Workshop at NYIT


The Regional Recovery Working Group held a day-long workshop for coastal communities at NYIT on March 31. Over 150 people attended this program which was geared for stakeholders across the four state region working in coastal communities at all scales of rebuilding and planning. The Working Group's ongoing mission is to share experience and case studies of recovery efforts across the region, highlight good practices, notes changes to building codes, along with updates to state and federal procedures, financing and opportunities. Attendees gained real tools for rebuilding and insight into codes and regulations. Illya Azaroff, AIA and Frank Mruk, AIA RIBA, Associate Dean, NYIT welcomed the attendees to the program.


The morning program featured regional updates by: Ronald Piester, Director, Division of Building Standards and Codes NYS Department of State, Henk Ovink, Principal of Rebuild by Design Senior Advisor to Secretary Donovan, HUD/Sandy Task Force and Brian Baer, Regional Program Coordinator, Architecture for Humanity and Colonel Paul Owen, US Army Corps of Engineers Commander, New York District.


In the afternoon, the attendees participated in a hands-on workshop that addressed a range of the flood protection challenges facing the region's building types.  The workshop helped to inform an on-going effort to catalogue best practices in flood protection for the NYC Hazard Mitigation Plan. 



This Regional Recovery Workshop is the second of its kind in the series. The first was July 9, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey highlighting urban issues we face across the region. There is a third workshop planned for late May 2014 in Florham Park, NJ and will highlight critical facilities, transportation and infrastructure.


Participating organizations: AIANYS, AIANJ, AIANY - DfRR, AIACT, AIARI, AIA National, AFH, HUD, ORLI - NYIT, Army Corp of Engineers, RAMP - Pratt and NYC-DCP Housing Recovery Center, Supporting Partner/Sponsor: BASF and NYIT and Sponsor: Long Island Index Rauch Foundation


AIA Peconic Associates Hosting Humanitarian Effort for Haiti Fundraiser

Michael Tagliavia, Assoc. AIA and Jennifer Bennett, Assoc. AIA, members of AIA Peconic are hosting the 2nd Annual Humanitarian Effort for Haiti Fundraiser May 3, 2014 in Hampton Bays, NY from 7-11 PM.  The event will include food and drinks, live entertainment and several raffles and auctions. All proceeds benefit the Wells Mountain Foundation. General Admission: $25; Pre-sale tickets: $20. For ticket information, contact or

AIA Southern New York Holding Conference From Main Street to Eco-Districts: Greening Our Communities May 20-21st in Corning

AIA Southern NY, the Preservation League of NYS, Market Street Restoration and Corning’s Gaffer District are holding a two day conference titled From Main Street to Eco-Districts: Greening Our Communities in celebration of Market Streets Restoration’s 40th anniversary May 20-21, 2014 in Corning.  This conference includes Rethinking Downtowns Through a Green Lens symposium and Making Upper Floors Works Again workshop, as well as keynote speakers Kaid Benfield, Norman Mintz and Dr. Mike Powe, tours throughout Corning and plenary sessions.


You can earn up to 15 continuing education credits from AIA, GBCI and APA/AICP. Online registration is open. For more information, go to:

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Enter Your Chapter Events on the AIANYS Online Calendar


AIANYS has an online calendar on the website that all chapters can now submit events to. It's easy and only takes a few minutes. Go to:

You can also see what other Chapters are up to all around New York State.



By donating to the NYS Architects Political Action Committee (NYSAPAC), you have helped to fund the opportunity for AIANYS to support the following event in April: Assemblywoman Deborah Glick (AIA New York Chapter).

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