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P O Box 327, Hampton Bays, NY



Dear AIA Peconic Members:


With your ongoing support and the leadership of AIA Peconic’s Executive Committee, 2017 has been a strong year for the chapter.  Many thanks to Michele S Hugo AIA (President 2017) and Viola Rouhani AIA (Secretary 2017) for their hard work this year; and many thanks to you for your continued involvement.  


We welcome new 2018 Executive Board members, Matthew LaBrake AIA (Vice President) and Jared London AIA (Secretary).  We also thank Dominic LaPierre AIA (AIANYS Representative), Joseph Pagac AIA (Treasurer), John Whelan Assoc. AIA (Emerging Professionals) and Kay Jones (Executive Director) for their ongoing work on behalf of the chapter.


In April, 2017 the American Institute of Architects congratulated, and certified, that AIA Peconic demonstrated that they satisfactorily deliver all Core Member Services in the areas of member and public communications, continuing education, advocacy, membership, finance and governance.  This component is accredited through 2019.


Among AIA Peconic’s many accomplishments in 2017, the Executive Committee developed the AIA Peconic’s Strategic Plan, outlining our core goals and programs for the years ahead: education and professional development, community service and outreach, environmental stewardship and architectural excellence.


In support of the Strategic Plan, and the ongoing efforts of AIA Peconic, a few among the chapter’s many successful events in 2017 included: 

·        The 2017 AIA Peconic/Anthony DiSunno Scholarship Picnic  - six college-bound, aspiring young architects, were awarded scholarships this year.

·        The 13th annual Golf and Dinner Event - in support of the AIA Peconic Education Program and the AIA Peconic/ Anthony DiSunno Scholarship Program. 

·        AIA Peconic’s 1st annual Community Outreach Benefit – to support a new, architecturally related community cause each year.  This year Casino Night, helped to support the reconstruction of Sag Harbor Cinema.

·        The 2017 Daniel J. Rowen Design Awards – to celebrate architectural excellence. Nine recipients were awarded prizes for exceptional work from an impressive and growing group of entrants.


In 2018 AIA Peconic will continue the initiatives and successes of 2017, with an eye toward growing our membership base, increasing the involvement of our Associate Members, and seeking out greater engagement of emerging professionals.  We will continue to update our programs to reflect the new interests of our membership, demands of architectural practice, and opportunities throughout the community. New ideas and active engagement are always welcome, so please reach out, get involved and help make 2018 another great year for AIA Peconic.


In addition to the regular annual events and new calendar items.  Of special interest will be the 2018 AIA Conference on Architecture, June 21-23 at the Javits Center in New York.   At A’18, some of the most creative architects, designers, and firms will share how they’re creating their own blueprint and making a difference in cities all over the world, from London, Arkansas to London, England.


You can find regular updates and developments for the chapter on our website and please look for our emails from announcing upcoming events.


Thank you again for your continued support and engagement.


Gregory Thorpe, AIA – AIA Peconic President 2018

Michele S. Hugo, AIA - AIA Peconic President 2017




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