Like many of you, AIA New York’s leadership has grappled with the impending consequences of the recent presidential election. Amidst uncertainty, we can be sure of one key principle: every voice in our community is distinctive and valuable. Now, more than ever, we need to assert ourselves to preserve and advance our profession’s standing and core values.
At the Center for Architecture, the membership of AIA New York has built a place for discourse and debate, vitality and reciprocal respect. Together, we have created a central forum for the principles and issues of architecture and urbanism, open to members and to the public. But today is a threshold moment in our profession, where we can, and must, do more to align our actions and practices with our words and ideas. Under the mantle of this year’s Presidential theme,
Architects: Assembly Required, we aim to connect with our communities and our constituents to deliver more value and opportunities to our members.
This means more actions to increase diversity, equity, and practical agility in our profession. It means more strategic outreach, research-driven advocacy, and in-person mentorship. Our upcoming programs will focus on diversity in architecture, new approaches to historic preservation, and the state of our infrastructure and environmental resiliency. We are reinventing and rebuilding our website and re-envisioning our publications.
Our robust exhibition schedule will present various social contexts of the postwar modernist era, from the governmental architecture of post-colonial Africa, to the failed idealism of the Heliocoide in Venezuela, to the utopianization of suburban America in Wright's Usonia, and the architectural explorations of Donald Judd. The signal event of our exhibition calendar, Scaffolding: A Flexible Social History, will examine the untapped possibilities of erecting temporary modular structures to induce new social forms, ultimately exploring the complex intersections between buildings, capital, power, and artistic expression.
We look forward to a year of great engagement with the architectural community and the design-curious public of New York City. We hope to see you at the Center in 2017!
For more information on joining the 2017 President’s Circle, please contact Jesse Lazar, Director of Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 358-6108.