Under the leadership of 2015 AIA New York President Tomas J. Rossant, AIA, 2015 promises to be a year of institutional renewal, engaging discourse, and focused advocacy.
Starting in January, Tomas will preside over the integration of the Foundation and the Center for Architecture into a single 501c3 entity rededicated to public design education and the presentation of innovative exhibits on architecture. With a new Center for Architecture board and new access to tax-exempt donations, the change will ensure that the Center continues to evolve as the city’s preeminent architecture-focused cultural institution, while the AIA New York Chapter advances its commitment to professional development for our members. The reorganized Center for Architecture remains dedicated to design excellence and the architectural profession, as we expand the dialogue about the importance of design in shaping our built environment and civil society. Think of it as the same Center for Architecture you love, only better, stronger, and with more resources.
The 2015 presidential theme is “Dialogues from the Edge of Practice.” Through monthly events we hope to explore how architects are boldly enlarging the purview of the practitioner to bring our particular critical problem solving skills and design acumen to endeavors previously considered outside the traditional scope of practice. There has never been a time where the role of the architect has been more relevant and expansive as an instrument to shape culture, society, and positive environmental outcomes. Look for a symposium in the fall where we will bring together the most innovative practioners—big and small—that are practicing on the edge.
We will see in 2015 the second full year of the de Blasio administration, and we intend to support and advocate for the mayor’s initiative to bring more affordable housing to our city. The AIA believes that great urban planning, parks, and civic architecture are not a luxury, but a key factor in combating the environmental inequality in the metropolis. To that end we will continue to lobby City Hall and mayoral agencies including but not limited to the Departments of Buildings, City Planning, and Design and Construction, in order to address the issues of greatest concern to our membership. We also hope to strengthen ties with the city’s other great institutions so that we can band together, when appropriate, to speak with a single coordinated voice on issues of great urgency that will impact the public realm.
We hope you will support these initiatives by joining the President’s Circle! President’s Circle members enjoy numerous special benefits, and your donation will ensure robust programming, focused advocacy on public-realm issues, and diverse membership support services.
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 2015!