Under the leadership of 2016 President of AIA New York Carol Loewenson, FAIA, the AIA New York wants to reach beyond the profession to the general public. To achieve this goal, we already have deep and extensive resources including over 5200 members, 27 program committees, and the Center for Architecture itself. We need to strengthen the relationship between these pieces and collaborate even more as we reach out beyond ourselves to make our case.
The 2016 presidential theme is Authenticity & Innovation. Authenticity – the historical, cultural, and social essence of the built environment – is what gives people a sense of continuity and a connection to the past. Innovation speaks to the future and to creativity, not only in terms of the buildings themselves, but of the activities fostered in and around them. We will use New York to reflect upon these issues, and to think about how authenticity and innovation together create the foundation for great architecture and great cities. Through a series of dinners and programs, we will explore specific topics related to this theme.
We will look at “Craft in Architecture” and the challenge of reconciling the use of new materials in new conditions with an urgent desire for natural and traditional materials, as well as “Libraries at the Tipping Point,” an exploration of how libraries will maintain their significant status in society while adapting to evolving needs.
Finally, the year will culminate in a major exhibition at the Center for Architecture, opening in the fall, which will take an in-depth look at the movement of new industries and businesses into New York: Why are the most innovative enterprises drawn to our historic building stock? What does this reveal about the enduring nature of our city and our unique urban landscape? How do we respond as architects, urbanists, and the design-curious general public?
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 2016!
For more information on joining the 2016 President’s Circle, please contact Jesse Lazar, Director of Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 358-6108.