Honors and Awards Luncheon

Celebrate design excellence at the AIA New York Chapter’s Honors and Awards Luncheon, to be held April 21, 2017 at Cipriani Wall Street. The Luncheon will fete the recipients of the 2017 AIANY Design Awards, Medal of Honor, Award of Merit, and the Stephen A. Kliment Oculus Award. In addition to honoring the award winners, the Luncheon will serve as an important fundraiser for the AIA New York Chapter and our ongoing mission to show that design really matters.

April 21, 2017
Cipriani Wall Street, 55 Wall Street (directions)
11:30am Reception
12:30pm Lunch


Medal of Honor
Sharon E. Sutton, FAIA


Dr. Sharon Egretta Sutton, FAIA is an activist educator and scholar who promotes inclusivity in the cultural makeup of the city-making professions and in the populations they serve, and also advocates the use of participatory planning and design strategies in low-income and minority communities. She has been a faculty member at the University of Washington, Pratt Institute, Columbia University, the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Michigan where she became the first African American woman in the United States to be promoted to full professor of architecture.

Dr. Sutton holds five academic degrees in music, architecture, philosophy, and psychology, and has studied in independent graphic art studios internationally. She is a registered architect, certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, and was once a member of the musician’s union in New York City. Her fine art is in the Library of Congress and has been exhibited in and collected by galleries and museums, business enterprises, and colleges and universities. She previously practiced architecture in New York City and, as a freelance orchestral musician, performed in Radio City Music Hall, for the Bolshoi and other ballet companies, and in such Broadway hits as Man of La Mancha, Fiddler on the Roof, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

In addition to being a fellow in the American Institute of Architects, recipient of the AIA Whitney M. Young Jr. Award, and recipient of the AIA Seattle Medal of Honor, Dr. Sutton is a distinguished professor of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, and an inductee into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame. Formerly, she was a Kellogg National Fellow, a Danforth Fellow, and president of the National Architectural Accrediting Board. She is currently is professor emerita of architecture, urban design, and social work at the University of Washington and professor at large in New York City.

Award of Merit
Fiona Cousins, PE

Fiona Cousins is an Arup Fellow and a member of Arup’s Americas Region Board. She helps lead the sustainability, building engineering and data strategies teams in Arup’s New York office, and directs technical and research investments for the Americas Region.

Fiona is a mechanical engineer by profession and has spent much of her career engaged in HVAC design, with an area of specialization in thermal comfort and energy efficiency. She has extensive project experience and has worked on a wide range of projects, including the design of museums, archives, trading floors, laboratories, libraries and performing art centers. She has also worked on planning projects with a focus on energy and sustainability. Fiona is a frequent presenter on transformative sustainable building design, very low-energy design, resilience and sustainability. She gave the 2016 CIBSE Annual Lecture: ‘How building services Engineers can save Civilization’. She is a LEED Fellow.

Fiona served as the chair of the New York Chapter of the USGBC (Urban Green) from 2008-2009 and as chair of USGBC in 2016. She is also on the board of the Architectural League of New York and the Beverly Willis Architectural Foundation.

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Stephen A. Kliment Oculus Award
Martin Filler 


Martin Filler, the architecture critic, magazine editor, lecturer, and exhibition curator, was born in 1948 and received degrees in Art History from Columbia. He has written nearly 1,100 articles for magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals, and exhibition catalogs in the US, Europe, and Japan, and has spoken at numerous cultural and educational institutions. He is best known for his long essays on modern architecture that have appeared in The New York Review of Books since 1985. Those pieces have been collected in book form as Makers of Modern Architecture: From Frank Lloyd Wright to Frank Gehry (2007) and Makers of Modern Architecture, Volume Two: From Le Corbusier to Rem Koolhaas (2013). Makers of Modern Architecture, Volume Three: From Antoní Gaudí to Zaha Hadid will be published in Fall 2018 by New York Review Books. He was a guest curator for the Brooklyn Museum exhibition "Vital Forms: American Art and Design in the Atomic Age, 1940-1960" (2001). With his wife, the architectural historian Rosemarie Haag Bletter, he was a guest curator for the Whitney Museum of American Art exhibition "High Styles: Twentieth Century American Design" (1985), and they wrote the documentary films Beyond Utopia: Changing Attitudes in American Architecture (1983), Arata Isozaki (1985), and Stirling (1987) for Michael Blackwood Productions.He was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003.





To reserve your table at this year's Honors and Awards Luncheon, please fill out the reservation form or click here to purchase online.  Ad specs are located here.

If you have any questions, please contact development@aiany.org or call (212) 358-6125.

George Leventis, PE










Boston Properties
Cerami Associates
Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Columbia University Medical Center
Diller Scofidio + Renfro
The Durst Organization
Ingram Yuzek Carroll Gainen & Bertolotti, LLP
KPFF Consulting Engineers
Shawmut Design and Construction
Skanska USA Building
STV Incorporated
Syska Hennessy Group
Thornton Tomasetti
Tillotson Design Associates
WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff
Zetlin & DeChiara


Architecture Research Office
Capalino + Company
Howard L. Zimmerman Architects, PC
ikon.5 architects
JFK&M Consulting Group
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Mancini Duffy
Marvel Architects
Partnership for Architecture and Urbanism
Perkins + Will
STUDIOS Architecture
Turner Construction Company

List as of April 18, 2017



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