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Tony Schirripa, FAIA, is Running for National Office
Anthony (Tony) Schirripa, FAIA, is a candidate for At-Large Director at this year's AIA National Conference in Atlanta. With over 40 years in the profession, Tony feels Continuing Education guidelines must be expanded upon. Enhancing the value of AIA Certified courses, and diversity within the courses offered are needed to be a successful architect. He envisions a unified professional organization by creating alliances with independent organizations. This will further grow the AIA, expanding our membership and capabilities.
Tony has held numerous AIANYS and AIA New York Chapter leadership roles for over 14 years. With an eye for the future, he envisions the need to better prepare students for practice through partnerships with academia and member firms to use best practices to give our incoming professionals the best institutional knowledge from our AIA licensed professionals.
Watch his video here.
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AIA Design Awards: New Category Rules 'In Chapter Projects and Architects'
The Design Awards recognize excellence in architectural design and professional service from our members around the state. New this year is a category for Chapter Recognition, where the architect, the project and the firm must be located within the chapter boundaries. There will be one Chapter Recognition Award for each category with the exception of the International category. The Award is only open to AIANYS members. More information here.
The deadline for applications to be accepted is May 28 and require registration form, entry fee and project materials to be submitted. The jury will meet in June, and the winners will be honored at the Design Awards Dinner at the Saratoga Hilton during the AIANYS Design Conference, Oct. 22-25.
AIANYS Design Conference, Oct. 22-25
As we move into summer, please mark your calendars. Our Design Conference is again going to be held in historic Saratoga Springs on Oct. 22-25.
We have invited over 50 exhibitors to our trade show, displaying cutting edge technologies and will be available for personal demonstrations. Further, we have scheduled 15 seminars where a possible 10 LU's of continuing education credits can be earned, two keynote addresses, a reception for networking opportunities, as well as, the Design Awards Reception.
Registration will be opening soon to reserve your room and register for events.
There are still sponsorship opportunities left, if you or someone you know is interested, please email email@example.com or visit www.AIANYS.org.
Advocating for Architects
Chapters from across the state will travel to Albany on Tuesday, April 28, to deliver our message to the State Legislature. This event will show our stance on the most pressing issues facing the architecture profession.
Attendees are ready to meet with their state legislators to discuss the importance of: (1) Liability protections for licensed design professionals who respond to declared disasters; (2) Standard due process protections for professional misconduct hearings; (3) Ending perpetual liability by enacting a ten-year statute of repose; (4) Expanding the use of Qualifications-Based Selection (QBS) procurement; (5) Enhancing the State's Historic Preservation tax credit; (6) Rehabilitation tax credits for distressed properties; (7) Defeating encroachment legislation proposed by the interior design lobby; and (8) Design-build and alternative project delivery reform.
Advocacy does not end with Lobby Day! We need your voice to help push our agenda across the entire state on a routine basis. AIANYS also needs your eyes and ears to help identify and communicate policy trends or proposals that either benefit or harm the practice. If you would like to become involved in advocacy, please contact your local chapter or contact the AIANYS Government Advocacy Coordinator Mike Burridge at (518) 449-3334 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Long Island City's beloved clock tower nears landmark status
It was in the works, but now it's almost a sure thing. The Landmarks Preservation Commission is poised to name the iconic Long Island City clock tower building — the vacant former Bank of Manhattan Company building — an official landmark. The LPC held a public hearing on the matter recently, and all signs point to approval when a vote is held on May 12.
Ground broken on luxury apartment complex at former Albany International plant
Harmony Group Capital held a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, April 20, for its next local project, turning the former Albany International manufacturing plant into luxury loft apartments.
The Lofts at Albany International, located at 1373 Broadway in Menands, is a $29.5 million renovation project, which, when complete, will consist of 145 luxury apartments featuring a yoga studio, music rooms, golf simulator room, fitness center, lounge, tennis courts and outdoor pool.
Rochester declares 1st Upstate New York EcoDistrict
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
Rochester has formed Upstate New York's first EcoDistrict, a special designation that will help urban development leaders create a green and sustainable community downtown.
"The idea is that we create a geographical boundary that is small enough to innovate quickly but big enough to make a difference," says Michael A. Philipson, co-founder of Greentopia. The local nonprofit organization celebrates — and advocates — for sustainability.
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Historic preservation saved New York City: 50 years after the passages of a landmark law, celebrate its legacy
New York Daily News
Mayor Robert Wagner put off the decision as long as he could, but finally, on April 19, 1964, he signed the law creating the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
The stated intent was to protect historic and architectural monuments, but almost at once preservation proved a tonic for many more of the city's ills. Quite simply, and without qualification, historic preservation saved New York City.
What is the role of hand drawing in today's architecture?
Historically, the ability to draw by hand — both to create precise technical drawings and expressive sketches — has been central to the architecture profession. But, with the release and subsequent popularization of Computer Aided Design programs since the early 1980s, the prestige of hand drawing has been under siege. Today, with increasingly sophisticated design and presentation software, from Revit to Rhinoceros, gaining in popularity, the importance of hand drawing has become a topic of heated discussion.
The 'trust factor' in selling architectural services
The Business of Architecture
How important is trust in winning your next project?
Princeton researchers Janine Willis and Alexander Todorov found it takes a tenth of a second to form a first impression of a person's trustworthiness.
This is called a "snap judgement," and we humans are subconsciously making these judgements all the time.
Interestingly, more exposure doesn’t usually alter a "snap judgement."
In business, you'd better get your first impression right.
Why a class in communications is a must for architects
Ever felt like nobody gets you? Are you the one with all the great ideas, if only you could get others to open their ears and listen? What is it about that guy or gal at work? You know who we're talking about — the one who makes a room fall silent, all ears on them, everyone listening, nodding, agreeing, fully on-board with their great idea. Why can't you accomplish that same effect?
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