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LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
The Importance of
he summer issue of Oculus always focuses on
the AIANY Chapter's Design Awards. The
Oxford Dictionaries defines "award" as a "prize
or other mark of recognition given in honor of
an achievement," and "achievement" as "something accomplished, especially by superior ability,
special effort." However, it is the phrase "mark
of recognition" that I want to draw attention to:
rec·og·ni·tion is "the act of accepting that something is true or important or that it exists."
It is the recognition by the awards jury panel,
the celebration at the grand Honors and Awards
Luncheon, and the exhibition of the winning
submissions in our public gallery for all to see. Recognition is the all-important PR moment. Without
this recognition, the awards would be - like the
proverbial falling tree - unheard. Recognition is
the route to advancement that professionals rely on
and use to grow their activities.
This notion did not spring to mind without
insight from elsewhere. I want to give a shout-out
to Beverly Willis, FAIA, who has made recognition a hallmark of the Beverly Willis Architecture
Foundation, which promotes the role of women.
Her film, A Girl is a Fellow Here: 100 Women
Architects in the Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright,
underscores that no matter how successful or wise
one is, if she, or he, goes unrecognized, as many
in our profession have, we suffer both individually
So we take pride in our awards, not only because of the work they recognize, but because of
their democratic nature and civic purpose; because
they are all-inclusive and serve to advance all members of merit, without exclusion; and because they
are conferred by incomparable peers demonstrating tough love and the most genuine generosity.
Recognition has another critical function: it
illuminates the types of projects the profession
is being commissioned to do, does as research,
and does in response to imperatives we both lead
and carry out. Of the 383 submissions received,
more than half of the 35 awards bestowed were
in the realm of the 2014 Presidential Theme,
"Civic Spirit : Civic Vision." And I was pleased to
see many projects responding to the accelerated
emergence of environmental and climate change
challenges. All the 2014 winning projects are exciting, fulfilling, and beautiful.
I am also proud to announce that the AIA New
York Chapter's own Post-Sandy Initiative, the cooperative and collaborative work and publication
spearheaded by the Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee (DfRR), has been awarded a
most notable Collaborative Achievement Award
by AIA National. Cooperation and collaboration
have come to characterize Center for Architecture and AIANY committee events, and no work
better represents "Civic Spirit : Civic Vision." This
year, our own Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA,
received AIA National's prestigious Edward C.
Kemper Award for his significant contributions to
the profession. We applaud his recognition!
Special thanks to our jurors and to the many
Chapter leaders, committee chairs, and staff who
worked so hard to make this such a success. And
thanks to Oculus Editor-in-Chief Kristen Richards,
Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA, and Contributing Editors
Linda G. Miller and Richard Staub for their efforts
in creating this special awards issue.
I wish you all an enjoyable and productive
summer and look forward to seeing and recognizing you at the Center for Architecture!
Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, DPACSA
2014 President, AIA New York Chapter
2014 AIANY Design Awards
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