A Message from 2018 AIA New York President Guy Geier, FAIA:

The profession of architecture and the society we serve face many challenges today, from climate change and resiliency; to diversity, equity and inclusion; the affordable housing crisis; immigration reform; and the pressing need for infrastructure updates. How we as architects address these challenges will have an immediate impact on New York City but can also have far-reaching repercussions throughout the country and beyond.

AIA New York’s Presidential Theme for 2018 is Architect|Activist. This year, I would like to challenge all of us to be activists. We must engage politicians, regulators, and government authorities through design thinking to solve the most important and existential problems of our time. Let’s use our talent and creativity tackle the issues that weigh on the profession and society. Through our actions, we will demonstrate the value and impact that architects can deliver.

In 2018, AIA New York will develop content and programming to foster civic engagement and responsibility among professionals, encouraging architects to advocate for the issues that concern and inspire them. In the fall, the Center for Architecture will present Hip Hop Architecture, curated by Syracuse University’s Sekou Cooke, an exhibition exploring the important role hip-hop culture has played in the design and evolution of our urban environments. In addition, this year, after 30 years, New York City will again host A’18, the AIA Conference on Design. We hope to demonstrate that the design solutions we employ in New York have national and international relevance.

The time for activism is now. I promise that AIA New York and the Center for Architecture will offer you opportunities to fully engage the issues facing us. Thank you for your support and involvement.