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Cocktails & Conversation is a series of dialogues about design that joins an architect with a critic, journalist, curator, or architectural historian to discuss current architecture and design issues. Each program includes a custom-crafted cocktail—one inspired by the architect’s work and created especially for this event.

Hayes Slade, AIA, IIDA is a co-founder of Slade Architecture and 2019 President of AIA New York. She has designed projects of varied scales nationally and internationally that have been recognized with awards including a NYC Public Design Commission Design Excellence Award, AIA Design Awards, and Interior DesignMagazine Best of Year Awards, as well as featured in several hundred publications. Slade Architecture has been part of the Design Excellence Program at the NYC Department of Design and Construction for over 10 years and was selected by the Architectural League of New York for its Emerging Voices program.

Believing architects have an important role in community and service, Hayes co-authored Laying the Groundwork for the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. As AIANY President, she continues this focus by setting the 2019 theme to BUILDING COMMUNITY.

Hayes is a licensed architect in New York with undergraduate and masters degrees in structural engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught design at Syracuse University and Parsons the New School.

James Slade FAIA, IIDA, LEED-AP is a co-founder of Slade Architecture. With built projects in the United States, England, Korea and China, his work has been recognized internationally with awards, exhibitions, and over 300 publications. His awards include a NYC Design Excellence in Public Architecture Award, Progressive Architecture (PA) Awards, AIA Design Awards, Interior Design Magazine Best of Year Awards, Architectural Record Design Vanguard (2000), Architectural Record/Businessweek Award, FX Award, the Architectural League of New York’s 2010 Emerging Voices and 2000 Young Architects Award.

James is committed to the public role that architects play in shaping our society. He co-authored Laying the Groundwork for the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Furthermore, Slade Architecture has been part of the NYC Department of Design and Construction Design Excellence program for over a decade.

James has taught design studios at Parsons, Syracuse University, Columbia/Barnard, Pratt Institute, and other schools. He is a past co-chair of the AIANY Design Awards Committee. James has a BA from Cornell University and a MArch from Columbia University.

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