The annual Ratensky Lecture was initiated by the AIANY Housing Committee in honor of Samuel Ratensky (1910-1972), an architect and NYC housing official who was responsible for major housing initiatives in the city from 1946 to 1972, and who served as a mentor to many architects who worked in his programs. The lecture series honors individuals who, like Samuel Ratensky, have made significant lifetime contribution to the advancement of housing and community design.

This year, the AIANY Housing Committee will be honoring Shaun Donovan as he discusses his career in architecture, housing, and public service with Michael KimmelmanIn this robust conversation, Donovan and Kimmelman will touch on New York City’s efforts at placemaking, equity, and resiliency in this moment of increased civic awareness and public engagement.