AIA Eastern NY Committees

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AIA Eastern NY offers many areas to get involved locally with the following committees.  Feel free to contact any of the committee chairs or AIA ENY with any questions or to become a member.

AIAENY is calling for member volunteers to participate on new, exciting service opportunities! Volunteering is a great way to contribute to our architectural community and expand your professional network. Participation is encouraged to gain the most value of membership. Click HERE for a pdf of committees to join so you can share with your colleagues!


  • Chair: Seeking interested parties
  • Mission: Develop relationships with vendors, suppliers, engineers, contractors and other organizations within the architectural profession and practice 
  • Tasks: Volunteers will provide input on the AIAENY Marketing Packet and solicit support for AIAENY events and service efforts.
  • Duration: Marketing goals should be met in the first half of the year.
  • Contact: AIAENY Office, [email protected]


  • Chair: Seeking interested parties
  • Mission: Each year, AIAENY will pursue one new publicity priority in an effort to promote our membership’s talents to the general public. This year’s publicity priority is traveling exhibition of the Design Awards submission boards.
  • Tasks: Volunteers will identify potential venues, schedule the exhibitions, and coordinate transport of boards using the AIAENY office resources.
  • Duration: Exhibition plans should be in place by the end of March to allow for maximum exposure.
  • Contact: AIAENY Office, [email protected]


  • Chair: Joe Paradis
  • Mission: The mission of the AIAENY K-12 Educational Outreach Committee is to promote awareness of Architecture, Design and Sustainability in the AIAENY area by interacting with the local K-12 communities.
  • Tasks:
    • Book Donation Program – Putting Architecture books in school’s libraries
    • Book Marks – Add book marks with images of recent award winners’ buildings in donated books
    • Classroom Presentations – Provide tools, materials and ideas, share experiences
    • Career Day Participation – Connect Architects with schools for their Career Day
    • Provide Resources for K-12 Educators and Classrooms – Drawings, tools, information to supplement lesson plans
    • Develop White Pages for Use within the Classroom – Outlines of topics and ideas for those new to presenting to kids
  • Duration: Kick-off meeting will be held in January to discuss tasks and goals for 2017
  • Contact: Joe Paradis, [email protected]


  • Co-Chairs: Mike Goard & Brennan Drake
  • Mission: The mission of AIAENY Emerging Professionals Committee is to help aspiring architects become licensed. To do this, we will create networking opportunities where emerging professionals can meet others in a similar situation as well as more experienced professionals. We will provide study courses to help prepare for the ARE. We will provide study materials and guides for the ARE. Lastly, we will provide AXP opportunities.
  • Tasks: Volunteers have the options of helping manage social media and promotion of events and seminars. Also, host or support for networking events, study courses, and AXP tours. 
  • Duration: Year 2017 kick off meeting to be held the end of January. 
  • Contact: Brennan Drake [email protected]; Casey Crossley, [email protected]


  • Chair: Tina Mesiti-Céas
  • Mission: To plan and implement the yearly Design Awards Program for the ENY chapter. Committee members assist in the overall planning to administer the program and execute the awards ceremony. This event is one of ENY’s most well attended events where colleagues and friends come together to mingle, discuss our practice and celebrate some of our member’s best work. 
  • Tasks: Jury selection, venue selection, program and event planning and design.
  • Duration: Varies; once every three weeks for three months up until the event date.
  • Contact: Melissas Clarke, [email protected]; Tina Mesiti-Céas, [email protected]