Advocating for Architects in Albany


AIANYS Advocacy Day – May 17th, 2017 at the State Capitol Building, Albany, NY

AIA representatives from across New York State will come together to meet with State Senators and Assemblymembers to advocate for some of the most pressing issues facing the architecture profession. Combined, the statewide group of chapter members will meet legislators and their staffs to inform them on how their decisions can impact architects and the profession. We also are able to use this as an opportunity to ask legislators about their interests and those of their constituents, and to offer insights into how architects can advance their causes.


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Impact the Future - Architecture Club

Impact the Future  - Architecture Club


2016 – 2017 Program

This program, an initiative of the Westchester Hudson Valley American Institute of Architects, looks optimistically towards a future for our profession that is diverse, inclusive and truly representative of the society which we serve.

This year, our Chapter’s dormant urban after-school enrichment program, which ran for 6 years at the Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in downtown Yonkers, has been restarted at the Mount Saint Michael Academy in the Bronx. The kids participating in this “Architecture Club” are in the 6th through 12th grades, so we have been developing a more substantive curriculum as well as mentoring those interested in applying to Architecture School and pursuing careers in Architecture.  

Over the course of the school year we are running 28 sessions, all taught by volunteer Architects from our Chapter.  The attached material is a class by class record of our session content, projects and field trips for the first half of the current school year.

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Mount Saint Michael Academy - Architecture Club

Mount Saint Michael started an Architecture club this school year to "offer students interested in architecture an expanded knowledge in building materials, new concepts in design, and new techniques in building construction."

Our latest field trip was to the award winning Bronx Central Library. Included in the tour, Richard Dattner, the project's Architect talked with the students about Vitruvius (firmness, commodity, and delight) and the team it takes to design and build a complex structure like the library. 

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2016 Updates




We've returned from Labor Day with a true welcome to the Fall. Before we say goodbye to Summer and embrace the breeze, let's recap: 

  • Design Awards 2016: We opened registration and are excited to see what our members have been working on.
  • SpeakUp: The AIA Advocacy and Action Event, SpeakUp is three exciting, dynamic and inspiring days where you will get the tools you need to advocate for your profession and your community. Our Executive Committee attended and received training on how to power map our legislators, how to use social media, legislative strategies and targeting, and more. If you're interested in joining our government advocacy committee please contact Valerie at 
  • Summer School: Thank you to our sponsors and of course, our members for Summer School 2016. If you did attend, please fill out the form at the end of this post.  
  • Boat Tour: We had to postpone our Boat Tour due to weather conditions but we'll keep you updated of the rescheduled event. 

What will September bring?

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Bike Tour - Update

Our 2016 route has been announced. 


Start and end State Park offices at Norrie Point Mills Mansion, Wilderstein, Gehry's Henry House, Hamlet of Rhinecliff, Bard College, Village of Redhook and Rhinebeck, scenic back roads to home.

This scenic 37 mile route offers a rich and diverse architectural subject matter suitable to stop at each riders leisure and enjoy. This year’s ride will allow riders to proceed at their own pace and not attempt to maintain a single group. The Bard College mid-point stop offers the perfect re-gathering point before launching the second leg of the tour.  No rider will be left alone. A minimum two riders pairing will be maintained. Helmets are mandatory along with obeying all traffic laws and implementing general rules of safety. Insurance wavers must be signed and conveyed at the ride meet point to a ride leader. These forms are linked here or printed copies will be available at the ride meet point. Ride que sheets will also be provided.

Start point - Mills Norrie State Park Mansion House, 9 Old Post Road [Rte 9]  Staatsburg, NY 1250

Full Map here.

  • Meet time – 8:30.  Roll out 8:45 sharp.
  • Cost - $25 Members and Non-Members.
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Annual Meeting & a Look into Historic Restoration in the Hudson Valley

September 20th, 2016 

IBM Learning Center, Armonk, NY 

  • 6PM: Dinner
  • 6:45PM: Annual Business Meeting & 2017 Board of Directors
  • 7:00PM: Seminar 


Seminar: Documentary, Panel, and Discussion

This House Matters tells the story of four historic houses: the Abram Lent House, that was unnecessarily demolished to make room for a parking lot; the John Green House, that a preservation group is trying to save after successfully convincing a bank to donate it; the Seth House, that is being incorporated into a new housing development, and the Vanderbilt/Budke House that has been "saved" but sits idle as its potential as a cultural jewel may be squandered. What these stories show - and they speak to so many similar stories in the region and nationwide - is that preservation of 18th and 19th century buildings, buildings that evoke nostalgia and invite mystery and delight us, are in peril, and that the mechanisms for saving them are extremely tenuous. Concerned, passionate citizens try all the time to "rescue" and preserve these buildings, but ultimately, government - village, town, county and state - need to do more to save these treasures.

The Panel, consisting of architects and the president of the John Green Preservation Coalition will discuss and engage the audience by talking about the challenges of rescuing and restoring the John Green House.


Welcome to the HUB! We need your help.

Dear Architect and Valued Member of AIA Westchester Hudson Valley, 

We've dreamed, envisioned, and constructed our new website with YOU in mind. As the summer unfolds, we'll be tweaking and building the various pages. 

How can you help?

  1. Photos: Do you have projects completing? Our Why Hire an Architect page features a gallery for just that purpose. E-mail photos to Anastasia, our partner in creative web development at and she'll see that your project is highlighted. 

  2. Content: Did you read a great article or attend a seminar that knocked and rocked your socks off? Share it with us, so we can share it with the rest of the AIA network

  3. History of the Chapter: Do you have some interesting knowledge from the life of our Chapter? We have dreams of developing a WHV Chapter History page. 

We hope our new website becomes the resource our chapter has always been for you— a fun experience and a place to continuously accelerate your career.