Professional Practice

Mission Statement

The Professional Practice Committee's mission is to demystify what typically obscures the practice of architecture and to address issues common to architectural practice in New York City.  Through dialogue and research, we seek to illuminate and share the best practices of the profession; benefiting our member firms while nurturing the next generation of professionals.

Committee Contacts

Co-Chairpersons :

Mr. Stephen Hegeman, AIA                                                  
(215) 219-1530;

Ms. Lynn Fritzlen, AIA
(212) 594-4015;

Committee Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 8:30 a.m. at the Center for Architecture (536 LaGuardia Place). Btw Bleecker & West 3rd.

Upcoming Pro. Practice Events

2014 AIANY Professional Practice Leadership Series

The Transforming Architectural Practice Series will explore emerging topics in the management of business in the A&E industry such as new media, more diverse service offerings, fiscal opportunities and talent management. We’ll draw on the experiences and successes of individuals in related design and creative professions to meet the needs of mid-career and entrepreneurial professionals who are looking for ideas to grow both established practices and new ventures.

  • Sessions are held on Monday evenings, 6 pm to 8 pm Starting March 10th.
  •   Emerging Technologies - Transforming Environments on March 10, 2014
  • 31 MARCH   Transparency, Engagement, Sustainability w/Bcorp
  • 21 APRIL      Measure, or be Measured – Marketing in Data Era
  • 12 MAY        ALT_Finance: from Crowd Funding to VC for Architecture
  • 09 JUNE        Seeking Talent: Critical topics in HR for Tech and Creatives

As details are finalized, each event will be linked to this page so that you can learn more and RSVP.

Other upcoming programming:

First day on the Job … a Workshop for Emerging Professionals

 A forum for recent architectural graduates and students with a focus on the transition from the academy to the office, and to introduce the rewards available while working in architecture to a community of young professionals.

  • September 2014

First Day Leading a Practice … a Series of Workshops re Business Basics

 An series seminar for those that want to start their own firms.  A comprehensive overview of the Business of Architecture with a focus on practical information and take away tools. (planning in progress).

  • Date, time to come.



Past Pro. Practice Events

 Intellectual Property

November 28th, 2012   6:00 - 8:00 pm
Cheryl Davis of Menaker Hermann LLP 


Series Summary: The Architects' Fast-Track Leadership Series (AFTL) is a ten session series.  Instructors are firm principals and/or recognized professional practice leaders, with expertise in the session topic. The series is designed to provide up and coming firm members a practical exploration of practice management topics which will aide them as they transition to leadership roles. The intended audiences are interns and mid-career associates who are motivated toward developing their firm management skills.

The Sereis Consist of the Following:

Financial Management
Speaker: Tony Schirripa, FAIA, IIDA,  Mancini Duffy  

Risk Management
Speakers: Robert Herrmann, Menaker & Herrmann, LLP, Greg Kumm, Hon. AIA, Prosurance Redeker Group; Stephen J. Hegeman, AIA, Francis Cauffman Architects

Architectural Law
Speakers: Michael Zetlin Esq., Hon. AIANYS; Carol Patterson, Esq., Zetlin and De Chiara, LLP

Understanding Clients
Speaker: Guy Geier, FAIA, FXFowle Architects LLP

Business Development, Marketing and PR 
Speakers: Kirsten Sibilia, Assoc. AIA, Dattner Architects and Gretchen Bank, Cosentini Associates - A Tetra Tech Company

Technology/Info Management 
Speaker: Paul Seletsky, AIA

Project Management I 
Speaker: Christine Hunter, AIA, Magnusson Architecture & Planning, PC

Project Management II 
Speaker:  Burt Roslyn, FAIA, Roslyn Consultants, LLC

Human Resources
Speaker: Ralph Steinglass, FAIA, Teambuilders, Inc.

Transition Planning,
Speakers: Joe Fleischer AIA, Jim Crispino AIA, Robert Herrmann, Esq.; Steve Whitehorn; Steve Hegeman, AIA

If you are unable to attend, you can view webinars from the 2010/2011 Inaugural AFTL Series through our website; visit Webinars on Demand and scroll down for the series.

Organized by: AIA New York Chapter and Professional Practice Committee

Sponsored by: Central Consulting Group



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