Advocacy

AIA New York has offered its input and recommendations on numerous issues, offering our expertise as architects on City policy initiatives such as energy conservation, sustainability, resiliency, transit-orientated development, and projects of citywide significance. Listed below are the legislation and actions with a link to our testimony before the New York City Council, City Planning Commission, Landmarks Preservation Commission and other governmental agencies. Members can present projects or policy items seeking approval by the City to the AIANY Policy Board for feedback and support.

  • 2017   
  • Testimony before the NYC Council Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management   
    On 1.31.17, AIANY testified before the NYC Council Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management in favor of Intro 201, a bill to
    require recycling of discarded carpet from commercial buildings.
    Download: AIANY Statement (Intro 201) .pdf
  • 2016   
  • Testimony before the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission on the Richard Gilder Center   
    On 10.11.16, AIANY testified in favor of the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation at the American Museum of Natural History, designed by Studio Gang architects.
    Download: AIANY Gilder Center letter to LPC.pdf
  • Testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations on the Public Design Commission   
    AIANY Testified before the New York City Council Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations on the Public Design Commission. The Oversight Hearing introduced a bill (No. 1276-A) that would require the PDC to submit an annual report.
    Download: 9.20.16 PDC Testimony.pdf
  • Testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Housing and Buildings on a Series of Energy-related Bills   
    AIANY testified before the City Council Committee on Housing and Buildings with Urban Green Council. The hearing addressed: Int. No. 1160, Int. No. 1163, Int. No. 1165, and Int. No. 1169, which would update NYC's Energy Code.
    Download: 6.22.16 Council Hearing_AIANY.pdf
  • Testimony on Water Street Upgrades Text Amendment before the New York City Council Committee on Zoning and Franchises   
    AIANY testified at the City Council hearing on the Water Street Upgrades Text Amendment on 05.04.16.
    Download: Water Street Testimony.pdf
  • Letter in Support of Water Street Upgrades Text Amendment   
    On 04.21.16 AIANY submitted a letter in support of the Water Street Upgrades Text Amendment to the City Planning Commission before the 04.25.16 vote.
    Download: Water Street_Letter of Support_AIANY.pdf
  • Testimony before the City Council Committee on Zoning and Franchises on Zoning for Quality and Affordability   
    AIANY testified at the City Council hearing on the Department of City Planning's Zoning for Quality and Affordability proposal on 02.10.16.
    Download: AIANY_Testimony_2.10.16_ZQA.pdf
  • Statement Submitted to the NYS Department of State   
    AIANY submitted a statement requesting that the effective date of the State Energy Code be extended to January 1, 2017.
    Download: Energy Code Effective Date Extension_AIANY.pdf
  • Statement Submitted to the New York City Council Committee on Environmental Protection on Intro. 478   
    AIANY submitted testimony supporting AIANY supports Intro. 478 in its effort to encourage the elimination of fossil fuels and the implementation of photovoltaic systems but suggested that the best approach to achieving this would be to focus on whole building analyses.
    Download: AIANY Testimony_Intro. 478.pdf
  • 2015   
  • Zoning for Quality and Affordability   
    AIANY testified before the City Planning Commission on the Department of City Planning's Zoning for Quality and Affordability proposal on 12.16.15.
    Download: 12.16_AIANY Testimony_ZQA.pdf
  • Testimony before the City Council Committee on Recovery and Resiliency and Committee on Environment Protection on OneNYC   
    AIANY submitted testimony at the oversight hearing on the resiliency and sustainability sections of the OneNYC plan.
    Download: 2015_1214_OneNYC Hearing_AIANY.pdf
  • Zoning for Quality and Affordability   
    On 11.16.15, AIANY testified at the Manhattan Borough President's public hearing on the Zoning for Quality and Affordability and Mandatory Inclusionary Housing proposal.
    Download: 11.16_MBP Hearing_AIANY.pdf
  • Testimony before the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission on the Kaufmann Conference Rooms   
    On 11.12.15, AIANY testified in favor of landmarking the Edgar J. Kaufmann Conference Rooms at 809 United Nations Plaza, designed by Alvar Aalto. The hearing was the final hearing dedicated to clearing LPC's 95-item backlog.
    Download: AIANY_Kaufmann Conference Rooms.pdf
  • Reissued Statement in Support of Landmarking the IRT Powerhouse   
    AIANY originally supported the landmarking of the IRT Powerhouse in 2009. There will be another hearing on the site in November 2015 as part of LPC decalendaring efforts.
    Download: AIANY_1020_IRT Powerhouse_2015.pdf
  • Response to Hearing on Intro. 775 and Improving the Landmarks Process   
    The five chapters of the American Institute of Architects in New York City distributed a memo in response to the hearing on Intro. 775.
    Download: 2015_1005_Int 775_AIANY Memo.pdf
  • Testimony before the City Council Committee on Recovery and Resiliency on Build it Back   
    Illya Azaroff, AIA, testified at the 09.25.15 oversight hearing on the Build it Back program.
    Download: 2015_0925_Build it back testimony_AIANY.pdf
  • Testimony before the City Council Committee on Housing and Buildings   
    On 09.25.15, AIANY submitted testimony on Intro. 721-A, green building standards for certain capital projects.
    Download: 2015_0925_Intro. 721-A_AIANY.pdf
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