Meet the Staff
Benjamin Prosky became Executive Director of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY) and the Center for Architecture in February of 2016. Through the end of 2015, he served as Assistant Dean for Communications at Harvard GSD. Until 2011 he was the Director of Special Events and External Affairs at Columbia University GSAPP. Prosky is also a cofounder of ARCHITIZER.
Below you can find current contact information for all staff members at the AIA NY Chapter and the Center for Architecture.
If you are unsure who to speak to, please call 212-683-0023 and dial 0. You can also email general questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Benjamin Prosky: Executive Director, Center for Architecture | AIANY
Benjamin Prosky became Executive Director of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY) and the Center for Architecture in February 2016. Through the end of 2015, he served as Assistant Dean for Communications at Harvard GSD. Until 2011, he was the Director of Special Events and External Affairs at Columbia University GSAPP. Prosky is also a co-founder of ARCHITIZER.
Cynthia Kracauer, AIA, LEED: Managing Director, Center for Architecture
Cynthia Kracauer, AIA, LEED, has been Managing Director of the Center for Architecture since 2006, following over thirty years of professional practice. She has overall responsibility for the Center and staff, and is happy to help.
Suzanne Mecs, Hon. AIA NYS: Managing Director, AIANY
Suzanne has been Director of Member Services for many years and is now overseeing AIANY staff and overall professional membership benefits and services. Contact her with general concerns and procedural questions.
Jesse Lazar: Development Director, AIANY | Center for Architecture
Jesse directs fundraising activities for the Center for Architecture, including major gifts, corporate donations, special annual events, grant solicitations, and in-kind donations. Please contact Jesse for information about giving to the Center for Architecture’s exhibitions, programs, events and/or capital projects.
Anne Shisler-Hughes: Development Manager, AIANY | Center for Architecture
Anne manages fundraising activities for the Center for Architecture, including major gifts, corporate donations, special annual events, grant solicitations, and in-kind donations. Please contact Jesse for information about giving to the Center for Architecture’s exhibitions, programs, events and/or capital projects.
Annie Ciccarello: Development Associate, AIANY | Center for Architecture
Annie helps to organize fundraising initiatives, including: the Center’s annual events, Design Awards in the spring, and Heritage Ball in the fall. Please contact her for information on sponsorship opportunities for these events.
Morgan Watson: Development Associate, AIANY | Center for Architecture
Morgan manages the individual giving program, the Annual Education Fund and works as a liaison for the Scholarship Committee. She also organizes our spring event, Guess-a-Sketch. Please contact her for information regarding donations to the Annual Education Fund or questions regarding Guess-a-Sketch.
Camila Schaulsohn: Communications Director | Editor-in-Chief of AIANY and Center for Architecture News, AIANY | Center for Architecture
Camila manages communications for AIANY and the Center for Architecture. She publicizes the Center's exhibitions and programs, stays in touch with AIANY members and friends, and shares news coming out of the Center. She is the organization's press contact and is the editor of e-Oculus.
Berit Hoff: Director of Exhibitions, Center for Architecture
Berit produces exhibitions, and related publications, for the Center for Architecture. As part of the Center’s mission, the exhibitions target the general public, design and architecture students of all ages, and the diverse audiences of the built environment community. If you have an exhibition idea or proposal, or are interested in supporting exhibitions, please e-mail Berit.
Katie Mullen: Exhibitions Manager, Center for Architecture
As Exhibitions Coordinator, Katie works with Berit Hoff, Acting Director of Exhibitions, as well as with independent curators, architects, graphic designers and fabricators to develop, plan, coordinate and ultimately install exhibitions at the Center for Architecture.
Catherine Teegarden: Director of Education, Center for Architecture
Tim Hayduk: Lead Design Educator, Center for Architecture
Hadley Beacham: Education Assistant, Center for Architecture
Eve Dilworth Rosen: Director of Program Committees, AIANY
Eve is responsible for the AIANY’s 27 volunteer program committees. She manages their events and meetings, as well as their budgets. Many of the programs at the Center for Architecture are organized through the these committees. In addition to the program committees she oversees chapter Awards Programs. Eve also coordinates the CES program for our members, and is your resource for questions about your AIA transcript.
Alexandra Tell: Program Committees Coordinator, AIANY | Center for Architecture
Alex is coordinates events for the AIANY’s 27 volunteer program committees. Many of the programs at the Center for Architecture are organized through the these committees.
Kalyani Bhatt: Membership Coordinator, AIANY
The coordinator is responsible for member recruitment and retention, billing and support. Works with the Board, members and other staff to develop affiliate programs, and to ensure the delivery of member benefits.
Emma Pattiz: Policy Coordinator, AIANY
Emma coordinates advocacy and policy efforts on behalf of the AIA New York Chapter. As part of its mission, the Chapter promotes design excellence in public and private projects across the city through public testimony, educational programs, and outreach to the design community.
James Fallarino: Director of Event Operations, AIANY | Center for Architecture
James oversees logistics for all events, programs, and meetings that occur at the Center for Architecture, coordinating venue set-up and break-down, audio-visual, guest registration, deliveries, catering, and vendors. Please contact him with space rental inquiries.
Philip Stevens: Audio-Visual Technology Manager, AIANY | Center for Architecture
Philip oversees the Center's comprehensive AV resources, including the implementation of AV resources at a wide range of events, exhibitions, and programs.
Jacob Fredi: Archtober Coordinator, AIANY | Center for Architecture
Jacob coordinates programming and logistics for Archtober, Architecture and Design Month.
Julia Christie: Office Manager, AIANY | Center for Architecture
Julia manages all office operations for the AIA New York chapter and the Center for Architecture. She also acts as a liaison to the Finance Director and provides support to the Executive and Managing Directors. Contact her for contract document sales and general information about the Center.
Jose Guerrido: Facilities Manager, AIANY | Center for Architecture
Jose is responsible for custodial and building maintenance for the over 10,000 square feet of the Center for Architecture. He and his staff set up for all events, assist in the installation and de-installation of exhibits, patch and paint the walls, and oversee all outside contractors.
Kristen Richards: Editor-In-Chief, Oculus