AIA-NY taps Sherida Paulsen as president

NEW YORK CITY, December 8, 2008 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York Chapter’s 2009 theme — “ELEVATING ARCHITECTURE/Design Literacy for All”— reflects the commitment to civic involvement that is shared by the incoming president, Sherida Paulsen, FAIA. An award-winning partner at the New York City architectural firm PKSB Architects, Paulsen will assume the one-year term at a December 11, 2008 inaugural to be held at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York, beginning at 5:00pm. The ceremony will feature a symbolic “passing of the gavel” from outgoing President, James McCullar, FAIA, followed by the Center’s annual holiday party.

Inspired architecture for people

“The AIA New York and the Center for Architecture offer architects and the public a great opportunity to communicate about the buildings that are an integral part of their everyday lives,” Paulsen explains. “This dialogue will encourage an architecturally literate populace to actively engage in decisions about its surroundings.”

Exhibition with Landmarks commission

“Sherida intends to use her presidency as a platform for education and public awareness,” comments Rick Bell, FAIA, Executive Director of AIA New York. “By shaping the public’s perception of architecture, she will further the mission of AIA New York and the Center for Architecture, which is exploring the role of architects in housing, planning, historic preservation, and urban design.”

From each a legacy

“Outgoing President James McCullar brought his unique perspective on housing and urbanism to our 2008 efforts, and we look forward to Sherida Paulsen’s influence in 2009,” says Bell.