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Besides the opportunity to network with vendors and learn about the latest products and services to help your business thrive, the 2016 Expo will feature:

  • Lunch
  • Refreshment breaks
  • “Wall” talks
  • Teambuilding workshops 

Spec Academy: 

The Spec Academy is a new edition to the 2016 Design Conference. Spec Academy programs will provide you with technical information on methods and materials to enhance your projects.  Come and have an early start to your conference program on Thursday, or, on Friday, have an early morning cup of coffee or top off your day with one of these informative sessions.

“Wall” talks: 

20-minute moderated, informal discussions on preplanned topics. You choose the conversation most appealing to you.


Preconference Seminars: In order to be enrolled you must be registered for one other full day.


Conquering the Energy Code for Commercial Architects

Program Developed and Presented by Urban Green Council, Underwritten by the New York State: Energy Research & Development Authority

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Registration for this program will begin at 9:00 AM
7 LU/HSW Hours

$75.00 fee includes breaks and resource materials

Designers struggle to comply with energy code requirements due to confusion about documentation, misunderstood code language, and the challenge of keeping up to date on a code that changes every three years.

Compliance brings many benefits such as faster approvals, more efficient and resilient buildings, the ability to stay competitive in a changing industry, and happy clients. Not only are designers required to meet new energy code obligations, but learning how to comply with today’s code will prepare design firms for coming changes.

Using the upcoming IECC 2015, which will take effect October 3, 2016, as the source, Conquering the Code teaches architects to understand the structure and rationale behind the energy code. Participants will learn how to differentiate the various compliance pathways and understand the requirements for compliance.

Often, it is not a lack of knowledge that leads to failure to comply but a lack of coordination and communication among the design team, their client, the code officials and the construction team. The course focuses on communication practices that will improve these barriers to compliance.

A fundamental theme of the course is to explain specific code provision by describing the interdependence of the building envelope, mechanical and lighting systems and their impacts on energy consumption.

Peter J. Arsenault, FAIA, NCARB, LEED-AP
Peter J. Arsenault Architect
Greensboro, NC

Creating a New Design Paradigm for a Behavioral Health Complex
2:45 PM – 4:15 PM
1.5 LUs/HSW

New York State opened new Adult and Children’s in-patient psychiatric facilities on the Bronx Psychiatric Center campus in January 2015.  These two hospitals were the centerpiece of an overall $350 million six building project.  The objectives of the NYS Office of Mental Health and the Dormitory Authority State of New York were to break the mold of the very institutional mental health facilities of the past and provide a healing environment for patients with a focus on rehabilitation and reintegration into the community, partially through the creation of a consistent campus appearance.

This session will describe from the perspectives of the builder (DASNY), the owning agency (OMH), the clinician and the architect how this collaboration was achieved to alter a building type historically resistant to change.  Topics for discussion will include evolving treatment concepts for mental illness and the use of design to reduce lengths of stay and encourage recovery.  Techniques to be discussed will include the use of natural light and outdoor space to aid recovery; improving functionality by allowing the building shape to take the form mandated by program objectives and the importance of decision-tracking and monitoring systems to enhance collaboration.

David Miles Ziskind, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD & C (Moderator)
STV Architects
New York, NY

Ron Gecsedi
Albany, NY

Jim Fritz
NYS Office of Mental Health
Albany, NY

Bruce Gombos
STV Architects
Albany, NY

Kevin Murrett, AIA, NCARB
Architectural Resources
Buffalo, NY



People-Centric Built Environment: A Collaboration of Architecture and Social Science
2:45 PM – 4:15 PM
1.5 LUs/HSW

For centuries, architecture has been closely allied with the physical sciences—especially engineering in all its sub‐categories—but other types of collaborations are necessary in order to continue broadening architecture’s ability to address societal needs. Recent interdisciplinary alliances between social science and architecture have introduced novel research approaches and innovative tools to the field of architecture that have the potential to transform how we understand and shape the built environment.

Today, with the maturation of information technology, there is increasing demand to use social science research to inform decision making. This session will explore the opportunities for more closely integrating the people sciences into architectural practice to advance the performance, experience, and value of the built environment.

Frank Becher, Assoc. AIA
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

Sue Weideman
BOSTI Associates
Buffalo, NY

Evie Klein, Assoc. AIA
New York, NY

Richard Wener
New York University
New York, NY



Transforming El-Space Across the New York State
2:45 PM – 4:15 PM
1.5 LUs/HSW

Elevated infrastructure divides communities across New York State, from train lines in the Bronx to highways in Syracuse. The negative impact of this infrastructure is well documented, but less well known are nascent attempts by nonprofits and municipalities to reclaim this ‘el-space’ for the public. Creative design and extensive cooperation between design disciplines and government agencies can transform these unique urban sites into safe, attractive, and environmentally friendly connections between communities.

Join the Design Trust for Public Space, Design Trust Fellows, and the New York City Department of Transportation, for an engaging conversation on the challenges of el-space design.  The session will focus on the lessons learned from Under the Elevated, a comprehensive analysis of the space beneath New York City’s elevated infrastructure, and El-Space pilots, a series of neighborhood-based tests of strategies. The rich design possibilities inherent in el-space will be discussed, along with successful multi-agency collaboration strategies and meaningful community engagement ideas. Innovative urban design, lighting, and green infrastructure solutions will also be shared.

Susan Chin, FAIA, Hon. ASLA
Design Trust for Public Space
New York, NY

Neil Gagliardi
New York City Department of Transportation
New York, NY

Quilian Riano
Brooklyn, NY

Leni Schwendinger
New York, NY


Designing the Largest and Tallest Passive House Building in the World
2:45 PM – 4: 15 PM
1.5 LUs/HSW

Handel Architects’ residential tower for Cornell University’s new Roosevelt Island Campus will include 350 residences for students, staff and faculty. The 26-story building is part of Cornell’s 2.1 million square foot technology campus in New York City, a partnership between Cornell and Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. The building is being developed by Hudson Companies, the Related Companies, and Cornell University.

Cornell Tech Residential is being designed to Passive House standards, and when complete will be the largest and tallest building in the world built to Passive House standards. Passive House (PH) is the strict international building standard that drastically reduces energy consumption while creating a healthier and more comfortable living environment for a fraction of residents’ usual energy costs.

To achieve Passive House standards, Cornell Tech Residential will incorporate a number of sustainability-focused design elements. The façade, constructed of a prefabricated metal panel system, acts as a thermally insulated blanket wrapping the building structure. Purified fresh air will be ducted into each bedroom and living room, providing superior indoor air quality. Compared to conventional construction, the building is projected to save 882 tons of CO2 per year, equal to planting 5,300 new trees.

Blake Middleton, FAIA
Handel Architects
New York, NY

Deborah Moelis, AIA

Handel Architects
New York, NY



Crossover & Collaboration of Principles of Design
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
1.5 LUs/HSW

This panel discussion will include presentations from Ford Motor Company, Gensler & Grimshaw Architects, as they explore the common threads of collaboration between each of their areas of expertise, using transportation as the core subject matter. Each panelist designs for widely varying audiences, and for different infrastructures, but the end goal of the differing entities remains the same; enhancing the end user’s experience by unique design. Moreover, the panel will explore how seemingly unrelated designs can and do crossover.

Darko Hreljanovic, AIA – Moderator
New York, NY

Craig Metros
Ford Motor Company
Detroit, MI

Kashyap Bhimjiani
New York, NY

Andrew Whalley, AIA
Grimshaw Architects
New York, NY

Paulo Faria
Grimshaw Architects
New York, NY

Modern Ideas for Historic Districts  – A Leadership Dialogue
*12:45 PM – 2:15 PM & 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
3 LUs
Note – You must be present for both sessions to receive CE credit

This is a workshop to develop ideas for using modern forms and materials in historic districts. Hosted by Jorge Mastropietro, AIA, with architects, urbanists, and other professionals, this hands-on-workshop includes presentations and discussions on recent initiatives, contextual zoning and landmark rules, followed by a charrette or similar exercise on how new buildings in a contemporary idiom or modern styles can be compatible (or incompatible) with existing historic fabric. This is followed by a discussion on the issues and findings, with debate on how contemporary and modern styles are appropriate for historic districts. The main question is, “How can we design better for our historic districts?”

The goal of the workshop is to help architects make informed decisions about new projects in historic areas, specifically focusing on contextualizing contemporary designs with older neighbors in terms of height and mass, streetline, building rhythm/pedestrian experience, materiality/detailing, façade composition, and character. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will have an understanding of principles and strategies for creating projects that are contextually relevant and yet contemporary.

Jorge Mastropietro, AIA, CPHD
Jorge Mastropietro Architects Atelier
New York, NY



Programming for the Third Space: Nimble Number Crunching for Innovation
12:45 PM – 2:15 PM
1.5 LUs/HSW

In an environment of tight budgets and stretched capacity on college and university campuses, project goals must meet clear metrics to prove their worth. Innovative and hard-to-quantify collaboration spaces can fall by the wayside when establishing space needs and getting projects approved. Using a case study of an academic building at University of Massachusetts Amherst, this session will share new techniques for integrating “the third space” into a program of space needs to provide a more comprehensive active learning environment. Paradigms of collaboration, curriculum development, and pedagogy have transformed dramatically in recent years largely due to rapid changes in technology and a better understanding of how students actively learn. Although there have been changes in administrative processes, campus planners and designers must be empowered to program persuasively with often traditional academic departments to create a more effective range of spaces. Research indicates that spaces for informal interaction, which are currently lacking in many learning environments, are ripe for development as spaces that can heighten collaboration from peer to peer.

Michael A. Nieminen, FAIA
Kliment Halsband Architects
New York, NY

David Whitehill, AIA
Kliment Halsband Architects
New York, NY

Thomas P. Huf
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Amherst, MA



Convening Design and Semiotic Talent to Build Museum Identity
12:45 PM – 2:15 PM
1.5 LUs/HSW

“A museum is a place where one should lose one’s head.” (Renzo Piano)

To create a museum that attracts people, collaboration is needed. The identity of an institution is established and promulgated by a combination of means, including printed materials, website, logotype and architecture. Museums convey a strong visual and symbolical meaning. Secular shrines to the longevity of art and the ephemerality of fad, museums strive to educate, illuminate, evoke and invoke.

Can architects, graphic designers and semioticians join together to create or animate the museums of the 22nd Century?

The speakers will discuss the opportunity to rethink cultural institutions combining the abilities of professions that produce and understand image and meaning. The talk will suggest how a team of architects, wordsmiths and graphic designers can “raise the prominence” of a museum’s identity (in the words of SAM Director, Jim Letts) and shape a place, like the Met, that  “collects, studies, conserves, and presents significant works of art across all times and cultures in order to connect people to creativity, knowledge, and ideas.”  Connecting people is not only the mission, but modus operandi. The speakers will also look at museums in the context of a city’s “brand.”

Frederic Bell, FAIA
NYC Department of Design and Construction
Long Island City, NY

Gwenaëlle de Kerret
Sorbonne University
Paris, France

Jeffrey Raven, FAIA
Raven A+U – Architecture + Urban Design LLC
New York, NY



Architectural Automation in the Age of Neuromimetic Artificial Intelligence
12:45 PM – 2:15 PM
1.5 LUs

This talk explores the role of robotics and other forms of computational automation in connection to artificial intelligence, machine learning and data, in the built environment. We are at a tipping point where automation and artificial intelligence are becoming relevant within the design process. Beginning by exploring the ambitious beginnings, Cedric Price and the Generator project, and moving on to share personal experiences in Columbia University, SCI-Arc and CUNY’s robotics and digital fabrication labs; this talk attempts to address the potential of computation’s increasing applied role within the built environment.

How do we address these opportunities in our pedagogy? What is the role of computation and automation in creating novel spaces? Are there opportunities for near real-time design/construction processes? How can designers engage the fabrication process to produce novel fabrication techniques allowing us to move away from preconceived solutions? What is the role of automation in the construction and assembly on the job site?  Does this allow for unprecedented solutions?

Phillip Anzalone, AIA
New York City College of Technology/Atelier Architecture 64
Brooklyn, NY

Joseph Brennan, AIA
Populous/New York City College of Technology
Rockville Centre, NY
Ralph Steenblik, Assoc. AIA
Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates/New York City College of Technology
Brooklyn, NY
Frank Melendez
City College of New York
New York, NY



Becoming a Fellow of The American Institute of Architects
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
1.5 LUs

Elevation to Fellowship in the AIA is an honor bestowed on a small percentage within the Institute. Have you considered fellowship as part of your career? Ever have questions about becoming a Fellow? How about that one question on the application that you are wondering about? What exactly does the College of Fellows do to mentor interns and YAF Members? This is your chance to ask all the questions you like and do it in an informal setting.

Maximizing Success on Integrated Projects – An Owner’s Guide
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
1.5 LUs

Architects now have a tool that can be used to inform Owners on the best approach to project delivery, aligning the project goals with the right delivery strategies.

This program will explore The Owner’s Guide to Maximizing Success in Integrated Projects. It is the application of the findings from a study of over 200 capital facility projects. Owners should consider an overall project delivery strategy when structuring design and construction services, rather than focusing on the delivery method by considering how organizational structure, contract payment terms and team assembly process can work together. Those strategies which align the core project team— owner, designers, primary builder and key specialty trades—are more effective in meeting cost, schedule and quality goals.

Three factors emerged for enabling alignment within the core project team: early involvement, qualification driven selection and cost transparency in contracts. Successful project delivery lies in designing a strategy that aligns the core project team with the owner’s project−specific goals.

The guide presents information to support a project delivery workshop with key project stakeholders.

Greg Gidez, AIA, DBIA
Hensel Phelps
Denver, CO

Bryan Franz
University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
Rob Leight
Penn State University
University Park, PA

Rise & Shine Breakfast & Presentation

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM



PREPARE Structural Systems Problem Solving Course for the A.R.E.

10:15 AM – 4:30 PM

$80 fee includes breaks and materials

Prepare candidates for the Architect Registration Exam (A.R.E.) Structural Systems Exam (4.0) and / or those related sections for the A.R.E. 5.0 by using the instructor’s professional experience and education in architecture and structural engineering

The Structural Systems Short Course will cover the following:

  • A brief overview of the A.R.E. 4.0 to 5.0 as it relates to Structural Systems
  • Review of the NCARB tested competency areas over which ARE candidates will be evaluated.
  • Problem solving with the instructor. The attendants will learn how to categorize the problem, identify what is being asked to solve, start the problem, identify why incorrect answers are incorrect and why correct answers are correct.

Marc Mitalski, PE, SE
Champaign, IL



Sunnyside Gardens: Theory, Preservation and Practice in a Historic District
10:15 AM – 11:45 AM
1.5 LUs/HSW

Sunnyside Gardens is one of the most admired, and most studied, planned communities in the United States. Inspired by the English Garden City movement, Sunnyside featured thoughtfully designed open space, generous plantings, and low scale streetscapes of modest brick homes within the grid of Queens.

The community is a unique historic example of a collaborative effort of design disciplines.  Led by architects and town planners Clarence Stein and Henry Wright with blocks of houses by architect Frederick L. Ackerman and the landscape by Marjorie Cautley, it was built between 1924 and 1928.

This program will explore, first, the theories which inspired the designers (a historic collaboration of urban planning, architecture and landscape architecture), second, how the enclave was protected and regulated over the decades, and third, how the properties and open spaces have been adapted and restored.  Respecting the historic plan while inserting a modern program yields a case study of preservation as sustainability. Have the social ideals embodied in the original collaborative plan been replaced by the collective desire to preserve the scale and charm?  Design involving history and precedent has become the means to preserve and maintain a sense of community in this historic collaborative effort.

Laura Heim, AIA LEED AP
Laura Heim Architect, PLLC

Sunnyside, NY

Jeffrey Kressler, PhD
John Jay College, CUNY
New York, NY



Building Enclosure Commissioning BECx and ASTM E2813-12
10:15 AM – 11:45 AM
1.5 LUs

ASTM E2813-12 “Standard Practice for Building Enclosure Commissioning” (BECx) was released in 2012. Although referenced in standards and Owner’s programmatic requirements, the applied aspects, goals and benefits of building enclosure commissioning are sometimes unknown, if not misunderstood.  This presentation will outline the intent of BECx as intended by ASTM E2813-12 and its process from project inception through occupancy.

Neil W. Garry, PE, RRC, REWC, BECxP
Bell & Spina, Architects-Planners
Syracuse, NY



The Challenge of Facilities Management for Cultural Institutions
10:15 AM – 11:45 AM
1.5 LUs/HSW

Not-for-profit cultural institutions and organizations – including museums, galleries, and foundations – are often housed in historic buildings that have ongoing, expensive maintenance and repair needs.  With limited funds for capital improvements, “deferred maintenance” becomes a serious problem over time, leading to costly repairs that take funding away from an institution’s core mission.  Many of these institutions have few maintenance staff and limited experience in working with design professionals.

This presentation will profile The Buffalo History Museum as an example of the challenges faced by cultural institutions in managing and optimizing their facilities.  The Museum first retained Thinking Outside the Square (TOTS) to develop a visitor experience plan that quickly morphed into a full facilities assessment and space utilization study.  Led by a partnership between TOTS and DesignSynergies Architecture, the project integrates the expertise of a diverse design team to address the complex needs of a 21st century museum housed in three century-old buildings.  It demonstrates the importance of developing a collaborative client partnership, and offers advice on dealing with challenges of fundraising, working with Boards and Committees, and balancing mission-related functions with the demands of aging bricks-and-mortar facilities.

Roxanne D. Button, AIA, MRAIC, LEED AP
Design Synergies Architecture PC
Buffalo, NY

Brian McAlonie, AIA, MRAIC, LEED AP
Thinking Outside the Square Inc.
Buffalo, NY

Melissa Brown
The Buffalo History Museum
Buffalo, NY



Design Strategies for Renewing and Expanding Historic Libraries
10:15 AM – 1:30 PM


Communities across New York State are grappling with how to transform their historic library buildings. Whether through renovation alone or renovation and expansion; these building have proven potential for expansion and renewal to serve today’s dynamic and technologically-rich library service goals. The one-size-fits-all nature of the quiet environment that typified public libraries of the past has given way to the library as a transformative center of activity and learning in the local community. The seminar will explore successful strategies for community involvement in the essential planning and for renewal of historic library buildings. Interactive public planning and skillful design strategies will be shared in a three part seminar that includes: a presentation, a design charrette, and interactive discussion.

Elisabeth Martin, AIA
MDA designgroup
Brooklyn, NY

Jeffrey Hoover, AIA
Tappé Associates
Boston, MA



Kai-Uwe Bergmann



Jay Brotman

Svigals + Partners


Julia McFadden

Svigals + Partners




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Opening Night Party
at the
Saratoga Automobile Museum

September 29, 2016

Get your weekend started off food, fun, cocktails and CARS! The Opening Night Party is back with a new location – the Saratoga Automobile Museum. Reconnect with old friends while exploring the exhibits in this totally restored and renovated Saratoga Bottling Plant, a beautiful neo-classic structure built in 1934.

During our time there, the exhibit may be a name familiar to you – Sam Posey. An architect turned race car driver turned broadcaster will have his collection on display, entitled “Posey: Shifting through the creative life of Sam Posey.”  The Posey exhibit will include three cars from his personal collection, including his Mercedes-Benz Gullwing, a vintage Formula Ford and his 1967 Caldwell D7. A number of other significant cars marking various stages of his career will also be on display.

The party will be held from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, and shuttle service will be provided from the Saratoga Hilton. Tickets are included with your full conference registration, or can be purchased a la carte.  However you get your ticket, you’ll want to make sure you have one!


AIA New York State
Design Awards

Annually since 1968, the AIA New York State Design Awards has celebrated, honored and promoted excellence in architectural design and planning by New York State architects.  The reception will be to honor this year’s recipients of the prestigious awards.




AIA New York State third annual Design Conference will focus on how design excellence can not only be a catalyst to creative solutions within our own profession but also innovation for other parallel design disciplines.

The opportunity to use design as a means for achieving progressive solutions whether they be in architecture, industrial design, graphic design, branding, furniture and the fashion industry, speaks to the idea that good design, regardless of its discipline, influences and impacts one’s environment. Collaboration among other architects, or design professionals in the various other disciplines is a key component in architecture.

September 28, 2016

9:00 am  – Registration Open for Conquering the Energy Code only

10:00 am – 6:00 pm – Conquering the Energy Code for Commercial Architects & Engineers

September 29, 2016

9:00 am – 6:00 pm – Registration Open

11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Spec Academy

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm – General Session –  Kai-Uwe Bergmann, AIA : Hot to Cold

2:45 pm – 4:15 pm – Continuing Education/Tours

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm – General Session: Collaboration & Crossover of Design Principles

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Opening Night Party – Saratoga Auto Museum

September 30, 2016

7:00 am – 6:00 pm – Registration Open

7:00 am – 8:00 am – Spec Academy

8:15 am – 9:45 am – General Session  – Julia McFadden, AIA & Jay Brotman, AIA Making Meaningful Architecture: Community Engagement in Sandy Hook and Beyond

9:00 am – 3:15 pm – AIANYS Expo 2016: Saratoga City Center

12:45 pm – 2:15 pm – Continuing Education/Tours

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Continuing Education/Tours

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Spec Academy

7:00 PM – 2016 AIANYS Design Awards Event

October 1, 2016

7:00 am – 10:00 pm – Registration

7:00 am – 10:00 am – Rise & Shine Breakfast & Presentation

10:15am – 1:45 am – Continuing Education/Tours

10:15 am – 4:30 pm – PREPARE Structural Systems Problem Solving Course for the A.R.E.


Launching Soon!


Saratoga Springs, where winners are crowned, history was made and you’ll be this fall.  When you arrive in Saratoga for the 2016 Design Conference, enjoy all Saratoga has to offer.  Amazing restaurants, wonderful specialty shops, museums, spas and great shopping will keep you entertained in your free time.  Also, let’s not forget the parks and the springs.  Nestled in the Adirondack Mountains, there is so much natural beauty in the upstate City.  Visit the lake, scenic byways, waterfalls and gardens, Saratoga is a natural wonder on to its own.

Come as a guest to the AIANYS Design Conference, stay for all the surrounding area has to offer.  From harness racing to rock climbing, to spa treatments to golf, and fine dining to brewery’s and distilleries, take full advantage of the three-day event.

For a full listing of events, attractions, dining and more, visit www.saratoga.com and for those who are on the go, download the Saratoga App for an enhanced experience on-the-go at http://www.saratoga.com/app/

Room Block with Special Rate Ends August 8th.

We’ll see you at the 2016 AIANYS Design Conference!

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Saratoga Hilton
534 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

(518) 584-4000