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American Institute of Architects Brooklyn chooses Design Award jurors

October 24, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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PARK SLOPE – The American Institute of Architects’ chapter in Brooklyn is running the Brooklyn Design Awards (BKDA): a series of evaluations that encourages and highlights excellence and expressiveness in Brooklyn’s unique landscape.

Rather than be in competition with one another, the entries to the Brooklyn Design Awards will bet vetted based on whether the work has fulfilled the requirements of the BKDA. After reviewing each work independently, the jurors will convene and deliberate. The new jurors include both Brooklyn residents and outside nominees: 

  • Vivian Loftness FAIA, LEED AP, CPHD, is the Paul Mellon Chair and a University Professor at Carnegie Mellon University and former Head of the Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture. She is an internationally renowned researcher, author, and educator with over forty years of experience in building science research for industry and government.
  • Arthur Liu, RA, is a Design Director in the New York office of Studio Gang, and has previously taught at Parsons School of Design.
  • Dan Piselli AIA, LEED AP, CPHD, is a Senior Associate and Director of Sustainability at FX Collaborative. He leads the visioning and implementation of environmentally responsible design strategies on all of the firm’s wide-ranging projects—from local to global, and across multiple scales and building typologies.
  • Diana Araujo is a Senior Project Manager at the Van Allen Institute, and an architect and preservationist with experience in design, urban planning and heritage management.
  • Stas Zakrzewski FAIA, LEED AP, CPHD, is the founder and partner at ZH Architects in New York City. Stas is a board member of the non-profit New York Passive House organization and is also an appointed member of the Advisory Board for New York City’s Local Law 97.

The awards will be given to the projects with exemplary portrayal of the complex issues in the Brooklyn community: health, safety and general welfare of the public in the context of climate change and social inequality. AIA Brooklyn was founded in 1894 and represents the professional interests of architects across New York State. The Brooklyn chapter is the second largest.

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