AIANY Names Benjamin Prosky as Executive Director

The American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY) and the Center for Architecture have appointed Benjamin Prosky as Executive Director following Rick Bell’s resignation this past March.

“Ben brings a unique energy, intelligence, and experience to the executive director position,” said Carol Loewenson, incoming president of AIA New York and partner at Mitchell/Giurgola Architects, in a statement. “AIANY is poised for great change: more outreach, greater membership value, deeper connections to the academy, and a stronger role in actively impacting the design of our city. Ben is the right person to imagine the AIANY of the future. We are thrilled to have him on board to lead our organization.”

With a background in both urban studies and urban planning, Prosky is currently the assistant dean for communications at Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD)—a position he will leave to assume his new role early next year.

“I have no doubt Ben will further our mission to educate and involve a spectrum of New Yorkers in understanding, exploring, and raising awareness of architects and their key role in shaping and creating the built environment,” added Tom Krizmanic, incoming Center for Architecture board president and Principal at STUDIOS Architecture.

Prosky got his start coordinating exhibitions and public programs under the direction of Jean Louis Cohen at Paris’ Institut français d’architecture (IFA), before
serving as Head of Public Programs at the Canadian Center for Architecture (CCA). He later worked at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) for six years.

Establishing a name for himself at Harvard GSD, Prosky oversaw numerous projects, including the relaunch of the Wheelwright Prize, Harvard Design Magazine, the school’s 75th Anniversary celebration, as well as its participation in the Venice Biennale.

“It is a tremendous honor to serve as Executive Director of the AIANY and the Center for Architecture,” said Prosky in a statement. “I feel privileged to have the opportunity to expand the scope of both organizations. I look forward to engaging with the professional architects who are the backbone of the constituency, and also cultivating the broader public which, in the context of New York, recognizes the profound impact that design and the built environment have on the vitality of the city and all aspects of our lives.” 

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