One Day Conference on Sustainable Design

You're invited to a one day conference in the picturesque Finger Lakes region.  Located about 2 hours from Buffalo, the historic Aurora Inn is in the Village of Aurora, on the east side of Cayuga Lake in the midst of wine country.  This event was organized by members of AIA Central NY, and is being supported by all of the Upstate Chapters, including Buffalo, Rochester, Southern and Eastern NY.

ALL DAY EVENT ON SATURDAY MAY 02, 2015

5.5 LEARNING UNITS - ALL HSW

$100 INCLUDING BUFFET LUNCH

CLICK HERE to register via AIA Rochester.

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Howard Decker, FAIA Howard is an architect, urbanist and author. With partners he built a practice in Chicago, acted as Chief Curator of the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., and returned to practice with the New York-based firm of Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn. He is a lifelong historic preservationist, and a specialist in transportation and urban infrastructure. His extensive experience in television and film was displayed most recently in a PBS special on Chicago architect Daniel Burnham. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Since his arrival here, he has been a founding member of Reconnect Rochester, and is on the Boards of the Rochester Regional Community Design Center and Friends of Greentopia.

Howard Decker FAIA – will be keynote speaker and present on the different aspects of the practice of today’s architect that fall into the realm of sustainable design and what that means for the future of the profession; will encompass sustainability and the public realm, and will describe how architects, and others, can actively influence the next city. Howard will describe a range of actions, from the creation of sustainable structures both public and private, to transportation and a move away from the powerful bias towards the car that has shaped our physical environment (shared space design, as just one example), to density, to the use of durable and resilient plans and materials in the public realm, to enhanced walkability throughout the city (and bikeability), to the employment of urban agriculture and expanded local food programs, to landscape as an inducement to walking and biking. 


Dean Biancavilla, AIA, LEED-AP Dean is the Co-Director of the Urban Design Center of Syracuse, Inc., a not-for-profit organization linked to Syracuse University School of Architecture, the American Institute of Architects Central New York Chapter (AIA/CNY), SUNY ESF, ASLA Upstate Chapter and the Downtown Committee of Syracuse under the MDA. Dean was a Vice President of the Rochester Regional Community Design Center, Inc. based in Rochester. Mr. Biancavilla has participated in numerous community charrettes and studies for neighborhoods in the Cities of Syracuse, Rochester, Williamson, Homer, Carthage and Manlius. Mr. Biancavilla is a preservation architect & Firm Associate at Holmes King Kallquist & Associates, Architects, LLP with experience in historic neighborhoods, landmarks and historic resources. Dean is a 2005 recipient of the AIA New York State Community Development Award for his work at the Urban Design Center of Syracuse.

Dean Biancavilla, AIA – will present on 4 to 5 historic restoration projects in the Village of Aurora over the recent past performed by his firm of Holmes▪King▪Kallquist & Associates, Architects, LLP. These projects were undertaken with the idea of restoring the original character of the buildings and revitalizing main street. Each will be a case study of the before conditions, challenges faced and the unique solutions to bring the buildings back to a useful life.  


Paul Tankel AIA, LEED BD + C Paul is the Associate Director of Facilities Planning at the SUNY College at Brockport where he works on the implementation of the College’s master plan. Paul is a licensed architect, a LEED Accredited Professional and a member of the Association of University Architects. He serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Rochester Regional Community Design Center, the Board of Managers of the Memorial Art Gallery, and is Chair of the Town of Brighton’s Sustainability Oversight Committee.

Paul Tankel, AIA - Bird collisions with building glass kill hundreds of millions of birds each year in the US, with numbers increasing as new technologies permit designs with larger expanses of glass. Birds cannot see glass and fly toward reflections of clouds, sky and vegetation, and then collide with glass. This program will present the research of the American Bird Conservancy and identify best practices and resources to prevent bird collisions on buildings. The process of translating this research into practice will be discussed based on the recent experience at the College at Brockport. 


Mary Scipione, Prof. at RIT Mary Scipioni is a Landscape Architect, and a NYS certified DBE/WBE. Mary has worked with architects, environmental scientists, and planners in NYC, Massachusetts, and Milan, Italy. She has taught at UMass Amherst, Mt. Holyoke, Hampshire College, RIT ‘s Master of Architecture program, and was an administrator at Domus Academy in Milan. She is the author of The Least You Need to Know About Landscape (Kindle), and Resiliency (iTunes).!

Mary Scipioni, RLA – Resiliency Theory was developed in the field of ecology to study the relationship of form and process in ecosystems, and how these change under stress. Due to the complexity and dynamism of ecosystems, resiliency theory is readily transferable to the study of form and process in the urban environment. This presentation will define and describe resiliency and introduce five principle resiliency characteristics-strategies that can be used to assess and enhance the adaptability of the built environment. Concepts will be illustrated with diagrams as well as real examples. This topic is especially important due to the accelerating impact of climate change and endangered resources.  


Robert Haley, AIA, LEED AP Bob is the Co-Director of the Urban Design Center of Syracuse, Inc., a not-for-profit organization linked to Syracuse University School of Architecture, the American Institute of Architects Central New York Chapter (AIA/CNY), SUNY ESF, ASLA Upstate Chapter and the Downtown Committee of Syracuse under the MDA. Mr. Haley has participated in numerous community charrettes and studies for neighborhoods in the Cities of Syracuse, Rochester, Williamson, Homer, Carthage and Manlius. Mr. Haley is an architect & Principal of Robert M. Haley, Architect and a former Director of Design at Ashley McGraw Architects, DPC; Bob has experience in historic neighborhoods, landmarks and historic resources. Bob is a 2005 recipient of the AIA New York State Community Development Award for his work at the Urban Design Center of Syracuse.

Robert Haley, AIA – will present on the activities of the Urban Design of Syracuse and the Pattern Book for residential design adopted by the City of Syracuse housing not-for-profit called Home Headquarters and its use within the City for sustainable home designs. The City of Syracuse was surveyed for appropriate housing types of traditional nature and the patterns of successful neighborhoods were incorporated into models and planning techniques in the book.