Hey New Yorkers!
Here’s your chance to meet some of today’s most influential designers and architects, participate in an exciting panel discussion about resilient design and enjoy a free lunch while you’re at it. We’re gearing up for an important webcast and panel discussion called Design With a Purpose about the cross-section of architecture and auto design at the AIA Center For Architecture on Thursday, October 3, 2013 and we’re giving away 10 TICKETS to the live event! The talk will feature a panel of high-profile architects and auto designers including Erik Churchill of SHoP Construction; Frank J. Sciame Jr. the CEO/chairman of Sciame Construction Company; Ford’s group VP of design and chief creative officer J Mays; and Rick Bell, the executive director of the AIANY. Keep reading to learn how to enter—it’s easy! The deadline to enter this giveaway is MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 at NOON.
TO ENTER: Simply submit a question for our panelists in the comments below
IMPORTANT: You must already be in NYC or have plans to be in NYC the day of this event. Unfortunately we cannot cover travel and accommodation expenses. We will contact winners by 11:59PM EST, Monday, September 30, 2013. Good luck!
Erik Churchill, Project Manager SHoP Construction
As a Project Manager with SHoP Construction Erik utilizes his background in construction, architecture, and business to manage projects that push the boundaries of design, sustainability, and traditional AEC practice. He recently managed the BIM/VDC integration of the B2 Bklyn Modular project for Forest City Ratner Companies during design and prototype production.
Currently Erik is developing SHoP Construction’s design/build services for pre-fabricated projects. He has experience with pre-construction services, estimating, design coordination, and managing architectural design. As an author Churchill has written on the changing roles of architects, publishing “Re-Negotiating Architects’ Relevancy – A U.S. Perspective of IPD and BIM”.
J Mays, Group Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Design, Ford Motor Company
J Mays is group vice president, Design, and chief creative officer, Ford Motor Company. He is responsible for shaping the global design direction of Ford Motor Company’s Ford and Lincoln brands. During his career at Ford, Mays has managed and developed the design language of multiple vehicle brands, successfully leading the effort to develop the single, global Ford design language that now applies to most vehicles the company produces around the world. Mays joined Ford Motor Company in 1997 as vice president, Design, and was named group vice president in 2003. In 2005, he took on the expanded role of group vice president and chief creative officer. At Ford, he continues to make his mark. The all-new Fusion is a culmination of the design edict that Mays brought with him when he started at the company. Mays believes that customers develop an emotional bond with their vehicle; the design needs to inspire that.
Steven Colletta, Vice President, Sciame Construction Company
Steven Colletta is Vice President of F. J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc., a New York City based construction firm known for the building of highly designed and technically sophisticated projects. Since joining Sciame in 1997, Steve has completed many prominent projects in the Tri State area including NY’s first LEED Platinum Laboratory building for the Cooper Union with Pritzker Prize winning architect Thom Mayne’s firm Morphosis. His eye toward client satisfaction has resulted in many successful projects for Fortune 100 firms including fast track projects for General Electric Company. Currently, Steve is responsible for overseeing multiple projects including the construction of the Culture Shed, a Diller Scofidio + Renfro/Rockwell Group designed 200,000 square-foot visual and performing arts facility located at New York’s Hudson Yards; a Fumihiko Maki designed, 400,000 square foot commercial office building for Edward J. Minskoff Equities and a new 100,000 square foot medical simulation laboratory building for Columbia University Medical Center, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro/Gensler.
Sciame’s completed projects include the expansion and restoration of The Morgan Library and the restoration of Central Synagogue on Lexington Avenue, the oldest synagogue in Manhattan. Steve has lectured at various institutions including Columbia University, The Cooper Union and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Mr. Colletta is also a board member of the Center For Architecture Foundation.
Rick Bell, FAIA, Executive Director, AIANY
Rick Bell, FAIA, serves as Executive Director of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects where he was instrumental in the creation of the New York New Visions design and planning coalition, which has helped to catalyze and critique the redevelopment of Lower Manhattan.
Since starting at the AIA in 2001, Rick has raised the profile and involvement of the architectural community on policy issues, including accessibility, active design, affordable housing, sustainable design and waterfront use. The AIA’s storefront Center for Architecture on LaGuardia Place in Greenwich Village marks the shifting of priorities to a greater engagement with the public.
Previously, Rick worked in the public sector as Chief Architect and Assistant Commissioner of Architecture & Engineering at New York City’s public works agency, the Department of Design & Construction.