Today, AIA New York (AIANY) and the Center for Architecture named David Burney, FAIA, interim executive director. This follows last week's abrupt resignation of former executive director Frederic “Rick” Bell, FAIA, who had held the position since 2001 and was instrumental in creating AIANY’s Center for Architecture.
Burney is currently an associate professor of Planning and Placemaking at the Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture, where he will lead the newly launched master's program in "Urban Placemaking and Management." He also serves as board chair for the Center for Active Design, and is credited with raising architecture standards for New York City’s public projects while working at two major agencies. From 2004 to 2014, he served as commissioner of the city’s Department of Design and Construction (DDC), where he managed key projects for multiple city agencies and cultural institutions in all five boroughs. In 2006, he launched the DDC’s Design and Construction Excellence Initiative to ensure quality of municipal public works. From 1990 to 2003, he also served as the director of design at the NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA). Prior to working in the public realm, he practiced architecture with New York-based firm Davis Brody Bond.
“David Burney’s vast experience leading City agencies and his legacy of improving the quality of public projects in New York will be an invaluable asset to AIANY as we work with the current administration on issues concerning creating affordable housing and reducing carbon emissions, among others,” said AIANY president Tomas Rossant, AIA, in a statement released by AIANY. “David is a tremendous design professional and we’re excited to have him onboard in this capacity.”