Fredric Bell, FAIA
Executive Director of AIA New York

The executive director of AIA New York, Bell helped found New York’s Center for Architecture in 2003. He has made significant contributions to the city’s post-disaster initiatives, working with the design coalition New York New Visions, which developed rebuilding recommendations following the Sept. 11 attacks, as well as on the Post-Sandy Initiative Report. Amanda Burden, director of the city’s planning department, wrote in a recommendation letter that “the success of Rick’s leadership is evident in the expansion of the Center, anchoring this institution in New York City for the long term. One of Rick’s main qualities is an understanding that architecture and design are at their best when they serve wider purposes, and are directly engaged with public policy issues.” Bell also sits on ARCHITECT’s editorial advisory committee.