Phillips Oppenheim to Conduct AIA Executive Director Search

July 31, 2015 – Phillips Oppenheim, an executive search firm dedicated to the non-profit sector, has been retained by the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY) and the Center for Architecture to lead its search for a new executive director to lead both organizations. AIANY has formed a seven-person search committee along with Phillips Oppenheim to conduct a national search. Following the resignation of Rick Bell, David Burney, FAIA, architect and former commissioner of the City’s Department of Design and Construction (DDC), has been named interim executive director.

The new executive director will be charged with leading AIANY’s work with City officials and partner organizations to foster design excellence for all New Yorkers as well as leading the Center for Architecture, a preeminent cultural institution for architectural education, exhibitions, and discourse.

“We look forward to reviewing candidates that feel a strong commitment to our mission for design excellence and public outreach,” said Center for Architecture president Joseph F. Tortorella. “The executive director position offers a wonderful opportunity for a charismatic, savvy leader to expand the Center and harness the power of our community of 5,000 practicing architects, allied professionals, students, and public members to make lasting, meaningful contributions to the built landscape of our great city.”

Founded in 1857, the AIA New York Chapter is the oldest and largest chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The Chapter’s members include more than 5,000 practicing architects, allied professionals, students, and public members interested in architecture and design.

Phillips Oppenheim has recently recruited senior leaders for other non-profit organizations, including the recruitment of John B. Ravenal as executive director of deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum; Linda McNeil Tantawi as CEO for the Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure; and Judge Judy Harris Kluger as executive director of Sanctuary for Families. The firm also sponsors roundtable discussions, participates in workshops and conferences, and acts as informal counsel to non-profit organizations and their boards.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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