A Very Big Welcome to David Burney
You’ve probably heard that the AIANY Board has brought in David Burney, FAIA, to serve as Interim Executive Director. He will serve until a replacement for the formidable Rick Bell, FAIA, is found. Mr. Bell, long a DfRR booster, resigned last month.
Last night’s DfRR event, Extreme Heat: Cooling the Public Realm and Climate-Resilient Urban Design, was chosen to be David Burney’s first official appearance, an honor for our Committee. Here is the particular welcome from DfRR Founding Co-Chair Lance Jay Brown, FAIA:
“It is both a privilege and a pleasure to introduce David. David is currently an Associate Professor of Planning and Placemaking at the Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture, the Board Chair for the Center for Active Design, and most recently appointed interim Executive Director of the AIANY Chapter. David served as Director of Design at the NYC Housing Authority and then as Commissioner of the City’s Department of Design & Construction [through the Bloomberg Administration].
“I consider him my colleague, my good friend, a good friend to the Chapter, and for two decades a very good friend of all of us in New York who are interested in improving, in the broadest sense, the quality of design in our city and beyond.”
David Burney’s subsequent remarks mirrored Lance’s warmth. He also expressed great admiration for DfRR’s work, which he was able to observe and participate in both when he was at NYC DDC and since then at Pratt.