A Very Big Welcome to David Burney

L to R.  David Burney, FAIA, AIANY Interim Executive Director; Jeffrey Raven, FAIA, the evening’s speaker; Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, DfRR Founding Co-Chair; Anne Marie Sowder, Program Director for this event and for the November symposium on Extreme Heat.

L to R. David Bur­ney, FAIA, AIANY Inter­im Exec­u­tive Direc­tor; Jef­frey Raven, FAIA, the evening’s speak­er; Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, DfRR Found­ing Co-Chair; Anne Marie Sow­der, Pro­gram Direc­tor for this event and for the Novem­ber sym­po­sium on Extreme Heat.

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.