2020 Executive Committee Announcement

Members of the Staten Island Chapter of the American Institute of  Architects (AIA) officially introduced the new Executive Committee at their January 16th general membership meeting, the first for 2020. The members elected Frank Martarella III as the group’s new President. Martarella graduated from Pratt Institute in June of 1995 with a Bachelor of Architecture.…

Bill Veto!

Bill Veto! The American Institute of Architects New York State (AIANYS) wrote to Governor Cuomo to declare their strong opposition to bill (S.6686/A.7945-A) and requested his disapproval of this legislation. This bill would have allowed contractors, sub-contractors, and materialmen to make a claim for any delay, disruption, interference, inefficiencies, impedance, hindrance or acceleration in the…

Architect’s Corner: Architecture matters to all of us

Architecture is, at its essence, the making of shelter and, therefore, essential to society. Both Architecture with a capital “A” and architecture with a lower case “a,” encompassing most of the buildings we inhabit daily, are equally important. Let’s take the Cape Cod-style house as an example. As its name suggests, this type structure originated…