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May was a wonderfully busy month for AIA Peconic.  In addition to our Emerging Professionals event and the virtual offerings on NYStretch Code, our dedicated volunteer committees have been very active behind-the-scenes.  

Shout out to the panelists from our Gray Matters screening earlier this year, Lori Beppu AIA, Pamela Glazer AIA, and Viola Rouhani AIA.  Together, with input from fellow AIA Peconic Members as well as nearby AIA colleagues, these women in architecture formally came together to establish a committee with the intention of raising the profiles and building connections that support women in architecture in our chapter.   Scroll down for a teaser on the Women in Architecture Committee’s first official program, a speed mentoring event in late June. 

On the heels of the successful Study Strategy Session earlier this month, the Emerging Professionals Committee has mapped out a number of engaging events and opportunities for the remainder of the year, starting with a sketching tour in July (more info below).  Big thank you to Brianna Lopez and Emmanuel Roumeliotis, and our newest Committee Member, Jessie Gomes.

I also would like to thank our Scholarship Committee for serving as the jury for our 2023 scholarship applicants.  Lori Beppu AIA, Michael Brown AIA, and Christopher DiSunno gathered together to review the portfolios and supporting materials of applicants, selecting five deserving high school seniors and recent graduates from local high schools (more on that soon!). Also want to extend an enthusiastic thank you to our Golf Event Committee: Robert Ortmann AIA, Michael Brown AIA, Joseph Deppe AIA, Peter Mangiameli, PCH Inc., and Bruce A. T. Siska AIA.  Scroll down for the official save-the-date for our 2023 Golf & Dinner Fundraiser.

Maria Fumai Dietrich
Executive Director
AIA Peconic


Hosted by AIA Peconic’s Women in Architecture Committee
Tuesday, June 27 | 6-7:30pm

AIA Peconic’s newly formed Women in Architecture Committee invites established and emerging architects and architectural designers to attend a speed mentoring event unlike most networking events.  This event is presented in partnership with the AIA Peconic Emerging Professionals Committee.  Stay tuned for more details and registration.

Hosted by AIA Peconic’s Emerging Professionals Committee
Saturday, July 15 | 10-11:30am

There is no better way to spend a Saturday morning in July than with a sketchbook, pencil, ice coffee, good company, and compelling architecture.  Join Emerging Professionals in the field of architecture, as well as young artists and other creatives, for a morning of observation, skill-building, and fun.  Registered attendees will convene at the Old Whaler’s Church, followed by visits to The Church, and the John Jermain Memorial Library.  At each destination, there will be opportunities to sketch indoors and en plein air.



Annual Golf & Dinner Fundraiser 
Wednesday, September 13 | 10:30am-8:30pm
Gardiner’s Bay Country Club, Shelter Island

Save the date! Join AIA Peconic Members, sponsors, and guests for the 18th Annual Golf & Dinner Event to benefit AIA Peconic education initiatives and the Anthony DiSunno Scholarship Program. Sponsorship opportunities available.  



New York State Adopts NCARB’s Score Validity Policy and English as a Second Language Accommodations for the ARE

For the past several months, AIANYS has worked in collaboration with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and the New York State Education Department (NYSED) on two complex regulatory issues related to the Architect Registration Exam (ARE®). The first issue involved NCARB’s decision in July 2022 to authorize the use of English as a Second Language (ESL) accommodations for candidates taking the ARE. The second issue concerned NCARB’s decision to retire the rolling clock and the implementation of a new Score Validity Policy effective April 30, 2023. Due to New York State’s existing regulations and the compressed timeline, these impactful reforms were prevented from being implemented. 

Despite these challenges, AIANYS and member stakeholders worked closely with NYSED leadership to underscore the importance of these initiatives for New York State’s licensure candidates. We are pleased to announce that these collaborative efforts have led to emergency regulatory action for both the ESL accommodations and the implementation of a new score validity policy for New York State’s licensure candidates. 

We would like to thank those members who took the time to share their stories and unique perspective on the significance of these two initiatives. Further, we would like to thank the Board of Regents, NYSED’s Office of the Professions, and the Executive Secretary for the State Board for Architecture for their sincere attention to prioritize the emergency regulatory changes needed to implement these trailblazing reform



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