This week, we're happy to bring you the wonderful presentations of Diane Filippi and Rick Bell from the AAO conference in November. Diane and Rick co-presented a session entitled "Starting an Architecture Center" on Thursday, November 5, 2009.
All non-profits from time to time reassess their organization's direction, effectiveness, and impact. This session focused on the reassessment that the AIA New York Chapter and the San Francisco Planning + Urban Research Association underwent, that led to the creation of their new centers. They lessons they learned about design, development, finance, and programming are applicable to other cities and institutions, and offer insight to those who are considering starting an architecture center in their community.
Starting an Architecture Center - D. Filippi.pdf
Starting an Architecture Center - R. Bell - Part 1.pdf
Starting an Architecture Center - R. Bell - Part 2.pdf
Diane Filippi, San Francisco Planning + Urban Research Association (SPUR) Urban Center Director
Diane Filippi is the Director of the SPUR Urban Center in San Francisco. In this role, Diane is responsible for the development of the Urban Center from inception through completion and grand opening. Her responsibilities have included site selection; architectural selection and process; expansion of programs; new partnerships and collaborations; and fundraising.
Prior to joining SPUR, Diane was a founder and Managing Principal of SMWM, an architectural and urban design firm in San Francisco. She is a chairperson of several organizations and institutions, including Urban Land Institute’s San Francisco District Council, Rail-volution, Americans for Libraries Council in New York, San Francisco Friends of the Library, the Campaign to Keep Libraries Alive, State of California Friends Foundation in Sacramento. She is also on the board of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.
Rick Bell, Executive Directory, AIA New York/Center for Architecture
Rick Bell serves as Executive Director of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects where he was instrumental in the creation of the New York New Visions design and planning coalition, which has helped to catalyze and critique the redevelopment of Lower Manhattan. Since starting at the AIA in 2001, Rick has raised the profile and involvement of the architectural community on policy issues, including accessibility, affordable housing, sustainable design and waterfront use. The AIA’s storefront Center for Architecture on LaGuardia Place in Greenwich Village marks the shifting of priorities to a greater engagement with the public.
Previously, Rick worked in the public sector as Chief Architect and Assistant Commissioner of Architecture & Engineering at New York City’s public works agency, the Department of Design & Construction. A registered architect in New York, New Jersey and California, Rick was elected a Fellow of the AIA in 2000 for his work in public facility design. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), the Forum for Urban Design and the Institute for Urban Design. Rick holds degrees from Yale and Columbia and has received numerous awards for civic activities and design excellence, including a “Newsmaker of the Year” award from Engineering News Record. He currently serves on the Executive Committee and Board of the national American Institute of Architects.