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Russell A. Davidson, FAIA, Elected 2015 First Vice President/2016 President-Elect
Russell A. Davidson, FAIA, from AIA Westchester Hudson Valley, was elected 2015 First Vice President/2016 President at AIA Convention 2014 in Chicago. A former president of his local component in 1999 and president of AIA New York State in 2007, Davidson joined the AIA National board in 2009, and served as AIA Vice President from 2012–2013. Throughout out his national leadership tenure, Davidson has maintained a special focus on government and public advocacy for architects and architecture.
Davidson practices with KG&D Architects in Mount Kisco, N.Y., where he has worked for 28 years, holding every position from junior draftsperson to managing principal. His firm specializes in K–12 schools, colleges, master planning, religious buildings, and multiple-family housing.
“Public awareness needs to become the lens through which the AIA views all of its efforts,” Davidson says. “With a renewed focus and prioritization of the many programs now in place, the AIA can and should be more relevant to practitioners and the public. Many of our practitioners and firms, including my own, are fighting real battles every day to maintain and build value in the services we deliver, and to convince our clients to invest in quality design. The AIA can and should improve the perceived value of our profession, which will yield positive results for all architects.”
Davidson earned a degree in architectural aesthetics from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., and a M.Arch from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.