Caitlin Daly, AIA, Secretary
I started my venture into the profession by earning my B. Arch at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2009. The course of study at RPI gave me a thorough foundation in theory and technology. I even elected to take several additional theory courses, including in music and philosophy. Despite my love of theory, to truly grasp all the nuances I felt I needed to gain some practical experience. I began working at ArchWorks, PC, in Glens Falls, NY during my 5th year where I was given the opportunity to work on multiple projects ranging from small-scale libraries to large-scale school projects. I continued working there until 2011, when I decided to move to Paramus, NJ to work at a small firm as a Project Coordinator.
After a few more years of working in an office I decided to return to academia. I chose to pursue a MA in History and Critical Thinking at the Architectural Association in London. While at the Architectural Association, my research focused influence technology has on the methods of architectural practice. Specifically, drawing on my experience to try to better understand how we visualize space.
Upon completing my studies, I returned home and started working at CSArch. While at CSArch I have concentrated on K-12 projects, one project in particular being my former school district. Being able to give back to the community in a meaningful way is one of the main reasons I decided to become an architect. Though this is my first-year volunteering with AIAENY as secretary, volunteering as always been a part of my life. As my parents taught me, the greatest disservice we can do to ourselves, and our community, is to decline to share our knowledge. I look forward to being able to share my excitement and knowledge with our growing community, and find new ways to develop programs to better serve our members.