Andrew Petruzzelli, AIA, President-Elect
As a graduate of University at Buffalo’s architecture program it was hard not to develop an appreciation for historic architecture and the problem solving issues inherent with a repopulating and densifing an aged rust belt city. The Master of Architecture program provided many opportunities to gain first hand design, restoration and preservation experience. At Lacey Thaler Reilly Wilson Architecture and Preservation here in Albany, we specialize in restoration, preservation and adaptive reuse of historic structures on a daily basis. Volunteering on the AIAENY board was important as it facilitates important relationships with other general practitioners in the capital region and allows me to keep a pulse on current trends. As the Vice President of Programs, it is a privilege to bring exciting and unique continuing education programs to our membership helping to strengthen the local design community. Through the planning and attendance of a portion of these innovative events and cross pollination of other local preservation group happenings I am to further promote the importance of a historically diverse community and a dense, populous, walkable urban core to the designers of this region. As the Chair for the Emerging Professionals committee, I enjoy encouraging camaraderie and development of aspiring architects and designers into a close-nit network of regional collaborating professionals.