With the arrival of fall’s changing colors and cooler temps across the U.S., we thought it would be good to look back at one of our favorite days of summer 2018: the AIA Day of Service on June 23. With the National AIA Conference in Manhattan this year, AIA New York leveraged the final day of the expo to encourage visiting and N.Y.-based architects to give back to diverse communities in need and our team was proud to take part.

A few highlights from that great day:

  • Widespread Impact–Volunteers worked on various service projects for non-profit organizations across the city, from Sunset Park to Chelsea, Harlem to Washington Heights, to the Upper West Side and Queens. This citywide approach amplified the day’s positive impacts.
  • Design Community–The event brought the design community together as a single team. Representatives from CannonDesign, FXCollaborative, Perkins Eastman, James Wagman Architect, Murphy Burnham & Buttrick Architects and 1100 Architect all took part which was great to see.
  • Team Focus–Each group was able to focus on a specific effort as part of the day. Our team helped the Center Against Domestic Violence (CADV) upgrade their multipurpose room. The CADV promotes the economic independence of domestic violence victims, educates young people about abusive relationships, and provides support services and housing to clients on their journey from victim to survivor. Thanks to Ryan Koella, Siobhan Lee, Deborah Verne and Carisima Koenig from our NYC Office for their time and effort.

Both AIA New York and HunterDouglas Architectural posted strong recaps of the AIA Day of Service. HunterDouglas even included our Ryan Koella in their recap video.

Numerous people and organizations helped make CannonDesign’s contribution to the Day of Service a success, including:

  • Tarkett provided flooring supplies
  • EzoBoard contributed a felt column cover
  • Benjamin Moore donated paint
  • Stalco Construction, PK Painters and JoMark Flooring all donated time, professional labor and expertise
  • Several NYC-based CannonDesign employees contributed money to help purchase IKEA furniture and other needed supplies
  • United Rentals provided Home Depot supplies for the project
  • AIA volunteers and staff from CADV all helped throughout the day

“This was a great team effort and it wouldn’t have been possible without the contributions of so many,” said the CannnonDesign team of the event. “Our work that day has inspired the CADV to continue improving the space. After seeing what we helped them achieve that day, they committed to updating the ceiling in the space. It was a fantastic experience driving valuable results for the organization and those they serve.”

Following the full day of service, participants met at the Center for Architecture for a reception that marked the end of the conference. Designers and volunteers shared ideas, lessons learned and experiences from the Day of Service that will inform future events for AIA New York and the AIA National Conference.

We were thrilled to be part of the event and look forward to future opportunities to make a difference in New York and through the design profession.

Photos: Jake Frisbie