TEXAS THROUGH A GREEN ARCHITECT

Farah Ahmad's (B.Arch 12') latest post on her sustainability-oriented blog – read the full post here

A few words from Farah to fellow alums:

Please check out my blog on green design in Texas, and send me your comments! I started my website three years ago in an effort to raise public awareness on environmental design, and it has made me much more observant when I travel. I've been compiling my insights on American cities to shed light on local projects, hoping this will inspire others to partake in environmental leadership, whether it is through design, volunteering, social media, etc. This past October, I spent a great deal of time navigating San Antonio and Austin and learning about their local environmental initiatives, including waste diversion + building energy codes. I hope you'll enjoy my thoughts. My next feature will revolve around my visit to Georgetown, one of the country's first 100% renewable energy cities!

We Want You!

Here’s some of what we did in 2013:
Networking. Mentoring. Sponsoring. Paying tribute. Educating. Volunteering. Schmoozing. Critiquing. And oh yeah, we raised over $25,000 to Bring Back the Roof Pod!

And here’s what we’re doing in 2014:
Each and every new years, people come up with a list of GOALS for their upcoming year, which is exactly what the board of the Architecture Alumni Group (AAG) did this year on January 7th. Here’s what we came up with:

1. Increase membership in the AAG by 50 alumni by June 2014. We’ve been growing steadily over the years, but stronger membership results in better events, improved alumni relations with the school, and a stronger CCNY reputation in the field. It’s a win win!

2. Launch a new AAG website for better Alumni Engagement / Updates / Online Presence. The site is currently under construction and will GO LIVE soon.

3. Compile a cohesive Membership Database. This is not only helpful for reconnecting with former classmates, but a great resource for making new connections with fellow alumni in the profession. We are currently working with the Architecture School and the Development Office to make this long overdue database a reality.

4. Recruit new Board Members! We want ALL architecture, landscaping, and urban design alumni voices to be heard. We want your input! Several board of directors positions are available, so email us if you are ready to SERVE and IMPROVE your alma mater. ccny.archalumni@gmail.com

5. Raise the Roof Pod! The AAG is committed to seeing the Solar Roof Pod reach its final, permanent home atop the Spitzer School, where it will serve as a valuable resource for current and future students, as well as a testament to CCNY’s innovation in design. By this year’s Spring Rooftop Event, we hope to be ready for tours. Details to come...

6. Develop a new alumni CCNY Architecture “pin” to be presented at graduation by the Architecture Alumni Group as a new “Graduation Tradition.”

7. Revise criteria for CCNY Architecture Alumni student scholarships, because we want to encourage our graduates to produce good design as well as design for the greater good.