Director, Center for Architecture (NY)
Lecture: Monday, November 3, 2014
5:30pm - Lawrence J. Plym Auditorium, Temple Hoyne Buell Hall
Max Abramovitz Distinguished Lecture
Lecture Title: "Obesity, Architecture & Bicycles"
Rick Bell, FAIA, serves as executive director of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter where he was instrumental in the creation of the storefront Center for Architecture. The Center, under Rick’s direction, has hosted 1,000 public events and 20 exhibitions each year since opening its doors in October of 2003.
Since 2006, the Center for Architecture, in collaboration with the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, has hosted annual interdisciplinary conferences called “Fit City” and “Fit Nation.” These bring together design and public health professionals to develop ways of helping to help prevent chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Previously, Rick was Chief Architect and Assistant Commissioner of Architecture & Engineering at New York City’s public works agency, the Department of Design + Construction.
Rick has also worked in the private sector, designing libraries, schools and university structures. A registered architect in several states, Rick was elected a Fellow of the AIA in 2000 for his work in public facility design. He holds degrees from Yale and Columbia and has received numerous awards for civic activities and design, and in 2013 was designated a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. He was the recipient of the 2014 Kemper Award at the AIA Convention in Chicago.