New York Center for Architecture Announces New Leadership and President | New

One of the most influential architectural institutions in the New York area is getting new leadership after the AIANY Center for Architecture announced new positions for its board of trustees on Friday.

The Center announced Sage and Coombe’s founding partner, Jennifer Sage, as the institution’s new president, and Cornell University professor, Peter Robinson, as the new vice-president, replacing Barry Bergdoll of Columbia University, who held the position until June 30. Marc Norman, 2015 Harvard Loeb Scholar and incoming director of NYU’s Schack Institute of Real Estate, also joins the board as a trustee.

A graduate of Harvard College and Yale SoA, Sage has enjoyed a strong tenure with the organization thus far. After joining AIANY’s Board of Directors in 2013 as a Director, she then served as Vice President of Design Excellence from 2016 to 2018 before eventually joining the Center for Architecture in 2019. Through her firm’s work, she has been involved in major renovation projects for the Noguchi Museum and the Bronx River Art Center, among others.

From left to right: Jennifer Sage, Peter Robinson and Marc Norman. Images courtesy of the Center for Architecture.

Sage served as a jury member and taught at his two alma maters, RISD, Carnegie Mellon and Catholic University. She is also the recipient of the 2021 AIA Award for Excellence in Public Architecture. “The Center is both a place and a platform that makes visible and accessible the importance of architecture and design, allowing us to engage with those who know us and to expand our reach to those who don’t,” Sage said in a statement. “I am honored to follow Barry Bergdoll and continue to work on this mission.”

Robinson is a graduate of Cornell and Columbia GSAPP whose work has won several awards. His time at companies like Gensler and CetraRuddy eventually led him to get involved with organizations like BlackSpace Urbanist Collective, BRACE, and the New York Coalition of Black Architects, where he served as Treasurer.

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The native of Kingston, Jamaica has held teaching positions at Syracuse University, The New School and Barnard College at Columbia. According to the Center, “his research focuses on cultural subjectivity and the city, addressing parallels and interferences between architectural and urban design, planning, and cultural theories to engage and inform social action.”

Robinson added in the same statement, “I look forward to being a part of this collaborative, creative and critical opportunity to share the full breadth of architectural professionalism and civic responsibility with our city.”

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