Structural Engineers Association of New York
AIA NY Presents:
Guides for Equitable Practice and Beyond
Session 1: Thursday, April 22
AIA's Code of Ethics includes as one of its standards, that “Members should provide their colleagues and employees with a fair and equitable working environment, compensate them fairly, and facilitate their professional development.” The rule of conduct that follows states: “Members shall treat their colleagues and employees with mutual respect and provide an equitable working environment.”
Architecture as a profession has historically struggled with issues of representation and career advancement for women and BIPOC individuals. AIA has created the Guides for Equitable Practice (“the Guides”) to respond to many of these issues and provide a framework “to overcome inequities and help advance the profession, the careers of individual architects, and the quality of the built environment by creating more diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplaces and interactions.” Architects should work to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of those in their workplaces, as well as those in the communities they serve. These tenets go hand in hand as a more diverse and equitable workforce is more likely to be aware of and address the intersectional issues that continue to plague our society. Using the Guides and additional resources, this three-part course will serve as a primer to provide data and research to build a case for equitable practice in the field of architecture. Architects and design professionals are encouraged to attend if they want to develop a foundational awareness of core topics that impact equity, diversity, and inclusion in their workplaces and suggest methods to begin to address them.
Each session to include the following:
NASCC: The Steel Conference is the premier educational and networking event for the structural steel industry, bringing together structural engineers, structural steel fabricators, erectors, detailers, and architects.
In addition to 150+ practical seminars on the latest design concepts, construction techniques, and cutting-edge research, the conference also features 200+ exhibitors showcasing products ranging from structural design software to machinery for cutting steel beams, and plentiful networking opportunities. One low registration fee gains you access to all of the technical sessions, the keynote addresses, the T.R. Higgins Lecture, and the exhibitor showcase.
Register for NASCC: The Virtual Steel Conference today!
Up to 4.0 NECSEA-Certified or NCSEA Diamond-Certified PDHs available
DATES: Wednesday & Thursday, April 7 & 8, 2021
TIMES: 2 one-hour Webinars each day, at 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (EDT)
WHERE: Online via Zoom; Registrants receive access links prior to each webinar
$25 per day (2.0 PDHs) OR $50 for both days (4.0 PDHs)
NCSEA Diamond-Certified PDHs:
$30 per day (2.0 PDHs) OR $60 for both days (4.0 PDHs)
Find announcement here
Join SEAoNY's Diversity Committee during the Breakout Room Discussions:
Room 1: Equitable Pathways to Success: Harnessing Data from the SE3 Project
The Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity (SE3) Project is an effort supported by thousands of structural engineers in the US and abroad. With a mission to collect data to support individuals and firms interested to improve our profession by focusing on attracting, engaging, and retaining talented folks who will make great contributions.
Join us for a short presentation on findings of the 2020 SE3 Survey relevant to gender and race bias; engage in a professionally candid conversation where all are encouraged to share questions, criticism, best practices, lessons learned, thoughts for future action; all with an eye towards how we can each implement or influence the adoption of equitable practices in the AEC industry.
All are invited to attend this two day virtual Empowerment by Design Leadership Symposium which is designed to help build virtual networks with other women and men, access tips and successful tactics for overcoming professional and personal challenges, and learn key strategies to succeed. Three areas of concentration will be provided: Mentorship, Resilient Management and Diversity which will culminate in a virtual networking scramble where we will be able to discuss and share ideas from the event. Seating is limited, so make sure you reserve your spot today to make sure you get your "swag" for the networking scramble."
February 24th: 8:00am-12:00pm:
February 25th: 8:00am-1:00pm:
Book Talk: The Structure of Skyscrapers in America 1871-1900
Friday, 12/11, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
In the long-awaited book The Structure of Skyscrapers in America 1871-1900, award-winning author Donald Friedman presents an illustrated history of the development of the structure of skyscrapers during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. In the first 190 pages, he details the context for the emergence of this new building type and thoroughly explains the cutting-edge technology of construction. Preservation problems are examined in depth.
A separate 200-page section provides construction dates and images for every known building taller than nine stories erected in the United States between 1871 and 1900—a total of 443 individual buildings, both extant and demolished, in 36 cities all across the country, from Boston and New York to San Francisco.
This definitive new book is essential reading—and an unrivaled reference—for anyone who is interested in early skyscrapers and in identifying the more than 300 engineers, architects, and contractors who designed and built them.
Donald Friedman, PE, FAPT, FASCE, Co-founder, Old Structures Engineering
Friedman, PE, FAPT, FASCE, is a co-founder of Old Structures Engineering and has thirty years of experience as a structural engineer, working on both the construction of new buildings and the renovation of existing structures. He has taught at the Pratt Institute, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Architecture, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He is the author of numerous articles for technical publications and five books on construction, renovation, and engineering.
Organized by AIANY Historic Buildings Committee
We are excited to announce the 2021 SEAoNY Annual Conference will be virtual and held during February 2021.
This year we are doing something different. From our survey results, we realize our membership wants exciting and informative sessions not necessarily driven by a single topic. As such, we are accepting abstracts that are not tied to a central theme.
We hope you will send us your abstracts to help us plan an exciting annual conference.
More information here.
The University of Edinburgh’s School of Engineering would like SEAoNY members to take part in their survey on how engineers learn from their past designs and how this could be augmented with in-service monitoring of structures.
Fill out survey here.
Sign up for the 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s Rescue & Recovery Workers Registry
SEAoNY is dedicated to advocating for structural engineers. We are partnering with the 9/11 Memorial and Museum to share the stories of the structural engineers whom contributed to the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero. If you worked at Ground Zero, please visit registries.911memorial.org/ and add yourself to the Rescue & Recovery Workers registry. We ask that you choose “SEAoNY” to the question “Employee/Member of”; if you have already signed up, we would appreciate if you update this answer to “SEAoNY”. Adding your name to the registry will benefit both the 9/11 Memorial and Museum and SEAoNY.
Please contact admin@SEAoNY.org if you are willing and able to make a donation towards our partnership with the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. We are particularly interested in obtaining artifacts from the site that can be used for a future exhibition – these may include photos, articles or other memorabilia that have a story. We will also be pursuing opportunities for engineers to record their stories of 9/11 and the rescue and recovery effort for inclusion in the 9/11 Memorial and Museum’s oral histories exhibit.
Join 2020 Honorary Member Robert Murray in supporting the SEAoNY Education Foundation!
The SEAoNY Education Foundation* was established to support local students who are or wish to study structural engineering. Since 2005, the Foundation has distributed over $210,000 to graduating high school students from the Urban Assembly School for Design and Construction in Manhattan and college and university students enrolled in various institutions across the greater New York City area. Historically, the Foundation has provided 2 scholarships at the high school level and 2 scholarships at the university or graduate level.
Due to the unprecedented challenges faced by students in light of the pandemic, this year the SEAoNY Education Foundation hopes to give more than ever before: awarding 3 scholarships at the $5,000 level to graduating Urban Assembly high school seniors, and 2 to current college students.
The SEAoNY Annual Golf Outing is the primary fundraising event to sustain these scholarships. This year, thanks to the hard work of volunteer SEAoNY Scholarship Committee members, our Golf Outing will continue, but at a reduced capacity due to COVID-19. Honorary Member Robert Murray has decided to donate the cost of a foursome to the SEAoNY Education Foundation. The committee and Board of Directors are hoping for your support too. Please consider donating the cost of a foursome or any amount you are able to.
With your help, the SEAoNY Education Foundation can give even more support to the structural engineers of tomorrow.
Honorary Member Robert Murray has recognized that this moment in history offers SEAoNY members a unique opportunity to increase their impact and support to rising engineers. With greater demands and the complications of public health putting stress on our aging infrastructure, the need for bright young structural engineers is more critical than ever. In giving a tax-deductible gift to the SEAoNY Education Foundation, you are helping students and supporting the field of engineering.
Join Robert Murray in donating to the SEAoNY Education Foundation today.
*SEAoNY Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization #45-4957969
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