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Russ Davidson Elected President of National Architects' Group

Russell Davidson of KG&D tapped to head the AIA in 2016.
Russell Davidson of KG&D tapped to head the AIA in 2016.
Russell Davidson of Kaeyer, Garment & Davidson architects, pc has been elected president of the American Institute of Architects for 2016.

Davidson would be familiar to many parents in the Hudson Valley from hours of presentations at district meetings: The Mount Kisco-based firm designed many school buildings in the region, including Seven Bridges Middle School in Chappaqua, Somers and White Plains high school buildings, and Post Road Elementary School in White Plains.

Davidson, a former president of his local component in 1999 and president of AIA New York State in 2007, joined the AIA National Board in 2009 and served as AIA vice president from 2012-2013, AIA officials said in a press release. "Throughout out his national leadership tenure, Davidson has maintained a special focus on government and public advocacy for architects and architecture."

He'll serve as first vice-president/president-elect in 2015.

“Public awareness needs to become the lens through which the AIA views all of its efforts,” Davidson said in the statement. “With a renewed focus and prioritization of the many programs now in place, the AIA can and should be more relevant to practitioners and the public. Many of our practitioners and firms, including my own, are fighting real battles every day to maintain and build value in the services we deliver, and to convince our clients to invest in quality design. The AIA can and should improve the perceived value of our profession which will yield positive results for all architects.”

Davidson practices with KG&D Architects in Mount Kisco, N.Y., where he has worked for 28 years, holding every position from junior draftsperson to managing principal. Davidson earned a degree in Architectural Aesthetics from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., and a MArch from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.

You can watch a fast-forward construction video of the Jacob Burns Center's Media Arts Lab in Pleasantville on the KG&D website. 

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