Monday Morning Coffee Talks Return – Learn About Architectural Plans

Monday, September 13: Reading, Understanding and Presenting Architectural Drawings with Laura Heim, architect and president of the American Institute of Architects, Queens Chapter

8:30am, Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 East 11th Street, Manhattan 

Proposing alterations and new construction in historic neighborhoods is a complex process which has to account for a variety of concerns. To reach the best possible outcome, it is important that that the proposal has all the necessary information and is clearly presented to and understood by everyone involved. Laura Heim, architect, and president of the American Institute of Architects, Queens Chapter, will present examples of several approved architectural projects. She will discuss the proper ways in which to present proposals at the Landmarks Preservation Commission and to local community boards, as well as what to look for when reviewing these projects as a non-architect. This presentation will be of interest to both professionals and interested members of the public.


1 CE/HSW Credit (Towards NYS Architects Licensing)

Credit should be self-reported to AIA

 This event is FREE to the public. Reservations are required, as space is limited. For more information, please contact Frampton Tolbert at (212) 614-9107 or [email protected].

About the Presenter: Laura Heim AIA, LEED AP, has 25 years of experience in architecture and historic preservation as both practitioner and teacher. Her firm is dedicated to creating architecture which is sensitive to the circumstance of site while skillfully resolving complex program issues. Before establishing her own firm, Laura Heim Architect PLLC, Ms. Heim worked for various firms in New York and was the Project Manager / Architect for the LIRR Atlantic Terminal Pavilion in Brooklyn, NY, and Lead Designer and Project Architect for the new Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project in Northern Virginia. In the area of historic preservation and adaptive reuse, she was the Project Manager / Architect for the renovation and restoration of the New York State Capitol Assembly Spaces, including the extensively stenciled Gothic Revival Assembly Parlor, which received an AIA NY State Award of Merit in Design in 2003.

Ms. Heim received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia where she received the Alpha Rho Chi Medal for Leadership and the Shannon Prize for highest academic standing. She received her Master of Architecture from Columbia University in 1984 where she was awarded the American Institute of Architects Medal for Design/Academic Excellence and a William Kinne Traveling Fellowship for postgraduate studies in Scandinavia. Ms. Heim has taught architectural design and history at the University of Virginia, University of Florida, Catholic University, SUNY Stony Brook, Pratt Institute and NYIT. Currently, she serves as the president of the Queens chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

The Neighborhood Partners Program is sponsored, in part, by Deutsche Bank, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Assembly Members Jonathan L. Bing, Deborah J. Glick, Richard N. Gottfried and Daniel J. O’Donnell, and State Senators Thomas K. Duane, Liz Krueger & Diane J. Savino.

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