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Local Architect Leading New Initiatives

Rockland–based AIA President Rolls Out Comprehensive Plans for ‘06

March 22, 2006

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New City   -  Michael Shilale, founder and managing partner of Michael Shilale Architects, LLP  has announced an ambitious slate of initiatives for the Westchester/Mid-Hudson chapter of AIA (American Institute of Architects),  the third largest chapter in the state of New York.

“I’d like to accomplish a lot during my tenure this year, building upon the wonderful work of past presidents,” says Shilale, the first Rockland County president of AIAWMH chapter. Top issues on the agenda include: working on sustainability for the chapter by increasing the membership base, maintaining a leadership position as a premiere provider of continuing education units (CEU), improving the functionality and updates on the chapter’s website, and increasing the frequency of e-communiqués to the membership. Shilale, whose firm has been the recipient of several design awards for their work on two Rockland County projects – The Kathy Lukens Living Center and Camp Venture’s Therapeutic Pool, both in Sparkill - is also working on creating position papers; articulating his desire to “equipping architects to improve; to practice professionally, effectively, and profitably.”

Shilale, who is an active proponent of AIA’s national agenda; creating a better quality of life for all Americans through secure and efficient design, protection of public health and safety in the built environment, and construction of quality affordable housing, is interested in encouraging the chapter’s 500 plus members (from seven New York counties) to attend special area events, and other networking and learning opportunities throughout the year.

Locally, Shilale is interested in seeing the New City, Haverstraw and Spring Valley downtown revitalization, and other affordable housing projects move forward. “Our approach to any project is to make a difference in people’s lives,” says Shilale, paraphrasing Winston Churchill’s belief: “We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us.”

Along with his position at the AIA, Shilale is also involved with various area organizations, as President of the Board of Directors of the Rockland Housing Action Coalition, Inc., as a member of Art in Public Places Committee for Rockland County (former Chairman) and the Long Island University Board of Overseers.

Michael Shilale AIA, LEED along with his partner John Cirilli AIA, has grown Michael Shilale Architects, LLP located in New City, into an eight person architectural engineering firm. Since 1991, the firm has designed over 1500 projects: residences, apartment houses, chapels, office buildings, retail centers, school facilities, restaurants, hotels, health care facilities and recreational facilities throughout New York and New Jersey. For more information, please call 845-708-9200, or visit their website at,