Michael Shilale, AIA, LEED elected to

Vice-President of Government Affairs for AIA New York State

November 2, 2007

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New City   -  Michael Shilale  has been making a difference for communities throughout his twenty years as an architect.   His newest challenge is to serve as Vice-President for Government Advocacy for the State Board of the American Institute of Architects.  "Serving over six thousand architects and our communities is a great opportunity and I am proud to represent our profession."  says Shilale.

Shilale goes on to point out that "AIA is the voice of our profession. We need to make that voice heard in order to make a difference for our members and our communities. Our Advocacy efforts have been improving in recent years and I hope to build upon our recent successes."

For more information on AIA's recent Advocacy efforts in Albany, see the Legislative Wrap Up in the State Newsletter by following this link.


Shilale believes the  State component can lead Architect's Advocacy efforts in Albany and in our local chapters. He outlines many opportunities including: 

  • Encourage and distribute position papers on important community design issues.
  • Issue press releases distributing our voice to print media and other outlets.
  • Build partnerships with our allies to strengthen our advocacy efforts.
  • Utilize electronic communications (i.e. VOCUS) to enhance our lobbying efforts.
  • Follow up Architects in Albany Day with year round efforts directed toward key elected officials.

This year a new law gives New York City the ability to refuse submissions from architects and engineers without State Education Department review.  It has been said to be the most significant challenge to design professionals in the last thirty years.  AIANYS is working hard on this and other legislative issues.

Along with his position at the AIA, Shilale is also involved with various area organizations including serving as Past-President of the Board of Directors of the Rockland Housing Action Coalition, Inc., and 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 1600 projects: including schools, residences, apartment houses, chapels, office buildings, retail centers, 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, www.shilale.com.