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Buildings Commissioner elected to AIA College.

The American Institute of Architects The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is a professional organization for architects in the United States. Organized in 1857, the Institute conducts various activities and programs to support the profession and enhance its public image, including periodically awarding the AIA  announced that New York City New York City: see New York, city.
New York City

City (pop., 2000: 8,008,278), southeastern New York, at the mouth of the Hudson River. The largest city in the U.S.
 Department of Buildings Commissioner, Patricia J. Lancaster, FAIA FAIA Florida Association of Insurance Agents
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FAIA Fellow, American Institute of Architects (honorary position) 
, has been elected to the College of Fellows.

The AIA AIA - Application Integration Architecture  selects architects for elevation elevation, vertical distance from a datum plane, usually mean sea level to a point above the earth. Often used synonymously with altitude, elevation is the height on the earth's surface and altitude, the height in space above the surface.  to fellowship because of their notable contributions to the advancement of architecture. Of the approximate 70,000 national members of the AIA, less than 2,500 (3.5%) have been elected to the fellowship.

Appointed as the Commissioner for the New York City Department of Buildings by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in April 2002, Lancaster is the Chief Administrator for the Department that regulates the safety of the more than 900,000 buildings and properties in New York City.

The Department is responsible for issuing over 87,000 building permits and performing 350,000 inspections per year. The Commissioner is also responsible for implementing the first strategic plan in the history of the Department and adopting a new building code for the City. She has also been the driving force behind making the Department more transparent to the public by putting the Building Information System on the web where it is now receiving 200,000 page hits daily.

"It's a great honor to be recognized by my peers for my contributions to the public sector," Commissioner Lancaster said. "Through continuous collaboration with the AIA and the Department of Buildings, I hope we can make New York City a better place to live, work and build."

Commissioner Lancaster received her Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of Washington at Seattle. She remains active in the field of education, serving on the faculty of the Real Estate Institute at New York University New York University, mainly in New York City; coeducational; chartered 1831, opened 1832 as the Univ. of the City of New York, renamed 1896. It comprises 13 schools and colleges, maintaining 4 main centers (including the Medical Center) in the city, as well as the .

In 2003, she was named "Mentor Mentor, in Greek mythology
Mentor (mĕn`tər, –tôr'), in Greek mythology, friend of Odysseus and tutor of Telemachus.
 of LANCASTER the Year (Public Sector)" by ACE, the mentoring program for students interested in architecture, construction and engineering. She was also given the Founders' Award by the Salvadori Educational Center in Harlem. Commissioner Lancaster is also a Fellow at the New York Academy of Medicine The New York Academy of Medicine was founded in 1847 by a group of leading New York City metropolitan area physicians as a voice for the medical profession in medical practice and public health reform.  and a Fellow at the Urban Institute for Design.

In 2003, Ms. Lancaster was given the Industry Honor Award (public category) by the Society of Marketing Professionals, Inc., and she also received the Association of Real Estate Women's "Outstanding Achievement Award" at AREW's 25th Anniversary Gala. In November 2003, the Commissioner was also named "Woman of the Year" by the Associated Builders and Owners. In 2000, Real Estate Weekly named her one of the top 100 Women in Real Estate, and in 1996 the group Professional Women in Construction named her Woman of the Year.

In addition to being a registered architect, Ms. Lancaster is also a licensed real estate broker. Her other achievements include the 2001 publication of her book, Construction in Cities: Social Environmental Political and Economic Concerns.
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Title Annotation:Construction & Design; American Institute of Architects elects Patricia J. Lancaster
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 14, 2004
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