Message from the APA NYM Chapter President (8-15-18)

Chapter members and friends, 


As we continue to enjoy the summer and seasonal events such as the Long Island Section’s recent tour of Sunken Forest & Ocean Beach, there is much to look forward to in the months ahead. While we actively plan for the Chapter’s Annual Conference, there are several other premier events on the near-term horizon, so mark your calendars and get ready for an action-packed fall.


For instance, our annual joint conference with the New York Chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and American Institute of Architects (AIA) is scheduled for September 21st, with the timely theme of “Designing a Carbon Neutral New York.” After this rousing interdisciplinary event, take your enthusiasm to the nation’s capital and join APA colleagues from around the country for the 2018 Policy and Advocacy Conference.


If you have not already done so, consider submitting a session proposal by the August 31st deadline for the second annual Hindsight Conference, organized by the Chapter’s Diversity Committee. This year’s conference honors the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act (1968) and effectively complements APA National’s Planning Home initiative, which is focused on the tools and strategies to address the nation’s housing affordability crisis.


All of these local and national opportunities to engage with APA would not be possible without the hard work of a committed leadership team, and our members play a critical role in shaping the composition of this team. Our Chapter elections are ongoing for the 2019-20 term, and voting members should have received an email on or about August 7th with the subject “APA Chapter/Division Elections 2018 – Login Information,” which provides instructions for how to cast your vote by the September 7th deadline. As a Chapter, we are in a strong position for continued success in the coming years, and I thank the Nominating Committee and all of the candidates for their dedication.


One important position that is not on the ballot is the appointed role of Young Planners Group (YPG) Chair. Following a recent vote of the Executive Committee, I am thrilled to announce the appointment of Caroline Peri–our outgoing Student Representative Committee (SRC) Chair–as our new YPG Chair! With thanks to outgoing YPG Chair Petr Vancura for his service, please join me in congratulating Caroline on this well-deserved appointment. Caroline has done a fantastic job as our SRC Chair, and I hope everyone shares my excitement about the path forward for YPG under Caroline’s leadership, building upon the accomplishments of our prior YPG Chairs.


With all of these updates and many more in our e-blast, the Chapter is busy ramping up for the fall, while also soaking up the rest of summer. Stay tuned for additional announcements, and stay cool in the heat!





Maxwell L. Sokol, AICP


APA New York Metro Chapter



p.s. In expressing her interest for the role of YPG Chair, Caroline summarized her compelling vision in a few points, which I am sharing to underscore the great potential for YPG to continue thriving in the years ahead:

  • Caroline is interested in helping to lead the work of the YPG because she believes that APA, and the New York Metro Chapter specifically, can and do play an important role in the professional development and career engagement of young planners in our region.
  • Caroline is eager to collaborate with the existing Mentorship Subcommittee on the already-established and thriving Mentorship Program and with the Urban Design, Diversity, and other Committees on outreach to K-12 students to promote awareness and interest in the planning profession among youth and secondary school students.
  • Caroline will seek to strengthen the relationship between the Chapter’s SRC and YPG in order to engage recent planning school graduates in APA at both the event attendance and committee membership levels. In promoting this partnership between the SRC and YPG, Caroline will strive to retain momentum among students who benefit from the new no-cost membership policy while in school to encourage continued participation with the Chapter.