News Release - Achieving Design Excellence in New York’s Civic Architecture

For Immediate Release –

November 12, 2009

Media contact: Mark Marchand – (518) 443-5283 /

Achieving Design Excellence in New York’s Civic Architecture Will be Discussed at Nov. 17 Rockefeller Institute Public Policy Forum

University of Buffalo Architecture Dean Brian Carter and New York OGS Commissioner John C. Egan to Speak

Albany, N.Y. — The Rockefeller Institute of Government will host a Public Policy Forum Nov. 17 to discuss “Design Excellence and New Civic Architecture in New York.” The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. and conclude at noon.

Speakers will be:

Brian Carter – Dean, School of Architecture and Planning, University at Buffalo

John C. Egan – Commissioner, New York State Office of General Services

Carter will discuss what he considers the inferior nature of public-building design in recent decades, arguing that impressive public structures can still be built within current budgets. Egan will add his perspective as a public official involved in overseeing the construction of major projects in New York State, including the Empire State Plaza (completed in 1978), the Albany International Airport terminal (completed in 1998) and others.

To RSVP, please contact Michele Charbonneau of the Institute, 518-443-5258, or


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