Rick Bell
Executive Director of Design & Construction Excellence
NYC Department of Design and Construction

Rick Bell is an architect and urban strategist consulting to organizations and institutions on matters of design excellence, design build, sustainability, resilience, accessibility and urban design. He served as executive director of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapters from 2001 to 2015 where he helped create the Center for Architecture on LaGuardia Place. Previously Rick worked in the public sector at the NYC Department of Design & Construction, serving as Assistant Commissioner of Architecture & Engineering. He has also worked in the private sector in New York, France and Switzerland, and was a design partner at WBTL Architects & Planners. Elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2000 for his work in public facility design, Rick has received numerous honors, most recently the AIA’s 2014 Kemper Award and the rank of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture.

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