Benjamin Prosky

Benjamin Prosky – New President of the Classical American Homes Preservation Trust

Benjamin Prosky serves as Executive Director of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and Center for Architecture. In this role he oversees events, publications and multimedia content production for these organizations. Benjamin is also one of four cofounders of Architizer; this online social and professional networking tool created specifically for architects.

Early Life and Education

Benjamin Prosky joined AIANY and the Center for Architecture as Executive Director in early 2016. Prior to that appointment he served as Assistant Dean for Communications at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Beginning his career at Institut Francais d’Architecture in Paris where he organized exhibitions and public programs, later moving on to work at Canadian Center for Architecture (CCA) and Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning Preservation as Head of Special Events & External Affairs as well as cofoundering Architizer which provided architects an online networking tool. Benjamin holds an MA degree from Vassar College BS Urban Studies BA degree program.

Prosky made significant improvements during his tenure at AIANY, including revitalizing their magazine and reinstating their Wheelwright Prize competition, mounting several major exhibitions and overseeing production for Reset: Towards a New Commons documentary film series.

Professional Career

Benjamin Prosky has spent most of his professional life dedicated to advancing and explaining architecture and urbanism. Beginning at Institut Francais d’Architecture in Paris where he coordinated exhibitions and public programs before later moving onto Canadian Center for Architecture as head of public programs before founding Architizer (a social and professional networking tool specifically tailored for architects) alongside three others in 2009.

In 2015, he was appointed executive director of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and Center for Architecture, overseeing events, publications, multimedia content creation and special projects. To accommodate his new responsibilities he transitioned out of his assistant dean position at Harvard GSD to take up this new challenge in early 2016. Additionally he recently participated as a panelist for AIA National Convention 2016 held in San Francisco.

Achievement and Honors

Benjamin Prosky was recently appointed as president of the Classical American Homes Preservation Trust. Until this appointment was made official, Prosky held his current role at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (GSD), overseeing events, publications, multimedia content creation, multimedia distribution. Starting January 2016 however, Prosky will assume full responsibilities at AIANY and Center for Architecture where his tenure as Executive Director saw both organizations redefine their missions while disbursing more scholarship funding than ever before.

He holds a BA in Urban Studies from Vassar College and completed graduate level study of Urban Planning at Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). Since graduating he has worked at cultural institutions both in Paris and Montreal as well as for Institut Francais d’Architecture; additionally he cofounded Architizer; a social networking platform specifically for architects.

Personal Life

Benjamin Prosky began serving as Executive Director of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and Center for Architecture in early 2016. Prior to this role, he held several other posts such as Assistant Dean of Communications at Harvard University Graduate School of Design as well as Public and Events Coordinator for Columbia University GSAPP. Furthermore, Benjamin cofounded ARCHITIZER magazine before holding positions at Canadian Centre for Architecture and Institut Francais d’architecture; today he divides his time between Brooklyn and Woodstock New York.

Leon Prosky, 86, passed away April 23, 2020 after an illness-induced brief stay at home. He was much loved by Heather, his wife of 34 years; their daughters Melissa and Rebecca; Evelyn Kaplan (deceased), David Prosky and Philip Prosky. Leon loved traveling, gourmet cuisine and wine as well as storytelling with friends and family; his life was lived fully.

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