ESKW/A’s own Daniel Horn, AIA, LEED GA, has joined the 2021 AIA Queens Board of Directors. He will serve either a 1- or 2-year term and is already planning several initiatives around resiliency, diversity, and COVID-19. We’re proud of this step in his professional development and encourage his leadership in the architectural community.

Dan has been with ESKW/A for two years and first became involved with AIA in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012. As a resident of Lindenhurst, N.Y., at the time, he experienced its destruction firsthand and has since played an active role in the region’s recovery. He is a co-founder of ORLI+ (Operation Resilient Living & Innovation Plus), a design and community empowerment consultancy that has brought awareness around issues like environmental degradation due to climate change. He was also chosen as part of the inaugural class of the AIANY Civic Leadership Program in 2017 and has attended several events and webinars geared towards advocacy through the Center for Architecture over the years. In 2019, he was honored by AIA National by receiving the Associates Award.

At ESKW/A, in solidarity and congruence with the ongoing BLM movement, Dan has teamed up to spearhead our own Justice Equity Diversity Inclusivity (JEDI) initiatives. Along with the office leadership and staff, he routinely shares events, exhibitions, and other resources aimed at promoting equity in the profession of architecture.

“I’ve been doing some grassroots-level JEDI with other colleagues from around the city, not on a program level, but we’re communicating with state-level AIA to look at changing licensing requirements to loop in credits related to JEDI-related issues,” Dan said.

Another goal of Dan’s as an AIA Queens Director is more active membership outreach to see how COVID-19 has impacted the Queens architects. Membership is slightly down since the pandemic, so he’s eager to connect with members and see how best they can be served moving forward.

He also envisions looping in his experience with coastal resiliency and storm management into future programming, and he hopes to start a reformed AIA Queens awards system by the time his 2-year term ends.

“I’m really excited to be contributing back to my chapter serving as Director” Dan said.

We’re proud of Dan for taking on this role and are excited to support the next generation of professional leaders.