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RKTB President Carmi Bee, FAIA to Deliver AIA NY Chapter’s Ratensky Lecture


15th Annual Lecture in AIA NY Series Honoring Late Architect and Housing Official Samuel Ratensky set for November 18, 2015

New York, NY, November 10, 2015 — Carmi Bee, FAIA has been selected by the AIA NY Chapter to deliver this year’s annual Ratensky Lecture at the Center for Architecture on Wednesday, November 18th. Initiated by the organization’s Housing Committee, the lecture series was established in the memory of the late Samuel Ratensky (1910-1972), an architect and housing official who was responsible for major housing initiatives in the city from 1946 to 1972. The series honors individuals who, like Mr. Ratensky, have made significant lifetime contributions to the advancement of housing and community design. This year’s honoree, Carmi Bee, FAIA, will discuss his efforts as a housing architect and as a teacher, and will share his thoughts on the future of housing in New York City in a presentation entitled “Gimme Shelter.”

Mr. Bee is the president of RKTB Architects, P.C. and a graduate of The Cooper Union and Princeton University. He is also an Emeritus Professor of Architectural Design at The City College of New York where he taught from 1969-2012. His many design awards include a First Honor Award for Design Excellence from the National AIA and the Andrew J. Thomas Award for housing design from the AIA NY Chapter. Mr. Bee currently serves as chair of the Westbeth Artists’ Housing Board of Directors and is on the board of the Castle Hill Center for the Arts in Truro, Massachusetts. He previously served as a member of The Cooper Union Board of Trustees and as a juror for the New Housing New York Design Ideas Competition.

The lecture will be delivered on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 from 6-8pm at the AIA NY Center for Architecture, 536 La Guardia Place, New York, NY. Admission is free. For additional information and to register, please visit

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