MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. — Russell A. Davidson, president of KG&D Architects & Engineers in Mount Kisco, has been elected to the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows for his contributions to the field and to society at large.
Davidson, a managing partner of Kaeyer, Garment & Davidson, has worked on numerous high-profile building projects, including the White Plains City School District's Post Road Elementary School, completed in 2009; the Seven Bridges Middle School in Chappaqua, completed in 2003; the Media Arts Lab at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, installed in 2008; and renovations at Pleasantville High School, completed in 2011.
The new Post Road Elementary School is the most energy-efficient public school building in the state, according to a representative of KG&D, which handles both commercial and governmental building projects.
Part of a $64.5 million districtwide construction and infrastructure program, the 90,000-square-foot Post Road School contains such sustainable elements as geothermal heating and cooling, a solar photovoltaic array, and recycled and sustainable building materials, according to the KG&D representative.
The Media Arts Lab at the Jacob Burns Film Center, which is used by school groups and adult continuing education programs, also was built with sustainable features, which include energy-efficient aluminum and glass windows, photovoltaic panels on the roof and natural local materials, the representative said. The project earned an LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, the first in Westchester County, the representative said.
This project, along with Seven Bridges Middle School, was included in Westchester Magazine's list of the county's “Ten Most Beautiful Buildings" (December, 2010).
This year, Davidson was among 122 members of the American Institute of Architects and seven international architects elected by the Jury of Fellows, according to a statement released by KG&D.
Davidson is recognized in the category “Led the Institute,” which distinguishes members for leadership in the AIA and other related professional organizations.
Davidson, a Somers resident, holds a master's degree in architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor of Arts degree in architectural aesthetics from Union College, the release said. He currently serves as national vice president of the American Institute of Architects and is a past president of its New York state and Westchester Mid-Hudson chapters. Davidson is also on the AIA national board of directors as regional director from New York.
Currently, out of a total AIA membership of more than 83,000, there are about 3,100 fellows. The newest fellows will be honored in June at the 2013 national AIA convention in Denver.