Rick Bell, Director for the Center for Architecture in New York, will present a lecture titled "Obesity, Architecture & Bicycles" at 5:30pm in the Lawrence J. Plym Auditorium in Temple Hoyne Buell Hall on Monday, November 3rd. There will be a reception before in the Atrium of Temple Hoyne Buell Hall at 5:00pm. This event is sponsored by the Max Abramovitz Distinguished Lecture. The event compliments the "FitNation" exhibit in the Temple Buell Hall Gallery that runs from 11/1-11/22.
Rick Bell serves as executive director of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter, where he was instrumental in the creation of the storefront Center for Architecture. The Center, under Bell's direction, has hosted over 1,000 public events and 20 exhibitions each year since opening its doors in October 2003.
Since 2006, the Center for Architecture, in collaboration with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, has hosted annual interdisciplinary conferences called "Fit City" and "Fit Nation". These conferences bring together design and public health professionals to develop ways to help prevent chronic diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Previously, Bell was Chief Architect and Assistant Commissioner of Architecture and Engineering at New York City's public works agency, the Department of Design + Construction.
Bell has also worked in the private sector, designing libraries, schools, and university structures. A registered architect in several states, Bell was elected a Fellow of the AIA in 2000 for his work in public facility design. He holds degrees from Yale and Columbia and has received numerous awards for civic activities and design. In 2013, was designated a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture and in 2014, he received the Kemper Award at the AIA Convention in Chicago.