Gensler Family Gift Names AAP NYC Executive Director Position

Bob Balder with student

News
October 5, 2015

A gift from M. Arthur (B.Arch. '57) and Drucilla Gensler has created the Gensler Family Sesquicentennial Executive Director of AAP NYC. Robert Balder (B.S. URS '89), the executive director of AAP NYC since 2011, is the first to hold the position.

"After an initial gift created the executive director position in 2011, this additional support from the Gensler family is further testament to how deeply the family cares about AAP NYC's role in the college experience," says Balder. "It's an honor to be the first to hold this title."

The gift from the Gensler family is the latest in a series of gifts that support AAP's presence in New York City. After donating $450,000 in 2011 to fund the appointment of an executive director of AAP NYC, the Gensler Family Foundation committed an additional $500,000 in 2013. Total gifts from the Gensler family to AAP NYC exceed $1.5 million. Gensler also funded a scholarship for undergraduate architecture students in 1980, and a visiting critic program in architecture for the Ithaca campus in 1991.