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Kramer Levin is pleased to announce that the firm will serve as lead sponsor of Archtober 2011, a month-long festival of activities, programs and exhibitions presented by The Center for Architecture, AIA New York Chapter and The Center for Architecture Foundation throughout October. 2011 is the fourth consecutive year that Kramer Levin has served as the lead sponsor for this event, formerly called Architecture Week, which celebrates architecture and design excellence in New York. The expanded festival will feature tours, lectures and exhibitions that more broadly examine the relevance of architecture and design in urban life. Kramer Levin relishes serving as lead sponsor for this annual event having long been active in obtaining land use approvals for some of the most significant architecture in the city. For example, the firm’s Land Use group recently handled approvals for Riverside Center, a three million square foot mixed-use project designed by Christian de Portzamparc; the development next door to the Museum of Modern Art of a 1,050-foot-tall building designed by architect Jean Nouvel that will be the third tallest building in Manhattan; as well as approvals for a four-story addition to 980 Madison Avenue, the former Parke-Bernet Galleries, designed by architect Lord Norman Foster. The Center for Architecture will host unique programs nearly every day in the month of October. As in years past, an exhibition of AIA members work will be on display in the West 4th Street subway station. The festival culminates in the Heritage Ball fundraiser at Chelsea Piers. “We are pleased to continue our commitment to the AIA and its partners in presenting Archtober 2011,” said Michael T. Sillerman, co-chair of Kramer Levin’s Land Use department. “We look forward to working with the many talented architects and affiliated professionals in presenting this unparalleled celebration of New York’s architectural richness.” More information about Architecture Week is available at http://archtober.org/. About the AIA New York Chapter AIA New York is the oldest and largest chapter of the American Institute of Architects, with almost 5,000 architects, allied professionals, students and public members. AIANY is dedicated to three goals: design excellence, public outreach and professional development, and towards these aims, AIANY runs the Center for Architecture, a storefront exhibition space in Greenwich Village, sponsors public programs, publishes a magazine, and works with its charitable affiliate, the Center for Architecture Foundation, to provide scholarship and educational opportunities. For more information on AIANY, please visit www.aiany.org. About the Center for Architecture The Center for Architecture is a destination for all interested in the built environment. It is home to the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture Foundation, vibrant nonprofit organizations that provide resources to both the public and building industry professionals. Through exhibitions, programs, and special events, the Center aims to improve the quality and sustainability of the built environment, foster exchange between the design, construction, and real estate communities, and encourage collaborations across the city and globe. As the city’s leading cultural institution focusing on architecture, the Center drives positive change through the power of design. For more information, please visit www.aiany.org. About the AIA New York Chapter: Founded in 1857, the AIA New York Chapter is the oldest and largest chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The Chapter's members include over 4,400 practicing architects, allied professionals, students, and public members interested in architecture and design. The AIA New York Chapter is dedicated to three goals: design excellence, public outreach, and professional development. To fulfill its mission, the Chapter sponsors an array of programs and exhibitions that explore the role of architects in housing, planning, historic preservation, and urban design among other topics.