Washington, DC—Ava J. Abramowitz, Esq., Hon. AIA, of Washington, DC, was elected Public Member Director of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) at its 89th Annual Meeting and Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, last month. Abramowitz is the first public member elected to the Council’s Board of Directors with full voting rights. At last year’s Annual Meeting, NCARB Member Boards voted to add a Public Member Director and a Member Board Executive Director to the Board of Directors to provide the Board with additional insight and a fresh perspective when making critical decisions.
Abramowitz, the former deputy general counsel of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), is the author of The Architect’s Essentials of Contract Negotiation (John Wiley & Sons 2002). She was an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia and teaches negotiations at the George Washington University Law School and the Catholic University School of Architecture and Planning. Since the late 1980s, Abramowitz has served as a mediator for the federal courts, where she uses her negotiating skills to mediate a diverse assortment of international and domestic civil cases.
Abramowitz is a senior fellow of the Design Futures Council and a founding fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers. She served on the Governing Committee of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Construction Industry, and is the 2008 recipient of the Cornerstone Award, the highest award for service given by the Forum.
A graduate of Brandeis University and the George Washington University National Law Center, Abramowitz has served on the board of directors of the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.