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David Beinetti, AIA, Receives AIANYS 2020 Community Development Award



SWBR Principal and CMO David Beinetti, AIA, has been awarded the Frederic Schwartz Community Development Award by the New York State American Institute of Architects (AIANYS).

The Community Development Award recognizes projects and individuals who have had a significant and positive impact to the built environment in New York State. Throughout his over 40+ year career, Beinetti has been dedicated to positively impacting the built environment, whether it be through his impressive design portfolio or his dedication to community development and service. Tom Gears, AIA, president of SWBR said “Dave has been a leader in community impacts for his entire professional career. This is a fitting recognition of his efforts to positively impact lives”

Beinetti’s contribution to New York State’s architectural landscape extends beyond his design portfolio of high-profile projects for higher education, corporate, and industrial clients. He is a passionate advocate for sustainable design and has helped lead SWBR to embrace sustainability within its design work and culture and is a founding member of the Rochester Sustainability Collaborative. For over 20 years, Beinetti has worked to raise awareness of the importance of environmental stewardship and sustainability - with a specific focus on businesses and individuals and the decisions they make daily that affect our environment.

Beinetti is also deeply committed to making a positive impact on the community, both in the City of Rochester and throughout the State of New York. He has participated in multiple professional and community organizations during his career, providing a substantial impact on the built environment. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, and a previous Board Chair for the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation, where he worked to promote the city’s urban redevelopment. As a Board Member for the Monroe Community College Foundation, Beinetti is committed to raising scholarship money for students that otherwise might not have the opportunity to attend college. Other professional and charitable organizations he is involved with include the City of Rochester Project Review Committee, the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association Upstate NY Chapter, Design Build Institute of America Upstate NY chapter, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Refuge Rochester Refugee Resettlement Program.

Beinetti earned his Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Syracuse University and the Architectural Association, School of Architecture, London, England. Outside of his professional and community work, he is a devoted family man that enjoys coaching sports and spending time with his nine children and 20+ grandchildren. He and his wife Joan reside in Honeoye Falls.

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