Venesa Alicea-Chuqui AIA, NOMA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, a registered Architect in New York State, is wholly committed to civic architecture,
and encouraging community engagement through design practices. She is founding principal of NYVARCH Architecture, a NYC based collaborative Architectural Practice that blends her interest in Social Justice, Community Design with Sustainability and Resilience. Her interests converge in architecture, public policy and civic participation, where good design, both sustainable and socially conscious, can influence the development of buildings, communities, and neighborhoods. She is currently the New York Regional Representative to the Small Firm Exchange of the American Institute of Architecture, and on the steering team of the AIANY Planning & Urban Design committee. An alumna of the City College of New York, where she has also taught, she currently serves as president of the CCNY Architecture Alumni Group. Recently she has been an active contributor and core organizer with Design as Protest and Dark Matter University, two collectives focused on anti-racist design justice in the built environment.