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Albert Paley made his name initially as an art jeweler in New York. In 1969 he moved to Rochester, New York to teach at the Rochester Institute. With the recognition he earned from the Renwick Gallery, Portal Gates, for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, 1974, he switched to metal sculpture and decorative arts. Since 1974 Paley has completed over 50 major corporate and civic commissions. In 1995 he was awarded the AIA (American Institute of Architects) coveted Institute Honors Award for his integration of art and architecture.