03.22.12 – 03.26.12: David Rockwell, AIA, designed a dining environment for the 2012 DIFFA Dining by Design event.


A monochromatic design scheme for the table, covered in melted wax and illuminated by candles, was offset by vibrant pillows made of David Rockwell’s new Spotlight fabric collection for Jim Thompson.

Rockwell Group/Blandon Belushin

03.27.12: An opening reception was held for the exhibition “A Plague Remembered: AIDS Memorial Design Competition,” on view at the Center for Architecture through 04.11.12.


Paul Kelterborn, co-founder, AIDS Memorial Park and a project manager for Public Programs at the Municipal Art Society of New York, with Keith Fox, Chairman, AIDS Memorial Park and President, McGraw-Hill Construction; and Christopher Tepper, co-founder, AIDS Memorial Park and Director of Development and Planning at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation helped celebrate the opening of the exhibition A Plague Remembered: AIDS Memorial Park Design Competition, on view at the Center for Architecture March 27 to April 11, 2012.

Kristen Richards

03.28.12: Ten members of the AIA New York Chapter were elevated by the AIA College of Fellows. A reception was held at the Center for Architecture to honor their achievements.


Timothy Allanbrook, FAIA
Kevin Bone, FAIA
Mary A. Burke, FAIA, IIDA
Richard A. Cook, FAIA
Umberto Dindo, FAIA
Steven Holl, FAIA
Daniel John Kaplan, FAIA
Joyce S. Lee, FAIA, LEED AP
Jonathan J. Marvel, FAIA
Marion Weiss, FAIA (not pictured)

Kristen Richards

03.29.12: Storefront for Art and Architecture hosted Red/Read, the organization’s 2012 Spring Benefit, in the Woolworth Building’s lobby.

The lobby and the building’s spire were awash in red light.

Tomaz Capobianco

Honorees Bernard Tschumi, FAIA, and Barbara Kruger

Carly Otness/MACKME.COM

04.04.12: FIGMENT’s signature fundraising gala, Groundbreaking, broke records for a good time at Andy Warhol’s Factory.


Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, City of Dreams Pavilion Director and former ENYA co-chair, with FIGMENT Executive Producer David Koren.

Kristen Richards

04.04.12: As part of the Oculus Book Talk series, architecture and design critic Alexandra Lange presented her new book, Writing About Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities.


(L-R): Oculus Committee Chair Guy Geier, FAIA, FIIDA, LEED AP; Alexandra Lange; and Kirsten Sibilia, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, past Oculus Committee chair.

Kristen Richards

04.05.12: A celebration was held in Tafel Hall at the Center for Architecture to mark the 10th “ANNiversary” of ArchNewsNow.COM, a daily newsletter and webzine founded by Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA (and editor of Oculus!).


AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA (left), and AIANY President Joseph Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP, presented Richards with a Chapter Proclamation.

Tami Hausman


Fred Schwartz, FAIA, and Tracey Hummer of Frederic Schwartz Architect give a congratulatory hug to Richards.


Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA, with NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission Chair Robert Tierney.

04.07.12: Preparations were in the works for the April 4th opening of “No Longer Empty,” a multimedia installation by numerous artists, including Mel Chin, Martine Fougeron, and Esperanza Mayobre, as part of “This Side of Paradise.” Organized by Manon Slome and Naomi Herrson Ringskog at the Andrew Freedman House at 1125 Grand Concourse in the Bronx, the exhibition runs through June 5th. See for more details.

Rick Bell, FAIA