The AIA New York Chapter released its list of 2007 Design Award recipients; 31 winners were selected from over 400 submissions. To see the full list of winners, click the link. Honor Awards were announced in the previous issue of e-OCULUS. Architecture Merit Award winners include: Peter L. Gluck and Partners (Affordable Housing); Steven Holl Architects (School of Art and Art History, University of Iowa); noroof architects (Slot House); and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (U.S. Census Bureau Headquarters).

Interior Architecture Merit Award Winners include: STUDIOS Architecture (Bloomberg LP Expansion Floors 17-20); Christoff:Finio Architecture (The Heckscher Foundation for Children); and Asymptote: Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture (Alessi Flagship Store New York).

Project Merit Award Winners include: Cooper Robertson & Partners (Zuccotti Park); Thomas Phifer and Partners, Office for Visual Interaction, Werner Sobek Ingenieure (City Lights); Caples Jefferson Architects (Weeksville Heritage Center); Robert Siegel Architects (United States Land Port of Entry, Calais, Maine); Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects (405 West 53rd Street); Ogawa/ Depardon Architects (Red Hook Workspace); CR Studio (Pier 62 Carousel Shed); Lyn Rice Architects (Sheila C. Johnson Design Center); Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (Park Fifth); Rogers Marvel Architects (55 Water Street Plaza, The Elevated Acre, and Battery Park City Streetscapes); and Frederic Schwartz Architects (New Orleans Shotgun LOFT Affordable Housing)…

The 2007 AIA Jury of Fellows elevated 76 members to the AIA College of Fellows, including New York based architects: Mustafa Kemal Abadan, FAIA; Roger Duffy, FAIA; Frank J. Greene, FAIA; Paul Katz, FAIA; Blake Middleton, FAIA; Margaret Rietveld, FAIA; Henry Stolzman, FAIA; Calvin Tsao, FAIA; and Adam Yarinsky, FAIA…

Winners of the 2006-2007 BOMA/NY Pinnacle Awards include: The Lincoln Building (Historical Building); Ted Weiss Federal Office Building (Government Building and Earth Award); and Hearst Headquarters (New Construction)…

Ted Moudis Associates received the IFMA award for Excellence in Design/Construction of a New Facility for their office space at 79 Madison Avenue… School of Visual Arts appointed Jane Smith, AIA, founder and managing principal of Spacesmith, as the chair of the BFA Interior Design Department… Gensler recently announced the promotion of 21 new Principals of the firm, four of whom are New York-based: Lance Boge, Rocco Giannetti, AIA, Thomas Lanzelotti, AIA, and Keith Rosen, AIA, IIDA…

Courtesy James Fischer

The Swiss Delegation visits the Center for Architecture. (l-r): Cathy Daskalakis – co-chair of the AIANY Education Committee; Gabriela Eigensatz – Cultural Attaché, The Consulate General of Switzerland in New York; Charles Kleiber – Swiss State Secretary for Education and Research; Gérard Escher – Assistant Director, Head of Analyses and Forecasts Division; James Fischer – chair of the AIANY International Committee.

Courtesy James Fischer


The talking heads of AIANY: Cynthia Kracauer, AIA, LEED AP, AIANY Managing Director, with Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY Executive Director at the Resonating Frequencies event at the Center for Architecture.

Steve Friedman

Swig Equities celebrated its latest project, The Exchange at 25 Broad Street. Kent Swig, President, is pictured above with wife, Liz.

Steve Friedman

Steve Friedman

(l-r): Real Estate Agent Frank Arfmann of Brown Harris Stevens, Kent Swig, and MacRae Parker, Jr., Senior Vice President and Managing Director at Brown Harris Stevens at the Swig Equities event.

Steve Friedman

Oculus 2007 Editorial Calendar
if you have ideas, projects, opinions – or perhaps a burning desire to write about a topic below – we’d like to hear from you! Deadlines for submitting suggestions are indicated; projects/topics may be anywhere, but architects must be New York-based. Send suggestions to Kristen Richards.
06.01.07 Fall 2007: Collaboration
09.07.07 Winter 2007-08: Power & Patronage

03.21.07 Submission: Teetonic’s Six Cities Design Festival T-shirt Design Competition
Six cities in Scotland – Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, and Stirling – will host the country’s first nationwide international design festival 05.17-06.03.07 to promote and celebrate Scottish design. Designers Wayne Hemingway, Stefan Sagmeister, Timorous Beasties, Zandra Rhodes, and D8 are designing t-shirts for the festival. The competition, hosted by Teetonic, seeks a sixth design encompassing the festival’s theme: Design is Everywhere. The public will vote for its favorite and the winner will receive a “goodie bag” containing, among other prizes, two tickets for the opening of the Scottish Show in May 2007 at The Lighthouse, Scotland’s national center for architecture and design.

03.30.07 Call for Presentations: 2007 AIA NYS Convention
Inspired by the 150th Anniversary of the AIA, the theme of the 2007 AIA New York State Convention (10.04.07 – 10.06.07) will be The Past as Prologue. Proposals are being accepted for seminar topics that address this theme – or better yet, take it to the next level – to educate design professionals.

04.01.07 and 04.15.07 Submission: The Frederick P. Rose Architectural Fellowship
Administered by Enterprise Community Partners, a national affordable housing non-profit, and directed by former Rose Fellow Katie Swenson, the Rose Fellowship seeks to increase the quality and quantity of affordable housing and improve the quality of life within communities. Fellows live where they work forging community ties, developing leadership skills, and expanding the capacity of their local host organization helping local leaders plan, finance, design, and manage major construction projects. The 2007 Rose Fellowships will take place in Bronx, NY; New Orleans, LA; Woodburn, OR; and Southwestern Minnesota.

Gallery Hours
Monday–Friday: 9:00am–8:00pm, Saturday: 11:00am–5:00pm, Sunday: CLOSED

Falletsche School, Zurich-Leimbach, Switzerland

Related Events

Thursday, February 1, 2007, 6:00 — 8:00pm

Saturday, February 3, 2007, 1:00pm — 5:00pm
A new architecture for a new education

CES credits available

Wednesday, February 7, 2007, 4:30 — 6:30pm
Educator’s Open House

Saturday, February 10, 2007, 1:00 — 4:00pm
FamilyDay@theCenter: Schools of the Future

January 15 - March 24, 2007

School Buildings – The State of Affairs

Gallery: Kohn Pederson Fox Gallery, HLW Gallery, South Gallery

Today’s educators require flexible spaces that can satisfy multiple functions and future demands and they are in need of spaces that enhance modern teaching as well as a student’s personal development. Communities request to share facilities and services, and changing social patterns require new services at schools. In response, architects design schools that feel, look and function differently, having become learning and community centers. It’s a new architecture for a new education. This exhibition illustrates this process and the schools that have been built in the course of it. It contains 31 examples of recently built or designed schools from Zurich Switzerland along with examples from Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, and Austria. It facilitates a dialog among educators, architects, and the community, strikingly similar to the efforts than have been made in New York over the past few years. It will make for an interesting and fruitful dialog. Click here to see a complete list of all schools showcased in the exhibition.

The current exhibition is organized by:

AIA New York Chapter Committee on Architecture for Education, Umberto Dindo, AIA, Chairman ETH Zurich / Center
for Cultural Studies in Architecture (CCSA), Martin Schneider, scientific associate, dipl. arch. ETH Zurich

The exhibition is a site-specific presentation of a traveling exhibition originally organized by: ETH Zurich / Center for Cultural Studies in Architecture (CCSA), City of Zurich Building Authority, School and Sport Authority, and the Zurich University of Teacher Education.

Exhibition Underwriters:
Credit Suisse, City of Zurich, ETH Zurich, Department of Architecture

Credit Suisse

City of Zurich

ETH Zurich

South Bronx Charter School for the Arts, Hunts Point, NY, Weisz + Yoes Studio
Albert Vecerka/Esto

January 16 — March 17, 2007

Schools of the Future — US Case Studies

Gallery: Library

What is the relationship between pedagogical visions and spaces for children? This question is pivotal to understanding good school architecture. Currently there is widespread emphasis on innovative approaches to education that reflect a more personalized conception of learning than prevailed during the 20th century. This exhibition presents a selection of significant school designs from across the US.

Organized by:Ria Stein, Berlin; Texts by Mark Dudek, London; Design by Oliver Kleinschmidt, Berlin

The exhibition is based on the book Schools and Kindergartens — A Design Manual by Mark Dudek, published by Birkhauser Verlag AG

Exhibition sponsored by:
Skidmore, Owings and Merrill

Jason Bruges Studio

Related Events

Friday, January 12, 2007
Opening Party
Talk with designer Jason Bruges, 5:30 — 6:30pm
Party, 6:30 — 10:00pm

Wednesday, January 17, 2007, 5:30 — 8:00pm
A new architecture for a new education

CES credits available

Saturday, March 10, 2007, 1:00 — 4:00pm
Shadow Play — Family Day @ the Center

January 12 — March 10, 2007

Visual Echo

Gallery: Gerald D. Hines Gallery

This interactive light installation acts as a meandering ribbon of light by remembering the colors visitors wear. While also recording the rhythm and frequency of visitors, the ribbon transforms the viewer’s perception of space. Using cutting edge LED tiles, this work by Jason Bruges Studio demonstrates exciting new potentials and questions how light, space and color can interrelate in architectural space.

Organized by: The AIA New York Chapter in partnership with the Illuminating
Engineering Society, New York Section (IESNY), the International Committee
AIA New York Chapter, and the Royal Society of the Arts

Exhibition Underwriters:
Color Kinetics, SKYY 90




*Opening Party
presented as part
of the SKYY90
Diamond Design Series

Exhibition Announcement

Grimshaw Architects, courtesy Queens Museum of Art

The interior of the Queens Museum of Art expansion.

Grimshaw Architects, courtesy Queens Museum of Art

03.11.07 through 05.27.07
Macro to Micro: Grimshaw in New York

This exhibition presents the body of projects completed by Grimshaw Architects in the past 25 years featuring the newest work being produced by Grimshaw’s New York office. Plans for the Queens Museum of Art expansion, the Experimental Media & Performing Arts Center in Troy, NY, and the Fulton Street Transit Center in Manhattan as well as an array of new street furniture for NYC – bus shelters, public restrooms and newsstands – are on display. The multi-media exploration incorporates building elements, drawings, video, photographs, models, and computer generated graphics.

Queens Museum of Art New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park

03.14.07 through 03.16.07
Immersive Lightscapes: 2007 IESNY Student Competition and Exhibition

Highlighting the winners of the 2007 Illuminating Engineering Society, NY Section (IESNY) student design competition, this exhibition explores light as an artistic medium. The competition challenged college students to design a three-dimensional study of how light can create an immersive sensory experience. The exhibition’s opening will feature a cocktail reception, exhibition keynotes, and awards presentation.

Lotus Space, 122 West 26th Street

Courtesy LMCC

Fitting Room

Courtesy LMCC

03.17.07, 03.21-03.24.07, 03.29.07
Fitting Room

Berlin-based collective après-nous presents a performance and social sculpture, situated in a former clothing store in Lower Manhattan. From discarded cardboard gathered from the street, après-nous creates “urban furniture” as take-away objects for visitors.

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Art Space, 125 Maiden Lane, 2nd Floor