Terrence E. O’Neal, AIA, 2006 President of AIANYS, accepted on behalf of AIANYS the Component Excellence Outstanding Single Program Award for Government Affairs from AIA National for last year’s Spring Symposium: “One New York State: Urban Policy and Regional Design”…

The James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation has awarded two mid-career research grant awards: the Kress Mid-Career Grant, for John Matteo‘s proposal, Preservation Engineering — A New Curriculum, and a Fitch Research Grant in memory of late Trustee, Richard Blinder, for Samuel Gruber‘s study, Saving American Synagogues: Preservation materials pertaining to the history, architecture and religious significance of older American synagogues

The AIA announced the 2007 COTE Top Ten Green Projects, including New York firms Steven Holl Architects (Whitney Water Purification Facility, New Haven, CT); and Croxton Collaborative Architects (Willingboro Master Plan & Public Library, Willingboro, NJ). Honorable mention winners included Polshek Partnership Architects (William J. Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock, AR); and Kiss + Cathcart Architects (Stillwell Avenue Terminal Train Shed, NY, NY)…

The 2007 AIA Housing Awards were recently announced. The only NY-based project to win an award is the House at the Shawangunks, New Paltz, NY, by PA-based Bohlin Cywinski Jackson…

This year’s Community Planner Awards celebrate active community residents. Elizabeth Yeampierre, executive director of the United Puerto Rican Organization of Sunset Park, advocate for the city’s environmental justice movement, and community-planning activist, was honored with the second annual Yolanda Garcia Community Planner Award. A lifetime achievement award was presented to community board veteran Wilma Maynard of Bedford Stuyvesant. Certificates of honorable mention were given to Damaris Reyes of the Lower East Side, Harry Bubbins of Mott Haven, and Laura Hoffman of Greenpoint…

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill is the 2007 International Architecture Award winner for Bridging the Rift on the Israel/Jordan border…

Nancy Aber Goshow, AIA, Managing Principal of Goshow Architects, has been appointed the North Eastern Regional Director of Women Construction Owners and Executives, a national advocacy group…

Polshek Partnership Architects founder James Stewart Polshek, FAIA, has assumed a new role in the firm as Senior Design Counsel and has, consequently, given up his partnership interest…

The National Endowment for the Arts is now accepting applications for a new Design Director to replace Jeff Speck, who is stepping down in May. The vacancy announcement can be found on the agency’s website

SMPS-NY 11th Annual Honor Awardees

04.26.07: Celebrating the SMPS-NY 11th Annual Honor Awardees (l-r): Scholarship: Mary Li, Baruch College Junior, Marketing major, Graphic Design minor; Marketing Champion: Guy Geier, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP, Principal, FXFowle Architects; Public Sector: Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY Executive Director; Media: Tom Stabile, Editor-in-Chief, New York Construction Magazine; Special Industry Award: Scott Lauer, Founder, Board President, openhousenewyork (OHNY); Marketing Mentor: Richard Staub, President, Richard Staub Marketing Services, Oculus contributing editor; Marketing Achievement: Susan Steinberg, Senior Marketing/Business Development Manager, Langan Engineering & Environmental Services (not present).

Kristen Richards

White Horse Tavern gathering

04.25.07: A gathering at the White Horse Tavern in memory of Jane Jacobs on the anniversary of her passing (l-r): Alex Washburn, AIA, newly appointed NYC Chief Urban Designer; organizer Lisa Chamberlain, architecture and real estate journalist; Darren Walker, VP, Rockefeller Foundation (which will award the Foundation’s inaugural Jane Jacobs Medal in June); and organizer Shin-pei Tsay, Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects.

Kristen Richards

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

5.18.07 Submission: Architect Magazine R+D Awards
New technologies are revolutionizing architecture processes. The R+D awards honor innovative materials and systems at every scale — from HVAC and structural systems, to curtain-wall and ceiling-panel assemblies, to discrete building materials such as wood composites and textiles.

06.01.07 Submission: Schedium
The AIA NY Chapter’s Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) invites drawing portfolio submissions as part of its new program, Schedium, intended to celebrate the drawing abilities of emerging architects. Artists selected from the portfolio competition may be asked to participate in a live drawing series. International practitioners are welcome. Eligibility is limited to those with an architecture degree or international equivalent, who have received an architecture degree after 01.01.91 or received their architectural license after 01.01.97, whichever is less restrictive. Four winners will receive a $1,000 stipend plus additional benefits.

06.01.07 Submission: Best Firm to Work For
The 2007 Best Firm to Work For Summit (October 4-5, 2007) recognizes the top architecture (and engineering firms in a separate category) based on the results of employee surveys. In addition to an awards reception, the two-day event will focus on Best Practices in AEC Firm Management, Hiring and Retention Strategies, The Physical and the Cultural Environment of the Workplace, Employee Compensation and Benefits, and The Organizational Structure of the Firm.

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

Join an Architalker for a Hosted Tour of Center for Architecture

Join us for free Architalker-hosted tours of the Center for Architecture exhibitions Fridays at 4:00pm. To join one of these tours, meet in the Public Resource Area on the ground floor of the Center for Architecture.


April 9-July 7, 2007

2007 AIA New York Chapter Design Awards

Galleries: Kohn Pedersen Fox Gallery, HLW Gallery, South Gallery, Edgar A. Tafel Hall

A showcase of the 2007 award-winning projects in three categories-Architecture, Interiors, and Projects. Selected from hundreds of international, national and local submissions, these projects spotlight the extraordinary achievements in architectural design excellence happening in New York City and around the world.

Exhibition and Graphic Design: Graham Hanson Design

Organized by: AIA New York Chapter and the AIA New York Chapter Design Awards Committee

Benefactor: DIRTT,
Oldcastle Glass




Microsol Resources,
F.J. Sciame Construction,
Laticrete International,



Microsol Resources


Laticrete International


Lead Sponsor: Certified of New York, Inc., Columbia, KI, Langan, Mancini Duffy, Richter + Ratner, Syska & Hennessy

Cert Columbia KI Langan
Mancini Duffy Richter + Ratner Syska & Hennessy  

Atkinson Koven Feinberg; Bauerschmidt & Sons, Inc.; Bentley Prince Street; Beyer Blinder Belle: Architects and Planners; Cosentini Associates; Costas Kondylis & Partners; Forest City Ratner Companies; FXFOWLE ARCHITECTS; Gensler; Gilsanz Murray Steficek; Haworth; Hopkins Foodservice Specialists, Inc.; The I. Grace Company, Inc.; Ingram, Yuzek, Gainen, Caroll & Bertolotti; Lutron; Mechoshade Systems; New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies: The Real Estate Institute; Perkins + Will; Peter Marino Architect; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Steelcase, Inc.; Studio Daniel Libeskind; Swanke Hayden Connell Architects; Thornton-Tomasetti Group; Turner Construction

April 12–June 23, 2007

NY 150+: A Timeline
Ideas, Civic Institutions, and Futures

Galleries: Gerald D. Hines Gallery

AIA 150 Logo

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the American Institute of Architects in New York City, the AIA New York Chapter will feature an exhibition charting the transformation of the city and the profession from 1857 through the present and into the future. Genetic lines tracing the founding of the institute will intersect with various democratic and social movements and the architecture of New York’s civic structures.

Curator: Diane Lewis

Organized by: Organized by the AIA New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture Foundation

Exhibition Underwriters:

*opening presented by Ibex

The exhibition is supported in part by an Arnold W. Brunner grant from the AIA New York Chapter

Additional support is provided by: Peter Schubert, AIA; FXFOWLE ARCHITECTS

March 22 to June 16, 2007

New Housing New York

Galleries: Street Gallery, Public Resource Center, Judith and Walter Hunt Gallery, Mezzanine Gallery

Winning proposal
Phipps Rose Dattner Grimshaw

Related Events

Wednesday, May 16, 2007, 6:00 – 8:00pm, CES 1.5, HSW
NHNY: Best Practices for Affordable Sustainable Housing –
What worked, what didn’t?

Making Green Design More Accessible

Power House illuminates the people, projects, and public policies that fuel the affordable housing landscape in New York City.

As New York City’s first juried design competition for affordable, sustainable housing, the New Housing New York Legacy Project (NHNY) is generating creative, replicable approaches to urban development. The exhibition focuses on the NHNY competition and sets it within the context of the city’s efforts to preserve and development sustainable, financially viable residences for low- and middle-income New Yorkers. The show’s emphasis is on the future of housing in the city, as represented by the competition winner, Phipps Rose Dattner Grimshaw (Phipps Houses / Jonathan Rose Companies / Dattner Architects / Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners), the four finalists, and the development mechanisms put in place by Mayor Bloomberg’s 10-year New Housing Marketplace initiative and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

Building on the 2004 New Housing New York Ideas Competition, the 2006 two-stage contest will result in construction of the winning design on a 40,000 square-foot Bronx site, which is valued at $4.3 million and was donated by The City of New York.

For the full list of finalists click here

Curator: Abby Bussel
Exhibition and Graphic Design: Casey Maher

Organized by: AIA New York Chapter,
New Housing New York Steering Committee and the
City of New York Department of Housing Preservation and Development with the additional support of the Center for Architecture Foundation and the AIA New York Chapter Housing Committee

Exhibition Underwriters:

Exhibition Patron:

For more information on the New Housing New York Legacy Project click here

NHNY is a partnership between the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter, the City of New York Department of Housing Preservation and Development, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Additional support is provided by the Center for Architecture Foundation, and City University of New York.

The NHNY Legacy Project is sponsored by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the National Endowment for the Arts, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., an AIA National Blueprint Grant, JP Morgan Chase, and Citibank.

March 22 — June 2, 2007

Making Housing Home

Photographs with residents of New York City housing developments

Galleries: Library

Norma’s House
Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani

This photographic exhibition explores how people inhabit housing to create homes in two of New York City’s affordable housing developments, each of which were developed to provide good homes for all. Because units of housing are in essence homes for families, this project takes an interior look at what architecture can allow and support, to afford the crucial process of making space for oneself within designed spaces and housing markets. If social housing reflects the social covenant of our society, what is it to which every citizen is entitled? What does it take for a life to flourish and can a building help or hinder this process? What becomes of designed spaces once they are inhabited?

An Installation by Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani

Exhibition underwriters: Related Apartment Preservation, 42nd Street Development Corporation, Barbara Stanton

Organized with: Center for Human Environments, Housing Environments Research Group, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Exhibition Announcements

Burj Dubai

SOM’s Burj Dubai.

Courtesy Skyscraper Museum

Through 8.07
World’s Tallest Building: Burj Dubai

This exhibition places Burj Dubai in both the historical context of the competition for the world’s tallest building and in the contemporary arena of Dubai’s explosive growth. A collective effort of 90 designers in the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill with a team of consultants, the design and construction of the tower is the focus. Architectural models, drawings and computer animations, wind-tunnel models, construction photographs and videos, animations of elevators and façade machinery, and a section of the curtain-wall, among other items are on view.

The Skyscraper Museum
39 Battery Place NYC

Student natatorium proposal

Student proposal for a community natatorium in Nicosia, Cyprus.

Karen Kuo and Glen Ho, courtesy Pratt Institute

05.07.07 through 05.18.07
Pratt Institute at Cyprus House

Pratt Institute graduate students in architecture will exhibit a variety of proposals for a new community natatorium (narrow valley) in Nicosia, capital of the Republic of Cyprus — the last divided capital in Europe. Architectural models, drawings, and computer simulations illustrating the students’ proposals will be on display with historical research and site documentation obtained by the students during the conceptual phase of their designs. The 10 students were directed in their studies by Pratt Professor Theoharis David, FAIA.

Cyprus House, Consulate of The Republic of Cyprus
13 East 40th Street, NYC