In this issue:
·Timeline Preserves American Women of Architecture
·Foundation Teaches Teachers How to Look at Architecture
·Passing: David Mandl, AIA
·NYC Housing Authority Lights Way in Brooklyn
·DOB Recruits Team to Monitor Construction
·OHNY Weekend 2007 Needs You
·Book Draws Line Between Computers and Pencils
·DVDs Highlight Trends in Senior Housing

Timeline Preserves American Women of Architecture
The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation has launched the American Women of Architecture — Timeline and interactive archive. The foundation’s mission is to expand knowledge and recognition of women’s contributions to architecture broadly defined to include landscape design, interior design, and urban design. The timeline is the first stage of an overall attempt to celebrate the names, biographies, and work of women who have contributed to the development of American architecture in the 20th century.

This is an open, collaborative effort. Once users register, they are able to add or edit data about a particular individual, or submit entries to a general bibliography on women in architecture. To participate click the link.

Foundation Teaches Teachers How to Look at Architecture

LIC Summer Session

A participant investigates an historic map of SoHo.

Tim Hayduk

The Center for Architecture Foundation was host to Lincoln Center Institute’s (LCI) Summer Session workshop, Architecture: Faces of Urban Change. On July 19, 10 teachers gathered at the Center for Architecture to learn about using architecture as a way of exploring Aesthetic Education methodology.

Maggie Reilly, the LCI Education Partner helped develop a workshop using University Village (Silver Towers), designed by I.M. Pei, FAIA (1996), as the focus of the day-long study. Through the introduction to the concept of figure/ground, participants were asked to sculpt building massings out of modeling clay. From this, they were able to explore how the nearly identical towers were grouped to maximize views, and how they relate to Bleecker Street and La Guardia Place while intentionally turning their back to West Houston Street. With the close inspection of Pei’s refined use of concrete and attention to detail, participants also discovered the careful site planning that maintains the street grid through pedestrian rights of way, a complex procession from the public realm to private space. Many had walked by the buildings “thousands of times” without realizing the merits of the complex’s design.

The investigation led to inquiries about why the buildings of University Village were built at their particular location. Participants researched the historical context of the site by analyzing maps, photographs, and books. A walking tour of the South Village helped answer many questions relating to the growth and decline of the neighborhood, the impact of urban renewal, and the role Robert Moses had in shaping this diverse urban landscape.

Passing: David Mandl, AIA
It is with deep sorrow that Meltzer/Mandl Architects shares the loss of David Mandl, AIA. After a near two-year fight with pancreatic cancer, Mandl passed away on August 4. As a skilled negotiator, he challenged colleagues to dig deeper and to fortify the substance of their designs, arguments, and reasoning. Those who knew him observed that Mandl had a unique sense of humor, razor-sharp intellect, close attention to detail, and the ability to command a room with his knowledge. Above all, Mandl had the special ability to encourage and inspire as a mentor.

Mandl was a pioneer in the field of adaptive re-use. Through his hard work, historic and other types of buildings that had been neglected or misused received new life and were given a new role in the fabric of the city. Mandl was versed in the complex matrix of NYC Department of Buildings’ (DOB) regulatory processes. At 45 Wall Street, Mandl and partner Marvin Meltzer, AIA, were the first architects to convert a downtown office building to a residence employing “Professional Certification,” a flagship DOB design review process. As a member of the NYC Model Building Code Program, Mandl’s knowledge was used to assess the impact of integrating higher standards of safety for residential buildings throughout the city.

A memorial service will be held in early October. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his honor to: The Pratt Institute — School of Architecture (210 Willoughby St., Suite 219, Brooklyn, NY 11205) where a future scholarship will be established in his name.

NYC Housing Authority Lights Way in Brooklyn
Saving money and electricity while reducing the amount of carbon dioxide released into the air is as easy as substituting one light bulb for another. The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is doing just that with a new pilot program recently launched at Boulevard and Linden Houses in the New Lots section of Brooklyn. As part of the Con Edison Electricity Demand Reduction Program, 12,000 standard light bulbs in the developments’ apartments, stairwells, and stairways are being replaced with Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs). The new bulbs will cost NYCHA almost nothing — Con Ed is subsidizing the program. More to the point, they will reduce the demand for electricity during the hottest summer months, when the need for electricity is greatest.

Eventually, the program will expand to cover 75 developments in the borough. When that happens, NYCHA will be responsible for reducing the amount of electricity used by an estimated 15,700,000 kilowatt-hours per year, according to Public Energy Solutions Vice-President Jay Roemer. The Linden/Boulevard project alone will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 366,000 pounds a year.

Note: The program may seem progressive, but read or re-read Linda G. Miller’s article, “How Many Scientists Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb? Read On” in this issue.

DOB Recruits Team to Monitor Construction
NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) Commissioner Patricia J. Lancaster, FAIA, plans to recruit 67 new employees to serve on special operations teams and supplement existing units charged with raising the bar for construction safety standards citywide. Using multi-disciplinary enforcement tactics to stop repeat offenders and abuses of construction site regulations, the new special operations teams and staff expand the DOB’s enforcement presence in the field, enhance the quality of its services, and crack down on builders who flout the law. The DOB is now accepting applications from those interested in joining the agency as an architect, engineer, inspector, lawyer, analyst, or investigator, and working to carry out the DOB’s Special Enforcement Plan. To learn more about the positions, log onto the DOB website and follow the link to “Career Opportunities.”

OHNY Weekend 2007 Needs You
This year marks the fifth annual openhousenewyork (OHNY) weekend, presented by Target, an event that opens doors city-wide to buildings, memorials, and landmarks. Volunteers are needed to assist site and program coordinators and help facilitate the weekend. They must be at least 18-years-old and attend one two-hour training session. For more information about OHNY, visit the website. Contact Audrey to volunteer. If you are interested in opening a site to the public for the weekend, which will take place October 6 and 7, contact Jessica to be included in the online program guide.

Book Draws Line Between Computers and Pencils
Cinemetrics: Architecture Drawing Today, by Brian McGrath, associate professor, and Jean Gardner, senior faculty, Parsons The New School for Design, is the first guidebook for computer-generated architectural drawing based on understanding how digital drawing fundamentally differs from mechanical drawing.

Cinemetrics assumes digital imaging technologies are the everyday experience of today’s media-saturated public. Architectural drawing is reconceived as a multi-dimensional informational system. The book is a basic text for multiple disciplines, including digital drawing courses at all levels; architectural, interior, landscape and urban design studios; architectural history and theory classes; foundation courses in art, design, and architecture; and film and media studies. For more information on Cinemetrics click the link.

DVDs Highlight Trends in Senior Housing
A series of educational DVDs on new trends in nursing homes/retirement villages aimed at architects, designers, investors, industry executives, town planers, and government officials is now available. The series highlights the best designs and buildings from more than 20 countries in the following categories: Nursing Homes; Design for Assisted Living, World’s Best Practice; Dementia/Memory Support; Continuous Care Retirement Communities; Retirement Villages; Active Adult Communities; and Rental/Serviced Apartments for Seniors. For more information or to order, please click here.

Stay Tuned..

The Staten Island Ferry will be transformed into a floating radio station for eight days in September by the artist duo neuroTransmitter. A public art project, live on-air activity will include experimental sound performances and lectures by experts in the fields of marine biology, geography, radio, and sound art. NYC listeners will be able to pick up the air waves on WSIA 88.9FM, and international audiences can tune in via the FM Ferry website. Programs will be transmitted September 14-15, 20-22, and 27-29. How’s that for energizing the waterways?

The Preservation League of New York State announced the 2007 Excellence in Historic Preservation Award Recipients: Tsao & McKown‘s River Lofts condominium project (Excellence in Historic Preservation); Robert A.M. Stern‘s Excellence Charter School (Project Excellence); and the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (organizational excellence)…

The fifth annual ARCHI-TECH AV Award winners include the Hearst Tower (architect: Foster + Partners, architect-of-record: Adamson Associates, interior architecture: Gensler) for Best Project Over $1 Million; and the New York City Office of Emergency Management (architect: Swanke Hayden Connell Architects, multimedia, telecommunications, acoustics, data consultant: Shen Milsom & Wilke)… The League of Historic American Theatres presented its 2007 Outstanding Individual Contribution Award to Craig Morrison, AIA

The Landmarks Preservation Commission announced that the City Council approved the appointment of Roberta Washington, FAIA, as a new Commissioner, and the reappointment of Chair Robert B. Tierney to a second term… Mohsen Mostafavi, dean of Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning, will become dean of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University…

Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners announced that Elizabeth R. Leber, AIA, has been promoted to Partner…WB Engineers | Consultants has appointed Constantine Siversky as a business development associate… Jenine Lepera Izzi has joined Kenneth Park Architects as the Director of Business Development for Corporate Architecture & Interiors… Sarah Natkins has joined Material ConneXion Inc. and Culture and Commerce Inc. as Director of Marketing and Communications…

9.14.07 Submission: OUTRAGE!
NYC streets are littered with poorly maintained and decrepit newsracks. The Municipal Art Society invites you to submit photographs of the dirtiest, most unkempt, most repulsive newsracks in the city to help persuade elected officials to commit to repairing and maintaining them. Multiple photograph entries are welcome (amusing caption optional). Newsracks that are also illegally placed (within 15 feet of a fire-hydrant, in a bus-stop, within 5 feet of a corner area, etc.) will be given special consideration. The winner will be rewarded with a $100 gift certificate for Urban Center Books.

9.14.07 Submission: P/A Awards
The P/A Awards recognizes unbuilt projects demonstrating overall design excellence and innovation. All entries must be commissioned by paying clients for execution. Judging will take place in October 2007. Winners will be notified in November 2007, honored at a celebration in NY in January 2008, and published in the January 2008 issue of ARCHITECT. Architects and other design professionals practicing in the U.S., Canada, or Mexico may enter one or more submissions. Proposals may be for any location, but work must have been directed — and substantially executed — in offices in any one of those three countries.

9.15.07 Submission: Richard Blinder Award
The Richard Blinder Award, an award to honor the life and work of Beyer Blinder Belle Architects and Planners founding partner Richard Blinder, FAIA, will be presented bi-annually by the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation. The award will go to the best proposal exploring the preservation of an existing structure, complex of buildings, or genre of building type through addition, renovation, or other means for use for a cultural purpose. The subject of the submission may be a real project or a polemical exercise. The proposal must demonstrate that it fosters architectural preservation in the U.S. The award will not exceed $15,000. It will be granted to an architect holding a professional degree or a valid license to practice architecture. Grants are awarded only to individuals, not organizations or university-sponsored research projects.

9.25.07 Call for Nominations: 2008 YAF Advisory Committee
The National AIA Young Architects Forum (YAF) Advisory Committee (AdCom) is seeking to fill five positions for 2008. The committee provides multiple opportunities for leadership development, networking, funded travel, not to mention a vehicle for supporting and encouraging young architects nationwide. Nominees must be young architects (licensed within the last 10 years) for at least the first year of their term. The committee will make the selection for vice-chair, communications adviser, events adviser, public relations adviser, and regional liaison adviser in early October.

9.30.07 Call for Papers: Preserving New York — Then and Now
The New York Preservation Archive Project is calling for papers for a one-day symposium, titled Preserving New York — Then and Now, to be held on Saturday, February 16, 2008, at the Museum of the City of New York. The symposium will focus on issues that have inspired and shaped the preservation movement in NYC for nearly 100 years. Papers will be presented in panels, followed by a question and answer period. Proposals are encouraged that examine a range of topics, including, but not limited to: the role of the civic sector, individual preservationists, professionalism in preservation, the role of the media, aesthetic regulation vs. historical commemoration, and preservation advocacy and outreach efforts.

11.01.07 Call for Proposals: Milka Bliznakov Prize
Virginia Tech’s International Archive for Women in Architecture (IAWA), a departmental research and outreach center in the School of Architecture + Design, College of Architecture and Urban Studies, invites architects, scholars, and researchers to honor IAWA founder Milka Bliznakov through their research on women in architecture and related design fields. This annual prize of $1,000 is awarded following a two-stage process. The prize will be awarded to the completed project that best demonstrates an important advancement to the recognition of women’s contributions to architecture and the related design fields while encouraging the use and growth of the IAWA.

11.09.07 Competition: 2008 Pillars of the Industry Awards
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Multifamily is now accepting entries for the 2008 Pillars of the Industry Awards for multifamily housing. The annual awards honor recipients in more than 30 categories representing all facets of the multifamily housing industry. Since 1990 the awards have honored superior achievement in apartment and condominium design, development, marketing, and management. Winners will be recognized at an awards gala held in conjunction with NAHB’s Pillars of the Industry Conference, held on April 2, 2008, at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, CO. Applications will be accepted until Nov. 9; entry binders are due Dec. 7.

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.

The Center for Architecture will be hosting FringeNYC 2007 from Friday, August 10 to Sunday, August 26. Exhibitions located in the Mezzanine, Judith and Walter Hunt, KPF, HLW, South Galleries and Tafel Hall will have limited viewing hours. The exhibitions will be open for viewing during the following times:

8/21, 9am to 12pm
8/22, 9am to 12pm
8/23, 9am to 8pm
8/24, 9am to 12pm
8/25, 11am to 12pm

For more information on FringeNYC, please visit


August 23 — October 27, 2007

New Practices London

Galleries: Judith and Walter Hunt Gallery, Mezzanine Gallery

The Future of the Architecture Profession in London. The exhibition features young firms whose work shows invention and promise. New Practices London is organized by the AIA New York Chapter’s Center for Architecture in collaboration with The Architecture Foundation in London.

6a Architects
Carmody Groarke
Ullmayer Sylvester Architects
Witherford Watson Mann Architects

Exhibition Design:
Gage/Clemenceau Architects

Organized by:
AIA New York Chapter in collaboration with The Architecture Foundation in London.

Related Programming Organized by:
Center for Architecture in collaboration with the AIA New York Chapter’s New Practices Committee and the AIA New York Chapter’s International Committee and the Center for Architecture Foundation

Media Partners: The Architect’s Newspaper

Related Events

Wednesday, August 22, 2007
New Practices London and New York: Milieus and Methods

Thursday, August 23, 2007, 6:00 — 9:00pm
Exhibition Opening Party

Saturday, September 15, 2007, 1:00 — 4:00pm

FamilyDay@TheCenter: Design Your Own Exhibition
Organized by the Center for Architecture Foundation

Tuesday, October 16, 2007, 6:00 — 9:00pm
New Practices London Symposium

Super-Model Lecture Series
AIA New York Chapter’s New Practices Roundtable presents an exploration of innovative models of architectural and design practice.

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007, 6:00 — 8:00pm
MEDI_20—100, Medium Size Firms Compare

Tuesday November 6, 2007, 6:00 — 8:00pm
MINI_1-20, small firms means & methods

Thursday, December 6, 2007, 6:00 — 8:00pm
Exfoliation- RE-GENERATION

Exhibition Underwriter:

*Opening presented as part of the SKYY90 Diamond Design Series


OS Fabrication & Design, The Conran Shop

Fountainhead Construction
MG & Company
Microsol Resources
Structural Enterprises

Barefoot Wines
Cosentini Associates
Delta Faucet Company
Perkins Eastman & Partners

July 23 — September 1, 2007

Art Commission Awards for Excellence in Design

Galleries: Street Gallery, Public Resource Center, Gerald D Hines Gallery

This exhibition showcases the winners of the Art Commission’s 25th annual Awards for Excellence in Design. The 10 award-winning projects were selected by the members of the Art Commission from the hundreds of public art, architecture and landscape architecture projects reviewed during 2006.

Established in 1898, the Art Commission is New York City ’s design review agency; it is composed of 11 members, including an architect, landscape architect, painter and sculptor as well as representatives of the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York Public Library.

Organized by:
the AIA New York Chapter and the Art Commission of the City of New York

Design: Pentagram

Exhibition Patron:

Exhibition support provided in part by the George Lewis Fund

July 19 – October 19, 2007

arch schools: r(each)ing out

Galleries: Kohn Pedersen Fox Gallery, HLW Gallery, South Gallery

Last September, leading New York area architecture schools participated in an exhibition that set out to foster a closer connection between the schools, students, and the profession.

This summer will feature our third annual architecture schools exhibition, arch schools: r[each]ing out, devoted exclusively to the work of students. The AIA New York Chapter’s annual architecture schools exhibition demonstrates exemplary student work representing the 9 New York area architecture schools, whose deans sit on the Board of the AIA New York Chapter, and 8 invited schools, including the four interiors design programs in New York City. The schools are asked to submit work related to the 2007 New York Chapter’s presidential theme “Architecture Inside/Out”.

Participating Schools:

The City College of New York (CUNY)
Columbia University
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Cornell University
New Jersey Institute of Technology
New York Institute of Technology
New York School of Interior Design
Parsons the New School for Design
Pratt Institute
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
School of Visual Arts
Syracuse University
University at Buffalo (SUNY)
University of Pennsylvania
Yale University

Exhibition and related programming organized by the AIA New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture Foundation


Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

Beyer Binder Belle: Architects & Planners
Butler Rogers Baskett Architects
Francois de Menil Architect
Gabellini Sheppard Associates
Mancini Duffy
Terrence O’Neal Architect

Related Events

Friday, September 14, 2007, 7:00 –– 9:00pm
AIAS Event

Monday, September 24, 2007, 6:00 –– 9:00pm
Deans Roundtable and Reception

Monday, October 1, 2007, 6:00 – 8:00pm
2007 Dean’s Forum

Thursday, October 11, 2007, 9:00pm – 2:00am

May 31-August 25, 2007

The Park at the Center of the World: Five Visions for Governors Island

Galleries: Edgar A. Tafel Hall

Five Visions for Governors Island

The exhibition features five landscape architecture and architecture teams selected to present their design visions for the future open spaces on Governors Island, the 172 acre Island off the tip of Manhattan. Governors Island’s open space will include the two mile Great Promenade that provides outstanding views of Lower Manhattan and New York Harbor, a new park, and restoration of the landscape in the Island’s National Historic District. Showcasing conceptual and illustrative designs by the five teams for the open space of Governors Island, the exhibition provides a platform for public feedback before the jury will take place in late June 2007. A design team will be selected by mid summer.

Exhibition related programming organized by American Institute of Architects Planning & Urban Design Committee , American Society of Landscape Architects New York Chapter, Center for Architecture Foundation and Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation (GIPEC)

Exhibition Designer: Freecell
Exhibition Graphics: WSDIA | WeShouldDoItAll

For a list of the teams click here.

June 2nd – September 2nd on Governors Island
Governors Island is open for visitors every Saturday and Sunday. (For ferry schedule and other information log onto

Sponsored by: Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation (GIPEC)

Related Events

Panel discussion with winning team date tba

Saturday, August 11, 2007, 9:45 – 11:30 AM
Governors Island Walking Tour & Scavenger Hunt
To Register: 212.358.6133

Exhibition Announcements

Choreographing Space

Choreographing Space installation.

e+i architecture

Choreographing Space

Architect/Choreographer Eva Perez de Vega Steele and architect Ian Gordon, who collaborate as e+i architecture, have been awarded a grant by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council to produce Choreographing Space, a site-specific installation that explores the intersection of architecture, dance, and the moving image. The project merges built form, dance performance, and films by emerging choreographers. By enveloping the gallery space with an interactive mesh capable of transformation, the project becomes both architectural space and performance event that engages performers and viewers, oscillating between static and dynamic states. Free performances occur every Saturday at 6:00pm, and the installation is on view Thursdays and Saturdays, 12:00-7:00pm, and Fridays 6:00-8:00pm.

145 Nassau Street
Between Spruce Street and Beekman Street, Manhattan, NYC


Isamu Kenmochi and Isamu Noguchi seated together on Basket Chair, 1950.

Photograph by Michio Noguchi, courtesy The Noguchi Museum

9.20.07 through 03.16.08
Design: Isamu Noguchi and Isamu Kenmochi

This exhibition looks closely at the friendship and collaboration between designer Isamu Kenmochi, who is credited with creating the “Japanese modern” style, and Isamu Noguchi, acclaimed sculptor and designer. Some 85 items borrowed from collections in the U.S. and Japan, as well as two specially created replicas of now-lost chairs, are on display. Together, the furniture, design objects, drawings, and photographs show how Kenmochi and Noguchi systematically pushed the boundaries that separated both tradition from modernism and hand crafting from mechanical production.

The Noguchi Museum
9-01 33rd Road (at Vernon Boulevard) Long Island City, NYC


The AIANY Chapter wants to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to all who renewed membership this year. The chapter’s growth and long-term health is in your hands and we appreciate your support!

Those who are not currently members, we encourage you to consider the benefits. In addition to architects, we welcome the public, students, and professionals in related industries. Visit our membership page online for further information.

The AIA New York Chapter Membership Benefits Task Force has been meeting regularly and working to extend the benefits that are being offered. New programs include a resource collection of Architecture Firm Portfolios in the library, partnerships for member discounts with the Museum of the City of New York and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and a purchasing discount program with Kaplan AEC. We hope that you will take advantage of these new opportunities; suggest other ideas for the Chapter to puruse, or join the committee to help implement new perks for the future. Please contact Suzanne Mecs, Director of Membership, with any questions.

New Architect Members: Michael Jonah Altschuler, AIA, Michael J. Altschuler, Architect | Matthias R. Altwicker, AIA, AB Architekten | Paul C. Bailey, AIA, Perkins Eastman & Partners | Jeffrey Burke, AIA, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP | Ivan Chabra, AIA, Parsons The New School of Design | Natalie S.-W. Cheng, AIA, Alta Architecture P.C. | Jill S. Edelman, AIA, FXFOWLE Architects | Michael Even, AIA, Em Design Group | Mark G. Fiedler, AIA, Fiedler Marciano | Eugene Flotteron, AIA, Swig Equities. LLC | Robert Scott Franks, AIA, Stonehill & Taylor Architects and Planners | Mark Gage, AIA, Mark Foster Gage-Architecture & Design | Sara A. Grant, AIA, Murphy Burnham & Buttrick, LLP | Terence D. Hairston, AIA, Terence Hairston Architect | Anne-Sophie Hall, AIA, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP | Jian Hei, AIA, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners | Stephan Jaklitsch, AIA, Stephan Jaklitsch Architects PC | Harry Junger, AIA, Junger Architects | Brian Kaminsky, AIA, SBLM Architects | Wade H. Laing, AIA, Gensler | Jinseuk Lee, AIA, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, P.C. | William K.Y. Leung, AIA, Array | Steven B. Levine, AIA, LBS Associates | Eric Lifton, AIA, MESH Architecture | Stephen Matkovits, AIA, Handel Architects LLP | Thomas McKay, AIA, McKay Architecture & Design | Amanda McNally, AIA, Beyer Blinder Belle: Architects & Planners | Rick Migliorelli, AIA, Ann Taylor Inc. | Richard A. Miller, AIA, Beyer Blinder Belle: Architects & Planners | Nancie N. Min, AIA, Blue Pentagram NYC, LLC | Josef M. Prini, AIA, Josef Prini Associates LLC | Erich Schoenenberger, AIA, su11 Architecture & Design PLLC | Stephen M Starensier, AIA, Hope Community Corporate | Neal-James Stufano, AIA, MacAndrews and Forbes, Inc. | Trent Tesch, AIA, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, P.C. | William Tims, AIA, Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group | Yung G. Wang, AIA, Y G Wang Architect | Lee J. Washesky, AIA, Rafael Vinoly Architects P.C. | Henry Weintraub, AIA, Howard B. Spivak Architect P.C. | Chia Hwei Yen, AIA, Robert A.M. Stern Architects | Kirsten Elaine Youngren, AIA, Tonetti Associates Architects, PC | Jinling Yu, AIA, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

The following individuals have recently upgraded to Architect Level membership: Nicholas P. Colello, AIA, Curtis + Ginsberg Architects | Anne Rachel Goulet, AIA, Stephen B. Jacobs Group, PC | Delia Nevola, AIA, Goshow Architects | Ruangpong (Ron) Rodpracha, AIA, EDI Architecture, Inc.

New Associate Members: Kanan Ajmera, Assoc. AIA, Cooper Robertson & Partners | Ebraheem N. Alforaih, Assoc. AIA, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP | Lori A. Apfel, Assoc. AIA, Costas Kondylis and Partners | Joseph A. Auld, Assoc. AIA, Volunteers Of America Greater New York | Craig L. Bacheller, II, Assoc. AIA, Assemblages | Jimmy Barnes, Assoc. AIA, Hellmuth Obata & Kassabaum, P.C. | Matthew J. Beary, Assoc. AIA, Barbara Marks Architect | David E. Bench, Assoc. AIA, Richard Meier & Partners LLP | Marga Bergman, Assoc. AIA, A/R Architects LLP | Steven R. Butler, Assoc. AIA, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP | Breanna Alexia Carlson, Assoc. AIA, bStudio | Tsan Ming Simon Chan, Assoc. AIA, Ted Moudis Associates | Ting Chin, Assoc. AIA, TPG Architecture, LLP | Daeyoung Choi, Assoc. AIA, Cooper Robertson & Partners | Sergey Chudin, Assoc. AIA, Stantec | Naphtali Deutsch, Assoc. AIA | Xyrus John Nava Diego, Assoc. AIA | La’Quel Y. Edness, Assoc. AIA, Mancini Duffy | Bronwyn Hannah Evans, Assoc. AIA, New York City Transit Authority | Eric Fauerbach, Assoc. AIA, BLL, Inc. | Gudmunda Geirmundsdottir, Assoc. AIA, Platt Byard Dovell White Architects | Giovanni Gioia, Assoc. AIA, Ismael Leyva Architects, PC | Sally C. Greene, Assoc. AIA, Artemis Development | Shani Gurevich, Assoc. AIA, New York City Transit Authority | Daniel Hawes, Assoc. AIA, Mullman Seidman Architects | Kevin Patrick Homier, Assoc. AIA, SBLM Architects | Milenko Ivanovic, Assoc. AIA, Cannon Design | Mitchell W. Joachim, Assoc. AIA, Terreform | Kylie M. Kaiser, Assoc. AIA, Gensler | Adela Kalenja, Assoc. AIA, Rafael Vinoly Architects P.C. | Robyne S. Kassen, Assoc. AIA, Pedestrian Studio LLC | Kenneth M. Lake, Assoc. AIA, Andrew Bartle Architects, P.C. | Christopher Maurer, Assoc. AIA, StudioMDA | Wibowo Muljono, Assoc. AIA, Gensler | Alysa Nahmias, Assoc. AIA, RMJM Hillier | Buyachi Ndengu, Assoc. AIA, Hoffmann Architects | Cindy Ng, Assoc. AIA, BL Companies | Gregory Okshteyn, Assoc. AIA, Studios Go, Inc. | Vivian I. Okwuagwu, Assoc. AIA, The Louis Berger Group Inc. | Mikako Oshima, Assoc. AIA, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP | Albrecht Pichler, Assoc. AIA, Hart Howerton Architect | Ritu Saheb, Assoc. AIA | Monika Sarac, Assoc. AIA, FXFOWLE Architects | Michael F. Sargent, Assoc. AIA, Arquitectonica | Scott John Sassano, Assoc. AIA, SBLM Architects | Monica F. Schaffer, Assoc. AIA, Satellier | Hilary Kathryn Scruggs, Assoc. AIA, Atelier 1980 | Adam Semel, Assoc. AIA, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP | Natalie Marie Severson, Assoc. AIA, Ronnette Riley Architect | Marjorie Sobylak, Assoc. AIA, Mancini Duffy | Nina M. Stern, Assoc. AIA, Rockwell Group | Steven I. Super, Assoc. AIA, Steven I. Super, Counselor at Law | Shawn C. Walsh, Assoc. AIA, Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design

New International Associate Members: Olivio A. Capellan, Int’l Assoc. AIA, Gordon Kahn and Associates | Rosanne Dube, Int’l Assoc. AIA, Swanke Hayden Connell Architects | Stuart Jon Traynor, Int’l Assoc. AIA, Davis Brody Bond, LLP

Reinstated Members: Sara Agrest, AIA, FXFOWLE Architects | Anthony C. Baker, AIA, Anthony C. Baker, Architects & Planners, P.C. | Salvador Behar, AIA, Perkins Eastman & Partners | George Chin, AIA, Sydness Architects, P.C. | James Cockinos, AIA, Merritt & Harris, Inc. | Brian Joseph Connolly, AIA, Zivkovic Associates Architects | Craig G. Copeland, AIA, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects | Christopher David Ernst, AIA, Cooper Carry Architecture | Bahaar F. Faquih, Int’l Assoc. AIA, Faquih and Associates | Kaif F. Faquih, Int’l Assoc. AIA, Faquih and Associates | Brian A. Ferrier, AIA, Butler Rogers Baskett Architects P.C. | Michael M. Fieldman, FAIA, Michael Fieldman, Architect | Thomas Fraehmke, AIA, American Continental Properties | Max Gordon, AIA, Marcus and Millichap | Robert F. Herrmann, Menaker & Herrmann, LLP | Yong Huang, AIA, Kohnke Architects, P.C. | Raymond Irrera, AIA, Gonchor Karlsberger | Stephen Kagel, AIA, Haks Engineers and Land Surveyors | Robert Alan Klein, AIA, Swanke Hayden Connell Architects | Wade H. Laing, AIA, Gensler | Diane Lewis, AIA, Diane Lewis Architects | Joel Martin Napach, AIA, GKN Architects | Michael A. Rodriguez, AIA, Rodriguez Architectural Studio PC | Joel Sanders, AIA, Joel Sanders Architect | Klaus Schmitt, Assoc. AIA, Ehrenkrantz, Eckstut & Kuhn, Architects | Ranabir Sengupta, AIA, Urbahn Associates, Inc | Abbas A. Shah, AIA, Empiretech Consulting Associates, Inc. | Anthony Sieverding, AIA, Davis Brody Bond, LLP | James P Simon, AIA, Gensler | Burt Stern, AIA, Burt L. Stern, AIA Architect | Michael Thoma, AIA, Hellmuth Obata & Kassabaum, P.C. | Charlotte Worthy, AIA, John B. Murray Architect, LLC | Svetislav Zivkovic, AIA, Zivkovic Associates Architects

Congratulations to these longtime members who have upgraded to Emeritus Status: Raymond Vasques Gomez, Jr., AIA, RGA Architects and Planners | J. Arvid Klein, FAIA | Kenneth H. Walker, FAIA, Walker Group Designs

New Steel Corporate Members: Architectural Grille: Anthony Giumenta, Jr., Stephen Giumenta | Bulthaup Corporation: Stephanie Badillo, Ute Mack | Microdesk: Luis Couto

New Aluminum Corporate Members: American Bluestone LLC: Deborah J. McDuffey, Robert M. McDuffey, Ryan McDuffey | Acme Architectural Walls: Marc Teich | Credit Suisse First Boston: Chantal Hintermann | Jerome S. Gillman Consulting: Larry Gillman | Swiss House for Advanced Research and Education — SHARE: Christoph A. von Arb | W. B. Engineering & Consulting PLLC: Julie Pampuch


Welcome to August, the month that New Yorkers tend to flee the city’s heat and humidity. If you are sticking around, take advantage of the lighter crowds to explore some of those places you normally avoid. You may be surprised at how much they have changed. Some ideas: Bryant Park, Hudson River Park, West 23rd St at Chelsea Piers…

– Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

Out of 300 Projects 10 Win Place at Center Show; Friedlander Wins Special Place

Event: 25th Annual Art Commission Awards for Excellence in Design; and Art Commission Awards for Excellence in Design Exhibition Opening
Location: Rose Center for Earth and Space, American Museum of Natural History, 07.17.07 (award ceremony); Center for Architecture, 07.23.07 (exhibition opening)
Speakers: (award ceremony) James P. Stuckey — Art Commission President; Patricia E. Harris — First Deputy Mayor; Jackie Snyder — Art Commission Executive Director; Commissioners Nicholas Scoppetta (Fire), John Doherty (Sanitation), Janette Sadik-Khan (Transportation), Adrian Benepe (Parks), Kate Levin (Cultural Affairs), David Burney, AIA (Design + Construction), Robert Hess (Homeless Services), Jonathan Mintz (Consumer Affairs).
Organizers: (award ceremony) Office of the Mayor; Art Commission of the City of New York; (exhibition) AIANY; Art Commission of the City of New York
Exhibition Designer: Pentagram
Sponsors: (exhibition) Exhibition Patron: F.J. Sciame Construction; support provided in part by the George Lewis Fund

Bus Stand

Duncan Jackson, Grimshaw Architects

Prototypical Street Furniture for Installation Citywide — Newsstand, designed by Grimshaw Architects/Cemusa for the NYC Departments of Transportation (DOT) and Consumer Affairs (DCA).

Garretted away on the third floor of City Hall the Art Commission of the City of New York is NYC’s design review agency, an organization that has widespread influence over the five boroughs despite being hidden from view. The agency’s directive is to review permanent works of art, architecture, and landscape architecture proposed for city-owned property. Its scope includes construction, renovation or restoration of buildings, such as museums and libraries, creation or rehabilitation of parks and playgrounds, installation of lighting and other streetscape elements, and design, installation, and conservation of artwork.

The Art Commission was established in 1898 and for the past 25 years it has presented awards of excellence. Out of approximately 300 projects in review, this year the Commission selected 10, which are currently showcased at Art Commission Awards for Excellence in Design now on view at the Center for Architecture.

The Commission also honored Michael Friedlander, a 25-year veteran of the Department of Sanitation and its director of special projects, with a Special Recognition Award for the quality of design he brings to the department’s capital projects. As part of this award he is cited for the two Manhattan projects that he submitted to the commission last year — construction of a salt shed at West 55th Street and 12th Avenue, and a garage at 543 East 73rd Street.

“The 10 winning projects exemplify the ideas of high-quality and innovative public design, and their sponsoring agencies and architects should be very proud of their accomplishments,” Mayor Bloomberg proclaimed in a statement issued by the Office of the Mayor. This is evident in the exhibition at the Center, where you can view all of the award winning projects while sitting on a real bus stop bench — a component of the new bus stop shelters, newsstands, and automatic self-cleaning toilets designed by Grimshaw Architects/Cemusa for the NYC Departments of Transportation (DOT) and Consumer Affairs (DCA).

Projects of the Department of Design + Construction (DDC), in collaboration with architecture firms, garnered five awards: Department of Homeless Services with Polshek Partnership Architects (DHS Family Center, Bronx); the Fire Department of NY (FDNY) with Polshek Partnership Architects (Rescue Company 3 Firehouse, Bronx); the FDNY with Dean/Wolf Architects (EMS Station 50, Queens Hospital Center); the Queens Library with Marble Fairbanks (Glen Oaks Library, Queens); and the DOT and the DCA’s Percent for Art Program with artist Nobuho Nagasawa and Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architecture (Columbia Waterfront District, Brooklyn). The Department of Parks and Recreation with Toshiko Mori Architect’s Poe Park Visitor Center, and the DOT, Port Authority of NY and NJ, and Department of Parks and Recreation with artist Elyn Zimmerman’s CaVaLa Park are also on view. All of these projects except CaVaLa Park and the Columbia Waterfront District are part of the DDC’s Design + Construction Excellence program.

Reinventing the Wheel Often Slows New Practices

New Practices NY

Courtesy Center for Architecture

Hoping for creative independence, new practices often face a dilemma. They want to reinvent the wheel too quickly when they might do better to understand and use wheels already in motion. Yet young practitioners can be equipped to produce compelling, unexpected models out of those existing wheel prototypes, and end up ‘rocking the boat’ of the establishment.

In the last issue of e-Oculus, Mark Strauss, FAIA, AICP, Immediate Past President of AIANY, and founding father/self-professed New Practices “Dad,” wrote about the accomplishments of the nascent New Practices Roundtable. (See “New Practices Grows Up,” 07.24.07). The original grassroots group provided a resource and forum for young upstart firms to swap ideas and learn survival skills for professional practices. It went on to promote six new practices from each side of the Atlantic — New Practices New York, and New Practices London (an exhibition, New Practices London, will open at the Center for Architecture August 23). Now called the New Practices Committee, AIANY’s youngest committee, we’ve turned focus on a simple, and perhaps more fundamental question, “What’s new?” in the practice of architecture in NYC, regionally, and globally.

The New Practices Committee, made up of a group of young professionals — most with their own emerging practices — meets bimonthly on issues relevant to a young start-up. Mired by the realities of rainmaking, bill paying, office management, and often building a career on small renovations and competition entries, young practices sometimes find they are expending more creative energy on their bookkeeping than creative architecture. The committee discussions serve to distill common problems and acts, as we often joke, as “group therapy” for young architects.

The 2006 New Practices Showcase proved a visible testament to emerging firms — highlighting six practices that perhaps differed more among themselves than they had in common. It showed that what makes a successful new practice today has little to do with type, quantity, or stylistic appearance of built or speculative projects. The New Practices Committee, Roundtable events, and Showcase will be most successful if they, like the new practitioners and practices, continue to be evolutionary, organic, and respond nimbly to new issues and opportunities in the marketplace, technology, and contemporary culture.

So join the New Practices Committee if you’re involved or even just interested in starting a new practice, or simply interested in the question: “What IS a new practice today, really?” Because the committee and the Chapter realize that many new practitioners cannot afford AIA membership dues, and that the evolving landscape of practice includes many engaged in architecture in non-traditional ways, the New Practices Committee is one of only two AIANY committees open to non-AIA members (the other being the Emerging NY Architects/ENYA committee). We look forward to seeing new faces at our next committee meeting in August. Contact Amanda Jones for more information.

Both authors want to thank the founders and advisors for their support of the New Practices program, and for giving our firms exposure and opportunities since proven invaluable: Joan Blumenfeld, FAIA, IIDA, LEED AP, 2007 AIANY President, Mark Strauss, FAIA, AICP, Immediate Past President AIANY, Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY Executive Director, the AIANY staff, Diana Darling and William Menking of The Architect’s Newspaper, Häfele America, and all our program sponsors and participants.