In this issue:
·AIA NY State Convention Needs Volunteers
·AIA Calls for Issues for 2008 Legislative Agenda
·Students Hunt Governor’s Island’s Past
·Survey Shows Americans Lost in Sea of Green

AIA NY State Convention Needs Volunteers
Marking the 150th anniversary of the AIA’s founding, Manhattan (home to the oldest chapter) will host this year’s AIA New York State Convention from October 4-6, 2007. In order for events to run smoothly and out-of-town guests to feel comfortable, volunteers are needed throughout the three-day period.

Volunteer positions include:
1. Introducing speakers.
2. Distributing and collecting CES credit registration cards for lectures/keynote luncheons.
3. Escorting tour participants from the Grand Hyatt Hotel to various walking tour sites.
4. Checking in staff and guests at the Host Chapter Party or President’s Dinner.

Volunteers must also participate in web-based orientation program on September 25 from 8:00-9:00 AM. Those who commit to a three-hour period may audit one CES seminar or class of their choice during the convention (course selection may be limited based on prior enrollment). If you are interested, please contact Suzanne Mecs by September 20. Please indicate the days and hours you are available.

AIA Calls for Issues for 2008 Legislative Agenda
As the AIA prepares its legislative agenda for 2008, it wants to hear from you about important and pressing concerns. AIA leadership and staff will examine the feedback and match proposed issues to legislative and regulatory opportunities at the federal, state, and local levels for action next year.

AIA Vice President, Government and Community Relations, Paul Mendelsohn notes that of the three top priorities for the AIA in 2007, two of them — requiring new Federal buildings to meet the 2030 Challenge, and an energy efficient commercial buildings tax deduction extension — have been passed by one or both chambers of Congress, while the third — supporting green infrastructure — was included in the House’s report on legislation passed this past spring. Adds Mendelsohn, “It is only with the support of our 80,000 members that the AIA can remain a credible voice before government at all levels.”

To voice your opinions on important issues for the 2008 legislative session, post a comment on the Angle Blog. To read AIA’s 2007 Congressional Issues Agenda, click the link.

Students Hunt Governor’s Island’s Past


Participants of FamilyDay@theCenter gather on Governor’s Island for an architectural scavenger hunt.

Carol Weil

This month’s FamilyDay@theCenter took to the road and across the East River to Governor’s Island for an architectural scavenger hunt. Center for Architecture Foundation members Erin McCluskey, Jerry Maltz, and I (Tim Hayduk) met our group at the Battery Maritime Building. Participants were given clipboards, historic maps, pencils, and crayons — documentation tools — and instructed to design their own park on the defunct residential portion of the island.

We made the swift crossing to Governor’s Island and began our tour of the Park at the Center of the World exhibition, featuring the designs put forth by five finalists of an international competition proposing plans for a public park at the island’s southern 100 acres. We then traversed the island, seeking out military landmarks and witnessing first-hand the changes to the island over time. Many of the forts on the island served as defenses, prisons, and even housing for the military elite. Participants of all ages were intrigued by the Burger King, which closed when the Coast Guard gave custody of the island to NY State. We were treated to Revolutionary War reenactments along the ramparts of Fort Jay, and peeked inside the newly restored Admiral’s House. Everyone enjoyed the island’s tranquility — monumental views of the skyscraper city minus automobiles, noise, crowds, and other modern distractions. It is a great place to bring the family.

Special thanks to the Governor’s Island Preservation and Education Corporation (GIPEC), which was extremely helpful in assisting us with the planning of this outing.

Survey Shows Americans Lost in Sea of Green
Although buildings produce nearly half of all greenhouse gas emissions contributing to global warming, a survey released by the AIA shows that 40% of the 1,000 representative national voters believe cars and trucks are the highest contributors, compared to just 7% who accurately identified buildings as the top cause of emissions. The Tarrance Group and Lake Research Partners developed the survey for the AIA with a margin of error of +/-3.1%.

Studies show that buildings produce 48% of dangerous greenhouse gas emissions contributing to climate change, and that they consume 71% of electricity produced at U.S. power plants. Despite these statistics, only aerosol cans (1% of votes) finished behind commercial buildings as being identified as the top source for greenhouse gas emissions. Power plants (19%) and natural causes (15%) were thought to be top contributors.

Although voters may not realize that homes and buildings are responsible for half of the greenhouse gas emissions, most were willing to invest in energy efficient homes. 91% said they would be willing to pay an additional $5,000 for a house that would use less energy and protect the environment. Of the respondents who would not make the extra investment, 69% said they would if they could get their money back through lower electric and gas bills over the next seven to eight years.

The survey emerges as Congress reconvenes to produce energy bills from both the House and the Senate, including the AIA’s Federal Building policy position requiring that all new and significantly renovated buildings owned or leased by the federal government be carbon-neutral by 2030.

Dance Company Rams Earth

Rammed Earth

Tere O’Connor Dance performs Rammed Earth.

Photo by Julieta Cervantes, courtesy

Choreographer Tere O’Connor seeks adaptability in contemporary architecture as a source for Rammed Earth, co-presented by The Chocolate Factory Theater and Danspace Project. The evening-length work highlights shifting layers of architectural reference in dance. Audience members are incorporated into the work as they are escorted into different viewing positions throughout the performance. Created in collaboration with lighting designers Brian MacDevitt and Michael O’Connor, composer James Baker, and performed by Tere O’Connor Dance, performances run from September 26 – October 7, Wednesdays-Saturdays 7:00 and 9:00 PM, and Sundays 5:00 and 7:00 PM. General admission is $15.00 and tickets are available via theatermania online or at 212-352-3101.

AIA NY State announced the 2007 AIANYS Design Award recipients. NYC firms to win Awards of Excellence include: Deborah Berke & Partners Architects (21C Museum Hotel); Parsons Design Workshop and ShoP Architects (39571 InfoWash); Moed de Armas & Shannon and Dewhurst Macfarlane and Partners (Apple Store Fifth Avenue); Voorsanger & Associates Architects (Blue Ridge Residence); Peter Marino Architect (Fendi Rome); Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Institute of Contemporary Art; School of American Ballet); Peter L. Gluck & Partners (Inverted Guesthouse); Roger Hirsch Architect (IS/Industries Stationery Store and Design Studios); Weiss/Manfredi (Olympic Sculpture Park); Mitchell/Giurgola Architects (Rehabilitation of Bailey Hall); and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (United States Census Bureau Headquarters)…

Award of Merit recipients: Rothzeid Kaiserman Thomson & Bee, Ahuja Priya Architects, and George Cooper Rudolph III Architects (AirTrain Terminal at Jamaica Station); Perkins + Will (Al-Birr Foundation Headquarters); STUDIOS Architecture (Bloomberg LP Headquarters Expansion); Polshek Partnership Architects (The Mercersburg Academy, Burgin Center for the Arts; Yale University Art Gallery, Louis Kahn Building); Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (Condé Nast Cafeteria; Memorial Sloan-Kettering Zuckerman Research Center); Bernard Tschumi Architects (Limoges Concert Hall); Desai/Chia Architecture (Madison Square); RMJM Hillier (Rohm & Haas China Research & Development Center); Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects (Steel Loft); Gluckman Mayner Architects (Syracuse University, The Warehouse); Rafael Viñoly Architects (Wageningen University and Research Center, Atlas Building); David Jay Weiner, Architect (Weekend House); Voorsanger & Associates Architects (Wildcat Ridge Residence); Michael Fieldman Architect (Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care); and Cooper, Robertson & Partners (Zuccotti Park)…

Citation for Design recipients: Rogers Marvel Architects and DeLaCour & Ferrara Architects (14 Townhouses); Croxton Collaborative Architects (Bay Educational Center); Architecture Research Office (Central Park West Apartment); Timothy Bryant Architect (Cory House); Swanke Hayden Connell Architects (Harlem Park Office Tower); Rafael Viñoly Architects (Howard Hughes Medical Institute-Janelia Farm Research Campus; Bard College, The Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Center for Science and Computation); Macrae-Gibson Architects (Ibero Loft); Weiss/Manfredi (International Retreat); Deborah Berke & Partners Architects (James Hotel Chicago); McCrum Architects (Larchmont Addition); Shelton, Mindel & Associates (North Sea Residence); ABS Architects (Pascal Court); Tobin + Parnes Design Enterprises (R. Sole); Studio A at WASA and Ohlhausen Dubois Architects (Restoration and Adaptive Reuse of the 135th Street Gatehouse as Harlem Stage); Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (United States Census Bureau Headquarters); Cooper, Robertson & Partners Architect (Val d’Europe); Davis Brody Bond Aedas (Valeo Security Systems); and Wendy Evans Joseph Architecture (Wykagyl Shopping Center, Tractor Shed; North American Butterfly Association International Butterfly Park)…

NY-based WORK AC won the Western Turkish cultural area of the New Silk Road international ideas competition, and THINK (Frederic Schwartz, FAIA, Michael Arad, AIA, Julie Bargmann, Jack Travis, FAIA), received honorable mention for the Hebraic area…

AIANY elected Anthony P. Schirripa, AIA, Chairman and CEO of Mancini Duffy, to the position of Vice President for Public Outreach for 2008… The NYC Chapter of the US Green Building Council elected Craig Norsted, AIA, LEED AP, of Perkins Eastman to be the Chapter representative for USGBC’s national Green Schools Campaign… V.J. Associates, Cost Consultants, appointed Stephen C. Smith as Director of Marketing & Business Development for the firm and all its branches…

The ChallengeNY Architect’s Regatta brought architecture firms around the city together for an evening of sailing.

ChallengeNY Architect’s Regatta

The races took place off of North Cove Marina in Lower Manhattan.

Kristen Richards

ChallengeNY Architect’s Regatta

From the AIANY boat, the races were intense.

Rick Bell

ChallengeNY Architect’s Regatta

The HOK team celebrates its victory.

Kristen Richards

ChallengeNY Architect’s Regatta

The Swanke Hayden Connell Architects team at the docks.

Kristen Richards

ChallengeNY Architect’s Regatta

The Robert A.M. Stern Architects team (in blue uniforms) present the AIANY team with a martini trophy.

Kristen Richards

9.25.07 Deadline Extension: New York Now
Showcasing recent work by AIANY members, this non-juried exhibition will be inclusive allowing the widest possible participation and offering a comprehensive view of the work being done by Chapter members. The exhibition will include works of all scales: small, large, commercial, residential, public, private, interiors, historic preservation, engineering, landscape, and urban design.

9.30.07 Call for Papers: Preserving New York
The New York Preservation Archive Project is calling for papers for a one-day symposium, to be held February 16, 2008 at the Museum of the City of New York. The symposium will focus on issues that have inspired and shaped preservation in NYC. Topics may include, but are 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.

10.16.07 Grant Submission: NCARB Grant Program
The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) annually awards up to a total of $10,000 for the integration of practice and education. Up to three grants are awarded to NAAB-accredited programs to support new curricular initiatives. Programs applying for grants should present concepts are more risk-taking than an architecture school can initially afford.

11.13.07 Award Submission: Reiger Graham Prize
This second biannual prize hosted by The Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America (ICA&CA), will be awarded to a recent graduate or architecture practitioner to promote the practice of classical architecture and foster the continuity of knowledge of the classical tradition. The winner will hold a three-month fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, including academy fees, travel allotment, and stipend.

11.16.07 Request for Proposals: 2008 Sustainable Design Assessment Team
The “SDAT” program, released by the AIA Center for Communities by Design, is a community assistance program integrating design and policy-based assessments since its 2005 inception. Teams of volunteer professionals (architects, urban designers, planners, hydrologists, economists, attorneys, and others) work with community decision-makers and stakeholders to help develop a vision and framework for a sustainable future. The AIA will provide up to $15,000 in cash and in-kind contributions per SDAT in 2008. Communities will provide a $5,000 cash match as well as contribute other resources to the process.

1.15.08 Submission: AMD Open Architecture Challenge
This international design competition challenges architects, designers, and others to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to improve international living conditions. Annually, the design community addresses a different systemic issue facing those living in under-served communities. This year’s challenge will focus on the design and construction of technology centers to help a community realize greater educational, social, and business opportunities via the Internet. AMD is providing the funding to implement one or more of the winning solutions including the first year’s operating costs for the community partner.

Center for Architecture 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.


Architecture Inside/Out

September 19 — December 8, 2007

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

Architecture Inside/Out demonstrates the unfolding of space by exposing architectural interiors through a range of typologies with an inward focus, including libraries, hotels, retail and work spaces. This exhibition challenges conventional categories and explores alternative typologies. The design of interiors has evolved into a complex and nuanced problem and addresses circulation patterns, use and adjacencies, sociologies of hierarchy and networks, and sustainability. The fully integrated interior considers light, color and materiality, but also new ways of programming space, the latest technological advances, innovative methods of construction and green practices.

Traditional representations such as section, plan and elevation, in addition to models and details will provide a lens to reveal inherent characteristics of featured interiors, exposing materials, structure and spatial relationships. Architecture Inside/Out takes the familiar architectural conventions and places them parallel to alternative ways of seeing and revealing. When these alternative methods of understanding space are applied to typologies, they provide views of the interior that shed new light on familiar places.

Lois Weinthal, Director of Interior Design, Parsons

Exhibition Design: Freecell

Graphic Design: Language Arts

The exhibition and related programming are organized by the AIA New York Chapter in collaboration with the AIA New York Chapter’s Interiors Committee and the Center for Architecture Foundation.

Underwriter: AFD Contract Furniture

Patron: Certified of New York

Lead Sponsor: Zumtobel Lighting

Sponsor:: BBG-BBGM; Spartech Corporation; STUDIOS Architecture




Jack L. Gorden Architects; Perkins + Will


Mancini Duffy
Perkins + Will
STUDIOS Architecture

Related Events

Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 6:00 — 8:00pm


Saturday, October 27, 2007, 11:00am — 5:00pm


Saturday, October 20, 2007, 1:00 — 4:00pm
FamilyDay@theCenter:Architecture – Inside and Out!

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

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.

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 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

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

Exhibition Announcements

Jackie Ferrara

Courtesy Frederieke Taylor Gallery

Through 10.13.07
Jackie Ferrara: new wall drawing and sculpture

Often collaborating with architects and landscape architects, Jackie Ferrara creates public spaces occupying the boundary between architecture and sculpture. For this exhibition Ferrara has created a group of furniture elements sited in a series of wall drawings derived from mathematical progressions enclosing the gallery space.

Frederieke Taylor Gallery
535 West 22 Street, 6th floor

Performance Z-A

Ring Dome, pavilion designed by Minsuk Cho/Mass Studies for Performance Z-A.

Courtesy Storefront for Art and Architecture

9.21.07 through 10.16.07
Performance Z-A

Storefront for Art and Architecture celebrates its 25th anniversary with a new edition of its first event. Performance Z-A is a 26-day celebration in Petrosino Park, adjacent to Storefront, in a specially built pavilion designed by Korean architect Minsuk Cho, AIA. Organized by Storefront’s three directors (Kyong Park, Sarah Herda, and Joseph Grima), the event includes representatives of all disciplines that have participated in programs over the past decades: architects, artists, writers, researchers, filmmakers, photographers, musicians, and more. Performances, concerts, open discussions, film screenings, and interviews will occur nightly. Performance Z-A is also part of a citywide celebration of the 40th anniversary of art programming in NYC’s parks.

Storefront for Art and Architecture
Petrosino Park, adjacent to 97 Kenmare Street

Electric Lab


Courtesy ISE Cultural Foundation

Through 11.23.07
Synthesized Space

A two-part exhibition includes Artificial Landscapes: Noboru Ota, open through September 14, and Fingering, open through November 23. Artificial Landscapes explores digital tectonics — the study of an imaginary landscape’s inner structure. A site-specific installation, light acts as the mechanism for the sculpture, which allows viewers to interact with the projected, three-dimensional floating sphere illuminated by a two-way projection. Fingering is a reactive video installation that tracks a viewer. A Chinese woman holding a ‘finger-gun’ aims at the moving viewer and will ‘fire’ if the viewer stays completely still for more than 7 seconds in front of her. Visual and audio effects relate to psychological, corporeal, and virtual landscapes in digital technology.

ISE Cultural Foundation
555 Broadway (Between Prince and Spring Street)

Piranesi as Designer

The Drawbridge, Plate VII from the series Carceri, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1761; etching on laid paper.

Photo by Matt Flynn, courtesy Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, lent by The Arthur Ross Foundation

Through 01.20.08
Piranesi as Designer

Exhibited is a comprehensive look at Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s influence as an architect, interior designer, and furniture maker. His concept of modern design is highlighted through more than 100 etchings, original drawings, and decorative arts objects. Works by Peter Eisenman, FAIA, Michael Graves, FAIA, Daniel Libeskind, AIA, Robert A.M. Stern, FAIA, and Robert Venturi, FAIA, and Denise Scott Brown, RIBA, demonstrate Piranesi’s continuing influence. Drawings and prints of designs will also be shown together for the first time with corresponding three-dimensional objects produced after his designs.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
2 East 91st Street at Fifth Avenue

Provoking Magic

Licht.Enstein, Ingo Maurer, 2001,On Off. Circuit-boards, metal, plastic, and LEDs.

Photo by Thmoas Dix, courtesy Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Through 01.27.08
Provoking Magic: Lighting of Ingo Maurer

A retrospective of German lighting designer Ingo Maurer’s 40-years of work features lighting installations, prototypes, commissioned one-off pieces, and photographs and films documenting Maurer’s international illumination projects. Maurer uses unexpected materials and found objects to create light, and he is among the first designers to experiment with halogen and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Sketches and handwritten notes accompany the objects and installations.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
2 East 91st Street at Fifth Avenue

London, New York Practices Offer Different Milieus, Methods

Event: New Practices London and New York: Milieus and Methods
Location: Häfele Americas Showroom, 08.22.07
Speakers: Tom Emerson & Stephanie Macdonald — Directors, 6a Architects; Vincent Lacovara — Founder, Agents of Change (AOC); Andrew Groarke — Carmody Groarke; David Howarth, RIBA, & Daniel Rosbottom — Co-directors, drdharchitects
Introduction: Elias Redstone — Curator, The Architecture Foundation, London
Moderators: AIANY New Practices Committee co-chairs Matthew Bremer, AIA — Principal, Architecture in Formation; and Marc Clemenceau Bailly — Founding Partner, Gage/Clemenceau Architects
Organizers: AIANY; The Architecture Foundation, London
Sponsors: Exhibition Underwriters: Häfele Americas; SKYY 90; Associated Fabrication; Patrons: 3form; ABC Imaging; Sponsors: Severud Associates; Thornton Tomasetti; OS Fabrication & Design; The Conran Shop; Supporters: Arup; Bartco Lighting; Fountainhead Construction; FXFOWLE Architects; MG & Company; Microsol Resources; Structural Enterprises; Friends: Barefoot Wines; Cosentini Associates; DEGW; Delta Faucet Company; Perkins Eastman; Media Partner: The Architect’s Newspaper

New Practices London

Center for Architecture

The Architecture Foundation, London’s equivalent to the Center for Architecture, has joined forces with its American counterpart to bring the principals of four up-and-coming British firms to Manhattan for an exhibition and two symposia. The opening event at the Häfele Showroom focused more on day-to-day practice topics than on particular works and styles. (The accompanying exhibition, New Practices London, at the Center goes a bit further in that direction.) With the presentation component limited to two slides each(!), the panelists only had time to hint at their practices’ defining principles.

If the four selected British firms are representative of their local scene, they give a collective impression that under-publicized UK practices are thriving, even while most international attention is concentrated on the usual suspects, the Zahas, Fosters, and Alsops. Younger practitioners are inclined toward understatement — they recoil from grand proclamations and aggressive manifestos — and independence. Daniel Rosbottom of the housing-specialist firm drdharchitects, for example, proclaimed a reluctance to join the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) on political grounds, charging RIBA with promoting “too corporate a view of practice,” and lamented the local emphasis on “wow factor” designs. He favors more circumspect “things that sit back” and asserted “the things you’re stubborn about give you character.”

Prominent awards and commissions do find their way toward these firms: 6a Architects is shortlisted for the 2012 Olympic Athletes’ Village and designed The Architecture Foundation’s first installation at its new gallery in 2005. Carmody Groarke may be already familiar to New Yorkers as winner of the 2005 Coney Island Parachute Pavilion competition. Agents of Change (AOC), whose founding trio includes a linguist or “cultural interpreter” (spokesman Vincent Lacovara is one of the two architects), won the London International Festival of Theatre’s competition for The Lift New Parliament, a transportable meeting and performance space that will be the centerpiece of the 2008 Lift Festival. (The two other firms represented in the New Practices London exhibition, Ullmayer Sylvester and Witherford Watson Mann Architects, were unable to send representatives in person.)

The practice environment for newer London firms has changed in response to the current construction boom. Rosbottom reported that when he left school, the graduate unemployment rate was around 60%, and many colleagues “escaped practice”; there is now so much work that many of drdh’s clients are fellow architects, farming out the details of major projects. Experience in a larger, more established practice led Andrew Groarke to a wake-up call when he and partner Kevin Carmody went independent: drumming up new work calls for real-world rainmaking skills that go untapped in a larger firm where senior personnel handle client contact. Many of the panelists’ concerns appear universal: the value of careful partner selection, the challenges of working with mentors, the capacity for refreshing one’s thinking by teaching on the side. Competitions appear to occupy a larger proportion of the Londoners’ attention, and that of Europeans generally, than the theoretical positions favored by American architects. If England and America are, in George Bernard Shaw’s famous description, “two countries divided by a common language,” there’s plenty to be gained in translation.

New York’s Nine Schools Parade Own Identities

Event: arch schools: r(each)ing out
Location: Center for Architecture, through 10.19.07
Exhibition Designer: Leah Gazit
Participating Schools: The City College of New York; 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; Princeton University; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; School of Visual Arts; Syracuse University; University at Buffalo (SUNY); University of Pennsylvania; Yale University
Organizers: AIANY; Center for Architecture Foundation
Sponsors: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; RMJM Hillier; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Support by: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners; Friends: Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners; Butler Rogers Baskett Architects; Francois de Menil Architect; Gabellini Sheppard Associates; Mancini Duffy; Robert A.M. Stern Architects; Terrence O’Neal Architect

arch schools: r(each)ing out

Courtesy Center for Architecture

The arch schools: r(each)ing out exhibition at the Center for Architecture and its title express the unique identity of the nine participating schools while linking them back to their common focus: architecture. To whom do architecture schools r(each) out? Do they network with each other or the field at large? What do the parentheses emphasize? How shall I connect these schools conceptually and graphically? After considering these questions, I was able to focus the design of the exhibition on the connection among the schools and the communicative dialogue it inspires.

How to challenge uniformity was an obvious and inevitable issue. Each school is committed to thinking outside the box and stretching the boundaries of the given space. After the schools proposed concepts for exhibiting their new architectural ideas, I saw a need to tie them together with one consistent and bold gesture — a single, yellow line.

This line serves to visually unify the schools and emphasize the details of the exhibited designs. By giving the schools 24″x36″ model zones and 48″x96″ presentation boards, I could maximize the three-dimensional potential of every two-dimensional surface. The vivid vinyl strip of modulating width traverses the monochromatic space with one clean cut. It starts at the top of the white wall, weaves behind the school boards, folds at the edge of the unfinished concrete floor, and concludes by wrapping around the base of each model. This simple graphic intervention highlights the expression of all contributing schools, while maintaining a coherent continuity among them.

From the interactive projection screens included in the displays of both Columbia University and New Jersey Institute of Technology, to the clever model base designed by the University of Pennsylvania, and the intricately carved floating model from Princeton University, each school creatively overcomes the barriers set by the standardized requirements, and, in turn, sparks a discourse between students and professionals.