In this issue:
·AIANY Policy Update: Zoning
·NYS Boards for Architecture & Landscape Architecture Seek Members
·New Practices New York Goes West and Beyond
·NCARB Releases Practice Analysis
·Municipal Art Society Supports New Moynihan Station
·Passing: Martin Raab, FAIA
·Passing: Richard Snibbe, FAIA

AIANY Policy Update: Zoning

Since the city’s current zoning text was written in 1961, NYC has changed dramatically. Most of the prime parcels of land have been developed — particularly outside of Manhattan — leaving small, irregular infill sites within a largely built-up urban area. The AIA, after many hours of drafting and collaboration with the Architect’s Council, the American Planning Association, and others, recently spearheaded a formal proposal to the NYC Department of City Planning to make six changes to the Zoning Resolution. The proposal was certified, and is currently under review by the Borough Presidents and Community Boards. AIANY believes these changes would increase design flexibility in the much-in-demand housing sector.

To view the list of proposed changes and see images and examples, go to the AIANY Planning & Urban Design Committee website. If you can help spread the word to your local community board or city council representative, contact Laura Manville, AIANY policy coordinator.

NYS Boards for Architecture & Landscape Architecture Seek Members
The New York State Board for Architecture and the New York State Board for Landscape Architecture are inviting applications for board membership to fill three vacancies for professional members for architecture and one professional member for landscape architecture. Board members are responsible for community outreach, conducting disciplinary proceedings, and considering and advising the department and the regents on other matters of professional licensing, practice, and conduct. Members receive an honorarium of $100 per day for their service and are reimbursed for approved expenses incurred in the course of their public duties. Members are appointed by the Board of Regents. Nominations of and applications from individuals with diverse backgrounds and individuals with disabilities are encouraged. For an application, contact the board office at 518-474-3817, ext. 110 or e-mail or

New Practices New York Goes West and Beyond
As a result of the success of New Practices New York, similar committees are sprouting up across the nation. Mark Strauss, FAIA, AICP, AIANY Immediate Past President and spearhead of the committee, was invited to present the AIANY New Practices Roundtable and Showcase, events that initiated the committee, to AIA Pasadena & Foothill (AIAPF). As the first recipient of the annual AIA NY State Fellowship Award for Mentorship in the Profession, Strauss helped establish the committee, featuring NYC-based firms within 10 years of being founded.

Having experienced starting and running an architectural firm, which later merged with FXFowle Architects, Strauss discussed the trials and tribulations of starting a practice in NYC and the efforts of the Chapter in association with The Architect’s Newspaper to launch a series of programs to nurture young practices. The program included a presentation on the New Practices program and how local chapters can do more to mentor young practices. A synopsis of the presentation can be found on the AIAPF website.

New Practices New York is also making an impact internationally. The Architecture Foundation, the UK’s independent architecture center, will feature New Practices New York winners as part of its annual lecture series. For more information, visit The Architecture Foundation website.

NCARB Releases Practice Analysis
The 2007 Practice Analysis of Architecture is now available to download from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ (NCARB) website. The 2007 survey and analysis represent the greatest outreach and response from architects ever received, with 9,835 architects from the U.S. and Canada participating. The purpose of the study was to identify the tasks and knowledge/skills that are important for recently licensed architects practicing independently, to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Results will be used to shape the foundation of an architect’s entry into the profession: the Architect Registration Examination (ARE), and, for the first time, the Intern Development Program (IDP). To read the 2007 Practice Analysis of Architecture, click the link.

Municipal Art Society Supports New Moynihan Station
The Municipal Art Society (MAS) called for greater public oversight and a transparent public review process for the development of the new Moynihan Station following the release of a “scoping document” on the project by the Empire State Development Corp. MAS strongly supports the concept of the project, including the relocation of Madison Square Garden into the rear of the Farley building under the condition that the character of the historic Farley Post Office is protected while ensuring that the new station is an efficient transportation portal.

MAS also released results from a recent poll that demonstrated mass transit riders favor a Penn Station redevelopment that enhances access to accommodate increased traffic, that the public wants a voice in the redevelopment, and that they feel they are not fully informed about current plans for the Farley Post Office building. Poll respondents felt that Penn Station should be expanded and that the current Penn Station must be improved aesthetically, architecturally, and functionally. More than 66% of all respondents would rather travel through a train station that looks like Grand Central Terminal than Penn Station. Click here for more information.

Passing: Martin Raab, FAIA

Martin D. Raab, FAIA, died Wednesday, November 14 at age 75. Mr. Raab received his architectural degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and then joined what is now called HLW International, eventually becoming chief operating officer of HLW’s Services Corporation Design/Build Division. Mayor Rudolph Giuliani appointed Raab to be president and CEO of the 800-person School Construction Authority, where he remodeled the agency for design/build. In 2003, he joined Richard Meier & Partners, Architects as its COO. Additionally, Raab was the volunteer village architect and chairman of the Planning Commission for Great Neck Estates, where his family resided for 26 years.

Extensively involved with the AIA, Raab served as president of the AIANY Chapter in 1989. Prior to that, he represented the AIA in discussions with NYC to write both Public Law No. 5 on fire protection and Public Law No. 10 on exterior wall safety inspections, limiting architects’ liability under both these laws. He also led the AIA’s 10-year-long struggle on fee schedules and contract standards for public work, which ultimately reversed unfavorable procedures. Raab was also one of the founding members of national AIA Large Firm Round Table (1984-89), chair of the AIA Benefit Insurance Trust responsible for the purchase and administration of health and life insurance for AIA’s then 55,000 members, and director of various activities at the New York Building Congress.

A memorial service is planned for January 4, 2008, at the Union League Club in NYC. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program, flagging it for the “Raab Family Educational Fund,” which will benefit architectural students and NYC public schools. Donations should be mailed to Raab Associates, Ltd., 12 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210.

The New York Times obituary can be viewed here.

Passing: Richard Snibbe, FAIA
Richard Snibbe, FAIA, died on October 28 in San Francisco. Snibbe attended Saint John’s University as an undergraduate and went on to study architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design under the direction of Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus. Early in his career, Richard worked at the architectural firm of Edward Stone. Later, he helped established Ballard, Todd and Snibbe, and produced numerous buildings in public housing, healthcare, and education, including Princeton University’s tennis pavilion and graduate dorms.

After the demise of his partnership, Snibbe became a champion of classic, socially oriented modern architecture and founded CIMA — the Congress of International Modern Architects with other notable modern international architects including John Johansen, Harry Seidler, and James Polshek. Additionally, he established a trust to restore lampposts and other parts of Gramercy Park where he lived for 40 years. He also established “Architects for Clinton” in 1991 to aid in Clinton’s successful Democratic campaign for president.

Snibbe was the author of three books, Small Commercial Buildings (1956), The New Modernist In World Architecture (1999), and an unpublished autobiography completed in 1987 which is available for download on a growing online memorial webpage.

A family memorial was held in San Francisco on November 3. A second public memorial will be held on January 5 at 2:00pm at Harvard University’s Memorial Church. Contributions in memory of Snibbe may be made to the Congress of International Modern Architects, 12 Gramercy Park, New York NY 10003.

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And when you are doing your holiday shopping this year, why not go green? The Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment (BCUE) launched shopbcue. For environmentally-friendly shopping, you will support green businesses and manufacturers, let vendors know the environment is important to consumers, and raise money to help fund the center’s public environmental programs.

Polshek Partnership Architects was an AIA Connecticut Honor Award Winner in the category of Preservation for the Louis I. Kahn Art Gallery at Yale University, and CT-based Hoffmann Architects received honorable mention for Scholatic, Inc. in NYC… Russell Albanese, president of green real estate developer The Albanese Organization, was honored with the Green Building Design award at the annual Global Green Gala…

FXFowle Architects received a 2007 DesignShare Merit Award for The Calhoun School and a Recognized Value Award for the Whitman School of Management/Syracuse University… Perkins Eastman has been honored with two Intranet Innovation Awards for its ORCHARD system, an online resource that enables the firm’s approximately 750 employees to share knowledge…

The NY office of HOK announces the addition of Thomas Knittel, AIA, LEED AP, as Principal; he will be acting as a Senior Designer within the Architecture group… Magnusson Architecture and Planning has announced the promotion of Christine M. Hunter, AIA, to Principal…

11.08.07: Berlin-New York Dialogues: Building in Context opened at the Center for Architecture.

Berlin-New York Dialogues

Partygoers at the Center for Architecture.

Kristen Richards

Berlin-New York Dialogues

(l-r): director, screenwriter, and producer Bart Freundlich; actress Julianne Moore; Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY Executive Director.

Sam Lahoz

Berlin-New York Dialogues

2raum dj team performed at the opening.

Sam Lahoz

Berlin-New York Dialogues

The Movement Choir danced around Washington Square Park in celebration of the opening, made possible by the Center for Architecture, AIANY, and Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies.

Kristen Richards

11.08.07: A glittering crowd gathered at the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park to honor the 2007 New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (NY ASLA) President’s Award winners, Joshua David and Robert Hammond, co-founders of Friends of the High Line (FHL). In his introduction, Philip E. Aarons, a founding partner of Millennium Partners and chair of FHL Board of Directors, remarked: “The High Line is proof that the greater degree of public involvement, the greater the buy-in and investment. It is a project that touches everyone.”


(l-r): Susannah Drake, ASLA, President-Elect, NYASLA; Adrian Smith, ASLA, President, NYASLA; Jennifer Cooper, ASLA, Past President, NYASLA; and Joshua David and Robert Hammond, Co -founders, Friends of the High Line.

Kristen Richards


Michael Arad, AIA, with NY ASLA President-Elect Susannah Drake, ASLA.

Kristen Richards


Land-use consultant Brenda Levin (left) with 2005 AIANY President Susan Chin, FAIA (right).

Kristen Richards

11.01.07: Daniel Libeskind, AIA, was awarded the National Arts Club first Medal of Honor for Achievement in Architecture.

National Arts Club

Instead of a typical “thank you” speech, Libeskind engaged in a lively conversation with architect Anna Klingmann. Q: What is your favorite project? A: That’s like choosing your favorite child — the next one will be perfect! Q: Any advice for your architects? A: You have to take risks and be ready to fail.

Kristen Richards

National Arts Club

Libeskind with National Arts Club Architectural Committee member Noushin Ehsan, AIA, founder and partner of 2nd Opinion Design.

Kristen Richards

12.07.07 Registration Deadline Extended: OEM Post Disaster Housing Design Competition
What if a Category 3 Hurricane were to hit NYC? The NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is sponsoring a design competition to enhance the city’s ability to provisionally house residents after a major coastal storm. The winners of the open competition will be awarded $10,000 to further develop their submissions in the second phase of the competition. The competition jury will also award 10 honorable mentions $500 each. Submissions are due 01.04.08.

12.14.07 Call for Submissions: CAE Educational Facility Design Awards
The CAE Educational Facility Design Awards program is open to projects for pre-K, K-12, higher education, alternative, and unique learning environments. The program recognizes outstanding learning environment planning and design internationally. The awards recognize critical evaluation, thoughtful planning and design, and appropriate experimentation, not as an end in itself but in the context of clients’ needs.

12.21.07 Call for Papers: DMI International Education Conference
The Design Management Institute (DMI) will host the conference, “Design Thinking: New Challenges for Designers, Managers and Organizations,” which will take place 04.14-15.08 in Paris, France. DMI invites researchers and practitioners to submit paper proposals that contribute to theory building, provide examples of empirical research, or use case studies to illustrate how, when, and why designing turns into an organizational asset and a tool for managers. The program will comprise keynote presentations, panel discussions, full paper presentations, and poster sessions. For consideration, interested individuals may e-mail 1000-word abstract proposals.

12.27.07 Competition: Rotch Traveling Scholarships
The Boston Society of Architects announces a two-stage design competition where one young designer will receive a stipend of $35,000 to spend eight months traveling the world. Established in 1883 for the “advancement of education in architecture,” the Rotch Traveling Scholarship is the oldest program of its kind in the U.S. To be eligible for the scholarship, designers must be U.S. citizens under 35-years-old on January 1. They also must have either a degree from an accredited U.S. school of architecture and one year of full-time professional experience in a MA-based architecture firm or a degree from an accredited MA-based architecture school.

1.11.08 Call for Proposals: 2008 National Preservation Conference
The 2008 National Preservation Conference seeks proposals for education sessions or poster presentations. Areas of interest include green building, recent past and modernism, teardowns and McMansions in older and historic neighborhoods, urban revitalization and adaptive use, rural revitalization, historic house museums, and historic roads and scenic by-ways.

2.11.08 Call for Submissions: Young Architects Forum 2008: Resonance
Young architects and designers are invited to submit work under this year’s theme, Resonance, which posits that architecture is an ideas profession. Projects of all types, either theoretical or real and executed in any medium, are welcome. The jury will select work for presentation in public forums, an online installation, and an exhibition at the Architectural League of New York beginning in May 2008. Winners will receive a cash prize of $1,000. A poster of the winning entries will be published and distributed nationally, as will a catalogue of winning work published by the Architectural League and Princeton Architectural Press.

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.


November 8 – January 26, 2008

Berlin — New York Dialogues: Building in Context

Galleries: Judith and Walter Hunt Gallery, Mezzanine Gallery, Kohn Pederson Fox Gallery, HLW Gallery, South Gallery

Two of the world’s most dynamic urban centers, Berlin and New York, are making radical transformations in their streets and skylines. Berlin — New York Dialogues investigates the changes in these two cities by looking at the contemporary built environment and mechanisms of urban regeneration: the social, political, economic, and cultural processes that affect building.

As the exhibition delineates, the sustainability of these cities’ neighborhoods is increasingly dependent on a critical mixture of identity, diversification, and infrastructure.

Against a background of data Berlin — New York Dialogues brackets three areas of each city. High-end projects and informal initiatives are featured and made comparable by a set of overarching topics: Culture as Catalyst, Community Activism, Gentrification, Open Space, and Governmental Intervention. Focus is given to the stories and forces behind the projects — the urban context.

Berlin — New York Dialogues is presented in partnership with Carnegie Hall as part of Berlin in Lights, a festival taking place November 2-18, 2007.

In partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Berlin in Lights, a festival taking place in November 2007 celebrating the cultural connectivity between Berlin and New York.

This exhibition is presented as part of the Center for Architecture’s Global City Dialogues series exploring differences and commonalities between distinctive international cultural centers and New York City.

Organized by:

Center for Architecture and the German Center for Architecture DAZ in Berlin

Curatorial Team: Lynnette Widder, Kristien Ring, Sophie Stigliano, Rosamond Fletcher, Lutz Knospe

Research Assistants: Anthony Acciavatti, Elizabeth Snow, Anna Vallye

In cooperation with:
Pratt Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment, Deutsches Haus at NYU,
and Akademie der Künste, Berlin

Exhibition Design & Graphics: Project Projects

Exhibition Architecture: MADE

Commissioned Photography: Noah Sheldon

Underwriter: RFR Holding, Digital Plus


Patrons: Eurohypo; IULA

Lead Sponsors:

Carnegie Corporation of New York; Tishman Speyer Properties


The German Consulate in New York
Friend: Getmapping

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Thanks to the generous support of the Alfred Herrhausen Society the exhibition will travel to the DAZ (LINK ) in Berlin in March 2008. The exhibition will open on March 7 and be on view through June 2008. An exhibition symposium will take place at the Akademie der Künste on March 8/ 9, 2008.

New York NOW

October 11 – December, 2008

Galleries: Edgar A. Tafel Hall

New York NOW celebrates the diversity of the AIA New York Chapter and Center for Architecture membership by displaying non-juried submissions of member projects. The exhibition will include works of all scales: small, large, commercial, residential, public, private, interiors, historic preservation, engineering, landscape, and urban design.

The exhibition presents the depth and breadth of professional activity and the variety of its impact. The resulting dialogue between different practitioners encourages a deeper understanding of what is happening in the New York architecture and design world now.

Exhibition Design: Illya Azaroff + the design collective studio


Exhibition organized by the AIA New York Chapter

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

Exhibition Announcements

Global Underground

Times Square Station, New York, 2005 by Valera and Natasha Cherkashin.


Through 12.11.07
Global Underground

Artists Valera and Natasha Cherkashin have created a project revealing the diversity and universality of mass-transportation systems worldwide. In each country, the subway reflects its culture, history, and technological advances. This show features the Moscow and NYC subways. In the future, a “virtual subway” will move around the world with select stations in London, Paris, Berlin, Stockholm, Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Mexico, among others.

The Harriman Institute
420 West 118th Street, 12th floor, International Affairs Building

West Side Rail Yards

West Side Rail Yards.

©Alex S. MacLean/Landslides, courtesy AIANY

Through 12.14.07
West Side Rail Yards

The Metropolitan Transit Authority seeks public comment on the five bids to develop the West Side Rail Yards. One third of the High Line runs through the Rail Yards site, and this section may be torn down depending on the MTA’s planning process. Zoning on the overall site allows 12 million square feet of combined residential and commercial development; the RFP also requires that space be allotted for a public school and community and cultural organizations. The MTA expects to select a developer for the site in the first quarter of 2008. And after conditional approval by the MTA board, the selected proposal will proceed through the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP).

335 Madison Avenue (northwest corner of Vanderbilt Avenue and 43rd Street) across from Grand Central Terminal

Living City

Living City.

David Benjamin and Soo-in Yang, The Living, Van Alen Institute New York Prize Fellows

Through 12.15.07
Living City

This exhibition by New York Prize Fellows David Benjamin and Soo-in Yang features a large-scale installation of a building skin designed to breathe in response to air quality. Using the city as a research lab, Benjamin and Yang propose architecture that functions as a public interface to urban air quality, creating a platform for an ecology of building skins where individual buildings receive, share, and respond to data as part of a collective network.

Van Alen Institute
30 West 22nd Street, 6th Floor


1.17.07 From East 29th Street, 50″x40″, Chromogenic Print, 2007.

Susan Wides

Through 12.15.07

Artist Susan Wides offers a view of NYC that is at once both recognizable and disorienting. With rare permission to shoot from roofs of new skyscrapers, Wides allows viewers to see the city as a physical entity of complicated tensions. While certain photographs intentionally evoke earlier artists who depicted modern city culture, others depict a NYC of heightened color and distortions of space, scale, and light.

Kim Foster Gallery
529 West 20th Street

Structure et Surface

Structure et Surface.

Courtesy Magen H Gallery

Through 12.22.07
Structure et Surface

This exhibition is of current and selected past works from four master innovators of modern design. Jim Cole, Howard Meister, Terence Main, and Forrest Myers were seminal members of the Art et Industrie movement in 1970s SoHo, merging craft and concept into singular works of art while creating a new platform for the decorative arts.

Magen H Gallery
80 East 11th Street

Making a Home

SHEER (2007) by Emiko Kasahara.

Richard P. Goodbody

Through 1.13.08
Making a Home

To celebrate the historic cultural links between Japan and NY, this large-scale group exhibition features the work of 33 contemporary Japanese artists who call NYC home, including Yoko Ono, Ushio Shinohara, Kunie Sugiura, Yuken Teruya, and Aya Uekawa. The show comprises a broad range of media — from painting and sculpture to video and photography — and covers diverse age groups, identities, experiences, and styles that will show the breadth and depth of contemporary Japanese art in NY. Visitors will experience multifaceted “homes” installed throughout the gallery, illuminating the ways in which Japanese artists have made their homes and careers here since the 1950s.

Japan Society
333 East 47th Street