In this issue:
· From the Foundation: Volunteers Needed
· Metropolis to Offer CEU Credits

From the Foundation: Volunteers Needed
For more than 16 years, the Center for Architecture Foundation (CFAF) has taught kids in NYC schools, and now at the Center for Architecture, that no “problem” has one solution. CFAF programs have received national recognition for using architecture as a teaching tool and have inspired students observe and appreciate their surroundings. It is our goal to challenge young minds, raise curiosity, and participate in issues important to all design professionals.

We are looking for committed architects, engineers, lighting designers, educators, builders, and artists to help enrich our programs. Volunteers are needed to speak to students about college and career aspirations; help elementary, middle, and high school students visualize in three dimensions; work with families on community-oriented design challenges; and act as role models for the profession. We accommodate your schedule and interests. As successful as our programs have become, we can multiply our effectiveness with increased numbers of volunteers. We look forward to hearing from you. Click the link for more information.

— Alexander Lamis, AIA, Center for Architecture Foundation President

Metropolis to Offer CEU Credits
The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (AIA/CES) has accredited Metropolis magazine’s online continuing-education program, Metropolis CE. Each Metropolis AIA-registered online course is worth one Learning Unit, and many of them fulfill Health, Safety, and Welfare requirements as well. Online courses will be available monthly based on articles from the magazine and Metropolis-hosted events. The site contains a library of courses for interior designers, and a continually updated list of events and conferences that are sources for credits.

As an introductory offer, Metropolis is making its AIA/CES courses available during May at the rate of $1.51 each, in honor of the AIA’s 151st anniversary. For more information, visit the website.

Bumming Around Beantown

As May approaches, and with the AIA National Convention just two weeks away, a range of resources can help you organize your downtime. Architect has published, “At the Convention: How to Spend Your Free Time This May in Beantown,” by Fred A. Bernstein, with suggestions on architecture, restaurants and bars, and shopping locations to check out.

Also, Architectural Record‘s website, Record Reveals: Boston, features a city guide complete with overviews of the city’s history, museums, galleries, shopping, dining, nightlife, and walking tours. An open photo gallery encourages individuals as well as firms to submit photographs of interesting buildings, both new and old.

NYC Department of Buildings Commissioner Patricia Lancaster, FAIA, resigned on 04.22.08; her deputy, Robert LiMandri, will serve as acting commissioner until the administration names a replacement…

The AIA and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have selected the top 10 examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions including the Queens Botanical Garden Visitor & Administration Center by BKSK Architects… The AIA Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) Educational Facility Design Award winners include Perkins Eastman, receiving an Award of Merit for the Hopkins-Nanjing Center Samuel Pollard Building, in Nanjing, China…

PermMuseumXXI Competition “Special Prize Holder” winners include Acconci Studio and the team of Asymptote Architecture, Hani Rashid, and Lise Anne CoutureIA Interior Architects was named an Official Honoree for the 12th Annual Webby Awards… Queens Botanical Garden will honor Rick Fedrizzi, President/CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council, at the Rose Ball on 06.17.08…

NBBJ has promoted Jane Ayers to principal in its NY office… Farid Cardozo has joined Stantec as a senior associate…

The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art announced that it is accepting first-time applications for the launch of its post-professional degree, the Master of Architecture II program, to begin the 2008-2009 school year…

04.07-13.08: AIA headquarters in Washington, D.C., kicked off its celebration of Architecture Week with a debut of the Blueprint for America exhibition, an online Mosaic display, the launch of an Internet-based “Shape of America” program, and the release of the book Architecture: Celebrating the Past, Designing the Future. The exhibition illustrates component successes with Blueprint for America projects, which are AIA architect-driven community development initiatives.

Blueprint for America

The Blueprint for America exhibition at AIA National headquarters.

Rick Bell

Blueprint for America

AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, with AIANY Acting Exhibitions Director Rosamond Fletcher.

Courtesy AIANY

04.18-19.08: The eighth annual NYC Student Lighting Competition, hosted by the Illuminating Engineering Society of New York (IESNY), asked students to consider how light can trigger an emotion or spark a memory. Evocative Luminance accepted entries from all NYC arts and design schools, and the exhibition at the Helen Mills Event Space showcased all of the submissions.

IESNY 1st Place

Chung-Jung Liao’s 1st Place entry received $3,000. School: Parsons the New School for Design, Architectural Lighting.

david j. lara / photographer

IESNY 2nd Place

Paul Stein’s 2nd Place entry received $1,500. School: Pratt Institute, Architecture.

david j. lara / photographer

IESNY 3rd Place

Minsoo Lee’s 3rd Place entry received $1,000. School: New York University, Interactive Telecommunications.

david j. lara / photographer

Oculus 2008 Editorial Calendar
If you are an architect by training or see yourself as an astute observer of New York’s architectural and planning scene, note that OCULUS editors are looking for writers for the Fall and Winter issues. The themes:

Fall OCULUS: Practice. Focus of this year’s Practice issue is on the architectural office — the culture and decision-making structure of NY-based practices, how the office’s design reflects the culture, along with the views of key players in the firm.

Winter OCULUS: Competing for Space. Explore the growing competition between expansionist institutions on limited sites and the interests of adjacent communities, many in residential areas with moderate-income families.

If you’re interested, please contact OCULUS editor-in-chief Kristen Richards. with a brief outline and full contact information.

Spring 2008: closed
Summer 2008: closed
Fall 2008: closed
08.01.08 Winter 2008-09: Competing for Space

04.30.08 Call for Entries: LONDON 2008
Arquitectum presents its eighth international contest, an exhibition hosted by the Architectural Association School of London. The theme calls for a movable architecture gallery that travels across the River Thames to connect the various art spaces and collect visitors along the river, especially in the South Bank. The exhibition space should adapt to the movement of the river, to the different requirements of an exhibition and the artist, and to the weather in London. Early registration deadline is 04.30.08; final registration ends 06.30.08.

05.30.08 Call for Entries: USGBC 2008 Natural Talent Design Competition
This competition — which provides an applied learning experience in the principles of integrated design, sustainability, innovation, and social consciousness — calls for a proposed design for the Empire Fulton Ferry Art Center & Middle School. Participants will compete in a local competition, then the first place winner will compete for a national award at GreenBuild Boston in November 2008. Awards include Green Building Scholarships as well as travel and registration to GreenBuild, where finalists’ entries will be displayed and where final judging will occur.

05.30.08 Call for Entries: NYC Green Building Competition
Launched by the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability and Environmental Protection Agency Region 2, this national competition seeks projects and ideas that promote NYC as the pre-eminent cultural and sustainable urban epicenter. Design projects are encouraged that integrate whole-building principles, employ the tenets of green building construction and end-of-life considerations, anticipate post-occupancy concerns, and complement the community in which they reside.

06.01.08 Call for Entries: 2008 World Habitat Awards
Established in 1985, the World Habitat Awards seek to identify practical, innovative, and sustainable solutions to current housing issues, which are capable of being transferred or adapted for use elsewhere. A panel of international judges assesses entries and awards £10,000 to two winning projects at the annual United Nations global celebration of World Habitat Day. The competition is open to all individuals and organizations, including central and local governments, community-based groups, NGOs, research organizations, and the private sector from any country.

06.01.08 Call for Entries: AIA New Hampshire IDID Awards
The fourth Integrated Design/Integrated Development (IDID) Excellence in Sustainable Design and Development Awards program honors work that contributes to the creation of a sustainable world. Awards are to be presented to outstanding buildings; urban, regional, and rural planning; landscape design; interior design; historic preservation; renovation; and rehabilitation projects. Submissions will be accepted for projects by New England design professionals, or projects in New England by design professionals elsewhere.

06.02.08 Call for Entries: Best Private Plots 08
This competition highlights the garden as a place of innovation, creativity, and action. Award criteria includes: ideas, artistic and conceptual quality, use of plants and materials, relationship between inside and outside, organization of open space, and technical and ecological planning. This is an open competition; candidates can include: landscape architects, architects, garden owners, designers, florists, gardeners, artists, and nurseries. First prize: €7,000; second prize: €5,000; and third prize: €3,000.

06.05.08 Call for Entries: Schiphol Sound Barrier Design Contest
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is organizing an international competition for the design of a sound barrier, to be built parallel to Runway 18R-36L (Polderbaan). The aim is to achieve a reduction in ground noise by at least seven decibels. The barrier must present an innovative solution for the complex problem of ground noise produced by aircraft taking off. Design agencies, businesses, universities, and private persons are invited to enter. The winning design will be awarded a prize of €750,000, with €1,250,000 in prize money to be distributed in total.

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.


2008 Design Awards

May 1 — June 28, 2008

Design Awards & Building Type Awards 2008

Galleries: Kohn Pedersen Fox Gallery, HLW Gallery

The AIA New York Chapter 2008 Design Awards exhibition is a showcase of the 2008 award-winning projects in three categories — Interiors, Architecture, and Projects. Selected from international, national and local submissions, these projects spotlight the extraordinary achievements in architectural design excellence in New York City and around the world.

The AIA New York Chapter 2008 Biennial Building Type Awards program has been established to recognize excellence and innovation in specialized design fields and to honor the architects, clients, and consultants who work together to improve the built environment. The 2008 design categories are: Educational Facility Design, Sustainable Design, and Urban Design. The program is co-sponsored with the Boston Society of Architects.

Design Awards 2008 is organized by the AIA New York Chapter and the AIA New York Chapter Design Awards Committee.

Building Type Awards 2008 is co-sponsored by the AIA New York Chapter and the Boston Society of Architects. The 2008 program was organized in collaboration with the following AIA New York Chapter Committees: Architecture for Education, Committee on the Environment, and Planning & Urban Design.

Exhibition Design: Graham Hanson Design

The 2008 Design Awards Program was made possible with support from the following organizations:







Lead Sponsors


Consulting for Architects



Lutron Electronics

Mancini Duffy

RMJM Hillier

Robert A.M. Stern Architects

STUDIOS architecture

Turner Construction Corporation

Building China

February 26 — May 31, 2008

Building China

Five Projects, Five Stories

Galleries: Judith and Walter Hunt Gallery, Mezzanine Gallery

The People’s Republic of China is undergoing a phenomenal transformation. Since 1978, with the adoption of an open-door policy, the country has developed a thriving market economy, out of which existing and new cities are experiencing rapid and aggressive growth. A new generation of architects is active in the vanguard of this construction, developing their own architectural identity.

Building China: Five Projects, Five Stories features five unique architectural case studies that were conceived, designed, and recently completed by Chinese architects. Located throughout China, many of these buildings, being exhibited in the U.S. for the first time, offer the public insight into China’s ever changing landscape. Through the stories of these five projects, themes emerge: Production of Contemporary Culture, Reinventing Urban Fabric, Making the Private Public, Reinterpreting Traditional Design Philosophy, and Hybrid Development Models. These case studies of contemporary architecture introduce critical voices from the People’s Republic of China, challenging the West’s stereotypical interpretation of China as a homogeneous society.

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

Curator: Wei Wei Shannon, People’s Architecture

Co-Curator: Shi Jian

Exhibition Design: Popular Architecture

Graphic Design: Omnivore

Photography: Iwan Baan

Patron: Digital Plus

Beyer Blinder Belle: Architects & Planners


Jerome and Kenneth Lipper Foundation

Friend: Häfele, Calvin Tsao

Related Events

Friday, May 9, 2008, 6:30 — 8:30

Asian CineVision presents Films from Contemporary China

Friday, May 30, 2008, 6:30 &#8212 8:30pm

Film from the Da Zha Lan project, Sponsored by
the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and NYU’s China House

To register or for more information:
CES credits available

One Bryant Park

January 28 — May 3, 2008

Project Showcase: The Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park

Galleries: Margaret Helfand Gallery, Gerald D Hines Gallery, Public Resource Center

Under the growing pressure of the climate crisis, how we design, as well as what we design has become a critical issue. The new office tower at Bryant Park, designed by Cook+Fox Architects and developed by the Durst Organization and Bank of America, is an example of how the design of tall buildings can be fundamentally rethought, serving the client and the planet with equal efficiency and respect. This exhibition explores One Bryant Park as a living ecosystem composed of the elements Light, Air, Water, Fire and Earth. These primary forces, when thoughtfully addressed as integrated and sustainable systems, contribute to a substantial reduction in the environmental impact of tall buildings, as well as to worker health and productivity. Anticipating a LEED platinum rating (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the highest level of sustainable design recognized by the USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council), the crystalline faceted 54-story tower is at once both an iconic corporate presence and an emblem for the green design movement. Project Showcase: The Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park asks design professionals to look more deeply at how architecture can engage natural systems and infrastructure, how sustainable measures can be more user-friendly, and how we can raise awareness for the urgent need of comprehensive green building solutions.

Exhibition and related programs organized by the AIA New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture Foundation in collaboration with the Illuminating Engineering Society of New York (IESNY)

Curator: Margaret Maile Petty

Exhibition Design: Morris | Sato Studio

Graphic Design: WSDIA | WeShouldDoItAll

Lead Sponsor: A. Esteban & Company

Sponsors: Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design, Illuminating Engineering Society of New York (IESNY), Severud Associates, Tishman Construction Corporation


Supporter: Jones Lang LaSalle

Exhibition Announcements

Wendell Castle

Night on Earth, biomorphic stainless steel chaise.

Courtesy Barry Friedman Ltd

Wendell Castle

New limited edition works by American designer Wendell Castle are on view. His unification of sculpture and furniture has been recognized for its wry wit and unique use of materials, including his signatures: stack-laminated wood and fiberglass. His new body of work pushes these materials further while also applying an exploration of volume to bronze, steel, and aluminum.

Barry Friedman Ltd.
515 West 26th Street


Olafur Eliasson, I only see things when they move, 2004. Wood, color-effect filter glass, stainless steel, aluminum, HMI lamp, tripod, glass cylinder, motors, and control unit. Dimensions variable. Installation view at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, U.S.A., 2007.

Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York ©2008 Olafur Eliasson. Photo: ©Fabian Bergfield, photoTECTONICS

Through 06.30.08
Take Your Time: Olafur Eliasson
This is the first comprehensive survey in the U.S. exploring the experimental work of Olafur Eliasson, whose large-scale immersive environments and installations attempt to recreate the extremes of landscape and atmosphere in his native Iceland. Eliasson’s work re-contextualizes elements such as light, water, ice, fog, stone, and moss to shift the viewer’s perception of place and self. Six of the 38 works were specifically created for this exhibition — installed at both MoMA and P.S.1.

Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street, NYC
P.S.1. Contemporary Art Center
22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City

Frederick Kiesler

Frederick Kiesler: Co-Realities exhibition design.

Rendering by nARCHITECTS

Through 07.24.08
Frederick Kiesler: Co-Realities

This exhibition explores the pivotal role of drawing in the work of Austro-American architect, artist, designer, and theoretician Frederick Kiesler. The exhibition, designed by nARCHITECTS, traces Kiesler’s interest in the expressive and conceptual possibilities of drawing through key projects from the 1940s to the 1960s. On view are never-before-seen drawings on loan from the Kiesler Foundation in Vienna, as well as over 30 drawings related to Kiesler’s decades-long investigation into the correlation among man, nature, and technology. Also featured are Kiesler’s exhibition design drawings, including those for Peggy Guggenheim’s Art of This Century gallery in New York (1942).

The Drawing Center
35 Wooster Street

Richard Meier

Richard Meier’s Model Museum.

Richard Meier & Partners Architects

Richard Meier’s Model Museum in Long Island City

Offering a glimpse into the process behind his 40-year career, architect Richard Meier, FAIA, is once again unveiling his Long Island City model warehouse to the public. The 3,600-square-foot exhibition space includes the first model for the Smith House in Connecticut. Most prominent in the studio are large-scale presentation and study models of the Getty Center. Also of interest are the selection of unbuilt projects, such as a 1981 design for the Renault Headquarters in France and prototypes for furniture and product design as well as sculptures composed of wax elements, architectural model pieces, and stainless steel. Visitors are welcome by appointment on Fridays beginning May 2, from 10am to 5pm. Tours of the gallery are self-guided and last approximately 45 minutes.

For further information contact:
Mary Lou Bunn
Richard Meier & Partners Architects
Tel: 212.967.6060



Congestion pricing may have come and gone for now, but with Earth Day approaching, let’s hope for new alternatives to reduce pollution and aid the greening of the city.

– Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

SAVE THE DATE: OCULUS is celebrating its 5th Anniversary this year with a party following the Annual Meeting.
Location: Center for Architecture
Date: 06.03.08, 8:30-11:00

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Breathing Façades, Energy Carts for Dead Cell Phones Featured in FEEDBACK Show

Exhibition: FEEDBACK
Location: Eyebeam, 540 W. 21st Street, through 04.19.08


(left) Fluxxlab’s Revolution Door uses manpower to generate energy for an LED sign; (right) The Power Cart by Mouna Andraos and Fluxxlab, among others, provides power to recharge electronic devices via a hand crank and solar panel.

Courtesy Eyebeam

In the future, perhaps sick buildings will automatically vent stale air by opening slits in their façades, recycling will be universal, and dead cell phones and laptops will be easily recharged with a few twists of a hand crank. These are just a few of the eco-friendly measures being conceived by architects, artists, and engineers featured in FEEDBACK, an exhibition at Eyebeam in Chelsea through this Saturday.

Visitors enter through a revolving door designed by Carmen Trudell and Jenny Broutin, who formed the design firm Fluxxlab to work on experimental sustainable projects together. Titled Revolution Door: Power for People by People (2007), the door recycles the energy used to push it to light up an LED sign. Fluxxlab also contributed the show’s exhibition design, which includes artificial turf covering a central “green,” evoking the ambiguous nature of some environments. Recycled artificial grass was a more eco-sensitive option than real grass would have been, said Broutin, who led one of FEEDBACK’s many accompanying workshops on the turf one recent Saturday.

Around the common green lie displays of about 20 projects at various phases of development. Designed by Mouna Andraos with help from Broutin, Trudell, and others, The Power Cart (2007) is a recycled-wood contraption designed to wheel around city streets, providing power to recharge cell phones or other devices via a hand crank and solar panel. On the side is a shelf for wine bottles, so the eco-conscious may have a drink while they wait for their gadgets to charge.

Systems for monitoring air pollution and other toxins abound. One highlight is Living City (2008) by architectural designers David Benjamin and Soo-in Yang of The Living. The latest phase of this project involves networking buildings in NYC and San Francisco to share air-quality data gleaned by sensors. In response to the air quality readings, a prototype building façade at the SF art center Southern Exposure “breathes” by opening and closing gill-like slits (viewable at Eyebeam through live video). Eyebeam visitors can also see (but, alas, not ride) a prototype of the wooden bike that Rogers Marvel Architects and West 8 designed for Governors Island.

A few projects may leave visitors scratching their heads, such as Annina Rüst’s eRiceCooker (2006), which tracks references to genetically modified rice on Internet news sites and automatically cooks rice in response, creating an excess of food that seems counterintuitive. Overall, though, FEEDBACK serves as a roadmap of promising routes being developed toward a more sustainable future.

Queens Theater Offers Night on the Town

Event: Project Team Collaboration: Queens Theater in the Park; part of the Architects in Training 2008 series
Location: Center for Architecture, 04.09.08
Speakers: Sara Caples, AIA — Principal, Caples Jefferson Architects; Jeff Rosenstock — Executive Director, Queens Theatre in the Park; David Oldham — Construction Manager, Hill International; Sergio Silveira — Assistant Commissioner, NYC Department of Design & Construction
Organizer: AIANY Emerging NY Architects (ENYA) Committee


The entrance to Queens Theatre in the Park brings visitors in along a spiral pathway leading to an inverted, golden dome.

Caples Jefferson Architects

After touring theaters nationwide, Jeff Rosenstock’s goals for QTiP were simple — provide for a shared and diverse community while creating a sense of awe and wonder. “Queens needs a theater where people can gather for a night on the town,” stated Queens Theatre in the Park (QTiP) executive director Rosenstock.

Currently, there is no place in Queens for a group to meet up, have dinner, see a show, and grab a drink afterwards. Sited next to the New York State Pavilion, originally designed by Philip Johnson for the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, “The Drum” houses the 464-seat main stage and 99-seat studio theater that comprise Queens Theatre. With the help of $20.45 million, Caples Jefferson Architects is adding a 75-seat cabaret performance space, full-service café and kitchen facility, new offices, and a 3,000-square-foot lobby in hopes that QTiP will become a cultural nexus for the borough.

With more than 300 performances annually, it was also important that the theater stay open during construction. Once the NYC Department of Design and Construction, Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Art Commission were on board, the goals expanded. Preserving and maximizing green space, cutting down as few trees as possible, and preserving a sense of history and nostalgia tied to the World’s Fair added to the project’s challenges. With construction manager (and former architect) David Oldham of Hill International, Caples Jefferson expects the project to be complete this year.

For Sara Caples, AIA, principal of Caples Jefferson, the design of QTiP centers on the project’s name: a theater, and the park. The firm did not want to overpower the existing building, so they added pieces that fan out around the central cylinder. The building is on axis with Johnson’s original building, and the two approaches bring visitors in on a spiral trajectory.

The lobby is a transparent cylinder with a ceiling in the shape of an inverted dome. This Nebula, as Caples calls it, is the major feature of the project as it acts as a point of entry, a gathering space, an observatory for the World’s Fair “ruins,” a place to view the park, grab a bite to eat, or even host public and private events. It is meant to enhance the life of the park and feed back into the cultural life of the theater, according to Caples. The golden yellow that coats the dome is a festive color in many cultures, reflecting both the diversity of the theater’s programs and the local community.

Semi-industrial materials that emulate the World’s Fair pavilions are used throughout. The glass façade allows views of the inverted dome, the park, and the ruins. The upper portion of glass around the building’s perimeter is tinted in a pattern that follows the sun’s path throughout the year to reduce heat and glare. Caples Jefferson worked with lighting designer Hervé Descottes to create movement with light; dappled light lines the entry and spirals up to the glowing inverted dome at night.

Ultimately, the project team — including the architects, contractors, clients, and government agencies — expects QTiP to help spur development of the entire Corona Park, making the area a performing arts center. Master planning is underway for the rest of the park, but the World’s Fair pavilions remain in ruins. Caples hopes QTiP will spur enthusiasm to preserve the respected structures.