03.19.08: AIANY held a New Fellows reception at the Center for Architecture to celebrate the 17 Chapter members who advanced to Fellowship this year.

AIANY 2008 Fellows

AIANY 2008 Fellows: (Top Row) Diana Agrest, FAIA, Agrest & Gandelsonas Architects; Stephen Apking, FAIA, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Ian Bader, FAIA, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners; Deborah Berke, FAIA, Deborah Berke & Partners Architects; Louise Braverman, FAIA, Louise Braverman Architect; Hillary Brown, FAIA, New Civic Works; (Middle Row) David Burney, FAIA, NYC Department of Design and Construction; Gerard Geier II, FAIA, FXFOWLE Architects; Nathan Hoyt, FAIA, Davis Brody Bond Aedas; Sudhir Jambhekar, FAIA, FXFOWLE Architects; David Leventhal, FAIA, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; (Bottom Row) Pamela Loeffelman, FAIA, Perkins Eastman; Paul Pippin, FAIA, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Robert Rogers, FAIA, Rogers Marvel Architects; Richard Southwick, FAIA, Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners; William Stein, FAIA, Dattner Architects; Bernard Tschumi, FAIA, Bernard Tschumi Architects.

Courtesy AIANY

Apking, Geier

(left) Stephen Apking, FAIA, and (right) Guy Geier, FAIA.

Sam Lahoz

Brown, Braverman

(left) Hillary Brown, FAIA, and (right) Louise Braverman, FAIA.

Kristen Richards


David Burney, FAIA.

Sam Lahoz

Loeffelman, Suckle, Bader

(l-r): Pamela Loeffelman, FAIA, Abby Suckle, FAIA, LEED AP, AIANY Secretary, and Ian Bader, FAIA.

Sam Lahoz


Nathan Hoyt, FAIA.

Sam Lahoz

Chusid, Alicea

03.19.08: (l-r) Megan Chusid, Assoc. AIA, AIANY Emerging NY Architects committee co-chair, and Vanesa Alicea, Assoc. AIA, AIANY Associate Director, at the New Members’ Reception.

Sam Lahoz


03.27.08: At the 2008 Benjamin Moore HUE Awards celebration, where STUDIOS Architecture received the Contract Interiors Award; (l-r): Tom Krizmanic, AIA, Principal, NYC; Sandra Mitchell and Christopher Mitchell, AIA, Principal, Los Angeles; and Brian Tolman, AIA, Principal, NYC.

Kristen Richards

Wendy Osserman

NY- and NJ-based Ken Laser Architect designed the set for the Wendy Osserman Dance Company with Iva Bittová recent performance “Out Of Place,” at the Hudson Guild Theatre 03.26-30.08.

Ken Laser, RA

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 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

04.05.08 Call for Submissions: FIGMENT Governors Island Mini Golf Course
This summer, FIGMENT, a non-profit art project held on Governors Island, is working with the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation to install a nine-hole mini golf course on the island. Combining recreation with a participatory art project designed and built by local artists, the course will be free and open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays while the island is open from May 31 to early autumn. The theme is “City of Dreams” and designs will be judged on creativity, structural integrity, playability, feasibility, adherence to theme, and budget. There is also a call for participation in the festival as whole, with a 04.10.08 deadline. Anyone can contribute an art installation, performance, activity, or other project.

04.07.08 Call for Nominations: America’s Best Restroom Award VII
Presented by Cintas Facility Services, the award is open to any restroom that is free of charge and open to the public. Nominators are not required to have a
professional relationship with the business or facility that manages the facility, but nominations based on personal experience are encouraged. Past champions have boasted bathrooms with breathtaking skyline views, unique décor and sparkling stalls. The 2008 winner will receive a plaque of recognition and a coveted place on the America’s Best Restroom “Hall of Fame” section of the program’s website.

04.07.08 Call for Entries: Ho Chi Minh City Design Competition
The Investment & Construction Authority for the Thu Thiem New Urban Area of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, announces an open international design competition. The focus is on the “Central Plaza, Crescent Park, and Saigon River Pedestrian Bridge.” The Competition is in two stages. The first stage is open to international professional design firms and teams (registration from host country required). Six firms will be shortlisted for the second stage and be paid U.S.$20,000 to continue with the work. One winning team will be selected from the shortlist.

04.07.08 Request for Qualifications: New Orleans Riverfront: Reinventing the Crescent
The New Orleans Building Corporation (NOBC) has issued a Request for Qualifications for phase one of the redevelopment of the New Orleans Riverfront.
The team selected through this RFQ process will be tasked with implementing the first phase of the NOBC’s recently finalized concept plan for the development of the Riverfront — Reinventing the Crescent. The document is the product of a team of architects and urban designers selected by the NOBC to provide New Orleans with a world-class riverfront plan. This is a two-part selection process; in the second part, up to four finalists will be selected and interviewed.

04.16.08 Call for Submissions: New York Designs: Threshold
The Architectural League of NY created the New York Designs juried lecture series in 2003 to provide a forum for the presentation of innovative and accomplished work built in NYC. This year’s theme, ‘Threshold,’ focuses on projects whose design mediates distinct conditions, literally or conceptually. To be considered for presentation in the lecture series, individuals and firms are invited to submit one work that was recently built in NYC. There are no limitations in terms of project type, program, size, or budget.

04.18.08 Call for Proposals: The New York Prize Fellowship in Sustainable Cities and the Social Sciences
The Van Alen Institute seeks proposals from scholars and practitioners in the social sciences and related fields for NY-based projects on the topic of sustainable cities. Proposals are welcome in a range of formats — such as workshops, roundtables, installations, and symposia — with a strong curatorial impulse that brings together social scientists and spatial practitioners in architecture, design, and related disciplines for debate and dialogue. Fellowship awards include project support up to $10,000, work and gallery space at the Institute, publication in Public Practice, stipend, and a range of project production, research, and programming resources.

04.21.08 Request for Proposals: Hudson Yards Park and Boulevard
The NYC Department of Design and Construction and the Hudson Yards Development Corporation has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the design of the four-acre Hudson Park and Boulevard and the creation of a streetscape plan for the Hudson Yards area on Manhattan’s West Side. The RFP is a two-stage process. In the first stage, respondents will submit material presenting their ability to provide design services outlined in the RFP. These materials will be evaluated by a Selection Committee to determine a shortlist that will participate in the second stage of the RFP. In the second stage, respondents on the short list will participate in a design competition for the park and streetscape plan.

04.25.08 Call for Entries: AIA NY State 2008 Design Awards
These awards honor works of architecture located anywhere in the world by AIA New York State members and works of architecture located in New York State completed since 01.01.03. This year’s categories are: Residential (Small Projects, less than 5,000 square feet, Large Projects, greater than 5,000 square feet), Institutional, Commercial/Industrial (Small Projects, less than 5,000 square feet, Large Projects, greater than 5,000 square feet), Mixed Use, International, Urban Planning Design, Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse, Interiors, and Unbuilt (recognizes commissioned architectural design work by practicing emerging young architects licensed 10 years or less, not yet built or complete).

04.25.08 Call for Ideas: Reinventing Grand Army Plaza
To stur Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza’s rebirth, the Design Trust for Public Space, in partnership with the Grand Army Plaza Coalition, has launched an international ideas competition to generate new visions for every aspect of the plaza’s design. The jury will award three cash prizes. First prize is $5,000; second: $2,000; and third: $1,000. In addition, winners and top entries will be exhibited in a fall 2008 outdoor exhibition at Grand Army Plaza.

04.30.08 Call for Entries: CityRacks Design Competition
The NYC Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the support of Google Inc. and Transportation Alternatives, has launched an international design competition for new bicycle parking. The purpose is to develop functional, well-designed sidewalk racks and to generate new concepts for bicycle parking inside commercial and residential buildings. The city intends to use the winning sidewalk rack as its new standard for bicycle parking.

05.16.08 Call for Entries: New Practices New York 2008
This is the second juried portfolio competition and exhibition in a new biennial tradition sponsored by the AIANY New Practices Committee. It serves as a platform to recognize and promote new, innovative, and emerging architecture firms within NYC. On 04.02.08, there will be an information session for entrants at the Center for Architecture. For more information, click here. On 04.08.08, there will be a mixer for architects and designers interested or engaged in New Practice. The event, New Practices in the Mix, will be hosted by Poliform. For more information, click here.

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.


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: www.aiany.org/calendar
CES credits available

February 15 — April 12, 2008

Danish/Chinese Collaboration on Sustainable Urban Development in China

Galleries: Kohn Pedersen Fox Gallery, HLW Gallery

The exhibition confronts the environmental challenges related to rapid and extensive urbanization in China and illustrates the value of international and interdisciplinary collaboration. CO- EVOLUTION displays four visionary projects – the results of collaborations between Danish architects and professors and students from leading Chinese universities.

This exhibition at the Center for Architecture is financed by the Danish Ministry of Culture

Related Programs organized by the AIA New York Chapter, the Center for Architecture Foundation, the Danish Architecture Centre, People’s Architecture, and the AIA New York Chapter International Committee

Curator: Henrik Valeur and UiD

Sponsored by:

Engineering Consultancy Services:

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: www.aiany.org/calendar
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

Ant Farm

Courtesy Columbia University

Through 05.02.08
Ant Farm: Radical Hardware

Established in 1968, Ant Farm was a collaborative art and design group with a revolutionary vision of a nomadic lifestyle. This exhibition presents an early period of Ant Farm’s architectural projects and environmental media strategies. Videos, 35 mm slides, collages, and other archival documents related to Truckstop Network, Osmic Accelerator, The House of the Century and other projects will track Ant Farm’s prescient and critical engagement with the spaces and apparatuses of the “videosphere” and other emerging image technologies.

Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery, Buell Hall, Columbia University
116th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, NYC


Courtesy Exit Art

Through 05.03.08

E.P.A. (Environmental Performance Actions) is a large-scale program dealing with current environmental concerns and the way artists respond to them. This group exhibition surveys recent performance work from around the world and consists of videos, photographs, texts, related ephemera, and a film program documenting recent performances. The goal is to draw attention to climate change, watersheds, urbanization, and, ultimately, human survival.

Exit Art
475 10th Avenue, NYC

Cory Treadway

©Cory Treadway, courtesy Gensler

Through 05.23.08
Outside / Inside

Photography exhibition features 12 alumni from the School of the International Center of Photography (ICP) representing an international group of emerging photographic artists, whose work explores dichotomies and nuance in the built environment. Artists include: Charles Atherton, Marla Caplan, Ray Klimek, Tim Lehmacher, Matthew Monteith, Noemi Nin Pflüger, Catherine Kunkemueller, Jeff Luckey, Mauro Restiffe, Stuart O’Sullivan, Ryan Thatcher, and Cory Treadway.

Gensler New York’s Rockefeller Center Office
By appointment: 212-492-1433
1 Rockefeller Plaza, NYC