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AIA Convention Preview
The 2008 AIA Convention kicks off this week at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC). As AIANYers migrate northward, here is a preview of events that might be of interest, and seminars in which local chapter members are participating. To download the full convention program, go to the AIA website.


* WE09 Designing a Regenerative Hospital: An Imperative for the 21st Century (Robin Guenther, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP; Ray Pradinuk, MRAIC, LEED AP; Scott Slotterback; Jerry Smith, ASLA, LEED AP)
* WE13 Project Finance for Project Managers and Managing Principals (Jim Sawyer, AIA, NCARB)


* TG02 Run for Fun ($20) Westin Hotel next to BCEC to BCEC

*GS01 Keynote Theme: Millard Fuller on Sustainable Design

* Candidate Speeches, Grand Ballroom, BCEC

* Regional Caucuses, Room 210-A, BCEC

* TH27 Civic Architecture: Design and Identity in a Changing Society Edward A. Feiner, FAIA; Barbara A. Nadel, FAIA; Les Shepherd, AIA; Richard N. Swett, FAIA)
* TH30 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture (Peter G. Kuttner, FAIA; Marsha Maytum, FAIA; Mark Reddington, FAIA; Michael Ross, FAIA)
* TH31 New York Times Building (Bruce S. Fowle, FAIA, LEED AP; Rocco Giannetti, AIA; Jeremy Moss; David Thurm)
* TH37 International Architecture Practice and Design: Honorary Fellows International Forum (Judith D. Mitchell, AIA)

* TH54 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award Forum (Norma Sklarek, FAIA; Jack Travis, FAIA)
* TH58 AIA Architecture Firm Award Presentation (Mike Mense, FAIA)
* TH59 BIM: Best Practices, Best Results (Stephen R. Hagan, FAIA, CCM; Kristine K. Fallon, FAIA; Tony Rinella, Assoc. AIA)

* E15 AIA International Committee and AIA Overseas Members Meeting

* E16 Honors and Awards Ceremony

* TH78 The Next Generation of Ideas on Water (Susan Szenasy)
* TH84 The Value of Architecture Centers (Rick Bell, FAIA; Diane Filippi; Lynn J. Osmond, Hon. AIA)

* International Committee Reception

* AIANYS Party sponsored by Ibex Construction at Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Place, Budweiser Right Field Roof, Gate B. Rain or shine. Help us “bury the jersey” and honor our new Fellows and design award winners.

* E32 AIAS Nightcap ($35)

* E33 Movies at EpiCenter ($50)


* AIANYS Breakfast Meeting at Marriott Copley Plaza Vineyard Room

* FR21 The United Nations in the 21st Century (Anthony Cohn)
* FR39 2007 Latrobe Prize

* GS02 Keynote Theme: Urban Security in the 21st Century (Ambassador Henry A. Crumpton; The Honorable Douglas P. Woodlock; Thomas Vonier, FAIA, RIBA)

* FR42 The Need to Negotiate: How to Take Your Career to the Next Level (Roy Abernathy, AIA, IFMA; Giles Jacknain; Bradford Perkins, FAIA, MRAIC, AICP; Ed Tsoi, FAIA)
* FR48 Organizing Professional Response to the Mayor’s PlaNYC 2030 (Rick Bell, FAIA; Ernest W. Hutton, Assoc. AIA, AICP; Jessica P. Strauss, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB)

* FR61 The New Housing New York Legacy Project (Lance Jay Brown, FAIA; Mark E. Ginsberg, FAIA, APA; Holly Leicht)
* FR71 Showcasing the Melting Pot: The Successful Design of Museums and Cultural Facilities in the United States (Philip Freelon, FAIA; Nicholas P. Koutsomitis, AIA; Andrew Sebor, PE)

* Investiture of New Fellows at Old South Church, 645 Boylston

* FR89 LEED Gold Landmark at the University of Illinois (Craig G. Copeland, AIA, LEED AP; Paul E. Parry, PE, LEED AP)
* FR95 Developing Your Own Client Base: What’s the Secret? (Michael Ayles, AIA, NCARB; David Koren, Assoc. AIA, CPSM; Jean R. Valence, Hon. AIA, FSMPS)

* E47 Host City Celebration ($150)


* SA07 Drivers of Change: Urbanization and Land Use (Francesca Birks; Jessica P. Strauss, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB)

* SA31 Sustainable Health Care Architecture (Robin Guenther, FAIA, LEED AP, NCARB; Gail Vittori, LEED AP)

* GS03 Forty Years: The Anniversary of Whitney Young’s Presentation to the Institute (Ambassador Andrew Young)

Out of nearly 10,000 submissions, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) won the 2008 People’s Voice Webby Award for the America’s Favorite Architecture (AFA) website…

Co-editors Donald Albrecht and Eeva Liisa Pelkonen accepted the Society of Architectural Historians Philip Johnson Exhibition Catalogue Award for Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future

R.M.Kliment & Frances Halsband Architects‘ renovation and restoration of the historic U.S. Post Office and Courthouse on Cadman Plaza in Brooklyn, with associate architect/historic consultant Wank Adams Slavin Associates has won two awards: The New York Landmarks Conservancy Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award and the Preservation League of New York State Excellence in Historic Preservation Award… Other Preservation League Award Winners include: Eldridge Street Synagogue, project architect Walter Sedovic Architects and architects Wiss Janney Elstner Associates; Model Development Block in New Rochelle by Susan Doban Architect; and a special citation honoring Preserving New York: Winning the Right to Protect a City’s Landmarks (Routledge 2007) by Anthony C. Wood

NY-based Thomas Kosbau and Tyson Gillard were runners up in the 2008 Metropolis Next Generation Design Prize…

Ron McCoy, FAIA, has been selected as the new Princeton University architect; he succeeds Jon Hlafter, FAIA, who retired after 40 years at the post…

04.30.08: The AIANY 2008 Design Awards Luncheon took place at Cipriani on Wall Street in honor of this year’s Design Awards and Building Type Awards, co-sponsored with the Boston Society of Architect. A reception followed the next evening at the Center for Architecture, celebrating the Design Awards & Building Type Awards 2008 exhibition opening.

Keynote speaker Peter Eisenman, FAIA.

Sam Lahoz

2006 AIANY President Mark Strauss, FAIA, AICP, and 2008 AIANY President James McCullar, FAIA, toast the Spring issue of OCULUS at the exhibition opening.

Kristen Richards

(l-r): Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY Executive Director; Ronnette Riley, FAIA; and Abby Suckle, FAIA, LEED AP, AIANY Secretary.

Kristen Richards

(l-r): Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, chair of the AIANY Planning & Urban Design committee; Andy Frankl, president of Ibex Construction; and Rick Bell, FAIA.

Kristen Richards

05.05.08: On the occasion of its 40th anniversary, Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners held a panel discussion among senior firm members about the firm’s past, present, and future, and the AIANY Chapter presented it with a special proclamation, at the firm-designed Rubin Museum of Art.

(l-r): Frederick A. Bland, FAIA, AICP, Managing Partner; Founding Partners John H. Beyer, FAIA, AICP, and John Belle, FAIA, RIBA; New Yorker columnist Adam Gopnik (who moderated the discussion); James McCullar, FAIA, 2008 AIANY President; Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY Executive Director (with proclamation).

Kristen Richards

05.07.08: Openhousenewyork (OHNY) held its annual benefit cocktail party and silent art auction at The Explorer’s Club to help raise funds to ensure that the OHNY weekend in October remains a free event.

(l-r): Robert Hammond, co-founder of Friends of the High Line; Scott Laurer, OHNY founder; William Menking, editor-in-chief of The Architect’s Newspaper.

Odette Veneziano

Caroline Otto, OHNY board president (center) with Everardo Jefferson, AIA (left), and Sara Caples, AIA (right), principals of Caples Jefferson Architects.

Odette Veneziano

The NY Chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS-NY) held its 12th Annual Honor Awards to recognize excellence in marketing and the public, development, and media sectors. The winners (l-r): Media Honor Award honoree Lockhart Steele, president of; Marketing Champion Award honoree Maxinne Rhea Leighton, Assoc. AIA, principal of business development/director of marketing, Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners; Marketing Mentor Award honoree Kirsten Sibilia, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, principal and director of marketing and communication, FXFOWLE Architects (and OCULUS Committee chair); Marketing Achievement Award honoree Judy Pullar, former vice president / director of business development, Cannon Design; and Public Sector Award honoree David Burney, FAIA, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Design and Construction.

Elliot Kaufman Photography

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.

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

05.19.08 Call for Submissions: AIA National Healthcare Design Awards
The AIA Academy of Architecture for Health recently began the AIA National Healthcare Design Awards program, which will showcase the best of healthcare building design and healthcare design-oriented research. Projects should exhibit conceptual strength and solve aesthetic, civic, urban, and social concerns as well as the requisite functional and sustainability concerns of a healthcare facility.

06.02.08 Call for Submissions: Red Hook: The Bicycle Master Plan Design Competition
Red Hook is underserved by public transportation; this design competition seeks to promote bicycling in the area. The competition has three components: 1. Retrofitting a bike garage (or “loft”) at the Smith/9th Street Station, 2. Connecting this elevated train stop to the rest of the neighborhood via dedicated bike lanes and other bike amenities, and 3. Identifying funding sources such as the reauthorization of federal surface transportation legislation, foundations, and commercial sponsors. Prize total is $8,500 divided among five finalists. Registration ends 6.02.08 and submissions are accepted through 07.31.08..

06.05.08 Request for Proposals: NYCEDC Alternative Fueling Facility
New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking a developer for the construction and operation of an alternative fueling facility within the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center. The site, located along Food Center Drive and Halleck Street in the Bronx, is approximately 127,800 square feet and zoned for heavy manufacturing uses. It is anticipated that NYCEDC will offer the site for a long-term lease with a term of 30 years with two five-year renewals. Proposals should provide the retail sale of at lease one type of competitively priced, sustainable alternative fuel; however, proposals that include more than one type of alternative fuel are strongly encouraged.

06.20.08 Call for Entries: How Green are You?
AIA and Dwell invite you to prove “How Green Are You?” Simply provide four images of your green or sustainable project and write a 250-word essay highlighting the most important green elements. Projects will be assessed on their sustainability, functionality, originality, cost effectiveness, and design. editors, AIA architects, and site visitors will vet the submissions and be evaluated by our editorial staff and AIA architects. Three winners will receive a gift certificate from the AIA to apply toward their next big Green Project.

06.20.08 Call for Entries: 2008 World Architecture Festival Awards
The World Architecture Festival (WAF) will celebrate the work, concerns, and aspirations of the international architectural community during a three-day event taking place in Barcelona, Spain from 10.22.08-24.08. The 2008 awards are for buildings completed between 01.01.07 and 06.20.08. Buildings can be in any country and by architects of any nationality. International juries will shortlist the best entries in 96 building types, grouped into 16 categories. All shortlisted architects will present their work to live juries and audiences at the festival. Category winners will compete against each other in front of a super-jury, to win the ‘best in show’ prize, the first architectural Prix de Barcelona.

06.24.08 Call for Entries: Live the Box
This national architectural design competition addresses the issue of thousands of unwanted shipping containers that clog ports and the land around them. AIA Newark and Suburban and Young Architects Forum challenges designers to re-invent the box by utilizing shipping containers as the primary construct of an urban multi-family mixed use project. The selected site is adjacent to a major train station, and walking distance to the downtown and major cultural centers of Newark, NJ.

06.27.08 Request for Qualifications: Situated Technologies: Toward the Sentient City
The Architectural League of New York invites architects, artists, designers, technologists, engineers, urbanists, or teams thereof, to submit qualifications for an exhibition that will critically explore the evolving relationship between ubiquitous/pervasive computing and urban architecture. The League will commission five to seven teams to develop urban interventions — to be installed in and around NYC in spring 2009 — that will imagine alternative trajectories for how various mobile, embedded, networked, and distributed forms of media, information, and communication systems might inform the architecture of urban space and/or influence our behavior within it. Commissioned projects will receive support ranging from $5,000 to $25,000.

06.27.08 Call for Entires: Emirates Glass LEAF Awards
These awards are open to all companies, technologies, and individuals that have made an outstanding contribution to the world of architecture, and who continue to set the benchmark for the buildings of tomorrow. This year’s awards will be presented at a gala dinner on 10.23.08 at the The Dorchester in Central London.

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

Related Events

Monday, May 19, 2008, 6:00 — 8:00pm

Design Awards Winners’ Symposium: Interiors Winners

Wednesday, June 18, 2008 6:00 — 8:00pm

Design Awards Winners’ Symposium: Projects Winners

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 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

Exhibition Announcements

Cabinet No. 8, 1994; yellow-lacquered maple with waterstain grain, natural burled elm, by Ettore Sottsass.

Courtesy Friedman Benda Gallery

Through 06.21.08

This exhibition is the second in a cycle of exhibitions devoted to the investigation of the limited edition and rare work of Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007). This exhibition features glass, marble, and furniture made from 1965-1995. Many of the works are on view for the first time outside European museums. Sottsass investigated the forms, patterns, and structures that underlie the rituals of daily life. On view is a selection domestic objects, photography, and architectural projects.

Friedman Benda Gallery
515 West 26th Street

Young Architects Forum 2008: Resonance.

Courtesy The Architectural League of New York

Through 07.11.08
Young Architects Forum 2008: Resonance

The Architectural League of New York presents a lecture series and exhibition of work by the winners of its 27th annual competition for young architects and designers. This year’s theme, “Resonance,” challenged entrants to consider expanded communication networks, in a time when architects’ productive power is increasingly strengthened by technological advances. Cross-fertilization with other disciplines and industries was encouraged as well.

The Urban Center
457 Madison Avenue

AIANY Architecture Awards Add Extra to Ordinary (Continued)

Connectivity also drove Skirkanich Hall at the University of Pennsylvania as designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects. Housing a bioengineering lab, this infill building is part of the school’s effort to connect engineering disciplines and use the building to link downtown Philadelphia to the heart of campus, according to senior associate Philip Ryan. By creating connections to adjacent buildings, the entry stair becomes a place for gathering. Most of building’s interior is black granite, but the cherry wood highlights and fields of green tiles are intended to encourage students to stop and think. The double-glazed, textured brick façade departs from the campus’s red brick standard, adding a sense of mystery, said Ryan, yet it relates to the color of the nearby Ginkgo trees and echoes the seasons.

For Bruder, it was an image showing the Louis Kahn-designed window detail next to the Polshek Partnerhsip Architects’ upgraded window detail that won the Yale University Art Gallery its Merit Award. And this challenge — to replace the window wall with modern technology and materials yet replicate the look exactly — is why the project took six years to complete, explained partner Duncan Hazard, AIA. Kahn’s glazing and metalwork were failing because the original design did not account for accumulative expansion and compression stresses. The museum climate created sweating on the inside of the glass, and the building did not meet modern wind-load requirements. Ultimately, the new wall is slightly thicker in some places, but otherwise appears as Kahn intended. In addition to the window wall, interior concrete work was repaired, and all of the building’s systems needed to be replaced (a challenge in itself because the ducts had to be reused as they were installed before the space-frame ceiling was constructed, making them impossible to remove).