In this issue:
· NCARB Passes “6 Month Rule”
· A+DEN Conference: Foundation Wins Grant, NEA Turns New Page
· News Update: AIA New York State
· Syracuse University Offers Scholarships to African Americans

NCARB Passes “6 Month Rule”
NCARB’s Annual Meeting and Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, 06.26-28.08, voted on several resolutions. The most debated was Resolution 2008-07 (also known as the “Six-Month Rule”), passed with a vote of 49-1. The resolution will require interns establishing a new NCARB Record on or after 07.01.09 to submit training reports of no more than six-month duration within two months of the end of each reporting period. On 07.01.10, the Six-Month Rule will go into effect for all interns. The resolution is dependent on a “fully tested and operational” online reporting system. Should the online reporting system not be fully tested and operational by the end of 2008, each implementation date will be pushed back and will go into effect six months after the system has been deemed fully operational by an independent tester.

The resolution was amended by Member Boards to allow parents of newborn infants or newly adopted children to receive a six-month extension of the reporting deadline upon proper application. The same extension was also applied to the Five-Year Rolling Clock for the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) through Resolution 2008-04. Other resolutions related to IDP included changes to employment duration in full- and part-time work, and an increase in the number of training units interns may earn from the Emerging Professional’s Companion. A summary of all the resolutions including the votes can be found on the NCARB home page.

A+DEN Conference: Foundation Wins Grant, NEA Turns New Page

On June 19, the Center for Architecture Foundation staff traveled to Chicago to attend the 2008 A+DEN, Architecture + Design Education Network conference to receive a grant for the Foundation’s Learning By Design:NY program in the schools. Highlights from this year’s conference included author, curator, and graphic designer Ellen Lupton who delivered the opening keynote on a range of topics from designing business cards to how to choose the best luggage. Sharon E. Sutton, FAIA, Ph.D., architectural educator and author of Weaving a Tapestry of Resistance: The Places, Power, and Poetry of a Sustainable Society, spoke about her participation in various design/build projects. Chicago-based architect and co-author of Design for Kids, Peter Exley, FAIA, hosted a design educator’s version of Pecha Kucha. The Center for Architecture Foundation received a grant this year for its Learning By Design:NY program in the schools, as well.

Other sessions at the conference looked at technology and digital curriculum in the classroom, creating professional development workshops for teachers interested in incorporating design, implementing design curriculum in the schools, training volunteer architects for collaborative classroom visits, and the state of school design and its relevance to design education.

The newly appointed director of design for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Maurice Cox, introduced a new direction for the NEA, which, in the past, has not supported design education at the K-12 level.

A+DEN was founded by the American Architectural Foundation and the Chicago Architecture Foundation to create as association of like-minded organizations committed to promoting innovative architecture and design education for teachers and students in grades K-12. A+DEN has a growing national and international membership of architecture foundations, historic homes, museums, and architecture and design teachers. For more information and to join the A+DEN network, go to the website.

The Chicago Architecture Foundation board and staff hosted the event providing three rooftop venues for lunch and cocktails, proving that Chicago is a wonderful city for architecture.

News Update: AIA New York State

AIANYS 2008 Convention in White Plains
The AIANYS 2008 Convention will be in White Plains Thursday, 09.25-27.08. Over 40 continuing education courses divided into three tracks that reflect the theme “Future, Integrated and Small Practice” will be presented. Online registration for the convention will open in mid-July. Check for updates on the AIANYS Convention website.

Upcoming Chapter Golf Outing
AIA Brooklyn is hosting its 15th Annual Golf Outing Thursday, 08.14.08 at Dyker Beach Golf Club in Brooklyn. For more information and to register, click here for form. Deadline to register is 07.24.08. (Contact: Nick Raschella at 718-837-6800, ext. 201.)

AIA Peconic Granted Full Component Status from AIA
AIA Peconic leadership received the permanent charter during their member meeting on 06.12.08 at Pierre’s Restaurant in Bridgehampton.

Barbara Nadel, FAIA, Named to Homeland Security Television Editorial Advisory Board
Homeland Security Television, the world’s first online, on-demand network for broadcast quality videos on homeland and cyber security, recently announced the completion of the first round of appointments to its editorial advisory board. A total of eight national security experts with a wide range of backgrounds have agreed to join HSTV’s board, including NYC-based Barbara Nadel, FAIA, Principal, Barbara Nadel Architect and Senior Consultant to Good Harbor Consulting.

New Grant and Technical Assistance to Encourage Community Center Schools
The National Trust for Historic Preservation (NHTP) is offering the opportunity for organizations to analyze their state’s current policies and develop an educational outreach program with policy recommendations to help citizens and officials make informed choices when spending their limited dollars on school facilities. Selected organizations will receive a year of technical assistance and $6,000 to research state policies and practices; convene a policy summit to develop recommendations; develop educational materials; and hold a press event to announce policy findings.

By participating in this program, organizations will secure community-centered schools for their state through the implementation of state-level policies. The proposal deadline is 07.14.08 at 5:00 PM. For more information, go to the NHTP website.

Syracuse University Offers Scholarships to African Americans
Syracuse University School of Architecture Dean Mark Robbins hopes to attract African American students interested in a five-year professional degree in architecture by offering 10 full scholarships to the program. Though Hispanic enrollment in the school has risen sharply, there are still few African American students, Robbins stresses. For more information, contact Mark Robbins: 315 443- 2255,

Bike Shares, Rentals Offer Free Ways About Town

There are a number of bike rental and bike share programs throughout the city this summer. Here’s a breakdown:

Alliance for Downtown New York: The “Bike Around Downtown” pilot program is providing free bikes to the public through October 31, seven days a week. Contracted with Bike and Roll, anyone can pre-register for specific time periods and then pick up the bike at a kiosk at South Street Seaport.

Governors Island: Bike rentals are available through October 4, also sponsored by Bike and Roll, offering basic beach cruiser bikes and children’s bikes for free on Fridays. Saturdays and Sundays rentals are $5 for 30 minute4s, $10 for two hours, and $15 all day. Other types of bikes are available as well.

Forum for Urban Design: The organization is re-launching its bike-share program from July 10-14, for the second year. In partnership with the Storefront for Art and Architecture, City Bakery, and Bike and Roll, free 30-minute bike rentals at four downtown locations will be available. On July 14, there will be a reception at City Bakery from 7:00-9:00pm featuring NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Kahn and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. Go to the Forum’s website for more information.

Rafael Viñoly Architects’ expansion of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum is the recipient of the 2008 Project of the Year Award from the Society of American Registered Architects/New York Council… Laura Heim, AIA, received a 2008 Partnership in Education Award from The International High School (IHS) at La Guardia Community College…

Parsons The New School for Design is launching a new undergraduate degree program in Environmental Studies that focuses on both urban ecosystems and sustainable design…

BBG-BBGM has promoted Marcelle Irving and David Weinberg to Senior Associates in its NY office…

06.11.08: The AIANY Women in Architecture (WIA) committee hosted a cocktail reception for emerging women in design at the SICIS showroom.

WIA co-chairs Nancy Goshow, AIA (left) and Diane Tien, AIA, LEED AP (right).

Jessica Sheridan

06.13.08: The Building Connections: 12th Annual Exhibition of K-12 Design Work is on view at the Center for Architecture through August 23. See On View: At the Center for Architecture for more information.

Installation view of the exhibition.

Kristen Richards

Eastern Woodland Indians. Site: PS 150 Tribeca Learning Center. Educator: Catherine Teegarden.

Glenda Reed

A Study of Harlem through its landmarks. Site: PS 161. Educator: Jane Cowan.

Glenda Reed

A study of urban growth. Site: PS 3. Educator: Yves Roger. Support: VanGuard Construction.

Glenda Reed

06.23.08: A full-scale “Fly’s Eye Dome,” designed by Buckminster Fuller is temporarily installed at LaGuardia Park. See On View: At the Center for Architecture for more information.

Alex Lamis, AIA, Center for Architecture Foundation president (left) with Shoji Sadao, AIA, former partner of Buckminster Fuller at the opening of the Dymaxion Study Center in the Center for Architecture.

Kristen Richards

Stephen A. Kliment, FAIA, Oculus and e-Oculus editorial director inside the dome.

Kristen Richards

The statue of Fiorello LaGuardia peering through the dome.

Jessica Sheridan

07.01.08: Men’s Vogue with Amale Andraos and Dan Wood, AIA, of WORKac hosted a party at P.S.1 celebrating their P.F.1 (Public Farm 1) installation.

Amale Andraos and Dan Wood, AIA, principals of WORKac.

Jessica Sheridan

The stars of the evening were the free-roaming roosters and a coop with baby chicks. An observer noted, “There are a lot of cute chicks at this party!”

Jessica Sheridan

Rockefeller Center: Chris Burden’s “What My Dad Gave Me,” the six-story. 65-foot-high skyscraper made of one million stainless steel replica pieces based on a 1913 Erector set.

Kristen Richards

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 Winter issue. The theme:

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.

08.01.08 Winter 2008-09: Competing for Space

07.18.08 Call for Entries: Designing the 21st Century Street
Transportation Alternatives invites entries for Designing the 21st Century Street. Contestants are asked to redesign the intersection of 9th Street and 4th Avenue in Brooklyn with new conceptual and physical approaches to planning healthy, safe, and sustainable streets. The competition is open to the public. Three finalists will split a $12,000 prize. Top entries will be featured in an exhibition and book publication. Registration ends 07.18.08 and submissions are due by 08.18.08.

08.29.08 Call for Entries: AIA Honor Awards
The Institute Honor Awards recognize excellence that elevates the quality of architecture practice, sets performance standards, and informs the public of the breadth and value of architecture practice. The 2009 awards program is accepting online entries of projects in the following categories: Institute Honor Awards for Regional & Urban Design; Institute Honor Award for Interior Architecture; 25 Year Award; and Institute Honor Award for Architecture.

09.26.08 Call for Entries: Nordhaven, The Sustainable City of the Future
This open international ideas competition seeks to create a sustainable city district in Nordhavnen, Denmark — a new urban development with 40,000 residents and 40,000 staff in buildings with a total floor area of 3-4 million square meters. Waterfronts are on three sides of the site. The competition is open to everyone, but is aimed at urban planners, architects, landscape architects, and traffic planners, who are welcome to collaborate with experts in other fields. Total prize money amounts to DKK 3 million (approximately $630,000).

11.03.08 Call for Entries: 2008 Library for the 21st Century Design Competition
Administered by the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), this program challenges students to learn about architectural aluminum building products and their assembly in the design of a library. The designer (or team) can choose any site and must use LEED building standards. While open to any student, the competition is designed for advanced students. Total prize money is $7,225, including $2,500 for the winning design.

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.


June 23 — September 14, 2008

Buckminster Fuller Dymaxion Study Center

Galleries: Libary

The Dymaxion Study Center will display over four hundred volumes of books by and about visionary inventor and theorist, Buckminster Fuller, whose work has influenced generations of architects and environmentalists. These volumes will include the complete and extremely rare set of Buckminster Fuller’s Synergetics Dictionary edited by Ed Applewhite, as well as other well-known works by Fuller, such as Synergetics and Nine Chains to the Moon. The Study Center will include selections from Fuller’s “live book squad” of influential texts and a Dymaxion timeline, outlining the evolution of Fuller’s geodesic designs in the context of their co-evolution with the Dymaxion map, organized in collaboration with Bonnie DeVarco, former Fuller Archivist and Shoji Sadao, President of Fuller and Sadao PC.

On Monday, June 23rd, 2008, the Center for Architecture will also unveil the Buckminster Fuller’s Fly’s Eye Dome, courtesy of the Buckminster Fuller Institute and Max Protetch Gallery, New York, in conjunction with NYC Department of Transportation’s Temporary Art Program and Friends of LaGuardia Place. The dome will be temporarily displayed at LaGuardia Park between Bleecker and West 3rd Streets. Its presence will draw attention to the imminent re-design of the park by landscape architect, Adrian Smith, ASLA, working with students and Friends of LaGuardia Place.

“The Fly’s Eye domes are designed as components of a ’livingry’ service. The basic hardware components will produce a beautiful, fully equipped, air-deliverable house that weighs and costs about as much as a good automobile. Not only will it be highly efficient in its use of energy and materials, it also will be capable of harvesting incoming light and wind energies.” – Buckminster Fuller, Critical Path, 1983.

The Center for Architecture’s Dymaxion Study Center will offer audiences an in-depth view of Buckminster Fuller, his influences, his words, and works.

Organized by: AIA New York Chapter and the Center for
Architecture Foundation in association with the Buckminster Fuller Institute

Exhibition and Graphic Design: Project Projects

Underwriters: NYC Department of Transportation’s Temporary Art

Friends of LaGuardia Place, Center for Architecture
Lead Sponsors: Spring Scaffolding

Sponsor: Richter+Ratner

Supporters: New York University; Purchase College, State University of
New York
Media Sponsor: Metropolis Magazine

Related Events

Saturday, July 12, 2008, 10:00 — 12:00pm

FamilyDay@theCenter: Bucky’s Ge-Odyssey (Session I)

Saturday, July 12, 2008, 1:00 — 3:00pm

FamilyDay@theCenter: Bucky’s Ge-Odyssey (Session II)

May 22 — September 6, 2008

Ecotones: mitigating NYC’s contentious sites

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

Given the global and local challenges of climate change, the Landscape Architecture profession is at the forefront of New York City’s sustainability efforts. Collaborating with governments, regulatory agencies, community groups, and design professionals, Landscape Architects are transforming ecological problems into opportunities for habitation and recreation. With Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s sustainability plan, plaNYC, in place, the challenge is to understand the interconnectedness of the City’s green spaces.

Ecotones are transition zones between adjacent ecosystems. In urban environments they emerge as contentious sites located between disparate or opposing forces: where industry meets the river; where community and industrial uses collide; where public and private interests merge. These areas are often the unconsidered result of infrastructure improvements and building developments yet have the potential to be cultural and ecological mitigators. The projects in this exhibition show us how sustainable practices, specifically, the collecting, cleansing, and reclaiming of water, can be used to mediate conflicting circumstances, integrating technical solutions with the social and cultural considerations that make for vibrant urban spaces.

Organized by the AIA New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture Foundation in collaboration with the American Society of Landscape Architects New York Chapter

Curator: Tricia Martin

Exhibition Design: Moorhead & Moorhead

Graphic Design: PS New York

Patron: Alcan Composites USA

H.I. Interior Corp

Duggal Visual Solutions

Supporters: Delta Fountains; H.M. White Site Architects; Landscape Forms; Langan Engineering and Environmental Services; Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Landscape Architects

Friends: EDAW; Lee Weintraub Landscape Architecture; Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects; Sawyer/Berson, Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Related Events

Saturday, July 26, 2008, 11:00am — 5:00pm

organized by the ASLA New York Chapter

June 13 — August 23, 2008

Building Connections: 12th Annual Exhibition of K-12 Design Work

Join us in celebrating our young designers! This annual exhibition of K-12 explorations into the built environment showcases models and drawings from Learning By Design:NY, our school based residency program, as well as work from our youth programs at the Center for Architecture.

Exhibition Design: Arquitectonica
Exhibition Graphics: Casey Maher

Exhibition organized by the Center for Architecture Foundation and the AIA New York.

Building Connections was made possible with generous support from the following organizations:

Sponsor: Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel; Robert A. M. Stern Architects

Supporters: Ingram, Yuzek, Gainen, Carroll & Bertolotti; Robert Silman Associates

Friends: Archetype Associates; Baldinger; Bentley Prince Street; Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design; Fisher Marantz Stone; InterfaceFLOR; Langan Engineering and Environmental Services; Murray Engineering; Petty Burton Associates; Pustorino, Puglisi & Co.; RMJM Hillier; Tamarkin Architecture; Weidlinger Associates; Linda Yowell, FAIA

Spend the Summer@theCenter!
For more information go to, or contact 212.358.6133 or

Green Roof for a Green Planet, Saturday, June 7, 10:00 – 12:00 pm and 1:00 – 3:00
Bucky’s Maps, Saturday, July 12, 10:00 – 12:00 pm and 1:00 – 3:00

Explore Governor’s Island, Saturday, August 9, Meet at 9:45am at the Ferry Building

Exhibition Announcements

Cortica Cork Chaise by Daniel Michalik, Brooklyn, NY (72 x 26 x 20″).

Mark Johnston

Through 07.17.08
Seats of New York: Benches, Stools and Chairs from Across the State

Presented by the Purchase College School of Art+Design and the Furniture Society, the exhibition showcases imaginative and unique benches, stools, and chairs that reflect the wide array of approaches to furniture making throughout New York State. They are as diverse in style and historical precedent, as they are in production methods, materials and places of origin.

Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery at Purchase College
Art+Design Building, 735 Anderson Hill Rd, Purchase, NY

MITSUKO ASAKURA, Escalation (1973), cotton. 89 3/4 x 57 7/8 in. Suntory Headquarters, Tokyo.

Courtesy of the artist

07.10.08 through 08.14.08
Tapestry in Architecture: Creating Human Spaces

The first U.S. show of textile artist Mitsuko Asakura highlights intricately woven, delicately patterned works specifically designed to compliment architectural interiors. The exhibition showcases 11 hanging pieces replete with photos and a video essay depicting the creation process, and features works specifically commissioned by clients including Hie Shrine for its new building in downtown Tokyo, Pfizer Global Research and Development for its laboratories in Nagoya, Resona Bank in Osaka, and more.

Japan Society Gallery
333 E. 47th St.

Formula for House in Chiang Mai, 2008, Rirkrit Tiravanija.

Courtesy Van Alen Institute

Through 08.15.08
Hans Ulrich Obrist’s Formulas for Now

As Van Alen Institute’s inaugural New York Prize Senior Fellow, Obrist has revisited interviews conducted over the last 15 years with quintessential NY figures who have played critical roles in shaping the cityscape. Two new interviews with Rem Koolhaas and Yoko Ono, asking “What is your formula for the 21st century?” debut alongside a selection of unedited interviews with famed NY artists, architects, and cultural leaders including Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, AIA, and Philip Johnson with Rem Koolhaas.

Van Alen Institute
30 West 22nd Street 6th Floor


Courtesy Museum of the City of New York

Through 09.14.08
New York Fast Forward: Neil Denari Builds on the High Line

The exhibition documents the design and construction plans for the first freestanding building by LA-based architect Neil Denari, AIA. The exhibition features historic images of the High Line and its surrounding neighborhood alongside models, computer renderings, and drawings of HL23. A highlight of the exhibition is a model offering visitors cutaway views of the HL23’s structure and its façade of patterned stainless steel. Read LA to NY: Neil Denari Meets the High Line in this issue to read more about the exhibition.

Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue

Buckminster Fuller, Model of Dymaxion Dwelling Machines community, ca. 1946, refabricated 2008.

Photograph by Patrick Hobgood, Iannis Kandyliaris, and Ilias Papageorgiou, courtesy Whitney Museum of American Art

Through 09.21.08
Buckminster Fuller: Starting with the Universe

R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) was one of the great American visionaries of the 20th century. Best-known as the inventor of the geodesic dome, Fuller devoted much of his life to resolving the gap between the sciences and the humanities, which he believed was preventing society from taking a comprehensive view of the world. His theories and innovations traversed the worlds of architecture, visual art, literature, mathematics, molecular biology, and environmental science and have had a deep impact on all of those fields. This exhibition includes original examples of Fuller’s important works from both private and public collections, among them the sole extant Dymaxion car; models of the Wichita House; the Tetrascroll portfolio; several geodesic study models; as well as numerous sketches, notebooks, and other artifacts.

Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue