In this issue:
· AIA Adds 15 Economic Survival Sessions to Convention
· AIA, ACE Mentor Program Extend Partnership
· AIA Reacts to White House Small Business Plan
· Hartford Architecture Program Accredited


AIA Adds 15 Economic Survival Sessions to Convention
In an effort to assist members and firms during this prolonged economic downturn, the AIA has added 15 educational sessions devoted to addressing the current economic situation. The AIA will also have representatives from a number of federal agencies on hand to advise members on how they can contract with the federal government and get their firms involved with stimulus-related projects.

Educational sessions addressing the economic downturn:

· Blueprints for Brighter Tomorrows: The Upside of the Downturn
· Business Strategies and Tactics to Survive and Thrive in an Economic Downturn
· Firm Valuation in a Turbulent Economy: The Best of Times/The Worst of Times
· Making the Cut: The Psychological Impact of Downsizing and Surviving a Layoff
· Maximizing Firm Human Resources in a Complex World; Key components to success with Human Resources during good economic times and bad
· Best Laid Plans: Business Planning for Small Firms
· Redefining Your Practice in the Turbulent Global Economy: The Global Perspective and the Regional Context
· The Construction Outlook: Implications for Architecture Firms
· Coping with Stress in a Complex World; Tools to manage stress, create balance and harmony in your career, life and company.
· Firm Closure: What You Should Know (working title)
· Define Your Career Vision: Practical Tactics and Strategies to Execute a Targeted Job Search
· Downsizing: What You Should Know (working title)
· Expanding your Firm with Minimal Capital Investment: How to Expand and Diversify Your Practice through Strategic Mergers and Acquisitions
· Designing the Emergent Firm
· The Research Frontier of Risk Management in an Economic Downturn

The convention will be held on 04.30-05.02.09 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. For more information visit the 2009 AIA Convention website.


AIA, ACE Mentor Program Extend Partnership
Created to address the growing need for skilled professionals, the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program is a nationwide effort of outreach and mentoring for students in 136 markets across the country. Officials of ACE and the AIA announced the extension and expansion of their national partnership through 2013. In addition, the ACE student website will be linked to the AIA’s Career Center, additional members will be introduced to the ACE program, and a matching fund donation program will be created. ACE will continue to offer a college scholarship to an architectural student in AIA’s name.


AIA Reacts to White House Small Business Plan
“The White House’s plans to help unfreeze the credit market for small businesses is welcome news for the hundreds of small and sole practitioner,” said AIA President Marvin Malecha, FAIA. “With architecture billings at historic lows, small design firms need every tool they can get to keep cash flowing. The AIA has made relief for small businesses a key plank of its Rebuild & Renew plan for economic recovery. This is a very helpful step, but Congress and the White House need to take additional steps to provide additional tax relief for small firms, change unfair procurement rules that disadvantage small firms, and ensure that architecture practices of all sizes can take part in the economic recovery.” To learn more about the White House plan click here.


Hartford Architecture Program Accredited
The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) has accredited the Master of Architecture degree program at the University of Hartford. In most states, a professional architecture degree is one of the requirements to take the architectural registration exam. The program is now one of two NAAB-accredited degree programs in Connecticut (the other is Yale University’s), and the first newly accredited program in the state in more than 40 years.

Apartments Are Going for $50 in Queens!

The Queens Museum of Art has launched the Adopt-A-Building program, where individuals may “purchase” real estate on the Panorama of the City of New York. For $50, you can purchase an apartment; $500 will “buy” a school, library, or firehouse; for $10,000, one may own a landmark building or fund a significant update to the model. All new buildings are built through the museum’s internship program with City College New York School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, and proceeds go to help provide for the ongoing care and maintenance of the model. For more information, click the link, or contact Debra Wimpfheimer at dw@queensmuseum.org, or call 718-592-9700 x141.

Apartments Are Going for $50 in Queens!

The Queens Museum of Art has launched the Adopt-A-Building program, where individuals may “purchase” real estate on the Panorama of the City of New York. For $50, you can purchase an apartment; $500 will “buy” a school, library, or firehouse; for $10,000, one may own a landmark building or fund a significant update to the model. All new buildings are built through the museum’s internship program with City College New York School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, and proceeds go to help provide for the ongoing care and maintenance of the model. For more information, click the link, or contact Debra Wimpfheimer at dw@queensmuseum.org, or call 718-592-9700 x141.

The NJ Chapter of the AIA announced award winners at its annual awards dinner: Martin Santini, FAIA, was named Architect of the Year; Robert F. Barranger, AIA, was honored with Distinguished Service Award; Barlo & Associates Architects received Architectural Firm of the Year; Rafael Da Silva, AIA, received Young Architect of the Year; Sophia Jones, Assoc. AIA, won Intern of the Year; and David A. Mooij, superintendent of Neptune Township schools, won Resident of the Year…

The Brooklyn Chapter of the AIA will be honoring the following professionals at its biennial dinner dance on May 7: Vincent C. Battista, AIA, Executive Director, Institute of Design and Construction, will receive a Distinguished Achievement Award; Joseph P. Trivisnoono, Assoc. AIA, will be awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award; Michael J. Macalusco, FARA, will win an Advancement of the Architectural Profession Award; and Vincent Dicce, LS, will receive a Distinguished Service Award…

The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council announced the winners of its 2008 Beyond Green High-Performance Building Awards, including, in the category of Multi-Family, Garden Street Lofts, submitted by SHoP Architects; and in the category of Policy/Program Development: New York City Green Schools Guide and Standards Revision, submitted by Dattner Architects, New York City School Construction Authority

IESNYC announced the winners for the 2009 “Audible Light” Student Design Competition: First Place, Hye Yeun Lee for “Subway Sound;” Second Place, Ching-Yu Lin for “Hey! It’s a Party;” Third Place, Sukmo Koo and Young Taek Oh for “Make It Rain-Rain Box;” and Honorable Mentions, Kacie Stigliano for “Rhythms” and Sungbin Ma for “The Sound of Glitz”…

EYP is reducing its carbon footprint by buying Carbon Offsets for air travel by its employees and Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) for one year to offset 100% of the electricity used by its corporate offices…

Stonehill & Taylor has taken on three new principals, Neill Parker, Jr., AIA, Michael Suomi, Assoc. AIA, and Christina Zimmer, AIA

The NJ Chapter of the AIA announced award winners at its annual awards dinner: Martin Santini, FAIA, was named Architect of the Year; Robert F. Barranger, AIA, was honored with Distinguished Service Award; Barlo & Associates Architects received Architectural Firm of the Year; Rafael Da Silva, AIA, received Young Architect of the Year; Sophia Jones, Assoc. AIA, won Intern of the Year; and David A. Mooij, superintendent of Neptune Township schools, won Resident of the Year…

The Brooklyn Chapter of the AIA will be honoring the following professionals at its biennial dinner dance on May 7: Vincent C. Battista, AIA, Executive Director, Institute of Design and Construction, will receive a Distinguished Achievement Award; Joseph P. Trivisnoono, Assoc. AIA, will be awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award; Michael J. Macalusco, FARA, will win an Advancement of the Architectural Profession Award; and Vincent Dicce, LS, will receive a Distinguished Service Award…

The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council announced the winners of its 2008 Beyond Green High-Performance Building Awards, including, in the category of Multi-Family, Garden Street Lofts, submitted by SHoP Architects; and in the category of Policy/Program Development: New York City Green Schools Guide and Standards Revision, submitted by Dattner Architects, New York City School Construction Authority

IESNYC announced the winners for the 2009 “Audible Light” Student Design Competition: First Place, Hye Yeun Lee for “Subway Sound;” Second Place, Ching-Yu Lin for “Hey! It’s a Party;” Third Place, Sukmo Koo and Young Taek Oh for “Make It Rain-Rain Box;” and Honorable Mentions, Kacie Stigliano for “Rhythms” and Sungbin Ma for “The Sound of Glitz”…

EYP is reducing its carbon footprint by buying Carbon Offsets for air travel by its employees and Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) for one year to offset 100% of the electricity used by its corporate offices…

Stonehill & Taylor has taken on three new principals, Neill Parker, Jr., AIA, Michael Suomi, Assoc. AIA, and Christina Zimmer, AIA

03.12.09: AIANY held a reception for the newest Fellows of the AIA.

From left to right: Kenneth Drucker, FAIA, LEED AP; Belmont Freeman, FAIA; Chris Grabé, FAIA, LEED AP; John Grady, FAIA; Robert Heintges, FAIA; Frank Lupo, FAIA; Joanna Pestka, FAIA; Annabelle Selldorf, FAIA; Sylvia Smith, FAIA.

Courtesy AIANY

(L-R): Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY Executive Director; Sylvia Smith, FAIA; Sherida Paulsen, FAIA, 2009 AIANY President.

Sam Lahoz

Rick Bell, FAIA, with Annabelle Selldorf, FAIA.

Sam Lahoz

(L-R): Susan Morris; James Russell, AIA; Belmont Freeman, FAIA.

Sam Lahoz

The Dymaxion Study Center has moved from the Center for Architecture to Chicago. Curated by Beth Stryker, and organized by AIANY and the Center for Architecture Foundation in association with the Buckminster Fuller Institute, the center is currently on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, joining the Buckminster Fuller: Starting with the Universe exhibition.

Beth Stryker

05.13.09: The Lieb House, designed by Robert Venturi, FAIA, set sail to its new location in Long Island. Spectators were on-hand to celebrate.

The Lieb House headed up the East River to its new location. Here, it is passing Red Hook as it approaches the Brooklyn Bridge.

Kristen Richards

Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi look on.

Kristen Richards

03.12.09: AIANY held a reception for the newest Fellows of the AIA.

From left to right: Kenneth Drucker, FAIA, LEED AP; Belmont Freeman, FAIA; Chris Grabé, FAIA, LEED AP; John Grady, FAIA; Robert Heintges, FAIA; Frank Lupo, FAIA; Joanna Pestka, FAIA; Annabelle Selldorf, FAIA; Sylvia Smith, FAIA.

Courtesy AIANY

(L-R): Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY Executive Director; Sylvia Smith, FAIA; Sherida Paulsen, FAIA, 2009 AIANY President.

Sam Lahoz

Rick Bell, FAIA, with Annabelle Selldorf, FAIA.

Sam Lahoz

(L-R): Susan Morris; James Russell, AIA; Belmont Freeman, FAIA.

Sam Lahoz

The Dymaxion Study Center has moved from the Center for Architecture to Chicago. Curated by Beth Stryker, and organized by AIANY and the Center for Architecture Foundation in association with the Buckminster Fuller Institute, the center is currently on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, joining the Buckminster Fuller: Starting with the Universe exhibition.

Beth Stryker

05.13.09: The Lieb House, designed by Robert Venturi, FAIA, set sail to its new location in Long Island. Spectators were on-hand to celebrate.

The Lieb House headed up the East River to its new location. Here, it is passing Red Hook as it approaches the Brooklyn Bridge.

Kristen Richards

Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi look on.

Kristen Richards

2009 Oculus 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 want to hear from you! Projects/topics may be anywhere, but architects must be New York-based. The themes:

Fall Issue: Carbon Neutral Now. The new green frontier, carbon neutrality, researched, explored, planned, and designed at all scales by New York architects.
06.01.09: Suggestion Deadline

Winter Issue: Health & Architecture. Architecture designed to promote fitness, health, and wellness will be profiled. Projects selected from within this growing field will demonstrate sensitivity to generational and demographic issues, sustainability, and technology.
08.01.09: Suggestion Deadline

If you have suggestions, please contact OCULUS editor-in-chief Kristen Richards.

03.29.09 Call for Ideas: Competitial
Edificial, a new architecture and design tabloid, is hosting its first design competition challenging entrants to produce a minimum of four images of a waiting room for unemployed architects — a universal holding pen or cosmic unemployment office, designed explicitly for all the architects looking for work in this recession. One winner and a runner-up will receive a feature post on FotoShoppe.

04.20.09 Call for Submissions: ICSC Future Image Architecture Competition
The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) invites industry professionals to envision what the architectural innovations of the shopping center of the future will be in 2029-2059. Open to all architecture professionals who are ICSC members, submissions should inspire the retail real estate industry with out-of-the-box ideas that will progress the current understanding of the shopping experience. All submissions will be exhibited during the ICSC’s annual convention, RECon, 05.17-20.09, where winners will be announced and featured in an article in ICSC’s Shopping Centers Today.

05.01.09 Call for Proposals: Design Trust for Public Space
New York City community groups and public agencies are invited to submit proposals for research, design, and planning projects that will improve public space in NYCand benefit from private-sector expertise. If a project is selected, a team is organized of architects, planners, industrial designers, ecologists, and landscape architects. Projects will be selected every 18-24 months (one to three) for Design Trust assistance.

05.08.09 Call for Entries: Ample Sample
Designers are challenged to rethink and repurpose carpet samples to create a design product. The best ideas will be showcased at NeoCon 2009 and on the Ample Sample website, complete with blueprints and instructions for their creations.

05.15.09 Call for Nominations: CTBUH Awards 2009
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is calling for nominations in four regional Best Tall Building Awards, Best Tall Building Overall, and two Lifetime Achievement Awards. Winners and finalists will be honored at the 8th Annual CTBUH awards dinner and ceremony in Chicago, 10.22.09, and be featured in an awards publication to be distributed internationally.

05.15.09 Call for Submissions: Photo Urbanism 5
The Design Trust is seeking submissions from emerging and established photographers for projects that enhance the recognition, understanding, and definition of public space in NYC. This fellowship award includes a $5,000 stipend and a public presentation of the project. Fellows must be based in NYC and complete their project within one year.

05.18.09 Call for Entries: Celebrate Diversity
As technological advancements in developing countries create a tradeoff between cultural integration and preservation, DESIGN 21: Social Design Network, an online platform founded by Felissimo and UNESCO to inspire design for the greater good, is helping promote international cultural diversity. Designers are being called to submit an official logo design for UNESCO’s International Festival of Cultural Diversity, which will be celebrated for the first time on 05.21.09.

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CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

January 22 — April 25, 2009

MAKE IT WORK. Engineering Possibilities

Today’s engineers are working across disciplines and driving innovation. MAKE IT WORK. Engineering Possibilities looks at how engineers are envisioning and realizing the future of our built environment by transforming structures, improving environments, enhancing materials, re-inventing building technologies, and advancing forms. This exhibition highlights how inventive strategies for building are born from multidisciplinary research and integrated practice. Small engineering firms, large engineering firms, engineering schools, university labs, materials labs, artists, inventors, and architects are all part of the exchange of ideas — plotting trajectories of innovation.

Building on observations, analysis, and mathematical principles, engineers have developed the profession from empirical analysis into a field of expertise based on predictability and synthesis. With digital simulation and processing capabilities, engineers are utilizing comprehensive models to explore different options for optimizing structures and systems.

Twenty-first century engineers are tackling some of the most challenging concerns of our day. Exceeding LEED standards for sustainable building, engineers are conceiving of new ways for buildings to harvest and manage energy — floors that create electricity and facade systems that respond to the sun. Anticipating dwindling global resources, engineers are designing structures to new standards of efficiency and economy — stadiums that use 50% less steel and towers formed for optimal wind-loading.

These solutions are the product of creative and collaborative pursuit. This exhibition highlights how inventive strategies for building are born from multidisciplinary research and integrated practice. Small engineering firms, large engineering firms, engineering schools, university labs, materials labs, artists, inventors, and architects are all part of the exchange of ideas — plotting trajectories of innovation.

Exhibition Curatorial Team:
Rosamond Fletcher
Eli Gottlieb
Zak Kostura
Erik Madsen
Jonah Stern
Beth Stryker

Exhibition Designer:
Pure + Applied

Framing Space Installation by:

Phillip Anzalone and Stephanie Bayard, aa64

The Trusset Structural System, invented by Phillip Anzalone and Cory Clarke, is a project of the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University in collaboration with the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Research Assistant:
Ginger Nolan, Columba GSAPP Ph.D Candidate

Research Intern:
Alicia Arroyo

Special Thanks to our Advisory Committee:
Julie Applebaum, Center for Architecture Foundation Board

Phil Bernstein, Autodesk
Vincent Chang, Grimshaw
John Hennessy, ACEC President
Marvin Mass, Cosentini
Dan Nall, Flack + Kurtz
Craig Schwitter, Buro Happold
David Scott, Arup
Susan Szenasy, Metropolis
Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti.

Underwriter:

Patron:

Lead Sponsors:

Supporters: American Council of Engineering Companies of New York, Josef Gartner USA, and Weidlinger Associates

Friend: Grimshaw Architects

Supporter: American Council of Engineering Companies of New York

The Framing Space Installation is generously provided by aa64 with additional support from:

Alusion, a product of Cymat Technologies Ltd.

Contrarian Metal Resources

General Plastics Manufacturing

Indalex Aluminum Solutions Group

Maloya Laser, Inc.

Panelite

Related Events

Wednesday, February 4, 2009, 6:00 — 8:00pm

Multi-disciplinary Innovation

Saturday, February 21, 2009, 11:00am — 5:00pm

Symposium: Energy Engineering

Thursday, February 26, 2009, 6:00 — 8:00pm

100% BIM

Thursday, March 19, 2009, 6:00 — 8:00pm

Tapered, Tilted, Twisted Towers: a lecture by David Scott, Arup

Friday, March 27, 2009, 6:00 — 8:00pm

Screening of Bird’s Nest, a film by Christoph Schaub & Michael Schindhelm


March 24 — April 11, 2009

Helfand Spotlight Series: Work in Progress: Green Walls

The success of green roofs has driven Landscape Architects and Architects to explore alternative exterior and interior applications of green planting technology, such as green walls, and green screens. Vertical planting presents challenges to proper irrigation and climate control, requiring innovative solutions.

Exhibition and related programs are made possible through the generous support of Alive Structures; Landscape Forms, Inc.; New York City Green Roof and Landscape; and Lieb’s Greenhouses Inc.

Organized by AIA New York and New York Chapter ASLA

WORK IN PROGRESS: GREEN WALLS is presented as part of the Margaret Helfand Spotlight Series.

Related Events

Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 5:30 — 8:00pm

Reception and Panel Discussion

04.03-17.09
Public Receptors: Beneath the Skin

Public Receptors.

Gabi Schillig, courtesy Van Alen Institute

This textile installation is by New York Prize Fellow Gabi Schillig, a Berlin-based conceptual artist and architect. The wearable spatial structures mediate between private users and public spaces, provoking new relationships between bodies, clothing, and the built environment. Redefining the garment as tactile architecture, Schillig explores the potential for soft geometries and surface textiles, conventionally associated with individual bodies and human scale, to generate alternative arrangements of social space and modes of interaction in the urban fabric.

Van Alen Institute
30 W. 22nd Street, 6th Floor, NYC


03.28-05.23.09
Vertical Gardens

Museé du Quai Branly, Paris.

Patrick Blanc, courtesy Exit Art

A project of Social Environmental Aesthetics (SEA), architectural models, renderings, drawings, photographs, and ephemera that depict or imagine a vertical farm, urban garden, or green roof are exhibited. Included is an eight-foot-high living green wall by Edmundo Ortega and Dianne Rohrer.

Exit Art
474 Tenth Avenue, NYC


Through 09.07.09
Fashioning Felt

Wosk Theater, Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles, CA, 2007–08. Architect: Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design, Mehrdad Yazdani, Assoc. AIA, Design Principal; Paul Gonzales, Project Manager; Jessica Yi, Project Architect; Hansol Park, AIA, Senior Designer; Jeremy Whitener, Project Designer. Felt walls designed and fabricated by Kathryn Walter of FELT Studio. Industrial felts (wool and recycled fibers).

Photo: Anne Garrison of Hewitt Garrison Photography

This exhibition explores the varied new uses of felt — a material believed to be one of the earliest techniques for making textiles, made by matting together wool fibers with humidity and friction. Beginning with historic examples of felts, contemporary uses of industrial felt in a range of fields, including product design, fashion, architecture, and home furnishings are on view.

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
2 East 91st Street, NYC