In this issue:
· In Brief: Happenings at AIANY & the Center for Architecture
· GBI and AIA Join Forces
· AIA Appoints New Director of Diversity and Inclusion
· Convention Resolutions and Proposed Amendments to the Institute Bylaws
· Dept. of Ed Joins AIA, Education Groups to Plan for School Modernization Funding
· GSA Releases List of Stimulus Projects, Selects Head

In Brief: Happenings at AIANY & the Center for Architecture

Albany Lobby Day (l-r): Laura Manville; Jonathan Marvel, AIA; Alfreda Radzicki, AIA; Margery Perlmutter, AIA; Hon. Linda Rosenthal, member of the NYS Assembly; Margaret Castillo, AIA, LEED AP; Sherida Paulsen, FAIA; Stanley Stark, FAIA; and Tony Schirripa, AIA.

Rick Bell

03.24 Albany Lobby Day
Albany is just two-and-a-half hours north of Penn Station by train, yet architects shun its Rockefeller-era mall and windswept streets. On March 24, AIANYS Lobby Day drew AIA New York Chapter members to scheduled meetings with State legislators, including Assembly members Rosenthal, Brennan, Gottfried, and Glick, and State Senator Tom Duane. Chief of Staff Brad Usher stood in for State Senator Liz Krueger for an impassioned discussion of self-certification. The AIANY delegation included Chapter President Sherida Paulsen, FAIA, Tony Schirripa, AIA, Margaret Castillo, AIA, LEED AP, Margery Perlmutter, AIA, Alfreda Radzicki, AIA, Stanley Stark, FAIA, and Jonathan Marvel, AIA, joined by AIANYS President Burt Roslyn.

Not Business As Usual portfolio reviews.

Courtesy AIANY

03.25 Portfolio Review
Not Business as Usual brings architects and designers to the Center for Architecture who, previously, would not have had the time or need for lunch meetings to discuss the economy. On March 25, individual tables linked together people seeking advice on developing their portfolios with those, who in busier times, did the hiring for design firms. Comments were given on format, content, nature and size of images, and how best to put oneself forward. The introduction to the event also noted that the ExchangePoint website was up and running, and has job listings, space offerings, and volunteer opportunities posted.

03.27 Basel in Beijing
A screening of the Schaub and Schindelm documentary on the Bird’s Nest Olympic stadium project filled Tafel Hall March 27. The film follows Basel-based architects Jacques Herzog, Hon. FAIA, and Pierre de Meuron, Hon. FAIA, as they walk through the Beijing construction site and reflect on the different nature of design decision-making in Switzerland and China. At times they seemed to laud the decisiveness of autocracy while criticizing some of the imperatives imposed by their poorly portrayed administrative clients. A parallel story line, about an unrealized residential project in provincial Jinhua, was inserted to de-emphasize the star turn of the big screen project.

03.30 Feelin’ Groovy
The leaders of the five AIA Chapters in NYC have been meeting monthly to coordinate activities and policies. AIANY President Sherida Paulsen, FAIA, was joined by: AIA Queens President Laura Heim, AIA; AIA Bronx President Sheldon Licht, AIA; and AIA Staten Island President Marcus Marino, AIA, to discuss Buildings Department operations and the professional certification of construction documents. Also on the agenda were the qualifications of the candidates running for AIA National office and the centennial of the Queensboro Bridge, which opened on March 30, 1909. An AIA Queens program that evening in Long Island City celebrated the inter-borough link.

São Paolo.

Scott Peterman, courtesy Center for Architecture

03.31 Scott Peterman’s Cities
Photos from Scott Peterman’s Cities series are currently on view in the Hines Gallery at the Center for Architecture, thanks to support from Margery H. Perlmutter and the Bryan Cave office. Sao Paolo, Cairo, and New York are seen through the lens of Peterman’s expansive view — the cities seem equally boundless and inviting. Among those attending the exhibition opening March 31 was Daniel Silverstein, who works with the gallery representing the photographer. Silverstein led an informal discussion of the role of street art in the architecture of the cities depicted, anticipating the upcoming Public Art New York exhibition.

GBI and AIA Join Forces
The Green Building Initiative (GBI) and the AIA have signed a memorandum of understanding, pledging to work together to promote the design and construction of energy efficient and environmentally responsible buildings. Among other things, the agreement calls for the two organizations to promote sustainable design by providing education and training and encouraging research to identify strategies for specific economic and environmental performance outcomes for green buildings.

AIA Appoints New Director of Diversity and Inclusion
AIA Executive Vice President/CEO Chris McEntee announced the appointment of Sherry Snipes as the AIA’s director of diversity and inclusion, effective 04.20.09. Snipes will lead the AIA’s strategic initiative to enhance diversity within and among AIA components, firms, and members. She will set and track success measurements, provide direction and coaching to the executive leadership team on the integration of diversity into the AIA’s business strategies, and assess current programs to create strategies that increase diversity awareness in the design and construction industry.

Convention Resolutions and Proposed Amendments to the Institute Bylaws
Resolutions submitted for consideration at the 2009 AIA Convention can be found starting on page 42 of the Delegate Information Booklet. Click here to view a .pdf.

Proposed changes to bylaws to be considered at the convention business meeting include:
– Authorization for Associate members to serve as regional directors on the Institute’s Board of Directors
– Participation by Board members in Institute Board meetings by telephonic or similar means
– Changes to the eligibility requirements for Emeritus membership
– Creation of a Public Membership category
– Elimination of the International Associate membership category and creation of an AIA International Member category.

Dept. of Ed Joins AIA, Education Groups to Plan for School Modernization Funding
Representatives from the Department of Education met with the AIA and other organizations to discuss how stimulus funding can be used for school modernization projects. Organized by the AIA and the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI), the meeting brought together representatives from nearly 30 organizations to review the status of the department’s activities and to coordinate efforts at the state and local levels. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act allowed for the use of funds from a $53.6 billion fund for school modernization, repair, and renovation, and created a new $22 billion bond program for school construction.

For more information on activities and resources on school modernization, visit the Department of Education’s website.

GSA Releases List of Stimulus Projects, Selects Head
The General Services Administration (GSA) released its plan for spending the $5.5 billion it received as a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for the design, construction, and modernization of federal buildings. Under the law, GSA must use $4.5 billion of that total on creating green, high-performance buildings. According to the GSA, it “selected the best projects for accomplishing the goals of the Recovery Act based on two overarching criteria: ability of the project to put people back to work quickly, and transforming federal buildings into high-performance green buildings.” Click here for a .pdf of a full list of projects.

GSA also announced that Bill Guerin, AIA, will head its new Recovery Act Program Management Office. Currently, he is serving as the assistant commissioner for construction for GSA’s Public Buildings Service. He will also join a panel of experts at a full-day session at the 2009 AIA Convention to discuss the stimulus legislation and ways that architects can get work. For more details, visit the AIA’s Convention website.

Wing Luke Asian Museum, designed by Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects, received a Great Places Award from the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA)… The Wing Luke Asian Museum also won an award as part of the International Interior Design Association’s (IIDA) 36th Annual Interior Design Competition; other winners include: Greenhouse Nightclub by Bluarch Architecture + Interiors; Museum of Tolerance by Cannon Design; Cathedral of Christ the Light by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; and Gallery More North by KOKO Architecture + Design, which was chosen as the winner of the 17th Annual Will Ching Design Competition…

Bernard Spitzer is giving the City College of New York (CCNY) $25 million for the benefit of the School of Architecture…New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) will celebrate the inauguration of its sixth president Dr. Christopher John Cyphers on 04.17.09…

The second annual International Design Awards (IDA) competition nominated Metropolis as the Architecture Magazine of the Year…

HOK Sport Venue Event has changed its name to Populous

Robert Klein, AIA, has joined MKDA as Managing Director, Strategic Services… John Patey, AIA, has joined Mancini Duffy as a Senior Associate and will lead the firm’s Healthcare practice…RMJM appointed Dr. Vladimir Kvint as chairman of the Russian and CIS division…

03.24.09: The “Work in Progress: Green Walls” opened at the Center for Architecture.

A view from the Helfand Gallery.

Kristen Richards

Adrian Benepe, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner, and Jane Cooke, NY ASLA Executive Director, at the opening.

Rick Bell

04.01.09: Opening of “Transformations,” an exhibition curated by students in the Interior Design Design/Build Class at the School of Visual Arts. Jane Smith, AIA, Director of Interior Design and Principal of Spacesmith, with Illya Azaroff, AIA, class professor.

Kristen Richards

Every Wednesday in April, the “Brian Lehrer Show” on WNYC is hosting a series called “Cityscapes,” conversation with New Yorker architecture critic Paul Goldberger, Hon. AIA, about the changing city. Check out the website to listen to the shows, view the walking tours by notable architects Hugh Hardy, FAIA, Stephen Cassell, AIA, Michael Van Valkenburgh, FASLA, and Elizabeth Diller, and read the blog by architecture critic Andrew Blum.

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.

04.14.09 Call for Entries: SARA-NY Design Awards

04.22.09 Call for Entries: Low2No Sustainable Development Design Competition

05.04.09 Call for Entries: 2009 Open Architecture Challenge: Classroom

05.08.09 Call for Entries: FlyNY: An International Kite Design Competition and Flying Event

05.15.09 Call for Entries: The 12th Annual BusinessWeek/Architectural Record Awards

05.15.09 Call for Entries: Urban SOS

05.19.09 Call for Entries: Toronto Urban Design Awards

07.01.09 Call for Entries: Pamphlet Architecture: Investigations in Infrastructure

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.


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.



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.


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

March 26 — April 8, 2009

Scott Peterman: Cities

Photographs from Scott Peterman’s Cities series, documenting the dense urban conditions of Sao Paulo, New York, and Cairo, will be on view at the Center for Architecture through April 8.

Scott Peterman is an internationally recognized photographer; in 2006, his photographs were displayed at the 10th International Architecture Exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia in Venice, and in 2007, he took part in the Global Cities exhibition at the Tate Modern in London.

Mr. Peterman was born in Philadelphia in 1968. He received his Masters of Fine Arts in Photography from Yale University in 1998. Over the last decade, his photography has been exhibited in both solo and group shows all across the country. In New York City he has had five solo shows, including exhibits at Daniel Silverstein Gallery and Higher Pictures. He has been featured at the Portland Museum of Art, most recently at its 2007 Biennial and Urban Scene exhibitions.

For more information on Scott Peterman, please visit his website at

Exhibition made possible through the generous support of Margery Perlmutter and Bryan Cave, LLP.

Organized by AIA New York.

Through 04.11.09

SVA’s fourth-year student Margarida Ambar’s work in “Transformations.”

Courtesy School of Visual Arts

Showcasing work by 80 students in the School of Visual Arts’ BFA Interior Design department, the exhibition is installed in a “gallery within a gallery” curated, created, and built by students in the Design/Build course, under faculty member Illya Azaroff, AIA. The design acts as both installation and container for 2-D and 3-D work.

School of Visual Arts Westside Gallery
133/141 West 21st Street, NYC

Through 04.18.09
Shovel Ready

Shovel Ready (left); 49 Cities (right).

Parsons The New School for Design

This exhibition features the work of emerging firm, WORKac including: Diane von Furstenberg HQ in the Meatpacking district; proposal for the Kew Gardens Library in Queens; The Green Belt City competition for Las Vegas; and a tower in Lower Manhattan.

Parsons The New School for Design
25 East 13 Street, 2nd Floor, NYC

04.14.09 through 05.30.09
49 Cities

WORKac’s second exhibition crunches the numbers of several centuries of unrealized urbanism, from the Roman city to utopian projects of the 20th century. Through plans, sections, diagrams, charts, and scale drawings, 49 cities are observed statistically and presented in a comparative study.

Storefront for Art and Architecture
97 Kenmare Street, NYC

Through 06.12.09
Material ConneXion Presents work by Neal Small

Red Floor Lamp by Neal Small.

Material ConneXion

Material ConneXion celebrates the opening of its NYC headquarters with the first retrospective of work by American designer Neal Small, renowned for his use of materials such as Plexiglas and Lucite to create furniture, lighting, home accessories, and sculpture.

Material ConneXion Showroom
60 Madison Avenue, 2nd Floor, NYC

Opens 04.22.09
Translucent Home

Translucent Home.

Ann Reichlin

A site-specific work by Ithaca-based artist Ann Reichlin is built in relationship to the remaining foundation of a demolished house. Mimicking the size and volume of the former dwelling, the sculpture is constructed from square steel tube, angle iron, reinforcement rod, translucent steel mesh, and debris netting.

Sculpture Space
914 Whitesboro Street, Utica, NY