The NY-based winners of the BSA/AIANY Urban Design Awards/2009 include, in the following categories: Award for Urban Regeneration, dlandstudio (Gowanus Canal Sponge Park); Award for Placemaking, Ken Smith Landscape Architect and Frederic Schwartz Architects (Santa Fe Railyard Park); Citation for Integrated Transportation and Open-Space Planning, Marpillero Pollack Architects with landscape architects Wallace Roberts and Todd (Queens Plaza Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvement Project)…

NY-based winners of the BSA/AIANY K-12 Educational Facilities Awards for Design Excellence/2009 include: The Gluck Architectural Collaborative (The East Harlem School); Gran Kriegel Associates Architects + Planners (Family Court Conversion); Murphy Burnham & Buttrick Architects (St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s School Science Department Renovation and Addition)…

The NY-based BSA/AIANY Sustainable Design Awards Program/2009 Winners include a Citation for Innovative Use of Solar Technology to Simone Giostra and Partners (GreenPix)…

The 2009 recipients of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Illumination Awards include the Museum of Islamic Arts with lighting design by Fisher Marantz Stone, Award of Excellence, and 43 Merit Award projects by NY-based firms (click here for the complete list)…

AIANYS received an award from AIA National for being the region with the most IDP Firms…

Christian Zimmerman, Vice President for Design & Construction at Prospect Park, will be inducted into the Council of Fellows of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)…

Parsons The New School for Design has appointed Miodrag Mitrasinovic, Assoc. AIA, as dean of the School of Design Strategies and Radhika Subramaniam as director and chief curator of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center… JCJ Architecture selected Peter Bachmann, AIA, as Studio Director for the NY office…

The Architectural League of New York has moved to 594 Broadway… Westlake Reed Leskosky, Cleveland’s largest architecture firm, is opening an office in NYC… Costas Kondylis and Partners has dissolved; former partners Alan Goldstein, AIA, Steven Hill, and David West, AIA, have created their own group, Goldstein, Hill and West Architects, while partner Costas Kondylis, AIA, opened his own firm, Kondylis Design

Following the public voting portion of the “America’s Best Restroom” contest, the restrooms at Radio City Music Hall won third place…


08.19.09 Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri spoke to a packed house at Not Business as Usual: Competitions. LiMandri and AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, spoke about the new urbanSHED International Design Competition, while ENYA Co-Chair (and e-Oculus’s own) Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, previewed ENYA’s 2010 Ideas Competition.

Emily Nemens


Construction of The New Amsterdam Pavilion in Battery Park is underway. Designed by Ben van Berkel/UNStudio, with Handel Architects as Executive Architect, fabricated by x2 US, and locally constructed by Richter+Ratner, the official unveiling ceremony will take place 09.09.09, with the Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima of The Netherlands in attendance. The sculpture is a gift from The Netherlands to New York in honor of 400 years of friendship.

Photo by Richard Koek, courtesy UNStudio


08.26.09: The 9/11 Memorial Preview Site opened at 20 Vesey Street, designed by Thinc Design, to visitors of all ages and nationalities.


2010 Oculus Editorial Calendar
Coming soon!

09.02.09 Call for Entries: AIA-WJ Photograph Competition

09.16.09 Call for Submissions: 2010 AIA Diversity Recognition Program

09.18.09 Registration Deadline: urbanSHED International Design Competition

09.19.09 Call for Applications: Landscapes of Quarantine

09.20.09 Call for Entries: Architectural Historian / Adventurer for TV Host

10.09.09 Call for Submissions: AIA Honor Awards

11.01.09 Call for Submissions: Rome Prize 2010

11.09.09 Call for Entries: residential architect design awards 2010

01.10.10 Call for Entries: Zerofootprint Building Re-Skinning Award

Center for Architecture Gallery Hours and Location
Monday-Friday: 9:00am-8:00pm, Saturday: 11:00am-5:00pm, Sunday: CLOSED
536 LaGuardia Place, Between Bleecker and West 3rd Streets in Greenwich Village, NYC, 212-683-0023


A Space Within: The National September 11 Memorial & Museum

June 25 – September 14, 2009

wtcOn September 11th, 2001, what had been one of the world’s most densely developed business districts became, for many, hallowed ground. Soon after, questions emerged. What comes next? How could one site serve the needs of victims’ families, survivors of the attacks, members of the surrounding communities, business interests, and visitors?

The answer required a clear separation of the sacred and the secular; a defined, eight-acre space, serving as a tribute, would be created within the larger development. A Space Within is a public showcase of the memorial and museum that are now taking shape at the heart of the World Trade Center site.

Memorial design by Michael Arad and Peter Walker
Museum design by Davis Brody Bond Aedas
Museum pavilion design by Snøhetta

Exhibition curator:
Thomas Mellins
Exhibition design: Incorporated Architecture & Design

Exhibition and related programs are organized by the AIA New York Chapter in partnership with the Center for Architecture Foundation and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors:

National September 11 Memorial & Museum
Leading Sponsor: Digital Plus
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Associated Fabrication
Supporter: Adamson Associates
Fisher Marantz Stone
Guy Nordenson and Associates Structural Engineers
Horizon Engineering Associates
Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates
WSP Cantor Seinuk

New Practices San Francisco

June 04 – September 19, 2009

New Practices San Francisco is the 2009, West Coast premiere of AIA New York’s annual portfolio competition and exhibition. New Practices San Francisco is a platform for recognizing and promoting new and emerging architecture firms within San Francisco that have undertaken innovative strategies — both in projects and practice. The New Practices program was launched in 2005 by AIA New York to showcase promising new architectural firms.

New Practices San Francisco will be on view at the Center for Architecture from June 4, 2009 through September 19, 2009. It will then be on view at the Center for Architecture & Design, San Francisco, from November 12, 2009 through January 29, 2010. The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of programs organized by the AIA New York Chapter in collaboration with the New Practices Committee and AIA San Francisco.

Congratulations to our 2009 New Practices San Francisco Winners:

* CMG Landscape Architecture
* Edmonds + Lee Architects
* Faulders Studio
* Kennerly Architecture & Planning
* Min|Day
* Public Architecture

Exhibition Design:

Matter Practice, 2008 New Practices New York winning firm.

Graphic Design:
Anyspace Studio

Organized By:
AIA New York/ Center for Architecture, AIA San Francisco/ Center for Architecture + Design, and the New Practices Committee

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors:

Lead Sponsor:

Presenting Sponsor: Hafele
Sponsor: MG & Company
Supporter: Hawa
Friends: diamondLife, Specialty Finishes, Trespa and Yarde Metals – Hauppauge, NY, and Hotel Carlton San Francisco
Media Partner: The Architect’s Newspaper

09.21.09 through 09.27.09
Appetite for Design

The Moss Room 02

The Moss Room.

Lundberg Design

This exhibition on restaurant design and lecture series by chefs and designers will feature London’s The River Café, and San Francisco’s The Moss Room in the Renzo Piano-designed California Academy of Sciences.

Trespa Design Centre
62 Greene St., NYC

Through 10.09
The Deeper They Bury Me, The Louder My Voice Becomes


Benoit Pailley

This site-specific installation by Rigo 23 provides a sensory experience highlighting the confinement of a “non-space” in the museum, and challenging visitors with views that mimic those confronting over two million prisoners in the U.S., home to the world’s largest penal system.

The New Museum of Contemporary Art
235 Bowery, NYC

Through 10.12.09
Ahoy! Where Lies Henry Hudson?


Byron Bell and Les Walker, “The Magnificent Adventure of Henry Hudson”.

Alan Schindler

This outdoor exhibition celebrates the life and death of Henry Hudson as part of New York State’s Quadricentennial commemoration. Highlighting memorials on Hudson’s historic journey, featured NY-based architects include: Randy Gerner, AIA; Tobias Armborst (with Charles Warren, AIA, & Vassar College Students); Byron Bell, FAIA, and Les Walker; Matthew Bialecki, AIA / Project Team: Bialecki Architects; Matt Bua; John Cetra, AIA, and Nancy Ruddy; Solange Fabião; Nicholas Goldsmith, FAIA, and Gisela Stromeyer; Michael McDonough (with Andrew Neal); Barry Price, AIA; Todd Rader, AIA, and Amy Crews; and Evan Stoller.

Byrdcliffe Art Colony
Woodstock, NY