In this issue:

· Diana Center Opens on Broadway
· The Wright Stuff
· College Undergoes Fashionable Renovation
· New Theater Leaps to the Future
· Collaborative Design Studio Popped Up in the West Village
· Groundbreaking for a New Academy for New York’s Finest

Diana Center Opens on Broadway


Diana Center.

Photo credit: Albert Vecerka/Esto

When Barnard students return next semester, they will have access to the new Diana Center, designed by WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism. Located adjacent to Lehman Lawn, the 98,000-square-foot, multi-use building will serve as a new nexus for the campus and the community in Morningside Heights. The center’s wedge-shaped design frames a sightline from one end of the campus to the other, linking Barnard’s entrance gates to Milbank Hall. The seven-story building has an ascending, double-height glass atrium and a glazed staircase that brings in natural light and views through gradient patterns on the curtain wall. The building’s façade is composed of 1,154 clear and etched color glass panels of varying widths. LEED Silver certified, the center’s facilities include classrooms, studios, a library, and administrative and gallery spaces for Barnard’s architecture and art history departments. The building also houses dining rooms, a public café, a 100-seat black box theater, and a wood-paneled event space. The $70 million building is the capstone of the college’s multi-year master plan to increase spatial efficiency, improve infrastructures, and add academic and administrative space.

The Wright Stuff


The Wright.

©2009 Philip Greenberg

As part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, a new restaurant, called The Wright, in honor of the museum’s architect, has opened. The 1,600-square-foot space, designed by Andre Kikoski Architect, references the building’s architecture by featuring sculptural forms, including a curvilinear wall of walnut layered with illuminated fiber-optics; a torqued bar clad in a skin of custom metalwork and topped in seamless white Corian; an undulating banquette with blue leather seating backed by illuminated planes of a woven grey texture; and a layered ceiling canopy of a taut white membrane. A site-specific sculpture, The horizon produced by a factory once it had stopped producing, by British artist Liam Gillick, was commissioned for the space. The piece comprises a sequence of horizontal planks of powder-coated aluminum mounted to the walls and ceiling that creates a modular skin on the interior’s surface.

College Undergoes Fashionable Renovation


Multi-functional space and reception area at LIM.

Photos by Paul Warchol

After a gut renovation of a circa 1880 six-story townhouse on East 53rd Street off Fifth Avenue, Butler Rogers Baskett (BRB) designed a new facility for LIM, the College of Business and Fashion. BRB sought to remedy the ad hoc architectural changes made throughout the school’s 30-year residence in the building. Given a modest budget, their goal was to refashion the cramped townhouse into a contemporary, creative environment. Renovations include new fashion studios, classrooms, computer labs, and offices. On the ground floor, BRB created a multi-functional public space that can seat 75 for lectures, fashion shows, and industry social events. A 20-foot-long, sliding, red lacquer millwork door with a clear glass, elliptical window is one of the key image-defining objects in the new design. This elliptical shape has evolved into the school’s newly branded logo and is used throughout the building to identify and reinforce areas of importance. C&G Partners was commissioned to create some of the signage.

New Theater Leaps to the Future


Jerome Robbins Theater at the Baryshnikov Arts Center.

WASA/Studio A

The newly renovated 238-seat Jerome Robbins Theatre at the Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) on West 37th Street, designed by WASA/Studio A, now accommodates dance, music, and theater. Designed to achieve LEED certification, the space juxtaposes new and old materials. Cor-Ten steel with a warm patina wraps around seating areas, sustainable wood panels are employed for acoustics, and glowing synthetic resin is used for stair handrails, and each seat has superior sightlines. A fully motorized rigging system allows for elaborate production capabilities with multiple set changes. Advanced variable acoustics were achieved using removable wall panels. The new theater, scheduled to open in early 2010, is an organic extension of the existing center.

Collaborative Design Studio Popped Up in the West Village


The Pop-Up Design Clinic was open from 12.05-13.-09.


As an antidote the slowdown in business, six professionals banded together to open a Pop-Up Design Clinic in the West Village. The storefront window advertised “FREE Design Consultation,” and during the nine days it was open, more than 170 “clients” came in to take advantage their architecture, interiors, and construction expertise. The projects ranged from gut renovations, new additions to existing homes, space planning, bathroom and kitchen renovations, and advice on furniture placement. Clients varied, too — a 13-year-old wanted help designing her bedroom, a woman with MS needed to design an accessible bathroom, and an 80-year-old woman about to move into an assisted care facility wanted her new home to be well designed and sensational. The Pop-Up Clinicians anticipate that some of the free consultations will translate into paying clients. Nevertheless, they are satisfied enough to already be making plans to resurrect the project next spring/summer. Called Design.Starts.Here., the collaborative design studio consisted of Brenda Bello, AIA, Jonathan Lundstrom, Basil Walter, AIA (Basil Walter Architect), Poonam Khanna, AIA (Re:Design Architecture + Interiors and Basil Water Architect), Ed Gavagan (PraxisNYC), and Jonathan Baker, AIA (Baker Works Architecture).

Groundbreaking for a New Academy for New York’s Finest


NYPD Police Academy.

Perkins + Will

Construction is underway on the new NYPD Police Academy designed by Perkins + Will. Located on a 30-acre site (and former NYPD Auto Pound) in College Point, Queens, the new facility will consolidate training facilities for civilians, recruits, and active police officers that are currently scattered throughout the city. The first phase of the campus includes: an academic building; classrooms; tactical gyms that simulate street conditions; instructional offices; and administrative support spaces. This phase of construction is a joint venture of Turner Construction Company and STV Incorporated. Subsequent phases of the project will include a new firing range, a tactical training village, and a vehicle training course. Once completed, the new academy will be able to train approximately 2,000 recruits at any one time. The complex is being designed to achieve a LEED Silver rating. The total cost for the first phase of the new academy is estimated at $750 million and is scheduled to be completed in 2013. In 1989, Mayor Koch proposed that a new academy be built and finally, at the close of 2009, Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Kelly took part in the recent groundbreaking ceremony.

In this issue:

· Procrastinators’ Days 2009
· Job Opportunities at the Center for Architecture

Procrastinators’ Days 2009

Each year, the AIA New York Chapter organizes Procrastinators’ Days, a continuing education conference for members to fulfill year-end education requirements. The conference, now in its sixth year, has grown from offering just a few courses to a 36-course, three-day event.

The Chapter reaches out to manufacturers, vendors, and service providers who are registered to deliver AIA CES credit courses. Registration fees from more than 20 course providers have helped Procrastinators’ Days become the Chapter’s third largest annual fundraiser. This year, Kallista and Barrier 1 served as the presenting sponsors.

For the event, AIANY accepts proposals from course providers that cover topics ranging from masonry walls to door security systems to window insulation. In 2009, the most well attended courses were “Efficient Mechanical Systems for Architects,” presented by Community Environmental Center, and “Advanced Building Technologies,” presented by AKF Engineers. The popularity of sustainability-focused courses reveals the membership’s interest in learning more about sustainable building practices.

The larger AIANY community is involved with the production of Procrastinators’ Days. Chapter staff solicited board and committee leadership to present courses on 12.05.09. Popular courses included a talk by Pat Sapinsley, AIA, on “A Little Information About A Lot of Green Products,” and a panel discussion with Frank Greene, FAIA, and Carol Loewenson, AIA, about justice facilities, titled “A Place at the Table: Hierarchy, Iconography, Anachronism.”

The course presenters set up tabletop displays on the ground floor of the Center for Architecture, allowing further professional exchange.

AIANY Programs Manager and Chapter CES Administrator Jesse Lazar cited the event as one of the Chapter’s most innovative happenings. “Putting on Procrastinators’ Days is one of our most valuable services to members in terms of the number of CES credits available, the scope of the courses, and the opportunity to network with vendors and fellow architects,” said Lazar.

To learn more about giving a presentation at Procrastinators’ Days 2010, contact Tara Pyle at

Job Opportunities at the Center for Architecture

Development Consultant. The Center for Architecture Foundation (CFAF) and the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY) seek an experienced development consultant with extensive grant research and writing experience to develop a grant fundraising plan for both individual organizations and the joint activities of both organizations. The position begins as a temporary position in which the consultant will create a comprehensive grants fundraising plan for both organizations, and apply for select grants. Based on the success of the fundraising plan, the Consultant may be hired to execute this development plan including writing, cultivating, and managing all new and existing grants. For more information, visit the Jobs page on AIANY’s website. Applications due January 15.

Policy Coordinator.
The American Institute of Architects New York Chapter is looking for an individual to serve as the Policy Coordinator for the Chapter. The AIANY Policy Coordinator will be a motivated, passionate individual who will work with senior staff, chapter committees, and the Board of Directors to identify and develop consensus on specific policy issues of importance to the AIA. This person will manage the Chapter’s governmental relationships and strengthen them. Working together with the AIANY Policy Board, Executive Director, Director of Communications, and the AIANY lobbyist consulting firm, the Policy Coordinator will be responsible for media outreach and strategy for these positions and messages. We are looking for an individual with excellent writing and communication skills, as well as professional knowledge of architecture, energy conservation, codes, and urban policy issues. Experience with policy and political entities is essential. Read more about the position at the Jobs page on AIANY’s website. Applications due January 22.

Three New Ways to Connect with the Center for Architecture Foundation


Center for Architecture Foundation.

Catherine Teegarden

With new membership opportunities, a new website, and a new Facebook page, the Center for Architecture is easier to stay in touch with than ever before. The Foundation has launched a series of public membership options that offer many exciting benefits. Individual, Family, and Patron members all receive special invitations and program discounts at the Center, including VIP invitations to exhibition openings, member prices for AIANY lectures, and discounted admission to special events. Patron members have the opportunity to book a child’s birthday party at the Center. All memberships help support youth and family programs as well as scholarships and grants at the Center. For more details visit the new Center for Architecture Foundation website.

The new website is designed to be more user-friendly. We hope that the easy-to-read tabs and clean aesthetic make the site easier to navigate. Scholarship and grant applications will soon be available online as well as online registration and payment for Foundation programs. The website is a great way to keep up-to-date with the Foundation’s vacation camps, Family Days, and new building tours.

In addition to the new website, the Center for Architecture Foundation has a new Facebook page. Become a fan of the Foundation and receive invitations to programs and special events via Facebook. Help the Foundation introduce more young people to architecture and design as well as share an insider’s perspective on innovative new buildings in New York by inviting your friends to become a fan too! Hope to see you on the web or at the Center soon.

Tools for Sustainability

ICLEI USA has unveiled a 55-page Comprehensive Toolkit for Greening Cities and Counties, modeled after the PlaNYC guide. It is comprised of best practice examples, checklists, templates, and guidelines. Steps covered include building the planning team and tips on structuring the planning process. The sustainability toolkit’s table of contents, overview, and related free resources are available online, however, the full publication is available only to local governments that are ICLEI members.

Free to all is Perkins + Will’s Precautionary List, which helps designers avoid materials that are damaging to the environment and public health. It also includes alternative products to specify as well.

The 2009 Queens & Bronx Building Awards winners include, in the category of Residential One, Two, Three Family & Apartment Buildings, The Sequoia by Raymond Chan Architect; Ohm Building by The Stephen B. Jacobs Group; Vernon Jackson Condominium by Studio V Architecture; Anderson Avenue Rental Apt. Building and George T. Douris Tower by SLCE Architects; Ellington-on-the Park by MAP Architects; Bergen Dean by RKT&B; The Solara by Danois Architects; West Lake Tower Condominium by Lin & Associates Architects; Alameda Residence by Arnold S. Montag, AM/PM Design Consulting; and Waterbury Estates by Mario R. Vergara Architect

In the category of Rehabilitations, Alterations & Additions (Exterior or Interior), winners include Dyker Beach Club House by Page Ayres Cowley Architects; Astoria Park Residence by Laura Heim Architect; Highbridge Community Life Center by Graf & Lewent Architects; CIAMPA Office Building by Fakler, Eliason & Porcelli, A.I.A. Architects & Associates; Dr. Blum’s Medical Center by William Gati, AIA; Carlos And Gabby’s by Sandi Lipshitz Hacohen, AIA, LEED AP; S. Soleymani Building by John Carusone, AIA; and FSA Plaza by Lin & Associates Architects

In the category of Commercial (Stores, Hotels, Restaurants, Banks), winners include 35-16 Bell Blvd by Gino O. Longo R.A.; 159-16 Union Turnpike by Gerald J. Caliendo, R.A.; and Chinatrust Bank by Raymond Chan Architect; and in the category of Green Efficient Building, the winner is The Eltona by Danois Architects

Katherine Farley, senior managing director of the international real estate developer Tishman-Speyer, will be the Edward P. Bass Distinguished Visiting Architecture Fellow at Yale University, where she will teach with Deborah Berke, FAIA, for the Spring 2010 term…

F+W Media has closed 55-year-old I.D. magazine, which covered the art, business, and culture of design; the January/February 2010 issue will be the last issue…

Francis Cauffman Architects has hired James May, AIA, LEED AP, as director of healthcare in its New York office… Kohn Pedersen Fox announced promotions in its New York office, including Joshua Chaiken; Brian Girard, AIA; Inkai Mu, AIA; Richard Nemeth, AIA; and Trent Tesch, AIA, who were named principals…

12.08.09: AIANY celebrated its 2010 inaugural.


(L-R): Tony Schirripa, AIA, IIDA, 2010 AIANY President; George Miller, FAIA, 2010 AIA President; and Sherida Paulsen, FAIA, 2009 AIANY President.

Sam Lahoz


(L-R): Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY Executive Director; Edward Farrell, AIANYS Executive Director; Tony Schirippa, AIA, IIDA, 2010 AIANY President; Sherida Paulsen, FAIA, 2009 AIANY President; George Miller, FAIA, 2010 AIA President; Richard Anderson, President, New York Building Congress.

Sam Lahoz


(L-R): Sherida Paulsen, FAIA, 2009 AIANY President; George Miller, FAIA, 2010 AIA President; Christina Davis, President, Landmarks Preservation Foundation; Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, former AIANY President; Terrence O’Neal, FAIA, former AIANYS President.

Sam Lahoz


AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA (left), with Jeff Potter, FAIA, member of the AIA National Board of Directors from Texas.

Sam Lahoz

12.10.09: The AIA Queens Holiday Party was held at the Poppenhusen Institute in College Point.

Heim Bell

Laura Heim, AIA, president of AIA Queens, and Rick Bell, FAIA.

AIA Queens

12.09.09: The groundbreaking ceremony was held for Lakeside, the Prospect Park Alliance’s new initiative to renovate 26 acres in the park’s southeast quadrant. The project involves relocating and replacing the aging Wollman Rink with the Lakeside Center, a year-round destination for recreation and fitness designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects.


(L-R): John Bernstein, President, Leon Levy Foundation; Brad Lander, NYC Council Member-Elect; Christian Zimmerman, Vice President of Design and Construction, Prospect Park Alliance; Adrian Benepe, Commissioner, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation; Shelby White, Founding Trustee, Leon Levy Foundation; Billie Tsien, AIA, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects; Tupper Thomas, President, Prospect Park Alliance. Rear (R-L): Henry Christensen III, Chair Campaign for Lakeside; and Albert Garner, Chairman of the Board, Prospect Park Alliance.

Prospect Park Alliance


The Architectural League of New York celebrated the opening of its new offices on 12.16.09. (L-R): Rosalie Genevro, Varick Shute, Nick Anderson, Reid Bingham, Anne Rieselbach, Cassim Shepard, Sarah Snider, Gregory Wessner (sitting).

Kristen Richards

2010 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, OCULUS editors want to hear from you! Projects/topics may be anywhere, but architects must be New York-based. Please submit story ideas by the deadlines indicated below to Kristen Richards:

Spring: Architect as Leader: (CLOSED)

Summer: AIANY Design Awards 2010: Recognition of outstanding architectural design by New York City architects and for work completed in New York City. There are four categories of Design Awards: Architecture, Interiors, Urban Design, and Un-built Work. Click here for details.
Register/Submit entries by 02.05.09

Fall: Thinking Back / Thinking Forward and Understanding the Shift: The recession has given us the opportunity to reflect on the last decades of design and building — and what might be ahead. We will investigate trends in design, building, and marketing that are coming into play. What are the next steps in social media, BIM, sustainability, technology, competitions, stalled projects, adaptive re-use, design for flexibility, mergers and firm acquisitions?
Submit story ideas by 05.21.09

Winter: Practice without Borders: The world is growing smaller. New York is an international city, and it is easier than ever for overseas firms to work here and for New York City firms to work abroad. We will look into reciprocity, licensure, removal of boundaries to practice, and international competitions as ways to build renown.
Submit story ideas by 08.13.09

01.01.10 Request for Proposals: 2010 Homeless World Cup Legacy Center

01.08.10 Call for Expressions of Interest: Westminster: New Iconic London Landmark for the West End

01.15.10 Call for Submissions: Creative Time Open Door at P.S.1

02.15.10 Call for Proposals: Projects for Publication in Triple Canopy

03.31.10 Call for Entries: 1st Annual One Prize Award: Mowing to Growing, A Design Competition for Creating Productive Green Space in Cities

03.26.10 Request for Proposals: Taxi of Tomorrow

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


ContextContrast: New Architecture in Historic Districts, 1967-2009


On view October 6, 2009 — January 30, 2010.

Building Connections 2009


On view September 17, 2009 — January 16, 2010.

Arch Schools: Visions of the Future


On view September 17 — January 9, 2010.

Helfand Spotlight Series: urbanSHED


On view December 18 — January, 2010.

Through 01.06.10
Paired, Gold: Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Roni Horn


“Untitled” (Golden), 1995.

Thorsten Monschein, courtesy Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York

Suspended from the ceiling, “Untitled” (Golden) (1995) by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, a shimmering curtain of golden beads, acts as a site of passage, opening onto Roni Horn’s gold floor piece Gold Field (1980–82).

Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue, NYC

Through 01.08.10
The Merritt Parkway: Photographs by Michael Zenreich


Acrylic Display Tables and Portrait Station.

Exhibition design by Urban A&O with Thinc Design

Realizing the difficulty of viewing the bridges on the Merritt Parkway while in motion, Michael Zenreich, AIA, recorded them photographically. He received a National Endowment of the Humanities “Youth Grant” to fulfill this goal and spent the summer of 1980 capturing them with an 8×10 view camera. In response to the World Monuments Fund (WMF) recently naming the Parkway as one of the most endangered monuments, the photographs are on view at FXFOWLE Architects’ office.

FXFOWLE Architects
22 West 19th Street, NYC

Through 01.09.10
At Land: Bodyscape & Cityscape


At Land: Photography and Video by Marina Ballo Charmet, curated by Jean-Francois Chevrier.

Storefront for Art and Architecture

The work of photographer and artist Marina Ballo Charmet, whose formal training is as a psychoanalyst, is centered on what she describes as “inattentive, unintentional observation, irrational, and without direction.” This retrospective exhibition, presents a selection of photographic and video works produced since 1995 that investigate a variety of subjects from the urban landscape to the human figure.

Storefront for Art and Architecture
97 Kenmare Street, NYC

Through 01.30.10
Richard Woods: Port Sunlight


Port Sunlight, 2009.

Richard Woods

Nine new patterns of print blocks are used to create panels that clad sections of Lever House and its grounds, including all of the structural steel columns, Noguchi benches, and sections of the floor in the glass-enclosed lobby.

Lever House
390 Park Avenue, NYC