Aspiring Architect Interns at CFAF


CFAF students (left) and CFAF Intern Irene Li.

Glenda Reed

Glenda Reed, operations manager at the Center for Architecture Foundation (CFAF), spoke with Irene Li, an urban planning student at NYU, about her experiences interning at CFAF.

Glenda Reed: Everyone at the CFAF calls you Irene, but you also have another name. Can you tell me about that?
Irene Li: Haoning Li is my Chinese name. I was born in Taipei and lived in Shanghai for six years before coming to the U.S. to study urban planning at NYU. Shanghai is the city that inspired me to want to be an architect. Everyone there is focused on the possibilities of the future. The way that this optimism manifests itself in Shanghai’s architecture is really interesting to me.

GR: What made you want to intern at CFAF?
IL: I want to become an architect. I thought the Foundation would be a good place to get work experience and learn more about the field of architecture. I started volunteering at Family Days [monthly Saturday hands-on design workshops for parents and children] and now intern in the office twice a week.

GR: What are some of the rewarding aspects of your internship?
IL: I enjoyed helping organize grant submissions. This helped me to understand the professional standards expected of architects presenting their work. I also enjoyed interacting with the kids in youth programs. It feels great coming to the Center for Architecture to work and be connected to the profession.

GR: What are your plans after graduation?
IL: I will be graduating this coming fall and will need to find a job. I want to intern or work for a few years, hopefully in an architecture firm, and then apply to graduate school in architecture.

There are many ways to get involved with CFAF including volunteering and interning. Currently, there are two openings for an Exhibition Assistant and a Programs@theCenter Summer Assistant. For more information visit and

Get Out and Sketch

Now that spring has arrived, take your sketchbook outside. For inspiration, visit the Urban Sketchers website . A nonprofit organization “dedicated to raising the artistic, storytelling, and educational value of location drawing,” Urban Sketchers provides a forum for architects and artists to submit their on-location drawings to the blog or Flickr Group. Created by illustrator and journalist Gabriel Campanario, a staff artist and blogger at The Seattle Times, he aims to organize educational workshops and raise funds for artists’ grants and scholarships. How long has been since you’ve taken the time to sketch?

FIGMENT, the AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA), and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) announced the finalists of the 2010 City of Dreams Pavilion Design Competition: ECHOMATERICO (Berardo Matalucci, Fabiano Spano, Guillermo Ivan López Dominguez, Enrico Crobu); Unchung Na and Sorae Yoo of NAMELESS ARCHITECTURE; Ann Ha and Behrang Behin; and Lonn Combs, RA, of EASTON+COMBS

The Santa Barbara Chapter of the AIA has awarded a 2009 Honor Award to the Santa Barbara Bowl Amphitheater, designed by Handel Architects with Executive Architect DesignARC

Daniel Libeskind, AIA, has been chosen as the 2010 recipient of the Buber-Rosenzweig Medal; he is the first architect to ever receive this honor, which is bestowed by the DKR (German Coordinating Council of Societies for Christian-Jewish Cooperation)…

Terreform ONE, jointly founded by Mitchell Joachim and Maria Aiolova, Assoc. AIA, won a Zumtobel Group Award for Sustainability and Humanity in the Built Environment in the category of “Research & Initiative” for their project “New York City Resource & Mobility,” a visionary plan for NYC that converts waste to buildings and reinvents the city transit system; in the category of “Built Environment,” award winners include The High Line by James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Paul Seletsky, Assoc. AIA, has formed a new professional consultancy focused on advanced Digital Design services, called ArcSphere… Eugene Flotteron, AIA, has returned to CetraRuddy after spending some years working for developer Kent Swig…

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: (CLOSED).

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 05.21.10

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 08.13.10

04.16.10 Call for Proposals: reNEWable Times Square: Designing Temporary Surface Treatments

04.20.10 Call for Ideas: Montréal Taxi Stand

04.23.10 Call for Entries: R+D Awards

04.23.10 Call for Entries: New Practices New York 2010

04.30.10 Call for Entries: Designing the Parks

05.05.10 Call for Presentations: AIANYS/ASLA Upstate New York 2010 Convention in Buffalo

05.03.10 Call for Entries: The Zweig Letter 2010 Hot Firms List

05.07.10 Call for Entries: Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center Residencies for Scholars and Creative Artists, Lake Como, Italy

05.11.10 Call for Entries: Design 21: Game Changers

06.15.10 Call for Entries: Pratt Manhattan Gallery Public Art Competition: Mobile Voter Registration Centers

07.01.10 Call for Entries: 2010 Eco-Structure’s Evergreen Awards

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


Finnish Films on Architecture: Three Houses


On view January 30 — March 27, 2010.

Through 04.05.10
Iannis Xenakis: Composer, Architect, Visionary


Peter Matthews, 11 Hours in the Pacific Ocean (detail), December 2007. Ink, water from Pacific Ocean and rust on paper.

Courtesy of the artist

This exhibition explores the fundamental role of drawing in the work of Greek avant-garde composer Iannis Xenakis (1922–2001). Trained as a civil engineer, Xekakis became an architect while working with Le Corbusier. Comprised of nearly 100 documents created between 1953 and 1984, this is the first North American exhibition dedicated to Xenakis’s original works on paper. Included are hand-rendered scores, architectural drawings, conceptual renderings, pre-compositional sketches, and graphic scores.

The Drawing Center
Main Gallery, 35 Wooster Street, NYC

Through 04.11.10
Diseño Mexicano: Mexican Design

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Don Shoemaker X chairs.

Courtesy Sebastian + Barquet

Sebastian + Barquet’s first New York retrospective of Mexican 20th- and 21st-century design includes works by some of the era’s most significant designers. The exhibition showcases six chairs in sabino wood and leather from the Casa Prieto Lopez in El Pedregal by Luis Barragán; a loveseat in Cocobolo and leather from Morelia by the Nebraskan émigré Don Shoemaker; a butterfly mosaic coffee table by Juan O’Gorman; and a prototype “Flex” coffee table made from undulating strips of maple plywood by Emiliano Godoy.

Sebastian + Barquet
544 West 24th Street, NYC

Through 04.17.10
Landscapes of Quarantine


Storefront for Art and Architecture

This exhibition features new works by a multi-disciplinary group of 18 artists, designers, and architects, each of whom was inspired by one or more of the physical, biological, ethical, architectural, social, political, temporal, and even astronomical dimensions of quarantine.

Storefront for Art and Architecture
97 Kenmare Street, NYC

Through 05.05.10


“Wanderings,” from environmental design office Weathers founder Sean Lally’s Climate Design series. The work is an exterior infrastructure that can be purchased for private gardens, gardens, public parks, and landscapes to enhance and change the local climate of the site.

Courtesy of Weathers

This exhibition explores new and sustainable potentials of the architectural surface in terms of the skin of a building and also as a sensorial space that envelops the body. On view are full-scale, interactive models accompanied by architectural renderings, computer animations, and process documentation from eight international firms and designers.

Pratt Manhattan Gallery
144 West 14th Street, 2nd Floor, NYC

Program: Panel Discussion on New Architecture in Historic Neighborhoods

Event:Panel Discussion on New Architecture in Historic Neighborhoods
Location: AIA National Headquarters, 03.03.10
Speaker: Tersh Boasberg — Chair, Historic Preservation Review Board, Washington, DC; Anne McCutcheon Lewis, FAIA — Architect, Washington, DC; Sherida E. Paulsen, FAIA — Principal, PKSB architects, NYC; Robert Tierney — Chair, NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission; Introduction by Anthony Schirripa, FAIA, IIDA — 2010 AIANY President
Moderator: Rick Bell, FAIA — Executive Director, AIANY
Organizer: AIANY with AIA DC and AIA National


Tersh Boasberg, Chair, Historic Preservation Review Board, Washington, DC

Emily Nemens

Listen to the panel:

Preservationists and practitioners from New York and DC met at the AIA’s National Headquarters to discuss the approval process for new architecture in the cities’ historic districts.

Related Links:
Historic Districts of Columbia, Meet the Old Neighborhoods of New York,” e-Oculus, 03.09.10.


03.09.10 Editor’s Note: It’s Design Awards season! Congratulations to all of the winners. Check out “AIANY Design Awards Jury Announces 2010 Winners,” by Linda G. Miller to read about the jurors’ symposium, and check out Names in the News for a full list winners and projects.

– Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

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AIANY Design Awards Jury Announces 2010 Winners

Event: Design Awards Winners Announcement and Jury Symposium
Location: Center for Architecture, 03.01.10
Speakers: Design Awards Jurors: Architecture: Stanley Saitowitz; Gilles Saucier; Julie Snow, FAIA; Interiors: Brian MacKay Lyons, Hon. FAIA; Glenn Pushelberg; Brigitte Shim, Hon. FAIA; Unbuilt Work: Craig Hodgetts, FAIA; Quinyun Ma; Karen Van Lengen, FAIA; Urban Design: Maurice Cox; Teddy Cruz; Julie Eizenberg, AIA
Moderator: William Menking — Editor-in-Chief, The Architect’s Newspaper
Organizer: AIANY
Sponsors: Chair’s Circle: F+P Architects New York; Patrons: Mancini Duffy; Studio Daniel Libeskind; Trespa; Lead Sponsors: A.E. Greyson + Company; Dagher Engineering; FXFOWLE Architects; Gensler; Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti; JFK&M Consulting Group; Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; MechoShade Systems, Inc.; New York University; Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; Syska Hennessy Group; Toshiko Mori Architect PLLC; VJ Associates


Courtesy AIANY

“We want the world to appreciate New York architecture and New York architects,” said 2010 AIANY President Anthony Schirripa, FAIA, IIDA, as he introduced the Design Awards Symposium. “The design that comes out of New York is important, and the Design Awards celebrate the great work of architects, planners, clients, and consultants who are inspired by and constantly inspiring our great city.”

As in previous years, the Design Awards received well over 400 entries in four categories — Architecture, Interiors, Urban Design, and Unbuilt Work, with Architecture receiving the lion’s share with close to 200 submissions.

There were two “firsts” in this year’s Design Awards Competition. For the first time submissions were filed online saving the jurors from sifting through boxes of paperwork. And, there were separate categories for Urban Design and Unbuilt Work, which in the past had been grouped together under the ubiquitous Projects category.

Despite the efficiency of working online, the jury for Unbuilt projects was the last to finish deliberations. Eleven projects won Merit Awards. Why the difficulty? The jurors explained that it is difficult to compare the projects because of the diversity of typologies and scale. Each winner received an award based on its own merits. According to Karen Van Lengen, FAIA, “what we’re looking for are projects that could influence the communities they’re in.”

After a full day of deliberations, the jurors’ symposium revealed some of the drama behind the decisions. What began as a discussion of various projects, turned into a more heated debate about the role of architects, particularly as they interact with community groups. Case in point: the High Line, which was the only project to garner an Honor Award in the Urban Design category. The project was called a “perfect storm of clients, architects, and politicians” by urban planner Maurice Cox, noting that the design itself was award-winning, but the story of community involvement in its creation heightened its success to the level of an Honor Award. Julie Eizenberg, AIA, countered that perhaps community activism “is a different award.”

More opportunities to learn about this year’s winners are on the calendar including: the Design Awards Luncheon on 04.14.10; the Design Awards Exhibition, which opens on 04.15.10; the Winners’ Symposia, scheduled for 04.27.10 and 06.17.10; and the Summer/Design Awards Issue of OCULUS.

For the full list of winners and projects, see Names in the News