AIA National Convention: Preview


Courtesy AIA

Looking toward the 2010 AIA Convention: Design for the New Decade, in Miami, 06.10-12.10. Here is a list of events that may be of interest to AIANY members:

Thurs, 06.10.10

Keynote Presentation, 8:15am-10am. “Building Design for the New Decade: The Role of Right-Brain Thinking in a Modern Economy.”
Providers: AIA; McGraw-Hill Construction
Speakers: Daniel Pink; Susan Szenasy (moderator)

TH021, 2pm-3:30pm. “Sustainable Design for the New Decade: Deep Dive on Issues and the Role of Design.”
Speaker: Susan Szenasy

TH054, 4pm-5pm. “Creating Sustainable Communities Now and In the Future: Lessons Learned from the AIA Honors and Awards Recipients.”
Provider: AIA

7-9pm. AIANYS Party sponsored by IBEX. Sunset Lounge of the Mondrian South Beach, 1100 West Avenue. RSVP here.

Fri, 06.11.10

FR005, 7am-8am. “Design Vanguard: Finding the Leading Edge in Architecture.”
Provider: McGraw-Hill Construction
Speakers: Paul Lewis; Clifford Pearson

Keynote Presentation, 8:15am-9:45am. “Community Design for the New Decade: Consumerism and Responsibility.”
Providers: AIA; McGraw-Hill Construction
Speaker: Chris Jordan; Ted Landsmark, Assoc. AIA (moderator)

FR026, 10:15am-11:45am. “Sustainable Justice: Designing a Green System.”
Provider: AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice
Speakers: Frank Greene, FAIA; Susan K. Oldroyd, FAIA, LEED AP; Beverly Prior, FAIA, LEED AP; Kenneth Ricci, FAIA

FR028, 10:15am-11:45am. “The New York Times Building: A Tool for Evidence Based Design — The Role of Research and Energy-Related System Databases in Informing the Design Process.”
Provider: AIA New York Chapter
Speakers: Bruce Fowle, FAIA, LEED AP; Glenn Hughes; William Maiman

Friday Investiture Ceremony, 4pm-6pm.

FR065, 4pm-5:30pm. “Design Your Network of Mentors: Connect with Diverse Women in Design.”
Provider: AIANY Women in Architecture Committee
Speakers: Lori Apfel Cardeli, Assoc. AIA; Angelina Pinto; Diane T. Tien, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB

FR068, 4pm-5:30pm. AIA Institute Honor Awards
Provider: AIA Committee on Design
Speaker: Carol Bentel, FAIA, LEED AP

FR082, 6pm-7pm. “Sustainable Suburbs: Preserving Planned Communities in Queens — Douglas Manor and Sunnyside Gardens.”
Provider: AIA Queens
Speakers: Laura Heim, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB; Kevin Wolfe, AIA

FR083, 6pm-7pm. “Next Generation Airports and Opportunities for High-Performance: Achieving High-Performance and Environmentally Beneficial Infrastructure Projects.”
Providers: Atelier Ten; Grimshaw-Architects
Speakers: Jim Keen; Benjamin Shepherd, LEED AP

FR088, 6pm-7pm. “Engineered Transparency: ETFE Systems and Skin Physics — The Design Development of Sustainable Transparency.”
Provider: Thornton Tomasetti

EV058, 7pm-9pm, $150. “Convention Party: Sand in Your Shoes — Deco Style.”

Sat, 06.12.10

SA003, 7am-8am. “Economic Recessions: How Forensic Architects Can Help Designers.”
Provider: Erwin Lobo Bielinski
Speakers: Ronald Bielinski, AIA; Sharon A. Lobo, AIA, NCARB

SA010, 7am-8am. “Transformative Sustainable Adaptive Reuse of Historic Buildings: Precedents, Preservation, and Adaptive Reuse Strategies for Blending Sustainability and Design Excellence.”
Provider: Kliment Halsband Architects
Speakers: Alex Diez, AIA, LEED AP; Michael A. Nieminen, AIA

SA041, 1pm-2:30pm. “Four By Four Forum: 4 Architects/4 Regions/4 Visions/4 the Future.”
Provider: AIA New York Chapter
Speakers: Michael Damore, AIA; Elizabeth del Monte, AIA; Mark E. Strauss, FAIA, AICP, LEED AP; Martha Lampkin Welborne, FAIA

Keynote Presentation, 3pm-4:30pm. “Global Design for the New Decade: A Discussion with the 2010 Gold Medalist and Architecture Firm Award Recipients.”
Provider: AIA College of Fellows; McGraw-Hill Construction
Speaker: Robert A. Ivy, Jr., FAIA (moderator)

A Call to Action: Fit City 5

Event: Fit City 5: Promoting Physical Activity through Design
Location: Center for Architecture, 05.18.10
Keynote Speaker: William Bird, MBE — Natural England (UK)
Speakers: Thomas Farley, MD, MPH — Commissioner, NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene; David Burney, FAIA — Commissioner, NYC Dept. of Design + Construction; Janette Sadik-Khan — Commissioner, NYC Dept. of Transportation; Amanda Burden, FAICP, Hon. AIANY — Chair NYC Dept. of City Planning; Adrian Benepe — Commissioner, NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation; Fatma Amer, PE — Deputy Commissioner, NYC Dept. of Buildings; Matthew Sapolin — Commissioner, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities; Thomas Balsley, Hon. AIA, FASLA — Principal, Thomas Balsley Associates; Rick Bell, FAIA — Executive Director, AIANY; Les Bluestone — Blue Sea Development; Vincent Chang, AIA — Principal, Grimshaw Architects; Craig Dykers, AIA — Co-Founder, Snøhetta; Robin Guenther, FAIA — Principal, Perkins + Will; Ernie Hutton, FAICP, Assoc. AIA — President, Hutton Associates; Robyne Kassen, Assoc. AIA — Owner, Urban Movement Design; Karen Lee, MD, MHSc — Director, Built Environment, NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene; Thom Mayne, FAIA — Principal, Morphosis; George Miller, FAIA — 2010 President, AIA; Jonathan Rose — President, Rose Companies; Anthony Schirripa, FAIA, IIDA — 2010 President, AIANY; Lynn Silver, MD, MPH, FAAP — NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene; Susan Szenasy — Editor-in-Chief, Metropolis Magazine; Katie Winter — Principal, Katie Winter Architecture
Organizers: AIA New York Chapter; NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Courtesy of AIANY

We think of New York as being a fast-paced, walking city. Yet obesity, and with it type 2 diabetes, has reached epidemic levels in NYC. Whereas infectious diseases were once the greatest risk, the largest killers of our time are chronic diseases, including heart disease, stroke, cancers, and diabetes. At “Fit City 5,” panelists considered the many possibilities detailed in the new Active Design Guidelines — Promoting Physical Activity and Health in Design (ADG), released January 2010. It presents strategies for designing neighborhoods, streets, buildings, and outdoor spaces that encourage activity, and provides us with a plan to turn New York from a “fat city” into a “fit city.”

By appearing together on one panel at the Fit City 5 conference, nine representatives from varying city agencies demonstrated their solidarity in a mission to create whole, healthy, safe neighborhoods throughout the city. Ideally, neighborhoods should be pedestrian friendly — with amenities close to home so people can walk or bike to mass transit, work, parks, and waterfronts. It’s one of the reasons the city has built miles of new dedicated bike paths and lanes; turned school playgrounds into parks during off hours; designed parks to engage the public, including those with physical or mental disabilities; and encouraged exercise with park furniture that can be used as both exercise equipment and for relaxing.

Buildings themselves provide an opportunity to promote physical activity. Want to reduce your carbon footprint? Take the stairs instead of the elevator — a practice that has been encouraged for years at the Center for Architecture. Many new buildings, including 41 Cooper Square by Morphosis and Gruzen Samton, have installed skip-stop elevators and designed stairways people want to use. Other approaches include locating building entrances and attractive gathering places to encourage walking; encouraging biking with secure bike storage; and designing building exteriors and massing that make walking a pleasure for passersby.

Craig Dykers, AIA, of Snøhetta, who used to live in Norway, walks to work, owns two bikes, and yet he has gained weight since living in NYC. He reasoned that he hasn’t found a single restaurant in Manhattan that doesn’t use preprocessed food. To remedy the situation, both Snøhetta offices have a kitchen, and the Norwegians even have a chef preparing wholesome meals.

Brian Tolman, AIA, LEED AP, managing principal of STUDIOS Architecture, said his clients are requesting designs that actively engage employees. His proposed ingredients are: communication, sustainability, and activity. One example is the firm’s Dow Jones Offices (recipient of a 2010 AIANY Merit Award in Interiors), where the newsroom acts as a hub to the offices and employees interact as they traverse the interior stairs.

Environmental design strategies (daylight, fresh air, sanitation) were used in the 19th century to fight infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, cholera, and yellow fever, NYC agencies are combining forces to combat obesity in the 21st-century. The NYC Departments of Health and Mental Hygiene, Design + Construction (DDC), Transportation (DOT), and City Planning have partnered with the Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget and the AIA New York Chapter, as well as members of the academic and design communities, to publish the ADG. The Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability; the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities; the School Construction Authority; the Departments of Parks & Recreation, Housing Preservation and Development, and Aging also contributed to the ADG.

“My theme this year is Architect as Leader,” said 2010 AIANY President Tony Schirripa, FAIA, IIDA, “and what better way to exemplify that principle than to facilitate this discussion. Architects can lead the way by designing buildings that are not just sustainable but can also help maintain good health by design.”

In his keynote, Dr. William Bird, MBE, a British medical doctor who has set up strategies to promote good health and encourage people in the UK to exercise. “Good design is about making people want to exercise,” he said. As the strategic health advisor for Natural England, he feels using the environment as a major health resource is a moral obligation. Every doctor at the conference, from Commissioner Thomas Farley, MD, MPH, to Built Environment Director Karen Lee, MD, MHSc, both of the NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene, stressed the urgency of the obesity epidemic.

There is definitely a synergy, as well as cost effectiveness, between active design and local, national, and international initiatives like LEED and PlaNYC. The tenets of the ADG, however, address the ways that architectural, landscape, and urban design can meet people’s varying needs. In a combined statement in the introduction to the ADG, AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, and 2009 AIANY President Sherida Paulsen, FAIA, wrote: “The New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects is dedicated to design excellence, professional development, and public outreach. The City’s Active Design Guidelines combine these three goals in a well-written document that should be used by all architects, designers, and building owners as a reference and resource.”

“Sunny Memories” Illuminates the Future of Solar Energy

Event: The Future of Solar Energy in Design panel discussion; “Sunny Memories” exhibition opening
Location: Center for Architecture, 05.16.10
Speakers: Nicolas Henchoz — Director, EPFL+ECAL Lab; Paul Thompson — Rector, the Royal College of Art; Yves Béhar — fuseproject; Anna Dyson — Director, MATERIALAB at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Moderator: Laetitia Wolff — Founding Director, futureflair
Panel Organizers: futureflair; Center for Architecture
Exhibition Organizers: EPFL+ECAL Lab; Center for Architecture
Sponsors: Lombard Odier; swissnex San Francisco; Swiss Arts Council; Pro Helvetia; Consulate General of Switzerland in New York; Y-Water


Floating Chair, Diana Chang — CCA.

©2009, Tonatiuh Ambrosetti & Daniela Droz

Can you imagine a hat that generates electricity? How about a power-producing towel or fruit bowl? Design students in Europe and the U.S. have conceived these items, using a new dye-based solar cell that has the potential to significantly diversify the possibilities of solar power. Prototypes of these projects, along with 26 others, are currently on display in “Sunny Memories,” an exhibition at the Center for Architecture until 06.05.10.

Professor Michael Grätzel of the Swiss engineering school Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) conceived the solar cells. Inspired by photosynthesis, he began to experiment with molecules of colorant that react with sunlight. It has taken 15 years to develop the pigmentation and achieve a stable electrical current. Though the technology still needs perfecting, the first cells are now appearing on the market. While they produce less power than traditional photovoltaics, these “dye-sensitive” cells are translucent, lightweight, and more effective in low light, making them useful for a wider range of potential applications.

Which is where the students come in. EPFL+ECAL Lab, a joint initiative of EPFL and the art and design university Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne (ECAL), asked students at four universities — the California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco, the Royal College of Art (RCA) in London, ECAL in Switzerland, and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle (ENSCI) in Paris — to design useful applications for the solar panels. They responded with projects that fall under three categories of market-readiness — ready for production in one year, three years, or 10 — in a balance of practical with “blue-sky” thinking.

In addition to the hat-and-towel set and “fruit bowl” (actually a recharging station for electrical devices), the exhibition also displays models of more futuristic proposals, such as a translucent park bench that collects sunlight during the day and becomes a glowing beacon at night. Grouped by school of origin, the prototypes also suggest something of their respective cultures: projects from London’s RCA, including a solar-powered light that attracts bugs to a Venus Flytrap plant, suggest a “macabre, black sense of English humor,” said Paul Thompson, a rector at RCA, half-jokingly. Solarwall, an American design, and one of the most immediately useful, doubles as a partition wall and solar-power generator that works even within deep office floor plates.

A panel discussion after the exhibition opening focused on the value of interdisciplinary design for solving problems and bringing new technologies and concepts to market — though Yves Béhar asked his CCA students not to think of marketability, but to conceive of the lifestyle they want to live, and to let that inspire their design. Anna Dyson, the director of MATERIALAB at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, described the ideal of “autonomous objects” that function in a closed loop separate from the energy grid.

Both “Sunny Memories” and EPFL+ECAL Lab, said director Nicolas Henchoz, try to reconcile the very different mindsets of engineering and design: where the former emphasizes performance, the latter focuses on usability. For innovations to gain wide acceptance, he said, it is important that designers think like a hypothetical consumer: “I don’t want to buy technical performance; I want to buy a new user experience.”

My Advice: Stay Out of the Limelight

Once the novelty of shopping in a former church-turned-nightclub wears off, will the new Limelight Marketplace last? While I am a proponent of adaptive re-use, this latest iteration by Mansour Design does not do the historic structure justice.

I went with a friend, who wanted to leave as soon as he stepped inside. The cacophony of the black and white tiles, the stained glass windows, and the boutiques shoved into every nook and cranny were too much for him. As I elbowed my way through the crowds, merchandise, and in some cases the stores themselves, the experience did not grow on me either. The narrow stairways, reminiscent of the jam-packed club it once was (and the church it was before that), were difficult to maneuver even without shopping bags. Peering over the balconies, the bright colors and busy aesthetics were disorienting, making it difficult to focus on anything.

Even the selection of stores confused me, from stands selling flip-flops to decorative chocolates, it felt like a generic mall crammed into a small space. The Limelight is a place that is uniquely of New York; it is a shame that this is not embraced or reflected in its new identity (although I read that there is a local farmer’s market in an interior courtyard, a space that I could not find when I was there).

My friend commented that typical suburban malls, while they may not be enjoyable to some, provide space and relief from everyday life. The Limelight Marketplace does exactly the opposite. Overall, my experience did not make me want to purchase anything, and it did not make me want to return. I do not see how this adaptive re-use project will last. Until the next renovation, I will be avoiding the Limelight.

In this issue:
· The Great Blue Way
· The McKim Building Undergoes Restoration
· Artists Take Up Residence on Governors Island
· In Time for Summer: Parks and Recreation Open on West Side
· Princeton Reduces Dust, Vibration for Energy Research
· The Curtain Goes Up on Hylton Performing Arts

The Great Blue Way


“Cool Water, Hot Island” in Times Square.

Courtesy the Times Square Alliance

Out of 150 submissions, the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) in partnership with the Times Square Alliance, has selected Brooklyn-based artist Molly Dilworth’s “Cool Water, Hot Island” as the winning temporary treatment for the Times Square pedestrian plaza. The design, which is scheduled to be installed by mid-July, is composed of a graphical representation of NASA’s infrared satellite data of Manhattan. Its color palette reflects sunlight and absorbs less heat, thus making the plaza a more comfortable place to sit. The Alliance will maintain the treatment as the DOT initiates plans for a permanent plaza under the Department of Design + Construction’s Design Excellence program. As part of the longer-term project, DOT and DDC are working with architects, landscape architects, and engineers to design appealing plazas with ample seating, new paving, and underground infrastructure able to accommodate and enhance the signature events that are staged at Times Square throughout the year.

The McKim Building Undergoes Restoration


The Morgan Library & Museum’s McKim Building.

©Todd Eberle 2007

The Morgan Library & Museum’s McKim Building will undergo the most extensive restoration of its interior spaces since its construction more than a century ago. Designed by McKim, Mead & White, as the private study and library of Pierpont Morgan, the restoration will provide new and expanded exhibition space for the Morgan’s permanent collection. Key components include: new lighting throughout the building to better illuminate its murals and décor; the installation of new exhibition cases to house rotating displays; restoration of period furniture and fixtures; and the cleaning of the walls and applied ornamentation. Also, for the first time, the North Room, which will display the earliest works in the collection, will be open to visitors. Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, who served as executive architect during the Morgan’s 2006 expansion by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, will act as architect-of-record on the restoration. The museum reopens to the public on 10.30.10.

Artists Take Up Residence on Governors Island


Artist Studio Program at Governors Island.

Davis Brody Bond Aedas

The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) has opened its year-round artist studio program on Governors Island. More than 50 visual and performing artists in all disciplines were selected in a competitive request for proposals (RFP) held by the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation (GIPEC). The program resides on the island’s north shore in Building 110, a circa 1870s building originally used to store munitions and later occupied by offices for the Army and U.S. Coast Guard. The building renovation was designed and built by GIPEC and Cubellis, Davis Brody Bond Aedas did the interior fitted out of 14,000 square feet pro bono to house artist studios, two rehearsal areas, and exhibition space. Visual artists are provided studio space for five-month residencies, while performing artists receive rehearsal space for periods ranging from two weeks to two months. All LMCC artists-in-residence on the island are expected to show work when the island is open to the public.

In Time for Summer: Parks and Recreation Open on West Side


Opening day at Riverside Park.

Photo by Malcolm Pinkckney

The NYC Department of Parks & Recreation recently cut the ribbon on Riverwalk, the pathway stretching from West 83rd to 91st Streets, completing the bike and pedestrian path along the Hudson River from Battery Park to Dyckman Street. Constructed on a pile-supported platform in and along the river, it features hardwood railing interspersed with bollard lighting and granite walls. Design consultants on the $15.7 million project were RGR Landscape and Stantec.

The newest sections of Hudson River Park, Piers 62 and 63 in Chelsea, were also officially opened. The two new piers and adjacent uplands join Pier 64, which opened last year, to form nine acres of new green space. The construction includes a great lawn, a landscape created by artist Meg Webster, a public garden designed by Lynden Miller Public Garden Design, and a new California-style skate park. The park also includes a Hudson River carousel complete with a “green” roof. The design team for the Chelsea segment of Hudson River Park was led by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates and included Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, CR Studio Architects, Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers, Maitra Associates Engineers, Ysrael A. Seinuk Consulting Engineers, U Lighting, Skanska USA, and Ove Arup & Partners.

Battery Park City’s long delayed Teardrop Park South, also designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, has finally opened with two water features, a stacked wooden amphitheater, sun-refracting heliostats atop neighboring buildings to reflect light into the shadowy gardens.

Princeton Reduces Dust, Vibration for Energy Research


Princeton University’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.

Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

Plans for Princeton University’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment were recently released. Designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, the 127,000-square-foot center will provide specialized facilities for sustainable energy research. The plan builds on the findings of a faculty steering committee that worked with Davis Brody Bond Aedas to develop a program study. The design calls for three interconnected buildings built of mostly brick and glass and include a range of needs, from highly specialized labs to classroom and meeting spaces. The lab with the most demanding technical requirements will reduce the amount of airborne dusts one-thousand-fold, a requirement for nanotechnology research. It also will contain imaging labs for microscopes examining atomic material, which require an ultra-low vibration environment. To achieve such low vibration, the labs will be built directly on top of bedrock, below the natural grade level. Instead of being fully underground, the space will open to gardens.

The Curtain Goes Up on Hylton Performing Arts


The Hylton Performing Arts Center, George Mason University.

©Robert Benson Photography

The Hylton Performing Arts Center on the Prince William campus of George Mason University in Manassas, VA, recently opened after a 10-year effort to make this performing arts venue a reality. Designed by Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture, the $44 million, 85,000-square-foot facility clad in copper, glass, and masonry will provide a setting for local, national, and international arts groups and performers, as well as university-related activities. Within the nine-story venue is Merchant Hall, a 1,121-seat, multi-functioning theater modeled on the classic European opera houses for an intimate audience experience. The hall features flexible acoustics and stage/pit configurations, a movable orchestra shell, and rows of box seating. No seat in the house is more than 95 feet from the stage. In addition, the center contains a 4,400-square-foot black box theater, a 1,000-square-foot practice studio, an art gallery, and a donor’s lounge. Sterling, VA-based Hughes Group Architects served as the architect-of-record.

New Buildings New York: Window into 100 11th Ave

Event: New Buildings New York Tour of 100 11th Ave
Location: 100 11th Avenue (corner of West 19th Street)
Tour Guides: Francois Leininger — Atelier Jean Nouvel; John Beyer, FAIA — Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners
Organizers: Center for Architecture Foundation (CFAF)


View from inside 100 11th Ave.

Timothy Schenck,

Francois Leininger of Ateliers Jean Nouvel said Jean Nouvel, Hon. FAIA, was inspired by the Hudson River on the New Buildings New York tour of 100 11th Avenue. Nouvel envisioned a façade made of windows of different sizes, shapes, colors, and angles that would mirror the river with as many reflections and colors as possible throughout the day. The challenge was to turn this idea into a feasible design. The result is 1,600 windows in 32 different sizes.

From inside a model apartment on the eighth floor, tour participants examined the window system and took in the views of the river and city skyline. The windows are assembled into 37-foot-long “mega panels” constructed in China with the glass preinstalled (the panel lengths were limited by the dimensions of shipping containers). According to John Beyer, FAIA, of Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, each mega panel is outfitted with aluminum on the exterior, which is mirrored by a steel structure on the interior. The steel, painted to mimic its aluminum counterpart, supports the building.

Each floor of the luxury condominium has four apartments oriented to maximize views of the river, and tour participants explored several of them. Punched buildings on the sides and rear of the building looked like paintings: framing curated views of the city.

The tour finished with refreshments in the top floor penthouse and roof terrace while the sun set over the Hudson River. The Center for Architecture Foundation would like to give a special thanks to Leininger and Beyer for making this evening possible. All New Buildings New York proceeds benefit youth and family programs at the Center for Architecture. If you are interested in attending future New Buildings New York tours, contact and ask to be put on the mailing list. For more information, visit the Center for Architecture Foundation‘s website.

Iron Designer!

You’ve seen the chef’s version, but now it’s architects’ turn to answer the challenge. On 06.17.10, the Iron Designer Challenge will feature five teams of NYC professionals partnered with students of The Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction (SDC) facing off in an ultimate design/build competition. Teams will have three hours to construct life-size emergency shelters made from everyday materials in front of a live audience and judges. The event will be hosted by television personality Diana Williams from WABC-TV and include live music by The Roof Walkers, an open bar, food, and city views from an outdoor roof deck. The AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) is sponsoring the event.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here. Tickets are $40 is purchased before 06.11, and $50 at the door.

The AIA New York Chapter 2010 Honors and Awards will be presented at the 143rd Annual Meeting on 06.16.10 to the following: Medal of Honor: David M. Childs, FAIA; Award of Merit: Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund; Honorary Members: Barry Bergdoll and Richard T. Anderson; George S. Lewis Award: Susan Henshaw Jones; Andrew J. Thomas (Housing) Award: GF55; Harry B. Rutkins (Chapter Service) Award: Bruce Fowle, FAIA, LEED AP; Public Architect Award: Peter Magnani, AIA; Stephen A. Kliment Oculus Award: Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP; and Citations: Landmarks Preservation Foundation, DOH Active Design Guidelines, Tribeca Film Festival, and V’Soske

INVISTA, maker of Antron carpet fiber, presented the Antron Carpet Fiber Designed to Perform Award grand prize to Butler Rogers Baskett for its design of Major League Baseball’s headquarters…

Wendy W Fok (New York/Vienna/Hong Kong) and Joana Sobral (London), representing team “4-Scales”, has been awarded an Honorable Mention for the “Paris Project: At The Crossroads,” part of the European Forum for Architectural Policies Converging Territories for the EU…

Eric D. Sweet, CCCA, LEED AP, has been named an associate principal of Cannon Design… Francis Cauffman has promoted Gloria Cascarino, Haley Driscoll, IIDA, Dana Eddowes, James Hammond, and Erin Kelly, AIA, NCARB, to senior associate…

04.17.10: NYU Entrepreneurs Roundtable featured Terrence O’Neal Architect Managing Principal Terrence E. O’Neal, AIA, and Lenore Janis, president of Professional Women in Construction (PWC) National.

NYU Roundtable

Students flank NYU Faculty Member Richard Raymond and Roundtable speakers Terrence E. O’Neal, AIA, and Lenore Janis.

Courtesy Terrence O’Neal Architect

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: (CLOSED).

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

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