09.28.10 Editor’s Note: The AIANY Oculus Committee and Marketing and PR Committee are hosting a conversation on publishing this Wednesday, 09.29.10, at 6:00pm. “First Monographs: Young Design Firms and the Experience of Publishing” features Stephan Jaklitsh Architects, Leven Betts, Della Valle Bernheimer, and Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis and their experiences in putting together their first monographs.

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Not Yet Copenhagen? Give it a Few More Years

Event: Cities for People: A Talk with Author Jan Gehl
Location: Center for Architecture, 09.15.10
Speakers: Jan Gehl, Dr. Litt., Int. FRIBA, Hon. FAIA, Hon. FRAIC — Founding Partner, Gehl Architects
Introductions: Amanda Burden, FAICP, Hon. AIA — Chair, NYC Department of City Planning; Janette Sadik-Khan — Commissioner, NYC Department of Transportation
Organizers: AIANY; Island Press


Courtesy Island Press

With pedestrian plazas and bicycle lanes sprouting throughout the city, New York’s public spaces increasingly reflect the influence of architect/consultant Jan Gehl, Dr. Litt., Int. FRIBA, Hon. FAIA, Hon. FRAIC. In some respects NYC may still stand for Not Yet Copenhagen, but we’re getting there; Gehl’s recent presentation was part book launch, part victory lap.

Gehl’s discussion organized the details of modern urban history into a clear, intuitive argument. Corbusier’s revolutionary paradigm of urban form, he charged, overlooked human behavior and scale; architects “stopped building cities and started building buildings,” formally beautiful in isolation (especially when viewed from vehicles), but oblivious to “the interaction between form and life.” He conceded his own prior allegiance to Corbusian Modernism, but credited his marriage to a psychologist for convincing him that eye-level, walking-speed perspectives are essential for livable spaces. Gehl lambasted places like Brasilia, whose “eagle plan” is elegant from a helicopter perspective but devoid of street-level activity, and Dubai, where, he said, “I always get the feeling of being in an exhibition of perfume bottles.”

Instead of obsessing over large-scale forms and skylines, Gehl recommended, architects might better apply their energy to designing spaces that are inviting to pedestrians. Copenhagen’s “potato row” residential district doesn’t create an aerial spectacle, but citizens have pronounced it supremely livable as measured by both high prices per square meter and Denmark’s highest concentration of architects. Incremental adjustments in street design over 40 years succeeded in pedestrianizing the Strøget, bringing Danes into the streets despite the cold climate and extending the outdoor-comfort season from two months a year to 10. “A good city is like a good party,” he noted: people stay longer than expected.

The party metaphor also links infrastructure to quality of life. A city shaped for automobility invites more traffic and invariably gets it, but planners can issue citizens a different invitation and encourage walking and cycling, as New York, San Francisco, and other cities have done, by ranking non-automotive public space over arterials and parking. These cities are currently undergoing a paradigm shift as potentially far-reaching as the 20th century’s experiment with autocentric design. NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan’s introduction noted that Cities for People is being initially published in Danish, English, and Chinese. “I think it’s essential that the entire planet learn from the lessons [in] Jan’s book,” she commented. Within Gehl’s expanding and well-earned sphere of influence, differences among local climates, scales, and styles are less important than the core principle he quoted from Ralph Erskine, Hon. FAIA: “To be a good architect, you must love people.”

Schirripa’s Leads for the Other Kind of Green

Event: The AFTL Series: Financial Management
Location: Center for Architecture, 09.22.10
Speakers: Anthony Schirripa, FAIA, IIDA — 2010 President, AIANY
Organizer: AIANY Professional Practice Committee
Sponsor: Newforma

Focusing on great design will only get a firm so far; the financial side can’t be ignored remarked 2010 AIANY President Anthony Schirripa, FAIA, IIDA, in a recent presentation on financial management. The event kicked off the Architects Fast Track Leadership Series, which includes eight sessions geared to up-and-coming architects preparing to enter the management ranks. The AIA book The Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice forms the basis for the topics in the series.

Schirripa’s talk helped explain an array of financial concepts and jargon in easy-to-understand terms. He began with an overview of the process of forming a strategic plan based upon “the firm’s needs and wishes for the future.” After creating a strategic plan, “Each year, you should be doing a business plan to help you achieve your strategic goals — and that takes financial planning,” he said. “Business planning enables the firm to chart its course. Lots of firms get into a cycle of reacting to project opportunities, as opposed to planning what kinds of projects you want, who you target,” he added. “Those are important things to plan, not just react to.”

An annual business plan can vary dramatically, but some common ingredients include revenue projection, a staffing plan (defining the size and cost of the staff), an overhead-expense budget, and a profit plan. Since all those components of the business plan are interrelated, they should be developed concurrently, he advised.

Among other nuts-and-bolts financial advice, Schirripa offered mathematical formulas for tasks such as calculating an hourly billing rate, and he recommended ideal percentages of billable hours for various types of employees (85% for most staff, 75% for senior staff, and 50% for principals). Even in today’s competitive market, it’s important to choose projects with care and to charge a reasonable rate, he said. On the other hand, there’s always room for judgment calls in the name of good service and investment in long-term client relationships. One audience member asked: In today’s economy, how can a firm add value for repeat clients without spending more time (and thus money)? Within reason, if a good repeat client needs some help or advice, “I would tell you, spend the time, maintain the value of the relationship,” Schirripa said. “If the client needs something, just do it — because it will come back to you in another way, in another time.”

Women’s Leadership Summit Explores Mentorship, Collaboration

Event: Women’s Leadership Development Summit, Collective Capacity: Building Leadership for Women in Architecture
Location: The Desmond Tutu Center, 09.23-24.10
Speakers: George Miller, FAIA – President, AIA; Betsy Myers; Sue Henderson — VP of Advancement, Queens College; Kathryn Anthony – Professor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Joan Blumenfeld, FAIA, IIDA, LEED AP — Perkins + Will; Joan Capelin, Hon. AIA — Capelin Communications; Nicole Hollant-Denis, AIA — AARRIS Architects; Jennifer Murphy — Plaza Construction; Barbara Nadel, FAIA — Barbara Nadel Architect; Jinhee Park, AIA — SsD Architecture; Nancy Aber Goshow, AIA — Goshow Architects; Maria Kook, AIA — MSKarchitects; Diane Tien, AIA — Perkins + Will; Rebecca Shambaugh — SHAMBAUGH Leadership Development; Sho Ping Chin, FAIA — Payette; Heather Taylor, AIA — EYP; Carole Wedge, FAIA — Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott; Pam Loeffelman, FAIA — Perkins Eastman; Angela O’Bryne, AIA — PEREZ; Suzane Reatig, FAIA — Suzane Reatig Architecture; Jean Zagrodnik, AIA — Zagrodnik + Thomas; Randy Steiner, AIA — Montgomery College; Katy Flammia, AIA — THEREdesign; Anne Frederick — Hester Street Collaborative; Kimberley Hickson, FAIA — Gensler; Carrie Salter — DSA Builders; Laura Pastine, AIA — form field studio; Molly Jones, AIA — Benham, an SAIC Company; Anne-Marie Lubenau, AIA — Community Design Center of Pittsburgh; Janice Olshesky, AIA — Olshesky Design Group; Margery Perlmutter, Esq., AIA — Bryan Cave; Roberta Washington, FAIA — Roberta Washington Architects; Susan Chin, FAIA — City of New York Dept. of Cultural Affairs; Jeanne Gang, FAIA — Studio Gang
Organizer: National AIA Diversity and Inclusion Council; Boston Society of Architects Women Principals Group; Women in Design Kansas City; AIANY Women in Architecture Committee; Women in Architecture Committee AIA San Diego


Keynote Speaker Jeanne Gang, FAIA, of Studio Gang Architects presented several of her firm’s projects, including the Aqua Tower (pictured), SOS Childrens’ Villages, and a pavilion for the Lincoln Park Zoo.

Jessica Sheridan

As the number of women employees rise in the architectural profession, more women are ascending to leadership positions. Women from a variety of locations and firm types with differing levels of experience recently gathered to tell their stories and discuss leadership strategies at the Women’s Leadership Development Summit.

Leadership is a multifaceted concept, and several words repeated throughout the summit were mentorship, passion, and collaboration. Several speakers, including the lone man in the room, AIA President George Miller, FAIA, emphasized the importance of women seeking mentors (who are not necessarily women themselves) within the profession as they provide invaluable support and advice.

Many women are naturally strong communicators, and speakers encouraged the audience to use this skill to develop relationships and expand their personal networks. However, a common roadblock to women’s success is fear. Sue Henderson, Vice President of Advancement at Queens College, reminded the audience that “to be perfect is to never get anything done.” Betsey Myers, who served as a senior adviser to Barack Obama’s Presidential Campaign, emphasized the importance of knowing when to ask questions and for feedback on one’s performance.

Although Angela O’Bryne, AIA, president of PEREZ, feels that, “being a generalist is good” to understand the ins and outs of accounting and business, Nancy Aber Goshow, AIA, principal of Goshow Architects, suggested that women should “find a need and fill it.” For example, Diane Tsien, AIA, an associate at Perkins+Will became a technology expert, while Barbara Nadel, FAIA, founder of Barbara Nadel Architect, specialized in building security design. Carrie Salter of DSA Builders mentioned the importance of choosing a firm based on size. Some women thrive in smaller, more intimate office environments while others prefer the resources offered by a large firm. At the same time, it is necessary for women to keep their own goals at the forefront. “Remember that it is your career, not your firm’s,” reminded Carol Wedge, FAIA, who became the first woman president of Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott. After all, knowing what you want is half the battle.

Mi Sukkah, Su Sukkah

Event: Exhibition Opening and Presentation: Sukkah City
Location: Center for Architecture, 09.22.10
Speakers: Joshua Foer & Roger Bennett — Co-Founders, Sukkah City co-founders; David Getty & Stephanie Gunawan — Team Members, Shim Sukkah (team member not present: Matthew Jacobs); Henry Grosman & Babak Bryan, AIA — Designers, Fractured Bubble; Michael Arad, AIA & Thomas de Monchaux — Jury Members
Sukkah City Jurors: Michael Arad, AIA; Ron Arad; Rick Bell, FAIA; Allan Chochinov; Matias Corea; Paul Goldberger, Hon. AIA; Steven Heller; Natalie Jeremijenko; Maira Kalman; Geoff Manaugh; Thom Mayne, FAIA; Thomas de Monchaux; Ada Tolla; Adam Yarinsky, FAIA


“Fractured Bubble,” by Henry Grosman and Babak Bryan, which won the “People’s Choice” (left); “Shim Sukkah” by tinder, tinker, which was the jury’s favorite and is now reconfigured at the Center for Architecture.

Jessica Sheridan

Israelites traveling through the desert could never have imagined what Joshua Foer experienced on the first night of Sukkah City. Foer, one of the co-founders of the project, spent the night in “Sukkah of the Signs,” a contemporary take on the sukkah clad in cardboard signs purchased from the homeless. The structure was one of 12 finalists out of more than 600 submissions from designers in 43 countries to re-examine the sukkah, an elemental ephemeral shelter constructed for one week each fall during the Jewish festival of Sukkot. According to Roger Bennett, the project’s other co-founder, “More than 150,000 people were engaged by the sukkot during a 24-hour cycle on Sunday alone [in Union Square].”

“Fractured Bubble,” designed by NY-based architects Henry Grosman and Babak Bryan, AIA, won the “People’s Choice” vote as favorite among the finalists. Their design, made of plywood, marsh grass, and twine, was a sphere opened into three sections. The roof material was composed of phragmites, an invasive species of marsh grass harvested from Corona Park, Queens.

According to Bryan, what prompted him to enter the competition was that “architects deal with rules and responding to restraints and sukkah design is possibly the oldest list of rules we have in print.” The team used a Grasshopper plug-in for the 3-D modeling program Rhinoceros to see if they could actually construct their ideas. Using CNC fabrication and student volunteers, their sukkah was built in Brooklyn’s Gowanus Studio Space and trucked to Union Square.

The jury’s favorite was “Shim Sukkah” by tinder, tinker of Sagle, ID, which is now on view at the Center for Architecture through 10.30.10. The design was inspired by a screen porch with cedar to ward off mosquitoes. The shims are held together by dowels, “allowing each one to maintain its own identity yet be moved as wished,” said team member David Getty. Cedar shakes are trimmed to typical shim dimensions and the structure is furnished with a cedar picnic bench and chairs (complete with matching chopsticks).

Michael Arad, AIA, partner at Handel Architects, was approached by the organizers of Sukkah City when it was still a “half-baked idea.” He asked AIANY to get involved. According to Arad, “Rick [Bell] said ‘mi casa, su casa,’ which is in the spirit of the holiday.” In keeping with the custom, the Chapter is using its sukkah as a meeting and eating space.

The Spaces Between the Sounds: Rick Joy in Context

Event: Checkerboard Conversations: Rick Joy
Location: Center for Architecture, 09.16.10
Speakers: Rick Joy, AIA; Suzanne Stephens — Deputy Editor, Architectural Record
Organizer: Checkerboard Film Foundation; Center for Architecture


Rick Joy’s Tubac House in Tubac, Arizona.

Bill Timmerman

Tuscon-based architect Rick Joy, AIA, is known for rammed earth residences in the desert Southwest. However, his portfolio encompasses a range of context-driven designs, including several masterplans and a “traditional” house in New England. Joy discussed these projects in the film “Rick Joy: Interludes,” and continued the conversation with Architectural Record Deputy Editor Suzanne Stephens.
Before embarking on his career in architecture, Joy was a percussionist in a band. “In music, the role of the drummer is to set the groove and the atmosphere of a song; it’s like Miles Davis’s famous quote that the spaces between the sounds are often more important than the actual sounds,” explained Joy in the film. “I tend to try to do the same in architecture: the design is driven by the narrative or the description of the atmosphere first before the actual form is considered.” This philosophy manifests in The Desert Nomad House, which is comprised of three programmatically separate cubes clad in 10-gauge Cor-ten steel. They punctuate the landscape, and according to Joy, are oriented to capture the unique quality of desert light.

On a larger scale, Joy has completed master plans for several towns and resorts, including the Bahia Balandra in La Paz, a site by Zion National Park, UT, and a downtown extension of York Beach, ME. For each of these developments, he proposed dense groupings of small houses and structures instead of the typical, sprawling suburban approach: “It’s all about making propositions for how to live in a landscape.”

Joy, who is originally from Maine, returned to his New England roots when designing a house in Woodstock, VT. He borrowed from the vernacular language of barns and designed a classic “stone ender,” which caps a linear succession of living spaces that open to the landscape. Though most of his work looks modern, Joy considers himself a traditional architect. He studies local construction methods and reinterprets them in a practical way, and his designs harmonize with their contexts.

In this issue:
· Red Room on the Bowery
· Message in a (Klein) Bottle
· The New LIFE Secondary School Gives New Life to Vacant Building
· Ramapo College Completes Non-Denominational Center
· Healthcare Network is Designed with User Input
· Gateway Arch to Scale Down to its Ground

Red Room on the Bowery


Sperone Westwater Gallery.

© Nigel Young/Foster + Partners

For its 35th anniversary, the Sperone Westwater Gallery has moved into a new eight-story building designed by Foster + Partners, doubling the size of its previous space. Located on the Bowery near the New Museum, the design responds to the site’s long, slender footprint and features a double-height, 27-foot-tall exhibition space at street level with a sky-lit gallery. The building includes a sculpture terrace, private viewing galleries, and a setback at the sixth floor marking the location of the administrative offices, library, and mechanical spaces. Visible through the milled glass fa çade is the gallery’s red “moving room” — a space inserted into an 85-foot-high, room-sized elevator — designed to create both a temporary transition between the exhibition floors and usable as an extension to one of the exhibition floors.

Message in a (Klein) Bottle


Infinity Chapel for the Tenth Church of Christ, Scientist.

Michael Moran

The forms of the Infinity Chapel for the Tenth Church of Christ, Scientist, designed by hanrahanMeyers Architects, evoke the shape of a Klein bottle or Moebius strip. The design of the 8,000-square-foot sanctuary is a contemporary interpretation of a fifth-dimensional figure — a hypercube that incorporates ideas of light, time, space, and space-time — with surfaces that peel back to reveal spaces beyond. In a departure from traditional Christian Science Reading Rooms, a combined lobby and reading room is an open space that is as transparent as possible to the street. A clear, frameless glass wall separates the reading room from the chapel; beyond is a garden chapel, created from a space formerly used for trash collection. Tubes of light are inset in the floor to transmit light up to the reading room and the chapel, as well as down to the Sunday School and Board Room below.

New LIFE Secondary School Gives New Life to Vacant Building


New LIFE Secondary School.

Magnusson Architecture and Planning

The 264-seat New LIFE Secondary School for students with emotional, behavioral, and academic disabilities recently opened. Located in the Melrose section of the South Bronx and designed by Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP), the project entailed a gut renovation and adaptive reuse of a vacant two-story warehouse building. Taking advantage of the existing floor-plates and large windows, both interior and exterior modifications are designed to maximize daylight and create an open environment. The main has glazed openings facing the street, and a new skylight brings daylight into the core circulation area. The second floor features a double-height “green wall.” To serve the student population most effectively, individual staff offices and resource rooms are interspersed between classrooms and distributed throughout the building.

Ramapo College Completes Non-Denominational Center


Padovano Peace Pavilion.

©Norman McGrath

Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture has completed the Salameno Spiritual Center at Ramapo College in Mahwah, NJ. The 1,525-square-foot, non-denominational center was conceived as a sanctuary for meditation, reflection, and celebration, where students and members of the college community can practice their faiths, discuss ethical issues, and seek quiet refuge. Constructed on what was originally sacred ground for Native Americans, and sited on the south shore of a pond at the center of campus, the center consists of four structures, two outdoor gathering places, six small woodland gardens, and a deck with views across a pond. The Padovano Peace Pavilion, the largest structure, is composed of triangular and trapezoidal sloping surfaces rising 25 feet enclosing an 800-square-foot interior space.

Healthcare Network is Designed with User Input


Albert Einstein Healthcare Network.


Ground was recently broken on a new regional medical center in suburban Philadelphia, designed by the NY office of Perkins+Will for the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network. The 360,000-square-foot facility was shaped by user input and designed to optimize patient-centered care while maintaining an environmentally responsible approach. As much as possible, services are decentralized and treatment is deployed at the bedside, including pre-procedure areas and emergency room exams. In addition, the hospital features integrated interventional platform, co-locating surgical operating rooms, interventional radiology treatment rooms, and cath labs within the same suite along with shared pre- and post-treatment spaces. The consolidation of surgical and interventional intake and recovery spaces is intended to not only eliminate duplication of services, but also to improve patient flow. The curtain wall at the five-story atrium is sloped to provide self-shading from the sun, and high performance, low-e glazing and window shading devices reduce heat loads. Interior systems include highly efficient water fixtures and mechanical systems, coordinated to reduce the number of access points and streamlining long-term maintenance.

Gateway Arch to Scale Down to its Ground


The City+The Arch+The River 2015.

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

A multi-disciplinary team lead by landscape architecture firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) has been selected for the planning phase of The City+The Arch+The River 2015 International Design Competition. Plans will revitalize the park and surrounding areas at the Gateway Arch, including the MO and IL banks of the Mississippi River. Responding to the memorial is the central challenge of the project: the MVVA team intends to expand the site’s scalar and experiential range by designing more intimate landscapes. They envision a connective landscape that will not only draw visitors from around the world, but also serve as a new locus of civic energy in the daily lives of the citizens of St. Louis. Over a 90-day period, the team — NY-based team members include Arup, Guy Nordenson and Associates, HR&A Advisors, James Carpenter Design Associates, and Steven Holl Architects — will work in partnership with the sponsors, the City of St. Louis, the National Park Service, and others to further define program requirements. The project completion date is set for 10.28.2015, the 50th anniversary of the topping off of Eero Saarinen’s 630-foot stainless steel arch.

In this issue:
· Key Terms Clarification Text Amendment
· Architecture Week 2010 Schedule
· Conference Round-up
· eCalendar

Key Terms Clarification Text Amendment

By Jay Bond, AIANY Policy Director

City Planning Commissioner Amanda M. Burden, FAICP, Hon. AIA, announced the beginning of public review for the Key Terms Clarification Text Amendment, a set of technical changes to the NYC Zoning Resolution designed to preserve the original intent of the zoning regulations and to clarify the meaning and usage of key terms within the regulations.

The key terms include “development” and “building,” as they are defined in the Zoning Resolution. The use of the term “development” will be clarified to mean only a new building or a new use of open land. The definition of “building” will be revised to differentiate one building from another in a way that corresponds to the intent of the City Planning Commission, the Building Code, and to a layperson’s common understanding of what differentiates two buildings that touch. The Department has referred out the citywide Key Terms Clarification text amendment for public review to all Community Board, Borough Boards, and Borough Presidents for a 60-day review period.

The full text of the amendment can be found here.

The AIANY Chapter would appreciate your feedback on the proposed changes. Please forward them to us here.

Architecture Week 2010 Schedule


All events are at the Center for Architecture unless otherwise noted.


11:30 AM – 4:30 PM: New Buildings New York: Usonian Houses
Tour of the Reisley House, Cooper House, Serlin House and Resnick House. Tickets: $150/person ($50 tax-deductible), proceeds benefit programs at the Center for Architecture Foundation.
Reservations: 212-358-6136 or www.cfafoundation.org/events.

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Arch Schools 2010 Exhibition Reception and Deans’ Roundtable
The Center for Architecture’s sixth annual architecture schools exhibition showcases exemplary student work from 14 New York area schools. Deans will discuss current design trends. FREE.

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM: FIGMENT/ENYA/SEAoNY Living Pavilion Disassembly Party!
Location: Governors Island
Closing ceremony of the FIGMENT/ENYA/SEAoNY City of Dreams Pavilion. Volunteers will disassemble the Living Pavilion on Governors Island and learn about the continuing life of the pavilion. FREE.


2:15 PM – 5:00 PM; 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM: Around Manhattan Official New York City Architectural Boat Tour
Expert architects animate the ’round-Manhattan tour with historical detail and lesser-known anecdotes about the city and its structures.
Tickets: 3-hour tours are $75; 1.5-hour tours are $40.
Also sets sail at 2:15 on Thursday, 10.07.2010.
Reservations: www.aiany.org.

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM: FIGMENT/ENYA/SEAoNY Living Pavilion Disassembly Party!
See above.


9:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Better City / Better Life: Healthy & Sustainable Urbanization
Speakers: Ernest W. Hutton, FAICP, Lance Jay Brown FAIA, James McCullar, FAIA, and Margaret Castillo, AIA
Location: United Nations
This symposium addresses the need to merge the objectives of sustainable development and a healthy population, with an eye to reducing chronic and infectious diseases through design intervention. FREE.

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM: A New Standard of Design Care
Speaker: Vicki Match Suna, AIA, Recipient of the Center for Architecture Award
Suna and representatives from NYU Langone Medical Center’s lead architects, Duncan Hazard, AIA, Ennead Partners and Joan Saba, AIA, NBBJ present the exciting projects the NYU Langone Medical Center will implement over the next eight years. FREE.


8:30 AM – 10:00 AM: A Conversation about Public Architecture
Speakers: Peter Magnani, AIA & David Resnick, AIA, Recipients of the AIANY Public Architect Awards 2010 & 2009
The Queens Borough Public Library system and the NYC Department of Design + Construction provide much-needed civic structures characterized by design quality and construction excellence. A conversation between the 2009 and 2010 tecipients of the AIA New York Chapter Public Architect Awards. FREE.

6:00 PM – 8:00PM: A Conversation with the Architects of 200 West Street
Speakers: 200 West Street Project Team, Recipient of the AIANY Chapter Award
The ambition for Goldman Sachs’ new headquarters was to create a high-performance workplace that reflects and supports the firm’s culture and embodies and expresses excellence in urban design. FREE.


7:30 PM – 9:00 PM: Innovate : Integrate Exhibition Opening
Using contemporary case studies and three-dimensional mock-ups, the exhibition educates the public about how buildings are assembled and presents design professionals with information on the latest integrated construction methodologies. FREE.


8:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Empire State Building Retrofit Tour
Speaker: Clinton Climate Initiative: A Program of the William J. Clinton Foundation, Recipient of the Center for Architecture Foundation Award
The Empire State Building is undergoing a $550 million upgrade program integrating deep energy efficiency using a proven program with bottom line results in energy savings with financial return. Ownership and members of the project team, including the Clinton Climate Initiative and project architects Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, discuss the details of the project. SOLD OUT.

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM: HERITAGE BALL
Location: Chelsea Piers, Pier Sixty
Architects, designers, and industry professionals join together for the annual AIANY and Center for Architecture Foundation black-tie event, which celebrates the tradition of design excellence.
More information: www.aiany.org/heritageball

9:00 PM – 2:00 AM: Party@theCenter
Heritage Ball after-party, which features drinks, music, and dancing. Music by DJ Stylus and DJ Shakey and a special live performance by Mystery Roar.
Tickets: $25 advance / $40 door. Open bar, with drinks by Absolut and Brooklyn Brewery. Guests must be 21 years or older to attend.
More information: www.aiany.org/partyatthecenter


6:00 PM – 8:00 PM: MADE IN NEW YORK Subway Exhibition Opening
Location: West 4th subway station (south end); Concurrent reception at the Center for Architecture
Building on the success of last year’s New York Now! subway exhibition, MADE IN NEW YORK opens at the West 4th Street subway station presenting works of all scales and types completed by AIANY members across the globe. FREE w/subway admission.


11:00 AM – 3:00 PM (EACH DAY): 8th Annual openhousenewyork Weekend & Family Festival
The Center for Architecture serves as headquarters for openhousenewyork, America’s largest architecture and design event. Enjoy family friendly activities (recommended for ages 5-13) offered by the Center for Architecture Foundation, openhousenewyork, and other participating organizations. FREE.

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM (EACH DAY)
2010 New Practices New York in openhousenewyork

Location: New Practices studios at various locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn
The AIANY 2010 New Practices New York firms open their studios. See how these emerging talents have set up their design practices and view their work in progress. FREE.

1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 4:00 PM (10.09.2010 only)
ENYA Tours Highbridge Park

AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) goes to the Bronx to tour the historic High Bridge. The tour will center on the history of the Highbridge neighborhood and preview the upcoming “High Bridge” exhibition at the Center, which will open November 11.
Meet at 167th St. and River Avenue, Bronx. FREE.

For full openhousenewyork schedule and locations for the New Practices studios, visit www.ohny.org. More information on the Family Festival is available at www.cfafoundation.org/events.

Conference Round-up

AIANY is a proud supporter of three upcoming conferences in New York and Philadelphia

Urban Green Expo, 09.29-30.10, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St., NYC

Urban Green Expo features more than 35 top-tier educational sessions (www.urbangreenexpo.com/education) , dozens of internationally recognized panelists and speakers, and a vibrant trade show floor. This year’s theme, Pushing the Envelope, will explore building enclosures. Expo will address a range of topics, from geothermal energy in urban settings to case studies of sustainable buildings.
AIA NY Members can register for free exhibit hall tickets here.

New Aging Conference, 10.01-02.10, UPenn, Meyerson Hall, Philadelphia, PA
A strategic conference complemented by hands-on workshops, matchmaking sessions, and open houses at collaborating institutions. New Aging will investigate recent advances in architecture and urbanism dealing with age-related challenges.
Registration is $285/ $35 for students. Register here.

Innovation Conference 2010 Big and Super-Green: From Buildings to Cityscapes, 10.06-07.2010, The McGraw-Hill Companies Corporate Headquarters, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, NYC
The 2010 Architectural Record/GreenSource Innovation Conference will focus on technical developments and strategies, from large-scale super-green buildings to the super-green cities that support them.
AIANY members get 25% off registration.

eCalendar includes an interactive listing of architectural events around NYC. Click the link to go to to eCalendar on the Web.

LeBrun Travel Grant Recipient Richard William Hayes, AIA


English architect Sir John Soane’s London home (left); the site of medieval castle ruins and a hermit’s cell in Knaresbourgh, Yorkshire.

Richard William Hayes, AIA

In the spring of 2009, Richard William Hayes, AIA, was awarded the Center for Architecture’s Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant to research English architect Sir John Soane and the monastic suite he designed for his London home. Hayes received his MArch from Yale University and has worked as a project architect for Rafael Viñoly Architects, MR Architecture and Décor, and Alexander Gorlin Architects. Glenda Reed, operations manager at the Center for Architecture Foundation, spoke with Hayes about his experience:

Glenda Reed: What is your interest in Sir John Soane and his monastic suite?
Richard William Hayes, AIA: Soon after the death of Soane’s wife in 1815, he began referring to a “monk’s cell” in his house in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, eventually carving out a sequence of spaces he called the Monk’s Parlor, Monk’s Cell, and Monk’s Yard. As architectural historian John Summerson observed, Soane conceived of the suite as a way to satirize the rising fashion for Gothic antiquarianism, as the setting for a fictional alter-ego, “Padre Giovanni,” and as a poetic arrangement of spaces that explored ideas of the Picturesque. Although the literature on Soane has grown enormously over the past few years, his monastic suite has not yet received extensive study.

GR: Where did your travels take you?
RWH: I travelled to London and researched Soane’s house by placing it in the context of the architect’s career and English architecture of the Regency era. I pursued research in the library of Soane’s house-museum, where I learned that he owned copies of two novels that introduced the theme of the monk into English literature, Horace Walpole’s Castle of Otranto and M.G. Lewis’s The Monk. The museum’s staff allowed me to enter into spaces normally closed off to visitors, including the Monk’s Cell and the Monk’s Yard. I also visited several important sites related to this theme, including Soane’s suburban retreat, Pitzhanger Manor in Ealing, where the architect incorporated a monk’s dining room years before he purchased the three adjacent townhouses in Lincoln’s Inn Fields that became his house-museum. I also travelled to Knaresbourgh in Yorkshire, the evocative site of medieval castle ruins and a hermit’s cell, which Soane visited and studied in 1816 as he devised his monastic suite. Lastly, I visited Walpole’s Strawberry Hill in Twickenham as an example of the Gothic antiquarianism Soane sought to satirize.

GR: What has receiving the LeBrun Travel Grant meant to you personally and professionally?
RWH: Travelling to England to work on this research project was one of the most memorable experiences of my life, and I am indebted to the Center for Architecture for affording me this opportunity. As an architect whose career has concentrated on residential design, I am particularly interested in how Soane introduced layers of meaning into this sequence of rooms in his own house. While his monastic suite may seem a jeu d’esprit of limited interest, it is my contention that the idea of the monk has wide-ranging implications in 19th-century architectural culture, evident in the famous photographs of American architect H.H. Richardson dressed in a monk’s cowl. This theme may seem far removed from practicing as an architect in the 21st century, but the ability to incorporate meaning, humor, and narrative in residential interiors remains important — can houses today aspire to more than formalism or containers for consumer goods?

The Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant was established to further the personal and professional development of an architect in early or mid-career through travel. The deadline for the 2010 Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant is Monday, 11.01.10. For more information visit http://www.cfafoundation.org/lebrun.