In this issue:
· Emery Roth Gets Luxury Makeover at Columbus Circle
· Re:Construction Continues to Brighten Lower Manhattan
· Brooklyn Romanesque Is Revived
· Cleveland State University Responds to Urban Context
· Gilman Hall Opens Interior to the Light
· Out With the Old Farmhouse, and in With the New Modern Manor

Emery Roth Gets Luxury Makeover at Columbus Circle


The Sheffield.

Photo by Bill Taylor (left); courtesy of The Sheffield (right)

The Sheffield, designed by Emery Roth & Sons and built in 1978, has undergone a condo conversion with a new lobby, renovated floor plans, and interiors. Cetra/Ruddy is the building’s design architect and also designed the new sales office, model homes, and amenity spaces. Located just off Columbus circle, the building contains 597 luxury units ranging from studios to four-bedrooms, and six model homes. The Sky Club on the 57th and 58th floors will feature an indoor pool with a sundeck, a health club with a fitness center, a yoga studio, his-and-her spa, and a children’s playroom. The building also includes a landscaped sculpture garden designed by Moed de Armas & Shannon.

Re:Construction Continues to Brighten Lower Manhattan


“Restore the View,” by Richard Pasquarelli.

Jeff Simmons

The Alliance for Downtown New York is installing three new pieces of art by NY-based artist Richard Pasquarelli as part of its Re:Construction public art program. Located at construction sites, the first of the three, “Restore the View,” has been installed outside of CUNY’s Fiterman Hall at Barclay Street, between West Broadway and Greenwich Street. “Secret Gardens” will be installed at the Chambers Street road construction project from West Street to West Broadway, and “Hours of the Day” will be installed on the piazza at the W Hotel at 123 Washington Street and Albany Street. Both will remain on view until the construction projects are completed. The program began in 2007 to help mitigate the impact of Lower Manhattan’s numerous construction projects by recasting the sites as canvases for innovative public art and architecture. The Downtown Alliance works closely with public and private developers to produce each installation and, with a $1.5 million grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the initiative has created 16 pieces, seven of which are currently up for viewing.

Brooklyn Romanesque Is Revived


166 Montague Street.

RKT&B Architects

RKT&B Architects has completed the restoration and adaptive reuse of 166 Montague Street, the Franklin Trust Bank, in the Brooklyn Heights Historic District. The Romanesque Revival style office building, designed by George Morse and built in 1891, was one of the borough’s first skyscrapers. After a gut renovation, floors were repositioned, new vertical circulation systems were inserted, and new west-facing windows, balconies, and a rooftop terrace were introduced to take advantage of views of New York Harbor. The firm also designed the building’s 25 apartments, which range from one to three bedrooms, including several duplexes and penthouses, and the building’s public areas, including the lobby. A slender, one-story glass addition off Clinton Street was designed to access the commercial component of the building. All the work affecting the building’s exterior received approval by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Cleveland State University Responds to Urban Context


Cleveland State University student center.

Gwathmey Siegel & Associates

Cleveland State University’s new three-story, 138,000-square-foot student center, designed by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects, is now open. The first level provides street-level access to an atrium, bookstore, lounge, and a circulation ramp that leads to a redesigned outdoor plaza. The food court, convenience store, and student office are on the second level, which also provides direct access to the campus-wide interior walkway system. The third level houses a conference center, pre-function spaces, and the student life administration and office suite that includes interconnected lounge and conference rooms. The materials were selected to respond to the building’s urban context. The connection from street to campus is articulated in granite, and the flanking walls and windows are clad in brick and aluminum. The building’s opening coincides with the completion of the Euclid Corridor Transportation Project, which places a rail stop in front of the entry plaza.

Gilman Hall Opens Interior to the Light


Gilman Hall.

Will Kirk/

Kliment Halsband Architects has completed the renovation of the 146,000-square-foot Gilman Hall at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The 95-year-old building is concentrically organized around a central atrium, and the new design moves from historic on the exterior to modern on the interior. The glass-roofed atrium is enclosed with a tension-grid skylight from which diaphanous vessel-shaped sculptures by VA-based artist Kendall Buster are suspended. The atrium floor consists of marble salvaged from the building’s original structure, which was removed during the renovation, and the new walls are clad in terra cotta tile. An exhibition and study area for the archaeology collection is ringed with glass vitrines allowing views of the collection from the atrium into the study area. New departmental spaces include faculty offices, seminar rooms, and graduate student workspaces. The roof was raised to create an additional floor of office space. The exterior remains virtually unchanged and new ramps, concealed by marble walls and plantings, provide full accessibility. The building is expected to earn LEED Silver and will be the university’s first LEED-certified building.

Out With the Old Farmhouse, and in With the New Modern Manor


Rowan Atkinson residence.

Richard Meier & Partners Architects

Richard Meier & Partners Architects (RMP) has received the green light to build a new home for British actor Rowan Atkinson. Sited in the Chilterns, which is designated by the British government as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is located northwest of London. Commissioned by Atkinson two-and-a-half years ago, plans call for the removal of a derelict farmhouse and adjacent buildings to be replaced by a five-bedroom contemporary take on a manor house, complete with a guesthouse and tennis court. This is the firm’s first project to be realized in the UK.

In this issue:
· Architecture Week Preview
· Passing: Robert A. Olmsted
· eCalendar

Architecture Week Preview
There are only a couple weeks left until Architecture Week 2010, which will take place 10.02-10.10!

The main event is Heritage Ball and the Party@theCenter afterparty on 10.07.10. The evening starts at 6pm at Chelsea Piers, where AIANY and the Center for Architecture Foundation will celebrate the achievements of Vicki Match Suna, AIA, the senior vice president and vice dean for real estate development and facilities at New York University’s Langone Medical Center; the 200 West Street Project Team, Henry N. Cobb, FAIA, a founding partner of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects; and the Clinton Climate Initiative, a program of the William J. Clinton Foundation. After cocktails and networking, guests will enjoy a three-course meal and awards ceremony. The Center for Architecture is accepting reservations through 09.24.10. Visit for more details.

The second shift starts at 9pm at the Center for Architecture, with Party@theCenter. Dance the night away with two mainstays of New York nightlife, DJ Stylus and DJ Shaky, and a live performance by Boston-based Mystery Roar. Tickets can be purchased online for $25 in advance, $40 at the door.

From exhibition openings to tours of the Empire State Building, there are many other great programs during Architecture Week. The complete calendar of Architecture Week events is posted at Check in for updates and other announcements!

Passing: Robert A. Olmsted, PE, F.ASCE

Robert A. Olmsted, PE, F.ASCE, 85, passed away suddenly on 08.16.2010. A descendant of Frederic Law Olmsted, Robert was the former planning director of the MTA and one of New York’s leading transportation planners for more than 60 years.

To read “Robert A. Olmsted: An Appreciation,” by Jeffrey M. Zupan, senior fellow of transportation at the Regional Planning Association, published in the RPA Spotlight, Vol. 9, No. 16, 09.07.2010, click the link.

A memorial service for Olmsted will be held Saturday, 09.25.10, 4-7pm, at the home of Elizabeth Olmsted and Randall Kau, 131 Riverside Drive (between W. 85th & 86th Streets), Apt. 9A, NY, NY 10024. Friends, family, and admirers are invited. Please RSVP by 09.22.10 to For questions, call Alan Olmsted at (347) 418-1988.

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

Center for Architecture Gallery Hours and Location
Monday-Friday: 9:00am-8:00pm, Saturday: 11:00am-5:00pm, Sunday: CLOSED
Please note the Center for Architecture will be closed at 2pm on Friday 09.03.10, and will not be open Monday 09.06.10 for Labor Day.
536 LaGuardia Place, Between Bleecker and West 3rd Streets in Greenwich Village, NYC, 212-683-0023


New Practices New York 2010


On view July 15 — October 23

Building the Living Pavilion


On view August 3 — October 2

Arch Schools 2010


On view September 9 — October 16

Center for Architecture Foundation Volunteers Share Their Stories


Center for Architecture Foundation volunteer Ted Mineau (left). Parents and children at a Family Day program.

Maggie Yolen

The Center for Architecture Foundation (CFAF) invites individuals to assist with architecture and design education programs, administration of scholarships and grants programs, and the annual exhibition. Glenda Reed, operations manager at the CFAF, talked to volunteers Lisa Davis and Ted Mineau about their experiences:

Glenda Reed: Why were you interested in volunteering with the CFAF and what did you do as a volunteer?
Lisa Davis: I wanted the opportunity to be in touch with the architectural community and share my knowledge with others. As a volunteer, I helped teach students in elementary through high school how to use various architectural tools, such as scale rulers. I also helped students with their projects, from designing their own Brooklyn Bridge to planning a lot in a city block.

GR: What was your time like with the Learning By Design:NY in-school residency program?
LD: Volunteering taught me a lot about the ability of young people to learn architecture and to care about its relevance in their individual communities. You could say my volunteering with the LBD in-school residency program was an exchange of encouragement. Some of the students needed one-on-one attention to both understand concepts of the assigned project and also to believe in themselves enough to accomplish the assignments. But each student that I worked with also gave back to me a confidence in my own architectural ability.

GR: Ted, can you tell me why you were initially interested in volunteering with the CFAF? How was volunteering at our Family Day programs?
Ted Mineau: I like architecture and I wanted to volunteer for an organization whose work I respect. Now I’ve participated in three events and the Family Day programs follow a great formula: introduction, education (slideshow, gallery tour, etc.), and then hands-on planning and construction. Just like real life! I especially like seeing the kids learning about architecture and then working on a family project to make something special. It’s great to watch parents and children spend quality time together.

If you are interested in volunteering with the CFAF, contact the Foundation at (212) 358-6133 or with your interest and availability. Each volunteer is asked to submit a résumé and meet with a CFAF staff person to best match his/her interests and experience with the programs.

Peace in the City


Looking north on Washington Street.

Jessica Sheridan

While protests heated up a couple of blocks away, the construction activity at the World Trade Center site was relatively quiet on the 9/11 anniversary. There were no groundbreaking announcements (literally and figuratively); no major setbacks; no new developments. Construction is underway and there is very little of the “hole in the ground” remaining. Perhaps it was the calm before the storm of events planned for the 10th anniversary next year, but I appreciated the solemnity and stillness this year.

I happened to walk by the site a couple of days before 9/11. As I turned off Rector Street and north onto Washington Street, I stopped in my tracks as I looked north toward Ground Zero. There, directly in line with the street, were the two steel “tridents” from the original World Trade Center towers. It was an incredible sight to see as the construction around them is literally enveloping them as they stand in place. It was poetic, a metaphor for the city with so much activity around a site meant for quiet contemplation. As I turned the corner again I felt hopeful that despite all of the controversies, the buildings being built seem to be respectful of the intention behind the master plan.

The 2011 Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) award winners include Honor Awards for SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture Addition for The Juilliard School for the Expansion and Renovation by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with FXFOWLE Architects, and The University of Michigan for The Museum of Art by Allied Works Architecture; a Merit Award for SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture for Duke University West Campus Plaza by Hargreaves Associates; and a Merit Award for SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building for The University of Iowa for the School of Art & Art History by Steven Holl Architects with Herbert Lewis Kruse Blunck Architects

The ARC International Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Design Competition has selected five finalist teams including Balmori Associates and Michael Van Valkenburgh & Associates with HNTB… The Kaohsiung Port Terminal Competition shortlist includes Reiser+Umemoto RUR Architecture and Asymptote Architecture

Steven Holl, AIA, has been awarded the 2010 Jencks Award: Visions Built at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)… Karen Van Lengen, FAIA, former dean of the University of Virginia School of Architecture, will receive the University’s Elizabeth Zintl Leadership Award…

Albert Zgolinski, AIA, has been named a Senior Supervising Architect in the NY office of Parsons Brinckerhoff…

09.09.10: The annual Architect’s Regatta, organized by Gerry Dolezar, set sail from the home of the Manhattan Sailing Club in New York Harbor. After two races, Fuller & D’Angelo/Pei Partnership Architects pulled a bow ahead of the rest! The standings from First to Tenth place: Fuller & D’Angelo/Pei Partnership Architects; Allen-Kilcloyne Architects; Swanke Hayden Connell Architects; AIA New York Chapter; HOK; Robert A.M. Stern Architects (1); Ted Moudis Associates; Daniel Frisch Architecture; Robert A.M. Stern Architects (2); and Fairfax & Sammons Architects. This charity event, organized by Gerry Dolezar, raised money for Project City Kids, a free sailing program for city kids.


(L-R): Blake Middleton, FAIA, LEED AP, Partner, Handel Architects, Rick Bell, FAIA, Executive Director, AIANY, and Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, Principal, Curtis + Ginsberg Architects await orders to cast off.

Kristen Richards


Team AIANY’s #13 held the lead — for awhile…

Kristen Richards


(L-R): Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, Principal, Curtis + Ginsberg Architects and 2004 AIANY President; Blake Middleton, FAIA, LEED AP, Partner, Handel Architects, and Wids DeLaCour, AIA, Principal, DeLaCour & Ferrara Architects on deck.

Rick Bell


A look at the playing field from the deck of AIANY’s boat.

Rick Bell


AIANY’s 2010 team celebrates their excellent showing (L-R): Rick Bell, FAIA, Executive Director, AIANY; Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, Principal, Curtis + Ginsberg Architects and 2004 AIANY President; Wids DeLaCour, AIA, Principal, DeLaCour & Ferrara Architects (and Skipper of #13); and Blake Middleton, FAIA, LEED AP, Partner, Handel Architects.

Kristen Richards

New Yorkers at the 2010 Venice Biennale


Stephen Cassell, AIA (right), Principal, Architecture Research Office (ARO), discusses the “On the Water: Palisade Bay” project by Guy Nordenson and Associates, Catherine Seavitt Studio, and ARO, his team’s exhibit in “Workshopping: An American Model of Architectural Practice,” the U.S. Pavilion’s theme at this year’s Biennale, organized by the High Museum of Art and 306090.

Kristen Richards


Also featured at the U.S. Pavilion is Michael Sorkin/Terreform’s “New York City (Steady) State,” an ongoing research project that asks if NYC can become completely self-sufficient within its political boundaries.

Kristen Richards


“Let’s meet under the balloons” was a common refrain at the Biennale, referring to MOS’s “Instant Untitled,” which hovered above the U.S. Pavilion courtyard.

Kristen Richards


Architecture Research Office Principal Adam Yarinksy, FAIA, and Eva Franch, the new Director of the Storefront for Art and Architecture, celebrate the U.S. Pavilion at a fete at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection villa on the Grand Canal.

Kristen Richards


Arrivederci, Venezia: seen sharing a water taxi to the airport were (l-r): MOS’s Mat Staudt, Michael Meredith, AIA, and Hilary Sample, AIA; The Architect’s Newspaper Editor Bill Menking (who served as a consultant to the U.S. Pavilion organizers); and Staudt’s friend Majda Muhic.

Kristen Richards