10.06.10: “Innovate:Integrate — Building Better Together” opened with the unveiling of an exhibition that includes the “Liquid Wall,” the winner of AIANY’s Call for Innovate Curtain Wall Design.

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Passerby on LaGuardia Place check out the Liquid Wall.

Sam Lahoz


NYC Department of Design + Construction Commissioner David Burney, FAIA, with AIANY President-elect Margaret Castillo, AIA, LEED AP, and AIANY President Anthony Schirripa, FAIA, IIDA.

Kristen Richards


AIANY President Anthony Schirripa, FAIA, IIDA, and Frank Sciame, CEO of FJ Sciame Construction Company. Sciame Construction donated construction services to install the Liquid Wall in the Center for Architecture.

Sam Lahoz

10.02-10.10: Architecture Week 2010 was full of conversations about the future of design, from trends in architectural education to the outlook for health care facilities and how to make more sustainable cities.


Thirteen deans participated in this year’s Deans’ Roundtable. (L-R) Moderator Ian Harris; George Ranalli, AIA, City College of New York; Mark Wigley, Columbia University; Anthony Vidler, Assoc. AIA, Cooper Union; Urs Gauchat, Hon. AIA, New Jersey Institute of Technology; Judith DiMaio, AIA, New York Institute of Technology; William Morrish, Parsons The New School for Design; Thomas Hanrahan, Pratt Institute; Stan Allen, AIA, Princeton University; Evan Douglis, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Mark Robbins, Syracuse University; Brian Carter, SUNY at Buffalo; Marilyn Jordan Taylor, FAIA, University of Pennsylvania; and Mark Foster Gage, AIA, Yale University (Assistant Dean).

Emily Nemens


AIANY President-elect Margaret Castillo, AIA, LEED AP, speaks at “Better City / Better Life: Healthy and Sustainable Urbanization,” as David Bragdon the new director of the Mayor’s Office for Long Term Planning & Sustainability, listens. The conference was held at the UN on 10.04.10.

Rick Bell, FAIA


Heritage Ball Honoree Vicki Match Suna, AIA, leads a discussion with Joan Saba, AIA, NBBJ, and Duncan Hazard, AIA, Ennead Architects, who are working on projects at NYU’s Langone Medical Center.

Sam Lahoz


Architects with the 200 West Street Project Team discussed the $2 billion building on 10.05.10. (L-R) Timur Galen, Goldman Sachs; Jay Berman, AIA, Pei Cobb Freed; Scott Cohen, Preston Scott Cohen; Monica Ponce de Leon, Intl. Assoc. AIA, Office dA; Chris Sharples, AIA, SHoP; Maddy Burke-Vigeland, AIA, Gensler; Stephen Apking, FAIA, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; and Moderator Dino Fusco, Goldman Sachs.

Sam Lahoz

MADE IN NEW YORK, on view at the West 4th Street subway station, is on view for the month of October.


Moorhead & Moorhead’s Robert and Granger brought their children, Jasper and Amelia, to see the show. The firm’s “Ice Heart,” which was built in Times Square last Valentine’s Day, is featured in the MADE IN NEW YORK exhibition.

Sam Lahoz


AIANY Vice President for Public Outreach Abby Suckle, FAIA, at the subway exhibition.

Sam Lahoz


Rumors, a design studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, designed the subway exhibition and a commemorative tote bag. MADE IN NEW YORK participants can buy a tote for $5; the bag is $10 for the public. Rumors also designed a related exhibition that will be on view at the Zodchestvo 2010 Architectural Festival of the Union of Architects of Russia. It opens tomorrow and runs through Sunday. (L-R): Renda Morton, Rumors; Center for Architecture Exhibition Director Rosamond Fletcher, and Andy Pressman, Rumors.

Sam Lahoz

10.09.10: openhousenewyork weekend included tour of High Bridge, led by the Emerging New York Architects Committee.


(L-R): ENYA HB:BX competition organizers and OHNY tour guides Najahyia Chinchilla, Gabriela Benincasa, and Brynnemarie Lanciotti, Assoc. AIA.

Courtesy ENYA

09.23.10: A celebration was held at the Center for Architecture for the 10th anniversary of the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship.


2007-2010 Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellows (l-r): Carey Clouse, AIA, Providence Community Housing, New Orleans, LA; Jessy Olson, Farmworker Housing Development Corporation, Oregon; Esther Yang, Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation, Bronx, NY; and Ophelia Wilkins, Assoc. AIA, Colorado Housing Inc, Pagosa Springs, CO.

Harry Connolly


A decade of Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellows with Jonathan Rose.

Harry Connolly

CFAF Looks to Green Future of the Empire State

On 10.07.10, visitors toured the Empire State Building with the Center for Architecture Foundation, the Clinton Climate Initiative, and other leaders from the skyscraper’s green retrofit team, which includes Johnson Controls, Inc., Jones Lang LaSalle, the Rocky Mountain Institute, and the Empire State Building Company. The tour explored the restoration of the ground floor, which is an interior landmark, a model energy-efficient office, the Skanska offices, the tourist staging areas, and the building’s mechanical systems.


The Clinton Climate Initiative’s Arah Schuur with Center for Architecture Foundation’s Jaime Endreny in the restored lobby of the Empire State Building. The Clinton Climate Initiative was the recipient of the 2010 Center for Architecture Foundation Award.

Emily Nemens


Frank Prial, AIA, of Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, looked the world over for the perfect marble to restore the lobby. He found half the marble in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and the other pieces in Italy.

Emily Nemens


The team built an in-house windows workshop to glaze the 20-year-old windows in the building. Inserting a film between the two panes of the windows achieved a similar efficiency to creating triple-pane windows. After glazing thousands of windows, the workshop was being disassembled on the day of the tour.

Emily Nemens


Skanska uses their USA Flagship office as a model for clients to encourage more green building. They anticipate a payback on their retrofit after five years of their 15-year lease. All of their employees have views from their desks.

Emily Nemens


As tourists queue up to head to the observation deck, they pass a number of informational panels on energy conservation in buildings. The Empire State Building hopes to reduce their energy use by 38%.

Emily Nemens


Paul Rode, of Johnson Controls, took the tour to the chiller room, the water pump, and the steam room. The pump behind him sends water to the building’s highest floors.

Emily Nemens

OHNY Opens Eyes to NYC Past, Future

Since it began in 2003, I eagerly anticipate openhousenewyork (OHNY) every year. This year, the most exciting sites for me were AIANY-related. The 2010 New Practices New York offices opened their doors to tours and the AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA), of which I am the co-chair, gave tours of the Highbridge neighborhood in the Bronx.

OHNY provides not only a chance to gain access to sites that are usually closed to the public, but it is also an opportunity to hear from young professionals about their interests, and experience some of their work in person. On their tour, ENYA discussed the recent HB:BX international design ideas competition. The winning entry, by Philadelphia-based PEG office of landscape + architecture, proposed a water collection system that filters water through Highbridge Park and over the High Bridge to create waterfalls, reminiscent of (or inspired by?) “The New York City Waterfalls,” by Olafur Eliasson in 2008. SoftLab, one of the NPNY winners, showcased hand-crafted models, sewn or compiled of paper and binder clips. I really got a sense of the intimacy the designers have with their work, and I imagined them attaching each piece of paper together one by one.

Although this year I found there to be too many sites that required RSVPs that were filled almost as soon as they were announced, I feel that OHNY weekend is one of the few events that truly aims to make architecture and buildings accessible to the public. Despite long lines at certain sites, architectural enthusiasts from around the world come to NYC for this weekend to soak in all they can learn about its architectural past and future. I hope that this program continues to grow for years to come.

RAMPed UP, a prototype for green housing for New Orleans, is one of two finalists in the Emerging Professional category of the 2010 Natural Talent Design Competition; the project team includes Daniel Bersohn, Tim Hanna, Rossella Nicolin, Lauren Page, Irmak Turan (Buro Happold), along with Yavuz Akcora, Nicholas McDermott, Shane Neufeld, and Jenny Wu (Rogers Marvel Architects)…

The shortlist for the V&A Dundee Museum in Scotland includes REX, Snøhetta and Stephen Holl Architects with JM Architects

The NYC Department of Parks & Recreation has appointed Kevin Jeffrey as Brooklyn Borough Commissioner and Adena Long as Staten Island Borough Commissioner…

Burton L. Roslyn, AIA, FARA, DBIA
, chair of the AIA National Construction Contract Administration Knowledge Community, has volunteered to serve a three-year term on the Board Knowledge Committee as a Knowledge Community Representative….

Callison named James P. Rothwell, AIA, as its new chief executive officer…

Yong Kang, AIA, joined Cannon Design’s NY office as an associate principal, leading the Science and Technology practice…