In this issue:
· Don’t forget to Vote!
· AIA Publications Update
· Design for Decades — Submit Today!
· Save the Date — Board Inaugural 12.07.2010
· eCalendar

Don’t forget to Vote!

Election Day was 11.02.10, but AIANY elections are open until tomorrow, 11.10.10, at 5pm EST. Cast your vote online for the 2011 AIA New York Chapter Nominating Committee. All active members have received an e-mail with instructions and log-in information. If you have difficulty with the system, contact Suzanne Mecs.

AIA Publications Update
Beginning in January 2011, Architect will become the official publication of the AIA, and nationally, all members will receive a subscription. (More information here.) For architects interested in continuing their Architectural Record subscription after December 2010, please click here.

Design for Decades — Submit Today!
There are only a few days left to submit to “Design for Decades.” Modeled after “MADE IN NEW YORK” (the exhibition that was on view in the West 4th Street Subway Station through 10.31.10), “Design for Decades” includes an open call for global architecture projects completed by AIA members. AIA will host a virtual exhibition, and projects may be featured in other venues in the future, including AIA headquarters, the national convention, and at local components’ spaces. According to AIA President George Miller, FAIA, “The purpose of this undertaking is to feature works of all scales and types that represent the scope and quality of work being done by AIA members.” There is a $25 entry fee, and submissions are open through Friday, 11.12.10.

Save the Date — Board Inaugural 12.07.2010
On 12.07.10, the AIA New York Chapter will gather to celebrate the accomplishments of 2010 and welcome the Chapter’s new leadership. Please join us for the 2011 Board Inaugural, as 2010 President Tony Schirripa, FAIA, passes the gavel to Margaret Castillo, AIA, LEED AP. The program and reception will run from 6-8pm, more information here.


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
536 LaGuardia Place, Between Bleecker and West 3rd Streets in Greenwich Village, NYC, 212-683-0023


Innovate:Integrate – Building Better Together


On view October 6 – January 15

Sukkah City


On view September 22 – November 30

Building Connections 2010


On view November 4 – March 12

Building Connections

“Building Connections 2010,” the Center for Architecture Foundation’s (CFAF) 14th annual exhibition of K-12 student design work, opened on Thursday, 11.04.10 at the Center for Architecture, and runs through 03.12.2011. The exhibition highlights the work and talent of students who participated in CFAF’s architecture and design education programs during the 2009-10 school year. This year’s exhibition also illustrates CFAF’s design education methodology and highlights the benefits of design education.


(Left): Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY Executive Director and ex-officio Board Member for the Foundation, takes in Junior High School 185’s project “Ancient Cities Along the Silk Road.” Seventh grade students and teachers participated in The Silk Road Project, an arts and education program established by Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and inspired by the historic trade route. The residency was taught by CFAF educators Jenny Lee and Ian Harris.

(Right): CFAF Board Member and former CFAF Design Educator Jerry Maltz, AIA, at the exhibition opening.

Maggie Yolen


(Left): The exhibition opening attracted nearly 100 visitors, including several former students who have taken part in the Foundation’s programs. The exhibition and graphic design was designed by Poulin and Morris Inc.

(Right): Emily Uss (right), a seventh grader at Bank Street School for Children, shows a friend her work. Uss participated in two programs at CFAF this past summer, including A Room of One’s Own, where students designed and built models of their “dream apartment.”

Maggie Yolen


(Left): Students from the NYCiSchool in SoHo display their project, “A Case for a Green Roof.” During this Learning By Design:NY (LBD:NY) residency, students took on the real-world challenge of designing a green roof for their school. NYCiSchool Teacher Susan Herzog worked with Design Educator Al Kurchin to develop lessons in which students first investigated the feasibility of a rooftop expansion, and, after becoming experts in the field, invited officials from the NYC Department of Education’s Division of School Facilities and Office of Sustainability to their final presentation where they “pitched” their ideas. (See OCULUS, Spring 2010, “Raising the (Old School) Roof.”)

(Right): The above photograph is an example of work produced by fifth graders at P.S. 73x in the Bronx through LBD:NY and the Bronx Museum of the Arts’ Culture and Competition After School Program. The program, modeled after AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee’s (ENYA) 2010 international ideas competition, HB:BX, challenged students to design a cultural center at the location of the High Bridge aqueduct connecting the Bronx and Manhattan.

Maggie Yolen

Emerging Professionals Pave Their Own Paths

On Saturday, 11.06.2010, I hosted a table for the AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) at the Urban Green Council Emerging Professionals Career Fair and Roundtable with my ENYA Co-chair Venesa Alicea, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP. The event, which was held at the New School, was penned as an opportunity to “connect young professionals and students with esteemed architecture, engineering, construction, real estate, and product firms in the green building industry.” While it was great to see the variety of fields seeking emerging professionals with an interest in sustainability, I found it to be more indicative of how students are using academia to mold their own futures.

Just about every student and young professional I spoke with was completing or had a multi-disciplinary degree combining sustainability with engineering, architecture, and industrial design, or some combination thereof. I got the impression that students are shaping their degrees to their interests, rather than meeting the credit requirements for a predetermined major that does not quite relate to what they want to do with their careers. These individuals were driven and enthusiastic about making a change in the world, and excited about the different opportunities available to them because of their backgrounds. While the architecture profession continues to diversify, it is encouraging to see emerging professionals embrace more than one discipline.

New York Construction Best of 2010 winners include, in the category of Architectural Design, The Juilliard School Renovation and Expansion by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with FXFOWLE Architects (Project of the Year); Cultural, Queens Theatre in the Park by Caples Jefferson Architects (Project of the Year), and Queens Community College Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center by TEK Architects (Award of Merit); Government/Public Building, General Services Administration Massena U.S. Land Port of Entry by Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects (Project of the Year), and Fire Department of New York Rescue Company 3 by Ennead Architects (Award of Merit); Healthcare, New York Presbyterian Hospital Greenberg 14 Addition by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners (Award of Merit); Higher Education/Research, Westchester Community College Gateway Center by Ennead Architects (Project of the Year); Interior Design/Tenant Improvement, Grey Global at 200 Fifth Avenue by STUDIOS Architecture (Project of the Year); Landscaping/Urban Planning, Brooklyn Bridge Park by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (Project of the Year); Multi-Family Residential/Hospitality, One Madison Park by CetraRuddy (Project of the Year), The Lucida by Cook+Fox (Award of Merit) and One Jackson Square by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (Award of Merit); Office, Eleven Times Square by FXFOWLE Architects (Project of the Year); Retail, Rego Park Center by Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects (Project of the Year); and Transportation, LIRR Pavilion at Atlantic Terminal by di Domenico + Partners (Award of Merit)…

Winners of the Boston Society of Architect’s 2010 Healthcare Facilities Design Awards include the Central Harlem STD Clinic by Stephen Yablon Architect… The Tabernacle at St. Cabrini Nursing Home by Landow & Landow Architects won a 2010 Annual Visual Arts BENE Award from Ministry & Liturgy magazine for the stained glass installation by Renovata Studios

Sharon Davis has received the 2010 Active Citizen’s Award from the global NG, Women for Women International (WFWI)… Zetlin & De Chiara announced that Best Lawyers of America has named Michael S. Zetlin the 2011 New York Construction Lawyer of the Year and recognized both founding partners Michael K. De Chiara and Michael S. Zetlin as Best Lawyers in Construction Law…

During the AIANYS/ASLA convention, 2011 officers were elected, including David. L. Businelli, AIA, President, and F. Eric Goshow, AIA, LEED AP, Vice President, Government Advocacy…

AIA Queens has launched a new website,

Howard Slatkin has been named the City Planning Commission’s first Director of Sustainability…Roberta Brandes Gratz was removed from the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission; according to the New York Times, she is expected to be appointed to the mayor’s sustainability advisory board…

SUPERFRONT founder Mitch McEwen has opened the Architecture Conglomerate in downtown Brooklyn, offering affordable shared office space…

Perkins Eastman and Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects (EE&K) announced that they have agreed to merge their practices…

MKDA announced that Al D’Elia has joined its NY office as executive vice president…Francis Cauffman announced that John J. Plappert, AIA, has joined the firm as Director of Health Facilities Planning…

11.10.10 Call for Nominations: 2011 AIANY Nominating Committee (if you are an active member and have not received log-in information, contact Suzanne Mecs)

11.12.10 Call for Ideas: BASF School Design Challenge and Embodied Energy Forums

11.22.10 Call for Entries: Women In Architecture 2011 Recognition Program

11.24.10 Call for Entries: Play for all

11.28.10 Call for Entries: Total Housing Competition 01: Apartments

12.04.10 Call for Submissions: SPP Journal — Social Networking: What has it done for you?

12.05.10 Call for Ideas: House for Santa Claus

12.06.10 Call for Collaboration: AIA Global Dialogues Haiti Habitat Program

12.15.10 Call for Nominations: The Arthur Ross Awards

01.12.11 Call for Entries: Congress for the New Urbanism 2011 Charter Awards

01.15.11 Call for Entries: ICFF Studio

01.15.11 Call for Entries: ICFF Schools


11.01.10: Sherida Paulsen, FAIA, former Chapter President, with author John Ochsendorf at the Guastavino Vaulting: The Art of Structural Tile (Princeton Architectural Press, October 2010) book release at the Center for Architecture.

Emily Nemens

11.01.10: The Center for Architecture hosted a discussion about the Inclusive Design Guidelines, New York City (See “All Access Architecture,” by Lisa Delgado in this issue) organized by the AIANY Design for Aging Committee.


(L-R): Jason Michel, Esq., general counsel, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD); Christian Valle, MOPD; Jerry Maltz, AIA, co-chair AIANY Design for Aging Committee; Matthew Sapolin, commissioner, MOPD; Robert Piccolo, AIA, deputy commissioner, MOPD & editor-in-chief of the IDG; Nicholas Kaminsky, Assoc. AIA, MOPD; Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY Executive Director.

Emily Nemens


On 11.03.10 architecture critic Paul Goldberger spoke about his two new books, Building up and Tearing Down, and Why Architecture Matters. (L-R) Goldberger with AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA.

Emily Nemens

10.06.10: One of the goals of the AIANY Women in Architecture Committee is mentoring women to become leaders in architecture. Last month, the group held their latest “Speed Mentoring” event at the Miele Showroom in Manhattan. More than 50 women participated in what has become an annual committee event.


Following the “Speed Dating” format, rotating groups are created with women of different levels of experience. The event will be followed by a “Happy Hour” in January, where the participants have an opportunity to reconnect.

Lori Cardeli and Motoko Shoboji