Associates Survey Shows Growing Interest in Licensure

This week AIANYS issued its first annual Associate Member Survey Report. After conducting the survey over the summer, the purpose was to help AIA components in New York understand the needs and demographics of Associates. From the results, it appears as if a majority joined the AIA to enrich their careers (45%) and are on the path to licensure (87% are Intern Architects and/or ARE Candidates, and 80% plan on achieving licensure), helping prove the point that, despite hard economic times, individuals are not leaving the profession — they are trying to get licensed.

This is encouraging, as the community of design professionals seems to have gained strength during the recession. Perhaps part of the reason is that the Center for Architecture has added a variety of classes geared toward technical training, including LEED courses, Revit classes, and the AIANY Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) committee’s ARE Boot Camp series. The AIANY Professional Practice Committee launched its Architects Fast-Track Leadership Series, aimed at training individuals to become leaders in their firms through discussions on various practice management topics.

The biggest problem, as is often the case with surveys, is that out of the 1,307 NY-based Associates, just 252 responded (19%). However, half of the respondents are AIANY Chapter members, so perhaps it is because of the programs offered at the Center that Associate Members offered up their time to fill out the survey. Hopefully, all of the New York State chapters will review the results and react to the needs of their Associate membership. Click these three links for the full summary and graphs:;;

AIANY New York Chapter 2011 Board of Directors includes: Margaret O’Donoghue Castillo, AIA, LEED AP, President; Joseph J. Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP, First Vice President/President-Elect; Abby Suckle, FAIA, LEED AP, Vice President for Public Outreach; Jill N. Lerner, FAIA, Vice President for Professional Development; Mary A. Burke, AIA, IIDA, Vice President for Design Excellence; Umberto Dindo, AIA, Secretary; Kenneth D. Levien, AIA, Treasurer; Kirsten Sibilia, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, Director for Publications; Megan Chusid, Assoc. AIA, Director for Educational Affairs; Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, Director for Programs and Strategic Planning; Margery Perlmutter, Esq., AIA, Director for Legislative Affairs; David S. Penick, Director for Industry Affairs; Marcy Stanley, Hon. AIA, Director for Development Affairs; Mark Behm, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, Associate Director; Lori Mazor, AIA, Public Director; Stanley T. Allen, AIA, Public Director for Educational Affairs; Craig Schwitter, PE, Public Director for Professional Affairs; Santiago Rivera, AIAS, Director for Student Affairs; Anthony P. Schirripa, FAIA, IIDA, Immediate Past President; Ernie Hutton, Assoc. AIA, FAICP, Alternate Director for Public Outreach; Carl Galioto, FAIA, Alternate Director for Professional Development; David Piscuskas, FAIA, Alternate Director for Design Excellence; Rick Bell, FAIA, Ex Officio/Executuve Director; and Michael S. Zetlin, Esq, Ex Officio/Legal Counsel…

The winners of Interior Design Best of Year 2010 include: in the category of Green, Burgess Group by SmithGroup (Best of); Educational, NYU-Department of Linguistics by 1100 Architect (Merit), and NYU Stern School of Business Concourse by Perkins+Will (Merit); Healthcare: SMALL, Oasis of Health by Karim Rashid (Best of); Hospitality: HOTEL , Hard Rock Hotel + Casino by MarkZeff (Merit), and St. Regis Mexico City by Yabu Pushelberg (Merit); Hospitality: HOTEL RENOVATION, Fairmont San Francisco Penthouse Suite by Champalimaud (Merit); Hospitality: BAR/LOUNGE, The Colony by ICrave (Merit); Hospitality: CAFE, Uptown Cafeteria and Support Group by Moschella + Roberts (Mertit); Hospitality: RESTAURANT, The Wright by Andre Kikoski Architect (Best of), and The Collective by ICrave (Merit); Institutional, Battery Park City Library by 1100 Architect (Merit); Kitchen & Bath, Fractal Pad by Architecture in Formation (Best of), and Midtown Minimal by Workshop/apd (Merit); Office: LARGE, Confidential Trading Firm and Panduit World Headquarters by Gensler (Merit); Office: LARGE RENOVATION, Grey Group (Best of), Guess Headquarters (Merit), and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe NY (Merit) by STUDIOS Architecture, and Oglivy & Mather by Gensler (Merit); Office: MID-SIZE, Hyundai Capital America by Gensler (Merit), and Confidential Trading Firm by OWP/P I Cannon Design (Merit); Public Space, 184 Kent Ave. by Slade Architecture (Merit)…

In the category of Residence: APARTMENT, SoHo Penthouse by Shelton, Mindel & Associates (Best of), Fractal Pad by Architecture in Formation (Merit), 15 Central Park West by D’Aquino Monaco (Merit), and Gorelik Residence by Walzworkinc (Merit); Residence: FREESTANDING HOUSE, Leicester House by SPG Archtiects (Merit), and Sufside Residence by Steven Harris Architects and Rees Roberts + Partners (Merit); Residence: MODERN FARMHOUSE, Villa San Spirito by Steven Harris Architects and Rees Roberts + Partners (Best of), Modern Farmhouse by Betty Wasserman Art and Interiors (Merit), and Vermont Weekend Retreat by Shamir Shah Design (Merit); Residence: MODERN BARN, Barn House by D’Apostrophe Design (Best of); Residence: MULTI-UNIT DWELLING, The Lucida by S. Russell Groves (Merit), and The William Beaver House by Tsao + McKown Architects (Merit); Residence: URBAN HOUSE, Warren Street Residence by Ghislaine Viñas Interior Design (Best of); Retail: FASHION, David Yurman Townhouse by Gabellini Sheppard Associates (Best Of), Christian Louboutin Miami by 212box (Merit), and The Room at Hudson Bay Company by Yabu Pushelberg (Merit); Retail, Brother + Sister by MarkZeff (Merit); and Showroom, Avenue Road by Yabu Pushelberg (Best of)…

McGraw-Hill Construction announced 2010 Best of the Best Awards including Brooklyn Bridge Park (Piers 1 & 6) by Michael van Valkenberg Associates, in the category of Landscape/Urban Planning…

The five winning projects to be featured in Storefront for Art and Architecture,, and Actar Publisher’s “Total Housing 01: Apartments” include Tiago Barros and Pratt Institute (instructors Robert Langhorn, Julie Torres Moskovitz, and Corey Yurkovich)…

Seongbuk Gate Hills, a collaboration between Joel Sanders Architect and Haeahn Architecture, has been honored with a Korean Architecture Award 2010 Merit Award… The winners of the third annual DawnTown Miami Design competition include Amphibian by Stantec, Vicky Chan, AIA, Alex Zulas, and Liange Otero Colon… The peer-review publication Best Lawyers has named Michael T. Sillerman of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, LLP as the “New York Area’s Land Use & Zoning Lawyer of the Year” for 2011.

Robert A. M. Stern, FAIA, has been named the 2011 recipient of the Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture… Material ConneXion and Culture & Commerice, Inc. congratulate former Founder & CEO George M. Beylerian on receiving the 2010 Design Visionary Award for the Museum of Arts and Desgn…

01.01.2011 will launch Cooper Joseph Studio, a partnership between Wendy Evans Joseph, FAIA, LEED AP, and Chris Cooper, AIA, LEED AP

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT/SUNY) will begin offering an MA degree in Sustainable Interior Environments in fall 2011…

Susan J. Pogoda is the new Deputy Commissioner of Legal Affairs at the Department of Buildings…

01.05.11 Call for Applications: CUP Teaching Artists and Designers

01.07.11 Call for Submissions: EP: 2011 AIA Emerging Professionals Exhibition

01.10.11 Call for Nominations: Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards

01.14.11 Call for Entries: StreetFest: Festival of Ideas for a New City

01.14.11 Call for Proposals: USGBC 2011

01.15.11 Call for Entries: 2011 FIGMENT/ENYA/SEAoNY City of Dreams Pavilion

01.15.11 Call for Submissions: International Design Awards — Designer of the Year

01.18.11 Call for Proposals: Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award

01.21.11 Call for Proposals: Making Policy Public

01.23.11 Call for Entries: Kenny’s Bathroom Competition

02.04.11 Call for Entries: AIANY Design Awards 2011

02.11.11 Call for Entries: The Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers

12.16.10: IBEX Construction Holiday Party held at the Center for Architecture.

Andy Frankl, President of IBEX Construction (left) with Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY Executive Director.

Sam Lahoz

Margaret Castillo, AIA, LEED AP, 2011 AIANY President with Illya Azaroff, AIA, party designer.

Sam Lahoz

Henry Zachary, AIANY Finance Director (left) with Tony Schirripa, FAIA, IIDA, 2010 AIANY President.

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AIANY Staff (l-r): Suchi Paul, AIANY Exhibitions Coordinator; Christina Jung, AIANY Events & Marketing Coordinator; Jennifer Apple, AIANY Development Manager; Rosamond Fletcher, AIANY Director of Exhibitions; Jay Bond, AIANY Policy Director.

Sam Lahoz

12.15.10: New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (NYASLA) Merry Mixer at the Center for Architecture included members of AIANY, the American Institute of Lighting Designers (IALD), American Planning Association (APA), and Society of Professional Engineers.

Charles McKinney, Affil. ASLA, NYC Parks & Recreation Chief of Design/Capital Projects, with NYASLA President-elect Denisha Williams, ASLA, of Abel Bainnson Butz Landscape Architects.

Kristen Richards

Kim Nielsen, RLA, ASLA; Bonnie Harken, AIA, President, Nautilus International Development Consulting; and bio-sculptor Jackie Brookner.

Kristen Richards

Michael Spitzer, RLA, LEED AP, Principal, LANDGARDEN; Signe Nielsen, FASLA, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects; and Adrian Smith, ASLA, LEED AP.

Kristen Richards

Nicholas Quennell, FASLA, Partner, Quennell Rothschild and Partners, and 2010 NYASLA President’s Award for Service to the Profession; Susannah Drake, ASLA, Principal, dlandstudio; and Charles McKinney, Affil. ASLA, NYC Parks & Recreation Chief of Design/Capital Projects.

Kristen Richards

12.07.10: An interdisciplinary team of 11 students from New York Institute of Technology’s architecture, engineering, and other academic programs won a competition to design an energy-efficient hangar for the historic U.S.S. Intrepid. Their design features five descending tiers representing the five kamikaze attacks the vessel sustained throughout World War II, and incorporates renewable energy through wind turbines and solar panels.

Rendering of the winning design.

Team Alphabet Soup

The members of the winning team, Alphabet Soup, include Ryan Metz, Antonella Verderosa, Samuel Franck, Nde Tene, Ben Alling, Zach Sanzo, Luke Ferland, Katerina Skiadas, Jobin George, Kevin Bruno, AIAS, Dominic Tetro, and Nicholas Zangiacomi.

Natasha Jahangir

12.07.10: The Architects for Animals Event benefited the NYC Feral Cat Initiative, a program of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. Design firms were invited to create shelters for homeless, stray, and outdoor cat populations.

Tietz Baccon took home first place.

Courtesy Davis Brody Bond Aedas

12.07.10: New York Institute of Technology Students Propose Solutions for the Hudson Square District

NYIT’s fourth-year community design studio students investigated the Hudson Square neighborhood, identified opportunities and constraints, and developed programs for making a more sustainable community.

Courtesy Davis Brody Bond Aedas


12.08.10 Editor’s Note: Last night’s AIANY Board Inaugural celebrated the incoming 2011 Board of Directors, Nominating Committee, and Committee Co-chairs. Included in this issue are excerpts from speeches given by 2010 AIANY President Anthony Schirripa, FAIA, IIDA, and 2011 AIANY President Margaret O’Donoghue Castillo, AIA, LEED AP,

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Inaugural Speech: 2010 AIANY President Anthony Schirripa, FAIA, IIDA

2010 AIANY President Anthony Schirripa, FAIA, IIDA, and 2010 AIA National President George Miller, FAIA, before the program.

Sam Lahoz

2010 Architect as Leader
Looking back over the past year, I am proud and humbled by all that our board members and member volunteers have done to enhance our advocacy profile, increase our membership, and expand the professional services offered at the Center for Architecture.

The 2010 theme — “Architect as Leader” — examined how we as architects can lead: on projects, at our firms, and in our communities. We have always been considered thought leaders, but this year I wanted to focus on how we could be pro-active community leaders, bringing people together especially during these difficult economic times.

Along with a series of “Architect as Leader” programs throughout the year, in September we launched a professional development series, the “Architects Fast Track Leadership” program. While we targeted our young professionals for the series, I am pleased to report it has also attracted a more mature audience. This year we reached an even younger audience — students at my alma mater, Brooklyn Tech — through “Innovate:Integrate” programming. If you haven’t had a chance to enjoy “Innovate:Integrate,” my presidential theme show, it is on view until January 15, and we have one more related program, a conversation on January 5 with Chris Ward, the executive director of the Port Authority of NY and NJ.

We’ve had so many great programs this year, it’s hard to pick out a few to highlight. Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch was here just a few weeks ago, delivering the annual Ratensky Lecture. Also, our Global Dialogues Committee held a comprehensive, two-day architectural summit on the architecture of Brazil’s 2014 World Cup. Earlier this fall, Danish urbanist Jan Gehl spoke to a standing room only crowd. And perhaps our most successful program this year was our architectural cruises, as featured in Vogue, the New York Times, and Time Out New York. We’re now circumnavigating Manhattan twice a week! While the 2010 season is almost over, I look forward to more tours in 2011. My thanks to AIANY Board Member Abby Suckle, FAIA, for her dedicated work on this project.


Inaugural Speech: 2011 AIANY President Margaret O’Donoghue Castillo, AIA, LEED AP

2011 AIANY President Margaret O. Castillo, AIA, LEED AP, receiving the gavel from 2010 AIANY President Anthony Schirripa, FAIA, IIDA.

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President’s Theme: Design for a Change
In 2008, for the first time in history, more than half the world’s population lived in cities. That percentage will continue to grow, and by 2030 it is estimated that 60% of us will inhabit urban environments. Never has it been more important for architects, engineers, landscape architects, and urban planners to collaborate and address the issues of urban infrastructure and the built environment. Whether cities are in the industrialized world or in developing nations, it is critical that we look at our natural resources and the built environment in terms of economic, environmental, and social health. For these reasons, I have established the 2011 theme “Design for a Change.”

We’ll be exploring many facets of sustainable urbanization next year. We will continue our collaboration with UN Habitat and the UN Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization, and bring global representatives to New York to share best practices and innovative ideas.

In the spring, we are mounting an exhibition entitled “Jugaad Urbanism,” which will highlight resourceful strategies for Indian cities. Set in the radically uneven urban landscapes of Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore, India, “Jugaad Urbanism” will explore how the energy of citizens “making-do” is translated by architects, urban planners, and governmental entities into efficient and inventive strategies for sustainable urban growth.


Film Looks Between the Cracks at Dharavi

Event: Dharavi Slum for Sale Premiere / “Jugaad Urbanism” Exhibition Preview
Location: SVA Silas Theatre, 11.19.10
Speaker: Lutz Konermann — Flimmaker, “Dharavi, Slum for Sale”
Moderator/Welcome: Sabine Ulmann Shaban — Deputy Consul General of Switzerland
Introductions: Kanu Agrawal — Curator, “Jugaad Urbanism”; Margaret Castillo, AIA, LEED AP — 2011 AIANY President; Aroon Shivdasani — Executive Director, Indo-American Arts Council
Organizer: Center for Architecture; Consulate General of Switzerland; Indo-American Arts Council; The New School; Society of Indo-American Engineers and Architects
Sponsors: Consulate General of Switzerland in New York.
Special Thanks: Umberto Dindo, AIA, AIANY Secretary

A street in Dharavi, Mumbai.


Dharavi, in Mumbai, is one of the three largest slums in the world. Approximately 100 million people live within one square mile, and up to 15 people live within 200-300 square feet of space, stated Aroon Shivdasani, the executive director of the Indo-American Arts Council. While vividly depicted in “Slumdog Millionaire,” the film “Dharavi, Slum for Sale” documents the struggle between the inhabitants and those who want to change the quality of life for those who live there. Directed by Lutz Konermann, a preview of the film was screened at the SVA Silas Theatre to raise funds for the upcoming “Jugaad Urbanism” exhibition coming to the Center for Architecture in February.

The film begins by tracing Mukesh Mehta, an architect who moved to India from NY. He is the mastermind behind a plan that would turn 35 acres of the slum into a mixed-use development with high-rise buildings and free housing for the current slum dwellers. As the camera follows him from his office to community meetings, Mehta says that he is trying to create a better life for the residents. If he is able to rid Mumbai of the slum, then he will have created not just a better way of life for the local community, but also a positive impact on the world.

However, Mehta is constantly faced with opposition, both by organized groups, including the Society for the Promotion of Area Research Centres (SPARC), and individuals on the streets. Naysayers are concerned that when the government decides who will receive free housing, many slum dwellers will be kicked out of the community. Also, despite the appearance of chaos, there is a complex network of businesses that are not only self-sustainable, but also assist the local government, as well. For example, many of the designer clothing knock-offs that are traded internationally are made within Dharavi by slum dwellers.

“People live between the cracks of city streets,” the film begins, and Konermann focuses on the pros and cons of both sides of the development war. Despite objective filmmaking, he did not mince words during the Q&A after the screening when discussing the necessity for the local inhabitants to maintain ownership of their way of life. Rather than razing the slum altogether, Konermann believes that enhanced infrastructure is what is needed to improve lifestyles. Instead of telling slum dwellers how they should live, he suggested that the government evaluate the reasons why the inhabitants — many of whom came to the city from small farming towns on the outskirts — moved there in the first place. New developments should begin in rural towns, not in the center of a bustling city, he said. It is trendy to discuss ways to “integrate” the city, but, in Konermann’s opinion, the city already is integrated.

Firms Bend the Tools for Design

Event: Bending the Tools/Re-Scripting the Rules: Innovation, Craft and Methodology in Digital Practice
Location: Center for Architecture, 11.22.10
Panelists: Tom Clancy — Owner, Valiant Technology; David Ruy — Ruy Klein; Marc Kushner, AIA — Founder, Architizer & Principal, HWKN Architects; Joe MacDonald, Assoc. AIA — Principal, Urban A&O; Augustus Wendell, Assoc. AIA — Principal, Kim Wendell Design; Michael Szivos — Principal, softLAB
Moderator: Andrew Blum — Writer
Introduction: Matthew Bremer, AIA and Marc Clemenceau Bailly, AIA, New Practices Committee Co-chairs
Organizer: AIANY New Practice Committee
Sponsors: Lead Sponsors: Dornbracht, MG & Company and Valiant Technology; Sponsors: Espasso, Hafele and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Media Sponsor: The Architect’s Newspaper

Struts for the Cairo Tower designed with CATIA by Urban A&O.

Urban A&O

Is digital technology an efficient means to an end versus drawing by hand? Has it become an integral part of the design process? Andrew Blum, a writer with expertise in technology and urbanism, posed this question to a panel of designers, an IT consultant, and the founder of Architizer.

Tom Clancy, owner of Valiant Technology, sees technology as a useful tool to streamline the work process, and he encouraged architects to become untethered by “ditching the server.” Online file share sites and portable gadgets like laptops, iPads, and smart-phones allow architects to be more present on the job.

Technology also serves as a tool to gain recognition for firms. The social networking website Architizer bring focus on projects, explained co-founder Marc Kushner, AIA. It provides a platform for architects to reach a wider audience. Featured work is often picked up by blogs read by non-architects, i.e., potential clients, he claimed.

Technology has no doubt changed the way firms operate, but it has also shaped the design processes of several emerging firms. For example, softLAB writes its own customized Maya Embedded Language (MEL) scripts for projects, which allows them to create and modify repetitive geometries, according to Principal Michael Szivos. With this software, they designed more than 2,400 custom, laser-cut triangular chipboard panels for their pAlice installation at 21 Monitor Street in Brooklyn. Joe MacDonald, Assoc. AIA, principal of Urban A&O, believes that aerospace software like the Computer Aided Three-dimensional Interactive Application (CATIA) offers a level of precision through parametric modeling that could not be achieved by hand. He revels in this process; though screenshots of models may look “ugly,” he believes they communicate volumes.

David Ruy of Ruy Klein does not see technology as a way to “scientifically legitimize” his firm’s work, but rather as a way to “condition our imaginations.” He advocates that firms achieve a balance at the intersection of architecture, nature, and technology. Whether one believes technology is simply a means to an end or an essential part of the process, Szivos summed it up: “I hope design is fetishized and not the technology.”

New Sights On Site

Event: Plywood, Concrete, Paint! Re-imagining the Contemporary Construction Site as Canvas for Public Art
Location: Center for Architecture, 11.18.10
Speakers: Joe Covello — Vice President and Co-owner, United Hoisting and Scaffolding; Rodney Durso — Founder, ArtBridge; Olympia Kazi — Executive Director, Van Alen Institute; Maya Barkai — Public Artist
Moderator: Katie Denny — Executive Director, North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition
Introduction: Jordana Zeldin — Director, ArtBridge
Organizers: ArtBridge; Center for Architecture

“Walking Men 99” by Maya Barkai. The installation is part of Re:Construction, curated by Ayelet Danielle Aldouby and Elinor Milchan of ARTEA Projects.

Maya Barkai

Maybe there should be new reality TV show called “Extreme Scaffolding Makeover.” While the urbanSHED competition helped focus attention on the problem of NYC’s drab and uninspired sidewalk-shed design, it’s hardly the only effort to make construction sites more visually appealing to passersby. Ever-more public art is popping up along construction sites, thanks to the Downtown Alliance’s Re:Construction program; the NYC Department of Buildings’ urbancanvas; and ArtBridge, an organization devoted to displaying emerging artists’ work on scaffolding, noted its director, Jordana Zeldin.

Artist Rodney Durso decided to found ArtBridge while living in a building covered in long-term scaffolding, London Terrace Gardens in Chelsea. He didn’t see the sidewalk shed as an eyesore — he saw its potential as a giant “blank canvas,” he said. He found an ally in Joe Covello of United Hoisting and Scaffolding, who lent his technical advice and support.

Durso has found that building owners and property management companies don’t always welcome the idea of allowing art on scaffolding, but he thinks that will change once they start to understand its potential as a public-relations boon. Exhibiting public art on a construction site is a way that “a building owner can bring attention in a positive way,” he said.

For local artist Maya Barkai, adorning a construction fence at 99 Church Street was a chance to explore a new type of work, different from what she might make for a gallery show. As part of Re:Construction, she created a 500-foot-long installation called Walking Men 99, which covers the fence with 99 icons of “walk” lights from around the world, displayed at a human scale. The fence proved a perfect venue for the piece, offering the right scale and location on a city street, the icons’ natural habitat. “I could not put it on a gallery wall,” she remarked. “It needed that construction site.”