The AIA selected five recipients for the 2011 Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement, including the Active Design Guidelines, an effort of AIANY, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), Department of Design+Construction (DDC), Department of Transportation (DOT), and Department of City Planning (DCP), the Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), along with several civic organizations and professional societies…

David Burney, FAIA, NYC Design+Construction Commissioner received the AIA’s Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture. Amanda Burden, Hon. AIANY, FAICP, NYC City Planning Chair, received the American Architectural Foundation’s Keystone Award….

Winners of the AIA Long Island Archi Awards include the United Cerebral Palsy Health Center by Perkins Eastman Architects; Wallace K. Harrison Estate by Schappacher White Ltd.; and Dune Road Residence by Stelle Architects with developer David J. Wine’s Oliver’s Realty Group

The 2010 GSA Design Awards winners include the U.S. Land Port of Entry in Massena by Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects, Architecture and Art Citations; U.S. Land Port of Entry, Calais, Maine by Robert Siegel Architects, Architecture Citation; Historic District of Columbia Courthouse by Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, Preservation Citation; The Peter W. Rodino Federal Building High Performance Renovation by Dattner Architects with Richard McElhiney Architects, On-the-Boards Engineering Citation; Federal Parking Garage, San Juan, Puerto Rico by Gruzen Samton Architects, On-the-Boards Architecture Citation; and U.S. Courthouse, San Diego by Richard Meier & Partners Architects, On-the-Boards Urbanism Citation…
Eight firms have been selected to receive the Architectural League’s annual Emerging Voices award, including NY-based Interboro Partners, WXY architecture + urban design, Ruy Klein, and Taylor and Miller Architecture and Design

desigNYC, which connects NYC non-profits with pro bono designers, announced its 2011 list of design and non-profit collaborations: Educating Tomorrow with Language Dept. and Rubenstein Technology Group; Greenhouse Project: NY Sun Works & Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation with Abruzzo-Bodziak Architects; Green Map System with Otto NY; Gowanus Canal Community Development Corporation with Fogelson-Lubliner; Ioby with Publicis Design; Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project with Rodrigo Corral; Nostrand Park with Vamos Architects; PortSide NewYork with architects 590BC and Studio L’Image; and Public Allies + Bronx Community Pride Center with Fink & Platt Architects

The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF) — Real Estate Division honored Ted Moudis, AIA, with the Camillo Ricordi Humanitarian Award…

Rafael Cestero, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, will be leaving his post at the end of March to join L+M Development Partners as a Managing Director…

2011 OCULUS Editorial Calendar
If you are an architect by training or see yourself as an astute observer of New York’s architectural and planning scene, note that OCULUS editors want to hear from you! Projects/topics may be anywhere, but architects must be New York-based. Please submit story ideas by the deadlines indicated below to Kristen Richards:

2011 Themes:
Spring (President’s Theme): Design for a Change: Buildings, People, Energy

Summer: AIANY Design Awards 2011
Recognition of outstanding architectural design by NYC architects and for work completed in NYC. There are four categories: Architecture, Interiors, Urban Design, and Un-built Work. Click here for details.
Register/Submit entries by 02.04.11

Fall: Interior Activity

Architects as interior designers; Changes in corporate culture = transformation of the workplace; Architects designing products/Multi-disciplinary cross-overs; Rebranding hospitality, restaurants, retail to attract new audiences; Interiors as laboratories for small firms.
Submit story ideas by 04.22.11

Winter: Up, Down, and Sideways: Density and Transportation
Density enabled by transportation: mass transit, cycling; Moynihan Station; Regional connections; Housing Authority: former purposeful disconnect, now reintegrating back into neighborhoods; How a century of New York skyscrapers has/is/will affect the architecture, planning, and culture of the city and the world.
Submit story ideas by 08.19.11

For further information, contact OCULUS Editor Kristen Richards:

02.01.11 Call for Applications: 2011 Brunner Grant

02.04.11 Call for Entries: AIANY Design Awards 2011

03.01.11 Call for Entries: AIA National Photography Competition

03.01.11 Call for Entries: AZ Awards

03.14.11 Call for Entries: 2011 YAF/COD Ideas Competition

01.12.11: The AIANY Global Dialogue Committee announced the winners of its recent “Call for Collaborative Design” and charrette program to elicit new prototypes for transitional to permanent housing for Haiti. For more information, visit

(L-R): Rick Bell, FAIA, Executive Director, AIANY; Margaret Castillo, AIA, LEED AP, 2011 AIANY President; Rory Christian, Director, Energy Department, NYCHA; Noushin Ehsan, AIA, Chair of the AIANY Global Dialogues Committee; and Diane Chehab, Assoc. AIA, Acting Director, The Launch Team, Office of the CIO, NYCHA.

Emily Nemens

01.12.11: The Fourth Annual Arthur Rosenblatt Memorial Lecture for Excellence in Museum Design, hosted by the AIANY Cultural Facilities Committee, was Richard Gluckman, FAIA, who spoke on “Content Context=Concept.”

(L-R): Ann Marie Baranowski, AIA, LEEP AP; Paul Rosenblatt, AIA; Richard Gluckman, FAIA; Barbara Spandorf, AIA, LEED AP; Stan Reis; and Margaret Castillo, AIA, LEED AP.

Emily Nemens

01.20.11: In connection with the current “High Bridge” exhibition, a panel discussed the relation between the High Bridge and High Line. The High Bridge was the most recent focus of the AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) biennial design ideas competition.

(L-R): Bryan Winter, RA, Executive Director, NYC Cement League; Keith VanDer Sys, Principal of PEG office of landscape + design; Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, ENYA HB:BX competition organizer & Job Captain at Gensler; Adrian Benepe, Commissioner Department of Parks and Recreation; Patricia Cruz, Executive Director, Harlem Stage; Brynnemarie Lanciotti, Assoc. AIA, Co-chair of ENYA; Peter Mullan, Vice President of Planning and Design, Friends of the High Line; Yvonne Chang, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, and Joseph E. Hawkins, Assoc. AIA, ENYA HB:BX competition organizers.

Courtesy ENYA

01.19.11: Architects and clients discuss the collaborative process behind the design for spaces for learning involved in the two feature “Design for Decades” exhibition projects — the St. Agnes Branch Library Renovation by Helpern Architects for the NY Public Library and the NYC Department of Design + Construction, and P.S./I.S. 276 by Dattner Architects for the NYC School Construction Authority with involvement from the Battery Park City Authority.

Panel moderator Ned Cramer, AIA, Editor-in-Chief, Architect, and Margaret Castillo, AIA, LEED AP, 2011 AIANY President.

Emily Nemens

01.13.11: AIANY threw Robert Ivy, FAIA, a farewell reception at the Center for Architecture. He has been appointed the Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer of AIA National, effective 02.01.11, and will be relocating to Washington, DC.

At the event, Ernie Hutton, FAICP, Assoc. AIA, presented Ivy with an image he called “Ivy’s Inferno.” The main balloon says,” And here is your new office, Mr. Ivy.”

Ernie Hutton

Ernie Hutton, FAICP, Assoc. AIA; Margaret Castillo, AIA, LEED AP; Robert Ivy, FAIA; and Rick Bell, FAIA.

Kristin Richards


01.11.11 Editor’s Note: Happy New Year! In this issue, AIANY Policy Director Jay Bond outlines the 2010 advocacy efforts of AIANY. Be sure to read about everything from our work on streamlining the regulatory review process and our efforts on the NYC Energy Conservation Code, to our positions on Moynihan Station and The New Domino development in Around the AIA.

– Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

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And check out the Center for Architecture’s Vimeo page!

Command Performance by Parks, Design Trust, and Colleagues

Event: Parks Design Manual Launch
Location: Center for Architecture, 01.06.11
Speakers: Adrian Benepe — Commissioner, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation; Deborah Marton — Executive Director, Design Trust for Public Space; David Bragdon — Director of Long-term Planning and Sustainability, NYC Mayor’s Office; Nette Compton — Senior Project Manager for Design, Parks and Recreation; Jeremy Barrick — Capital Projects Arborist, Parks and Recreation; Nancy Owens, ASLA, LEED AP — Nancy Owens Studio; Stephen Koren, RLA, LEED AP — Parks and Recreation
Organizers: Center for Architecture; NYC Department of Parks; Design Trust for Public Space
Sponsors: New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects; Site Specialists; AECOM; Viridian Landscape Studio; Meliora Environmental Design


“It may come as a shock to many of you,” said the Design Trust’s Deborah Marton, “but in the fundraising world, soil remediation and bio-intensive pest management are not considered sexy.” The Parks Department’s new design manual promises to do for civic landscape architecture what other recent city-agency-sponsored documents have done for sustainable infrastructure and active design: codify the state of the art and promote sound practices. The manual’s organizers and contributors have given New York and other cities a powerful instrument for designing outdoor spaces that generate both a lighter impact on the planet and an improved quality of urban life. And that, Marton added, is plenty sexy.

High Performance Landscape Guidelines: 21st Century Parks for NYC extends the Design Trust’s High Performance series, preceded by High Performance Building Guidelines (1999) and Infrastructure Guidelines (2005). The primary authors of the Landscape Guidelines, Marton and the Parks Department’s principal urban designer Charles McKinney, Assoc. AIA, ASLA, put their multidisciplinary team of Design Trust Fellows, landscape architects, arborists, and editors through four years of work, beginning with the department’s recognition that its design standards needed updating, and culminating in a rigorous peer-review process.

The work is organized in six segments: Context, Site Assessment, Best Practices in Site Process, Best Practices in Site Systems, Case Studies, and a brief coda, Next Steps, plus a useful 92-term glossary and an extensive index. It is a practical manual, integrating contemporary knowledge about soil, water, and vegetation (“the heart and soul of the document,” in Nette Compton’s phrase) into all its recommendations. Its principles will help shape PlaNYC’s expansion and upgrading of parkland over the coming decades under new Long-term Planning and Sustainability Director David Bragdon, who stressed the connections of “beauty, environmental attachment, and a love of where you are.”

Parks already comprise about 14% of the city’s area — some 29,000 acres. By mitigating heat-island effects, brownfield conditions, sewer overflows, and the urban populace’s chronic shortage of space that’s wholesome to body and spirit, parkland is a critical determinant of livability, both in New York and in other cities that increasingly look here for models to emulate. Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe noted that the Landscape Guidelines are the first of their kind in the nation; various in-house personnel and consultants described recently renovated parks and playgrounds that have already put the new document’s ideas into effect.

The Landscape Guidelines are available free electronically ( and in hard-copy form from the Parks Department and at the Center for Architecture. They can also be purchased on Amazon.

Greening Modernism Challenges Current Sustainable Values

Event: Oculus Book Talk: Greening Modernism by Carl Stein
Location: Center for Architecture, 01.10.11
Speaker: Carl Stein, FAIA — Principal, Elemental Architecture
Organizer: AIANY Oculus Committee
Sponsors: Green Mountain Energy Company

Courtesy AIANY

Carl Stein, FAIA’s Greening Modernism: Preservation, Sustainability and the Modern Movement (W.W. Norton & Company, 11.29.10) offers a compelling and insightful argument for a creative and enthusiastic reexamination of the interconnection between modern architecture, sustainability, historic preservation, and green strategies. One of the many things that sets this book apart from others on architecture and sustainability is the way in which Stein unfolds the theoretical, instructional, and pioneering tenets between design and technology from the pre-petroleum to late-petroleum eras, suggesting opportunities for architecture in a post-petroleum world.

“A sustainable future,” writes Stein, “one in which humankind will have a place in the ecosystem of the Earth, depends on a fundamental reconsideration of how we utilize all of the resources that support the qualities of our lives.” The second greatest end-use energy consumer is infrastructure construction, and there is a dire need to upgrade this part of American society. As you read Greening Modernism, you, too, will be reminded that as much as the truth sounds good on paper, the hardest part is to convert these ideas to the politics of choice and economics. While architects have their challenges set out before them, Greening Modernism will be a hearty and generous companion for those who are willing to challenge what they value in themselves and consider to be the nexus of design, quality of life, and a sustainable global future.

Note: This was the first of a monthly series of book talks hosted by the AIANY Oculus Committee.

In this issue:
· Pratt’s Eco- and Neighborhood-Friendly Myrtle Hall Opens
· Power House Hits a Home Run
· Classical Music Has a Permanent Space Midtown
· Pace Dorms to Face Fulton Street Transit Hub
· Major Medical Research Institute Opens in Houston

Pratt’s Eco- and Neighborhood-Friendly Myrtle Hall Opens

Myrtle Hall exterior (left); Digital Arts Gallery (right).

Photos by Alexander Severin/ RAZUMMEDIA

Pratt Institute has officially opened Myrtle Hall, a six-story, 120,000-square-foot facility for the college’s Department of Digital Arts and several administrative offices. Designed by WASA/Studio A, the building embodies Pratt’s mission to innovate and put green design into practice, along with its commitment to the community and the revitalization of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. The design integrates two wall types — a glass curtain wall and a paneled masonry wall — that relate to the surrounding mercantile brick structures found along Myrtle Avenue. Connecting the two wall systems is a four-story atrium with views into and through the building from both sides. The atrium will also serve as a gallery for alumni work. The fourth-floor gallery will display student and faculty work. Other design features include a loft-like interior that reflects the industrial character of Pratt’s creative workspaces. Sustainable features include exterior sunshades, a green roof, and solar photovoltaic panels. The project is expected to receive LEED Gold.

Power House Hits a Home Run

The Power House.

Photos by Lauren Touryan, Stantec

As part of the Yankee Stadium Uplands and the Bronx Terminal Market Waterfront Park projects, Stantec has transformed The Power House, a vacant 26,000-square-foot steel and masonry structure into a public and commercial building. Built in 1925, the building was originally the icehouse and power station of the Bronx Terminal Market. Remaining part of the market complex, the rehabilitation took more than three years and involved restoring many of the building’s historic features. As part of the modernization of the building, sustainable features, such as an extensive green roof, high-efficiency plumbing, and a photovoltaic array helped earn the building LEED Gold. The space currently houses public restrooms, a concession stand and café space for the adjacent tennis facility, and offices for the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation.

Classical Music Has a Permanent Space Midtown

Dimenna Center for Classical Music.

H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture

The 36-year-old Orchestra of St. Luke’s is set to move into its first permanent home in early March. Designed by H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, the $37 million venue, known as the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, is located in lower portion of the building that houses the Baryshnikov Art Center in Hell’s Kitchen/Clinton Hill. The 20,000-square-foot center will also provide subsidized rental space for rehearsals and recording sessions for musicians. The space contains a large rehearsal hall that can accommodate a full symphony orchestra and chorus, a chamber orchestra rehearsal hall, an ensemble room, two artist studios, a media center, music library, instrument storage facilities, and a musicians’ lounge and café. The main rehearsal halls feature a “box-in-a-box” construction. The rooms float on pads and springs inside an acoustic isolation box made of concrete and concrete block, thus eliminating noise emanating from outside or from the other performance spaces in the building. South Norwalk-based Akustiks is in charge of the project’s acoustic design. The center is expected to receive a LEED Platinum certification.

Pace Dorms to Face Fulton Street Transit Hub

Pace University.

Karl Fischer Architect

A 220,000-square-foot building for Pace University, designed by Karl Fischer Architect, will rise on a site across from what will become the Fulton Street transit hub. The 24-story building will contain 20 floors of student housing with one floor of amenities. The remaining bottom floors are reserved for retail. The building replaces an existing two-story structure, and is expected to be complete by 2013.

Major Medical Research Institute Opens in Houston

Methodist Hospital Research Institute.

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

The 440,000-square-foot Methodist Hospital Research Institute, an advanced technology facility dedicated to medical research, recently opened in the Texas Medical Center in Houston. NYC-based design architect Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) created a 12-story facility, six floors of which contain open research space housing laboratories and support spaces that form a collaborative research facility for the study of cancer, heart, and neurological diseases, among others. The massing of the facility expresses its internal functions. Common breakout areas connect the labs vertically, encouraging informal interdisciplinary gatherings. Bridge connections to the existing hospital are proposed at several floors to facilitate translational research and a sense of professional community. Houston-based WHR Architects served as executive architect.

2010 Policy Round-Up

AIA New York has provided testimony, letters of support, and position statements on numerous issues and projects this past year, offering expertise as architects on city policy initiatives, the Charter Revision, and major building projects to the NYC Council, City Planning Commission, Charter Revision Commission, and other governmental agencies.

Task Force on Regulatory Review Reform/Charter Revision

Our Task Force on the Department of Buildings and Charter Revision worked over the last 11 months to document issues of concern architects have with city agencies that became the basis for our testimony before the Charter Revision Commission and for our meeting with Deputy Mayor for Operations Stephen Goldsmith. During our meeting, Goldsmith invited us to participate in the Construction and Building Working Group, which was seated to assist management consultants (KPMG) in developing recommendations to streamline the processes at the Department of Buildings.

Community Board Outreach Effort
An initiative was launched in November 2009 to place architects on New York City Community Boards. We have had some success in placing members, and have expanded by providing outreach twice a year. To date, we have at least two architects on every Community Board in Manhattan. The deadline for new applications is 01.15.11 for 2011 Manhattan Board positions.

Key Terms Clarification Text Amendment
AIANY has participated in advance review of the proposed key terms clarification text amendments to the Zoning Resolution organized by the NYC Department of City Planning. Based on refined definition of the terms “development” and “building,” as well as associated terms, AIANY reviewed and commented on potential implications of these far-reaching modifications and recommended changes. The Committee on Planning and Urban Design also held a meeting that allowed City Planning to present the proposed changes to a larger audience of design professionals. We offered testimony on 12.15.10 at the City Planning Commission and expect to testify at the City Council in the coming weeks.

New York City Energy Conservation Code
We testified at the NYC Council’s Committee on Housing and Buildings hearing on the NYC Energy Conservation Code. AIANY offered recommendations on language changes and general support of the amendments to the code, which regulates the design and construction of buildings for the effective use of energy. The proposed changes will ensure that the code remains as stringent as the 2010 State Energy Code and complies with the requirements of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. We understand that buildings contribute significantly to carbon emissions and climate change, and therefore we have a fundamental responsibility to improve building energy efficiency to reduce the negative impact on the environment.

Statute of Repose
We are working diligently to organize support to establish time limits after which tort claims for personal injury or wrongful death may not be asserted against design professionals. Under current law, a cause of action grounded on a theory of simple negligence brought by a third party (not an owner of a building or structure) against a design professional or construction contractor is governed by a three-year statute of limitations. The cause of action does not accrue until the injury takes place — even if the plaintiff is injured 20, 30, 50, or 100 years after the design professional has completed work on the building or structure.

Forty-eight other states have enacted legislation establishing a statute of repose of seven years or more, with completion of the project serving as the accrual date for the cause of action. It is our goal to obtain similar relief for architects in New York State. We continue to research the issue to inform our strategy moving forward. While we have anecdotal evidence that there are very few cases that fall under the statute and even fewer that go to trial, we are gathering data that will strengthen the argument.

Car Share Zoning Text Amendment
On 07.27.10, AIANY wrote to the City Planning Commission in support of a citywide Car Share Zoning Text Amendment to allow car share vehicles to park in off-street parking garages and lots in suitable locations around the city.

Charter Reform
On 06.10.10, we delivered testimony at the Government Structure Issue Forum, advocating for consistent approval policy among agencies and a coordinated review process for larger projects that require approvals from multiple agencies. AIANY recommendations on regulatory review were included in the Charter Revision Commissions Final Report for consideration by future commissions with the recommendation that the proposal be studied in greater detail.

State Budget Impasse
AIANY, the New York Building Congress, the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York, and the General Contractors Association of New York wrote an open letter demanding passage of a State budget to the Governor and members of the New York State Legislature, calling on the New York State Legislature and the Governor to pass a final budget immediately.

NYS Smart Growth Public Infrastructure Policy Act
In May, AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, wrote to the state legislature in support of The Smart Growth Public Infrastructure Policy Act (Bill #S5560AlA8011 A). The act requires state agencies, authorities, and corporations to align their infrastructure expenditures with specified smart growth criteria. This will optimize the effectiveness of limited public infrastructure funds and will encourage sustainable land use and development. The act was signed into law by the Governor in August.

Streetscape Preservation Text
We sent a letter to the Chair of the City Planning Commission supporting the objective to create a more attractive and functional streetscape in residential neighborhoods but cautioned moving ahead with the proposal before the Department of City Planning had completed its parking study.

Moynihan Station
AIANY spoke in support of Phase One development of Moynihan Station at a joint ESDC/MSDC public hearing held at the Farley Post Office. Phase One Changes include actual physical change to the fabric of the Farley Building, which will allow straphangers, commuters, and tourists to enter the station through an exciting and dignified pair of portals.

The New Domino
After hosting “The New Domino” spotlight exhibition, and a design presentation by Rafael Viñoly, FAIA, at the Center for Architecture, and visiting the site with AIA Brooklyn, 2010 AIANY President Tony Schirripa, FAIA, IIDA, and AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, wrote to City Planning Chair Amanda Burden, Hon. AIANY, FAICP, and provided testimony on behalf of the Chapter in support of The New Domino master plan.

NYSERDA Energy Code Training
AIANY will deliver training sessions to architects, engineers, and others in the real estate, construction, and design industries on the new energy code through 80 course sessions over a 30-month period. These sessions will be offered at the Center for Architecture and other locations around the city and state.

Architect in Albany Lobby Day
Last April, architects from the Chapter joined with other components of AIA New York State in meetings with members of the New York State Senate and Assembly to discuss legislative issues of importance to architects. Among the issues discussed were: Alternative Project Delivery; Non-Design Professional Ownership; Green Schools; Qualification Based Selection of Professional Design Services; Good Samaritan Act; Design Liability Reform; Smart Growth; and the Historic Preservation Tax Credit.

Second Avenue Subway
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney visited the Center for Architecture to discuss funding and timing of massive infrastructure projects happening on both sides of the East River, including the Second Avenue Subway, East Side Access, and other efforts she is undertaking on behalf of her constituents on the Upper East Side and in Queens. The program was co-organized by AIANY and AIA Queens, with the support of AIA National.

Riverside Center
AIANY testified at the City Planning Commission in support of Atelier Christian de Portzamparc’s eight-acre development on the Far West Side. The plan as proposed would: replace a large parking lot and continue the residential character of West End Avenue; extend the street grid to allow unimpeded access through the site as well as restore sightlines to the waterfront; and provide new open space and the core and shell for a new school.

National Housing Trust Fund
The Chapter sent letters to Senator Charles Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in support of the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) legislation pending in the Senate. The legislation calls for an infusion of $1.065 billion in capital funds into the NHTF which will support the immediate production of 10,000 homes, creating 15,000 new construction jobs and 4,000 new jobs. This part of the legislation also has the support of AIA National.

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, 2010 – January 15, 2011

Design for Decades

On view December 8, 2010 – January 22, 2011

Building Connections 2010


On view November 4, 2010 – March 12, 2011

High Bridge: Bronx, Building Cultural Infrastructure (HB:BX)


On View November 11, 2010 – March 26, 2011

CFAF Announces LeBrun Travel Grant Recipients

The Center for Architecture Foundation has announced the winners of the 2010 Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant, which was established to further the personal and professional development of an architect in early or mid-career through travel.

Diane Davis-Sikora,
Owner/Designer of DDesign Studio and Assistant Professor at the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Kent State University, received a grant for her project, “Revisiting Penumatic Architecture.” Davis-Sikora intends to gain a working knowledge of the state of structural and material capacities of air-supported membranes by traveling to various locations within Europe where pneumatic structures are a highly developed form of construction.

Fiyel Levent, Owner and Principal of Fiyel Levent Design in NYC, will survey the architectural heritage of the silk road for the project, “Echoes of Dialogue: The Genealogy of Central Asian Architecture.” Her travel itinerary will take her through the Ferghana Valley, which stretches among various countries including Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgystan.

Stephanie Zurek, Assoc. AIA
, Architectural Designer and Project Manager at Donald Powers Architects in Providence, RI, with her project, “Exploring and Learning from Indonesian Kampungs,” will take a two-week trip through the Indonesian cities of Jakartha, Surabaya, and Yogyakarta. She will study the Indonesian Kampung, an efficient building type that can contribute to sustainable development, public space, and cultural diversity.

Note: The Arnold W. Brunner Grant deadline is fast approaching. This annual award funds a project that contributes to the knowledge, teaching, or practice of the art and science of architecture. The deadline is 02.01.11. Click the link for more information.