Two Emerging Practices Value Attitude over Style

Event: New Practices 2010 Winner Presentations: MANIFOLD.ArchitectureStudio and SOFTlab
Location: Center for Architecture, 01.25.11 & 02.03.11
Speakers: Michael Szivos — Principal/Director, SOFTlab; Philipp von Dalwig, LEED AP — Co-Founder & Principal, MANIFOLD.ArchitectureStudio
Sponsors: Lead Sponsors: Dornbracht, MG & Company Construction Managers/General Contractors; Valiant Technology; Sponsors: Espasso, Hafele and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Media Sponsor: The Architect’s Newspaper

SOFTlab’s model of CHROMAesthesiae for the Devotion Gallery (left); MANIFOLD’s Cobble Hill Apartment.

Courtesy AIANY

SOFTlab and MANIFOLD.ArchitectureStudio (MAS) may be both emerging firms with capitalization-laden names, but their philosophies and portfolios appear to be polar opposites. However, principals from each firm agree that they strive to avoid labels associated with a particular design style.

“We are very concerned with the parts and pieces,” explained SOFTlab Principal Michael Szivos of the firm’s design approach, which is fueled by perpetual experimentation. SOFTlab designs many websites and logos, but is best known for creating installations that alter viewers’ perceptions of color and space. Szivos and his colleagues write customized computer scripts that instruct a CNC milling machine to cut complex pieces, which are then assembled into three-dimensional forms. SOFTlab recently designed and installed CHROMAtex.me, a colorful vortex that seemed to suck viewers from the street into a storefront gallery. “The beautiful part is on the inside,” according to Szivos. The sculpture was constructed of white laser-cut panels lined with photo inkjet paper, attached together via thousands of binder clips.

MAS, on the other hand, depends less on technology, creating simple diagrams at the outset of a project to offer clients multiple design options. Though the firm occasionally collaborates with branding and graphic designers, it primarily designs practical, clean interiors for NYC apartments. A theme throughout the firm’s work is the integration of custom, built-in millwork, or “living walls” as Co-founder and Principal Philipp von Dalwig calls them. These thick walls conserve space while accommodating several programmatic elements. For example, when MAS designed the conversion of a former synagogue into the Hirschkron/Camacho penthouse apartment, it created a white-paneled wall to conceal stairs, a wine cooler, media storage, and a powder room.

Von Dalwig believes that clients are drawn to his firm’s straightforward design approach, which he describes as “more European than American.” However, he admitted that he avoids a signature look for fear “of being labeled.” Szivos shares this sentiment, echoing that his firm “pushes back against having a certain style.” Instead, he insists that the work embodies an attitude.

Amanda’s Accent

Amanda Burden, Hon. AIANY, FAICP, Chair of the NYC City Planning Commission, at the Accent on Architecture gala.

Laura Trimble

Amanda Burden, Hon. AIANY, FAICP, Chair of the NYC City Planning Commission, won the Keystone Award at the Accent on Architecture gala of the American Architectural Foundation (AAF) on 02.04.11. Mayor Richard M. Daley of Chicago was the recipient, in absentia, of the Joseph Riley Award — record snows in Chicago made it impossible for him to attend the event, held at the Paul Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. The AIA New York Chapter was well-represented by 2011 President Margaret Castillo, AIA, LEED AP, President-elect Joe Aliotta, AIA, Susan Chin, FAIA, Mary Burke, AIA, Mark Behm, Assoc. AIA, Venesa Alicea, AIA, Laura Trimble, Kate Rube, and Jay Bond.

The Keystone Award was presented by AAF President & CEO Ron Bogle after remarks by HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, Hon. AIA, NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman, and Paul Goldberger of The New Yorker. Landesman praised Burden for her “design fanaticism,” saying that “she insists that architects do not only their best work, but that they go beyond themselves and do things that are new, that haven’t been done before.” In describing her as “exacerbating but irresistible, a visionary and a wonk,” he said that “the moral here is that good design leads not just to pleasure, but to real sustainability and economic utility as well.”

Despite travel problems that recalled last year’s Accent “Snowmageddon,” Goldberger arrived to deliver an oration praising Burden as the person who “understands the enormous importance of architectural quality in the public realm, and she has done this in the most visible city in the world. She is the city’s chief advocate for architecture, and recognizes that every work of architecture in the city, public or private, has a public role to play.” Goldberger noted that Burden “has become a symbol for architectural quality worldwide” and is someone who “reminds us never to forget that all design and planning decisions should be focused on making life easier and more pleasant. Design is not a thing apart, but a thing in service of the good life.” He spoke of her ability to see the big picture but also focus in on the detail, citing the neighborhood-by-neighborhood re-writing of the zoning code. “This is not planning as a bureaucrat, not planning as a technocrat, and certainly not planning as an autocrat,” he continued. “Amanda has been down on the ground. She has changed the zoning in a hundred neighborhoods.”

Burden concluded the evening by putting aside her prepared remarks and saying, simply, “I’m the luckiest person in the world. I love cities. To see something come alive, to see the High Line come alive, inspires me. Great design is not a solitary endeavor, it requires collaboration. It requires all of you.”

In this issue:
· Queens Library Books Steven Holl Architects
· Installation to reOrder the Brooklyn Museum’s Great Hall
· Restoration Completed for the NYPL Centennial
· Brown Builds for Interdisciplinary Arts
· Hyper-Nature Will Improve Highway in Colorado



Queens Library Books Steven Holl Architects

Queens Library in Hunters Point.

Steven Holl Architects

Plans for the Steven Holl Architects-designed Queens Library in Hunters Point were recently unveiled. Inspiration for the design came from the site along the East River and its Manhattan skyline views. An internal stair is flanked with reading tables in ascending sections backed with bookcases. Carved cutouts along the east façade display the three interior spaces — for children, teens, and adults. An elongated reflecting pond on the west side, lined with natural grasses that once grew on the banks of the East River, uses recycled water. The roof provides a reading garden with panoramic views of the city. In addition to the stacks, the new library will house reading areas, a gallery, a public assembly/ multi-purpose meeting room for community programming, and associated library staff and support areas. The project, which is being managed by the NYC Department of Design + Construction, is Steven Holl Architects’ first public commission in the city.



Installation to reOrder the Brooklyn Museum’s Great Hall

Rendering of “reOrder,” an installation to open in the Great Hall of the Brooklyn Museum in March.

Situ Studio

“reOrder: An Architectural Environment,” created by Brooklyn-based Situ Studio, will inaugurate Phase 1 of the Brooklyn Museum’s renovation of the Great Hall, recently redesigned by Ennead Architects. Consisting of a series of suspended fabric canopies surrounding the monumental, century-old columns, the site-specific installation interacts with the existing 10,000-square-foot colonnade. Approximately 2,200 yards of fabric and furnishings will swell, expand, and augment the profiles of the columns. The installation aims to engage the scale and details of McKim, Mead & White’s iconic late 19th-century structure by creating a series of spaces that alternate between the colossal and the intimate. The fabric will be folded and stretched over suspended, bent steel tubing and plywood rings, each with a unique radius that will give the columns different forms. Thermoformed sheets of solid surfacing will be transformed into benches and tables surrounding the columns. The space, which serves as a place for visitors to meet and relax, will be on view 03.04.11-01.15.12.


Restoration Completed for the NYPL Centennial

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, New York Public Library.

Sean Scanlin

Restoration at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at 42nd Street and 5th Avenue is now complete — in time for its 100th birthday celebration. The three-year, $50 million project was managed by NY Public Library’s Capital Planning and Construction Office and Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates. The firm performed a survey that revealed more than 7,000 instances of severe deterioration and soiling to the 150,000-square-foot, Carrère and Hastings-designed building, particularly in areas such as the Corinthian column capitals, lion head keystones and scroll modillions, roof damage, and severe oxidization of the bronze doors and window casings. Cracking and surface loss, among other problems, was found on the sculptures, including the six colossal figures by Paul Wayland Bartlett over the columns, and the two fountains by sculptor Frederick MacMonnies. The project included cleaning of the Vermont marble on the façade and the restoration of the roof, sculptures, and bronze doors and window frames. The library’s iconic lions, Patience and Fortitude, which were restored in 2004, received a cleaning, as well.



Brown Builds for Interdisciplinary Arts

Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Brown University.

Iwan Baan

Brown University in Providence, RI, is set to open the Diller Scofidio + Renfro-designed Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts. The 38,815-square-foot, three-story building is an interdisciplinary arts center designed to foster innovation, research, collaboration, creativity, and education among the arts, humanities, and sciences, and will be a focal point of the university’s campus. The $40-million center contains large floor plates, high ceilings, and long structural spans creating great flexibility for a collaborative environment. The design strategy includes three stacked floor slabs that are cut in half and shift vertically. This creates six half-levels divided by a shear glass wall. The misalignment connects each studio to one above and below while maintaining light, sound, and visual control. An internal stair connects all levels and doubles as the social hub of the building.

The split-level strategy is also realized at ground level. The landscape at the entry is split in two — one half is tilted up to form the lobby and public gallery, and the other is tipped down into an outdoor amphitheater that flows into a recital hall. The transparent west façade is open to the public, and the surrounding zinc skin is pleated at the sides to selectively bring in light and views. The building features a 218-seat auditorium and screening facility that will serve as a performance venue and lecture hall, production studios, physical media lab, and gallery.


Hyper-Nature Will Improve Highway in Colorado

West Vail Pass.

Courtesy HNTB with Michael Van Valkenburgh & Associates

A proposal for a bridge made of foliage-covered, lightweight, pre-cast concrete panels, by Brooklyn-based landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh & Associates (MVVA) in collaboration with the national construction firm HNTB, has won the first ARC International Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Design Competition. The site of the competition is West Vail Pass on I-70 in Colorado, an east-west interstate that bisects a critical wildlife linkage and, thus, is the location of numerous animal/vehicle collisions. Dubbed hyper-nature — a landscape of optimal ecological function at the point of scalar compression — the HNTB+MVVA plan includes a single span across the highway with no center pier. The structure is large enough to accommodate wildlife movement and a diversity of habitats on top of and under the bridge, which can be built without closing the highway in both directions.

The design was unanimously chosen by a jury of experts in landscape architecture, engineering, transportation, and ecology. NY-based Balmori Associates with StudioMDA, was a finalist, along with teams lead by The Olin Studio (Philadelphia), Janet Rosenberg & Associates (Toronto), Zwarts & Jansma Architects (Amsterdam). ARC is a nonprofit consortium of transportation, wildlife, and forestry organizations that was formed to ensure the safe mobility of humans and wildlife through innovative architecture and engineering.

In this issue:
· Grassroots 2011 — Capitol Hill Recap
· eCalendar


Grassroots 2011 — Capitol Hill Recap
By Jay Bond, AIANY Policy Director

The AIANY delegation met with Aixa Aleman Diaz, MPP, of Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez’s office. Joining them were AIA Queens President Michael Cosentino, AIA, AIA Brooklyn President Sebastian M. D’Alessandro, RA, AIA, AIA Queens Secretary Joseph Sultana, AIA Pamela Weston Associate Architect, Government Affairs Representatives from AIA Brooklyn, and AIA Regional Director Susan Chin, FAIA.

Laura Trimble

AIANY joined with our colleagues from across the nation at the 2011 Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference in Washington, DC. We convened for three days to empower our collective voice, speak with members of Congress, and share our vision of what America can be — through design.

We were all motivated by past successes from working with members of Congress, including the passage of the Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) in the federal sector, Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Tax Deduction, Community Revitalization Tax Credit, and the inclusion of architectural services in the JOBS Act. This year, our delegation had scheduled meetings with the offices of Congresswoman Nydia M. Velazquez, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, and Congressman Jerrold Nadler. AIANY President Margaret O’Donoghue Castillo, AIA, LEED AP, also met with the offices of Senator Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. At each meeting, we carried a message to our legislators: architects are problem solvers, and we want to work closely with them to solve our nation’s challenges. As designers of the built environment and as advocates for policies that help create stronger, healthier, and more sustainable communities, architects are committed to serving the public. The work architects provide to our industry accounts for one in nine dollars of U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

The Plan for Rebuilding Main Street
While many Americans are suffering in the current economic climate, architects and others in the design and construction industry have been particularly affected by this downturn. Since 2007, the number of workers in the architectural industry has dropped 18%. The hardest hit firms are small businesses: nearly 95% of architecture firms employ 50 or fewer people. With the 112th Congress focusing on improving the economy, we offered the AIA’s Plan for Rebuilding Main Street and asked our elected representatives for their support. The plan calls for action on four items to grow the economy and put architects to work, including: unfreezing credit to create jobs; removing regulatory burdens that hold small business back; jumpstarting the market for building retrofits as an engine of economic growth; and passing a transportation bill that gets communities moving again. Read more about these agenda items here: http://www.aia.org/advocacy/federal/index.htm.

Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act
Prior to starting our scheduled meetings, we received word that the Senate passed one of our agenda items, the Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act. Currently, businesses only have to send a Form 1099 to freelancers, contractors, or any consultants not receiving a regular wage or salary. However, beginning in 2012, this requirement would be expanded to include any corporation, vendor, contractor, or service provider that provides goods or services worth $600 or more. Essentially, businesses will have to get the tax identification number or Social Security Number of virtually every company and individual it does business with over the course of the year or face penalties. Without passage of this bill in the House of Representatives in the days and weeks to come, these new reporting requirements will go into effect. With our colleagues from around the country we will continue to push for passage in the House, insuring that architects don’t face overly harsh regulatory burdens in the coming years.

Fit Nation DC
We also shared information with our members of Congress on the first in a series of Fit Nation meetings held in Washington, DC, to discuss the design of communities, streets, and buildings and how it impacts health — particularly obesity. The conference brought together speakers from NYC who helped develop the Active Design Guidelines, as well as officials and Chapter leaders from Washington, DC. These nationwide conferences will continue to provide venues for sharing the interagency work that made our Fit City conferences so successful.

Solar Decathlon Update
In the last issue of e-Oculus, Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, wrote of her concern that the 2011 Solar Decathlon had been unexpectedly moved from the National Mall (See “Editor’s Soapbox: U.S. Department of Energy Sends Crushing Message to Architecture Students,” e-Oculus, 01.25.11). She was not the only one with concerns. AIANY President Castillo, and Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, wrote a letter to Secretaries Salazar and Chu on behalf of the Chapter urging them to reconsider the move. Meanwhile, 12 Senators, including NY Senator Gillibrand, have also written to Salazar and Chu asking for them to reevaluate the decision.

Although our agenda was positively received, our legislators cautioned that this budget cycle may be one of the most difficult in recent history. Cautioning us that it will be difficult to find new money in this economy, they also understood how important it is for the government to make smart investments in infrastructure while reducing regulatory burdens on business — especially now, as we try to grow the economy.


eCALENDAR
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

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

Building Connections 2010

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On view November 4, 2010 – March 12, 2011

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

LogoOnColor

On View November 11, 2010 – March 26, 2011

M.S. 447 Students Become Urban Planners for the Day

Event: StudentDay@theCenter — Urban Design Studio
Location: Center for Architecture, 02.03.11
Educator: Heather Zusman

Students present their urban neighborhoods, addressing needs of various inhabitants.

Catherine Teegarden

Sixth-graders attending the Math and Science Exploratory School (M.S. 447) took their “exploration” to the Center for Architecture for a StudentDay@theCenter Urban Design Studio, a program that was tailor-made to fit their semester’s theme, “Sustainable New York.” Influenced by Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC 2030, the theme brought students to the Queens Museum of Art to visit the Panorama of NYC and to the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. These field trips helped them garner the skills necessary to complete their final project: a blueprint envisioning sustainable, mixed-use development for Public Place, a six-acre brownfield and former gas plant on the Gowanus Canal.

In the Urban Design Studio, students became urban planners for the day by designing a city block within an imaginary NYC neighborhood, keeping in mind the importance of compatibility, accessibility, light and air, and the needs and desires of its residents. Each student group was assigned a particular user group — families, workers (commuters), business owners, and the elderly — and was responsible for the plan and design of a neighborhood that would benefit that group. Once the students determined the features and buildings to include in their neighborhood, along with its general layout and scale, they got to work. Conceptualizing what their prospective users would need, students developed plans that featured subway stops adjacent to their local factory to benefit workers’ commuting time; libraries, parks, and malls for families; and a nursing home and hospital complex for the elderly constituency. After placing their neighborhood section within a standard city block, students justified how and why their design arrangement best suited their community’s needs. The Urban Design Studio experience will ultimately serve as a skill set for M.S. 447, which will become instrumental when students are designing and developing their vision for Public Place at the end of the semester.

The Center for Architecture Foundation offers Student Days throughout the year to K-12 school groups. Programs are adapted to meet the abilities of different age groups. For more information, and to learn about ways to get involved, visit www.cfafoundation.org or contact Catherine Teegarden at cteegarden@cfafoundation.org.

iPhone to Architects: “Can You Hear Me Now?”

As Verizon is poised to deliver iPhones to its customers this week, I have been researching what my potential new phone will do for me in business, in the field, and all else architecture-related. I know I may be slightly behind the times (in good company with my fellow Verizon devotees), but it turns out there are many apps made for iPhones and iPads that have the potential to change the profession quite significantly. There are drawing tools, from Google SketchUp to iRhino 3D, various calculators and estimating tools, apps to track LEED credits, and there is even an app called goBIM that allows users to view BIM models. All of this is in addition to the typical web browsing capabilities (soon, you will be able to peruse the pages of OCULUS magazine when it launches a web version!). There is a great blog post on Software Advice that breaks down many of the relevant architecture and construction-related apps.

Although the apps are not revolutionary in themselves, what is groundbreaking is the transportability of the device. It opens many opportunities at meetings, where one could sketch design revisions or show the firm website with representative work, as well as on job sites, where one can work out discrepancies with contractors instantly and have a digital record to distribute to the team. I have seen some architecture and engineering firms using iPhones and iPads in this way already; but I think more and more the profession will pick up on the trend and realize its potential.

The 2011 Jury of Fellows from the AIA elevated 104 members to the College of Fellows, including NYC-based Stanley T. Allen, FAIA; Audrey A. Matlock, FAIA; Henry Myerberg, FAIA; Michael A. Nieminen, FAIA; Thomas Phifer, FAIA; Burton L. Roslyn, FAIA; and David Miles Ziskind, FAIAKristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA, became a 2011 AIA Honorary Member…

2011 AIANYS officers and directors include David Businelli, AIA, President; F. Eric Goshow, AIA, Vice President/Government Advocacy; Susan Chin, FAIA, AIA Regional Director; and Directors Frank LoPresto, AIA, Brooklyn; Jonathan Marvel, AIA, Margery Perlmutter, AIA, and Claire Weisz, AIA, New York; Michael Cosentino, AIA, Queens; and Timothy Boyland, AIA, Staten Island… Venesa Alicea, AIA, will serve as National Associates Committee Regional Associate Director-NY, and Terrence O’Neal, AIA, was recognized for his years of service to the board…

Paul W. Welch, Jr., Hon. AIA, received a Distinguished Service Award from the AIA Council of Architectural Component Executives, an annual award given to a member of the AIA National staff, decided by a jury of Component Staff members, for his impact as interim EVP/CEO. In the proclimation, presented by Ray Rhinehart, Hon. AIA, senior director of special projects at AIA National, this description followed:
Who for over three decades
Has served with distinction
the aia component family in a broad array
Of roles and responsibilities.
No one has been more passionate or patient
Than he in nurturing a spirit of collaboration,
A commitment that models a quality of leadership
Which recognizes that although each of us
Has different gifts and temperaments,
Like crayons, we all come out of the same box.

Michael Van Valkenburgh
will be awarded the 23rd Brendan Gill Prize by the Municipal Art Society for his design of Brooklyn Bridge Park…

Parsons The New School for Design has launched the country’s first Bachelor of Science in Urban Design and is developing new Master of Arts and Master of Science programs…

John P. Reed, AIA, has joined Cannon Design as a Design Principal…

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: kristen@ArchNewsNow.com.

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

Summer: AIANY Design Awards 2011
[Closed]

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: kristen@ArchNewsNow.com.

02.10.11 Call for Nominations: AIA College of Fellows

02.11.11 Call for Committee Participants (DEADLINE EXTENSION): NYC Department of Buildings Code Committee (pdf)

02.20.11 Call for Entries: Architizer’s Competition Competition 2011

02.25.11 Call for Nominations: Jane Jacobs Medal

03.03.11 Call for Nominations: Building Brooklyn Awards

03.15.11 Call for Entries: 2011 Burnham Prize: McCormick Place REDUX

03.18.11 Call for Comments: Sustainable Performance Institute: Green Firm Certification

03.31.11 Call for Entries: EPA Stormwater Rulemaking

04.11.11 Call for Entries: DawnTown: Floating Stage for Miami Marine Stadium

05.15.11 Call for Entries: 8th International Emirates Glass LEAF Awards

05.31.11 Call for Entries: Leicester B. Holland Prize 2011: A Single-Sheet Measured Drawing Competition

02.02.11: AIANY and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, with the NYC Department of Planning, the NYC Department of Design and Construction, and the AIA Washington DC Chapter with support from the American Institute of Architects National and the American Architectural Foundation, organized “Fit Nation DC: Promoting Healthy Communities Through Design” at the John A. Wilson Building in Washington, DC.

AIANY President Margaret Castillo, AIA, LEED AP, DC Councilmember Tommy Wells, MSW, and NYC Department of Design and Construction Commissioner David Burney, FAIA.

Laura Trimble

02.03.11: The AIA New York Chapter sent a delegation to Capitol Hill to lobby legislators as part of AIA National’s Grassroots Leadership Conference.

(back row): AIANY Partnership Programs Coordinator Laura Trimble; AIANY Active Design Guidelines National Training Manager Kate Rube; AIANY Policy Director Jay Bond; AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA; (middle row): Regional Associate Director Venesa Alicea, AIA, LEED AP; AIANY Vice President for Design Excellence Mary Burke, AIA, IIDA; AIA Regional Director Susan Chin, FAIA; AIANY Associate Director Mark Behm, Assoc. AIA, LEED; (front row) AIANY First Vice President Joe Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP; and AIANY President Margaret Castillo, AIA, LEED AP.

Courtesy AIANY

02.04.11: The American Architecture Foundation’s Accent on Architecture gala at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. brought together four hundred from the design profession.

AIANY First Vice President Joe Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP, AIANY President Margaret Castillo, AIA, LEED AP, and AIA National President Clark Manus, FAIA.

Photo credit goes here.

Chicago Architecture Foundation CEO Lynn Osmond and AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, during the awards ceremony.

Laura Trimble

01.28-29.11: The Center for Architecture and MUSE Film and Television hosted “Architecture on Screen,” two days of films from the 2010 FIFA festival.

Nadine Covert, New York Delegate for the FIFA Film Festival, Jerrilynn Dodds, PhD, and AIANY Board member Mary Burke, AIA, IIDAat the 01.28.11 screening.

Emily Nemens

01.27.11: Metropolis magazine’s 30th Anniversary fete at Snøhetta’s office in the Cunard Building.

(l-r): Metropolis Editorial Director Paul Makovsky; AIANY Communications Director Emily Nemens; Sara Romanoski, Educational Program Coordinator for the Historic Districts Council; and AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA.

Kristen Richards