Aalto Houses Strike a Pleasing Tenor

Event: Alvar Aalto Houses: From Doorstep to Living Room, a Lecture by Professor Sirkkaliisa Jetsonen
Location: Center for Architecture, 04.15.11
Speaker: Sirkkaliisa Jetsonen — Architect & Author
Organizer: Center for Architecture; Finnish Cultural Institute in New York
Sponsors: Consulate General of Finland in New York; Princeton Architectural Press; Finnish Cultural Institute in New York

From Alvar Aalto Houses, by Jari Jetsonen & Sirkkaliisa Jetsonen (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011).

For Alvar Aalto, the entrance to a house lies far before the front door. The Modernist master once wrote that “our doorstep is where we step out of the street or road into the garden.” This belief in the fundamental connection between a house and landscape resulted in some extraordinary residential designs, as architect and author Sirkkaliisa Jetsonen discussed in a talk commemorating the release of her new book, Alvar Aalto Houses (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011).

Aalto’s love of nature had its roots in his childhood spent in the small Finnish town Jyväskylä and in the countryside, she explained. Along with his affinity for the landscape, an interest in vernacular architecture, Classicism, and Modernism all infused his design thinking, and he came up with his own brand of Modernism. Rather than prizing a pristine white aesthetic, he often imbued his designs with a sense of warmth using wood and other natural materials, and the forms of his volumes frequently echoed the topography of the site.

In the Villa Mairea, built in the late 1930s in Noormarkku, Finland, “The image of the forest is everywhere,” Jetsonen said. Wooden poles in a canopy echo the vertical rhythm of the nearby trees, as do a proliferation of poles surrounding a staircase. Two decades later came the Maison Carré near Paris, a house with a long, sloping roof that gestures toward the gentle incline of the hill beneath the house: “We have this kind of imaginative continuation of the line of the roof descending down the slope,” Jetsonen said. Created around the same time, the site manager’s house for the Enso-Gutzeit Company in Summa, Finland, has a stepped ceiling in the living room that playfully celebrates the curve of the landscape.

Beginning in the late 1930s, Aalto also designed a series of standardized houses. These more modest residences are often overlooked, yet they are interesting as well, as efforts to make Modernist houses affordable for ordinary people. His standardized houses for ex-servicemen in Tampere are small, but he created a rich range of possible varieties in the design, through features such as terraces, nooks, raking columns, and carved wooden details. He once remarked that “the purpose of architectural standardization is… not to produce types but instead to create variety and richness which could, in the ideal case, be compared with nature’s unlimited capacity to produce variation.”

In this issue:
· School to Link Public to Education
· Burble Bup Wattles on Governors Island this Summer
· MTA Follows Sustainable Guidelines for Harlem Bus Depot
· Contemporary Italian Interiors, Cuisine Are Ingredients for Caffe
· Children’s Village Is Space for Recreation, Social Interaction


School to Link Public to Education

Intermediate and High School in Hunter’s Point South, Queens.

FXFOWLE Architects

FXFOWLE Architects has begun construction on a combined intermediate and high school for the New York School Construction Authority, located within the Hunter’s Point South Development in Queens. Conceived as an anchor and activator for the new community, the school is organized vertically around public spaces. A translucent gymnasium forms a two-story base; an internally connecting auditorium creates a stepped forum between the two schools; and a viewing terrace connects the dining spaces. The building is rendered as a solid mass with vertical fissures that bring light into the corridors and stairs. As part of the Percent for Art program, artist Spencer Finch will create a permanent installation on the terrace.


Burble Bup Wattles on Governors Island this Summer

Burble Bup.

Bittertang

FIGMENT participatory arts event, the AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA), and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) announced that their competition jury has selected Bittertang’s “Burble Bup” as the winner of the second annual City of Dreams Pavilion Competition. The structure will be assembled on Governors Island and open to the public 05.27-09.16.11. The sustainable pavilion is constructed in two parts. The dome is made from individual, custom-designed inflatables (bups). The base is made with fabric tubes stuffed with bark and soil (wattles) that are designed to emerge out of the ground. These tubular soil berms form landscaped benches for relaxing and also create a visual and acoustic barrier for lectures and performances to take place inside. In addition, an exhibition entitled “Building Burble Bup,” on view at the Center for Architecture 07.18-09.16.11, will illustrate the jury and design process, display the five finalist entries (out of 80 submissions), and show how the design team, consultants, and the group of volunteers from FIGMENT, ENYA, and SEAoNY constructed the final project.


MTA Follows Sustainable Guidelines for Harlem Bus Depot

Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot.

STV

The site of a former trolley barn in Central Harlem is being transformed into a new 400,000-square-foot Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot that will provide indoor storage for 150 buses. STV is providing architectural and engineering design services, including BIM, for the $225 million design-build project for the MTA. The three-story facility will house diesel-fuel buses and include an interior area for bus queuing, a service area for bus fueling and revenue extraction, a bus washing area, and a maintenance area, in addition to an administrative wing and employee services. Sustainable features include a green roof and a rainwater collection system for depot operations such as bus washing. NYC Transit worked with residents during the early phases of the project, which included holding a community design charrette, to discuss the impact the new depot will have on the neighborhood and to hear recommended mitigation strategies. Silverite Construction is on the team and the depot is expected to be complete in 2013.



Contemporary Italian Interiors, Cuisine Are Ingredients for Caffe

Scali Caffe.

Photos by Norman McGrath

Architect Leslie Armstrong recently transformed what was the home of New York Hot Dog and Coffee into the new Scali Caffe. Located in the West Village, the design scheme of the two-level, 1,700-square-foot restaurant had to contend with not only the limitations of a narrow space, but also with a sloping floor resulting in a seven-foot clearance toward the rear of the building. The restaurant features an angled skylight; industrial light fixtures; mirrors to give the sense of expanded volume; red quartz counters; a multicolored glass paneled bar; and walls lined with metallic laminate and red tubing. Reproductions of artworks by Curtis Ripley adorn the walls, as well.


Children’s Village Is Space for Recreation, Social Interaction

The Children’s Village.

Peter Gisolfi Associates

Peter Gisolfi Associates has designed the expansion and transformation of a 1950s, 31,000-square-foot building for The Children’s Village, a residential school in Dobbs Ferry, NY. The facility features recreation and social interaction, providing students with spaces for athletics and areas for students to be active members of the community. What formerly housed a dilapidated gymnasium and defunct swimming pool is now the Lanza Activities Center containing a gym, competition pool, fitness center, student commons, café, multipurpose rooms, and a new basketball court. A barbershop and commercial kitchen are teaching spaces for career training. The Children’s Village, supported by New York State, is a school for troubled children who have been removed from dysfunctional environments, and the center was designed to be a place where multiple activities can be observed.

In this issue:
· 2011 AIA Convention Preview
· NYC Holds After-Hours Project Reviews
· NBAU: Networking as Business Development Strategy
· e-Calendar


2011 AIA Convention Preview

AIA

The AIA 2011 National Convention and Design Exposition is just around the corner, 05.12-14.11, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. The theme of the conference is “Regional Design Revolution: Ecology Matters.”

Here is a list of events that may be of interest to AIANY members:

Wed 05.11.11

WE103, 8:00am-12:00pm. Business Development Today: Using Modern Tools to Get More Work!
Speakers: Michael Ayles, AlA, NCARB, Carolyn Bligh, David Koren, Assoc. AIA

WE104, 8:00am-12:00pm. Health & Design = Active Living and Sustainable Urbanism.
Speakers: Fredric Bell, FAIA, Skye Duncan, Sarah Gluck, Robyne S. Kassen, Assoc. AlA, Karen Lee, Assoc. AlA

Thurs 05.12.11

TH201, 7:00-8:00am. Placemaking on Capitol Hill.
Speakers: Harold L. Adams, FAIA, RIBA, JIA, Alan M. Hantman, FAIA

GS001 Keynote Presentation, 8:15-9:45am. Mega-regions: The World of the Future.
Speaker: Thomas Friedman

TH229, 12:00-3:30pm. Interior Excellence: Learning from the 2011 AlA Interior Architecture Honor Awards.
Speakers: Brian M. Malarkey, AlA, Susan S. Szenasy

TH230, 12:00-3:30pm. Design Salon: Next Generation Green: Sustainable Communities and Infrastructure.
Speakers: Hillary A. Brown, FAIA, LEED AP, James S. Russell, FAIA

EV205, 4:00-5:30pm. Honors & Awards Ceremony.

7:30-10:00pm. AIA New York State Party.

EV224, 8:00-9:30pm. NAC/YAG Emerging Professionals Reception.

Fri 05.13.11

GS002 Keynote Presentation, 8:15-10:00am. To the Urban Revolution: How Cities are Changing the World.
Speaker: Jeb Brugman

FR321, 12:00-3:30pm. AIA Twenty-Five Year Award.
Speakers: Steven K. Alspaugh, AlA, LEED AP, Henry N. Cobb, FAIA

FR322, 12:00-3:30pm. Sustainable Justice: An Evolving System.
Speakers: Frank J. Greene, FAIA, Susan K. Oldroyd, FAIA, Kent W. Peterson, PE, LEED AP, AHSRAE, Beverly Prior, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Kenneth Ricci, FAIA

12:00-4:30pm. WIA/ New Orleans Neighborhood Development Collaborative Volunteer Event.

FR325, 2:00-3:30pm. The CAE Design Awards.
Speakers: Peter C. Lippman, Assoc. AIA, REFP

FR326, 2:00-3:30pm. Integrated Design to Fabrication for Urban Housing Solutions.
Speakers: Phillip G. Bernstein, FAIA, LEED AP, RIBA, David C. Hovey, Jr., AIA, Calvin Kam

FR334, 2:00-3:30pm. IDP Outstanding Firm Awards.
Speakers: Kevin A. Fitzgerald, AIA, PMI

FR349, 4:00-5:30pm. AIA Committee on Design Ideas Competition.
Speakers: Gene Kaufman, AIA, Mike A. Mense, FAIA, Barton C. Phelps, FAIA

FR351, 4:00-5:30pm. Bringing Health and Design Together: Active and Sustainable Urban Living.
Speakers: Fredric Bell, FAIA, Skye Duncan, Robyne S. Kassen, Assoc. AlA

FR353, 4:00-5:30pm. AIA Associates Awards 2011.
Speakers: Kevin A. Fitzgerald, AIA, PMI

EV311, 4:00-6:00pm. Investiture Ceremony.

FR364, 6:00-7:00pm. How to Leverage Social Technologies for a Sustainable Practice.
Speakers: Jennifer Lucente, Anna Lira V. Luis, AIA, RIBA, NCARB, UAP, LEED AP, Megan Morris

6:00-7:00pm Gold Medal Reception.

EV314, 7:00-10:00pm. Host Chapter Party.

Sat 05.14.11

SA402, 7:00-8:00am. BIM BIM for Residential Architecture? A Small Firm Primer.
Speakers: Stuart M. Narofsky, AIA, LEED AP, James A. Walbridge, AIA

SA425, 8:30-10:00am. Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement.
Speakers: David J. Burney, FAIA, Edward A. Feiner, FAIA, Walter Hood, Mike A. Mense, FAIA, Peter Lindsay Schaudt, FASLA, FAAR

SA420, 8:30-10:00am. Focus Your Network of Mentors.
Speakers: Venesa Alicea, AlA, LEED AP BD+C, Lori Apfel Cardeli, Assoc. AlA

SA421, 8:30-10:00am. Determining Your Footprint on the Profession.
Speakers: Kevin A. Fitzgerald, AIA, PMI, Rachel A. Kros, AIA, NCARB, Jenny Pelc, AIA, LEED AP

SA426, 8:30-10:00am. Off the Grid: Small Projects Awards and Discussion of Local Context.
Speakers: James B. Cline, AIA, Leonard S. Kady, AIA, Deborah A. Pierce, AIA

9:30am-2:00pm. Fit Nation New Orleans.

11:00am-1:30pm. NAC Central City Walking Tour.

GS003 Keynote Presentation, 2:00-3:00pm. Transitioning Iconic Urban Centers through Political, Community, and Design Leadership.
Speakers: Mayor Jeremy Harris, Ret., Hon. AIA; Mayor Mitch Landrieu (invited); Mayor Dave Bing (invited); and Jessica Zimbabwe (moderator)

SA440, 3:45-5:15pm. 21st Century Embassies: Secure, Sustainable Civic Architecture.
Speakers: Patrick W. Collins, Jay Hicks, Barbara A. Nadel, FAIA, James H. Timberlake, FAIA, LEED AP

SA443, 3:45-5:15pm. Affordably Green.
Speakers: Elizabeth A. Debs, Kathleen Dorgan, LEED AP, Deane M. Evans, FAIA, LEED AP, Casius Pealer, Esq., LEED AP

SA445, 3:45-5:15pm. Organic Settlements: Housing Typologies for a Billion People.
Speakers: Katherine A. Austin, AIA, Adib Cure, Gene Kaufman, AIA, Tara D. Lamont, AIA, LEED AP


NYC Holds After-Hours Project Reviews
For the month of May, the NYC Department of Buildings and other city agencies will be holding special evening hours with development teams to review projects and offer on-the-spot approvals (see e-mail here). This new city initiative is aimed at streamlining the building review process. AIANY, through its policy board, identified this as an important issue for its members, and has been advocating for an improved review process. Click here for more information on qualifications and how to set up these appointments. AIANY Policy Director Jay Bond is also available to answer any questions and welcomes comments and feedback.


NBAU: Networking as Business Development Strategy

“You have to Network.” “Tap who you know.” “Get out and About.” These are mantras for business development, and they are on everyone’s mind since the downturn in the economy. Architects and marketing staff have been focusing more time and energy on networking. The question is: what does networking really mean? Michael Brathwaite, executive director of BNI Manhattan, recently spoke at the Center for Architecture at April’s Not Business as Usual luncheon. Below is a summary of his main points:

What is a network event? It is everything from a lecture or a professional cocktail party, as well as most conversations. If you are interacting with a friend, family, or colleague make sure they understand what you do and what type of connections you want to make. This will allow them to think of you if an opportunity arises.

What are you trying to achieve with networking?
Networking provides opportunities to present your skills through a referral. As a service professional, you don’t necessarily want to ask everyone you meet for a project; but help them to remember something specific about your skill set and they could be willing to suggest you when they hear of an opportunity. Once you get that foot in the door; it will be up to you to sell your specific services.

What else are you looking for?
A two-way street! As you speak to people listen for ways you might help them. You want others to meet their goals, because when you “work hard for others; they’ll work hard for you.” It stands to reason, that we remember the people who have smoothed the way for us or have helped friends, family, or organizations we support.

How do you know who can do that?
At an event, it often times it means finding the busiest person in the room. You can start a conversation in that instance with an effort to get to know them, ask about the founding of their business or most recent success story. Even before leaving your office you can develop the idea of a “Power Team” — co-workers who may be referral sources for you or vice versa. For architects, that team might include landscape architects, engineers, expeditors, suppliers, manufacturers, or other service professionals including accountants, lawyers, or investment managers.

How do you stand out?
Beyond being helpful, you need to develop your professional story and, in the words of event attendee Alan Marlis, “Mine yourself for something that you are not competing on.” Brathwaite reported on an instance where a personal interest and skill for singing helped to develop rapport with a client and seal the deal. Discovering a shared experience, such as living abroad, also helps to take a conversation to a more personal level and cement the conversation in everyone’s mind.

What is success?
If you leave an event having had a memorable conversation or with an invitation to follow up, well done. Remember that a large stack of cards — with no recollection of who the individuals were, is not much better than a phone book.

While this topic is too large to cover in one sitting, members can further develop these skills through the AIANY Marketing and Public Relations Committee. The upcoming event on 05.23.11, “Firm Identity in the Age of Mergers and Acquisitions,” will look at some particular challenges to telling your business story.


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, open 05.08.11 and 05.15.11, 11:00am-5:00pm
536 LaGuardia Place, Between Bleecker and West 3rd Streets in Greenwich Village, NYC, 212-683-0023

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

Jugaad Urbanism: Resourceful Strategies for Indian Cities

On view February 10 – May 21, 2011

AIANY Design Awards 2011

On view April 14 – June 25, 2011

LBD:NY Students are Building Bridges Toward a Future in Design and Construction

LBD:NY Design Educator Yves Roger (left); Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction students working on their bridge design project.

Tim Hayduk

Students in the design studio class taught by Yves Roger, AIA, at the Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction have been working on bridge designs for the past six weeks. This class of freshmen began their design challenge with an introduction to structural design basics. Students explored the physical forces of tension and compression as they are applied to a series of bridge types: arch, cantilever, truss, suspension, and cable stay bridges. We checked in with students Altius, Eli, Joelth, and Rifah as they were putting the finishing touches on their bridge models.

Tim Hayduk: Clearly you have worked hard on your design. What was your motivation?
Group: We made a bet with another group that we could build a stronger bridge with less material… But really, we wanted to get a good grade.
Eli: The Burj Khalifa — the idea of building something that big or bigger.

TH: What is the most important thing you learned during the process?
Rifah: How different materials hold up the weight of the bridge.
Altius: You can learn from each other’s mistakes.

TH: What was the most challenging part of the project?
Joelth: Building the arm at 130 degrees.

TH: Are you seeking out careers in architecture or engineering?
Altius: I like aerospace engineering. When I was little, I used to draw buildings and skyscrapers.

Witnessing these students working efficiently on their model for the cable stay bridge, one could easily imagine each student achieving their respective goals.

Learning By Design:NY provides school-based K-12 residency programs and professional development workshops to students and teachers. For more information, and to learn about ways to get involved, visit www.cfafoundation.org or contact Tim Hayduk at thayduk@cfafoundation.org.

Van Alen Books Marks New Browse Culture

Last week the Van Alen Institute opened Van Alen Books, a pop-up bookstore on 22nd Street designed by LOT-EK. Taxi cab yellow, the small storefront demands attention on the street, boldly stating that the era of the bookstore is not dead! What is most interesting to me about the space is that it seems to signify a shift in the typology.

Van Alen Books is very small, a step up from a magazine stand. Everything about the space reinforces browsing — it feels like a place to temporarily stop in, rather than linger for prolonged periods of time. A “stair” built from suspended doors provides seating, but it is far from lounge furniture. The bright yellow, while attention grabbing, is jarring if one stays in the store for too long. There is a reading room with additional stock on the sixth floor, so seeking out a place to relax isn’t too difficult, but Van Alen Books is not your typical bookstore where spending hours flipping through books at a leisurely pace is encouraged.

We live in a time of instant gratification and attention deficit disorders, and Van Alen Books reinforces the trend. I am very excited about the bookstore, and I am looking forward to visiting frequently… and fleetingly.

The 2011 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building award winners include Brown University for the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Honor Award); Columbia University for the Northwest Corner Building by Davis Brody Bond Aedas, Rafael Moneo, and Moneo Brock Studio (Merit Award); University of California, San Francisco for the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building by Rafael Viñoly Architects and SmithGroup (Merit Award); and City University of New York, Medgar Evers College for the School of Science, Health and Technology Building by Ennead Architects (Special Citation)…SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture Addition or Renovation winners include Johns Hopkins University for the Gilman Hall Restoration by Kliment Halsband Architects (Honor Award)…

The New York School of Interior Design presents the Green Design Awards in the following categories: Design of Interior Spaces: Perkins+Will; Interior Products: Designtex; Development: The Steel Yard, Clay Rockefeller and Nick Bauta; Business Practice: InterfaceFLOR; and Advocacy: Bill Browning, Terrapin

The 12th annual Residential Architect Design Awards winners include the Finger | Kennedy Apartment by noroof architects (Renovation, Merit Award); One Madison Park by CetraRuddy (Multifamily, Grand Award); and Butler College Dormitories, Princeton University by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects (Campus Housing, Merit Award)…

Cathleen McGuigan, the longtime Newsweek architecture critic and arts editor, has been named Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Record... John Czarnecki, Assoc. AIA, a senior acquisitions editor at John Wiley & Sons, has been named Editor-in-Chief of Contract magazine, effective 05.23.11…

Joseph Audeh, from New York University, won a 2011 BERKELEY PRIZE Architectural Design Fellowship… The winners of the NYC BigApps 2.0 Competition include an Honorable Mention for CultureNOW: A Guidebook

openhousenewyork (OHNY) will honor architect Hugh Hardy, FAIA, artist Red Grooms, and Leslie Koch, president of The Trust for Governors Island, at its annual benefit… William Menking, Editor-in-Chief of The Architect’s Newspaper and professor at Pratt Institute Graduate Center for Planning, has also taken on the newly created position of OHNY Development Consultant…

FXFOWLE Architects annouced the promotions of John A. Schuyler, AIA, LEED AP, to Principal, and Peter Pesce, AIA, to Senior Associate…


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
[Closed]

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.

05.08.11 Call for Entries: By the City / For the City

05.10.11 Call for Entries: Core77 Design Awards

05.20.11 Request for Qualifications: GSA Design Excellence Solicitation for Lead Design Architect — Architect-Engineer Services for New United States Courthouse, Greenville, SC

05.29.11 Call for Papers: ARCHTHEO 2011 / Theory of Architecture Sympoisum: Theory for the Sake of the Theory

07.21.11 Call for Entries: Architectural Record Cocktail Napkin Sketch Contest 2011

11.15.11 Call for Entries: 2011-2012 William Turnbull Design Competition: Drylands Design Open Ideas Competition for Retrofitting the American West

04.25.11: Henry N. Cobb, FAIA, founding partner of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects, presented “The Skyscraper as Citizen” at the Center for Architecture. At the AIA Convention in New Orleans, the John Hancock Tower will receive the Institute’s 2011 Twenty-Five Year Award. To mark the occasion, Cobb discussed the history of the project and its influence on subsequent tall buildings designed by his firm.

Henry N. Cobb, FAIA

Emily Nemens

(L-R): Margaret O’Donoghue Castillo, AIA, LEED AP, 2011 AIANY President; Henry N. Cobb, FAIA; and wife Joan Cobb.

Emily Nemens

04.20.11: Edward Mazria, AIA, architect, author, educator, and founder and CEO of Architecture 2030, presented “Architecture: On the Brink” in Cooper Union’s Great Hall as part of Earth Week, and to launch AIANY’s new educational program on the 2030 Commitment. His presentation illustrated the role of the building sector in both creating and alleviating many of the crises facing America and the world today.

Ilana Juda, Int’l Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C and Pat Sapinsley, AIA, LEED AP, AIANY COTE co-chairs; Peter Arsenault, FAIA, LEED AP; Edward Mazria, AIA; Margaret O’Donoghue Castillo, AIA, LEED AP; and AIA National Immediate Past President George Miller, FAIA.

Michael Toolan

(L-R): Susan Szenasy, editor of Metropolis; Margaret O’Donoghue Castillo, AIA, LEED AP; and Edward Mazria, AIA.

Michael Toolan

04.27.11: The Puerto Rico Now program, as part of a continuing series, focused on contemporary professional practices, government policy, and mass media. Two prominent architects from San Juan presented their perspectives.

(L-R): Sandra Benjamin, AIA, AIANY Women in Architecture Committee (WIA); Warren James, event organizer; Venesa Alicea, AIA, LEED AP, co-chair of the AIANY ENYA Committee and WIA member; Diana Luna, architect and speaker; Laura Cordero de Agrait, AIA, architect and speaker; AIA Puerto Rico President Jaime Sobrino; Yvonne Saveedra Limb, event organizer.

Linda Caycedo

Moderator Warren James with Laura Cordero de Agrait, AIA, and Diana Luna.

Ian Harris

04.21.11: The Van Alen Institute celebrated the opening of Van Alen Books bookstore, designed by LOT-EK.

Ada Tolla, Int’l Assoc. AIA, principal of LOT-EK.

Jessica Sheridan