(L-R): Communicity; Green House; Personal Shelter

(L-R): Carin Queener; Jasmine Nadal-Chung; Jennifer Smith

The Center for Architecture Foundation (CFAF) welcomed two groups of students to the Center’s computer lab to learn the ins and outs of Google SketchUp. The afternoon class was for fifth- and sixth-graders who learned fundamental concepts in architectural design along with new computer skills. The evening group was for adults with a range of backgrounds, from professional architects to art teachers.

Once introduced to the basic tools in SketchUp by CFAF instructor Carol Gretter, both groups designed personal shelters. Adult participants found the project-based approach particularly helpful as they could practice their new skills in a real-life situation. Both groups also created short animations to walk viewers through their projects, which the kids shared with their parents at the last class.

The Foundation is offering two new SketchUp classes beginning in January. For adults, the eight-week Digital Design with Google SketchUp for Adults class runs Tuesdays, 6-7:30 pm, starting 01.10.12. Full participation in the class also earns 12 AIA CES Learning Units in Health, Safety, and Welfare.

Digital Design: From Books to Buildings will teach 5th-9th graders how to use SketchUp as they create a 3-D digital design for a building or place from a favorite book. Classes meet Tuesdays, 4-5:45 pm, beginning 01.03.12. For more information about either program or to register, click the links above or visit the CFAF website at

As Carbon Dioxide Emissions Rise, Architects Feel the Weight

The New York Times reported on Sunday that global carbon dioxide emissions took a turn for worse during 2010, rising 5.9% — the largest jump on record (See “Carbon Emissions Show Biggest Jump Ever Recorded,” by Justin Gillis, New York Times, 12.04.11). The article cited that, although the U.S. experienced a drop in emissions in 2009, at the height of the recession, they rose just over 4% during 2010, pumping 1.5 billion tons of carbon into the atmosphere last year. To say the least, after so much success in 2009, it is disappointing that we seem to be reversing course.

It is appropriate that this article was published while the President’s Theme Exhibition, “Buildings=Energy,” is on view at the Center for Architecture. The lecture series associated with the exhibition has covered different ways that architects can affect change when it comes to carbon emissions (See “The Big Apple Builds Greener by Retrofitting,” by Carl Yost; “Buildings Perform in Multiple Senses,” by Bill Millard, and “Universities Take on Sustainability Challenge,” by Linda G. Miller, all in this issue). The last of the series, Homes = Energy: What You Can Do as a Renter, will take place 01.12.12.

Now that we are supposedly coming out of the recession, architects and designers have the distinct responsibility to be proactive about sustainable practices. It is not just about tightening purse strings and finding the most creative solutions to spend less. We cannot get lazy if the focus of projects shifts elsewhere. At the end of the day, the architecture community should feel the strong blow made by the above statistics.

Building Design + Construction magazine’s Reconstruction Bronze Award winners include The Juilliard School by Diller Scofidio + Renfro with FXFOWLE, and the B. Thomas Golisano Hope Lodge, Hospitality House by Bergmann Associates

Five teams have advanced to the final phase of the selection process for the redesign of Chicago’s Navy Pier public spaces, including: AECOM (with BIG, Lead Pencil Studio, Project Projects, Speirs + Major, WET Design, Davis Langdon, Christy Webber, Tivoli International, and Eden Project); Aedas Architects (with Martha Schwartz Partners, Halcrow Yolles, Solomon Cordwell Buenz, Marshall Brown Projects, Pentagram, Fisher Marantz Stone, Suzanne Randolph Fine Arts, Davis Brody Bond, Atelier Dreiseitl GMBH, Dan Euser, Ned Kahn Studios, Hoerr Schaudt, Action Sport Development, Marks Barfield Architects, Lou Raizin, and Gregory Hummel); James Corner Field Operations (with Terry Guen Design Associates, nARCHITECTS, Bruce Mau Design, Leo Villareal, L’Observatoire International, Ed Marszewski, Fluidity Design Consultants, Patrick Blanc, John Greenlee & Associates, Chris Wangro, Billings Jackson, Buro Happold, Primera, HR&A Advisors, and ETM Associates); and !melk (with HOK, UrbanLab, Terry Guen Design Associates, Thirst, Zoe Ryan, Conservation Design Forum, HR&A Advisors, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Sam Schwartz Engineering, Leni Schwendinger LIGHT projects, CMS Fountain Consultants, and Karin Bacon Enterprises)…

ACE Mentor Program of America is one of eight recipients of the 2010 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring… Winners of the 2011 Middle East Architect Awards include FXFOWLE, as Boutique Architecture Firm of the Year…

The Boston Society of Architects announced that Renée Loth will take over as the editor of Architecture Boston, starting officially in January 2012. The magazine’s founding editor, Elizabeth Padjen, FAIA, has stepped down after 14 years in the position…

Ada Tolla, Intl. Assoc. AIA, Giuseppe Lignano, Intl. Assoc. AIA, and Mabel O. Wilson are among the United States Artists’ 2011 USA Fellows in the Architecture & Design category…

Walters-Storyk Design Group named three new partners, Nancy Flannery, Romina Larregina, and Joshua Morris, Assoc. AIA… Stephan Dallendoerfer, RIBA, SAR, LEED AP, was promoted to Associate Principal at FXFOWLE…

12.15.11 Call for Entries: ArchNewsNow / MOO Competition: If you could hand your business card to one person in the world, who would it be?

12.16.11 Request for Qualifications: Leipzig Monument to Freedom and Unity (the Peaceful Revolution of 1989)

01.09.12 Call for Submissions: CLOG –Data Space

01.13.12 Open Call for Submissions: City of Mirage: Baghdad, 1952-1982, from Wright to Venturi

01.13.12 Call for Entries: Third Annual Emerging Professionals Exhibition

01.15.12 Call for Entries: AIANY New Practices New York 2012

01.16.12 Call for Entries: AIANY ENYA The Harlem Edge | Cultivating Connections

01.16.12 Call for Entries: SEED Awards for Excellence in Public Interest Design

01.21.12 Call for Entries: NYC AIDS Memorial Park Design Competition

01.23.12 Call for Submissions: 2012 AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Project Awards

02.03.12 Call for Submissions: AIA Small Project Practitioners

02.03.12 Call for Entries: AIANY Annual Design Awards 2012

02.03.12 Call for Entries: ASLA 2012 Professional & Student Awards

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

02.27.12 Call for Submissions: Urban Intervention: The Howard S. Wright Design Ideas Competition for Public Space

03.01.12 Call for Entries: National Endowment for the Arts 2012 Our Town Grants



AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, takes the podium at the Urban Umbrella prototype unveiling press conference. From l to r: Mayor Bloomberg; Rick Bell, FAIA; Richard Anderson, President, New York Building Congress; Department of Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri; and Elizabeth H. Berger, President, Downtown Alliance.

Samantha Modell


Rick Bell, FAIA (l), joined (from l to r) City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden; Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri; City Council Member Margaret Chin; Mayor Bloomberg; designers Andrés Cortés, R.A., Sarrah Khan, P.E., and Young-Hwan Choi; and Richard Wagman, Managing Partner, Madison Capital, and others at the Urban Umbrella unveiling outside 100 Broadway


12.06.11: The Center for Architecture hosted the 2012 AIANY Board Inaugural. Click here to read excerpts from speeches by Margaret O’Donoghue Castillo, AIA, LEED AP, 2011 AIANY President, and Joseph J. Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP, 2012 AIANY President.


Castillo passed the gavel to Aliotta.

Nicole Friedman


Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY Executive Director, gave Castillo a special gift as a token of the Chapter’s appreciation for her year of service as AIANY President.

Nicole Friedman


Lauren Schmidt, AIA, LEED AP, was presented with the second annual ENYA Merit Award.

Nicole Friedman

12.02.11: A staged reading of the play Glass House, written by Bob Morris and directed by Hal Brooks, was presented at the Center for Architecture.


Actors who presented the staged reading (l-r): Stage Manager Laura Trimble, AIANY Partnership Programs Coordinator (seated); Fajer Al-Kaisi as “Anthony;” Rachel Feldman as “Abby;” Kim Howard as “Jane;” Joe Pallister as “Tad.”.

Nicole Friedman


One of the bikes to be provided by the NYC Bike Share program, set to launch next year, is on display in the Helfand Gallery in anticipation of this week’s DOT Bike Share Open House, to take place Thursday, 12.08.11. The open house was organized by the NYC Department of Transportation in cooperation with the Center for Architecture, Manhattan Community Board 2, the Village Alliance, and Councilmember Margaret Chin.

Nicole Friedman

11.17.11: ASLA-NY President’s Dinner took place at Tribeca Three Sixty


(L-R): NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe; Eric Goshow, AIA, LEED AP, Goshow Architects; Susanna Drake, ASLA, AIA, dlandstudio; and 2011 AIANY President Margaret Castillo, AIA, LEED AP.

Kristen Richards

12.01.11: The AIANY Women in Architecture Committee hosted a holiday party at the GE Monogram Design Center.


At the event, the committee honored all of the women who became licensed within the last year. Shown here are 12 recently licensed members.

Lori Apfel Cardeli

10.20.11: Brick NY 2011 Awards, sponsored by the Brick Industry Association New York/New Jersey Brick Distributor Council and the Associated Brick Mason Contractors of Greater New York.


(L-R): Rosemarie Islieb, AECOM, for A Condominiums, Jersey City, NJ (Islieb is now with Superstructures); Mark Thaler, Gensler, for St. John’s University D’Angelo Center for Student Life, Queens, NY; Awards Emcee Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA, Editor, OCULUS; Karl Smith, Ammann & Whitney, for Beach Channel High School, Rockaway Park, NY; and Leonard Rampulla, AIA, Leonard Rampulla Associates, for Staten Island Private Residence. Winners, but not pictured: Populous for Citi Field, Flushing, NY; NY City School Construction Authority In-House Design Studio for Public School 184, Flushing, NY; and Perkins Eastman for Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, NY. Also honored: Trump Organization (Developer/Private Sector); William C. Thompson, Jr., Chairman, Battery Park City Authority (Government/Public Sector Work); Jeremiah Sullivan, Jr., President, Bricklayers Local Union No. 1 (Dedication to the Industry); and Saverio Morelli, Former President, Morelli Masons (Lifetime Achievement Award).

Courtesy of Brick Industry Association New York/New Jersey Brick Distributor Council

The New York Observer featured an article on how AIANY has affected change in NYC. Click here to read “Big Architecture: AIA New York Has Shaped the City, But Can it Reshape City Hall?,” by Matt Chaban.


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