01.20.12 Call for Entries: James Beard Foundation Award for Restaurant Graphics & Design

02.01.12 Call for Applications: Arnold W. Brunner Grant

02.03.12 Call for Entries: AIANY Annual Design Awards 2012

02.08.12 Call for Entries: 2012 NYASLA Chapter Design Awards

03.15.12 Call for Entries: AIA Medal of Honor Redesign Competition

05.04.12 Call for Entries: Zagreb Society of Architects (ZSA/ DAZ) / City Of Zagreb — Badel Site Redevelopment

01.17.12 AIANY President Joseph J. Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP, and Center for Architecture Foundation President Michael Strauss at the BREAKTHROUGH party, celebrating the joining of the original Center for Architecture at 536 LaGuardia Place with the adjacent storefront at 532, as the newly expanded Center for Architecture.

Nicole Friedman

01.12.12: AIA New York State held a reception for the 2011 Honor Awards recipients at the Desmond Hotel in Albany.


George Miller, FAIA, who won the James William Kideney Gold Medal Award, and Susan Chin, FAIA, who received a Matthew W. Del Gaudio Service Award.

Rick Bell, FAIA


Principal Jonathan Marvel, AIA, LEED AP (right), accepted the Firm Award for Rogers Marvel Architects from David Businelli, RA, AIA, AIANYS Immediate Past President.

Courtesy AIA New York State


Bussinelli (left) presented Alfreda Radzicki, AIA, with the President’s Award.

Courtesy AIA New York State


Brooklyn Bridge Park was co-nominated (a first!) by AIA Brooklyn and AIANY for the Community Development Award. (L-R): Bussinelli; Sebastian D’Alessandro, AIA, President of AIA Brooklyn; and Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY Executive Director.

Courtesy AIA New York State


01.11.12: “Two Wheel Transit: NYC Bike Share” exhibition opening (l-r): AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA; NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan; and Alison Cohen, President, Alta Bicycle Share.

Kristen Richards


01.09.12: Oculus Book Talk (l-r): David Grahame Shane, author of Urban Design Since 1945: A Global Perspective; Oculus Committee Chair Gerard (Guy) F.X. Geier, II, FAIA, FIIDA, LEED AP; and Book Talk co-organizer Miguel Baltierra, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP.

Kristen Richards

12.01.11: Joseph J. Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP, 2012 AIANY President, participated in the inauguration and celebration of the new officers for the Society of Design Administration New York Chapter last month.


(L-R): Ralph de Faria, Cooper Robertson; Maria Iacovone, ads Engineers; Arnhild Buckhurst, Lower East Side Tenement Museum; Pat Leyden, WSP F+K; Wendy Callahan, Davis Brody Bond; Annie Tan, Assoc. AIA, Cooper Robertson; Mike Jones, Robert Silman Associates; and Joseph J. Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP, 2012 AIANY President.

Raquel Elam


01.04.12 Happy New Year! Welcome to 2012 and “Future Now,” AIANY President Joseph J. Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP’s theme. To help celebrate the future of the Chapter and the Center, I hope you will come to the “Breakthrough” event on Tuesday, 01.17.12, when construction will officially connect 536 LaGuardia to its new space at 532 LaGuardia.

– Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

Note: The digital edition of the Fall 2011 issue of OCULUS magazine, “Interior Motives,” is online now! Click here to read.

OWS POPs to Forefront of Assembly Rights

Event: Freedom of Assembly: Public Space Today
Location: Center for Architecture, 12.17.11
Speakers: Rick Bell, FAIA — AIANY Executive Director; Alexander Cooper, FAIA — Founding Partner, Cooper Robertson & Partners & architect of Zuccotti Park; Arthur Eisenberg — Legal Director, New York Civil Liberties Union; Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove — Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences & Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health; Lisa Keller — Author & Associate Professor of History, School of Humanities, Purchase College & Columbia University; Elizabeth J. Kennedy, ASLA — Principal, Elizabeth Kennedy Landscape Architect; Brad Lander — Council Member, Progressive Caucus; Gregory Smithsimon — Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Brooklyn College; Michael Sorkin — Principal, Michael Sorkin Studios & Distinguished Professor of Architecture, City College of New York
Moderator: Michael Kimmelman — Chief Architecture Critic, The New York Times
Introductory Remarks: Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, ACSA — Distinguished Professor, Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York
Closing Remarks: Ron Shiffman, FAICP — Professor, Pratt Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment
Organizer: Center for Architecture; City College of New York School of Architecture; Pratt Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment


The Occupy Wall Street movement in two of its formations — at its original location in Zuccotti Park, and then in Juan Pablo Duarte Square.

Rick Bell, FAIA

The First Amendment states that people have the right to assemble, said Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, ACSA, distinguished professor at City College’s Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture. Since the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement was removed from the Privately Owned Public (POP) Zuccotti Park, political rights, social health, and constitutional law surrounding assembly rights have come into question. Brown continued: “Privately Owned Public Space is the biggest game changer… and a big oxymoron.”

From an architectural perspective, for Alexander Cooper, FAIA, founding partner at Cooper Robertson & Partners, architect of Zuccotti Park, and recipient of a 2012 AIA Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture, the question begins with what physically draws a group to a park or square to assemble. Outlining commonalities among the places where Occupiers have congregated nationwide — Oakland, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Boston, in addition to NYC — Cooper pointed out that each of these locations is relatively small, ranging from .8 acres in Boston and NYC to 3.6 acres in Los Angeles. All of the sites are convenient to mass transit, close to financial districts and city halls, and are surrounded by tall buildings. They are protected, intimate, and personal. There are many reasons that this formula seems to work, but one key aspect, said Cooper, is related to the media: when a small group comes together, it looks like a large crowd on film.

While panelists agreed that it was a shame that Occupiers were kicked out of Zuccotti Park, they also agreed part of the problem is that they were gathered in a POP space. Arthur Eisenberg, legal director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, said that the right to assemble (and the definition of what that means — including whether or not police searches are valid, tents/sleeping bags are permitted, perimeter barricades can be installed, etc.) should have been written into the agreement between Brookfield Properties and the city when the joint enterprise for the park was established. This is not a common practice for POP spaces, but perhaps this will change in the future. Gregory Smithsimon, assistant professor in the sociology department at Brooklyn College, pointed out that during the recent development boom, POPs were built assuming that they would be used passively and peacefully. Now that the OWS movement has shown that they could be actively used for political protest as well, he asked how will public space change.

“The threat to health is profound and urgent,” said Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove, professor of clinical sociomedical sciences and clinical psychiatry at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She believes that OWS has revealed that we are living in a fractured society. Collective consciousness is important, and public space is fundamental to a city’s welfare. However, according to author Lisa Keller, “Free speech and protest is the U.S.’s NIMBY. We all believe in it, but no one wants it on their street.”

“If people can’t congregate in public, where will they go?” asked Elizabeth J. Kennedy, ASLA, of Elizabeth Kennedy Landscape Architect. Some have suggested using online social media outlets, although panelists agreed that space in the public realm is much more effective. AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, referenced Jane Jacobs’ fight to mandate that cities provide space for everyone. Council Member Brad Lander suggested rethinking libraries. Since space for physical books is becoming obsolete, he thinks we may soon have large spaces that are well suited for civic gathering. Michael Sorkin proclaimed a “Sidewalks of New York Act,” where individuals and communities decide along with the city how their streets and sidewalks are used, whether it’s for protest or commercial activity.

Whatever the future may bring, Smithsimon emphasized the importance of negotiation. With a constant flow of communication between the government and the public, cities will be able to successfully engage in democratic discussion, and ultimately elevate communities, and the country, beyond chaos and insanity.

Note: Freedom of Assembly was streamed live at USTREAM during the event. Also, click the following link to read “AIA Ponders Public Spaces in the Age of Occupy Wall Street,” by Pete Davies, published 12.19.11 in Curbed.

DOT Is Building… NYC Riders Will Come: A Preview of NYC Bike Share

Event: Bike Share Open House
Location: Center for Architecture, 12.08.11
Presenters: Kate Fillin-Yeh — Program Director; John Frost; and Stephanie Levinsky — NYC Department of Transportation
Organizers: NYC Department of Transportation; Center for Architecture; Manhattan Community Board 2; Village Alliance; Council Member Margaret Chin


One of the NYC Bike Share bikes is on display in the Helfand Gallery at the Center for Architecture.

Nicole Friedman

In efforts to expand transportation options, cities are looking to bike-share systems as a potential tipping point in the re-humanization of street space. New York will soon join Barcelona, Paris, London, Washington, and others in providing public-access bikes that don’t ask much from a rider: just a low membership fee, a simple checkout process at a docking station, a turn of a quick-release lever to adjust the saddle height, and you’re on the road.

These systems have great promise — imagine healthy, fossil-fuel-free surface transportation available every few blocks, at negligible cost to riders and, thanks to private support, no cost to taxpayers. But results from the earliest ventures vary enough that it’s proven wise to let other cities act as first movers. Department of Transportation (DOT) officials have studied experiences elsewhere to fine-tune the New York system’s procedures. When NYC Bike Share rolls out its first 10,000 bikes in the summer of 2012, it should be able to attract significant numbers of riders, avoid the Parisian Vélib’ system’s much-publicized problems with vandalism, and extend the booming cycling culture from enthusiasts and early adopters to the population at large. The safety-in-numbers principle implies that Bike Share can amplify the benefits DOT has recently documented in accident reduction.

For people who haven’t bought their own bikes but might rely on the occasional rental to speed up casual trips, increase their range for errands, or take an occasional recreational ride, a bike-sharing system can ease the transition from potential riders to habitual riders. Demonstrations by DOT personnel (most recently at the Center for Architecture) suggest that New York’s system, being developed by Alta Bicycle Share of Portland, OR, will be convenient and resilient. The key to widespread adoption is in the details: sturdy bikes built by Bixi of Montreal, docking stations deployed widely enough for easy access (at least in the first neighborhoods served), and sophisticated yet unobtrusive GPS technology that should cut down sharply on theft and abuse.

Alta personnel weren’t present at the Center’s open house, but DOT staffers gave detailed demonstrations using sample bikes resembling those from Barclays Cycle Hire (“Boris bikes,” after London mayor Boris Johnson, a skeptic-turned-supporter) and Boston’s Hubway. These aren’t racing mounts for Lycra louts; they’re heavy and industrial, built to survive rough streets. They’re three-speed models with front caliper brakes and a rotary shifter, concealing all cables neatly inside the frame; they give the rider a comfortable upright posture with clear viewing angles, Dutch commuter-bike (Stadsfiets) style, rather than a forward-leaning sprinter’s stance conducive to neck strain. A front rack with bungee cords provides a safe place for packages; bells and self-powered LED headlights are standard equipment.

No bike is theft-proof, but these are theft-resistant: the docking mechanism is built into the head tube above the front fork — breaking it makes the bike unrideable — and since their custom parts aren’t interchangeable with modular components or serviceable with standard tools, they’ll have little appeal to chop shops. If an Alta bike goes missing, GPS circuitry inside its frame alerts the system to its location. (Privacy-conscious types, however, can rest assured their movements aren’t being surveilled, said DOT spokesman John Frost: the location system kicks in only after 24 hours, unlike the Carrier IQ silent monitoring software recently discovered in certain cell phones.)

With a yearly pass priced below $100 (cheaper than a one-month unlimited MetroCard) plus shorter-term options for occasional users and visitors, barriers to adoption are minimal. Alta’s docking stations, heavy enough to prevent theft and requiring no sidewalk bolts, can be installed in about 20 minutes or trucked to new locations to accommodate developing traffic patterns. Membership includes vouchers for discounts on helmets at local bike shops. Any rider encountering a mechanical problem can call a service line, open 24/365, for remote pickups. The bikes will have all the convenience of Zipcars — more, actually, since a rider can drop one off at any station instead of needing round-trip returns to the initial checkout point. They’ll even reinforce riding etiquette, notes DOT’s Stephanie Levinsky, displaying “Rules of the Road” near the handlebars, where rookie riders can’t miss them.

The system’s one apparent drawback is that its first phase is limited to areas where demand for short trips is deemed highest: Manhattan below 79th Street and seven northwest Brooklyn neighborhoods, plus satellite stations at locations to be determined. Considering the response to last fall’s open call for site recommendations (see nyc.gov/bikeshare) — so heavy that website designers had to shrink the icon so the city map wouldn’t become a solid mass of blue — it’s likely that interest in other areas will rise swiftly, and DOT will also look to borough officials, City Council, and community boards to guide second-phase expansion. “This is already the biggest launch of any bike-share program in the United States,” according to Levinsky. After Washington, DC, got Capital Bikeshare, she added, “at first a lot of business owners said they don’t want this in front of their store, and now they’re begging for it…. People don’t really realize how useful it is until it’s there.” That recognition will become even more valuable as NYC Bike Share reaches the outer boroughs, where sparser transit options imply an opportunity to get more people out of cars. From some angles, Bike Share may look like the Field of Dreams gamble (“if you build it, they will come”), but DOT and Alta recognize that people will really turn out if you build it well.

Note: The Center for Architecture will be hosting an exhibition on the DOT Bikeshare program. The opening, which will feature a conversation between DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and Alta Bicycle Share’s Alison Cohen, will take place at 6:00pm on 01.11.12.

Bill Millard is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in OCULUS, Icon, Content, The Architect’s Newspaper, and other publications.

AIANY Encourages Members to Serve on Community Boards

Event: Community Board Information Session
Location: Center for Architecture, 12.14.11
Speaker: Jessica Silver — Director of Community Affairs & Constituent Services, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer
Introduction: Margery Perlmutter, AIA, Esq. — AIANY Director for Legislative Affairs
Organizers: AIANY; Manhattan Borough President’s Office

Community boards are charged with representing community interests on crucial issues of development, land use, zoning, and city service delivery. Serving on a community board presents an opportunity for architects, urban designers and planners, landscape architects, and design professionals to shape NYC neighborhoods, improve service delivery, and be at the forefront of sound community-based planning.

AIANY hosted an information session on how to apply, join, and serve on community boards, presented by Jessica Silver, director of community affairs and constituent services for Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer.
01.13.12 is the Manhattan application deadline for 2012 Board positions.
For more information, and to download the application, click here.

In this issue:
· Frick Collection Opens New Portico Gallery
· A New Public School is on the Books for Riverside South
· Visitor and Education Center Looks Back to Past Life in the Lower East Side
· Bronx Psychiatric Center Starts Construction
· New Building Serves as Gateway to Hospital Campus
· Veterans Honored With a Memorial Plaza at Penn State

Frick Collection Opens New Portico Gallery


The Frick Collection.

Davis Brody Bond

The Frick Collection recently opened the 800-square-foot Portico Gallery of Decorative Arts and Sculpture, the first major addition to the museum’s display spaces in nearly 35 years. As designed by Davis Brody Bond, details relate to the vocabulary of the original Beaux Arts mansion designed by Carrère and Hastings in 1914. The gallery was created by enclosing the existing bluestone-paved loggia in the garden. Floor-to-ceiling windows inserted between the existing Ionic columns frame views of the formal gardens. Currently on view is the gallery’s inaugural exhibition, “White Gold: Highlights from the Arnhold Collection of Meissen Porcelain,” presented along with sculptures by Jean-Antoine Houdon, including “Diana the Huntress,” a signature work that will now be on permanent display.

Visitor and Education Center Looks Back to Past Life in the Lower East Side


Tenement Museum Sadie Samuelson Levy Visitor and Education Center.

© Paúl Rivera/ArchPhoto

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum has completed a five-year expansion project with the opening of the Sadie Samuelson Levy Visitor and Education Center. Transformed by Perkins Eastman, the storefront reveals some of the former tenement building’s layers of history. Cast iron columns and historic signage were retained, while other architectural elements served as inspiration for modern flourishes. New tiles make use of circa 1800s colors and patterns, and a remnant of Victorian-era wallpaper serves as the design scheme for proposed future ironwork. The new space offers 10,000 square feet of additional operating space and includes “smart” classrooms for the museum’s education programs, a demonstration kitchen for programs on immigrant foodways, a theater space, a permanent gallery for visual art exploring immigration issues, and expanded retail space.

Bronx Psychiatric Center Starts Construction

Bronx Psychiatric Center.

Spector Group

Construction has begun on the new $350 million campus for the Bronx Psychiatric Center. Based on a master plan designed by Spector Group for the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) and the New York State Office of Mental Health (NYSOMH), the project encompasses six new buildings on more than 50 acres, as well as the preservation of five existing buildings. The Spector Group is also designing the central services building, central utility plant, and residential village consisting of three outpatient buildings — a Safe Horizon Haven House with a 24-bed and 20-bed wing; a 96-bed transitional living residence; and a 48-bed studio residence. The project, which is designed to achieve LEED Silver, is slated to be completed in December 2013.

New Building Serves as Gateway to Hospital Campus


North Shore LIJ Medical Center.

Photo © SOM

A new 300,000-square-foot patient tower at North Shore LIJ Medical Center in New Hyde Park on Long Island, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) with landscape design by Thomas Balsey, was recently dedicated. Creating an entry and arrival for the 48-acre campus, the building stacks two distinct programs — the Katz Women’s Hospital and the Zuckerberg Pavilion. The women’s hospital has its own dedicated entrance and two-story lobby, with four floors above containing 88 patient rooms, along with diagnostic and treatment services. The building is characterized by a curved glass façade. A syncopation of vertical elements is intended to reflect on the diversity of the interior functions. The project is compliant with the Green Guide for Health Care.

Veterans Honored With a Memorial Plaza at Penn State


Veteran’s Plaza on the University Park Campus, Penn State University.

Ennead Architects

Penn State University selected Ennead Architects as the winner of a competition to design a new Veteran’s Plaza on its University Park Campus. The plaza, a gift from the class of 2011, honors veterans who attended the university. Preliminary plans call for a circular walkway and curved stone wall centered around an artistic representation of a warrior’s shield, symbolizing honor and sacrifice. The proposed shield form is a 10-foot-diameter disc carved in polished black “jet-mist” granite set to float above the grass, its surface carved to simulate rippling water to evoke a feeling of contemplation and tranquility. The curved wall, named in honor of an alumnus who posthumously received a Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan, is inscribed with a Greek phrase translated as “Either with it [your shield], or on it.” The plaza, designed in collaboration with Mark Mennin, a sculptor known for his monumental works, is the firm’s third project for Penn State.


The Landmarks Preservation Commission recently voted to approve a scaled-back version of proposed penthouse additions to the Puck Building, designed by PKSB Architects. The revised additions are now 20 feet shorter, and materials were changed from glass and metal to predominantly masonry and brick to match the existing building.

The National Academy’s Annual Exhibition features works by more than 100 artists and architects juxtaposing contemporary masters with emerging and mid-career artists. On view 01.25-04.29.12, architectural projects include work by NY-based Peter Gluck; Thomas Phifer, FAIA; Robert A. M. Stern, FAIA; Bernard Tschumi, FAIA; Billie Tsien, AIA; and Rafael Viñoly, FAIA.

The plan to redevelop Admiral’s Row passed at City Council. The property, now owned by the federal government, will be transferred to NYC to become a part of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Plans call for the construction of a 74,000-square-foot supermarket with 127,000 square feet of light industrial space above. Two of the 11 historic structures will be restored, and the others will be demolished.

The city of Newport, RI, has given the green light for the building of Maya Lin’s “The Meeting Place,” a public park in honor of Doris Duke. The design calls for three low-walled structures built around a square constructed of local stone to evoke foundations of houses built in the area.

In this issue:
· AIA Amends Continuing Education Policy in Accordance with NCARB Recommendation
· BSA Re-brands, Combines Major Trade Shows
· Passing: Andrew Geller
· e-Calendar

AIA Amends Continuing Education Policy in Accordance with NCARB Recommendation
On 12.19.11, the AIA Board of Directors voted to amend the continuing education requirement for members at the recommendation of NCARB’s board members to incorporate 12 hours of health, safety, and welfare (HSW) continuing education hours (CEHs). According to a release issued by NCARB, 2012 AIA President Jeff Potter, FAIA, said, “There was broad acceptance among our leadership that higher standards of professional knowledge were crucial to our identity, that AIA strongly supports efforts by NCARB to seek uniform continuing education requirements across its member jurisdictions, and that a better alignment of requirements is more valuable and convenient for our AIA members and NCARB Record holders.” To read the full NCARB announcement, click here.

BSA Re-brands, Combines Major Trade Shows
The Boston Society of Architects (BSA) announced that its two major annual trade shows, “Build Boston” and “Residential Design and Construction,” have been combined under the title, “ArchitectureBoston Expo.” The re-branded conference and trade show is named after the BSA’s publication ArchitectureBoston, and will take place at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 11.14-16.12. Click here to read the BSA announcement.

Passing: Andrew Geller
AIANY mourns the passing of architect Andrew Geller, 1924-2011. Geller was widely known for his houses on the east end of Long Island, including the Pearlroth House (See “Summering in the Hamptons,” by Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, e-OCULUS, 11.15.2006). In a blog post dated 12.26.11, the day after Geller’s passing, Alastair Gordon wrote: “Geller posed something of a threat to the status quo. He was incredibly prolific, experimental, friendly, never took himself too seriously, could be irreverent, and even had dared to live a normal family life in suburban Long Island…. [His] works defined a transitional period of American domestic architecture that lay somewhere between the flat-roofed, glass pavilions of neo-Bauhaus… and a younger generation of sixties neo-Cubist, neo-Corb moderninsm.” Click here to read the full post on the blog, Alastair Gordon Wall to Wall.

eCalendar includes an interactive listing of architectural events around NYC. Click the link to go to to eCalendar on the Web.