In this issue:
· AIA Announces 2012 Legislative Agenda
· AIA Launches “Issues and Advocacy” Web Page
· e-Calendar

AIA Announces 2012 Legislative Agenda
On 01.17.12, the AIA unveiled its 2012 legislative agenda that has creating jobs in the hard-hit design and construction industry as its top priority. The Institute’s “Plan for Economic Growth” concentrates its efforts on solving the four key economic challenges facing the profession: Removing Barriers to Private Sector Lending; Saving Energy, Creating Jobs; Helping Small Firms Grow; and Revitalizing America’s Neighborhoods. Click here for more information.

AIA Launches “Issues and Advocacy” Web Page
The AIA Government and Community Relations team recently launched a completely redesigned Issues and Advocacy web page, a one-stop source for advocacy resources and information, including daily updates about AIA efforts at the local, state, and federal level.

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


Building Connections 2011

On view 10.01.2011-02.11.2012

Arch Schools 2011

On view 11.19.2011-03.03.2012

Two Wheel Transit: NYC Bike Share

On view 01.11-02.04.2012

Center for Architecture Foundation Celebrates 20th Anniversary

(Left): Original members of the Learning By Design:NY Committee (L-R): Julie Maurer; Polly Carpenter, AIA; Catherine Teegarden; Christine Hunter, AIA; Jerry Maltz, AIA; Howard Stern; Rosalie Byard; Dorothee King; and Linda Yowell, FAIA, LEED AP. (Right): Current CFAF Staff (L-R): Tim Hayduk; Jaime Endreny; Eveline Chang; and Catherine Teegarden.

Joe Tortorella

On 01.20.12, the Center for Architecture Foundation (CFAF) celebrated 20 years of built environment education. Current and former educators, staff, board members, and volunteers celebrated and toasted to the continued success and growth of its programs.

Current CFAF Board Member Linda Yowell, FAIA, LEED AP, a co-founder of Learning By Design:NY (LBD:NY), shared her perspective on the development of the K-12 in-school residency program. What began as an AIANY committee of volunteers has blossomed into an organization that offers in- and out-of-school programs at the Center and more than 75 classrooms in NYC each year.

CFAF Director of Education Catherine Teegarden was also an original member of the LBD:NY Committee, and oversaw the expansion into a standalone program with full-time staff, a team of trained design educators, and residencies in more than 20 schools. She also reflected on the significance of the Center for Architecture’s opening in 2003, which has allowed CFAF to offer in-house educational programs, including family workshops, classroom visits, computer classes, and studios for students of all ages.

Joe Tortorella began his involvement with the Foundation as a volunteer for LBD:NY. He recounted his first experience giving young students a tour of Bedford-Stuyvesant as challenging, humbling, and rewarding. Like many others, Tortorella’s participation has grown alongside the CFAF over the years, including joining the Board and serving as Board President next year.

Remarks were also made by former CFAF Board President Walter Hunt, FAIA, and current CFAF Board President Michael Strauss. Looking ahead to the next 20 years, Strauss shared his enthusiasm for the CFAF’s future growth, including expansions of its youth and adult program offerings.

Building Connections,” the Foundation’s annual showcase of K-12 student design work, served as a backdrop to the evening’s festivities. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the annual exhibition, which is on view through 02.11.12.

The Foundation’s February Vacation Programs are one of many educational offerings throughout the year. Three-day studios will take place at the Center for Architecture 02.21-23.12 for third- through ninth-graders. For more information about the Center for Architecture Foundation or ways to get involved, visit

Looking Back at the Last Six Years

In my first Soapbox I commented on the uncertain state of the profession emerging from 2005 — a banner year for natural disasters wreaking havoc on communities, most notably Hurricane Katrina. “Strife reigns, pinning the public against developers, politicians against each other, and the public against politicians. Architects and city planners are absorbed in the mix.” Has anything changed in the last six years?

For me there have been many milestones since 2005 that demonstrate how the profession has grown. Perhaps the thing that has most profoundly influenced architecture in the recent past is sustainability. 2006 saw green go mainstream, with Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth.” 2007 launched the Mayor’s PlaNYC2030. In 2008, the new building code adopted many of the sustainable practices already incorporated into the International Building Code. However, with the close of the decade, the economy began to take a turn and the term “greenwashing” began to give sustainability a bad name. There was a rejection of the simplistic checklist approach that the profession began to take, with the USGBC and LEED bearing the brunt of criticism.

Today, our approach to sustainability is much more complex than it was six years ago. We consider our carbon footprints, embodied energy of materials and systems, improving our health with active design, and we think both in terms of long- and short-term benefits. While there is, of course, room for improvement — we are far from living holistically — I think we are headed in the right direction.

Physical architectural milestones include both small and large developments citywide. The High Line, Lincoln Center, Yankee Stadium and Citi Field, 7WTC, the Bank of America Tower, and Brooklyn Bridge Park don’t even scratch the surface of what’s risen in the last six years. NYC is once again becoming a global force in architecture, with starchitect-run firms Atelier Jean Nouvel, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, and Gehry Partners finally constructing buildings in the city. International firms, such as Studio Daniel Libeskind, to Snøhetta and Grimshaw Architects, are making NYC home and are flourishing. Whether it’s Morphosis’s 41 Cooper Square, Grimshaw/Dattner Architects’ Via Verde, or the TKTS Booth and Revitalization of Father Duffy Square, by Choi Ropia, Perkins Eastman, and PKSB Architects, the quality of architecture in the city is having a positive effect on both the public and the profession.

Ultimately, nothing has defined the developing face of the city more than what has happened at Ground Zero. When I started editing e-Oculus, AIANY was advocating for Michael Arad, AIA’s “Reflecting Absence” — a memorial that was not inevitable at the time. Now, the memorial is not only open to the public, but Davis Brody Bond and Snøhetta’s National September 11 Memorial Museum is well underway, and SOM’s One World Trade Center is at 92 stories as of last week.

I have done my best to deliver timely news about the built environment in NYC over the last few years. With the help of my contributing editors Linda G. Miller and Murrye Bernard, LEED AP, I hope we have done the publication justice. Thank you to my mentors Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA, and the late Stephen A. Kliment, FAIA; the AIANY Oculus Committee; Rick Bell, FAIA; and the tireless AIANY Staff. It has been a pleasure serving the Chapter, its members, and the more than 11,000 architectural enthusiasts that read the e-zine on a regular basis. And I look forward to seeing e-Oculus take new directions as Benedict Clouette takes over as the new editor.

The Architectural League announced its 30th annual Emerging Voices awards winners, including INABA (Jeffrey Inaba); SCAPE / Landscape Architecture (Kate Orff, ASLA, and Elena Brescia, ASLA); and SsD (Jinhee Park, AIA, and John Hong, AIA)

The Queens Chamber of Commerce honored the winners of its 99th annual Building Awards. The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Jeffrey Levine, chairman of Douglaston Development, Levine Builders, and Clinton Management; the Building Awards Hall of Fame went to the Pistilli-Newtown Office Building (which also won in the new construction, office building category) and the Piano Factory Apartment Building (which also won in the rehab mixed-use category), both by Gerald Caliendo; he also won in the rehab commercial category for the Atlantic Diner, as well as the new construction category for the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel.

Other winners include: the East Elmhurst Community Library (rehab public building) by Integrated Design Group; 90-30 161st St. (rehab office building) by Graf + Lewent Architects; P.S. 280, 34-20 94th St. (rehab schools category) by AECOM; Connelly residence (rehab contextual category) by Arnold Montag-AM/PM Design & Consulting; 93-01 37th Ave. (new construction, mixed use) and 131 Fowler Ave. (new construction, industrial category), both by Lin & Associates; ClearNorth Plaza, 205-04 Northern Blvd.(new construction, commercial) by NF Architectural Designs; Queens Central Library & Children’s Library Discovery Center (new construction, public building) by 1100 Architect; and the living quarters of the Blas family at 96-07 133rd Ave. (interiors — a new category this year) by Christine Baumann Interiors

The Wood Design & Building magazine announced award recipients for the 2011 North American Awards Program, including the Won Dharma Retreat by Hanrahan Meyers Architects (Honor Award)…

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its 2011 list of top 10 states for LEED-certified commercial and institutional green buildings per capita — New York was ranked #9 with 1.89 square feet of LEED-certified space per person…

Non-profit desigNYC announced the 2012 list of 16 “Recharging Communities” projects and teams (nonprofits paired with pro-bono design professionals): Bard Prison Initiative with PSnewyork; Clemente Soto Velez Center (CVS) with Kudos; Compost for Brooklyn (C4B) with Karen Greenberg; Food Systems Network (FSNYC) with Li’l Robin & Planet360; Lower East Side Ecology Center (LESEC) with Pure+Applied; NYDesigns with Remake Design; OpenPlans Transportation with Purpose; New Destiny Housing Corporation with EOA | Elmslie Osler Architect; PlayHarvest with Moorhead & Moorhead; and Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation with WE-design

The Municipal Art Society of New York in collaboration with the Landmarks Preservation Commission has chosen Cook+Fox and Terrapin Bright Green to develop Greening New York City’s Landmarks: A Guide for Property Owner, a manual on making landmarked buildings more energy efficient:…

STV Inc. is celebrating its 100th anniversary. “Elwyn Seelye’s enduring vision for excellence and innovation continues to inspire us,” said Dominick M. Servedio, PE, executive chairman. The firm’s current projects in NYC include the Port Authority of NY & NJ’s PATH Transportation Hub; the Long Island Rail Road East Side Access project; and One World Trade Center, as the program manager and owner’s representative. “STV’s century of success is built upon the foundation of our core values,” noted Milo Riverso, Ph.D., PE, STV’s chief executive officer and president…

Interior Design Editor-in-Chief Cindy Allen has been named Chairman of the Board for Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA). For the first year of her term, she will co-chair with David Rockwell, AIA, who has been Chairman of New York-based DIFFA for the past 12 years…

Chris Ward, former executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, will become the executive vice president of international construction company Dragados…

Ted Moudis Associates has promoted Benjamin Chan to Chief Financial Officer; Jacqueline Barr, LEED AP, to Design Principal; Dean Ulloato Senior Associate, Information Technology; and Lucy Carter, Assoc. AIA, to Senior Associate, Director of Business Development…

02.01.12 Call for Applications: Arnold W. Brunner Grant

02.10.12 Deadline EXTENDED: AIANY Annual Design Awards 2012

02.12.12 Call for Submissions: “Why I Love Architecture for Humanity NY” T-Shirt Design Competition

02.15.12 Call for Entries: : output award

02.15.12 Request for Proposals: NYSCA Independent Project Grants through Storefront for Art and Architecture

02.27.12 Call for Presentations: 2012 AIANYS Convention

03.08.12 Call for Nominations: 12th Annual Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Building Brooklyn Awards

03.13.12 Call for Entries: Core77 2012 Design Awards

03.15.12 Call for Entries: AIA Medal of Honor Redesign Competition

03.30.12 Call for Entries: IIDA NY Annual Student Design Awards Program

03.31.12 Call for Entries: EBies Awards — Urban Green Council

04.24.12 Request for Expressions of Interest: Adaptive Reuse and Redevelopment of the Rockaway Courthouse in Queens

05.15.12 Call for Submissions: CTBUH 2012 International Research Seed Funding

05.15.12 Call for Submissions: 2012 Carter Manny Award – Graham Foundation

05.31.12 Call for Entries: Aurora Borealis Arctic Observatory Student Architecture Competition

01.17.12: The Center for Architecture celebrated the connection between 532 and 536 LaGuardia Place at a BREAKTHROUGH Party!

(L-R): Andy Frankl, President, IBEX Construction; Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, Distinguished Professor, Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, The City College of New York; Jonathan Marvel, AIA, Rogers Marvel Architects; AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA. For more about the event, read “BREAKTHROUGH: The Center for Architecture Expands to New Space,” by Benedict Clouette, in this issue of e-Oculus.

Sam Lahoz

01.20.12: The Center for Architecture Foundation celebrated its 20th anniversary.

(L-R): AIANY President Joe Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP; former CFAF Board President Walter Hunt, FAIA; and Board Member John Simoni, Jr.

Catherine Teegarden


(L-R): Current CFAF Design Educators Jane Cowan, Hae-In Kim, and Heather Zusman.

Catherine Teegarden

(L-R): CFAF Board President-Elect Joe Tortorella, his wife Andrea, and Board Member Melissa Billig.

Catherine Teegarden

01.23.12: The AIANY New Practices Committee announced the winners of the New Practices New York 2012 competition. To read about the jurors’ panel, click here: “Technology Meets Tactility: NPNY Winners Announced,” by Murrye Bernard, LEED AP, in this issue of e-Oculus.

Russ Wheeler, President, Hansgrohe North America; Co-chairs of the New Practices Committee Philipp von Dalwig, Assoc. AIA, of Manifold Architecture Studio, and Marc Clemenceau Bailly, AIA, of Gage / Clemenceau Architects; and AIANY President Joseph J. Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP.

Nicole Friedman/Center for Architecture


(L-R): Philipp von Dalwig, Assoc. AIA; Kit von Dalwig, AIA; Marc Clemenceau Bailly, AIA; Stan Allen, FAIA; Emily Abruzzo and Gerald Bodziak of Abruzzo Bodziak Architects; Christian Wassmann; Julian Rose of formlessfinder; Billie Tsien, AIA; Tobias Holler of Holler Architecture; David Benjamin of The Living; Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi of SLO Architecture; and Mahadev Raman, PE.

Nicole Friedman/Center for Architecture


01.30.12: Dwell hosted a private dinner featuring Billie Tsien, AIA, and Tod Williams, of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, who presented their designs for the Barnes Collection. The event took place in the Center’s new space at 532 LaGuardia Place.

Rick Bell


(L-R): Todd Van Varick, Project Manager for Construction, Ennead Architects; Jock Reynolds, Henry J. Heinz II Director, Yale University Art Gallery; and Richard Olcott, FAIA, Design Partner, Ennead Architects.

Cristina Carlson