AIA Grassroots 2012 Recap
AIANY joined colleagues from across the nation at the 2012 Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference in Washington, DC. Conference participants convened for three days to empower our collective voice, speak with members of Congress, and share a vision of what America can be – through design. The theme of this year’s conference was Leadership Advocacy Communication, and featured keynote speakers Dr. Richard Jackson, MD, author of Urban Sprawl and Public Health, and former Marine Vernice Armour, the first African-American female combat pilot. ArchiPAC, the AIA’s bipartisan political action committee, raised over $50,000, a new record, with more than 400 donors.

Rick Bell, FAIA

At the conference, AIANY received the 2012 AIA Grassroots Excellence Award for Component Outreach Communications – Outstanding Overall Program for “Archtober,” the first ever month-long festival of architecture and design in New York City, which took place throughout October 2011. The award was conferred by Mickey Jacob, FAIA, First Vice President of the AIA, on March 9, 2012, at the AIA Grassroots Conference at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, DC. Pictured here, AIA National President Jeff Potter, FAIA, stands with AIANY Managing Director Cynthia Phifer Kracauer, AIA, LEED AP; Laura Ann Trimble, Partnership Programs Coordinator; Daniel Fox, Office Manager & Liaison to the Landmarks Preservation Commission; Nicole Friedman, Communications Director; Vicki Long, CAE, Hon AIAFL; and Robert Ivy, FAIA, AIA Executive Vice President & CEO, for the award presentation.

Rick Bell, FAIA

AIA New York State was the recipient of two Grassroots awards at the 2012 conference in Washington, DC; the first, conferred on Thursday, March 8, was for the Government Affairs Overall Program. On Friday, March 9, the AIANYS “Every Building Has an Architect” postcard program was honored with a communications award. Here, Russell Davidson, FAIA, Vice President, AIA National, stands with David Businelli,  AIA, AIANYS Immediate Past President; Stephanie Quirini, AIANYS Communications Director; Edward Farrell, AIANYS Executive Director; Burt Roslyn, FAIA, AIANYS Past-President; and Eric Goshow, AIA, LEED AP, Acting President and President-Elect, AIANYS, after the communications award was presented.

Nicole Friedman

The AIANY delegation held meetings in the Rayburn House Office Building with Congressman Jerrold L. Nadler, as well as with senior legislative staff in the offices of Congresswoman Nydia M. Velazquez, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, and Congressman Charles B. Rangel. Here, AIANY President Joseph J. Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP leads a conversation with Congressman Nadler. AIA Brooklyn Chapter President Giuseppe Anzalone and AIA Queens President Michael Cosentino joined AIANY for the meetings.

In the meetings, AIANY presented the AIA’s Plan for Economic Recovery and asked our elected representatives for their support on a number of initiatives. The plan calls for action on four items to create jobs in the hard hit design and construction industry: Removing Barriers to Private Sector Lending, Saving Energy, Creating Jobs, Helping Small Firms Grow and Thrive, and Revitalizing America’s Neighborhoods by passing a transportation bill. Read more about these agenda items here

AIANYS Acting President Eric Goshow, AIA, LEED AP, similarly led the state delegation meeting in the Hart and Russell Senate Office Buildings with senior legislative staff in the offices of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Senator Charles Schumer. The state delegation was accompanied by President of AIA UK Etain Fitzpatrick, AIA, and President of AIA Europe Thomas Bitnar, AIA, RIBA, CKA.

AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, right, visited the Capitol with Thomas Bitnar, AIA, RIBA, CKA, President, AIA Europe, and Etain Fitzpatrick, AIA, President, AIA UK.

Rick Bell, FAIA

Debra S. Kunce, FAIA, 2012-2013 AIA Vice President, announced that AIA National is embarking upon a repositioning led by Pentagram in partnership with LaPlaca Cohen.

Rick Bell, FAIA

2012 AIA First Vice President and President-Elect Mickey Jacob, FAIA and 2012 AIA President Jeff Potter, FAIA, announce that ArchiPAC had set a new fundraising record. Over $50,000 was raised from more than 400 donors.

Rick Bell, FAIA

AIA DC hosted the annual Grassroots Big Sibs dinner at their spectacular new District Architecture Center, located at 421 7th Street, near Gallery Place. The “big sibs” are comprised of the 15 largest AIA Chapters; those attending included Board Members and component staff from Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Washington DC and New York. AIA DC President Jon Penndorf, AIA, LEED, and Executive Director Mary Fitch, AICP, Hon. AIA, welcomed guests, including AIANY’s Venesa Alicea, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; AIANY President Joseph J. Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP; Illya Azaroff, AIA; AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA; AIANY Policy Director Jay Bond; Mary Burke, FAIA; AIANY Communications Director Nicole Friedman; AIANY Managing Director Cynthia Kracauer, AIA, LEED AP; and AIANY Partnership Programs Coordinator Laura Trimble.

Image courtesy Rick Bell, FAIA

How to create and operate a Center for Architecture” was the topic of a pre-conference workshop that drew almost 50 participants on Wednesday, 03.07.12. Local and State Component Presidents, Presidents-elect and Executive Directors from Sanibel to Hawaii were on hand to compare their aspirations, intentions and plans with examples presented by Lisa Richmond from AIA Seattle, David Crawford, Hon. AIA of AIA North Carolina, and Rick Bell, FAIA representing AIA New York. Seattle’s storefront at 1911 First Avenue near Pike Place Market has greeted designers and the general public for 30 years. AIA North Carolina’s “green and grand” new center, designed by Frank Harmon, FAIA, opens to the public on St. Patrick’s Day, this coming Saturday, 03.17.12. Presentation was also made of all 17 AIA Centers – ranging from AIA San Francisco’s Center for Architecture & Design, to the newly opened Boston Society of Architects’ BSA Space at Atlantic Wharf. The program was reprised by Mary Fitch, Hon. AIA of AIA DC and John Claypool, AIA from AIA Philadelphia on Saturday, 03.10.12.

The Accent on Architecture Gala, benefitting the American Architectural Foundation, took place on Friday evening, 03.09.12 at the Mellon Auditorium on Constitution Avenue. Honorees for 2012 included Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia, Haworth, Inc., and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Representing the AIA New York Chapter were Regional Directors Susan Chin, FAIA and Anthony Schirripa, FAIA and AIANYS Board Member Mary Burke, FAIA, along with Cynthia Kracauer, AIA, Laura Trimble, and Rick Bell, FAIA.

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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


LIVE FEED: Middle East Collaborations, 2005-2012

On view 02.17.2012–03.14.2012

City of Mirages: Baghdad 1952-1982


On view 02.22.2012–05.05.2012

FamilyDay@theCenter: Build a Geodesic Dome

Groups work to construct different parts of the geodesic dome.

Claire Buckley

Kids proudly show off the structure they created.

Claire Buckley

As groups connect their pieces, the dome begins to take shape.

Claire Buckley

Families admire the finished product.

Claire Buckley

Inspired by the geodesic dome, participants create their own structures out of toothpicks and marshmallows.

Claire Buckley

Families gathered at the Center for Architecture on 03.10.12 to learn about the geodesic dome, an interesting structural form invented and designed by Buckminster Fuller. Visitors viewed a slideshow, looking at examples of geodesic domes and learning about some of the history of this unique structure. Kids and their parents then had the exciting opportunity to build a large-scale geodesic dome of their own; families worked in groups to create individual pieces, and, as they linked them together, one giant dome formed. Participants were able to explore the composition of a geodesic dome and discover the shapes that make up its structure. Everyone was truly impressed with what they had created, and the kids enjoyed climbing in and out of the structure and standing underneath the dome.

In the workshop portion of the program, participants let their creativity show as they built their own structures out of toothpicks and marshmallows. The creations showed a variety of unique and interesting designs. The kids proudly shared their final constructions and left the Center with new ideas and inspiration.

The Center for Architecture offers Family Days each month. Our next Family Day will be a walking tour of historic Brooklyn Heights on March 17.

The 2012 AIA New York Chapter Design Awards for Architecture, Interiors, Urban Design, and Un-Built Work honored 36 projects and the firms behind them. The complete list can be found here.

Lee Skolnick, FAIA, and the late Ralph Lerner, FAIA, HKAI, were honored with John Q. Hejduk Awards for Architecture from Cooper Union…The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art announced the winners of the Arthur Ross Awards for Excellence in the Classical Tradition, including Rhett Butler (Artisanship); Francis Morrone (History/Journalism); and Edwina von Gal (Landscape Design)…CIVITAS will present the 2012 August Heckscher Award for Community Service to Carmine Branagan, Director, National Academy Museum and School and Penelope Maynard and Lynden Miller for the Transformation of Central Park’s Conservatory Garden…Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts will honor several projects and buildings as part of its 29th annual meeting and awards ceremony, including 875 Park Avenue by FSI Architecture (Restoration Award); National Academy Museum & School by Bade Stageberg Cox Architecture (Renaissance Award); The Frick Collection Portico Gallery by Davis Brody Bond (Transformation Award); Central Park Conservancy: East Meadow (Distinctive Achievement Award); 7 Gracie Square (Extra Mile Award) and Schaller & Weber (Good Neighbor Award)…

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) commends the U.S. State Department for moving forward with a shortlist of nine design teams for the New Embassy
Compound in Mexico City, Mexico—the first State Department project solicited under the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) new Design Excellence program; the shortlist includes AECOM/Snohetta; Allied Works Architecture; Diller Scofidio + Renfro / Buro Happold; Ennead Architects; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects…Five teams have been shortlisted to design the University of Buffalo’s new School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences building in the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, including Cannon Design, Diller Scofidio + Renfro/Gensler, Grimshaw Architects, HOK, and Rafael Viñoly Architects… 

Vishaan Chakrabarti, director of the Center for Urban Real Estate (CURE) at Columbia University’s graduate school, is joining SHoP Architects as its seventh partner… Brian T. Ahern, Assoc. AIA, has joined GreenbergFarrow as the firm’s residential studio director…

2012 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, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA:

Spring: Small Firms Doing Big Things [closed]
Summer: 2012 AIANY Design Awards [closed]

Fall: Learning Curve
Pedagogical shifts affecting architecture for education. — How architects/architecture reinforce new ways of teaching. — How architects/architecture can change the pedagogy. — How big institutional expansion plans are changing the city. — Case studies.
Submit story ideas by 06.01.12

Winter: In Sickness and In Health / Health & Well-being
Why and how the healthcare industry (providers, pharma, etc.) investing in architecture. — What are the trends? — Issues: generational; demographic; sustainability; technology. — Case studies
Submit story ideas by 07.27.12


03.15.12 Call for Entries: AIA NY Medal of Honor Design Competition
03.15.12 Call for Entries: IBHS / AIAS Student Design Competition – Fortified: Keeping a Lid On It!
03.16.12 Call for Submissions: Shadow City(s) – AIANY Global Dialogues Committee
03.30.12 Call for Proposals: Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn Summer Concerts 2012
03.31.12 Call for Entries: Dwell / Design Within Reach Live/Work Design Contest
04.01.12 Call for Applications: RISD Dean of Architecture + Design
04.06.12 Call for Entries: Co.Design / Porsche $20,000 Next Design Challenge
04.09.12 Call for Entries: 2012 Steedman Fellowship in Architecture International Design Competition
04.13.12 Call for Proposals: Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship
04.19.12 Call for Entries: Architecture Foundation of British Columbia 100 Mile House Open Ideas Competition
05.01.12 Call for Proposals: FIGMENT/ENYA/SEAoNY City of Dreams Pavilion Competition
05.31.12 Call for Expressions of Interest: Projects for 10th Annual OHNY Weekend October 6 + 7 2012
[Ongoing] Call for Proposals: Design Trust for Public Space

02.27.12: “Architectural Criticism Today” was the first of four panel discussions being presented throughout the year in the Architecture and the Media series. It was organized by the Center for Architecture and AIANY’s Oculus Committee and Marketing & PR Committee, and co-organized by The Architect’s Newspaper. For the complete schedule, click here.


(L-R): James Russell, FAIA, Bloomberg; Cathleen McGuigan, Architectural Record; Paul Goldberger, The New Yorker; Justin Davidson, New York Magazine; and Julie Iovine, The Architect’s Newspaper (moderator)

Kristen Richards

02.29.12: “LIVE FEED: Middle East Collaborations, 2005-2012” featured presentations and projects by faculty and students of the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

GSAPP Dean Mark Wigley addresses the audience, with Craig Konyk, AIA, at left.

Nicole Friedman

Rick Bell, FAIA, introduces the panel of Columbia faculty. (L-R): Robert Beauregard, Jennifer Broutin, Kamal Farah, Markus Dochantschi, Assoc. AIA, Mario Gooden, AIA, Craig Konyk, AIA, and Mark Wigley.

Nicole Friedman

02.29.12: Winners of the 2012 IESNYC Student Lighting Competition were announced at an awards ceremony.


(L-R): Sejung Oh, Pratt Institute (Grand Prize); Sang Yoon-Lee, Pratt Institute (Second Prize), Farnaz Hamedanchian, New York School of Interior Design (Third Prize), Rupam Patheja, Parsons The New School for Design (Honorable Mention), Andrew An, Pratt Insitute (Honorable Mention); Caleb Ferris, Pratt Insitute (Honorable Mention); and David Krawczyk, Pratt Institute (Honorable Mention)

Naomi Castillo Photography

03.01.12: A panel discussion was held in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition “Made in USA – German Architects in New York” at the German Consulate General. The exhibition is on view through 03.23.12.


(L-R): Curator Matthias Neumann (normaldesign); Philipp von Dalwig, Assoc. AIA (MANIFOLD Architecture Studio); Jürgen Riehm, FAIA (1100 Architect); Thomas Warnke (space4a); Thomas Leeser (Leeser Architecture); Lisa Green (Selldorf Architects); and Tom Winter (Tom Winter Architects)

Natalia Roumelioti


Models on display as part of the exhibition

Natalia Roumelioti

03.05.12:The AIANY 2012 Design Awards Symposium was held at the Center for Architecture. View the list of winners here.

(L-R): Architecture jurors Anne Fougeron, FAIA, Carme Pinós, Hon. FAIA, and Thomas Beeby, FAIA.

Benedict Clouette

(L-R): Urban Design jurors Michael Lehrer, FAIA, Donlyn Lyndon, FAIA, and Bernardo Fort-Brescia, FAIA.

Benedict Clouette

(L-R): Un-Built Work jurors Thomas Hacker, FAIA, Bruce Lindsey, AIA, and Scott Erdy, AIA.

Benedict Clouette

(L-R): Interiors jurors Rand L. Elliott, FAIA, Alice Y. Kimm, FAIA, and Gary Lee.

Benedict Clouette


(L-R): Design Awards Committee Co-chair Betty Chen, AIA, Commissioner, NYC Planning Commission; author and critic Alexandra Lange, moderator; and Design Awards Committee Co-chair Ronnette Riley, FAIA, principal, Ronnette Riley Architect.

Kristen Richards

03.06.12:The “Spotlight Collection by David Rockwell” was launched by Jim Thompson Fabrics at the Greenwich Hotel.


(L-R): David Rockwell, AIA, principal, Rockwell Group; Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA, editor, Oculus and; and George Calys, San Francisco Examiner architecture critic

03.07.12: Enrique Norten, Hon. FAIA, principal of TEN Arquitectos, who delivered a most thoughtful lecture titled “This Will Kill That,” organized by the AIANY Cultural Facilities Committee.


Kristen Richards