Robert F. Herrmann, attorney and AIANY professional affiliate just published the book Law for Architects: What You Need to Know (Norton 2012)…

The AIA and Architecture for Humanity announced the recipients for the 2012 Disaster Response Plan Grant, including NYC Safety Assessments Trainings; in partnership with AIANY and the NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM), Architecture for Humanity NY (AFHny) will develop a disaster response network and offer periodic trainings in the post-disaster Safety Assessment Program (SAP)…

New York-based recipients of 2012 Grant Awards from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) include: Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP); Gowanus Canal Community Development Corporation; New York Foundation for Architecture (Center for Architecture Foundation); openhousenewyork (OHNY); Pratt Institute; Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Architectural League of New York; Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation; City Futures;. (Center for an Urban Future); City Lore; Design Trust for Public Space; Pamphlet Architecture; and Van Alen Institute: Projects in Public Architecture (VAI)…

Winners of the the 2012 Lumen Awards, presented by the New York City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNYC), are Fisher Marantz Stone (Award of Excellence for the National September 11 Memorial), and Office for Visual Interaction (Award of Excellence for the Rookery); a Citiation for lighting that supports the architecture was awarded to Tillotson Design Associates (Cornell Milstein Hall), and a Citation for integration of dayligthing and electrical went to Arup (Sidwell Friends School Meeting House); L’Observatoire received two Awards of Merit (Cité de l’Ocean et du Surf Museum, and the second section of the High Line); other Merit Awards went to Lumen Architecture (Claremont University Consortium), RS Lighting Design (Elizabeth Arden Offices), Randy Burkett Lighting Design (Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial), and Focus Lighting (Yotel)…

The 2012 Brick Industry Association Awards (BIA) honoring projects that incorporate genuine clay brick include VIP Community Services, Mens Residences by WASA/Studio A and Wylie Civic Complex by Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture

New Yorkers took home two of 10 trophies at the Urban Green Council’s first nationwide EBie Awards, including a “Shine a LIght on Me” award for John Sarich, resident manager at the William Beaver House, and Glenn Neville, director of engineering at Deutsche Bank’s 60 Wall Street headquarters…

The National Academy announced its newest members, who will gain the title of “Academician,” including Stan Allen, FAIA, Wendy Evans Joseph, FAIA, M. Paul Friedberg, FASLA, Jeanne Gang, FAIA, Michael Graves, FAIA, Steven Holl, FAIA, Gregg Pasquarelli, AIA, Annabelle Selldorf, FAIA, and Bernard Tschumi, FAIA

The Madison Square Park Conservancy has appointed Adam D. Glick, current Associate Curator of the Mad. Sq. Art program, as the Park’s new Martin Friedman Curator…

After joining the Aedas global practice, the Davis Brody Bond New York office became an independent practice once again in March, and returned to its legacy name; the Davis Brody Bond Seattle office will be rebranded as Aedas Seattle

Joseph Montalbano, AIA, LEED AP, has been promoted as Principal at Mancini Duffy…Thornton Tomasetti has promoted Gary F. Panariello, Ph.D., P.E., S.E., to Managing Principal, and Michael Gerasopoulos, P.E., and Julio C. Ravelo, R.A., to Vice President…Vassilis Papayannaoulis, Ph.D., has joined Gruzen Samton IBI Group as Regional Manager for Transportation Systems Planning…

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:

Fall: Learning Curve [closed]

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

07.27.12 Call for Entries: 2012 Healthcare Design Magazine Remodel/Renovation Competition: Pediatric Environments and Facility Art Programs

07.30.12 Call for Entries: Your Sanctuary Photo Contest—Danze/Dwell

07.31.12 Call for Nominations: 2012 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize

08.03.12 Call for Entries: 2012 Subway Show: Design by New York

08.10.12 Call for Presentations: 2013 Environments for Aging Conference, 04.07.13 – 04.10.13, New Orleans

08.10.12 Call for Entries: AIANYS ARE Scholarship

08.20.12 Call for Entries: 2012 AIANYS Honor Awards

08.24.12 Call for Entries: 2013 AIA Honor Awards

08.31.12 Call for Entries: 2012 YAF/COD Ideas Competition—Young Architects Forum

08.31.12 Call for Nominations: 2013 TED Prize

09.10.12 Call for Entries: 2012 Cleveland Design Competition: Transforming The Bridge

09.14.12 Request for Proposals: adAPT NYC

10.01.12 Call for Entries: Architecture at Zero: AIA San Francisco / PG&E / UC Merced

10.08.12 Call for Entries: 3rd Annual ENYA Merit Award

10.14.12 Call for Entries: Enlightening Libraries: Student Design Competition—AIAS/Kawneer

11.16.12 Request for Applications: 2013 Sustainable Design
Assessment Team Program (SDAT)

07.12.12: “The Harlem Edge | Cultivating Connections” Exhibition Opening + Publication Launch Party

(l-r): Joseph J. Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP, AIANY 2012 President; Amanda Rivera, Assoc. AIA, ENYA Co-chair; Javier Carcamo, ENYA member and Co-Chair of the Zoning and Land-use Committee at Manhattan Community Board 9.

Marvine Pierre, Assoc. AIA

ENYA Member Ilkay Standard, Assoc. AIA, in front of her entry (with Arjuna Balaranjan), “Community Transfer Station.”

Marvine Pierre, Assoc. AIA

(l-r): Davide Catenazzi; Arjuna Balaranjan; Ilkay Standard, Assoc. AIA; and Guido Fascioli. Catenazzi and Fascioli, of Davide Catenazzi Architetto, traveled from Brusson, Italy, for the opening. Both teams presented their entries at The Harlem Edge Symposium on Saturday, 07.14.2012.

Marvine Pierre, Assoc. AIA

ENYA Co-chairs Brynnemarie Lanciotti, Assoc. AIA, and Amanda Rivera, Assoc. AIA.

Marvine Pierre, Assoc. AIA

ENYA Prize winners and Yan Wang, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, and Ting Chin, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, of Linearscape in front of their entry, “Sym’bio’pia.”

Marvine Pierre, Assoc. AIA

07.17.12: City Council Hearing on NYU Expansion
Council Member Margaret Chin coordinated a reworking of the New York University Core Plan which significantly reduced floor area and addressed community concerns about public access to open space in the two NYU superblocks. The AIA New York Chapter has been actively engaged in the redesign process [read about it in the Wall Street Journal and New York Observer]. On Tuesday, 7/17, the Council’s Land Use Committee voted 19-1 to endorse the “Chin Compromise,” reminiscent of Mario Cuomo’s intervention in Forest Hills which launched his political career.

Rick Bell, FAIA

06.28.12: Wendy, a temporary installation designed by HWKN, made her debut in MoMA/P.S. 1’s courtyard. The design was selected as the winner of the Young Architects Program and is composed of fabric-treated titania nanofilm that neutralizes airborne pollutants.

Wendy and party-goers at the press preview.

Linda G. Miller.

Hollwich Kushner (HWKN) co-founders Mattias Hollwich, SBA, and Marc Kushner, AIA, Wendy’s designers.

Linda G. Miller

James Russell, FAIA, e-Oculus/Oculus editorial advisor, tours the “interior” of the installation.

Linda G. Miller

07.10.12: Boating with Porcelanosa: two guests from Porcelanosa USA recently accompanied Rick Bell, FAIA, and Florence Veber on AIANY and Classic Harbor Line’s “Official NYC Architectural Boat Tour.”

(l-r) Andrew Pennington, National Sales & Marketing Director, Porcelanosa USA, and Jose Alacreu, Sales Manager, Porcelanosa USA.

Rick Bell, FAIA

07.11.12: AIANY 2013 President-Elect Jill Lerner, FAIA, Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF), along with James von Klemperer, FAIA, Design Principal, KPF, hosted representatives from the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office. Lerner’s 2013 Presidential theme will be concerned with global issues, including New York’s exportation of high-quality design services. A Hong Kong / New York exhibit and symposium is being planned for December as a kick-off event.

(l-r) James von Klemperer, FAIA, Design Principal, KPF; Anita Chan, Director, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, New York; Jill Lerner, FAIA, Principal, KPF; Joyce S. Lee, FAIA, LEED AP, most recently of the New York City Department of Design + Construction.

Rick Bell, FAIA

07.13-.7.14.2012: The Association of Architectural Organization’s (AAO) founding board met in Detroit on 7.13-14.12, and took the opportunity to tour the Pony Ride incubator space at 1401 Vermont in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood with its founder Phil Cooley.

(l-r): John Claypool, AIA, Executive Director, AIA Philadelphia; Lynn Osmond, President & CEO, Chicago Architecture Foundation; Sarah Herda, Director, Graham Foundation; and, back to camera, Reed Kroloff, Director, Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum.

Rick Bell, FAIA

At the AAO Board meeting held in the Cranbrook Library, those present had the opportunity to tour a small part of the 320-acre grounds. (l-r) Susan McDaid, Hon. AIA, Vice President, Member and Component Resources, AIA National; Lynn Osmond, President, Chicago Architecture Foundation; Srinivas Murthy, President & CEO, Hyderabad Architecture Foundation, Hyerabad, India; and Sarah Herda, Director, Graham Foundation.

Rick Bell, FAIA

07.14.2012: Architects Silva Ajemian and Jorge Prado, principals of TODA DA and co-founders of FirstStreet Green, with participants in expoTENtial’s NYChair Lab, a one-day charrette to imagine design ideas for an outdoor chair for the park at 33 East 1st Street (site of last year’s BMW Guggenheim LAB).

Linda G. Miller

NYCHair lab team leaders and judges (l-r) landscape architect Celia Petersen, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, Capital Projects Division; Evan Benett. AIA, Principal, Vamos Architecture; Emily Weidenhof, Project Manager, Public Spaces, NYC Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic and Planning; Michael Piper, DUB-studios; Gail Wittwer-Laird, Senior Designer, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, Capital Projects Division; and Silva Ajemian.

Linda G. Miller

Laetitia Wolff, founder of futureflair/expoTENtial, and Executive Director of desigNYC

Linda G. Miller

Steven Holl Architects, in collaboration with Spirit of Space, has created two short films on the Daeyang Gallery and House, a project completed in June in Seoul, South Korea, that is composed of three pavilions connected by a reflecting pool. One film, titled “Daeyang Gallery and House,” depicts the project itself, and the other, titled “A Conversation with Steven Holl,” features the architect discussing his design inspirations, which include a 1967 sketch for a music score by composer Istvan Anhalt called “Symphony of Modules.” The films can be viewed on Vimeo at these links: (project) and (conversation).