CFAF’s 2012 Summer@theCenter Architectural Studios Underway

CFAF Volunteer Catherine Dillard (center) helps 3rd-5th graders collect rubbings of textural patterns in Greenwich Village.

Adam Rubin

Summer@theCenter students visited a wide array of New York buildings and sites, including Tomás Saraceno’s Cloud City on the roof of the Met.

Adam Rubin

Standing before a jury of peers and experts, a high school student presents his design for an addition to the Storefront for Art and Architecture to be built out of shipping containers.

Adam Rubin

The Center for Architecture Foundation has been busy this summer with its annual Summer@theCenter studios! From June through August, the Center hosts a series of weeklong workshops for youth entering the 3rd-12th grades, with each workshop exploring a different topic in architecture and design through art and building activities, walking tours, and special site visits. What better way to stay engaged and active while school is out than to spend time designing models and exploring some of the coolest places in New York City!

The summer kicked off with From Design to Construction, where participants learned the basics of building structure, materials, and decoration. The elementary school students enthusiastically strapped on face masks and donned rubber gloves as they mixed their own concrete to create ornamental façade details for their own building models. The class also sculpted terra cotta ornaments with clay, and collected rubbings of textural patterns from buildings around Washington Square Park. In addition to their own projects, the students visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art to explore some of the architectural details and sculptures from Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome – and all that was just the first week!

In other sessions, students visited a wide array of sites around around the city, including the Guggenheim Museum, Eldridge Street Synagogue, the U.S. Tennis Center at Flushing Meadows, Governors Island, MoMA P.S. 1, Lincoln Center, The Julliard School, Cooper Union, and Battery Park City, as well as several practicing architecture firms and work spaces. High school students in the two-week Architecture Design Studio developed conceptual designs and models for an addition to the Storefront for Art and Architecture in Nolita to be built entirely out of corrugated metal shipping containers. Middle school students in the Architecture and the City workshop considered how buildings are shaped by their social, geographical, and temporal contexts through a series of site visits, sketches, and photo collages. In the Digital Dream House and Digital Green Design labs, students learned how to navigate Google Sketch-Up to create mock-ups of their buildings, and used their computer-generated images to guide them in constructing complimentary physical models.

Our young participants come from a diverse cross section of the city and the greater Tri-State area, and while some students may already want to be architects when they grow up, others are exploring the world of designing and building for the first time. Expert or novice, the Foundation staff has enjoyed getting to know all the kids and watching the sparks of inspiration begin to fly!

The Foundation would like to thank all of its Design Educators, volunteers, and site hosts. There are still a few spaces left in Architectural Scavenger Hunt for grades 3-5 (August 27-30). Visit the Foundation’s website for more information: To join the mailing list for updates on future programs, send an e-mail to

AIA New York State announced the 2012 Design Award recipients, presented in several categories. Adaptive Reuse/Historic Preservation: TWA Flight Center by Port Authority of NY and NJ and Beyer Blinder Belle Architects + Planners (Award of Excellence); Arthouse at the Jones Center by LTL Architects, and House #9 by Frederic Schwartz Architects (Awards of Merit); Dream Downtown Hotel by Handel Architects, and New York City Center by Ennead Architects (Citations for Design). Commercial/Industrial, Small Projects: Malin + Goetz by Bernheimer Architecture (Citation for Design). Commercial/Industrial, Large Projects: One Bryant Park by Cook+Fox Architects (Award of Merit), and The High Line Building by Morris Adjimi Architects (Citation for Design). Institutional: Won Dharma Center by Hanrahan Meyers Architects (Award of Excellence), Cornell University, Human Ecology Building by Gruzen Samton-IBI Group, and John Jay College of Criminal Justice by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (Awards of Merit), BMW Guggenheim Lab by Fiedler Marciano Architects, The Lunder Building by NBBJ, Natural History Museum of Utah by Ennead Architects, Two Structures for Long Dock Park by Architecture Research Office/ARO, US Courthouse by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, and Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners (Citations for Design)…

…Interiors: Hamilton Grange Teen Center by Rice+Lipka Architects, Loft for a Writer and a Painter by Cooper Joseph Studio, and Marc by Marc Jacobs Showroom by Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects (Awards of Merit), Chanel Soho by Peter Marino Architects, Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center by Rockwell Group, The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan 1811-2011 by Cooper Joseph Studio, and JetBlue Headquarters by HLW International (Citations for Design). International: Mizutu Museum of Art by Studio SUMO (Award of Excellence). Pro Bono Projects: Guatemala Bench by Snohetta (Citation for Design). Residential, Single Small: Small House in an Olive Orchard by Cooper Joseph Studio (Award of Merit), Sagaponac House by Tsao + McKown Architects (Citation for Design)…

…Residential, Multi-Family: The Dillon by Smith-Miller and Hawkinson Architects, and The Hegeman: A Solution for Supportive Housing by Cook+Fox Architects (Awards of Merit), 48 Bond Street by Deborah Berke + Partners, and 57 Irving Place by Audrey Matlock Architect (Citations for Design). Sole Practitioner: Transformer Loft by Studio Garneau (Citation for Design). Unbuilt, General: Embassy Compound of the United States of America by Davis Brody Bond (Award of Excellence), Diagonal Tower, Yongsan International Business District by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (Award of Merit), The Seneca Art and Culture Center at Ganondagan by Francois deMenil Architect (Citation for Design). Unbuilt, Under 10 Years: Magok Waterfront: Inter-City by Unitedlab (Citation for Design). Urban Planning/Design: East River Waterfront-Esplanade and Pier 15 by SHoP Architects, and National September 11 Memorial by Handel Architects, with Davis Brody Bond as Associate Architect (Awards of Excellence); Victor Civita Plaza/Eco Park by Davis Brody Bond and Webb Chapel Picnic Pavilion by Cooper Joseph Studio (Citations for Design)…

FIGMENT, the AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA), and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) announced the finalists for the third annual 2012-2013 City of Dreams Pavilion Design Competition: A Cloud in a Tree, by SAMPLES (Julien Boitard and Richard Nguyen); Fodder Form Pavilion by HuycKurlanDowling (Teddy Huyck, Alexis Kurland, Conner Dowling); The Enneper Pavilion by Maria Mingallon; For Rent by MTWTHFSS (Edward R. Blumer and Pete Storey); and Head in the Clouds by LID design collaborative (Jason Klimoski and Lesley Chang)

Ten projects were honored at the Public Design Commission’s 30th Annual Awards for Excellence in Design, including the Construction of the Squibb Pedestrian Bridge

Over Furman Street between Brooklyn Bridge Park and Squibb Park by HNTB; Construction of the CityPoint Retail Facility and DeKalb Market by Cook + Fox Architects, Lee Weintraub Landscape Architecture and ORE Design + Technology; Construction of Riverside Park South, Phase V by Thomas Balsley Associates and Sage and Coombe Architects; Construction of Three Carriage Houses for the Staten Island Historical Society by Rice+Lipka Architects; Construction of an Addition to the East Elmhurst Community Library by Garrison Architects; Construction of the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis and Learning by Peter Gluck and Partners, Architects; Installation of The Passage: A Moving Memorial by Mary Miss (at Memorial Green, Staten Island Courthouse by Ennead Architects); Reconstruction of the Flatbush Avenue Entrance and Terrace Café (Brooklyn Botanic Garden) by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates and Architecture Research Office/ARO; Construction of Governors Island Park and Public Spaces, Phase I, including the Installation of Day Is Done by Susan Philips by West 8 Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, Pentagram, and Tillotson Design Associates, Bard Center for Curatorial Studies and Susan Philipsz; and a Special Recognition Award for Central Park Conservancy’s Plan

The Washington DC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) has announced a shortlist of design-build teams for a temporary pavilion on the campus of historic St. Elizabeths Hospital that includes Davis Brody Bond with KADCON

The James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation announced the appointment of Frederick Bland, FAIA, managing partner of Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, as its new chairman (outgoing Chairman John H. Stubbs will remain on the Board)…The Board of Trustees of the New York School of Interior Design has appointed David Sprouls as the college’s seventh president…Rob Speyer, president and co-CEO of Tishman Speyer, was tapped to become the chair of The Real Estate Board of New York…

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

08.08.12 (Extended) Call for Applications: 2013 Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship

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

08.15.12 Call for Entries: IMT Excellence in Energy Code Compliance Award

08.20.12 Call for Entries: 2012 AIANYS Honor Awards

08.24.12 Call for Entries: 2013 AIA Honor Awards

08.30.12 Call for Submissions: Forward, the Architecture and Design Journal of the National Associates Committee

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

09.15.12 Call for Applications: Fitch Foundation Mid-Career Grants

09.15.12 Call for Applications: Richard L. Blinder Award

09.21.12 Call for Applications: NYC Best for Business Infographic Competition 2012

09.24.12 Call for Applications: IDP Firm Awards

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

10.19.12 Call for Entries: Gowanus by Design WATER_WORKS

10.31.12 Call for Entries: The Battery Conservancy: Draw up a Chair Americas Design Competition – Portable Outdoor Seating for the Battery

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

In the epic battle of “Students Vs. Trash,” who will win? Voters will decide the outcome of this competition, which is hosted by the Environmental Finance Center with support from the U.S.Environmental Protection Agency, and was created to use design to defeat trash and get people excited to reuse, recycle, and stop littering. College students from New Jersey, New York, and Puerto Rico submitted designs and judges from several organizations chose the finalists. Three winners will receive a trip to NYC for a gallery showing/press event in November 2012 at EPA Region II Headquarters. Vote for your favorite designs until 09.30.12 on Facebook.

07.31.12: adAPT HPD Pre-Submission Conference: The NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) held a pre-submission conference at the Center for Architecture to answer questions about the adAPT NYC Competition. For more information and to download the RFP, visit All questions received at the conference and via e-mail will be answered and made public in mid-to-late August.

Kaye Matheny, Deputy Commissioner, HPD, describes the site.

Daniel Fox

Daniel Fox

07.27.12: A public lecture and viewing party was held at the Center for Architecture for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics. The event was organized by the AIANY Global Dialogues Committee and led by Committee Co-chairs Bruce E. Fisher, AIA, and Jeffrey A. Kenoff, AIA. The event drew nearly 600 during the course of the night, more than almost any other event we’ve ever had at the Center. The first-half lecture stretched the Center’s audio-visual capabilities with video produced by John Mcintyre, ANZIA, and a Skype call-in, and the high-quality widescreen projection was one of the largest in the City.

Alkis Klimathianos of Kohn Pedersen Fox, discusses the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Daniel Fox

Daniel Fox

Murrye Bernard

Murrye Bernard

07.24.12: Design Trust for Public Space, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving New York’s public spaces, released the Five Borough Farm: Seeding the Future of Urban Agriculture in New York. The book provides a detailed survey of New York City’s urban agriculture movement, and “provides a roadmap for public- and private-sector partners to leverage existing programs and expand urban agriculture citywide.”

Susan Chin, FAIA, Design Trust Executive Director, and Regional Director and 2013/14 Vice President-elect of the AIA.

Dave Ratzlow

David Bragdon, Director, NYC Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, left, and Andrew Manshel, President at Jamaica Capital Corporation.

Dave Ratzlow

07.23.12: AIANY First Annual Golf Outing at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey

(l-r): Chris Blackadder, Kenji Ota, Joe Candella, and Michael Strauss, President, Center for Architecture Foundation.

Jessica Frankl

(l-r): James Gorman, AIANY Board Member David Piscuskas, FAIA, and John Simoni.

Jessica Frankl

07.19.12: The AIANY Historic Buildings Committee and AIANY Interiors Committee organized a tour of the Portico Gallery at The Frick Collection, with Selections of Meissen Porcelain from Henry H. Arnhold’s Promised Gift and Two Sculptures by Houdon. The tour guide was Nathan Hoyt, FAIA, who led the project while Principal and Director of Interiors at Davis Brody Bond.

John Arbuckle

John Arbuckle

John Arbuckle